Can you guess wha the number one predictor of future weight gain is?
Hint: It’s not the answer you might think. The number one predictor of future weight gain is…..
WEIRD FACT: Strawberries, as you know them, are not actual berries.
According to botanists, a ‘berry’ is a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary. Strawberries, however, are an example of an “aggregate fruit”, forming from a flower that has many ovaries. After pollination, each “ovary” eventually develops and ripens into a strawberry.
The way we use ‘berry’ traditionally, is for any teeny, tiny edible fruit, but that’s not so. In fact, according to the definition bananas, tomatoes, and watermelons are all considered berries.
1. Pound for pound, bone is stronger than concrete. A thigh bone can take almost a ton of stress before snapping!
2. About 1/2 of our bone mass is soft & alive tissue: allowing it to bend & mend. (meaning they have to be fed & cared for like every other part of your body).
3. Every 7 years, a healthy human will replace EVERY single bone cell: meaning you have the power to change the quality & strength of your bones over time. Starting now can mean stronger bones 7 years from now!
4. Humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks.They just have bigger & longer vertabrae!
5. Smoking & booze weakens your bones. They can cause calcium deficiency leading to osteopenia & osteoporosis.
6. While some extra weight can help your bones (making them stronger with the extra resistance), belly fat can produce hormones that increase inflammation in the body. Inflammation can result in increased bone dissolution.
7. Calcium is FAB for the bones, but you don’t need to get it in milk. Yogurt and cheese, fortified foods, and calcium-rich foods like almonds and green veggies can also get your bones in top shape.
8. Best time to develop your bones? Before age 30. While we replace our bones every 7 years, bone density peaks at 30. The more dense your bones are by then, the better off you are. Almost any activity involving your muscles can help build bone density.
1. Have a plan & make a list. It helps to be prepared and turns shopping into a mission instead of a guessing game. Knowing what you’re buying will save you time while you’re there & allow you to choose healthier options than when you go on the fly (you can even do it on your phone).
2. Have a snack or a healthy meal BEFORE you shop. Shopping while hungry (or tired) can trigger cravings for ALL the unhealthy foods you’ll be assaulted with while you’re there. You’re more likely to end up with unhealthy choices in your cart and subsequently in your pantry. It’s not just about lack of willpower: you’ll be fighting a body that is desperate for the quick energy that you get from sugars & other simple carbs. Eating a healthy meal before you go can help you make smarter choices while you’re there.
Well, he certainly has done his research. The tradition of a beer fast dates back hundreds of years to German monks. That’s where Wilson got the idea.
When faced with a new food you’ve never tried, do you…
My love, you are a picky eater. Yes, you are. And it’s okay, because it’s not a life sentence.
The thing about picky eaters, is that they like being picky eaters. They have little to no desire to change and are more than happy with the options they know and love. Typically, these options tend to be of the unhealthy variety. Most people who want to move towards a healthier lifestyle & eating plan often fail NOT because of a lack of choices but rather a lack of willingness to try new (and healthier) food.
Today, I’m challenging those picky eaters. Why?
Because I used to be one of you.
Are you excited for spring? Me too!
There’s still snow on the ground, but I’m ready to toss out the winter jackets, enjoy the outdoors again & load up on fresh recipes.
If you’re a smart shopper, you may have notice a drop in prices on certain fruits & veggies. This is because they’re ‘in season’ and there’s more supply than at other times during the year. Finding out what’s in season in your area is important, especially if you’re choosing locally grown foods.
Be sure to add a few of these items to your grocery list and be find a few new recipes to try.
Psst: This is a general list, your area might be different. Check with your local farmers or visit SustainableTable.org to determine the fruits and vegetables that are at their peak in spring in your area.)