Here is The Roundup, Edition 39, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
Joy and play are essential to wellness, and it’s not something we often talk about in the Paleo community. It can make a huge difference in our overall health and wellbeing Beyond simple nutrition and exercise, we should always infuse joy into our food and play into our exercise.. We can do this with dancing—it’s been shown to boost happiness!
I’ve written before about the role of stress management, sleep, play, and a general sense of happiness and joy in the maintenance of our health and happiness. It’s a mistake to assume that food is the only consideration that matters when it comes to health, and that all health problems can be solved simply by making dietary changes. Unfortunately, this seems to be an increasingly common assumption in the Paleo/Primal nutrition world these days.
I always incorporate these crucial factors into my work with patients. Even if someone has their diet and exercise routine dialed in, they can often derail their health because of limited attention to play and having fun, or a consistent negative attitude about their life. In many ways, a positive attitude and a regular commitment to joy can be one of the most important things for our health, and should be a major component of any health improvement program that will provide long-term benefits. So get out there and dance!
- Attention men: here’s one reason you may want to think twice about regular cannabis use.
- Researchers expand on a study of how prenatal environment affects child development, finding possible correlation between mother’s depression, and/or antidepressants taken during pregnancy and autistic traits.
- A higher number of screens in a child’s bedroom was associated with higher adiposity and lower sleep efficiency.
- Is standing the new anti-aging treatment? Sitting shortens telomeres, while standing maintains their length.
Worth a Look
- If you haven’t seen the new bunk study claiming Paleo gives you heart disease, you will. Read this rebuttal first.
- Health is not just about food choices, and food choices aren’t just about will power: “… individuals select healthy or indulgent foods depending on whether they are in a good or a bad mood, respectively.”
- Do you play regularly? The National Institute for Play has some unique insights regarding Play and your health.
- This is why it’s so important to read beyond the headlines reporting on low-carb/low-fat/weight loss studies.
- I talk a lot about how sugar affects your body. Some others also claim that sugar affects your brain—what do you think?
- The power of consumer demand: Horizon milk and Silk beverages are going carrageenan-free!
For the Foodies
- The Spunky Coconut: Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Circus Gardener: Celeriac and Cumin Oven Fries
- Naked Cuisine: Sweet and Spicy Beef Stir Fry with Kimchi
- The Not So Desperate Housewife: Banh Mi Meatball Bowls
- Garlic and Zest: Herb Crusted Veal Chops
- Civilized Caveman Cooking: Braised Short Ribs
- Worthy Pause: Kale-Sausage Minestrone Soup
- On Sable Hill: Cottage Pie with Two Potato Topping
- Against All Grain: Italian Chopped Salad
- Mummy Made It: Tiramisu
- Grass Fed Girl: Paleo Chocolate Pecan Bites