Happy Friday! I hope you had a nice Independence Day. I celebrated quietly, because I had the whole house to myself (husband and dog were on a family camping trip). While I missed them both, I won’t lie and say that I didn’t enjoy this personal independence quite a bit! There is something to be said for solitude. One of the things I did yesterday was to catch up on the week’s nutrition news. Here are some highlights:
- One of the upsides of forming (and locking down) good habits is they can become the “baseline” that you return to when things get stressful. In other words, if you are a healthy eater by default, you are unlikely to eat a whole pint of ice cream when you have a really bad day.
- I’m endlessly fascinated by the ongoing debate about whether foods, specifically “highly palatable” foods can be truly addictive. One of the latest studies looked at how 12 overweight or obese men responded to milkshakes with either a high or low glycemic index. This is a very small study, but the results are quite interesting.
- I make an effort to not scrimp too much on sleep, even when I’m super busy. The ever-evolving research on what sleep deprivation does to the hormones that regulate food intake is one reason I take my shut-eye seriously.
- And…a reminder of why I need to eat more salmon and sardines (and maybe you do, too). Not only do these omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish promote the health of our hearts and brains (vital organs, to be sure), but a new meta-analysis using data from 900,000 people suggests that eating as little as 1-2 portions a week may reduce breast cancer risk.
- Another reason to embrace eating healthfully and ditch the dieting mindset: Diet talk is potentially damaging to children and adolescents, leading to unhealthful weight-control behaviors like laxative use or disordered eating. Diet-and-weight talk from dads may have the worst effects.