Getting Babies to Stop Crying and Not Die May Have Made Humans Smarter

With sleepless nights and puzzling crying spells, caring for a newborn may seem like a mind numbing endeavor. But the mental abilities needed to keep a helpless, fussy infant alive may actually be the source of our smarts.

Source: Getting babies to stop crying and not die may have made humans smarter

Huh, I’ve often said while raising young children “I’m not sure how the human race survived for so long when children clearly aren’t concerned with their own survival”… 😉
I’m more curious about the fact that I see screaming kids and my brain says “that looks unpleasant, I don’t want that, no kids for me”. Intelligence seems like it should be a barrier to reproduction. Yet, as a species, we keep having them…
Those are other people’s babies. To a certain extent, when it’s your baby, you are hardwired to love it, emphasize with it, feel sad, and try to help it. You also get the really nice stuff of watching your baby develop into a child and start maturing, and the bright spots really help compensate for the occasional issues.  That’s until they become teens – then it’s war!

The Psychological Factors That Cause Food Cravings

I’ve heard a lot of people say that: when they start eating healthier, they start craving healthier food over time…

I haven’t noticed that working for me.  Not exactly.  I get cravings, but when I go to address the craving – I do try to make healthier choices.

Why Fad Diets Don’t Work, and How to Spot Them

I’m going to be That Guy™ who jumps in and says cutting out carbs isn’t a fad diet. Doctors have experimented with keto diets to treat various health issues since the 1930s, and it clearly brings results, not even just weight loss. It’s silly to make the claim that just because something is popular, it should be avoided as a “fad diet”. Do the research, read arguments from both sides of a debate, and make your own decision.

That said, there is a lot of research supporting the Mediterranean diet.

Top 10 Myths and Misconceptions About Sleep

You’d think the human race would have sleep down to a science by now, but many of us are still sleeping poorly. Part of the problem is we have outdated information and beliefs about this all-important health need. Let’s set the facts straight. Here are 10 things you might have been told about sleep but aren’t completely true.

Source: Top 10 Myths and Misconceptions About Sleep

on’t even try to sleep hungry. Yeah, it’s dark and we shouldn’t be eating, but a rumbling tummy is worse. A simple, small midnight snack is not going to destroy your diet nearly as much as starvation the following morning. Carbs + dairy is always a good bet.

Stick to Your Diet for at Least a Year for Potentially Lasting Weight Loss

If you’ve ever dieted before, you know how hard it is to keep the weight off for good. New research suggests that if you maintain your weight loss for at least 52 weeks, it’ll be easier to maintain that weight in the long run.

Source: Stick to Your Diet for at Least a Year for Potentially Lasting Weight Loss

You don’t necessarily need to deprive yourself, either. Just eat more vegetables.

Given the sample size (no pun intended), I’d stick to what this study found about how long you need to keep weight off to make it a more permanent change.

Parents’ Bad Diets May Mess With Genes, Boost Kids’ Risk of Obesity, Diabetes

A crummy diet can obviously have a lasting impact on the waistline—but for parents, it may also have a lasting impact on DNA and the family line, a new study suggests.

Source: Parents’ bad diets may mess with genes, boost kids’ risk of obesity, diabetes

It’d be interesting to test if the epigenetic changes are permanent, or if they can be reversed by the fat mouse loosing weight.

“Dangerous Paleo Diet” Study is Ragged With Holes

There’s a deep sense of irony in adding to a never-ending series of headlines on a study that shouldn’t have had any attention paid to it at all. But the publication on the dangers of the “paleo” diet that’s spawned countless headlines is so flawed that it’s worth exploring why it got so much attention.

Source: “Dangerous paleo diet” study is ragged with holes

I hate how the popular press covers nutrition and health. Popular journalism on this is a garbage fire. Its terrible.

You get dubious results like this ampped up to full volume. You get an emphasis on in individual isolated studies instead of a focus on broad scientific evidence. You get idiots like Dr. Oz and Michael Pollan taken as credible experts on things, and even given TV shows to spew their garbage. You get blatant pseudoscience that contradicts the scientific consensus taken as a credible/sensible opinion.

Stick to Your Diet by Offering to Bring a Dish to Dinners and Parties

If your diet has certain restrictions, it can make accepting invitations to dinners or parties complicated when the host isn’t aware of your diet’s ins and outs. Here’s a simple, and polite, way to safely stick to your diet and still enjoy the gathering.

Source: Stick to Your Diet by Offering to Bring a Dish to Dinners and Parties

A note about the etiquette around this: it’s polite to offer to bring a dish. It’s not polite to insist upon bringing a dish if the host declines, or to bring a dish without asking.

  • Your host may have a special meal planned down to the last detail. Or she may have dietary preferences your dish doesn’t match. So don’t insist.
  • If you bring a dish without asking, it’s a host/ess gift, and the host/ess is not obliged to serve it. So don’t bring your grain salad without asking unless you never want to see it again.

Gluten-Free Sports Diets Do Nothing, Study Suggests

Ditching the notorious complex of proteins known as gluten is a popular diet plan nowadays. Besides people with celiac disease, a severe autoimmune disorder triggered by the proteins, athletes have been particularly smitten with the gluten-free fad. But, according to a recent study, the diet is unlikely to give them the results they expect.

Source: Gluten-free sports diets do nothing, study suggests

Given that gluten specifically has yet to be identified by any athletic diet as necessary, I’m not surprised.  Protein and carbs, by comparison, are well known and documented.  It’s nothing about allergy, perceived or otherwise.