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  • Designing for trust in the age of autonomy  
  • Applied IoT
  • Are You In a “Toxic Tango” Relationship?
  • 3 “Buckets” to Avoid Blowing Wealth
  • Working to Overcome Addiction
  • 3 Strategies for Talking About Money with Your Overspending Partner
  • Holistic Keto for Gut Health 
  • 3 Keys to Inner Peace in a Crazy World



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Designing for trust in the age of autonomy
Devin Liddell

Principal Futurist 

“Forget the fantasy of a ‘seamless holistic journey’, instead, let’s innovate at the seams, to stitch together experiences that are effortless and relevant.”

Liddell can discuss designing for trust in the age of autonomy; smart cities in the context of new mobility including public/private partnerships and policy leadership; intermodality (involving two or more different modes of transportation) and designing effortless handoffs between modalities; new modalities (i.e. Hyperloop, L5 auto) disrupting established players and lagging industries; multi-functional and last mile transportation solutions; reconciling tensions between personalization, accessibility, and privacy; how technologies like AI and VR will change and/or improve the travel experience; transportation systems and networks; rehabilitation, reuse, or optimization of existing infrastructure in a mobility and urban design context; and the reinvention of the airport and connected systems.

Recent Bylines in Fast Company magazine: The Next Big Thing in Transportation: The ‘Un-Car’; The Future of A.I. in Airports; Why the Airport is the Future Hub of Robot Cars; 7 Trends That Will Change How We Travel in 2019; Asimov’s 3 Laws of Robotics Updated for the Drone Age; Stealing Da Vinci’s Ideas for Planning Smart Cities; How Ageing Will Change in the Age of Autonomy; How Taxibots Will Create an Urban Infrastructure That Adapts to People’s Needs. 


Contact: Sarah Matheny, [email protected]   

Applied IoT
Warren Schramm

Technical Director

“I provide a 360-degree perspective of technology and take a hands-on approach to stay on top of the latest innovations like rapid prototyping with 3D printers or deriving contextual awareness from cloud based aggregation of IoT sensor data.”

Schramm can discuss applied IoT and how to leverage data and automate tasks; autonomous systems and solutions across industries; edge computing; applied data science; the evolution of mobility; electric transportation; and digital security/privacy.


Contact: Sarah Matheny, [email protected]   

Are You In a “Toxic Tango” Relationship?
Jessica Baum, LMHC 

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Founder 

Relationship Institute of Palm Beach 
“Someone with more narcissistic traits will often be attracted to someone with more empathic, perhaps even codependent, traits. Just think about the sweet, caring girl who walks tentatively into a bar and is naturally drawn to the strong alpha male. It’s a little bit like the classic stereotype of the football captain and the cheerleader. Another classic example of how this can play out in relationships is the tale of the addict and the codependent. The addict is the taker and the codependent is the giver. The addict will continue to take, the codependent will continue to give, and the relationship falls completely off balance. It’s a toxic, never-ending tango. … People often ‘lose themselves; in the relationship by giving all they have to the other person. The ‘honeymoon phase’ blinds us initially, but once we attach our energy to another, the relationship shifts. The selfless person can end up trapped in an endless role of pleasing in order to receive. Individuals can become stuck, unconsciously trying to resolve their need to be loved by giving to someone, all in hopes of getting what they had in the beginning.”
Jessica Baum, LMHC is the founder of Relationship Institute of Palm Beach and creator of the Self-Full™ method — a therapeutic path to personal wellness and freedom from codependence. Jessica holds an undergraduate degree from Fordham University and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from South University. As a certified addiction specialist, her focuses are chemical abuse, codependency, and anxiety. She is also a certified Imago Therapist, bringing her compassionate and effective relationship counseling experience to families, couples, and family programs within addiction treatment centers. Jessica has extensive training in psychodrama and experiential therapy, and is additionally skilled in cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy. Her training also includes EMDR and Post Induction Therapy, and she has a wealth of experience supporting trauma patients. Jessica’s own personal core belief is centered around the importance of connection, both to oneself and the outside world. She believes the crux of most personal struggles can be attributed to a lack of true understanding and personal connection, and that it is this sense of disconnection that ultimately leads to pain. Jessica founded the Relationship Institute of Palm Beach to help heal, foster happiness, and restore hope in the individuals and families she works with. Learn more at and

