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Kristin Cavallari’s Healthy Eating Philosophy Is Refreshingly Simple

Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that can make a big impact. This rings especially true when it comes to one’s health. In TZR’s series Step-By-Step, tastemakers speak to the minor moves that can lead to mighty changes.

When Kristin Cavallari made her first foray into pop culture back in the early aughts — in all her low-slung jeans and choker-wearing glory — she instantly solidified her status as the quintessential cool California girl. And although the CEO of lifestyle brand Uncommon James spent her childhood and early teen years in Denver and the suburbs of Chicago, respectively, and has made Nashville her home for the last several years, the sentiment remains the same. The relaxed, carefree, no-B.S. attitude that first won over fans during those Laguna Beach days is alive and well, as evidenced most recently by her newly launched podcast, Let’s Be Honest, in which she shares refreshing takes on everything from dating advice to beauty secrets to her philosophy on food and fitness. When it comes to her advice on the latter, Kristin Cavallari is as relatable as you’d hope. “It’s everything in moderation,” she says.

If you’ve always pictured the former The Hills star as the kind of woman with whom you could grab a green juice post-Pilates, then later split a pitcher of margaritas, you’d be correct. While this kind of balance may seem on brand for Cavallari, it hasn’t always been the case. “I was raised in the ’90s [with] my mom making us casseroles. I didn’t have a really great sense of health, but to be fair, I don’t think most people did at that time,” she tells TZR. “I moved in with my dad in Laguna Beach when I was in high school. He was kind of always at the forefront of

‘You are still overweight’: how a doctor’s health advice triggered Sarah’s eating disorder | Health

Sarah Cox was admitted to hospital and placed on a feeding tube because she was malnourished, yet hospital staff discharged her with a weight loss plan. “I was told: ‘You’re still overweight, you still need to lose weight.’”

Cox says her eating disorder began after she was told by her GP to lose weight and that her body mass index (BMI) was too high at every appointment she attended throughout 2018-19, despite displaying no indicators of poor health such as blood test abnormalities or high or low blood pressure.

Cox remembers raising concerns with her GP about the diet after she passed out multiple times and being told: “You are still overweight. You need to ramp it up, not ramp it down.”

In 2020 Cox developed atypical anorexia, an eating disorder with all the same symptoms as anorexia except the person never becomes clinically underweight. Between 2020 and 2021, Cox was admitted to hospital more than 10 times.

Experts in diet and nutrition say cases such as Cox’s reveal why health, not weight loss, needs to be the focus of public health messaging, but that dietary guidelines from government bodies are doing the opposite – contributing to eating disorder risk.

Cox says when she was treated by one of the chief psychiatrists in eating disorders for Queensland, he told her she would never have developed a disorder if medical professionals had not put so much pressure on her to lose weight.

Dr Fiona Willer, a dietitian and lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, says the primary risk of developing an eating disorder comes from trying to change one’s weight, yet it is a message reinforced by some doctors and health departments. “Everyone’s saying, ‘if you’re larger-bodied, you should try to be smaller-bodied’.”

The National Eating Disorders Strategy,

9 Health Benefits of Eating Oats and Oatmeal

Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and a reduced risk of heart disease.

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Here are 9 evidence-based health benefits of eating oats and oatmeal.

Oats are a whole grain food, known scientifically as Avena sativa.

The most intact and whole form of oats are oat groats, which take a long time to cook. For this reason, many people prefer rolled, crushed, or steel-cut oats.

Instant (quick) oats are the most highly processed variety. While they take the shortest time to cook, the texture may be mushy.

Oats are commonly eaten for breakfast as oatmeal, which is made by boiling oats in water or milk. Oatmeal is often referred to as porridge.

They’re also often included in muffins, granola bars, cookies, and other baked goods.


Oats are a whole grain commonly eaten for breakfast as oatmeal (porridge) and added to baked goods.

The nutrient composition of oats is well-balanced. They are a good source of carbs and fiber, including the fiber beta-glucan.

Oats are also a good source of high quality protein, with a good balance of essential amino acids.

Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant plant compounds.

Half a cup (40.5 grams) of dry oats contains:

The nutritional profile of one cup prepared oatmeal (one half cup dry oats with water) also includes:

  • 25/5 grams of carbs
  • 6.5 grams of protein
  • 2.5 grams of fat
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 151.5 calories

This means that oats are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.


