Happy Sunday! Kevin and I are heading off to Brazil tonight for a good friend’s wedding next weekend. Aside from the 11 hour red-eye both ways, I’m excited beyond belief and feel so lucky to get to experience Brazil. We’ll be gone until next Monday, but I have a great line up of posts already scheduled for you, so barring any technology issues, you shouldn’t notice much difference around the Lyons’ Share, besides maybe a lack of response to your comments for a few days!
Now on to this week’s links. Enjoy!
- The Importance of Protein for Losing Weight. I believe that protein is so important (and often overlooked) even if you’re not trying to lose weight, but this article reminds us that protein keeps us satisfied, repairs muscle tissue, and keeps energy levels up. The other Fitsugar article linked from this one (and the study it cites) shows that study participants who ate double the protein were best able to lose fat without losing muscle. (picture source)
- A Look at Protein Bars. Speaking of protein, this article gives a few interesting facts about the make-up about protein bars in general. It talks about a study that shows that protein does not increase muscle mass, as well as a meta-analysis of studies that show it does. Conflicting research like this is why I find nutrition so fascinating – it’s so fun to try to stay on top of it! The article has a few great points, including saying that real food is generally better, we shouldn’t apply a health halo to protein bars just because the package says “healthy,” and that we should look into the extra ingredients in our bars. (picture source)
- (Added) Sugar Is Making Us Sick. I’ve spoken about the dangers of added sugars before many times, and this CNN article shows that the risk of cardiovascular disease more than doubles for those consuming diets high in added sugars. It also reminds us that the problem is really just added sugars, not naturally occurring sugars like those in fruit! (picture source)
- Cancer Rates to Increase Steadily. This article doesn’t really have health tips or practical lessons for us, but it made me sad. The WHO estimates that we could have 22 million new cancer cases per year in 20 years (vs. 14 million per year in 2012). A reminder to all of us that life is short, and sometimes scary, so enjoy every moment and feel gratitude for your health. (picture source)
- 10 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism. Laura posted this on her Facebook page, and I loved reading it. I’ve talked about protein, spices, coffee, and “gamifying” an active lifestyle, and you all know I love my vegetables, but I still liked the article as a quick, fun read. (picture source)
- CVS to stop selling tobacco products. YAY! What a huge success! Obviously, people can still get tobacco from several other places, but I think it’s incredible that CVS is doing something that will cost it $2 billion per year, but that will be an amazing way to set the pace for the industry and improve the health of its consumers. (And yes, I understand that this may be a strategic play to actually make more money, but I’m still all for it!) CVS has been my pharmacy of choice in Dallas, Boston, and Chicago, and even though their pharmacy is painfully slow sometimes, I’m even happier to be a customer now! (picture source)
- 8 Weight Loss Mistakes Runners Make. When I posted about the challenges of losing weight while training for a marathon, Michael linked to this post in the comments. I couldn’t agree more with the ideas that skimping on fat, skipping post-run fuel, overloading on sports “nutrition” products, and having unrealistic expectations are mistakes that runners often make. Like I said to Michael, I don’t totally buy into the fact that you MUST eat breakfast before a run of 30 minutes or more (I talked about how I often run without fuel in the mornings in this post), but I still think this article is full of good reminders! (picture source)
So tell me in the comments… Which article is your favorite? Did you learn anything new? If you’re a blogger, will you forgive me if I don’t read your blog for the next week, and will you let me know if anything major happens? I’ll try to keep up, but no promises, as I’m going to try to enjoy vacation as much as possible 🙂