— From the Washington Post: A cool infographic on what Americans eat in a year. I can believe the 600 pounds of cheese thing!
— From the folks at FitFluential, whose tweets I just started following, comes proof that intense workouts can curb hunger. The same NBC news article goes on to explore some of the common myths about eating and exercise (i.e., “I deserve a treat because I worked out today). I know I’m guilty of more than a few of those rationalizations.
— I found this of interest simply because I weighed in on the feds’ MyPlate when it came out a couple of months ago. Now, the Harvard School of Public Health has released its own version, the Healthy Eating Plate. The biggest differences? Swapping MyPlate’s dairy for water, tea or coffee and adding healthy oils.
— Spicing up that salad: I’ve said before that one of the things I love about doing Atkins is that it’s fun to eat salad again. I can top it with all kinds of goodies I shunned while on Weight Watchers. This recipe from Health.com is packed with things I love: Shrimp with Feta, Radish, Watercress and Mint. I’m not sure about the watercress, but for just 5 Net Carbs, I just might give it a shot.
— My friends at the Writing Playground, one of the writing blogs I frequent, published this great list of why writing is like exercise.
- Frankenstein (haven’t read it)
- The Scarlet Letter (read it “for fun” in middle school or high school)
- The Catcher in the Rye (again, read for fun … I think in high school)
- The Great Gatsby (What can I say? I read a lot of books for fun!)
- Pride and Prejudice (Ditto.)
- Siddhartha (Read, but not until college. It was one of the required books in my “world cultures” class.)
- Lord of the Flies (9th-grade English)
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (11th-grade English)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (8th-grade English)
- The Fountainhead (Tried to read on my own after seeing it mentioned in “Dirty Dancing” … but it was too dense and I didn’t get very far.)
From the Atkins website comes a great reminder of all the different lunch options out there. Me, I find myself getting in a rut. Hopefully I’ll remember this post so I can shake things up from time to time.