Who is Healthier: ‘Foodies’ or Picky Eaters?

Food lovers may seem like the type who should watch their weight, but a new study suggests people who enjoy trying new and exciting foods may actually be healthier than those who are more picky.

Source: Who’s Healthier: ‘Foodies’ or Picky Eaters?

I think it really depends on what you eat, and volume of.  Beyond that, if we don’t enjoy it – we won’t do it.  So it makes sense why a foodie might be healthier.

You Might Never Love Exercise (But Do it Anyway)

There seems to be a cultural consensus that you have to love fitness. People will tell you that if you don’t like exercising, it’s just because you haven’t found what you like, or you’re not doing it frequently enough to engage a positive feedback loop. As a fitness writer and coach who has been training consistently for over a decade, I can confidently say that I don’t like exercising, and that’s okay.

Source: You Might Never Love Exercise (But Do it Anyway)

I dislike [activity], but I love having done [activity].

For a while, that was me and running.  Running still isn’t my “go to” thing to do, but I don’t have the distaste for it that I used to.  Motivation hasn’t been an issue for me – I can get into a rut very easily, so as long as I make an effort.

The benefits of exercise are real.  It’s worth the effort to make the change.

Are Smoothies Healthy?

Just like salads – they’re as healthy as what you make them with…

Smoothies have an overblown reputation as a “healthy” food, but they aren’t all bad either. There are ways to improve their nutritional value while cutting some of the sugar, especially if you make them yourself. But for most standard-issue smoothies, I tend to side with your friends: sugar content is often at “no better than a Coke” levels.

That’s no exaggeration. A 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 39 grams of sugar, which is on par with Starbucks’ new, kale-optional 16-ounce smoothie offerings: 32 grams in the sweet greens flavor, 42 grams in mango carrot. (I’m using Starbucks as my smoothie example because they seem to be a fair example of store-bought smoothies. I’m sure smoothie fans will share their favorite brands in the comments.)

Homemade smoothies don’t necessarily fare better: the recipes in Prevention’s slideshow of “20 Super-Healthy Smoothies” average 28 grams of sugar per serving, and the number would probably be higher if their serving sizes were more realistic.

…Ultimately the decision on whether something is “healthy” comes down to whether it helps you meet the goals you’ve set for yourself. If you’re avoiding sugar (which I would argue helps with many goals, including weight loss and staving off diabetes), you’re probably best steering clear of store-bought smoothies, and being more conscious of what you’re putting in the ones you make at home.

Source: Are Smoothies Healthy?

At its core, I think of a smoothie as a meal replacement so it’s less about sugar, and more about packaging.  My advice is to ‘turn down’ the empty calories, fat, and extra sugar.  Keep in mind the effect of juicing – more vitamins, calories, and sugar.

How to Talk to People Who Make Bad Health Decisions

It’s frustrating when your friend—or, worse, a stranger on the internet—is making ill-advised health decision. Maybe they smoke, or eat terribly, or buy everything Dr. Oz endorses. Maybe they refuse to vaccinate their kids. Here’s how to get through to them.

Source: How to Talk to People Who Make Bad Health Decisions

Odds are incredibly good that the person is not going to listen to shaming or holier-than-thou rhetoric. If the person really wants to listen to what you have to say, it’s much more welcoming when you can say “yeah, I used to smoke/drink/eat too much and it was REALLY hard to change”. And then let them ask you how you manage.

Huge Meta-Study Finds Homeopathy Ineffective in Health Treatment

An analysis of over 225 medical studies and 1,800 scientific papers has found that homeopathy is ineffective as a health treatment. Its authors urge that “people who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments.”

Source: Huge Meta-Study Finds Homeopathy Ineffective in Health Treatment

This reminded me of:

Friendship Is More Powerful Than We Ever Imagined

Friendship is powerful — everything from pop culture tells us so. But how powerful is it? Turns out that friendship has all sorts of properties, that include making you healthier, increasing your self-awareness and helping you accomplish way more. Here are all the ways science proves that friendship really is magic.

Source: Friendship Is More Powerful Than We Ever Imagined

The ability to predict friends based on DNA is an aspect I had not considered, but if we hope to use DNA for determining various health risks…

The aspect I didn’t catch in the article was the impact of rivals.  Sometimes friendly competitive people, sometimes not so friendly.  I remember chatting with someone who thought that Augustus could not have become the ruler he was without Mark Antony as a rival.  A more recent example would be James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Similarly, I encountered someone in my swim lane who was definitely faster than us and body language was clear – they did not think well of me.  They’d do things like surge ahead, sometimes leaving myself to lead the rest of the group, take little to no break, or even start the drill early.  But I found that it took some effort, but I was able to draft and worked to improve as the drill distances also got longer.  The rival didn’t get anything out of it, but I did – I saw that I was capable of doing more but hadn’t been getting feedback from coaches to push me.  Similarly, I have cyclists I look to for various aspects from which to learn and strive to challenge.  No such luck in running currently, but eventually.

Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies Are Tracking You

It’s 2015—when we feel sick, fear disease, or have questions about our health, we turn first to the internet. According to the Pew Internet Project, 72 percent of US internet users look up health-related information online. But an astonishing number of the pages we visit to learn about private health concerns—confidentially, we assume—are tracking our queries, sending the sensitive data to third party corporations, even shipping the information directly to the same brokers who monitor our credit scores. It’s happening for profit, for an “improved user experience,” and because developers have flocked to “free” plugins and tools provided by data-vacuuming companies.

…WebMD is basically calling up everybody in town and telling them that’s what you’re looking at

Source: Looking Up Symptoms Online?  These Companies Are Tracking You

Not really news.  There was news about Wikipedia being used a while back.

Why Your Doctor Might Not Be the Best Nutritional Resource

Your doctor is one of the most important people to your well being, and rightfully so. While you should trust their advice on certain matters, it’s also important to understand the boundaries of their training, and when you should seek outside help.

Source: Why Your Doctor Might Not Be the Best Nutritional Resource

They are only human.  There’s nothing wrong with researching yourself, including consulting someone more specialized in nutrition.

For Better Fitness Success, Stop Using the Word “Mistake”

The problem with the word mistake is that it’s negatively ingrained into society. People too often define themselves by their mistakes, the presumed result of their own character flaws. Recall the last time you uttered the words “I made a mistake.” You probably subconsciously judged your own character as soon as those words came out of your mouth.

All humans make mistakes. And while they’re completely natural, the word implies a dead end of sorts, rather than a learning opportunity that will make you better at life.

Source: For Better Fitness Success, Stop Using the Word “Mistake”

On a similar vein, there are benefits to failing

One aspect I encountered is dealing people can make can be trying.  Some have different goals, or things come easier/etc – so they aren’t very supportive or even thoughtful.  May your experience be better, or at least know to take it with a grain of salt because it’s a known issue that we don’t like to see others improve.