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9 Apr

The Weekly Health Challenge

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Here’s your weekly challenge from Mark:

Immerse yourself in something you find beautiful (and tell us about it this week in the Forum).

It’s gonna be a great week!

5 Apr

The Only Proven Way to Gain Weight: Go on a Diet!

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

Dieting doesn’t work, “they” tell us. But wait, the Mediterranean diet prevents health problems in the tiny tots! What gives? We’re here to help you sort through the confusion:

Want to Gain Weight? Go on a Diet

You’ve probably heard that many people gain back any weight lost during dieting. It makes sense: just about any diet will help you drop some poundage, but as soon as you go back to your normal ways, the ‘libs come back like the feisty clingers that they are.

It gets worse (don’t worry, then it gets better):

Scientists have determined that not only do some dieters gain back weight some of the time, dieting is just about the only surefire way on earth to gain weight. That’s no joke or exaggeration. When the researchers examined over 30 different significant diet studies, the only similarity they could find – the only conclusion that could be reached – was that dieting is the absolute best predictor of excess weight gain.

If you want to gain weight, it’s really easy. Simply go on a diet.

Okay, here’s the good part. If you want to lose weight, don’t diet! You have science on your side, friends! How can this be, you ask? Unfortunately, “diets really do make you fat almost 100% of the time” does not have an inverse relationship to “eat whatever you want and never diet and you’ll be thin”. Whether you diet or whether you decide that a life of Dunkin Donuts and McRib sandwiches is for you, both extremes will get you plenty of junk in more places than the proverbial trunk.

The key is neither dieting or saying “to heck with it, bring on the fettucine!” To maintain a healthy weight, you have to live like a healthy, lean person would. And how is that?

1 – Whole, unprocessed, recognizable foods

(bad: french fries; not good: crackers; whole and unprocessed: brown rice)

2 – Fresh, mostly green things

(bad: ready-made meals, burritos, pizzas; not good: ready-made vegetarian lasagna; a fresh, mostly green thing: salad or steamed veggie plate)

3 – Not much

(bad: a huge burger with a soda and fries; not good: a low-fat pasta dish with a breadstick and sugar-free ice cream; not much: a small plate comprised of mostly vegetables with a little fresh lean protein and a bit of good fat)

You can see how the bad things are clearly bad. And the “not good” things are things we often think of as at least partly healthy (this is the category into which many of us fall, and why we often feel so frustrated). But to be healthy, you must do more than add in a few good things – you must live, eat, and breathe 90% good things. Are you up for it?

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Mediterranean Diet: Why It Works

Hey! Didn’t we just say diets don’t work?

Well, the Mediterranean diet is not really a diet, per se. It’s a healthy lifestyle. This “diet” focuses on fresh, whole, natural foods. There’s almost no processed, pre-made or sugary foodstuffs whatsoever. The bulk of the calories come from fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables, some whole grains, olive oil, and a little fish or meat.

The cool thing about this diet is that in addition to helping prevent heart disease, cancer and obesity, children following this “diet” have reduced rates of allergies and asthma. You can do your own variation because it’s more about the general fresh and produce-based idea. If you aren’t crazy about olive oil, use avocado or walnut oil. If you don’t like fish, use chicken. If you aren’t into nuts, eat avocados. Experiment and have fun! Eat tasty things.

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What tasty things help keep you healthy? Give us a shout in the forum!

Web it out:

Fun, Simple Ways to Beat Up Depression

4 Apr

News Worth Clicking

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

Here’s the roundup!

Stress and Baby

Stress is perhaps the single most important factor in your health – and your baby’s. Be sure to read up on what the latest study has to say about stress, depression and healthy pregnancies.

More important pregnancy tips.

Want to Quit Smoking?

Don’t let Big Puff get the best of you! Eat these.

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It’s So Humid in Here!

Facts and fiction about proper use of humidifiers.

4 Apr

Websites That Make You Feel Great!

As we always say, there is more to living life healthily (there is that funny word again) than diet and exercise. A daily dose of humor goes a long way to squashing stress and building wellness.

The Cold, Hard Facts:

Laughter is the best medicine. Apparently, those old wives we are always hearing about got this one right!

VitasearchResearch is Showing Healthful Effects of Laughter

USA TodaySense of Humor Linked to Longer Life

The Side-Splitting Sites:

Neatorama

This hodgepodge of humorous clips, bizarre stories, and weird facts is sure to provide everyone with something to their liking. Check out the ‘Mental Floss’ entries for silly facts that will give you a chuckle.

It’s Jerry Time

Follow the misadventures of the pitiable title character, Jerry Zucker. If these animations don’t get you to laugh out loud at least they will make you feel better about your own life.

Crash Test Kitchen

Check out the unconventional cooking show of food-loving couple Waz and Lenny. Although we can’t recommend eating most of Crash Test Kitchen’s fare, the show itself is always compelling and often times hilarious.

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3 Apr

Controversy? Us?

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

Okay, okay, we admit it. We think health is fun and worth arguing, talking and laughing about endlessly.

Everyone’s Favorite Superbug

The flu (actually an umbrella nickname of sorts for several variant influenza viruses) is developing resistance to drugs. Though no natural method can completely prevent your risk of flu, there are plenty of preventive measures that do help:

- fresh garlic daily

- plenty of vitamin C

- practicing good hygiene (wash those hands!)

- echinacea and zinc in flu season

- a daily tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in flu season

What are your suggestions, Apples? How do you avoid the flu? Talk it up!

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Mammograms: A Good Idea?

The debate is rekindled: are mammograms more harmful than helpful? Be sure to catch the latest research out today.

News flash: Life Is Really, Really Hard!

Is your doctor telling you you’re depressed? Maybe life is just hard and it’s okay to feel down about it! Check out this provocative news piece to see what we’re talking about.

Note: while we are not psychologists around here (and if you are, we’d love your perspective about why we may be buzzing up the wrong orchid), we think one could make a compelling argument that the personal fix-it movement is itself stressful for many people. Where do you draw the line between dealing with past issues and being convinced you need “fixing”? How do we draw the line between genuine depression or unresolved issues and simply feeling a normal response to life’s hardships? What do you all think? Are we depressed, or is life just tough?

Between a rock and a hard place…

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