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The Science (Or Lack Thereof) of Sugar Addiction

It’s been a wild few weeks around here, but I’m finally getting around to posting the recap of my sugar addiction webinar with Jessie Hoffman! You can catch the whole thing below (transcript coming soon!) - keep scrolling to find our references if you’d like to dig into those!

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Selected References

Avena, N.M., Food and addiction: implications and relevance to eating disorders and obesity. Curr Drug Abuse Rev, 2011. 4(3): p. 131-2.Monsivais, P., M.M. Perrigue, and A. Drewnowski, Sugars and satiety: does the type of sweetener make a difference? Am J Clin Nutr, 2007. 86(1): p. 116-23.

Benton, D., The plausibility of sugar addiction and its role in obesity and eating disorders. Clin Nutr, 2010. 29(3): p. 288-303.

Burger, K., Stice, E. Relation of dietary restraint scores to activation of reward-related brain regions in response to food intake, anticipated intake, and food pictures. Neuroimage, 2012. 55(1): p.233-239

DiNicolantonio, J.J., J.H. O'Keefe, and W.L. Wilson, Sugar addiction: is it real? A narrative review. Br J Sports Med, 2017.

Epstein, L.H., et al., Long-term habituation to food in obese and nonobese women. Am J Clin Nutr, 2011. 94(2): p. 371-6.

Hoebel, B.G., et al., Natural addiction: a behavioral and circuit model based on sugar addiction in rats. J Addict Med, 2009. 3(1): p. 33-41.

Lennerz, B. and J.K. Lennerz, Food Addiction, High-Glycemic-Index Carbohydrates, and Obesity. Clin Chem, 2018. 64(1): p. 64-71.

Markus, C.R., et al., Eating dependence and weight gain; no human evidence for a 'sugar-addiction' model of overweight. Appetite, 2017. 114: p. 64-72.

Westwater, M.L., P.C. Fletcher, and H. Ziauddeen, Sugar addiction: the state of the science. Eur J Nutr, 2016. 55(Suppl 2): p. 55-69.


The Real Reason You Can't Stick To A Diet

The Real Reason You Can't Stick To A Diet

Happy New Year! I can’t believe I’m even typing that - wasn’t it just January of 2018?! Either way, 2019 is here and it brought tons of diet ads and “new year, new me” posts. I’m here to share two truths with you: you don’t need to seek out a new version of yourself just because you had to buy a new calendar, and the best way to improve your health this year is to not diet.

Food Is Not Medicine

Food Is Not Medicine

In a season where diets are often veiled under shield of the "wellness" pretense, the idea of food as medicine is also in the spotlight - although it's been around for quite some time.

"Let food be thy medicine." -Hippocrates

Let's start with this quote. First of all, Hippocrates was probably misquoted. And second, it's okay to let food just be food.

And a third side note - even if Hippocrates said this, he lived in a time where bleeding was still considered a legitimate medical treatment. I'd take food over bloodletting any day, too.

Intuitive Eating is Not A Diet

Intuitive Eating is Not A Diet

Intuitive eating is not a diet. I cannot say this enough times - because here's the highly-simplified scoop on the nutrition/diet/fitness/"wellness" world: it operates based on trends and fear. Right now, intuitive eating is getting a moment in the spotlight and being shared in a way that doesn't reflect its principles, capitalizing on those trends and fear and promising a more freeing way to control weight. Many people who take the idea of intuitive eating at face value believe that it is essentially eating when hungry and stopping when full - but really, it's so much more than that. To truly understand intuitive eating, you have to zoom out for the whole picture.