6 Powerful Steps to Stop Binge Eating for Good

“As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you, no matter how ill or how despairing you may be feeling in a given moment.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn   Binge eating is hard. For me, winter time has always been hardest. The winter of 2011 was particularly bad. It was then that I sat, hands clasped around my knees, thinking about how best to kill myself. Hopeless only scratches the surface of what I was feeling—that same feeling I’d had on-and-off for fifteen years. I was twenty-three. I’d spent half my life in darkness. I went over the mathematics: Depression + Eating Disorder = Agonizing Existence. I was finally ready to admit I needed help. So as I sat there, I vowed to put an end to my suffering. I told myself “I’m going to give this one final push. I’ll put all of my energy into stopping this continual depression, and these cycles of binge eating and starving myself. If it still doesn’t work, I’ll just kill myself.” It really was that simple. By the end of 2011, I didn’t want to kill myself anymore. A few years later, I’d stopped binge eating completely. These days, I’ve never been happier. I don’t get depressed anymore. I am healthy, mentally and physically, and I try to live every day in gratitude, happiness, and well-being. That’s how I know you can do this too, and why today I’m sharing with you six powerful steps that I found essential to my journey. 1. Realize there’s nothing wrong with you. I know it feels like you’re a disgusting, terrible person for binge eating. I know you don’t understand what’s going on, or what happened to your “willpower.” I know you’re starting to feel insane. But listen up: there is nothing wrong with you. Binge eating isn’t about food; it’s about emotions. People deal with their emotions in all kinds of ways. If you’re at the end of your tether, you might do drugs, you might drink, you might get really angry with the people you love, you might have anxiety attacks, and/or you might binge eat. This isn’t a judgment call. Binge eating is just what you’re doing to try to deal with difficult emotions in the best way you know how right now. That doesn’t mean you’re broken, that doesn’t mean you’re going to “be like this forever,” and it doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to cope in different and more productive ways. It’s completely natural and normal to want to feel better. So although it’s not ideal to binge, know that it is human, and it is okay. 2. Reattach your head to your body. Up until I was twenty-three, I didn’t even know I had a body. I will never forget this: one day, I was walking up a hill to my office (I was doing a Ph.D. at the time) and suddenly I just felt terrible. Then I was [...]

2018-11-21T14:07:45+00:00 By |

Five Reasons You Need Coconut Oil In Your Diet

In a world filled with greasy foods, oil is something we've had to learn to avoid. Even though it's delicious and makes everything go down easier, it's generally quite unhealthy. That's because oil is – in one form or another – almost entirely fat. With consumers' growing ever more health conscious, the demand for “healthy” oils has skyrocketed. While any type of oil is inherently a very rich food, dense with fats and loaded with calories, it is an integral part of cuisine and can be easily integrated into a healthy diet. These days you can find everything from avocado oil to walnut oil with quite a few options in between. Yet of all these increasingly popular “alternative” oils, none has made such a large impact as coconut oil.   How Coconut Oil Is One Of Our Most Potent Superfoods Few foods can claim to have as many uses or health benefits of coconut oil. Whether you want to eat it by the spoonful, incorporate it into recipes, use it as a cooking oil, use it as a topical solution, or even using it to clean your teeth, the potential health benefits of coconut oil seem virtually endless! While using coconut oil in any form can be great for your body, the best way to reap the benefits are to just eat some raw everyday. It's delicious!   1. Coconut Oil Can Improve Thyroid Health Coconut oil can be a good replacement for corn or soybean oil, which have been linked to thyroid issues. Not only does coconut oil allow you to avoid these potentially problem causing oils, it also has its own benefits for your thyroid health. Diseases of the thyroid such as hypo- and hyper-thyroidism are associated with inflammation, which coconut oil has been shown to help reduce. Coconut oil's antibacterial properties can also reduce stress from microorganisms that can lead to thyroid issues.   2. Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Weight Coconut oil can be used as a substitute for less healthy oils, which can be great if you're on a diet and looking to cut calories (and especially fats.) However, coconut oil doesn't stop there. Coconut oil is composed largely of compounds known as Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs.) Research has shown that consuming MCTs helps the body burn fat and lose weight more efficiently.   3. Coconut Oil Can Keep Your Immune System In Fighting Shape Coconut oil contains a ton of compounds with the potential to help squash harmful microorganisms and give your body's built-in defenses a bit of a boost. Concentrations of lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids, as well as capyrlic and capric acid have been identified as lending coconut oil it's anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. Regularly consuming coconut oil can help keep the immune system up to par and stave off common illnesses like the cold and flu.   4. Cook With Coconut Oil To Avoid Toxins Unlike other forms of cooking oil such as vegetable oils, coconut [...]

