Wolfing Down Your Food Can Trigger Weight Gain

Are you someone who's a fast eater? Well, it's time to slow down, savor your food and take lots of bites. That's advice you can glean from this intriguing new study from the Journal of Clinical Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Essentially, eating quickly may trigger weight gain, because it curtails the release of hormones (you need) that help regulate your appetite, which could cause you to overeat, according to the researchers, headed up by Alexander Kokkinos, MD, PhD, of Laiko General Hospital in Athens, Greece.

As MedPage reveals, patients who ate a meal in 30 minutes had higher levels of two peptides that signal satiety — peptide YY (PYY) and glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) — than those who wolfed down their food in five minutes.

In nother words, this study suggests that there's truth to the "old wives' tale" that eating quickly leads to weight gain.

"Our findings give some insight into an aspect of modern-day food
overconsumption, namely the fact that many people, pressed by demanding working
and living conditions, eat faster and in greater amounts than in the past,"
Kokkinos says in the news release.

"The warning we were given as children that
'wolfing down your food will make you fat' may in fact have a physiological

"Most of us have heard that eating fast can lead to food overconsumption and
obesity, and in fact some observational studies have supported this notion,"
Kokkinos says in a news release. "Our study provides a possible explanation for
the relationship between speed eating and overeating by showing that the rate
at which someone eats may impact the release of gut hormones that signal the
brain to stop eating."

Listen to the quick interview with Dr. Kokkinos below.

Doctors Group Gets Intimate With Coke

Coke_press_conference_500_141 Have you heard yet that the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) — which is dedicated to helping everyone attain "optimal health" — accepted a reported $600,000 from Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage company?

As if taking Coke's money wasn't bad enough, the soft drink manufacturer will actually fund new content about beverages and sweeteners for the AAFP's consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org

You heard me right. Big Soda will pay to "educate" you, dear consumers, about how sugar-filled beverages can be a part of your "healthy" lifestyle!

Many of us wellness advocates, as well as AAFP members, are in an uproar over this misguided alliance. Talk about partners with different objectives!

Last week, AAFP doctors (see photo above) even resigned over this appallaing partnership. 

Share your thoughts here about the doctors-Coke alliance and also join the new Facebook group, "End the AAFP and Coca-Cola Collaboaration.

Halloween Tricks Kids Into Sugar Overload: Op Ed Piece

Hall leftover-halloween-candy-by-harris-graber Are you re planning on passing out sugar-filled candies for Halloween tomorrow night?

If so, you should know that every time you hand out candies, you're tricking kids into sugar overload. 

Halloween isn't just one night. It paves the way for bad eating habits year-round.

Read more about this in our opinion piece in today's Newark Star-Ledger.

Spread the word to your friends, fans and family members.

Make comments. Get heard, too.

Non-Drinkers More Depressed?

Drinking-sadness From time to time, findings from research studies make me marvel in disbelief. Such was the case when I recently discovered that scientists in Norway found that those of us who are non-drinkers are more depressed, AOL News alerts us.

Wait a minute? Even though alcohol has been linked to health hazards galore, from car crashes to alcoholism to cancer, if you don't drink, you may get blue more often?

Although I was tempted to dismiss the results, I quickly learned that this is not a study at which you should sneer. The scientists, headed up by Jens Christopher Scogen of the University of Bergen looked at a whopping 38,000 people. (It's always a good sign when thousands of folks participate in research.) What's more, their conclusions were published in the medical journal Addiction.

So why the startling results?

Well, non-drinkers tended to have such illnesses as fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, which not only prevented them from imbibing,
but also made them more prone to depression, according to TIME magazine. In addition, the booze-shunners had fewer social ties. 

Plus, Dr. Skogen told TIME, "some people assume it's healthier not to drink." Furthermore, some abstainers were recovering alcoholics so they may have more more psychological distress than others. (Only 14% of the non-drinkers in the Norway
study fit this category.)

One dubious explanation is, according to TIME, that "abstainers have fewer
close friends than drinkers, even though they tend to participate more
often in organized social activities. Abstainers seem to have a harder
time making strong friendship bonds, perhaps because they don't have
alcohol to lubricate their social interactions. "

You've got to be kidding! If you don't drink, you're not social? What about those of us, who meet fellow exercise-loving friends on the bike trail, at fitness events or doing yoga? In fact, I just met a potential new friend today after a great spinning class.)

What irks me about this study is that it discounts the socializing aspect of exercising and other shared activities. In addition, it ignores a Japanese study, which concluded that drinking makes the heart grow sadder.

As for me, I'm sticking to my no-alcohol routine — the sugar doesn't work well in my system. And, I'm convinced, I'll be the happier for it, despite this study's questionable conclusions.

