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.
Is Sugar Toxic? Probably, yes! Did you know the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar per year? This is an interview between Sanjay Gupta (a doctor who is a public health advocate) and Robert Lustig (an anti-sugar doctor who is famous with the paleo/primal/low-carb crowd).
Ova Ova. A really innovative (woman-founded) start-up that helps you (women) track your ovulation and fertility naturally (temperature, etc) via something called the Fertility Awareness Method. FAM can be used to get pregnant or to not get pregnant, ha.
Homemade Deodorant. A simple recipe: baking soda, cornstarch or arrowroot, coconut oil, Tea Tree Oil (optional). I currently use Soapwalla’s deodorant (which recently raised in price from $12 to $14! and I thought it was expensive before). Love Soapwalla, but it’s very pricey. I may try this next time I run out (very soon).
That’s all I have! Have you read anything good online lately?
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?)
7 Ways You Might Be Inadvertently Sabotaging a Good Night’s Sleep: I may not always agree with him, but Mark Sisson just about always has an intelligent, well-thought-out response to just about every question or problem anyone could possibly have. In this case I do agree with him. The article is from November but particularly applicable now that I’m trying to sleep earlier. He makes good points – 1) are you getting natural light during the day? 2) are you eating too late? 6) do you have a nighttime ritual? and 7) are you simply staying up too late? –> These 4 all right true for me.
Vow to Get More Sleep in 2013: Another sleep article. Tips include 3) turn the heat down, 4) unplug (what I should be doing now!), 5) meditate, 6) do yoga (OK!), and 7) stop puttering! (That means no chores after 9pm, yes I am talking to you my fellow type A’s.)
And I also just wanted to share some other random things…
Monday List Love
Wanted to share this pic of dinner the other night. I was out of the city all day Saturday and when I got home, Bobby had prepared this beautiful meal! It’s a salad with hard boiled egg, bacon, onion, and homemade dressing. I had no idea he could cook – he totally outdid himself. He also made butternut squash ravioli (from TJ’s) with sauteed veggies and he cooked up a cheesy mushroom flatbread (also courtesy of TJ’s). The salad is served in a really beautiful dish from my mom.
Bobby used this salad recipe for the dinner salad and dressing. It was supposed to be spinach but I prefer romaine as a salad base.
That’s all I have… I’m off to do some reading and relax before I go to sleep (early). Hope your week is off to a good start.
The Yummy Life’s Make-Ahead Cornbread Stuffing. Cornbread? Stuffing? I’m in! (Maybe you call stuffing dressing?) I will likely add extra broth if and when I make this because I like really really moist stuffing. I like it best when it’s cooked right inside the bird.
My RDealistic Diet posted a simple recipe for Sausage and Cauliflower Spaghetti this week. Do you guys remember Self’s blog, “Eat Like Me” by an RD named Cristin? Well, Cristin is back with a new blog and this is it! I remember reading her blog years ago – over 4 years ago actually – and that is how I got hooked on healthy living blogs. She is one of my favorites.
Mark’s Daily Apple posted a really cool recipe for Raw Butternut Squash Slaw. I have so many butternuts from my CSA that I think I will have to make this!
The Hidden Truths About Calories – This article delves into the complicated science of calorie calculation. Though many of us were already suspicious of calorie counts on labels, this article proves that those counts can be wildly inaccurate. The way you prepare a food, the way the food was grown, how processed the food is, AND your various aspects about your body composition – these are four factors that contribute to how many calories your body will actually take away from a food. For example, the more processed a food is, the less “work” (energy) your body expends while digesting it, and thus the more calories your body gets to keep. If you have longer intestines than your spouse, you will get more calories from a food (or vice versa). It’s a really good read, and not that long either.
5 Ways to Make Going Vegan Easy – I am not a vegan, but I like these ideas. The ideas include drinking green juice, eating quinoa, using almond milk, eating more greens and fruits, and giving up one animal a month. Click through to read more.
6 Things I Do to Be Consistently Happy – written by a person who does startups. The ideas include 1) waking up early, 2) exercising, 3) disengaging, 4) helping others, and 5) learning new things regularly. Click through to read the last one, and to hear his thoughts on the ones I just listed.
All You Need to Know to Compost in Your Apartment – to be honest, I have not started composting yet. There is a compost station at the farmers’ market Sundays (it’s less than half a block from my apartment) so I can drop it off there if/when I do start.
