Links I Like

Happy Friday! Are you tired of turkey leftovers? Still under the influence of tryptophan? Since I didn’t host Thanksgiving dinner, I actually had the perfect amount of leftovers…enough for one tasty, no-effort-required dinner! Our deep freezer got it’s annual infusion of local, grass-fed beef, so I think a nice roast will be on this weekend’s agenda. But first…the links!
  • Living in Seattle as I do, I have strong coffee running through my veins. So I always pay attention to the “latest news” on whether coffee is good for us or bad for us. Fortunately, the news is almost always good (other than the fact it can sometimes interfere with sleep). Some of the latest research suggests that coffee and tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing diabetes, but people who drink caffeinated sugary drinks may have a higher risk of diabetes than people who drink sugary drinks that don’t contain caffeine.
  • Ch-ch-ch-chia! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) I frequently toss chia seeds into my smoothies and oatmeal, since it’s a source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, but it always amuses me that I’m eating what I once knew only as a goofy “as seen on TV!” gift item (the type of gift you buy for someone you don’t know well and don’t want to spend much money on). As the New York Times article “30 Years After Chia Pets, Seeds Hit Food Aisles” explains, times have changed!
  • The Washington Post article, “Sorry vegans: Eating meat and cooking food is how vegans got their big brains,” discusses why vegan and raw food diets would not have made sense during evolution, even if many people are able to do well on them in modern times.
  • More evidence that there are no magic bullets that make up for an unhealthy lifestyle: Results of a study on resveratrol (an antioxidant in red wine) in obese men found that it really didn’t do much. The takeaway is that moderate red wine consumption in the context of a healthy lifestyle may be healthful, but taking resveratrol supplements in the context of an unhealthy lifestyle is money down the drain.
  • Hmmm…as Americans’ average weight increases, so does the idea of what an “ideal” weight is. How high can we go?
Only one more week of school…ever! (Not counting my supervised practice experience and that really big paper called a thesis I still have to write.) That means my weekend will be spent curled up with my computer as I finish up case studies, papers and projects. I hope YOU have some fun weekend plans!