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Can You See the Color Blue?

By melanieavalon / June 25, 2016

Look at the color wheel below. Can you quickly identify the blue square? Before you pat yourself on the back with glorious ideas of keen color perception… it’s pretty likely that you can. (Unless you’re color blind and didn’t realize it, in which case… #moment?) But here’s the thing: in scientific studies, cultures which don’t […]

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Intermittent Fasting Fears: Will I End Up Over Eating?

By melanieavalon / November 10, 2015

A common fear with intermittent fasting is that, by temporarily restricting your eating, you’ll become ravenously hungry and end up overeating way more than you would normally, doing more harm than good. Come meal time, all hell will break lose as you stuff your face to oblivion. Nobody needs that! But is this case? While doing research for my […]

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The Bottomless Soup Bowl

By melanieavalon / November 7, 2015

When it comes to food and fullness, perception is everything, and environmental cues matter. In a 2005 study conducted by Cornell University professors, 54 participants attended a lunch. Half of the participants ate tomato soup from normal bowls, while the other half unowingly ate from magical self-refilling bowls. No matter how much soup they ate, the bowl […]

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Why You Should Kiss Healthy People

By melanieavalon / September 1, 2015

These days, diet is actually a “serious” dating criteria for me. Not because I’m an elitist health snob, but rather because I want to be with someone who values their own health and wellness. Healthy bodies make for happy and vibrant people! (I’m convinced the day I meet a fellow Paleo intermittent faster gentleman, it […]

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Trick Yourself Into Burning More Calories! (The Milkshake Study)

By melanieavalon / August 16, 2015

  Deluding yourself is usually not a good thing… except when it’s a good thing. A 2011 study conducted at Yale, found that perception of calorie intake influences the body’s hormonal and metabolic response to calorie intake. Check out my YouTube Video on the study, or just keep reading! The study administered a 380 calorie milkshake to 46 participants, in two separate […]

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Why You Eat Things You Don’t Even Like

By melanieavalon / February 6, 2015

While we may believe we’re in control of what we do each day, an estimated 40-45% of our actions are actually habits. Yep, a large portion of our day runs on an intensely dedicated autopilot, resistant to change. As discussed in Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, habits function in a cue-routine-reward loop. We experience a trigger for our habit (the […]

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Why You Might Think Broccoli And Brussels Sprouts Taste Bitter

By melanieavalon / July 25, 2014

My mom hates Brussels sprouts, which is why she never made them for us growing up. I didn’t try one of them until a year or so ago (and LOVED it personally). But if you don’t like Brussels sprouts or broccoli or a few certain other green veggies, there may be a scientific reason for that! Cruciferous vegetables […]

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Drinking Wine Preserves Muscle Mass, Blocks Fat Cells?

By melanieavalon / March 7, 2014

While a nice glass of red wine won’t build muscle or chip away at pre-existing fat stores, it may counteract the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle, and prevent fat storage! In a 2011 study, scientists trying to find a way to counteract an astronaut’s lack of exercise, found that resveratrol, a polyphenol found in […]

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Does Caffeine Automatically Burn Fat?

By melanieavalon / February 21, 2014

I’d been contemplating this very random concept for QUITE awhile, and I just happened to come across the very study addressing it. Good moment. (Though I was actually looking for studies concerning alcohol’s effect on the sedentary individual. Next time!) Caffeine is known to increase energy expenditure (EE) and lipolysis (fat burning), but is that […]

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