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Contact: Anita Jakab Kovacs, [email protected]

3 “Buckets” to Avoid Blowing Wealth
Gideon Drucker

Certified Financial Planner 

Drucker Wealth 
“1) A ‘now’ bucket for current goals, funded by cash in the bank that is easily accessible, a ‘cash cushion’ you can use if you change jobs or to fund any large expenditure within one to two years. Gideon recommends his clients keep the equivalent of six months of living expenses in accessible cash reserves. 2) A ‘later’ bucket for short-term goals and pre-retirement goals such as having a baby, buying a house, starting a business, or saving for a child’s college. This money should be saved and allocated among conservative and flexible vehicles that the client can access sooner rather than later, though of course the exact break down is dependent upon the time horizon of your goals. 3) A “last” bucket to save for retirement and other later-in-life goals, usually held in qualified retirement vehicles such as 401(k)s, 457(b)s and IRAs that are not accessible before age fifty-nine and a half. “Because we know that we can’t touch the money in this bucket until that age, which for most of us is twenty plus years away, we can afford to be the most aggressive and growth-focused with this pile of money.”
Gideon Drucker, Certified Financial Planner, is the Founder and Director of the Wealth Builder Division at Drucker Wealth, a family wealth management firm started by his grandfather Bernie Drucker in 1959. The 3rd generation Drucker, Gideon specializes in working with young professionals looking to take a more proactive approach to their financial future. While meeting many of his firms’ pre-retiree clients during his first year, Gideon kept hearing a common refrain: “If Only I had met you 30 years ago.” This sentiment, repeated dozens of times by new Drucker Wealth clients approaching retirement, became Gideon’s inspiration for everything to come. Gideon created the HENRY Syndrome™ suite of services as a way to educate and empower young professionals, newlyweds, and young families to make smart financial decisions for their futures.

Gideon was recently named by Forbes as a Top Next Gen Advisor and is a sought after public speaker, presenting his HENRY Syndrome ™ workshops to hundreds of companies, organizations, and nonprofits throughout New York City and beyond with a primary focus in the tech community. Gideon graduated from Lehigh University before serving as a combat paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces. Learn more at

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Contact: Anita Jakab Kovacs, [email protected]

Working to Overcome Addiction

James Sweigert 

Author, Motivational Speaker

HeartWork Organizing, LLC
“1) Confront the false ‘stories’ you’ve been telling yourself. 2) Learn how to create a new story. 3) Implement practical tools like affirmations, visualization, and meditation in order to tell a new story. 4) Flourish and be amazing. 5) Become happier, more successful, and fulfilled. 6) Stop working for the destination and enjoy the journey.”
James Sweigert is a dynamic motivational speaker, an award-winning executive producer and director for film and television, and the best-selling author of “If You Say So: My Story and How I Changed It to Save My Life.” Over the past 25 years he has built, run, and sold several multimillion-dollar, award-winning production companies. During the same time, he mentored and coached celebrities, rockstars, and movie executives. The successes in his life were hard-fought; nothing came easy until he changed his story. 

The youngest of seven, James struggled to be seen and stay safe. He began to be molested at the age of 7. To cope with the chaos and abuse he turned to drugs and alcohol, which led to severe depression and a suicide attempt at the age of 25. This self-destructive pattern continued until he changed his story – and his life. James has not only survived addiction, depression, homelessness, suicide, and molestation, he has triumphed. He is a storyteller who was able to understand that how he was telling his own story and the power behind his words could shape his life. He is teaching others the same through his work as a mentor, motivational speaker and “Life Cheerleader.” 

