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Why Changing Eating Habits (Permanently) Is So Hard

Why Changing Eating Habits (Permanently) is So Hard?

Most of us can change what, when, and how much we eat… for a little while. Most of us can change what, when, and how much we eat for a little while. But once our newfound “willpower” runs out, we fall right back into old habits. Every single time! Why is breaking up with destructive[…]

Addiction: A Systems Perspective

Addiction: A Systems Perspective

Addiction creates and amplifies imbalance; recovery counteracts it. Addiction is a disorder of the brain’s reward pathway mediated by dopamine and other neurotransmitters. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as a primary chronic disease of the brain’s circuitry related to reward, motivation, and memory, rather than simply a problem-based in behavior. Addiction drives a need[…]

Can We Exercise Too Much?

Can We Exercise Too Much?

Compulsive exercise can result in exercise dependence. I have always called myself an extreme health nut. I thought it was a positive, a good thing… eating really really overly healthy and cutting out pretty much all fat and carbohydrates. … It’s quite weird, you’d go out for a run or a really long power walk and you[…]

How Many People Are Addicted to Exercise?

How Many People Are Addicted to Exercise? | Willing Ways

The Truth About Exercise Addiction. Many people become physically active to look and feel better and to get healthy. But physical activity may become addictive for a small number of people. So how many of us are at risk? Katherine Schreiber, co-author of The Truth About Exercise Addiction: Understanding the Dark Side of Thinspiration, is a New York City-based writer pursuing[…]

Why You Shouldn’t Shop When Sleepy

Why You Shouldn’t Shop When Sleepy? | Willing Ways

A creative study shows the cost of going to the market tired.Imagine you just pulled an all-nighter studying for an important exam, worked a double shift through the night, or were up all night with a child who has the flu. The next morning, you find yourself hungry and suddenly remember there’s only a lone[…]

Addicted to Being Right!

Addicted to Being Right | Willing Ways

Our body makes a chemical choice about how to best protect itself. I’m sure it’s happened to you…  You’re in a tense team meeting trying to defend your position on a big project and start to feel yourself losing ground. Your voice gets louder. You talk over one of your colleagues and correct his point of view.[…]

Are You Mentally Strong Enough to Combat Stress?

Are You Mentally Strong Enough to Combat Stress?

Building mental strength provides protection from the harmful effects of stress. The cumulative effects of chronic stress creep up on you slowly. Initially,  you may be able to shrug off minor health issues and sleep difficulties and explain away decreased productivity and increased irritability. But eventually, the toll stress takes on your health adds up, and ultimately, it could take years off your life. Amy Morin is[…]

Why The Internet Is So Addictive

Why The Internet Is So Addictive

When we escape reality we are left in a virtual abyss. The Internet can be one enormous escape hatch. When life becomes too hard and stressful, when relationships become too unfulfilling or unsatisfactory, it’s compelling to jump down into the rabbit hole of the Internet into a world of virtual reality. Do you understand it[…]

ADHD and Substance Abuse

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Investigating the connection According to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ADHD is linked to a marked increase in substance abuse. This data adds to an increasingly complex treatment landscape and provides evidence that early interventions to prevent addiction may be vital in children struggling with ADHD. Joel L. Young, M.D., is[…]

Addiction Is Not a Failure of Willpower

Addiction is Not a Failure of Willpower | Willing Ways

Does new work on willpower reinscribe old moral beliefs about addicts? Willpower is a popular subject these days. Channel your willpower in all the right ways and you can transform your life. Or so it seems. In an interesting and provocative book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, Roy Baumeister and John Tierney argue that willpower[…]

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