Happy New Year! I have not posted in a couple of weeks because I think the holiday season is a really important time to focus on friends and family. First, my husband, the pups, and I spent a wonderful week with my in-laws. Then, the following week, we spent some QT with my side of the family. We rung in the new year with some awesome friends and can't wait to celebrate my 30th birthday with everybody. You read that right – I just turned thirty. My emotions are a mix of confidence, dread, and excitement about the decade that lies ahead. Here's to an enriching next chapter!
New Year's Resolutions & Trends:
- 5 resolutions health experts hate to hear — and what to do instead – The moral of the story is: Extreme measures are unhealthy and unsustainable. I generally agree but would like to note that Intermittent Fasting can be accomplished without the extreme restrictive days.
- Why you should focus on intentions instead of resolutions this year (and how to do it) – “Sankalpa – the Sanskrit word for intention – is generated for your soul’s growth. A good intention nurtures your consciousness and has the power to significantly raise your awareness. When you set an intention, you don’t have to worry about your actions. A righteous intention creates a righteous action.”
- 2016 Wellness Trends – If you’ve seen my Instagram, you’ll know I firmly believe in #1. I’m also pretty excited that #s 5, 8, 12, and 16 are getting more attention! #liveaheadofthecurve
Food & Diet:
- Ask Well: Should You Filter Your Water? – The answer is a resounding YES. Brita and other pitcher filters are better than nothing, but reverse osmosis filters are optimal.
- Think sushi is food for you? Not the way we often eat it. – Halfway through the article, you will find some superb suggestions for ensuring that your sushi supper is slimming yet satisfying.
- Field Peas, a Southern Good Luck Charm – Peas, including the field varietal, are an affordable and nutritious source of cruelty free protein and fiber.
- Bringing Out the Chef in Children – Cooking with children is an extraordinary gift. It boosts their confidence, gives them a sense of independence, and helps them build a healthy relationship with food.
- The nut milk recipe that will have you ditching the boxed stuff for good – I have to try this!
- Top New York Restaurants of 2015 – So excited for the aptly named Superiority Burger.
- Raw food renegade Matthew Kenney is opening an NYC restaurant – I can’t wait to go to 00 + Co when it opens!
- Why running for time, not distance, can help in endurance training – This strategy works well for me!
- At the Gym, Abs and Stats – More well-tech. Swell.
Science & Technology:
- Can You Be ‘Fat but Fit’? – Sorry folks, it turns out that, to some extent, being fat and fit are mutually exclusive.
- As Home Births Grow in U.S., a New Study Examines the Risks – If you haven’t noticed, I’m pretty crunchy with regard to food, cosmetics, and many lifestyle choices. However, when it comes time for me to have children, I’ll probably choose Lenox Hill over my bed or bathtub.
- Psychotherapy May Have Lasting Benefits for Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Unsurprisingly, IBS seems to have a significant mental component. This is just more evidence that stress, anxiety, and other mental issues have physiological symptoms.
- Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development – More proof that technology can be bunk.
- Turning Your Smartphone into a Breathalyzer – I have to admit, iPhone breathalyzers sound pretty awesome. The question is: Are drunk people really going to use them?
- Many See I.R.S. Penalties as More Affordable Than Insurance – The ACA did some great things, most notably preventing insurers from discriminating against individuals with preexisting medical conditions. However, if the main goals were to enable all Americans to afford and encourage them to maintain health insurance, the legislation’s success is still unclear. The so-called “healthy holdouts” seem to be undermining the affordability aspect of the plan. As the penalties for not having insurance continue to increase, we’ll see if the holdouts cave and premiums subside.
- ‘What can we do better?’ Trying to make the nation’s food system safer in 2016. Try to eat mostly homemade meals made with local, organic, unprocessed, plant-based ingredients in order to decrease your chances of eating contaminated food.