James currently lives in Beverly Hills, California with a loving partner, a close community, and an incredible dog, with the ultimate purpose to help others change their stories to transform their lives. Learn more at

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Contact: Anita Jakab Kovacs, [email protected]

3 Strategies for Talking About Money with Your Overspending Partner

David Cunningham 

Communication Expert, Seminar Leader 
“1) Create a game your partner can win that you are playing WITH him or her: All actions and interactions can be broken down into ‘games,’ and you can create a winnable ‘game’ with your partner around your finances. Creating a winnable game together can make something like keeping a budget more fun and potentially even more passionate! For example, you and your partner can agree upon a gift budget of exactly $500. If both of you keep under $500 and win the ‘game,’ you will treat yourselves to a romantic dinner at that restaurant you’ve both always wanted to try! In a place where previously there may have only been frustration, creating a game helps create the possibility of romance, passion, and fun around your finances and ultimately your relationship. 2) Separate the story so there is no upset: It is completely human to be upset if your spouse overspends, but did you know upset comes not from your spouse’s actions, but from your interpretation of those actions? The key is to separate the story from the action. For example, maybe you’ve learned about your wife overindulging on an expensive new necklace, and you feel upset. What are you making her actions mean? Maybe that she doesn’t care about you or your feelings? Where else in your life have you felt that someone you love is not caring about you or your feelings? Are you open to the possibility that ‘not caring about you or your feelings’ is a story based on the past — a story you’ve created and continue to create in your life — and that you can separate that story from your wife’s actions and help create a breakthrough in love, intimacy, and financial responsibility in the relationship? 3) Take specific actions you can both agree upon: When playing a game, especially a financially related one, it is important to take specific actions that you’ve both agreed on. For example, if both partners have a habit of overspending, they can agree to a game where they are allowed to overspend, but only if the other partner okays it first. Maybe you’ve been waiting for that new video game system to be released and have found it on sale, but you know it will put the family over the agreed-to budget. A quick call asking for an okay from your spouse considering the sale will help to eliminate any guilt or hurt feelings. It also helps to create space for teamwork and togetherness in your relationship and finances.”
David Cunningham, M.Ed., is a communication expert and seminar leader for Landmark, a personal and professional growth, training and development company that’s had more than 2.4 million people use its programs to cause breakthroughs in their personal lives as well as in their communities, generating more than 100,000 community projects around the world. In The Landmark Forum, Landmark’s flagship program, people cause breakthroughs in their performance, communication, relationships and overall satisfaction in life.

David is a senior program leader and a Landmark Forum leader with Landmark. He has successfully led programs to hundreds of thousands of people around the world since 1991. David has been extensively trained in presenting and delivering Landmark’s programs, material, and technology in a powerful and effective manner, and he achieves the highest ratings from individuals, organizations, and groups for his presentation and delivery. David earned a Master’s in Education from Connecticut State University and a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Connecticut. Before he began leading programs for Landmark, David served as the Director of the Connecticut Justice for Children Collaboration and the Director of Chapter Development for the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. For more information, visit

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Contact: Michelle Tennant Nicholson, [email protected]

Holistic Keto for Gut Health 
Kristin Grayce McGary

Kristin Grayce McGary
“Inside your gut, you have communities of microorganisms that are working to keep you healthy. However, unhealthy microorganisms create and sustain disease if they’re permitted to establish residence in your system. How healthy is your gut? Are you eating for gut health? Not all keto diets are healthy. Some will encourage you to eat foods that result in gut problems such as constipation, bloating, or gas. Many proponents of keto encourage eating foods that actually weaken your immune system and cause inflammation.”

Health and lifestyle expert Kristin Grayce McGary (LAc., MAc., CFMP®, CST-T, CLP) is an internationally recognized author and speaker. She is an authority on autoimmunity, functional blood chemistry analysis, thyroid and gut health, pain alleviation, family wellness, extreme exhaustion, resolving blocks to healing, and food as medicine. She specializes in integrating mind, body, and spirit in healthcare through a uniquely individualized approach.

