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Is a plant-based diet the same thing as a vegetarian diet?

Study links pro-vegetarian diet with fewer heart disease deaths

Plant-based diets come in many forms

You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “plant-based diet” used in describing eating habits linked to heart health, cancer prevention and more. Some sources use the term to indicate a vegetarian diet. Yet not all the studies and recommendations about plant-based diets are actually referring to vegetarian eating.

At a recent heart health conference I attended, plant-based diets in their broader sense were the subject of several presentations, including one that received a lot of interest from media reaching health professionals and the public.

Let’s look at this study, which you may see reported somewhat differently by various sources, and see how it fits in the big picture of overall research on healthy eating patterns.

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Want a Healthy Weight? Check Your Self-Talk

Have you been using an app or online program to help you lose weight or create a healthier lifestyle? Such tools can help you track progress and provide valuable support. However, it’s easy to overlook a powerful influence on success: your self-talk as you interpret and use this information. Self-talk & healthy lifestyle - powerful

If you’ve been having trouble starting or maintaining healthier eating habits and lifestyle choices, maybe a change in the way you talk to yourself should be your first target.

The good news is that if critical or whiny thoughts are getting in the way of the lifestyle you seek, you have the power to change those thoughts. For some people, changing patterns of self-talk may take the help of a mental health professional, but for many of us, focused attention can go a long way to help us turn from our own worst enemy to our own best friend.

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Update on Cancer Prevention & Health

Anti-inflammatory diets are hot topics, both in research and in the media. Chronic inflammation is tied to diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more. So where do “anti-inflammatory diets” fit as you consider how doable eating choices can make a difference in your health, today and long-term?

In Part 1 of this video series, Susan Steck, PhD, MPH, RD, discusses inflammation and the variety of “anti-inflammatory diets”; in Part 2, she talks about development of an overall Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII) that pulls together inflammatory and anti-inflammatory food consumption into one score meant to represent the overall effect of someone’s eating habits. In this, the final section of our interview, Dr. Steck provides an update on research using the DII to study how diet may affect health. Dr. Steck is a registered dietitian and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Following the video, read on for additional insights.

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Foods that Fight Inflammation

Research on how our eating habits may bring anti-inflammatory health protection is now widespread. The problem is that you can read one headline from a study that proclaims “X” food fights inflammation, yet have no idea how that statement fits in the big picture. Is this a food that many studies show –in humans — is anti-inflammatory? Or is it a fluke finding?

In Part 1 of this video series, Susan Steck, PhD, MPH, RD, provided background on inflammation and shared thoughts on how we approach “anti-inflammatory diets”. Here, in Part 2, she discusses some of the foods that came up with strongest and most consistent findings in analysis of worldwide research on diet and inflammation. Dr. Steck is a registered dietitian and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Following the video, read on for clarifying details.

 

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet: As Hot as It Seems?

A search for “Anti-Inflammatory Diet” brings up more than 1000 books. A broader search across the Internet brings up more than 7 million hits on the subject. Amidst all the noise, where is today’s research about the link between chronic inflammation and diseases like cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes? And is there really research behind an anti-inflammatory diet?

Here, in Part 1 of a series, Susan Steck, PhD, MPH, RD, provides background for discussing inflammation and shares insights on weeding through today’s abundance of “anti-inflammatory diets”. Dr. Steck is a registered dietitian and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is researching diet’s role in inflammation and the chronic diseases to which it is linked.

Following the video, read on for more on the story.

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