Oats are rich in carbs and

Eating these six foods may help you live longer

Hundreds of studies, most of them conducted in Western countries, have tied higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, lentils and fish to a lower risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

Now, findings from McMaster University in Hamilton extend the power of such a healthy diet on a global scale.

What’s more, the results indicate that whole fat dairy belongs in this portfolio of protective foods.

About the global study

The latest findings come from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, a large-scale, long-running multinational study involving 166,762 individuals, 35 to 70 years of age, from 21 low, middle- and hig- income countries on five continents.

For the current study, the researchers used dietary data previously collected from PURE participants to develop a new “PURE healthy diet score.”

They then examined the relationship between participants’ healthy diet scores and the risk of premature death and cardiovascular disease in the PURE study, as well as in five independent international studies with a total of 97,000 participants.

The PURE healthy diet score

The diet score was based on six food categories – fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish, dairy (mostly whole fat) – each of which has been associated with longevity in past studies.

Fruit included fresh fruit; dried and canned; fruit juices were excluded. Vegetables excluded potatoes, canned vegetables and pickles.

Want to live longer? Consider your overall diet, study suggests

Legumes included beans (kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, chickpeas) and peas and black-eyed peas. Dairy included milk, yogurt, yogurt drinks, cheese and mixed dishes prepared with dairy; butter and whipped cream were excluded.

A value of 0 (unhealthy) to 1 (healthy) was assigned to each of the six components, based on a participant’s intake of each. Diet scores ranged from 0 to

Chatbot that offered bad advice for eating disorders taken down : Shots

Tessa was a chatbot originally designed by researchers to help prevent eating disorders. The National Eating Disorders Association had hoped Tessa would be a resource for those seeking information, but the chatbot was taken down when artificial intelligence-related capabilities, added later on, caused the chatbot to provide weight loss advice.


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A few weeks ago, Sharon Maxwell heard the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) was shutting down its long-running national helpline and promoting a chatbot called Tessa as a “a meaningful prevention resource” for those struggling with eating disorders. She decided to try out the chatbot herself.

Maxwell, who is based in San Diego, had struggled for years with an eating disorder that began in childhood. She now works as a consultant in the eating disorder field. “Hi, Tessa,” she typed into the online text box. “How do you support folks with eating disorders?”

Tessa rattled off a list of ideas, including some resources for “healthy eating habits.” Alarm bells immediately went off in Maxwell’s head. She asked Tessa for more details. Before long, the chatbot was giving her tips on losing weight – ones that sounded an awful lot like what she’d been told when she was put on Weight Watchers at age 10.

“The recommendations that Tessa gave me was that I could lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, that I should eat no more than 2,000 calories in a day, that I should have a calorie deficit of 500-1,000 calories per day,” Maxwell says. “All of which might sound benign to the general listener. However, to an individual with an eating disorder, the focus of weight loss really fuels the eating disorder.”

Maxwell shared her concerns on social media, helping launch an online controversy which led NEDA to announce on May

Can eating more protein help preserve health?

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Moderate protein intake from a range of plant- or animal-based sources could help you live longer, a new study suggests. Jordan Lye/Getty Images
  • A new study in mice suggests that consuming a moderate amount of protein may be most conducive to improved metabolic health.
  • In the study, the sweet spot for moderate protein consumption was between 25% and 35% of a mouse’s daily diet.
  • Older people need more protein due to the body no longer being able to process the macronutrient efficiently.

It only makes sense that a person’s nutritional needs change as they go through life from childhood through adulthood. As we grow, reach maturity, and age, our bodies are occupied with different tasks.

As researchers seek to extend our healthy lifespans — periods free of serious disease — they have been hoping to identify the optimal balance of macronutrients that promote good health at each life stage.

A new study of mice investigates the role of protein at different stages of life.

The study finds that consuming moderate amounts of protein in youth and middle age may be the key to good metabolic health.

The study is published in Geroscience.

Using a mouse model, the researchers studied the effects of protein intake on biological aging.

They fed young (6-month-old) and middle-aged (16-month-old) mice diets with varying levels of protein for two months.

Their diets consisted of 5%, 15%, 25%, 35%, or 45% protein. The moderate amounts identified in the study were 25% and 35%.

All mice were fasted for three hours before being euthanized for tissue harvesting and analysis.

In mice, a diet low in protein resulted in the development of fatty liver, and middle-aged mice exhibited higher levels of lipids, or fats, in their systems than younger mice. The moderate-protein diets also lowered

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