Offering more than two decades of education, clinical experience, and wisdom to her patients, Kristin Grayce seamlessly weaves together dozens of modalities to compassionately meet people where they are and guide them to vibrant health. Renowned for her health detective work, she helps successful high achievers under stress take the guesswork out of healthcare. She works to resolve patients’ root imbalances, helping them to regain lasting energy, live optimal vitality, revitalize, and reconnect to their most brilliant self so they can fulfill their life’s mission and share their gifts with the world.

Kristin Grayce is the author of “Holistic Keto for Gut Health: A Program for Resetting your Metabolism” (January 2020) and “Know Your Blood, Know Your Health: Prevent Disease and Enjoy vibrant health Through Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis” (April 2020). She is a dancer, athlete, guitar player, singer, gardener, and grandmother, and she is fluent in American Sign Language.

Her extensive health and wellness credentials include a degree from the University of Arizona with a focus on rehabilitation and special education and a minor in biology; Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) National Board Certification; master’s degree in acupuncture from Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; nationally licensed acupuncturist (NCCAOM); state licensed acupuncturist in Arizona and Colorado; homeopathy training; functional medicine certification from Functional Medicine University; advanced CranioSacral Therapy certification from Upledger Institute; level 3 training in the life-changing Bruno’s Brain Technique from Bruno Chikly Institute; neural therapy, perineural injection therapy, and homeopuncture training; Reiki Master certification; LifeLine Technique certification (and former instructor); Sound Healing training; Cacao Ceremony creator and leader; Kambo Ceremony facilitator; movement/embodiment facilitator; level 1 Integral Coach (Ken Wilber’s work); and biological medicine studies with famous physicians such as Dr. Thomas Rau.

Kristin Grayce is Nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a member of the Arizona Society of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture (AZSOMA), the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, the Colorado Safe Acupuncture Association, and the North American Academy of Neural Therapy. Learn more at

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Contact: Anita Jakab Kovacs, [email protected]

3 Keys to Inner Peace in a Crazy World

Holistic Physician and Author

Dr. Bradley Nelson
“1) Daily Inspiration: Do some research to find things that inspire you, things that lift your spirits. Perhaps it’s a daily quote, a TED Talk, a phone call to a friend, or just watching the sunrise. Whatever gives you strength can help in finding inner peace. 2) Focus: You might be dealing with kids, cell phones, or TV while cooking, cleaning, or even driving (which is downright dangerous). It seems like we are always multitasking. Try to take time out to focus on just one thing. This can help to de-clutter the mind and give your brain a bit of a break. When you actually have downtime, consider using it to meditate. The beauty of meditation is that it doesn’t require anything but your focus, and even the shortest amount of time can be helpful in finding inner peace. 3) Be Present: The past is the past, and the future is uncertain. You cannot change tomorrow by worrying today, and agonizing over things said and done cannot change the past. Be present. Enjoy what is happening in each moment today. Beautiful things are happening, but if you’re distracted by the past or the future, you might miss them.”

Veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson (D.C., ret) is one of the world’s foremost experts on natural methods of achieving wellness. He has trained thousands of certified practitioners worldwide to help people overcome physical and emotional discomfort by releasing their emotional baggage. His best-selling book “The Emotion Code” provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body’s energy healing power. A newly revised and expanded edition of “The Emotion Code” is now available (May 2019, St. Martin’s Press). For more information and a free Emotion Code Starter Kit, visit

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5 Healthy Pancake Recipes To Try This Mardis Gras, No Matter Your Diet –

Mardis gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is more or less known as the day to get all your sins out of your system before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday the following day. Drinks are had, beads are thrown, and pancakes are eaten. And whatever diet you eat, we believe you should be able to partake in pancakes.

From keto to vegan, we rounded up five of our favorite healthier pancake recipes to make this Mardis Gras (or any time, tbh).

