The Secret to Curing Your Food Addiction

Trying to eat better? Brad Lamm has a solution: Know your style.

Lamm, an interventionist who works with those struggling with food addictions, has identified six types of eaters and their motivations. Knowing your type is crucial. “It reveals the behavioral changes you need to make,” says Lamm, founder of Breathe Life Healing Centers in Los Angeles. To find your style, read on.

Emotional eater

The style:

“You eat in tragedy or triumph, rather than [by taking] natural hunger cues,” says Lamm. You lack the ability “to distinguish between food as fuel [and] food as a coping mechanism.”

The strategy:

List “nonfood” ways to elevate your mood, such as a spa treatment.

Habitual eater

The style:

You indulge in junk food under a “just this once” excuse, but don’t stop eating. “If you’re not careful, ‘just this once’ becomes a part of your daily routine,” says Lamm.

The strategy:

“Journal about your eating each day to help you see your habits in black-and-white, and keep an eye on where and when to cut back,” says Lamm.

External eater

The style:

You fall victim to food that appears in front of you, like bagels in the office kitchen, and you’re susceptible to advertisements.

The strategy:

Shake off the “I see, therefore I need to feed” mentality, says Lamm. Be aware of external cues and your sensitivity to them. “Stop and think, ‘Do I really want to eat this?’ ” says Lamm.

Critical eater

The style:

You have a wealth of knowledge about nutrition and health but a strong “all or nothing” way of thinking. You might consume an entire box of snacks and think, “Well, this day is a bust anyway, so whatever,” and subsist only on green juice the next day to counteract your overindulgence.

The strategy:

Ease up on your food rules and be more realistic. “Think less about how self-destructive you feel when you’re ‘off the rails’ and more about how your next eating choice will be a healthy one,” says Lamm. “The whole day doesn’t have to be a wash if you made one poor meal choice. Restart it at any time.”

Sensual eater

The style:

You relish every bite and don’t hold back when trying exotic and decadent dishes — even if it means putting on the pounds.

The strategy:

“Keep your portions in control and this style of eating will not get the best of you,” notes Lamm. “Stick to the ‘three forkfuls’ rule” — allowing yourself only three bites of indulgent dishes.

Energy eater

The style:

You work out all the time, so you think you can eat all the time, but you tend to “inaccurately calculate the quantity of fuel [you] actually need to power through [your] day,” says Lamm. The snacks you’re eating are likely healthy, but you’re consuming too many.

The strategy:

Try journaling to get a clear picture of just how much you’re eating, and make an effort to eat more protein to help you stay satiated.

Traveling Can Boost Your Sex Life and Make You Skinny

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From my Travel + Leisure story:

Want to boost your sex life or lose a few pounds? Travel more. According to a new study from Expedia, travel was a significant contributor in improving health, weight loss, gaining confidence, and increasing sex drive.There’s even a scientific reason wanderlust can inspire bedroom lust. “Traveling can help reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. As stress and anxiety decreases, mood increases—bringing many, often unexpected, positive benefits in how we perceive ourselves, motivation and productivity, and our general outlook on life,” Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist who worked with Expedia on the study, said in a statement.

So, how does globetrotting also keep you skinny? It has to do with your routine. Typically while on the road travelers are engaging in spurts of healthy activity, which also breaks bad habits of old routines. This also helps with boosting overall mood. “Exposure to a healthy amount of sunshine is also believed to increase the brain’s release of the hormone serotonin which is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused,” added Papadopoulos.

Along with a better sex life, body image and overall happiness, more than two million respondents said that traveling made them more creative.

This Is Your Feel-Happier Diet

The words “diet” and “deprivation” may as well be one and the same for many people. But when you’re on a diet, you may see your waistline changing — but you won’t necessarily feel vibrant and nourished.  

“Deprivation is what causes us to fly off the wagon,” health coach Sheila Viers tells Yahoo Health. “Of course we want to lean to eat whole foods for the majority of our nourishment, but it’s meant to be a pleasurable experience as well. What is nourishing to our spirit (meaning no guilt, shame or fear) is nourishing to our physical body too.” 

So, what about a diet focused on happiness and helping you feel more nourished?

Click HERE to find out eight foods that will do just that!

Foods that fuel your mood

We have heard the expression, “You are what you eat”. The foods that we put into our bodies become our blood, our new cells and contribute to how we function on a daily basis. Food can actually affect our moods as well. One way to think about it is that you have two brains: the one in your head and the other in your gut, both of which are created from the same tissue during foetal development. These two organs work together to balance and change your mood through the vagus nerve, which transmits what’s going on in your stomach to your head.

Fuelling your body with foods that promote an optimal connection between these two organs is key to avoiding mood swings, but also helps if you’re feeling a particular emotion strongly. Need energy for that tough Sunday morning? Sure, a coffee will give you that quick boost, but a banana will help you feel energised for a longer period of time. Whether you’re anxious, stressed or tired, there are particular foods you can eat to counteract those feelings.

Click HERE to find out four moods and the food that can help you deal with or enhance them.

It’s OK to Indulge on Thanksgiving. Here’s Why.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, vacation, and tradition. It’s also all about turkey, heaping portions of mom’s homemade stuffing, and impossible-to-resist pecan and pumpkin pies. Just as much as we look forward to the holiday, so too do we freak out about the excess calorie intake and what it will do to our bodies. It’s easy to find healthy recipes for the feast, or you can line up an after-turkey workout session, but is it really all worth it? We hit up four experts to weigh in on how to handle the fantastically fattening feast. It was music to our ears when we were told to not worry and just indulge.

Click HERE to learn why!


Holy Health! Meet spiritual leaders who practice both faith and fitness

With the Pope's arrival in the United States, the conversation about religion and faith has been at the forefront. Many of us turn to religious leaders for everything from spiritual guidance to life advice. But using them for workout and diet tips? Not so much.

Yet, as obesity rates rise worldwide, more and more faith leaders are turning to a healthier lifestyle and encouraging their followers to do the same.

While a strong spiritual foundation and prayer or meditation can have positive effects on the mind, everyone from the pope to the Dalai Lama has incorporated physical activity and healthy eating into their daily routine.

Click HERE to read about how some of the world's top religious leaders have combined fitness and faith. There's even a CrossFit rabbi!