The licencing effect is assumed to permeate all aspects of our life; that in essence we are innately, though unwittingly, 'programmed' to balance our virtuous deeds, and it got me wondering about how it influences our healthy choice habits.
We speak to fertility experts in the field of complementary health who have agreed to share their knowledge and advice to couples considering trying for a baby.
As I write this piece today, on February 1st 2013, I have lost 12 kilos (that's just over 26 pounds for those who don't do kilos) and I am, as you can imagine, quite chipper about that and very happy with the result.
They are little pockets of love and I devour them with glee. They have changed my life, not only are they high in vitamin A and C, they have large amounts of folic acid and dietary fibre - awesome for the gluten and grain free life I choose.
Motivation is tricky to address, as it really is a case of different strokes for different folks. Case in point: the dreaded scales. An undesired number could fuel you to train and diet your socks off for the next month, or it could knock you flying off the wagon into a 'why do I bother' downward spiral.
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Think of it like this, if you eat well throughout the day, then come your evening meal, you'll be happy with a light meal. It's only when you don't eat well enough through the day that you become an evening animal monster that wants to eat everything in sight.
The new BMI guidelines have caused some commotion as to whether these changes have been made were entirely necessary, but in truth BMI has long been a controversial method of measuring weight and obesity as the results can be extremely misleading.
Is the veneer finally beginning to fade on the low-fat hypothesis? Is the pendulum finally swinging away from fat as the harbinger of all things evil, to a new culprit, sugar?
You might argue that if everyone ate less and did more exercise then they would lose weight. In my experience, it is not that simple. Many people try in vain to lose fat because they are not following the most suitable system for their needs.
Whether it's the horse-meat burger scandal, environmental concerns, health reasons or ethical issues that have made you think about moving towards a vegetarian diet, the help, support and advice needed to get off to the best start can be found from a variety of sources.
Perhaps a unique way of getting at the answer to this question - what our true consumption desires are - is to examine what people choose to eat for their last meal. What would you choose to eat if all concerns over your body image, cholesterol and mortality were removed completely?
Being a student on a tight budget means that prioritising cost comes with food shopping, often leaving the quality of food behind. Fruit and vegetables, salads and good quality meat and fish are often left on the shelves.
The unprecedented rise in obesity is now a global epidemic. It is widely known that the accumulation of excess body fat increases the risk of chronic illnesses, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer.
Horse meat is a superior nutritional source to the other red meats we habitually eat of both iron and omega-3 fatty acids, two critical nutrients many of us don't get enough of.
I came up with what I would do if I wanted to make the world obese. The first thing I would do is to put a fast food restaurant on every corner of every street. I would pass legislation allowing discounts for high caloric foods and deep fried food.