Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Soda Companies Fund Health Groups

Depressing.

Soda Companies Fund 96 Health Groups In the U.S.

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October 11, 2016 Posted by | diet, health, nutrition | , , , | Leave a comment

9 Foods That Make You Feel Fuller

My last post, 9 Foods That Make You Hungrier, referred to an article listing snacks to avoid if you are trying to lose weight.  The following two articles point out what we should be snacking on instead and when.  Click on the titles to read the original story and watch the accompanying videos.

1) 9 Healthy Snacks That Prevent Overeating

Aug. 11, 2016 | Time Magazine

If you can’t wait for your next meal, these foods are adept at muffling your hunger

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September 16, 2016 Posted by | diet, health, nutrition | | Leave a comment

9 Foods That Make You Hungrier

I wish they had a list of snack foods that don’t make you hungrier.  I think I remember nuts being one those.

9 Foods That Make You Hungrier

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August 1, 2016 Posted by | diet, health, nutrition | , , , | 1 Comment

How Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Us to Eat More

If you want to lose weight, skip the artificial sweeteners:

How Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Us to Eat More

Like a freshly cracked diet soda, suspicions have been fizzing away for years that artificial sweeteners may not be the best way to slim down

By Bret Stetka | July 12, 2016 | Scientific American

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July 20, 2016 Posted by | diet, health | , | Leave a comment

Mind over matter: psychology over calorie-counting

Interesting idea of how to lose weight relatively effortlessly without counting calories (warning: you still have to watch what you eat) by letting your own body dictate how much you eat.

Seems pretty sensible and worth a try.

The hunger mood

Hunger isn’t in your stomach or your blood-sugar levels. It’s in your mind – and that’s where we need to shape up

by Michael Graziano | Edited by Ed Lake  | 18 January, 2016 | Aeon

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January 22, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, diet, health, psychology | , , , | 1 Comment

What to eat for better sleep

In short:

  • more calories -> takes longer to fall asleep
  • more fiber -> deeper, more restorative sleep
  • more saturated fat -> lighter, less restorative sleep
  • more simple carbs -> more likely to wake up in the middle of the night

Sample size was small so it’s not written in stone yet, but if you follow a diet for better sleep (don’t overeat, more fiber and less junk food with simple carbs and sat fats), you can’t go wrong. 🙂

Click the link for the full article.

Which may affect your sleep: fiber, protein, sugar, or saturated fat?

A new study finds three of these influence sleep quality.

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January 19, 2016 Posted by | diet, health | , , | Leave a comment

Tricks to keep you on your diet

It’s all in your mind. Really.

The Strawberry Ice Cream Diet: Hacking Your Memories for a Skinnier You

The science of keeping that New Year’s resolution

Julia Shaw | January 4, 2016 | Scientific American

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January 9, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, diet, lifehack, psychology | , | Leave a comment

What Your Microbiome Wants for Dinner

Certainly changed how I viewed diets… another must-read.  Consider getting the authors’ book.

What Your Microbiome Wants for Dinner

You may think twice about your diet when you follow the metabolic fate of your food.

By David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé | December 10, 2015 | Nautilus

(Excerpted from The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé. Copyright © 2016 by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé.)

January 3, 2016 Posted by | diet, health, nutrition | , , | Leave a comment

Junk food is addictive

“… extremely sweet or fatty foods captivate the brain’s reward circuit in much the same way that cocaine and gambling do…”

A must-read for the sake of your own health.

How Sugar and Fat Trick the Brain into Wanting More Food

Junk foods can muddle the brain’s satiety-control mechanism, sending our appetites into hyperdrive

Ferris Jabr | January 1, 2016 | Scientific American

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January 3, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, diet, health, nutrition | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Counting calories? Don’t bother

More and more evidence that it is not the number of calories we eat that is important to keep us healthy, but the kind of foods we eat.  Read the article on Time’s site in order to watch the corresponding video.

You Asked: Should I Count Calories?

Markham Heid | Oct. 14, 2015 | Time Magazine

Even if you could do it accurately—and you really can’t—counting calories is unhelpful for weight loss and disease prevention.

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October 20, 2015 Posted by | diet, health | , , | Leave a comment