Welcome to Dear Julia, a weekly column where readers can submit everyday health questions on anything from the science of hangovers to the mysteries of back pain. Julia Belluz will sift through the research and consult with experts in the field to figure out how science can help us live happier and healthier lives.
There was a time, in the distant past, when studying nutrition was a relatively simple science. In 1747, a Scottish doctor named James Lind wanted to figure out why so many sailors got scurvy, a disease that leaves sufferers exhausted and anemic, with bloody gums and missing teeth.
Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us.
Image source. You are a singularly unique individual. Just like everyone else. I don’t dig this whole special snowflake syndrome where everyone needs to be handled with kid gloves. Some people are awesome, and others just suck. If you go through life thinking the world owes you something wonderful, then…
Psychology has identified three mindsets shared by people who actually follow through on their goals — Quartz
A sense of belonging is key.
Psychology has identified three mindsets shared by people who actually follow through on their goals
I’ve never been an athletic or active person. My entire history of sports involved one season of track in high school and a brief flirtation with what I thought was a yoga studio but turned out to be more of a cult. But then, in my mid-30s, I had two children and gained 30 pounds….
When I was about to turn 40, I started working out regularly after years of inactivity. As I sweated my way through cardio, weights, and dance classes, I noticed that exercise wasn’t just changing my body. It was also profoundly transforming my brain-for the better. The immediate effects of exercise on my mood and thought…
Even though I smelled bad enough to knock a buzzard off a gut pile, the people in the medical tent of the 2013 Victoria Marathon were kind and caring. One paramedic even let me use his cell to make a long-distance call to my wife, who was watching via Internet…
From medical treatment to diet and lifestyle choice: how to spot unreliable health research | The Conversation
One day we’re told that coffee causes cancer, the next that it protects us from it. Does this sound familiar? We’re all bombarded by confusing and contradictory health information every day – supposedly based on scientific evidence. But most of us have a difficult time assessing the quality of this evidence, particularly if it’s online.
Hunger is the enemy. I’ve lost weight. I’ve kept it off. I’ve written lots of articles about losing weight and keeping it off. I’ve sourced the shit out of those articles with journal references and expert interviews. I’m not doing that for this one (although I’ll link to some of…
An interesting website and Twitter account worth exploring and following. Taryn Brumfitt is a mother of 3, a writer, speaker and Founder of The Body Image Movement. Her goal is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by teaching women the value and power of loving their bodies…from the inside out!
Exploring the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies. Taryn Brumfitt Founder
- Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here’s what the evidence says. – Vox August 27, 2016
- I asked 8 researchers why the science of nutrition is so messy. Here’s what they said. – Vox August 17, 2016
- Judson Brewer: A simple way to break a bad habit | TED Talk | TED.com August 14, 2016
- The Difference Between Inspiring and Shaming | Body for Wife August 13, 2016
- Psychology has identified three mindsets shared by people who actually follow through on their goals — Quartz August 12, 2016
- Does Exercise Slow the Aging Process? – The New York Times November 1, 2015
- 11 Things I Didn’t Expect From 2 Months of Researching Food | FitnessReloaded.com November 29, 2015
- 6 Horrifying Things The Nutrition Industry Won’t Tell You | Cracked.com December 1, 2015
- Philosophical Thoughts: How to lose weight and keep it off permanently December 4, 2015
- Why the Greatest Minds Take Long Walks | AlyJuma.com December 4, 2015
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- Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here’s what the evidence says. – Vox
- I asked 8 researchers why the science of nutrition is so messy. Here’s what they said. – Vox
- Judson Brewer: A simple way to break a bad habit | TED Talk | TED.com
- The Difference Between Inspiring and Shaming | Body for Wife
- Psychology has identified three mindsets shared by people who actually follow through on their goals — Quartz