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It’s that time again … I debated between the 7 Things I Read This Week and a post on getting your running motivation back, since I struggled a bit with that this week, so that one will come soon. Here’s a sneak preview … If you’re reading this on Sunday morning, I’m currently running an unplanned race, which is part of my plan to get my motivation back!
Here are some of my favorite links from this week – enjoy!
- A set of twins perform an amazing dietary experiment on themselves. I loved reading about this “study” (I hesitate to call it that, because it’s not exactly scientific, and there are obvious drawbacks to an “n” of 2). Basically, one twin gave up carbs almost entirely, and one twin gave up fat almost entirely. They both lost weight … and were both miserable and unhealthy. They concluded that eating a balanced diet is essential, and that completely eliminating any food group is not the best way to diet. Of course, I like this so much because it is so aligned with my approach to nutrition … while I believe that everyone thrives on a unique and individualized diet, no one should completely eliminate any macronutrient! (picture source)
- 28 fruits and vegetables that you had no idea grew like that. Here’s some random knowledge and humor (warning: there is some bad language). Did you have any idea that cashews grew on the end of a brightly-colored fruit, or that chickpea plants look the way they do? My in-laws’ house gave me a head start … they grow (or have grown) avocados, lemons, limes, grapefruits, and oranges right in their backyard! Pretty amazing, right? I’ve also purchased Brussels sprouts on a stalk before, just for fun, so I knew that one and a few more.(picture source)
- A Healthy Diet Costs $1.50/ day More. I’ve never been one to say that living a healthy lifestyle is easier or cheaper than an “unhealthy lifestyle.” In my opinion, it takes commitment, time, investment, and above all – planning. I have found many ways to make healthy living much easier, and much cheaper, and it certainly does not have to (and should not) consume your entire life. Like most things, it’s all about balance. And once you find the balance, you’ll find that all of the required inputs are SO worth it for the energy, self-confidence, happiness, and vitality you can achieve from living a healthy lifestyle. Even though money is tight for so many of us, I believe in doing everything we can to work $550/ year (what this meta-analysis concludes is required to eat healthily) into our budgets. (picture source)
- 7 Ways Junk Food Makes You Miserable. We all know that eating too much refined sugar or processed foods can make us feel lethargic, gain unnecessary weight, or have insulin spikes. But did you know that these “junk foods” can also speed aging, cause indigestion, or worsen PMS? (picture source)
- 13 Winter Superfoods You Should Be Eating. Aside from chicories (which I’m now determined to try), this list includes some of my very favorites! Check out my Autumn Harvest Soup or my Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup to get in your root vegetables, or the Jicama Nachos I adapted to get in your jicama. My 10+ recipes that contain squash are a shoo-in to get in your winter squash, and Friday’s Asparagus Feta Pizza will fill your cauliflower needs! I could go on, but suffice it to say that chia seeds, avocados, pomegranates, and berries are also some of my favorites! You can always type an ingredient into the “Search” bar on the right side of my page to see if I have a recipe containing that ingredient! (picture source)
- Natural Sugar is not our Enemy. I’ve talked about added sugars several times, and the harm of consuming too many added sugars. However, I try to be very clear with my clients that the focus should be on limiting added sugars, and that fruit is not the enemy. Sure, I don’t think you should be drinking 20 glasses of fresh-squeezed juice per day or consuming only fruit, but an apple for a snack or a handful of berries on your yogurt will not make you fat – I promise! (picture source)
- Jim Gaffigan on Kale. I have to finish with a funny one, because this truly cracked me up. I am (obviously) all about living a healthy lifestyle, and I sure do love my kale, but sometimes it’s fun to laugh at ourselves … and if you have fallen into popular nutritional trends like kale and almond milk, you’ll be laughing at yourself right along with me after this video!
Spill It Sundays
This week’s “Spill It Sundays” Theme is about our most important possessions. To be honest, I’m really not a “things” person. I’m not saying that I live a minimalistic life or don’t purchase “things” on a regular basis. But truthfully, while many of my “things” might make my life easier or more fun on a day-to-day basis, they don’t really mean all that much to me. If I had to pick my most prized possession, I would probably choose my engagement/wedding ring (I actually had them fused together, so I consider it one possession!). Not only do I love looking at it, but I also love what it symbolizes, and my marriage is obviously at the top of my list of importance.
So tell me in the comments … What is your favorite article of the 7 I highlighted here? Any additional articles you want to highlight? What’s your most prized possession?