2019-01-23T11:52:50+00:00 By |

Three Reasons to Eat Strawberries Everyday

We're all familiar with strawberries. Blended into smoothies, served as a refreshing snack or as a delicious treat incorporated into your dessert, there are many ways to enjoy the strawberry. But there is more to the strawberry than just a sweet treat. Many different species of wild strawberries grow naturally on several continents. Historians have traced humanity's relationship with the strawberry as far back as ancient Roman literature, where the strawberry is referenced for its medicinal properties. This reputation as a folk medicine has carried on all the way down to today. These days, the sort of strawberry you find at the supermarket or plant in your garden is a bit different from the wild varieties which the Europeans of antiquity would have harvested from forests and groves. Modern strawberries are highly cultivated. The most common “garden strawberries” we encounter today are a cross between two species of wild strawberries native to South America. Though we have changed the strawberry a bit, modern research is revealing that those ancient Romans may have been onto something when they regarded the strawberry as a tool of medicine.   What A Few Delicious Strawberries Do For Your Body In the modern diet, strawberries – as healthy as they are – are commonly found incorporated into something that is in no way a health food. Dipped in milk chocolate or caramel, covered in whipped cream, made into jam, added to cakes or ice cream. These might be delicious, but they are all basically dessert. The strawberries are doing their best to improve your health, but they just can't compete when they're covered in unhealthy junk! If you want to get the health benefits of strawberries, try just eating some without adding anything! You can also incorporate them into a healthy snack or meal like granola, cereal, yogurt, smoothies, or fruit salad. Don't fool yourself into thinking that milk chocolate covered strawberry is healthy! So what might you look forward to if you incorporate a healthy dose of strawberries into your daily diet?    1. All The Benefits Of Berries Berries are a well-known super food. Strawberries are no exception. Rich in vitamins, natural sugars, plant fiber, as well as packing tons of trace elements and phytochemicals, berries are a potent source of nutrition loaded with compounds that can be beneficial for the entire body. One of the top dietary sources of important bioactive compounds such as resveratrol, flavonols, anthocyanins, and elleagic acid, strawberries and other berries have been associated with a huge array of health benefits. Some of these include reducing inflammation, acting as powerful antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress throughout the brain and body, improving cardiovascular health, helping prevent damage to the eyes, and even reducing the risk of certain cancers. Plus, they're tasty.   2. Your Brain Loves Strawberries Strawberries are the most potent dietary source of a compound called fisetin. This is an antioxidant and flavonoid which has shown a lot of promise. Fisetin has been [...]

2019-01-23T13:49:25+00:00 By |

Three Cool Cucumber Curiosities That Can Contribute To Your Health

Cucumbers. You can put them in your salad or on your face. But where do they fit into your everyday health routine? There are a lot of things about cucumbers you're probably unaware of. Including their impressive profile as a health food. One little known fact about cucumbers is that they're not a vegetable. They're actually a fruit. You can have that fact for free. For the rest, you'll have to keep reading as we explore just why and how cucumbers can improve your everyday health.   Can Cucumbers Really Help You Lead A Healthier, Longer Life? Cucumbers are a welcome addition to many salads, but few of us look at them as something almost medicinal as well. It's easy to see why cucumbers are such a popular food. They are extremely nutritious with very few calories. A cucumber offers high amounts of vitamins C and K, as well as a respectable helping of potassium, magnesium, and manganese. They also prove to be an excellent source of dietary fiber. We already know that cucumbers are a champion as a foodstuff, though. Since they're mostly water – about 96% – they're great as a diet food. But since they're also full of nutrition, they can earn their place on anybody's plate. If we leave the strict confines of things that might be listed on your nutritional facts label behind, we start to find a variety of previously untold benefits to cucumber consumption. Let's look at three of them.   1. Cucumbers Help Control Blood Sugar In this age of easy access to carbohydrate rich foods, its way too easy to consume vast quantities of sugar. High blood sugar levels can damage the body in all sorts of ways and eventually leads to diabetes. Animals studies have demonstrated that cucumber is capable of reducing blood sugar levels and helping maintain a healthy blood sugar level. In an experiment performed on diabetic mice, a cucumber peel extract was shown to be effective at combating changes associated with diabetes and decreasing blood sugar levels.   2. Cucumbers Help Reduce Cancer Risk Cucumbers are a good source of compounds known as lignans. Lignans are a type of polyphenol which act as hormones in plants. They are common in the diet and while previously not given much attention, they have recently been a focus of study for their ability to fight cancers associated with hormones such as uterine, breast, prostate, and ovarian. Not only does cucumber a good source of these lignans, it contains another host of potentially anti-cancer compounds called cucurbitacins. Cucurbitacins are a type of phytonutrient. They have been identified as being useful for their potenital to disrupt the process of cancer cell development and could be a useful tool in fighting many types of cancer.   3. Cucumbers Help Fight Inflammation Research suggests that cucumbers inhibit key enzymes which promote inflammation in the body. Inflammation is associated with a number of chronic conditions and is a major contributor [...]

