This week in wellness: What’s in My Food?
  • September 15, 2016
  • This week our very own Emily Luzzo wrote a piece for aSweatLife about grocery store food labels. It may not be a new question we’re asking ourselves, but wondering what exactly is in the stuff we consume is one that doesn’t ever seem to have a definitive answer. And if it’s a theme this week in the wellness world, there must be a good reason why we keep on asking.

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    This and other unanswered questions explored, this week in wellness.

    So we’re avoiding sugar or fat now?

    The New York Times also wrote a piece about the inside scoop behind the sugar industry. Throwing other nutritional content groups under the bus, the sugar industry has long since been helping craft the story about what foods to stay away from (i.e. high-fat) and spinning sugar into the lesser of evils and letting it slide under the radar.

    And then there’s the case for saturated fat, which U.S. News & World Report calls out this week as well. While there have been some trends promoting a high-fat diet (think Crossfitters putting butter in their coffee), this article says “bologna” to that. Geez louise, our heads are spinning.

    Faster than a walk, not quite a run, definitely a sport.

    The way Olympian walkers have to navigate the pavement for hours on end, swiveling their hips side to side at such a rapid pace in order to maintain one foot on the ground at all times (or else it’s considered a run, mind you) begs the question – is this kind of walking actually better for you? A New York Times blog post emphasizes that in some ways, the sport is less strenuous on the body than running, but in others it can be more so.

    The biggest stressor, perhaps, is the desire to burst out into a run to beat your opponent encroaching on your lead, but having to keep that solid foot on the ground lest you disqualify.

    Meditation AND caffeine? Sign us up.

    Once again, The New York Times has got you. A quick read outlines how you can mindfully sip your cup of joe in the morning. Coffee? Check. Daily meditation? Check. You’re good to go.

    I’m hating my workout, but what am I supposed to do about it?

    We’ve all been there. In this Huffington Post post, you’re tasked with asking yourself four questions to better find a fitness routine you can actually commit to:

    • “Is it enjoyable?”
    • “Is it effective?”
    • “Can you maintain it?”
    • “Do you have a support network?”

    (Take a chance on #Sweatworking and that last question will be a no-brainer).