I was going through my draft posts and came across a link love that I never put up. Thought I would share now, because though these articles may be a year old, they are still interesting and relevant. Since we are at the end of the week it’s kind of still “week end” link love.
The Case Against Kids. About a year ago (when I compiled these links) was around the time when I fully changed my mind about having kids (to YES, definitely). If you’d asked me a few years before, I was very much anti-kid (at least for me). Now – I hope to have one or two soon. Still a good read.
Why do zoo apes get heart disease? It could be diet, lifestyle, or stress. Interesting read.
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I have found some interesting links lately that I wanted to share:
Monday Link Love
- The Nitrate & Nitrite Myth: Another Reason not to Fear Bacon: This article “debunks” the idea that nitrates and nitrites can cause serious health problems (cancer, heart disease). Honestly – I want to believe it; I just don’t know if I can. Apparently nitrates and nitrites are found in much higher amounts in natural foods like celery and even in our own saliva than they are in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats. Even if they are – aren’t they different? Wouldn’t our bodies treat “natural” (whatever that means) nitrates/nitrites differently than artificial ones? I have no idea. I’m not a food scientist but I would really like to know the truth behind processed meats. (Because I love bacon. Who doesn’t?)
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I only have a few links this week. Hope you enjoy.
Random Links of Love
Gena @ Choosing Raw linked to a really insightful article on HuffPo about the half lives of eating disorders. Gena does a much better job dissecting the article than I could, so I encourage you to check out her thoughts on the matter. As a recovered ED-person, I found myself nodding along with both posts, and I think anyone with an interest in mental health would find them intriguing. Liu delves into the genetic aspects of ED susceptibility and personality traits associated with the disease.
I’m sure most of you have seen the various “Sh*t XYZs Say” videos floating around lately, but just in case you haven’t, here are some of my favorites:
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It’s been over 3 months since I last did a Weekend Link Love. Yipes! Yoga teacher training really did consume about 99.9999% of my free time this past fall.
A Few Yoga Links of Interest…
First let me say, no, I do not agree with this sorry excuse for journalism. This is a poorly designed attack on yoga that is based on the behaviors of a few incompetent yoga practitioners. William Broad, the journalist, selects a few examples of obviously careless and/or fanatical yogis to reject nearly the entire challenging physical practice of yoga. An example: if you sit in hero’s pose (knees together, set back your heels, but option to go further and place feet next to hips so your butt is on the floor) for hours a day, yes, you will have issues. You will also have issues if you sit for hours a day, period. If you are not listening to your body, you are not practicing yoga. You are practicing some sort of ego-boosting physical exercise that will not get you any further towards enlightenment. To be honest, I’m surprised the Times ran this piece.
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Teacher training update – 2 days down and I am loving it so far. Yesterday we covered basic sun salutations in the morning and anatomy (!) all afternoon. Today I think is pretty much the same layout. I am loving the anatomy lectures (seriously).
I’m currently sitting here with a cup of instant miso soup (this brand – totally natural and delicious.) I have to leave soon for training, but I’m taking a few minutes to just relax.
Without further ado, here are my links for this week.
- Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why. Here are some lines straight from the article, to summarize: “Half of all drugs that fail in late-stage trials drop out of the pipeline due to their inability to beat sugar pills… Some products that have been on the market for decades, like Prozac, are faltering in more recent follow-up tests…It’s not that the old meds are getting weaker, drug developers say. It’s as if the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger.” Sounds like drug companies are realizing something that yogis have know for years – how powerful the brain is.
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Thank you for all the well wishes on my big announcement! Again, I can’t wait to share what I learn here on the blog.
Here are my belated weekend links:
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It’s been a while since I did one of these… But first an update: NYC is recovering from the hurricane (Irene) that passed through last night. To be honest, not much happened in Manhattan. I think the major damage occurred in the outer boroughs (poor Staten Island) and New Jersey (my mom is without power and water). Our power didn’t even flicker. On the plus side, I did have a mini Reese’s cup yesterday that I got at the hardware store. I love these things.
Our weekend went well. We mostly hung out with our neighbors (friends) and ate good food together. A few of us like to cook and all of us like to eat. This morning I went for a run (a little over 3 miles) after not having run for ages (at least 1.5 years?). It felt great. The subways are still not running so we can only get to places on foot (…or taxi). They probably won’t be running for the morning commute tomorrow so I plan on walking.
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