2019-01-23T13:59:05+00:00 By |

Three Eggciting Facts About A Favorite Breakfast Food

It's easy to be a little confused by the history of the egg. At first it was praised as a health food. Then an incomplete picture of how cholesterol works led many to condemn the egg as being quite bad for your heart and cardiovascular health. Now that science has improved, this conclusion has been dramatically reversed. The pendulum has swung back again. Eggs are a health food once more. But this time it is for sure. We know more than ever before about what eggs can do for your health. Let's take a look at some intriguing egg facts.   Knocking Down Egg Myths Before we get into the data that demonstrates how great eggs are for your health, let's dispense with one of the more prevalent myths about the egg. Early nutritionists' recognized that nearly half the calories from eggs come from the fat in the yolk. Contained within this fat are high levels of cholesterol. While today we understand the body's relationship with cholesterol to be a complicated one including multiple forms of cholesterol and different manners of processing it, these early nutritionists' lacked such a complete picture. As such, the association between high cholesterol and poor cardiovascular health was all they had to go on. Eggs were, for a time, labeled an unhealthy food. Today, research has demonstrated that eggs do not increase levels of “bad” cholesterol. While those managing a condition with a low cholesterol diet may want to avoid eggs, for healthy individuals eggs can be an important source of nutrition with no negative health effects. Don't take our word for it. Studies have shown that you can eat as many as 12 eggs per week without any measurable effect on cholesterol levels. That's almost 2 eggs every day! Now that we've got that out of the way, it's time to take a peek at what eggs can do for your diet.   1. Eggs Are A Truly Exceptional Source of Nutrients It's not hard to see why eggs are such a rich source of nutrition. After all, they have to contain everything needed to nourish a baby chick until it hatches. Eggs are well-known as an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. You might be less aware that eggs contain traces of nearly every single vitamin, mineral, and nutrient your body needs to live. Many of these are just in trace concentrations, but eggs provide a healthy dose of vitamins A, B2, B5, and B12. It's also a great source of the essential mineral nutrient selenium. You find all of this goodness in the yolk, which is packed with nutrients. But don't go throwing out those egg whites, either. Egg white is almost entirely protein and is an excellent way to boost your protein intake.   2. Eggs Help Nourish Your Brain Although it is an essential nutrient, few of us have heard of a compound called choline. Eggs are a rich source of choline. Necessary for [...]

