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Why food and drug addiction aren’t so far apart.

first_img Share Food & DiningLifestyle Why food and drug addiction aren’t so far apart. by: – April 8, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img I recently wrote about my compulsive dark-chocolate M&M eating and mentioned the fascinating story about food addiction that science journalist Rachael Moeller Gorman wrote for the April issue of EatingWell Magazine.In a nutshell: People who chronically crave food aren’t so different from those who suffer drug and alcohol addictions. This week, I read another new study—in the Archives of General Psychiatry—that backs the notion that, for some people, chocolate and other particularly delicious foods might stimulate the brain in ways similar to cocaine.In this study, researchers at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity asked 48 women to take a quiz that measured their “food addiction.”Using high-tech scans, the researchers looked at the subjects’ brain activity after they were shown, and then after they drank, a chocolate milkshake. They found that brain activity of subjects who scored higher on the food-addiction quiz looked similar to what’s been observed in drug addicts: there was more activity in regions associated with cravings and less in areas that control urges.So how do you know if your relationship with food is just normal cravings or if you might have a more serious food addiction? People talk about being “addicted to sugar,” “addicted to potato chips” and, probably most commonly, “addicted to chocolate.”But people who chronically crave food, like those with alcohol and drug addictions, are highly conditioned to abuse their substance of choice, Nora Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) told Gorman when she talked with her for EatingWell‘s April issue.If thinking about food rules your life, seek help from a professional. But if you’re someone dealing with occasional cravings, restructuring your day and planning ahead can help you resist overwhelming temptation.Even if you have a tendency to become “addicted” to food, you can combat overeating. Here are some tricks:1. Plan meals and snacks. Grazing all day may keep you from getting so hungry that you’ll overeat the next time food is in front of you, but eating on the fly without a plan can also add up to too many calories. Better to plan meals and snacks ahead: decide what you’ll have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a midafternoon snack. Each time, include a little protein for additional staying power.2. Budget in treats. Studies suggest that feeling deprived—even if you are consuming plenty of calories—can trigger overeating. Banning a food often just makes you think about it more. If chocolate is your downfall, maybe keep it out of the house, so that it’s not around tempting you all the time. Consider making a batch of treats to give to a friend and sampling just one.3. Keep a food diary. Recording everything—the ice cream binge as well as the carrots and celery—“makes everything you eat part of the plan,” Elena Ramirez, Ph.D., co-founder of the Vermont Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy told EatingWell Magazine. “It’s no longer a sneaky bad thing.” Writing what you bite can also help you lose weight, studies show.4. Stay cool. Being stressed often leads to overindulging. Squelch your stress with exercise: you can schedule daily workouts for a natural high. No time for a gym session? Go for a short walk. A change of scenery is often all you need to think more clearly.  5. Get some sleep. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of overeating and obesity, research shows. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night for adults.By Nicci Micco,M.S., editor-at-large for EatingWell Magazine Share 22 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Spanish female football referees turn to healthcare amid COVID-19 battle

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways6 Things You Didn’t Know About Channing Tatum’s Ex-WifeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisIt Looks Like An Ordinary Doughnut, But It Glows In The Dark!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Iragartze Fernandez is a referee in the top-flight of the Spanish women’s football league, who has now become a full-time nurse in Madrid to help battle coronavirus. The 26-year-old has been training as a nurse for five years in Bilbao but the global pandemic – which has brought the world of sport to a halt – has quickened her move into healthcare. As of Thursday, there were 56,188 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Spain with 4,089 deaths while a further 3,679 Spaniards are currently in intensive care. Despite the human tragedy of the virus, the lockdown has brought solidarity and unity to many Spaniards with a now daily 8pm tradition of widespread applause for health workers in recognition of their vital role. Fernandez adds: “All that applause every night, it’s incredible. I’ve been working in the same medical centre for two years and to be honest, no one has ever said thank you until now. It’s really heart-warming to see our work is being recognised.” Read Also: Barcelona in talks with Messi, others to take pay cut She is one of a number of female officials who are now on the frontline battling against the virus, and the referee admits not having the sport is damaging as it is a welcome form of distraction. “Playing sports is usually my escape,” said Fernandez. “At work, we live with the coronavirus, we rub shoulders with it. I come home, I turn on the TV and now we only talk about that. “The only thing to really disconnect is sport. It helps me forget everything.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Spain is now behind only Italy on the global scale for the most deaths due to the virus, with the nation now 11 days into a 30-day state of lockdown. “When someone arrives with a cough and a fever, my job is to analyse their symptoms, while wearing full protective equipment,” Fernandez told AFP, as cited by Yahoo Sports. “The risk of us transmitting the disease is high because we are constantly living next to it. That’s a very stressful experience because you’re always fighting against something you can’t see. You’re always playing at a disadvantage. “I’m not Superwoman or anything like that, I’m just doing my bit, like everyone else.”Advertisement Loading… last_img read more