In this weekly link roundup we have lots of articles on food, a short plea to keep your health simple, and how being out in nature makes you more creative.
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Health & Fitness Shouldn’t Be Complicated – This one’s from us. We think that health and fitness is being overcomplicated these days, and we wanted to remind people that a lifestyle that wards off chronic disease and poor health is at its core very simple.
Dynamic Health - We think Steve gets it. His wisdom is a breath of fresh air in a time vanity trumps vitality. None of that really matters, what matters is if you can live long into your life with vigor.
Nature Inspires More Creative Minds – There was also another interesting study that connected one’s attention with being in nature (check it out at Sweat Science). From our understanding, creativity is intimately related to what you choose to pay attention to, so it makes sense. If nature’s beauty wasn’t enough, maybe a more creative mind might coerce you to spend sometime outdoors.
Failure To Launch – I Just Can’t Get Started Losing Weight - There are a lot of psychological barriers people put up, and narratives people tell themselves that keep them from losing weight. Here’s a great article from Sherry Pagoto of FUDiet where she breaks down some of those common thought patterns to motivate you to get started.
Freecycling Has Viral Effect on Community Spirit and Generosity - This study shows that relationships based on mutual investment beyond money can be really important in sparking and spreading positive communal actions. This could probably be applied to health and happiness too.
A Trained Palate: Understanding The Complexities Of Taste, Smell Could Lead To Improved Diet - Here’s another cool study from Science Daily. Basically researchers are getting close to understanding why we like the taste of things that are bad for us (sugars & saturated fats) and hate the stuff that is good for us. According to the study, evolution has made it so, and our environment has reinforced those dietary tendencies. But there might be something we could do to start liking the good stuff. The bottom line? If you want to start eating more of the good things you just don’t have a taste for, try improving its smell.
Fast Food Burgers Have Tripled In Size Since The 1950′s – Just another reason why so many Americans are overweight and plagued with chronic diseases. Our environment just makes is too easy to eat more than we need.