Weinstein found guilty of rape, Spokane looks at pricier parking, and other headlines – Pacific Northwest Inlander



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Weinstein found guilty of rape
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Spokane County wants public bargaining, too
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Spokane looks at more “dynamic” parking rules
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When it comes to nutrition, we’re all too eager to ignore the evidence. Here’s why. – The Washington Post

You’d roll your eyes, right? One guy, no control group, subjective outcome. Our researcher gets laughed out of peer review.

And yet, studies just like that are probably the biggest single determinant of what people believe about how diet and nutrition affect health. Of course we don’t believe it when it’s Walter. But we believe it with every fiber of our being when it’s us.

Did you cut out sugar and feel more energetic, take vitamin C and stop getting colds, switch to eating only meat and watch anxiety melt away? It’s going to be very hard for anyone to talk you out of that. (Full disclosure: I’m not going to try.)

Those of you following along at home may remember that I wrote about dietary supplements last month. I found that, with a few exceptions, they don’t do much of anything, and there are some potential risks. And boy, did I hear about it! While about half the mail was from people who agreed, the other half was the Tamar-you-ignorant-slut kind (and, yes, all my SNL references are last-century). “I take [fill in supplement here] religiously, and I never [fill in bad health outcome here]!”

I really liked one of those letters, from a guy named Walter (get it?):

“This 93-year-old, who has only been in a hospital only once in 77 years, hasn’t had a cold in 20, who is younger in appearance than his chronological age, who volunteers for two organizations . . . believes that the many years of taking nutritional supplements in quantities some would consider excessive, have contributed to his good health. Your anti-supplement bias piece cherry-picked examples of minor issues without addressing the overall issue of a balanced nutritional program. In fairness, this response should be published in response to your biased piece.”

Okay, Walter. Not only will I publish your letter, I will name the ability personal experience has to override research findings: It’s the Walter Effect.

Why is the Walter Effect so much more powerful than, say, PubMed, the repository of journal articles where I spend about half my life? I asked Caltech professor Christopher Hitchcock, who studies causal reasoning and is the co-editor of “The Oxford Handbook of Causation” (causation has a handbook!).

For starters, making decisions based on experience is our evolutionary endowment. “For the vast majority of our evolutionary history, the only way we had to learn about a causal relationship was through our own observations, or through firsthand testimony of someone in our immediate social group,” Hitchcock wrote me in an email. In evolutionary terms, we’ve had PubMed for seven nanoseconds, so it’s not surprising it can’t override a decision-making apparatus that has been evolving since the primordial ooze.

We’re hard-wired to connect dots. When Thing 1 happens, and then Thing 2 happens, we humans are very likely to conclude that Thing 1 caused Thing 2, even if they’re completely unrelated; it’s a phenomenon psychologists call the “illusion of causality.”

We’re not the only species susceptible to the Walter Effect. If it’s any consolation, pigeons are, too. Way back in 1948, behaviorist B.F. Skinner did an experiment in which he put hungry pigeons in cages and sent food pellets down at random intervals. The poor birds ended up believing that what they happened to be doing just before the feeding made the pellet appear, and they kept repeating that behavior. One turned around in the cage (only counterclockwise). One repeatedly stuck its head in the corner. One made pecking motions toward the floor.

That’s us, people. We are Skinner’s pigeons. We are, all of us, Walter.

But Hitchcock goes on to point out that causation isn’t always an illusion. Sometimes, Walter is just plain right. No matter what happens in double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, the supplement/food/diet may actually be helping you. It could be a placebo effect (which Hitchcock notes is particularly powerful for effects that are hard to measure, such as energy level or pain), but it also could be that you are particularly responsive to the supplement/food/diet and experience an effect that isn’t common or powerful enough to change research results, which average out results over populations.

