5 Tricks to Avoid Being Hungry All the Time


Research backs what I find to be true for myself and my clients: drinking plenty of water can help manage appetite. One study found that people who drink about seven cups of water per day eat nearly 200 fewer daily calories compared to those who gulp less than one glass.

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

July 11, 2014    By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

Once, one of my clients half-jokingly requested an exorcism from the demon possessing her body: hunger. Kind of a gruesome analogy but, truth be told, it’s fairly accurate considering how out of control she felt. When my clients struggle like this, I often say I wish I could wave a magic wand to make it all better, which of course I can’t. But what I can do is offer some tried and true advice to effectively rein in appetite and help regain a sense of balance. The five strategies below are tops for doing just that, and each also has the power to enhance your overall health. Win-win!

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Have you ever found yourself hungrier after working out, and then “ate back” more calories than you burned exercising? It’s a common phenomenon, and the trick to breaking the cycle…

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Favorite Facts About Bicycling – Infographics

As regular readers know I ride my bike pretty much daily here in Chicago. So I enjoy pics of bikes. Herewith some of my collection:

I love these interesting and very positive facts about biking.

I love these interesting and very positive facts about biking.

Besides being fact-filled, I thought this one looked like a lot of fun.4754fe710cfdefe202370ca75b586147215143a0dbde486798fed8686bf06533-1

Nothing more to say.

Nothing more to say.


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Exercise May Help Counter Health Risks of Sedentary Lifestyle


When the researchers controlled the data for fitness, they found extended periods of inactivity only increased the amount of fat in the blood and lowered good cholesterol. Additionally, the more fit a participant was, the lower his risk for obesity and other metabolism-related diseases.

Eat less; move more is the mantra of this blog. To read further on the benefits of exercise, particularly on the brain, check out my Page: Important Facts About Your Brain (And Exercise).


Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Being a couch potato may have fewer long-term health consequences if you trade some of your couch time for gym time, suggests a new study.

The research found that people who were more fit were able to counter some of the ill health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, such as high blood pressure. And, not surprisingly, folks who were fitter also had less body fat, according to the researchers from the American Cancer Society, the Cooper Institute and the University of Texas School of Public Health.

For the study, more than 1,300 adult men from a Texas clinic kept track of the amount of time they spent watching TV and sitting in a car. At regular clinic visits between 1981 and 2012, the men used a treadmill to test their fitness levels.

Being inactive for extended periods of time can result in high blood pressure, high cholesterol, more body fat…

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Science Reveals 6 Ways You Can Benefit From Laughter

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It’s long been said that laughter is the best medicine for the soul, and now, there is proof. According to research the mental and physical effects of humor and laughter on your body are very real, and can be used as treatment therapy for a variety of mental and physical health illnesses—including depression. Psychologist and laugh therapist Steve Wilson, MA, CSP says, “I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off.” And he’s right!

Below is a list of all the magical things that can happen inside your body with a simple laugh:

1. Laughter reduces stress. Stress can be caused by a number of things, but the end result is all the same—poor focus, anxiety, etc. However, the study on Humor’s Healing Potential claims the benefits of humor therapy help relieve some of these symptoms by reducing your body’s stress hormones, putting a…

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How to Lose Weight Without Dieting or Exercising

No, I haven’t lost my mind. Regular readers know that the mantra of this blog is: eat less; move more. I still absolutely recommend those activities. However, I have recently learned of a practice that seemingly gives you a positive weight loss return for almost no effort.


We need to flashback in time a bit. Earlier this month, on July 9 and again on July 14 I wrote about my experiences with Earthing. “What is Earthing? The book Earthing available from Amazon as you can see from the link, says Earthing is walking barefoot outside on wet grass or sand. This allows one to experience the healing powers of the earth simply by touching it.” I wrote that on July 9.


The book reports on a study of 30 healthy rats split into two groups. One group was housed in cages with earthing mats. The control group was not.

According to the book, “The control animals lived in similar, but ungrounded, cages. Blood samples were taken every month for six months and analyzed. Continued grounding resulted in progressive improvements….

“While abdominal obesity was not measured during the rat study above, the animals were weighed in at the first pre-test day and then again at each monthly blood collection time The random difference in average weight between the two groups of middle-aged female rats at the beginning of the study was only 1.2 percent (the ungrounded rodents happened to be insignificantly heavier at the start than the grounded animals) and then grew steadily each month to reach 3.7 percent after six months, the last date that we have received data in this ongoing study. What the numbers mean is that the ungrounded group added an extra 2.6 percent in weight after six months. Both groups were fed the same type and quantity of food. While the difference seems like a trifling amount, it translates to an extra five pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. “

It seems logical from this study that just practicing Earthing is enough to ratchet up the burn rate in one’s metabolism. As you can see from the rat numbers, that can amount to several pounds applied to a human being.