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:
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.
I used to read Roni’s Weigh ages ago when I first started blogging – back before there were thousands upon thousands of healthy living blogs. I came across it again recently and I’m enjoying it. She has lost and regained and lost and regained weight (not a lot, just the annoying difficult-to-be-rid-of last few pounds) and is currently trying to lose. She’s encouraging and funny and I just like to read her notes.
New Year’s Resolution Update (or should I say January Resolution Update) – I have not had any artificial sweeteners all week. A few times I almost reached for a diet soda and then remembered my intention. I feel like a lot of “bad habits” that we do are really done completely unconsciously. Mindless snacking? So easy to “wake up” and realize you’re just eaten an entire chocolate bar without even realizing you started it. Going to bed late? You suddenly look at the clock and it’s 1:30am – where did the time go? We don’t set out to do these things that bother us; they’re part of our routines. So it’s important to find a way to remind yourself to check in and see if you’re really aware and in the moment. (For January resolution #2 – I have also been doing my daily reading.)
I feel like there were more things I read this week, but nothing is coming to mind. There have been far too many “10 superfoods you should be eating”-type articles because it’s the new year, but I don’t find them particularly interesting or useful. I know I should be eating broccoli, etc…, but 10 superfoods are not going to change my life. Health is so much more than focusing on 10 foods.
What are your finds of the week?
P.S. I redid my design! Click through and tell me if you like it
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.
I’m trying to cut down a bit on sweet things, but maybe when I break my sweet-fast I will try out these Grain-Free Pumpkin Muffins from Balanced Bites.
Do you like parsnips? I want to try Choosing Raw’s Parsnip Sushi Rice. (I never got to eat parsnips growing up because my dad hated them. But I tried them a year or two ago and ended up loving them. I think I like all root veggies.)
I’ll leave you with a song. I’m off to class… and to Starbucks for some coffee. It’s 8AM on a Sunday.
Whole Foods is tricking us into buying stuff. An example? Those flowers at the entrance are known in advertising as “symbolics” – they make it clear that everything inside the store is “bursting with freshness.” From the flowers when you walk in all the way to the cash register there are subtle tricks that can lead you to purchase more than you intended. Interesting fact – the average apple in a supermarket is actually 14 (?!) months old.
I’ve had Socca on my list to make for ages. Have you ever tried it? What is your favorite recipe?
This evening I took an advanced yoga class at my studio and it was great. I had one last night as well but tonight’s was one of the best classes I’ve ever taken. It was one of those nights where everyone was into it; everyone was breathing; everyone was sweating within the first five minutes. I pushed myself and managed to practice getting into poses that I don’t usually get to do in the regular classes. Like full pigeon! I didn’t even know it existed.
I’m thinking I might do a “pose of the week” feature here – this week’s pose (and by “pose of the week” I really just mean what pose I am into that day) has got to be Supta Baddha Konasana.
It’s incredibly relaxing for your hips, if you can just let go. If you need extra support, use blankets like in the picture. It’s a good counter pose to bridge, and it’s perfect for leading into savasana.
Remember that pumpkin pie I made last week? Well, here is some Paleo Pumpkin Bread that I want to try too. I have never cooked with almond flour before. I would probably swap out the sweetener in this for stevia, and maybe do coconut oil instead of olive oil. (P.S. The protein powder I used in the pumpkin pie from last week was “HempShake – Delicious Organic Protein Superfood Drink Mix” in Chocolate. I used 30 grams. I have updated the recipe accordingly.)
Chocolate-Salted Caramel Tart. Hmm, I am in a dessert mood today. This tart is really simple; I don’t know if I can call it a true tart because it looks too easy.
Interesting Food Things:
“For centuries, almost all carrots were yellow, white or purple. But in the 17th century, most of those crunchy vegetables turned orange. Why? It may have to do with Dutch politics.” Read More. (Since I first read the article there has been an update from the World Carrot Museum – who knew there was such a thing?)
Accurate Food Wrappers. I think the Milk Duds box is the funniest. (I have always hated Milk Duds for exactly that reason.)
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.
After my run this morning (err, afternoon) I did some yoga stretching and took a nice shower. Then we ate brunch together (6 of us) – bacon, eggs with homegrown jalapeno, homemade bread, and some various pastries. (If I didn’t mention it already, we moved into a building where our friends live – so we hang out a lot. Just like college, and it’s great.)