7 Interesting Things I Read This Week
- Losing weight may require some serious fun. I LOVE this one! I’ve always said that you need to find something that you enjoy for exercise – what’s right for one person may not be right for the next person. But the study reported in this article shows that those who treated a walk as fun (rather than dreaded it as exercise) felt less fatigued, more happy, and ate significantly fewer calories worth of unhealthy food when offered. Our minds are such powerful tools, so go find a form of movement you love!
- 83 Healthy Recipe Substitutions. A great article to keep bookmarked for when the baking urge strikes! I already use many of these, but there were a few new-to-me ones (prunes for butter? interesting!).
- The ideal length of everything online. For any bloggers or social media enthusiasts, this is an interesting read. I think my Instagram posts and Tweets are way too wordy, and my Facebook posts are on the upper end, too. The one that surprises me is 1600 words for a blog post – most of mine hover around 800 words, and I already feel they’re too wordy. Food for thought!
- There’s no such thing as ‘healthier’ sugar. A really good read, especially for those of us that like to make tweaks to make everything just a tad bit healthier. The fact is that even if you’re using agave nectar instead of table sugar in your brownies, it’s still not a free pass to eat as many brownies as you want … because that agave is still sugar. Of course, I think there’s room for splurges if you’re eating an otherwise healthy diet, but this is worth considering. And remember – we needed to be concerned with added sugar, not naturally-occuring sugars like those in fruit!
- Do I have to give up alcohol to be healthy? A great article that explains how alcohol impacts our diets and our efforts to be healthy. I agree with almost all of the author (a fellow health coach!)’s points here, and if I were trying to lose weight, I would probably consider giving up alcohol for that time – alcohol does slow your fat burning, make you crave unhealthy foods, and reduce your inhibitions. However, in my day-to-day life, I enjoy a drink or a glass of wine regularly, and I definitely think alcohol can be included as a part of an overall healthy diet – in moderation.
- 15 tactics to double your productivity. I love reading little “life-hacks” like this, and I’m pleased that I already use many of these tricks (drinking water, planning, exercise, audio while driving <– huge for me! I listened to three conferences while driving to and from Colorado, and often listen to podcasts, entrepreneurship lessons, or inspirational talks while driving!). There are still a few I’d like to get better at (do important things first, take a short break, and more!).
- Teenage sunburns raise melanoma risk. Consider this a PSA, but this article scared me too much not to share. I have very fair skin, and as a teenager, I always used to say something along the lines of “I’m either white or red, so I’d rather be red!” Suffice it to say, I was burned more than my fair share of times. And several years ago, my dad had melanoma – I’ll never forget falling on my hotel bed in the middle of nowhere (traveling for consulting) when I found out, and feeling so scared and helpless. Thankfully, he’s fine, and I’ve had my skin checked and it looks great. Still, I know I am at risk, and while I try to be uber-careful about sunscreen, I know I could do even better. PLEASE wear your sunscreen, especially if there happen to be any teenagers reading! (picture source)
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So tell me in the comments … Which article was your favorite? Which cooking or baking swap do you use most? Any other great reads from this week? (Feel free to link up your own favorite blog post!)