Barbra Streisand Sings Beautiful Rosh Hashanah Song

No matter what your religion, you will enjoy this dazzling rendition from Barbra Streisand of the traditional Rosh Hashanah song, Avinu Malkeinu, “Our Father Our King,” provided courtesy of Belief.net.

L’Shana Tova!

Wishing a very sweet new year to all.

Michael Jackson: Did Drugs Do Him In?

Like millions of fans, I'm filled with sadness about Michael Jackson's sudden death.

What caused his cardiac arrest and untimely death at age 50?

Speculation now abounds on a variety of websites such as TMZ that daily Demerol injections of other drugs led to his demise.

For instance, People delves into the topic, as does Fox, which reports about his daily injections.

Dr. Kevin Pho also talks about the drug connection on his KevinMD blog.

Thankfully, some nice tributes also are popping up all over, such as this one on the Huffington Post from Deepak Chopra, who was a friend.

Sneaker Saturday: Join Us & Spread the Word on Twitter, Facebook & Beyond in this Fun, Worldwide Exercise Event

Do you work out regularly or are you one of those who neglects to move
your wonderful body even though you know that it's good for you?

Well, this Saturday, a group of us are starting the First Sneaker Saturday, a fun fitness event, which you can join no matter where you live.

Sneaker Saturday — which I encourage you and invite you to heavily promote on your blogs, on Twitter and Facebook using this: #SneakerSaturday — is about whatever you want it to be.

your choice as to how you celebrate Sneaker Saturday.

The only
recommendation is that you slip on a pair of your favorite sneakers and
get moving. Your body needs physical activity, and even if you've
been a couch potato all week, your body will be grateful to get out and

So what do you plan to do on Sneaker Saturday? Share
what you'll do.

In other words, Sneaker Saturday is for us to inspire, excite
and encourage each other to get out there and exercise. Plus, it means we'll share what we're doing — what kind of physical activities.

For me, Sneaker
Saturday will mean hopping on my bike (wearing my New Balance Sneakers
— love those shoes!) — and riding down to the Statue of Liberty,
weather permitting. It's the most exhilarating, refreshing bike trip!

On Sneaker Saturday, I may also pop
by the gym to do some weights and work out on the elliptical
machine. I'm excited, because I've been sick for over a week and
I finally have my energy back so I can get back to my workout routine.

How did Sneaker Saturday come about?

Well, earlier this week, after attending day one of this amazing 140 Characters Conference, the idea hit me while having dinner with a bunch of amazing people, including renowned blogger and social media expert Robert Scoble, #140conf organizer Jeff Pulver"Adventure Girl" Stephanie Michaels, PR whiz Candice Best, comedian Heather Gold, Ari Rabban of  Phone.com and other hip tweeters.

The Twitter wizards at the table, especially Stephanie, were talking about all the events during the week during which people tweet using hashtags — days like #FollowFriday, etc.

It was amusing to hear how almost every day of the week had a hashtag. (In Twitter lingo, that means the number sign is used in front of a subject that's followed by many people.)

Well, this got me thinking — why don't we have a day designated to fitness, health or nutrition? Those of us who are health enthusiasts would love such a day!

Anyhow, I ran the idea by a number of cool tweeters at the #140conf, and they said that it was certainly worth a shot.

That night (Saturday), the concept so appealed to me as a way to encourage people to get people fit in a way that's fun for them on the weekend that the minute I got home after our fun night, I got on Go Daddy and quickly reserved the domain,
www.SneakerSaturday.com (site to come).
By Sunday, I became even more excited.

So will you join me
in spreading the word and in helping to evolve this fun fitness event,
which you can do anywhere around the world?

Just share what you're planning for Sneaker Saturday. Or talk about what it means to you.

Please help me to make this a fun, worldwide 52-week phenomenon.

I'm back after my first Sneaker Saturday fun. Took an exhilarating, serotonin-producing, rainy, hair-curly bide ride. Had a blast nonetheless and made it to the Statue of Liberty.

The challenges I faced in the trip exemplified what we authors, marketers, speakers, health experts, bloggers, marketing people, tweeters, etc. need to do: We need to lean on each other for help.

You see, while almost at Battery Park, the bike trail was closed off and there appeared to be no way to get there so I could see the Statue of Liberty (my destination).

I tried to go another way. Didn't work. I was about to give up when I saw a jogger going another direction. So I asked him and then a traffic cop for help. Lo and behold, they told me about a route I'd never tried — one that, incidentally, was so OBVIOUS!!! It just goes to show that you need to ask for help to get somewhere.

