The Caffeine Fix – Pros and Cons

Americans consume more caffeine as a nation than anywhere else in the world.  It is estimated we consume an average of 971 tons of caffeine per year, and 54% of people MUST get their caffeine fix daily.  Out of that 54%, most of them consume three caffeinated beverages per day.  The go-to’s are coffee, energy drinks, and soda.

We already know how detrimental sugar is, so besides the caffeine boost, it’s clear we need to cut out soda and energy drinks. But what about coffee and other more benign options?  Continue reading “The Caffeine Fix – Pros and Cons”

5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

The occasional late night is fine, we all do it.  But it’s when you skimp on sleep night after night that it becomes a real problem. Though you may think your five-hours-a-night habit is nothing to worry about, chronic sleep deprivation has been tied to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. According to the CDC and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 1 in 3 adults do not get enough sleep on a regular basis.  Are you one of them?  Here are five signs you’re sleep deprived.
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How To Break The Sugar Addiction

Since sugar is hidden within so much of what we eat, our brains have actually become hard-wired to crave it. Without us even knowing. Doesn’t that sound crazy, being addicted to a drug without even knowing it?

For many people, that is exactly the case. Here’s how sugar addiction works:

Sugar addiction works in the same way that any addiction (such as addictions to hard drugs, alcohol, and gambling) works — it interferes with the our dopamine receptors. There are theories that our brains think that sugar is so important because of a very outdated survival mechanism from our hunter-gathering days. Continue reading “How To Break The Sugar Addiction”

Alternatives to Stress Eating : Dr. Kim's Blog

Alternatives to Stress Eating

Alternatives to Stress Eating

There are two kinds of people out there—those that eat less when they are stressed, and those that eat more. If you are the latter, eating for comfort every now and then is okay, but when it becomes a regular thing with chronic stress, maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy relationship with food may become challenging.

The truth is, eating may appear to alleviate the stress for the moment, but as soon as the food is gone, the stress and emotions could still be there. This may leave you reaching for more…and more…and more, and, eventually, feelings of guilt and shame. Try these strategies as alternatives to stress eating. Continue reading “Alternatives to Stress Eating”