Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
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This week exercise more to maintain weight in middle age, the secret to getting motivated, and how lysine and arginine increase satiety.
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Links of the week
- The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science – Sleep is foundational to self-care and an essential Home Court Habit. Don’t view it as a luxury. (The Guardian)
- Don’t overthink your exercise: just 2.5 hours per week of any kind could help you live longer – Yep. If you “don’t have time to exercise” you aren’t being creative enough. Your commute, housework or other daily activities can all count as exercise if you’re using your body. (Vox)
- Middle age fattens you up if you do not increase your physical activity – We already knew this, but I think it’s good news that simply adding steps is enough to counteract it. (ScienceDaily)
- Procrastination is a Practice Ground for Life Mastery – I love this reframe. Procrastination is really about avoiding discomfort, but embracing discomfort is the way out of most of your problems. Practice makes perfect. (Zen Habits)
- Forget About Inspiration. This Is the Real Key to Getting Motivated – And speaking of procrastination, if you’re sitting around waiting to become motivated you’ve already lost. (Heleo)
- Brain cells that control appetite identified for first time – Super interesting. Two specific amino acids, lysine and arginine (broken down from proteins you eat), are directly detected by satiety neurons in the brain. I predict the tanycyte diet is around the corner. (ScienceDaily)
- Vision and Hearing Loss Are Tied to Cognitive Decline – I’ve been seeing more data recently that maintaining adequate vision and hearing (by making sure your glasses and hearing devices are in good working order) is critical to maintaining cognitive (and therefore overall) health. (NY Times)
- Our weight tells how we assess food – This article doesn’t explain this very well, but I find the idea fascinating as it may one day help provide strategies for people to adopt a mindset of healthier living. (ScienceDaily)
- How Exercise Might Increase Your Self-Control – Again, there isn’t ton to work with here (super small study), but anecdotally many people have told me that their exercise habit is a cornerstone to adopting other healthy habits in their lives. (NY Times)
- back to school breakfast – breakfast tacos with cilantro jalapeño yogurt sauce – Tacos for breakfast? Yes please. (Crunchy Radish)
What inspired you this week?