Transfer Addiction Following Bariatric Surgery

Addiction transfer, or cross addiction, after bariatric surgery occurs when individuals trade compulsive eating for other compulsive behaviors. There is also strong evidence of a biological reason for cross addiction. Studies show various forms of transfer addiction in up to 30 percent of patients who have had bariatric surgery....



Give Thanks for Your Plate

Holiday meals allow families the time to do something they rarely have time to do any other day of the year — enjoy a meal together. Everything these days is so fast paced that our mealtime too has become fast. We have been trained to eat whatever our schedule...



Be Thankful for these Healthful Holiday Options

There’s a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. One thing I know I’m most grateful for is the food on my plate. Yes, I may be biased since nutrition and health are my two obsessions, but I know many would agree that they are thankful for healthy...



Mindful Moderation over the Thanksgiving Holiday

The holidays are here, and most likely a lot is on your plate — no pun intended. Between the stress of inviting family and friends into your home, checking off the shopping list, long grocery store lines, and planning the perfect menu, who has time to watch what your...



Strategies for Celebrations — Holidays, Eating out and Vacations

We enjoy and look forward to the fun times in our lives – parties, celebrations, family gatherings, holidays, vacations, restaurant eating and so on. We need these times! If our lives were all work and no play, we’d feel bored and we’d enjoy our lives a whole lot less....



When Eating Becomes Contagious

Did you know that if your friends make unhealthy food choices, you’re more likely to do so as well? This works in the opposite direction too — if you happen to have health-oriented friends, you’re more likely to make healthier choices as well. In fact, research has shown that...



When Your Significant Other is Not Onboard

It’s hard to see a loved one not taking care of themselves – especially if their health is suffering. It’s natural to want them to get with the program, but as much as you love each other, your needs may be different. You may simply be at different places...



Special Considerations Post-Baby if You are Affected by Excess Weight

Special Considerations Post-Baby if You are Affected by Excess Weight by Nicole Avena, PhD  Unfortunately, giving birth does not mean you will magically have the same stomach you had before you got pregnant. However, before jumping right into an exercise and diet routine to return to pre-baby status, take...



8 Foods You Should Eat while Pregnant

8 Foods You Should Eat while Pregnant by Nicole Avena, PhD  There are many key nutritional needs during pregnancy, which can make it difficult to know if you are getting enough of each nutrient. Even when you’re not pregnant, eating a well-balanced, varied diet can sometimes be harder than...



Obesity and Pregnancy

Obesity and Pregnancy by Nicole Avena, PhD  We have known for quite some time now that maternal weight can have drastic effects on the health outcomes of a child. But what about how your weight affects your ability to get pregnant, and once you get pregnant, how do you...



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