So, it could be that the effect is all in your head. It could be that the effect is real, whether it’s placebo pain relief or measurable weight loss. But either way, if your experience flies in the face of research results, you’re probably going to go with your experience. And Hitchcock says that could be a completely rational decision. If the cost of continuing (say, paying for a supplement) is small compared to the risk of discontinuing (and potentially giving up the perceived benefit), it makes sense to keep on keeping on.

Add to this the pesky cognitive trick that is confirmation bias — seizing on information that supports our beliefs and finding ways to reject information that conflicts — and you have a recipe for not changing your mind. “Once we form beliefs, it is very hard to give them up,” Hitchcock wrote. “This is especially true if the beliefs relate to our own self-conception. If I think of myself as being very health-conscious, paying special attention to my diet, it is hard for me to accept that what I have been doing isn’t actually doing me any good.”

If something feels like it’s doing you good, and it’s definitely not causing harm (an important caveat that could be a column in itself), why would anyone want to talk you out of it? If you’re 93 years old, and still healthy enough to do volunteer work and write cranky letters to journalists, I’m sure not going to argue. You go, Walter.

But there is something I’m going to try to talk everyone out of: saying out loud that whatever your experience leads you to believe is The Truth. A goodly portion of food Twitter is dedicated to people proclaiming that the thing that works for them is — duh! — the thing that will work for everyone.

All of this scares me, since it’s my job to figure out what will work for everyone, and I’m as susceptible as the next guy to the Walter Effect (unless the next guy is actually Walter, who seems pretty dug in). I asked Hitchcock if he had any advice for those of us trying to figure out if we’re just spinning in our cage, counterclockwise. The first step, he says, is to simply understand our tendency to leap to causal conclusions. If we do that, we get better at thinking of our own experiences “as hypotheses to be tested, rather than beliefs to be clung to.” We may be less susceptible to the illusion of causality if we understand how it works, he says.

I’m fortunate in that I also have a fail-safe: readers who will let me know, early and often, if I get derailed from the best evidence. I’m counting on you.

Just be more polite than Dan Aykroyd was, okay?

Americans say this popular diet is effective and inexpensive – YouGov US

Many Americans aim to eat a healthy diet, and some might be hoping to lose a few pounds. But which diets are Americans sticking to, and which ones are actually helping them lose weight? 

A YouGov poll of more than 1,200 US adults finds that a majority of Americans have changed their diet at some point in order to lose weight (56%) or improve their physical health (54%). 

Intermittent fasting, a diet where you only eat during certain times of day, is one of the most popular: 24 percent of US adults say they’ve tried this diet for weight loss. An equal number say they’ve tried the Atkins diet, which emphasizes foods that are low-carb. 

About one in five have tried Weight Watchers (21%), the keto diet (19%) and the Mediterranean diet (18%).

But which diets do Americans say have been effective in helping them lose weight? 

YouGov’s data finds that majorities of people who have used these diets for weight loss find them to be effective.

Almost nine in 10 (87%) people who have tried intermittent fasting to lose weight say that this diet was very effective (50%) or somewhat effective (37%) in helping them lose weight. A similar number of people who have used Weight Watchers (86%) or the keto diet (85%) say these diets were effective for weight loss. 

Majorities who have used Atkins (83%), the Mediterranean diet (81%), or vegetarianism (78%) for weight loss also say that these diets were effective in helping them to lose weight. 

The diet Americans say is the best weight-loss diet may also be the most affordable one.

Intermittent fasting, which 87 percent of users say was effective for weight loss, is also seen as more inexpensive (80%) than expensive (18%), according to people who have tried it.

That isn’t the case for many of the other diets YouGov asked Americans about. Majorities of users are more likely to see Weight Watchers, keto, Atkins and the Mediterranean diet as more expensive rather than inexpensive. Those who have adopted a vegetarian diet for weight loss are close to evenly split: 49 percent say it is expensive, 46 percent say it is inexpensive. 

But in spite of the fact that many of these diets seem to be effective according to the people who have tried them, they remain largely unappealing to the American public. 

