The scientific evidence is clear that consuming ultra-processed foods is very bad for our health. A new study reviewed data from 14 studies which included 9,888,373 participants. The researchers were looking for a correlation between ultra-processed foods and adverse health outcomes. They conclude: Greater exposure to ultra-processed food was associated with a higher risk of […]

In consideration of models and tools for addressing behavior change, perhaps one of the most important elements is how we communicate health behaviors to our audience. It is important to note that 54% of Americans read below the equivalent of a sixth-grade level and more than half (51.7%) of Americans do not have a college […]

Identity Behavior Theory postulates that how someone chooses to identify may largely determine whether they take action on a health behavior, and IBT is concerned with how identity guides and motivates behavior, along with one’s attitude and resilience toward the behavior. Other models of behavior change consider stages and processes of change, perceptions toward change, […]

Over the next several weeks, the Respectful Living blog will cover health behavior change theories and steps one can take for positive changes. I will update this post with the series as each is completed. Blog Series Post 1: The Health Belief Model Evaluation Blog Series Post 2: The Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change Blog […]

Plant-Based Foods for Skin Health: A Narrative Review “Collectively, the evidence to date suggests a promising future for plant-based dietary interventions that promote skin barrier health and function.” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212267221014337 In conclusion, clinical studies in the field of nutrition and skin research support growing evidence to help dietitians make targeted dietary recommendations. More investigations on whole […]

I have heard that people who play together, stay together.  As I pondered the concept of companionate love which is considered feelings of affection and consistent love between interdependent romantic partners who share their time and activity together, I wondered how much of a role mutually shared extracurricular activities play in keeping long term relationships […]

Fermented foods have played a very important role in human health. Fermentation predates modern human history. Not only is fermentation good for the preservation of foodstuffs, but is also good for the commensal bacteria strains found in fermented foods. Modern Refrigeration Modern Refrigeration has only been around for 100 years. 1854 was the beginning of […]

Dr. David Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM and Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center did a VERY comprehensive review of diets which was published in the Annual Review of Public Health. Can We Say What Diet Is Best for Health? https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182351#_i12 He references 167 pieces of scientific literature and reviewed various dietary patterns including: […]

At the bottom of this article is a great plant based protein source guide. —- As I go deeper into being vegan and find myself becoming more and more healthy and more fit, I could not help but make some observations.  Not only do I feel great, I am looking great, and I  have a […]

Vegan Junk Food Typically, most vegans are healthier than the average population.  The primary reasons for that are that they consume nutrient rich foods, eat whole grains, have a higher intake of fiber dense fruits and vegetables, avoid most processed foods, and have a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol because they don’t consume […]