Top Health, Nutrition and Fitness Articles – 17 July 2015
Here are the articles I’ve discovered in the last week that I consider the best of three categories: Healthy Cooking, Health & Nutrition, and Physical Fitness.
Top Article of the Week
Meal Frequency Freedom: A Flexible Diet Structure Journey by Nate Miyaki
Nate’s a really cool dude. He truly practices what he preaches to find out what works and what he can learn from his own experiments. In this longer post he details his various “diet experiments” over the last 6+ years.
He’s tried everything from intermittent fasting, 3 meals vs. 6 meals per day, eating specific foods at a specific time (like only protein at breakfast) and so on.
This post will appeal to those of you who are highly active and interested in different approaches to eating – to not only fulfill your fitness and physique goals, but to match up with your lifestyle. For example, what do you do if you have to attend long meetings several times per week? Well, there’s a strategy for that.
Nate is a published author with another book on the way. I recently reviewed his latest book, The Truth About Weight Loss. He speaks in simple, easy to understand language. His approach in fitness and nutrition is based on the uniqueness of the person, not a singular prescription.
#1 – For the Best Bean Salad, Add Lots of Contrasting Texture and Flavor by Daniel Gritzer
Summer is a time for salads! To make them more satisfying, add some beans. Check out this article for some helpful suggestions on how to make your bean salad look and taste awesome.
#2 – Daag recipe: the ultimate curry base by Maunika Gowardhan
I love curry but I’m honestly too lazy to make a curry blend. Usually they seem to have 15 ingredients or more, but that’s probably why Indian food tastes so good at a quality restaurant – they do all the work for you!
This is a simple recipe for a curry-base that you can use right away and/or store in your fridge to use later in the week.
Health & Nutrition
#1 – Why it’s time to kick your diet pop habit by Leslie Beck
This is a MUST-READ article if you drink diet pop or know of anyone who does. Switching from drinking regular to diet pop seems like it would be a healthy choice, but it’s not. There is enough research to show that consuming large amounts of diet pop can actually contribute to weight gain and other health issues.
The 2008 San Antonio Heart Study found that, among 3,682 middle-aged adults, those who drank more than 21 diet drinks a week were twice as likely to become overweight or obese over the next seven to eight years compared with participants who didn’t drink diet soft drinks.
Read the article to better understand why the body responds to diet soda in the same way as regular soda.
#2 – The secrets to a healthy life by Dean Ornish
We’ve been well-trained over the years to rush to the doctor when we don’t feel well and pop a pill or take a prescription. But what if how we eat and how we take care of our body and mind were a more powerful, all-natural alternative to drugs?
Many people tend to think of advances in medicine as high-tech and expensive, such as a new drug, laser, or surgical procedure. We often have a hard time believing that something as simple as comprehensive diet and lifestyle changes can make such a powerful difference in our lives—but they often do.
This is not to bash modern medicine, but after reading this article you might feel it worthwhile to consider how the food you eat and how your lifestyle positively or negatively affects your overall health.
#3 – I’d love to get started… by Krista Scott-Dixon
What keeps you from getting started? Fear of failing? Waiting for the right time? Whatever the reason this is an excellent article that walks through many of the common excuses to not starting something new, like eating better or exercising, and how to overcome our excuses.
Physical Fitness Articles
#1 – 4 Exercises to Build Unbreakable Ankles by Ryan Hurst
Here are some excellent body weight exercises that you can do anywhere to help strengthen you ankles, weak or otherwise.
#2 – Fix Your Texting Position by Matthew Ibrahim
We’ve all done this – chin to chest to text. Over a long period this might be the reason you have a sore neck or a headache, let alone the reason you keep bumping into people while walking down the street. Watch this short video to learn a couple of simple, easy corrections you can make for a healthier texting posture.
#3 – Deconstructing the Deadlift by Mark Rippetoe
This is a highly technical article on one of my favourite lifts. If you deadlift you need to read this one.
Eat Well – Move Often – Be Well!