Self-control does not mean sacrificing pleasure

happiness is pleasure without guilt

Carrot cake or carrot sticks? … sometimes it’s a difficult choice. … sometimes it’s an easy one. If we are trying to reduce our size and change our shape, choosing the cake may feel like a failure of self-control. But not always. Researchers at City University London have discovered that feeling of having “given in … Read more

Traditional vegetable diet reduces risk of premature babies

Traditional diet aids pregnancy

It turns out we should follow our parent’s advice when we’re thinking about becoming parents ourselves, with a study finding eating the traditional ‘three-veggies’ before pregnancy lowers the risk of a premature birth. We analysed the diets of nearly 3500 women and found high consumption of carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, cabbage, green beans and potatoes … Read more

Yo-yo dieters’ brains and drug addicts’ brains have similar behaviours

Desperate for another hit?

Yo-yo dieters’ brains eventually show “drug-addict” like reactions. Compulsive eater eventually become immune to the reward of pleasurable food, and need a bigger and bigger “hit”, just like drug addicts. Compulsive eaters and drug addicts have similar brain reactions.

Fishy diet – in moderation – when pregnant improves the child’s metabolism

Oily fish can improve a child metabolic health

To eat or not to eat fish is a question that has long concerned pregnant women. A study, by Keck School of Medicine of USC, shows that children whose mothers ate moderate amounts of fish during pregnancy were more likely to have a better metabolic profile — despite the risk of exposure to mercury — than children whose mothers ate fish rarely.