A majority (58%) of US adults say that the vegetarian diet is somewhat or very unappealing. A plurality say the same when asked about the keto diet (47% find it unappealing), Atkins (47%), intermittent fasting (47%), or Weight Watchers (47%). 

The only diet of this grouping that was seen as more appealing than unappealing was the Mediterranean diet. Over half (55%) say this diet is somewhat or very appealing; 31 percent say it is unappealing.

See the full survey results and sign up to be a part of the YouGov panel.  

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Methodology: Total unweighted sample size was 1,241 US adults, which included 137 who have used the keto diet for weight loss, 165 who have used the Atkins diet for weight loss, 172 who have used intermittent fasting for weight loss, 120 who have used the Mediterranean diet for weight loss, 146 who have used Weight Watchers for weight loss, and 95 who have used vegetarianism for weight loss. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (ages 18+). Interviews were conducted online between January 3 – 6, 2020. 

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Celebrity chef coming to LI for Q&A, book signing – Newsday

Rocco DiSpirito knows all about dishing up delicious dinners. On March 4, he’ll be dishing about his life, career and latest cookbook when he takes part in a sit-down with Newsday food writer Erica Marcus at Savoy Room of the Hilton Long Island/Huntington in Melville at 7:30 p.m.

For the event, which is being presented by Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live, Marcus will interview the renowned chef about his culinary journey. Among the many legs on that journey have been stints as a restaurateur, reality TV star (NBC’s “The Restaurant”). radio talk show host (WOR-AM’s “Food Talk”), “Dancing With the Stars” contestant, actor (he played himself on an episode of “Castle”) and author of multiple cookbooks.

Expect the James Beard Award winner to also talk about his latest cookbook, “Rocco’s Keto Comfort Food Diet: Eat the Foods You Miss and Still Lose Up to a Pound a Day,” which comes out on March 3. He may also share some recipes from the book, which range from ground pork ramen to chocolate peanut butter fat bombs.

Ticket are $40 and also include a copy of DiSpirito’s book which he will sign after the Q&A. For more details, go to

Do you keep trying new diets? Changing food habits frequently or abruptly may harm health – Economic Times

LONDON: Switching to a rich diet after eating a restricted one can decrease life expectancy, and have negative health effects, according to a study in fruit flies which says changing diet repeatedly or abruptly may be harmful.

The researchers, including those from the University of Sheffield in the UK, provided new insight into why, as well as how, diets could benefit humans in terms of slowing ageing and the onset of age-related disease.

In the study, published in the journal Science Advances, they fed fruit flies (Drosophilia melanogaster) a restricted diet and then returned them to a rich diet.

The scientists found that these flies were more likely to die, and laid less eggs compared to flies that spent their whole life on a rich diet.

The study authors believe that dietary restriction could be making the flies ill-prepared for rich diets.

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Too busy to prioritise what you eat? It just needs a conscious thought before eating any meal and basic understanding of different kinds of food and nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, iron, calcium, protein, energy and folic acid. It is important to consume food that can provide good nutrition for a healthy lifestyle. The Indian dietary guidelines recommend that a balanced diet should provide around 50-60% of total calories from carbohydrates, preferably complex carbohydrates, about 10-15% from proteins, and 20-30% from both visible and invisible fats. A balance diet should also provide vitamins and minerals along with dietary fibres and antioxidants. Dr Rajan Sankar, Senior Advisor – Nutrition at Tata Trusts, shares what one needs to eat to get started.

Until now, they said the existing theory was that dietary restriction – a reduction of particular, or total nutrient intake without causing malnutrition – triggered a survival strategy in humans and animals.

This theory, the scientists said, suggested that humans and animals invested in maintaining and repairing the body in times of low food availability, to await times when food availability increases again.

The findings of the current study, according to the researchers, implied that rather than waiting for food availability to increase in the future, the flies were waiting to die on a restricted diet.

