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Now that we have made it out of January, let’s really talk about health. One of the biggest draws of the New Year is the idea that it is fresh, and new, and unmarred by the past. There is this inherent belief that this year will be better than the last. There is a hope that the barriers you experienced in the past will now no longer be a hindrance to your progress. The ideology that you can reset your life with the forward tick of a clock. …

After the holiday season, when purse strings might get a little tighter, and wallets a little lighter, now we are pressured into getting healthier. So to facilitate obtaining health in more ways than one, let’s discuss the fiscal fallacy of health.

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You are consistently told that in order to be healthy you need to eat organic, non-gmo, grass fed, heirloom, hormone free, clean, keto, or low-calorie options. What most people hear when they are told that is the way to each is cha-ching, cha-ching.

Herein lies the fallacy of finance and health. While yes, there is research to demonstrate that…

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Here we are again, at the start of the end-of-year Holiday Season. Beginning with Halloween, then weeks until Thanksgiving, with a barrage of parties until the celebration of Christmas and then New Years. Once that New Years hits though, there is a renewed interest in self and health.

Ironically, there is almost a multiple personality approach to the holiday season that many adopt. This can be equated to the three-legged stool. One leg is the victim approach to the holidays where we are simply subject to the pressures of the season. Another leg represents the desire to just be present…

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I realize that kids can be the literal worst when it comes to trying new foods, being in food jags (ruts), and not finishing their foods. But a child is not counting calories, wondering if they should step on the scale now or later to see if their day is going to be ruined, or fearful of GMO’s and nitrates.

With kids going back to school across the country, virtually or physically, it might be a good time to consider what that return can mean to their dietary habits. …

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In the health world, there are the two relatively new kids on the block. They’ve been around for a few years but they’ve been gaining popularity recently. The two that I am talking about are body positivity and health at every size.

While often spoken of together, Body Positivity and Health at Every Size (HAES) are two separate approaches. As the name implies, with body positivity the focus is on making peace with your body and focusing on the positives it has rather than the negatives. …

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Let me start off by saying that I am not a vegan. I eat plants. I prefer soy milk, though I am not against cow’s milk. And I eat meat when I want. While that may make some of you question my credibility that is part of the concern we should have with food extremism. Here is where I should make some clever joke about being a vegan, or becoming a “televeganist” spouting the benefits of a plant based lifestyle to decrease health risks. But let’s just have a little talk about the reality of eating plants.

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When you were young, maybe you were the pizza kid, the chicken nugget kid, the pizza bagel kid, the french fry kid or any number of designations given to children in food jags. A food jag is a rut, or habit, that an individual gets into where they limit their consumption of foods to a few select items. Hence, the kid that only eats cheese sticks despite the consistent begging of parents to just try something else.

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While it can be frustrating to a parent when a child will only eat pop tarts, or bananas, fish sticks, or peanut butter…

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If you were on social media from March until June it was nearly everyday that you saw jokes about beach bodies after quarantine, weight gain, mindless eating, etc.

Some even refer to quarantine weight gain as “gaining the COVID-19” like it is a right of passage, expectation, and movement that we all are aware of and bitter about. Jessica Zucker and Sara Gaynes Levy wrote an excellent article on how fat shaming is harmful, discussing why we should potentially consider avoiding that conversation.

In the midst of relaxed quarantine procedures, re-opening the economy, and the Black Lives Matter discussion on…

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Men don’t have friends.

Or at least, typically, not the way that women have friends. If they do have friends, they may only talk to one another every few months. Those friendships can take place around a variety of things such as, sports, location, interests, travel, video games, and so on. Men could probably count on one hand the men that they have had heart-to-heart conversations with. But what is the conversation that men have with their friends, colleagues, and acquaintances surrounding health? …

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Currently, we are in a world where many of those cultural norms are changing. Perhaps, we are not going to work, or we are working from home. Maybe we are running out of essential toiletries. It could be that we are being quarantined to our home and as a result have lost access to food. Maybe your coworkers have been replaced by smaller, slightly less self-regulated office mates that offer no assistance once clocked in. Regardless of the reason, your environment is likely to change and as a result your behaviors change.

Zach Cordell

You might not like this story, so just try another! They’re free like that. Good ole’ information buffet. Dietitian, Professor, Author

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