Study Urges People to Think Twice Before Going on a Diet
“A new qualitative study highlights the negative interpersonal and psychological consequences associated with “yo-yo dieting,” also known as weight cycling. The work underscores how toxic yo-yo dieting can be and how difficult it can be for people to break the cycle. “Yo-yo dieting – unintentionally gaining weight and dieting to lose weight only to gain it back and restart the cycle – is a prevalent part of American culture, with fad diets and lose-weight-quick plans or drugs normalized as people pursue beauty ideals,” says Lynsey Romo, corresponding author of a paper on the study and an associate professor of communication at North Carolina State University.”

Death doulas and bereavement circles: the rise of grief tourism
“If death is the ultimate journey, then it’s no surprise that a whole programme of travel has sprung up around helping us handle our grief. The last few years have seen both personal and collective bereavement on a scale none of us could have imagined. So, in some ways it’s unsurprising that many have begun to venture beyond the traditional avenue of talking therapies, and invest in a holistic adventure to deal with these turbulent emotions.”

American Heart Association spurs “food is medicine” research with new funding
“29 Jan 2024 — To identify effective “food is medicine” approaches that incorporate healthy food into health care delivery, the American Heart Association (AHA) will reward US$7.9 million to 19 research projects as part of its Health Care by Food initiative. The projects will examine the efficacy of adding healthy food provisions to patient care, aiming to help treat, manage and prevent chronic health conditions and alleviate health inequities.”

Already broke your New Year’s diet resolution? You may be better off
“If you’re like most people who make dietary New Year’s resolutions, you’re probably already struggling to stick with them. But you don’t have to blame yourself. Our minds and bodies actively fight against the kinds of restrictive food rules promoted so aggressively in January. Experts in psychology and nutrition have said that giving yourself grace — and giving up the diet mentality altogether — may be the best way to make this a good year.”

Walking Backward Has An Unexpected Effect On Your Health
“You’ve known how to walk since you were about 12 months old, but walking can be the perfect exercise to keep you healthy all your life. A 30-minute brisk walk most days of the week can keep your health in check by reducing your risk of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Walking isn’t just good exercise for older adults. It can be incorporated into your weight loss program, and walking up hills or at a faster pace can boost strength and cardio fitness (per Better Health Channel).”

Physical activity and nutrition in relation to resilience: a cross-sectional study
“A healthy lifestyle is often discussed as being a characteristic of or a prerequisite for quality of life. In phases of high subjective stress (work overload, negative thoughts), however, its protective function can be limited. The two present survey studies examined two facets of a health-related lifestyle (physical activity and nutritional awareness), in particular, the correlations with general life satisfaction and their adaptive function in respect to stress (resilience). In addition, because episodes of increased stress can have a negative effect on eating, the interactions with the consumption of less healthy food were examined.”

Control Your Mental Resilience With 10 Stoic Lessons (Stoicism)
“Developing resilience is vital for navigating life’s hardships. The ancient Stoic philosophers of Greece and Rome left enduring lessons that provided mental toughness and emotional fortitude through inevitable adversity. Their powerful teachings reveal how we can take control of our responses to external events that would otherwise threaten inner peace. By applying principles of logic, ethics, and self-discipline, anyone can unlock deep reserves of resilience.”

Patients say keto helps with their mental illness. Science is racing to understand why
“Iain Campbell, a researcher in Scotland, has lived with bipolar disorder since he was young. After trying the ketogenic diet, he discovered profound improvements in his symptoms — and now wants to learn if it can do the same for others. He shared his recent findings at the Metabolic Health Summit in Clearwater, Fla., on Jan. 25.”