FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Your gut sabotages your diet, how to teach your kids to love veggies, and why exercise leads to weight gain

by | Dec 2, 2016
For the Love of Food

For the Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup. 

This week how your gut sabotages your diet, how to teach your kids to love veggies, and why exercise leads to weight gain.

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Links of the week

  • Is nutritious food really pricier, and, if so, is that really the problem? <<One of the better articles I’ve read addressing the cost of healthy eating. It’s really not that much more expensive, and with a little bit of skill it can be cheaper to cook and eat healthy. The bigger issues are skills and preferences, aka habits. (Washington Post)
  • Microbes Might Explain Why Many Diets Backfire <<Interesting new hypothesis on why dieting and rapid weight loss tend to make weight maintenance more difficult. Gut microbes adapt to your new eating habits slower than the weight comes off. (The Atlantic)
  • Should a Simple Fitness Check Be Part of Your Checkup? <<I love this! Finally medicine is realizing the importance of the behaviors that lead to the numbers they care about so much. At the bottom there is a link to a test that can help you measure your own fitness. Apparently I have the fitness of an average 2o year old (I’m 37). (NY Times)
  • French parents know how to teach their kids to love food without overeating <<In the US we focus on self-improvement and restriction. In France they focus on pleasure. French people have way better eating habits. And yet in the US we are SO afraid to make this mindset shift. It’s ridiculous when you think about it. (Quartz)
  • The Thin Gene <<Fascinating explanation of a recently discovered hormone (asprosin) that controls metabolism. Reading this really gives you a sense of how little scientists still know about what influences health and weight control, which is a huge part of why they don’t have answers for you. And everyone is so different. (NY Times)
  • Why Do I Gain Weight When I Exercise? <<There is still a pervasive myth that working out more is a good way to lose weight. While it is one of the best things you can do for your health and is great for body sculpting, working out typically makes you eat more and move less so isn’t a single solution for weigh loss. (NY Times)
  • No willpower required: Families adopt healthy behaviors through trial and error <<Exactly. (ScienceDaily)
  • Eat your damn pie this Thanksgiving <<Good advice for the entire holiday season. Be realistic, not crazy. (Vox)
  • Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment <<While I have a lot of problems with this article, I think the basic idea that you don’t need to spend 100% of your waking hours trying to make yourself a better person is right on. Meditation is practice, not relaxation. And you need time off even from that. You really do. (NY Times)
  • BASICS: EVERYDAY LENTIL SOUP <<Lentil soup is one of my go-to meals in the winter, especially when I have a hodgepodge of food and ingredients left in my fridge. This is a nice basic blueprint, but your soup can be delicious with far fewer ingredients. (Sprouted Kitchen)

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One Response to “FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Your gut sabotages your diet, how to teach your kids to love veggies, and why exercise leads to weight gain”

  1. Judith Favia says:

    Regarding the issue of mindfulness, the points raised are really about the kind of pop mindfulness meditation that has become so prevalent. Meditation is not a self help program or a quick fix. It is a disciplined practice for becoming acquainted with your own mind, and establishing space between your thoughts and your actions. That may mean confronting uncomfortable emotions and experiences so it is not just a feel good technique. Better to go have a cocktail if that is your goal. It is also not a substitute for right action on social issues. But it can help children learn to confront and manage their emotions and feel more in control and less anxious. There are many excellent organizations, often Buddhist, but many secular as well who can teach authentic meditation and mindfulness practices. My own organization has information at, but the Center of Healthy Minds at U of WI is another option.

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