How is your weekend going? I hope it’s wonderful! My Mavs started my weekend out great with a win on Friday night … in case you don’t follow me on Instagram, here was me clutching my Mavs ball signed by Dirk and the “Will to Win” book while watching the game. Yes, I’m a bit ridiculous! We have a critical Game 7 tonight, and I have a health coaching client and Girls on the Run during the game … so I’ll be going radio silent on all social media for this afternoon in order to not see the results before I get to watch it! GO MAVS!
7 Interesting Things I Read This Week
- 7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mental Health: Reminders that we’ve all heard before, but really, really good ones that are worth repeating again. I’ve been incorporating a lot more walks outside, and loving them! And you know how I feel about supplements and giving back!
- Nutrition Coaching Helpful in Preventing Depression: A University of Pittsburgh study showed a decrease in depressive symptoms for those who were engaged in a nutrition coaching program. This is amazing, and I think the point extends beyond just depressive symptoms and beyond just this sample. When someone is “actively engage[d] in managing their own life problems,” they are far more likely to experience positive results. One major reason my health coaching programs work is that I support my clients in their own commitment to improving themselves. I can’t eat or exercise for anyone else, but I can support you in your commitment to yourself, and provide motivation and accountability along the way. (I have no idea why they selected this picture for nutrition coaching in relation to older individuals, but I’m going with it!)
- Photos of the Plants your Favorite Foods Grow On: In edition #4 of “7 Interesting Things I Read This Week,” I linked to an article that highlighted some of these foods, and I’m excited to see a few more! Do you know what quinoa, almonds, cocoa, or coffee look like as they’re growing?
- 14 Important Reasons to Exercise Regularly: I’ve already shared my 7 top reasons to fit in exercise, but Lifehack one-upped me by giving you 14!
- Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria are in Every Part of the World: Our overuse of antibiotics is causing significant issues, and people with serious diseases are finding themselves unable to fight off diseases. Even more interestingly, many of our increasingly common digestive issues (potentially including food intolerances) may be linked to our over-reliance on antibiotics. I believe that some doctors are too quick to prescribe antibiotics, often because consumers are too quick to request (and even demand) them from their doctors, and I hope this is something we can dramatically change. Note: As a Health Coach (certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners), I do not give advice on prescription medication, so I am not telling you never to take an antibiotic, only offering my opinion on a larger-scale issue. (picture source)
- Eat nuts, live longer: You know that I support healthy fats for their heart and overall health benefits, their help in keeping you fuller for longer, and their delicious taste, but here’s a report on a study that shows they’ll help you live longer, too! Study participants who ate nuts 7+ times weekly had a 20% lower rate of death after four years than those who didn’t eat nuts regularly! We were so scared away from healthy fats due to the previous low-fat craze that some people still “fear” nuts (myself included, up until 5 or so years ago), and yes, they do add up because they are so calorie- and nutrient-dense, but nuts are such a healthy addition to our diets! Of course, if you have a nut allergy, there are other ways to get your healthy fats, but if you don’t, consider adding in some delicious nuts today!
- Why Runners Can’t Eat Whatever They Want: I’m not running a ton of mileage now, but when I’m marathon training or completing long runs, people will inevitably say, “Wow, you must be able to eat whatever you want!” While it’s absolutely true that runners can (and should) consume extra calories to fuel their bodies and help recover from the strain of exercise, exercise does NOT eliminate the need for proper nutrients! Runners, or any athletes, still need to consider proper nutrition and the future impact of their food choices on their bodies. It’s often hard for athletes to get in enough healthy food due to their increased calorie needs, but it can be done! This article is a great reminder of this topic.
*Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow – I have a fun giveaway coming!*
So tell me in the comments … Which of these articles is your favorite? Do you like nuts? What is your #1 tip for improving mental health?