There are so many wonderful things about the fall…cooler air, crisp apples, pumpkin patches, cute kids in Halloween costumes, football and the list goes on. Fall is also the prelude, if you will, to the holidays and even colder weather. All things that make me want to grab a hot toddy, warm blanket and sit in front of a fire place. However, there is one thing that can ruin all of those fun things. What could be scarier than Halloween haunted houses, you ask. It’s a little something called the flu. (more…)
Healthy eating can be very daunting for many people who didn’t grow up learning those habits. Nowadays, there is so much information on food, exercise and how those things impact your health and the science around it that hopefully healthy habits will start to be easier for next generations. But for those of us who did not have these ingrained in us from the start I’m going to give you the one secret to making it manageable and a few tips on how to execute it!
The air is starting to resemble Fall for many of us and with that comes some of the greatest things in life: football, sweaters, boots, leaves changing and so on. With the cooler wind also comes a sense of a fresh start. This is the perfect time to revamp and reboot your exercise routine.
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Gathering with friends and fellow fans has been a part of the college football experience since, well, the first football game. The magnitude of the tailgates varies depending on the school or conference, but there is no denying that tailgating is essential to how students, alumni, and fans alike spend their Saturdays.
I grew up in a house where fall equaled football season, and the love of the sport carried over to my college experience. I attended and graduated from a college that has a powerhouse football program, which meant every Saturday morning all the fans gathered to tailgate and participate in the comradely environment that I’ve only ever experienced at college games. Some of my favorite college memories took place before or during a game.
Overeating and obesity have been discussed ad nauseam in the US. Think about the last time you probably ate too much in one sitting. Was it that extra piece of chocolate cake at dinner last week? Or maybe the buffet you went to with your co-workers to celebrate an anniversary?
As nutritional scientist Brian Wansink talks about in his book Mindless Eating, Why We Eat More Than We Think, it’s likely that none of the times you can remember actually had a significant impact on your weight. It’s most likely the eating you can’t remember that’s having the biggest effect. Every rushed lunch in front of your computer at work or those times you eat fast food in the car between running errands and going to practice or when you’re watching your favorite TV show with the whole bag of chips on the coffee table in front of you and when the show is done you have no idea where the entire bag went.
According to Wansink, “the best diet is the one you don’t know you’re on.” As Director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, Wansink conducted 250 experiments demonstrating that people from all walks of life have no idea how much they are putting in their mouths or for what reason. Wansink believes that if we change our “mindless” eating habits we will eat less and healthier.
There is good news that habits are changing- just yesterday a study was published that suggests Americans are eating less calories and obesity rates have appeared to stop rising. The following tips can help you achieve that without sacrificing your favorite treats or activities. (more…)