Links I like: 8/3/12

I’ve been a woefully absent blogger this week. I’ve been juggling internship work, paid work and freelance work (also paid). I have a lot of deadlines clustered together, and just was not in a place to put together meaningful blog posts. I do have a number of ideas in the fire, however, including some recipe posts, which I know I have not done a lot of since I started grad school full time. I hope to get those written up this weekend so I can share them next week! In the meantime, here are some delicious, juicy links: 

  • Anyone who’s embarked on a weight loss plan has likely tried to eat less and exercise more. So when you do lose weight, how do you know which part did the trick? Recent research has been pointing toward the former (eating less), and the New York Times article “Dieting vs. Exercise for Weight Loss” talks about the latest study. (Note: This is a topic I hope to write about next week, because I have many, many thoughts banging around my head that want to get out.)  
  • I love unsweetened coconut water in my smoothies as a low-calorie liquid ingredient that contributes some appealing flavor (my other go-to smoothie liquid is the unsweetened vanilla almond milk from Trader Joe’s). That said, I’ve long felt the hype about coconut water is just a little overinflated. I consider it a healthful beverage, but it’s no miracle drink, and water is still the best beverage of all. Anyway, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics put a nice little “myths and facts” primer (“Coconut water: Is it what it’s cracked up to be?“) on their EatRight website. 
  • The psychology of why we eat what we eat is of great interest to me, personally and professionally and I enjoyed this USA Today article, “From brain to mouth: The psychology of obesity.” Of particular interest was the observation that the increase in the prevalence of obesity over the past 30 years coincides with the rapid increase in our use of computers and other technology. “Being constantly available to others means we are so often occupied with mentally involved tasks that we’re on cognitive overload… [that] may be wearing out our self-control to resist food temptations.”  
  • When I travel, there are few things I love more than walking and walking, and then walking some more. I’ll even do laps in the airport concourse while I’m waiting for my flight. The New York Times article “Easing the pain of workouts on the road” makes me want to travel to Dallas-Fort Worth right away…just to visit their airport!   
  • Finally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the number of people who have two or more chronic conditions is continuing to rise. That’s like having diabetes and high cholesterol. Or high blood pressure and cancer. Or asthma and heart disease. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Good nutrition and physical activity. Include those two things in your life on a regular basis, and you have a decent shot at avoiding those other sets of things.  

On that note, have a great weekend! I have a new “On Nutrition” column coming out in this Sunday’s Seattle Times, fyi.