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Why the Gloomy Weather Makes Us Eat More and What to Do About It

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Why the Gloomy Weather Makes Us Eat More and What to Do About It

Is it me or am I more tired and hungrier than usual lately?

Can the weather really affect how we feel and our food choices?  

I went into a mini deep dive into looking at this phenomenon a little more to see whether there really is a positive correlation between rain and hunger.  Research has shown that during the cold and rainy days, people actually seek more comfort foods like fattening rich stews, baked and fried goodies, and creamy, hearty soups.  So it’s not all in your head! There is actual research that talks about our body’s physical response to decreased sunlight.

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The Undiet-Diet Approach: Guide to Intuitive Eating

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The Undiet-Diet Approach: Guide to Intuitive Eating

Phew - we know all too well how exhausting this string of festivities can be.  
It is then usually followed by many people setting out their weight loss New Year’s Resolutions and convincing themselves that this is the year and it’s going to be a fresh start!

 

Sounds familiar, or is it just me? Haha…

Well, if you’re a chronic dieter like me who has pretty much tried all the diets in the book, you would probably know that in the end, all the extreme diets will probably lead you back to square one (or even worse than where you started). 

I mean, we really can’t blame ourselves.  The dieting culture that we live in today is constantly bombarding us with new diets every year with the latest one claiming to be the most “effective” for sustainable weight loss.

 

These are a list of diets over the years (and this isn’t even the full list!)

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7 Proven Ways to Get Better Sleep Naturally

Posted by Carmen Chu on

7 Proven Ways to Get Better Sleep Naturally

Having been in Hong Kong for more than 6 years myself now, I know all too well about chronic sleep deprivation and how it has impacted my health.

 

A study led by Dr. Wong Wing-sze in 2012 revealed that more than 2 million people in Hong Kong suffer from insomnia (4 out of 10 adults). That is almost 1/3 of the total population in danger of suffering potential mental health problems!  

 

Being smack dab in the digital age where people are increasingly on their electronic devices coupled with long working hours, this issue is expected to grow at an alarming rate.  So what can we do to fix this problem?  Let's first look at why sleep is so important.

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