Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week the critical role of hunger, Western diets devastate your gut, and why kale isn’t healthy.
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- The Hunger Mood <<The most important article I’ve read about weight loss since, well, this one. Finally someone else is talking about why psychology is the most important factor for getting healthy. (Aeon)
- Western diets damage gut microbiota over generations, in ways hard to reverse <<I can’t tell you the number of people I know with gut problems at the moment. Blame your parents. And yourselves. (LA Times)
- Weekend binges just as bad for the gut as a regular junk food diet, study suggests <<And speaking of your diet’s impact on your gut health, be careful with those cheat days. (ScienceDaily)
- No food is healthy. Not even kale. <<Important reminder that the words we choose have a deep impact on our understanding and beliefs around food. Choose them wisely. (Washington Post)
- Stop Counting 10,000 Steps; Check Your Personal Activity Intelligence <<Wow. I’ve always used 10K steps (+ strength training 4x/wk + high-intensity cardio 2x/wk + stretching/pilates 1x/wk) because there was no better measurement for accounting for average weekly activity. Looks like that may be changing finally, with some promising new data and devices. (WSJ)
- Confessions of a Paleo Diet Pioneer <<Oops. Turns out the whole business is more nuanced than the original paleo diet proponents knew. (WSJ)
- Laziness and lack of sleep can shorten your life, especially when combined, study says <<Interesting new data on the role of major risk factors in mortality risk. Most of this was known, but it’s worth reviewing. The number of lifestyle factors you need to account for is pretty small when you think about it. (LA Times)
- Heavier Waiters Make for Heavier Eating <<More new research on the subtle influences in our environment that trigger overeating. This kind of science always puts the concept of free will in perspective for me. (WSJ)
- When it comes to losing weight and getting healthy, procrastination kills <<This headline is a bit confusing. It is actually challenging the “healthy obesity” idea that has been circulating the last few years. (LA Times)
- Vegan Fish Sauce <<I generally like vegan food, but vegan Vietnamese and Thai food are always disappointing without the tangy amazingness which is fish sauce. I’d be all over this if I were vegan. (Food52)
What inspired you this week?