What did you do for #SneakerSaturday

Please tweet about your #SneakerSaturday experiences. And follow me on Twitter @SmartHabitsGirl

The Rise of Electronic Books? (See Me at Tail End of Segment)

Check out this PBS ArtBeat segment from reporter Mariana Minaya about "one of the scariest and most promising trends in publishing today — digital books."

The online news piece, "How Publishers Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the E-Book," appears on the PBS Online NewsHour.

Some fascinating issues were raised in this piece such as the fact that publishers are now seeing themselves as "content providers" rather than "book printers."

FYI, at the tail end of this intriguing piece — starting at 5:18 — you'll learn and see me at BookExpo America with my sandwich board.

Lakers’ Lamar Odom: Is His Candy Habit Triggering His Uneven Performance on the Basketball Court?

Lamar Odom 34519670 Why does the Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom have an uneven performance on the basketball court such as this flagrant foul?

In a blog post, entitled “The Lakers’ Lamar Odom, Sweet Tooth and Erratic Play,” Dr. Daniel Amen, a Lakers fan since a child, presents a compelling theory — the basketball player’s compulsive candy
habit is to blame.

After interviewing hundreds of experts for my book SUGAR SHOCK! and suffering my own horrific, sugar-induced nightmare, the physician’s concept makes perfect sense.

Dr. Amen, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind at Any Age, writes that Odom “is
unbelievably talented, but often acts like a space cadet during games.

“He can play great, and be worth his
14 million-dollar salary, or he can act like he is `missing in action.'”

Indeed, acting like a space cadet or have brain fog is clearly a manifestation of low blood sugar, which can be triggered by eating too many sweets.

Kudos to Dr. Amen for pointing out that “Odom’s massive consumption of candy leads to a
sugar high and then a crash, evidence of which can be seen on the
basketball court.”

Dr. Amen writes: “I’ve been telling my patients for years that sugar acts like a drug in
the brain. It causes blood sugar levels to spike and then crash,
leaving you feeling tired, irritable, foggy, and stupid. Eating too
much sugar impairs cognitive function, which may explain why Odom
doesn’t always make the smartest decisions on the court.”

Do you think Dr. Amen’s theory is hogwash? Bet you’ll change your mind after watching the Candy Confessions of the 6’10” Lakers forward, as revealed in this ESPN video, dubbed, “Lamar Odom: The Candy Man.”

My head is shaking in both sympathy and worry upon learning about Odom’s sweet tooth, which has to be called a sugar addiction.

“I’m the supplier of candy on that team. If you need that candy fix, I’ve got it,” he admits.

Why doesn’t his doctor alert him to the dangers of his candy ways? And why does it take a doctor who’s a fan to warn him?

Clearly, Odom doesn’t realize that his obsessive candy habit could pave the way not only to fuzzy thinking and brain fog, but to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and much more. Even though he’s doing lots of exercise on the basketball court, he still can be setting himself up for ailments galore.

Folks, let’s help him! Someone who says, “I’m like a chocolate freak at night,” needs our support.

My heart goes out to him when he admits, “It’s bad. We all got our vices, and sugar is just one of mine.”

Oh my goodness, no offense meant, but Odom, you need HELP now! Your sugar habit could do you in!

Sounds like you could benefit from both my book SUGAR SHOCK!, as well as from Dr. Amen’s books, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind at Any Age.

Special thanks to Los Angeles Times reporter Mike Penner for sharing this candy concept.

FYI, in deference to my sugar-addict fans and because I’m dedicated to helping people break free of their sugar addiction so that they can concentrate better, lose weight, relieve depression, boost their libido and more, I’m deliberately not naming Odom’s many candy preferences by name.

Obesity: All Americans May Become Obese by 2048? Absurd!

Obesity_surgery According to a frightening new study in the research journal Obesity , by 2048, all American adults may become overweight or obese.

A whopping 100 percent of us in the U.S. obese? What an absurd notion!

Despite the fact that the projections are based on national survey data, etc., I just don't buy this outrageous idea. There's just no way that all of us will allow ourselves to become fat! 

Millions of us care way too much about being at optimal health, putting quality food into our bodies and getting or staying in shape to let ourselves fall prey to flab. 

Fitness-camp Just go to any gym and you'll see the exercise-driven people, who would never let themselves become obese.

My workout buddies and any fitness enthusiast would simply scoff at this projection.

After all, every year, millions take drastic measures to peel off pounds — in particular, they buy diet products and diet books to get slim bodies. (In fact, I'm hoping that my upcoming book, The White-Out Diet(TM), will become a major bestseller. Soon, I'll be asking you for your help to make this happen.)

What do you think of these nightmarish projections? Would you let yourself become obese?