Thank you so much for all the positive feedback on Friday’s post on food intolerance testing. I’m so glad that sharing my experience was helpful, and I hope to be able to help many of you work on your intolerances as well! If you emailed me about your own testing and I haven’t gotten back to you, you’ll get a full response on Monday morning. And if you haven’t contacted me yet but want to talk about what it might mean for you, I’m here for you! (and currently offering the tests cheaper than the list price!)
I’ll get right down to business, since I’m currently in Minneapolis completing RRCA Running Coach Training, and didn’t get the post written in advance. I’m learning a ton, and I can’t wait to share highlights with you when I return! For now, here are 7 Interesting Things I Read This Week. Enjoy!
- Considering the future can help you make better food decisions. Many of us have dealt with emotional eating at one time or another, and know firsthand how hard it is to resist the urge when you’re stressed or overwhelmed. This study from the University of Delaware shows that if you focus on something other than the present when hit with the urge to overeat, you will be less likely to indulge in unhealthy foods. Interesting!
- The Cookie Monster Knows More About Willpower Than You. I haven’t completely internalized how I feel about this post, so I’m anxious to hear your comments. But I learned about the marshmallow study many times during college, and I found it incredibly interesting that Sesame Street puts so much psychological thought into their episodes! I only wish they had asked Cookie Monster to think about how healthy he’ll be in the future rather than thinking about all the cookies he will be able to consume in the future – I’m not sure that was the type of future the researchers in #1 were talking about!
- I read the top nutrition books and this is what I learned. I love this simple post because it hammers home a point I’ve tried to make several times: there is no single right answer to “what diet is best.” Different things work for different bodies, and learning what works for our own is a lifelong process. Sure, there are principles that are more likely to work than others, and I know how to guide people through the process of self-discovery fairly efficiently, but still … nutrition is confusing! This is why I love reading nutrition books and hearing from speakers that have vastly different opinions (with scientific studies to back them up!) – it’s so fascinating to me. The best part of it all is that the one thing they concluded was that vegetables are good for everyone. You KNOW I love my vegetables!!
- 89 simple swaps that will make you healthier. I love lists like this, and am happy to say that I already incorporate many of these swaps. There really are some great ones in here!
- Why high-impact exercise is good for your bones. If you’re a runner, I can almost guarantee that someone has asked you, “isn’t all that pounding bad for your bones?” (right after they asked about your knees, I’m sure). Well, here is just a bit more evidence to tell them that high-impact exercise is actually good to strengthen your bones. Even study participants that simply hopped 20 times per day showed great gains in hipbone density!
- The link between happiness and weight loss. Not only does the article remind us of the fact that our emotions are so intricately connected to our health (and weight loss, if that’s your goal), but it also reminds us to drink water, disconnect, eat chocolate and salmon, and exercise for mental health benefits. What more could you ask for in one article?
- How to beat your excuses and learn to cook. Every week, Michael and I inevitably choose some of the same links for these posts, and when I went to check his post out last night, I confirmed we overlapped here. Despite the overlap, I still want to share it, because one of the most common things I hear from potential health coaching clients is that they don’t have time to cook. Yes, I do believe you can be healthy while eating out, but it is SO much easier (and cheaper, and healthier, in most cases) to prepare some of your own food when possible.
(All pictures are sourced from the article linked in the titles).
So tell me in the comments … What do you think about the Cookie Monster article? Do you cook? If so, do you think it makes you healthier? Do you have a burning running question that I should be sure to ask the trainers during my last day of training today?