Instead of dietary restriction increasing repair and maintenance mechanisms, it could actually be an escape from the damaging effects of a rich diet, they said.

The new interpretation, according to the scientists, can help us understand why and how diet can have such profound effects on health.

They said the findings also suggest that changing diet repeatedly or abruptly could be harmful to health in certain situations.

“Our results have now pointed us towards a more refined explanation of why it occurs, and have the potential to wholly shift the focus of future research,” said study co-author Andrew McCracken from the University of Sheffiled.

“Our most surprising finding was that under certain circumstances, restricted diets can also be the origin of particular types of damage to the individual,” he said.

According to the researchers, this understanding of the penalties and benefits of certain types of diets, may accelerate the quest to identify pharmaceutical interventions which mimic dietary restriction.

National Nutrition Week: Keto, Paleo, GM, Most Effective Weight-Loss Diets

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Need For Nutrition

4 Sep, 2018

In a world of convenience, where people prefer a bowl of instant noodles over a whole-grain chapatti, nutrition seems to have vanished from our plates. And thanks to such convenient options, the incidence of obesity, too, has been skyrocketing. For all those who have crossed their healthy BMI mark and are overweight/obese, weight loss becomes one of the primary targets. This National Nutrition Week, we bring to you 5 such diet plans which will help you lose weight in a the healthy manner.

Plant-based fast food on the rise in Lakeland – FSC Southern

Photo by Sarah Oulman The Impossible Whopper and other plant-based alternatives are becoming more common at fast food restaurants, increasing options for vegans and vegetarians.

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Vegan and vegetarian options are increasingly becoming more popular among customers in the U.S., leading many fast-food giants and popular restaurants to offer more plant-based alternatives to traditional meals.

Burger King initiated the plant-based food frenzy among fast-food chains when it released the Impossible Whopper last August. The burger includes all of the toppings of a traditional whopper, yet features a vegan patty made from soy and potato protein.

“The Impossible Whopper is performing very well in our test markets, and it continues to drive new traffic to our restaurants,” Burger King spokeswoman Dori Robau Alvarez said in a statement with CNBC.

Following in Burger King’s footsteps, restaurants such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway and Little Caesars have all started to roll out new plant-based alternatives to some of their most famous meals. 

KFC also made headlines in August after it became the first fast-food chain in the U.S. to serve plant-based chicken alternatives. The “Beyond Fried Chicken” was available in one Atlanta location while it was being tested among customers when the vegan chicken alternative sold out in less than five hours. Despite the success last year, KFC has yet to release its plant-based chicken in stores nationally and announced that they will likely perform more tests in stores.

Hooters also became the most recent restaurant to join the plant-based meat craze, after announcing the launch of their new “Unreal Wings” this month. The restaurant has partnered with Quorn, which is a brand of meat substitute originating in the United Kingdom, for this release, and there is plenty of buzz online regarding the abundance of new plant-based options in the restaurant world. 

Lakeland also has many small, local restaurants that offer plant-based options, including Good Thyme Eatery, Victor and Mika’s Bakery and Kc’s Artisan Pizza and Wine Bar, all of which advertise their abundance of vegan menu items. 

Victor and Mika’s Bakery, which was established in 2017, is a popular produce stand and market with items that are 100% vegan. There are gluten-free and keto-friendly options available, and the market is most known for its vegan churros and cinnamon rolls. 

Kc’s Artisan Pizza and Wine Bar also offers vegan pizza options, as well as vegan garlic knots and other italian meals for anyone looking for plant-based options in Lakeland. Good Thyme Eatery, located in Dixieland next door to Concord Coffee, is best known for its fresh, healthy meals, including vegan and vegetarian options. The menu includes items such as vegan biscuits, acai bowls, poke bowls and more.

With plant-based foods increasing in popularity in the area and across the U.S., it’s likely that even more fast-food chains and local restaurants will begin offering plant-based alternatives. For now, FSC students can stop by the Buckstop for a black bean burger for a taste of plant-based meals on campus.