Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week how to stop using food as a drug, why you shouldn’t freak out about folate, and the FDA revisits “healthy.”
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- Why Weight Loss Doesn’t Promise Happiness <<There are many good reasons to try and lose weight, and some of them may improve your quality of life. But it’s worth remembering that it doesn’t solve everything, and if your identity is tied to your body weight you are likely to be disappointed with weight loss unless you address the deeper issues. (Mark’s Daily Apple)
- To feel better, eat less (yes, even if you’re not overweight) <<This is super interesting, especially as someone who has had experience as a dieter (intentional calorie restriction) and has also learned to eat for pleasure and well-being. While this is completely subjective, I actually have found that eating less makes me feel better in general (e.g. when I’m very busy, traveling, or just eating lighter due to weather or other random circumstances) so long as my motivation isn’t self-punishment. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. (LA Times)
- Why Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem <<This times 1,000,000. I’ve written about the value of self-compassion before, and the more I work with people the more I find it to be true. If this is something you’d like to learn more about, Neff’s book called Self-Compassion is excellent. (The Atlantic)
- Concerns About Folate Causing Autism Are Premature <<Isn’t it great when journalists are rational and sober instead of sensationalist and irresponsible? Thanks Hamblin! (The Atlantic)
- Healthy? Natural? It’s up to the FDA. <<The FDA announced this week that they are going to reexamine the definition of “healthy” food. Thanks to Marion Nestle for pointing out that this is about marketing, not public health. (Food Politics)
- Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy May Make for Heavier Infants <<There is not a cause and effect relationship here, but artificial sweeteners aren’t exactly the pinnacle of healthy eating. (Medline)
- I finally get it: My aging mother needs to follow her own food rules, not mine <<An excellent reminder to celebrate the small victories when trying to help someone you care about to eat better. (Washington Post)
- To Keep Obesity at Bay, Exercise May Trump Diet <<That isn’t to say it exercise is better for weight loss. It isn’t. But it may be more important for health and avoiding weight gain to begin with. This is definitely worth the read. (NY Times)
- How to Stop Using Food Like a Drug <<This really is the key, isn’t it? (Mark’s Daily Apple)
- Quick lamb tagine with pan fried aubergine & cumin crunch <<I think I just decided to make tagine for dinner tonight. (Jamie Oliver)
What inspired you this week?