2019-01-23T14:03:45+00:00 By |

Six Reasons Baking Soda Isn’t Just for Cakes

Baking soda is something that can be found in just about every household. Intriguingly enough, what it's doing in those homes can vary quite a bit. You're probably already familiar with baking soda's eponymous role in baking. You might even know of it as an effective cleaning agent. But did you know that baking soda also offers some extremely useful medicinal properties as well? Baking soda is composed of a salt known as sodium bicarbonate. While sodium bicarbonate does occur naturally, it is mostly produced artificially. Ancient Egyptians were familiar with a mineral salt known as natron, which is made from a mixture of sodium carbonate compounds and contains roughly 17% sodium bicarbonate. Though natron was important in antiquity, often being employed as a cleaning agent and an early form of soap, it would take modern chemistry to truly unlock the potential of sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate's history as a consumable begins in the mid-1800s. It started when a British chemist was experimenting with chemical leavening agents in the hopes of assisting his wife's baking efforts. She suffered from a yeast allergy. After discovering sodium bicarbonate's ability to make bread rise with no yeast, it didn't take long for it to be christened “baking” soda and hit the market. While this particular feature was what brought sodium bicarbonate its modern day ubiquity, baking soda rapidly came to be appreciated outside of the kitchen as well.   What Baking Soda Does For The Body Although you probably get a little bit of baking soda in whatever baked goods you eat, it's not exactly part of the diet. Instead of a foodstuff or even a supplement, baking soda's uses in the body are more reminiscent of a medicine. It can be used to help in the treatment of a variety of conditions both minor and severe. It's great to have on-hand to tackle common symptoms that could befall anyone. Let's take a look at six ways to can put baking soda to use to make life a little simpler. 1. Baking Soda Can Calm Heartburn And Indigestion Sodium bicarbonate is an active ingredient in many over-the-counter remedies for heartburn and indigestion. Because it is highly alkaline, it does a great job of neutralizing the acid in your stomach. This acid can be a major contributor to indigestion and ulcer pain, and is the root cause of heartburn. Instead of buying an expensive preparation like Alka-Seltzer, you can make your own at home. Just add a little bit of baking soda to a glass of water and drink it down.   2. Baking Soda Is An Effective Anti-Inflammatory Agent Inflammation is a major source of pain and a contributor to chronic conditions in the body. In experimental trials, researcher's identified baking soda as activating a novel anti-inflammatory pathway in mesothelial cells, which can disperse this effect throughout the body. This has been investigated for its potential to help manage rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases which cause inflammation. [...]

2019-01-23T16:18:38+00:00 By |

Four Healthy Reasons Celery Is More Than Just a Diet Fad

Celery is a polarizing vegetable. You either love it or you hate it. It seems our bodies are pretty fond of it, even for those of us whose taste buds don't find it so agreeable. It turns out that just about every part of the celery plant, from the leaves to the seeds to the most familiar and delicious part, the long, crispy, fibrous stalk, have benefits for your health. Celery is a marshland plant native to the marshes of the Mediterranean. It grows wild in most of the wetter parts of Europe. To grow the long, juicy celery stalks you find in your local grocery store, celery requires a ton of moisture. Since it's mostly water, you might wonder how celery manages to do anything in your body at all. Let's find out.   How Celery Is More Supplement Than Food Celery is often highlighted as a potential example of a “negative calorie” food. The idea here is that it takes your body more energy to process celery than it gets out of the deal. So, hypothetically, if you looked at the nutritional facts on some celery, you might see a negative value for the number of calories. It's not entirely clear if this is true, but it is certain that there are next to no calories in celery. Despite that, the high fiber and water content can help satiate your appetite. This has made celery immensely popular as a diet food. For people who aren't looking to lose weight, you might be wondering what the point of eating celery is at all. Unless you're fond of the taste, why eat something that isn't going to provide you any calories? To be fair to celery, it does have a modest dose of important nutrients like vitamins and minerals. It's also a great source of fiber. But what celery really has going for it is a whole bunch of useful compounds and properties that can benefit your health. Let's look at four of them.   1. Celery Is Great For Your Digestive Health As the source of all your body's energy, it's vital to keep your digestion running smoothly and efficiently extracting nutrition from your food. Celery can help. Celery is composed mostly of indigestible fiber. This stuff is great for your guts! It moves quickly through the gastrointestinal tract, helping to keep you regular. The high water content in celery is also beneficial to the health and regularity of your bowels. Not only that, several compounds such as apiuman which are found in celery have been associated with decreased incidence of stomach ulcers. Celery can actually help repair and improve the lining of the stomach and assists the body's natural regulation of stomach secretions.   2. Celery Is Full Of Flavonoids It just so happens that celery is an exceptional source of a class of compounds known as flavonoids. These act as essential (but lesser-known) nutrients and perform a huge array of functions in [...]

