7 Great Things I Read This Week
Usually, I sit down to write my blog post, and something comes to me fairly quickly. Either I have it planned (like Monday’s big announcement, a new study that I want to discuss, or a recipe I’ve recently made), or I think about what is going on in my own life, health, or fitness, and I write about that. But yesterday as I sat down to write, I think my 20-mile run (my first 20-mile training run since September 18th, 2011!) got the best of my mind, and nothing came to me. Never fear, because you know when 7 Tips Sundays come along, I’ll always resort to sharing some recent things I’ve read so you can still learn something and/ or be entertained! So before I ramble any more, enjoy these 7 links, and let me know what you think!
- What is a Health Coach, anyway? Several of you have asked me what Health Coaches do, and as I was working with a friend who works in healthcare this week, I came across this article which explains it quite well. Here are a few quotes in case you don’t read the whole thing: “[Health coaching] probes the total well-being of the patient to learn what is happening in the patient’s life that could be contributing to his or her physical illness” and “Primary objectives of health coaching are to educate the patient regarding self health management and to encourage patients in taking a more proactive role in staying healthy.”
- The Health Benefits of Coffee: of course, it is human nature to try to defend things that we love, and I really do love my one cup of coffee every morning, but a new study published this week (linked in the article) shows that coffee may not dehydrate at all. When I talked all about dehydration and gave you tips on how much water you need to drink, I mentioned that I consider coffee a “neutral” – not hydrating and not dehydrating. I think I’ll continue to think of coffee this way, but I love seeing that my habit may also be good for my brain, heart, and happiness! (picture source, via Wikipedia)
- Scientific Evidence for Popular Supplements: After I posted about the supplements I’m currently taking, a reader and friend sent me this cool interactive infographic. I spent far too much time playing with it, and think it’s fun to look at. My two complaints: 1) Because most studies are done on serious diseases like cancer, the supplements that help those serious diseases are well-represented, but general health is (in my opinion) under-represented, and 2) Some supplements that help a variety of conditions are rated as less effective for individual conditions, but the publishers fail to recognize the value overall. Still fun, if you’re into seeing the studies behind the hype, like I am!
- Woman Records 100 Days of Going to the Gym: If you’re looking for some motivation to stick to healthy habits, the transformation that this woman makes in just 100 days is a must-watch! She goes from depressed to determined, from embarrassed to self-confident … and that is a major reason that I encourage everyone to exercise! (I learned about this through Heather‘s Facebook page)
- On Burnout and Peace: If you related to my post on leaving my job because you are personally feeling burned out, you owe it to yourself to read this. We all deserve to prioritize ourselves and give ourselves what we truly need to be happy, so if you’re not doing that, I encourage you to try. (picture source)
- The McDonald’s Diet Making News Again: We’ve heard of “Super Size Me,” but this time a teacher decided to eat only at McDonald’s, stick to a calorie limit, and start exercising. Spoiler alert: he does lose weight. In fact, he loses 37 pounds in 90 days, which is pretty amazing. BUT, the study still unsettles me because it presents McDonald’s as “healthy” food and doesn’t focus on the quality of the nutrition the teacher is getting. I’ve said it several times before, but weight loss is very different from nutrition and health. I can help you lose weight while eating just Twinkies, but it may also take years off of your life. I can also help you lose weight while eating high-quality, nutrient-dense foods, and we’ll all be happier and better off :). For additional thoughts, you can check out the interesting comments on Michael’s post, where I learned about this article. (picture source)
- A few more: OK, I couldn’t decide on the last one. So if you want to read 18 things women should never have to justify, click here (I love the recent trend of living YOUR life unapologetically!). If you want to read the top predicted 2014 fitness trends, click here (I had already posted this on The Lyons’ Share Facebook page – please “like” the page for more updates!). And if you want to read a blog post from KathEats on her thoughts on alcohol (which I agree with almost to a “t,” aside from the home-brewing part), click here.
This week’s prompt was to mention embarrassing trends that you followed. I had a surprisingly hard time thinking of them, although I’m sure I did far more embarrassing things than I can remember here. I do remember:
- Collecting POGS. I never actually played the POG game that I can remember, but it was cool to collect them! (picture source)
- Wearing side knots in my t-shirts, including these plastic things that held your shirt over so you didn’t have to tie a knot! (picture source)
- Hair rollers – I used to sleep in those foam rollers to get curly hair the next day! My mom always put so much effort into making sure I looked cute, and while I’m not going to revert back to those outfits anytime soon, I don’t have regrets! (I’m third from the right in the bottom row)
So tell me in the comments … Did you read any good articles this week? Feel free to link up! What was the most embarrassing trend you followed as a child?