Now no one is trying to get you off your diet and exercise program to steal a few pounds. However, if you were to integrate Earthing into your current diet and exercise program it seems you could expect to see even better results.

I am beginning my second month of Earthing. I sleep on an Earthing half sheet, rest my bare feet on an Earthing mat and walk barefooted on grass and sand when I take my dog for walks or when I take breaks from riding my bike. As a result of that activity, I can report postiive results in several areas. I fall asleep more quickly and sleep sounder than I did before starting Earthing. I am experiencing a slight improvement in the arthritis that plagues both my hands. I can report improved digestion and my resting heart rate has declined slightly from the already lower than 50 beats per minute rate.

You can read my Beginner’s Guide to Earthing, Parts One and Two for more details and some very informative videos.


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A Healthy Lifestyle May Deflect Dementia


Earlier studies have observed that each of these lifestyle changes might help fight dementia. But this is the first randomized clinical trial to put those findings to the test, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association.

I have both Alzheimer’s and dementia in my family so I am deeply interested in the subject of the healthy brain. Check out my Page: Important Facts About Your Brain – (and Exercise) for starters. You can also search both Alzheimer‘s and dementia for more.


Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Older folks who began eating right, exercising did better on memory and problem-solving tests in study.

Seniors at risk for dementia may help safeguard their memory and ability to think by adopting a healthier lifestyle, a new study from Finland suggests.

Older people who began eating right, exercising, playing “brain games” and socializing more often performed better on memory and problem-solving tests than people who maintained their habits, the researchers said.

Earlier studies have observed that each of these lifestyle changes might help fight dementia. But this is the first randomized clinical trial to put those findings to the test, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“This is the first study to definitively show that changing your lifestyle will reduce your risk for cognitive decline,” Fargo said.

The study involved 1,260 people aged 60 to 77 at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Why You Should be Eating More Strawberries – Infographic

The following was produced for National Strawberry Day, but I am a big fan of the colorful berries. Check out: How Healthy are Strawberries?and 9 Amazing Health Benefits of Strawberries for more.


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10 Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Life & 4 Step Gratitude Plan


Here is what Harvard had to say about gratitude in an early post on Positive Psychology:

“Express gratitude. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have — from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you. When you acknowledge the goodness in your life, you begin to recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside yourself. In this way, gratitude helps you connect to something larger than your individual experience — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.


Originally posted on Our Better Health:

Gratitude is the new miracle emotion.

Although gratitude has been around for as long as human beings, it’s only recently started to get the big thumbs-up from science.

So here are 10 ways gratitude can change your life, followed by a quick 4-step plan to help maximise your own gratitude, whatever level you start from.

There’s even a trick for those suffering from ‘gratitude burnout’.

1. Happier

Gratitude is different things to different people: amongst them could be counting your blessings, savouring what life has given you, thanking someone or wondering at the natural world.

Whatever form it takes, one of the best known and most researched effects of practicing gratitude is it makes you happier.

Participants in one study were 25% happier, on average, after practicing a little gratitude over a 10-week period.

2. More satisfied

Gratitude isn’t just about feeling better, it’s also about thinking better.

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Gut feeling: How intestinal bacteria may influence our moods


“By understanding how humans interact with their trillions of bacterial inhabitants, we might one day be able to develop better treatments for behavioural disorders, including depression, autism and anxiety,” says Hsiao.

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

Researchers beginning to understand link between gut bacteria and mental health

By Sharon Oosthoek, CBC News        Jul 14, 2014 

Researchers have discovered significant links between intestinal bacteria and people’s moods.

Mounting evidence that gut bacteria affect mood and behaviour has researchers investigating just how much power these tiny microbes wield over our mental health.

“Many people with chronic intestinal conditions also have psychological disturbances and we never understood why,” says McMaster University gastroenterologist Dr. Stephen Collins.

Now, scientists such as Dr. Collins are starting to come up with answers.

Our lower gastrointestinal tract is home to almost 100 trillion microorganisms, most of which are bacteria. They are, by and large, “good” bacteria that help us digest food and release the energy and nutrients we need. They also crowd out bacteria that can trigger disease.

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Low Back Pain? Don’t Blame the Weather


“Our findings refute previously held beliefs that certain common weather conditions increase risk of lower back pain,” concludes Dr. Steffens. “Further investigation of the influence of weather parameters on symptoms associated with specific diseases such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis are needed.”

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Australian researchers reveal that sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation. Findings published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), indicate that the risk of low back pain slightly increases with higher wind speed or wind gusts, but was not clinically significant.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) nearly everyone experiences low back pain at some point in their life, making it the most prevalent musculoskeletal condition and affecting up to 33% of the world population at any given time. Those with musculoskeletal (bone, muscle, ligament, tendon, and nerve) pain report that their symptoms are influenced by the weather. Previous studies have shown that cold or humid weather, and changes in the weather increase symptoms in patients with chronic pain conditions.

“Many patients believe that weather…

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