2019-01-23T13:39:21+00:00 By |

Five Curious Carrot Health Benefits You Probably Didn’t Know About

It might seem like there is nothing surprising about carrots. After all, they're one of the most popular vegetables on the planet. Put them in a salad, a soup, a curry, eat them raw with some dip, or cook them up for a soft, delicious, and nutrient-rich addition to lunch or dinner. Carrots are so versatile and popular that the average American eats around 12 pounds of carrots each year! But again, that's nothing terribly surprising about this tuber that you probably weren't already aware of. The really interesting thing about carrots is their hidden health benefits. In central Asia and the Middle East where carrots were originally cultivated, ancient farmers regarded carrots as more of a medicine than a foodstuff. It turns out they were on to something.   How Carrots Can Improve Your Health And Your Diet To list all the health benefits of carrots, you'd need to write a book about them. And many people have. You're probably already aware that carrots are healthy part of most people's diet. They're low in calories and high in nutrition. They're jam packed with beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, vitamin K, and other essential nutrients. Carrots also provide a potent source of antioxidants. As much as carrots have a place in anyone's diet, let's take a look at what sorts of hidden benefits eating carrots can provide you with.   1. Carrots Fight Cancer Several studies have linked consuming carrots to a reduced risk of cancer. One study found that an extract of carrot juice killed cancer cells in a test tube experiment. Another study found that diets high in carrots reduced the risk for prostate cancer. A meta-analysis of medical literature discovered an association between consuming carrots and reducing the risk of gastric cancer by as much as 26%. These exciting findings offer an excellent reason to chow down on that extra carrot!   2. Carrots Are Great For Your Brain When your brain feels a bit foggy, you might reach for a cup of coffee. But maybe you should try a carrot or two instead. Diets rich in carrots have been associated with improved memory and cognitive function. A study of middle-aged men found that those who ate a lot of carrots and other root vegetables showed less signs of cognitive decline associated with aging.   3. They Really Are Good For Your Eyes You've probably heard that carrots are good for your vision. It's an age-old adage on why you ought to eat your vegetables. In the Second World War, the British cleverly disguised the fact they had deployed a new technology known as radar by giving carrots a little too much praise. They claimed that the pilots of the Royal Air Force had achieved a sort of super-human vision thanks to their healthy, carrot-rich diets, which allowed them to navigate their planes in the dead of night. Of course, this is a myth, but like any good myth it's based on a kernel [...]

2019-01-23T14:29:18+00:00 By |

The Amazing Benefits of Lemon Water

Lemon water. Delicious. Refreshing. You probably think of lemon water as more of a snack than a supplement, but it turns out that the remarkably simple preparation of lemon juice and water is not without its own health benefits. Lemon water has been looked at as a natural energy booster, a solution to help improve everyday hydration, a digestive aid, a detoxifying agent, and even an immune system aid. That's a lot of jobs for a lemon!   You Know What They Say, "A Lemon A Day..." Who knew that lemons could be a source of good habits? Drinking lemon water is certainly a great habit to be in. It's an excellent way to hydrate your body while providing a natural dose of delicious Vitamin C and other healthy compounds. We all know about Vitamin C, but what else is hiding in our lemon juice? Lemons provide us with a great source of potassium and vitamin B6. We also find the antioxidants hesperidin, diosmin, and eriocitrin, among other substances beneficial to the body. Drinking lemon water is a great way to infuse your diet with all of these helpful compounds with minimal effort.   Encouraging You To Drink Delicious Water Clean drinking water is readily available practically everywhere in the United States. Despite this, in 2013 CBS News reported that as many as 75% of Americans may be suffering from chronic dehydration. Lemon water is one of many antidotes to this problem. Adding just a few drops of lemon juice (ideally of the fresh squeezed variety) will bring any glass of water to life with a delicious zest that will encourage you to stay properly hydrated. Unlike commercial sweeteners and additives, lemon juice doesn't add a ton of sugars, calories, or artificial chemicals to your water. Rather than making your water less healthy to drink by adding sugar and dyes, lemon water actually has benefits of its own which will compound with your improving hydration! For this reason, lemon water is often included as part of a diet plan. It can help to replace sugary drinks like sodas and juices without forcing you to just drink plain old water.   Get An Everyday Boost From Drinking Lemon Water Adding lemon water to your diet can have quite a few perks. Some have even suggested it as an alternative to coffee for that early morning kick. While diehard coffee fans might not be throwing out their coffee pots just yet, there are numerous reasons to add lemon water to your morning routine or have some with breakfast and lunch.   Get Your Body Working: Lemon water hydrates and energizes the body, especially in the morning. It helps oxygen and H2O reach hungry cells and prepare them for the day. It also stimulates your bowels and the liver's production of bile. This has a two-pronged effect of helping you have a healthier elimination than a laxative such as coffee might, while also helping the liver do the [...]

2019-01-23T16:27:05+00:00 By |
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