Time can fly as you sit for extended periods of time.
You become engrossed in email, writing papers, reading articles, responding to requests, and all of the sudden you’ve been sitting for 3 hours straight!
Here are some tips on being more mindful of movement while sitting:
- Get up every hour: set yourself a google calendar alarm, or any other sort of alarm that works for you. A constant reminder to get up might just do the trick!
- Activity bursts: like our advisor Dr. David Katz encourage us to do – get up and do some jumping jacks, we just did and boy does it make a difference!
- Stretch it out with these yoga poses: neck rolls, seated forward bends, eagle arms and stand up pigeon here + back and shoulder release, chair twists and side stretches here
- Take a fresh air break! Go outside, and take a 10 minute walk. You’ll come back to your desk feeling refreshed and clear headed.
- Learn more about stand up desks, and make your own set up work for you!
What keeps you jazzed and moving while working?
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The food revolution of our time has been well underway, and with the proliferation of food information many insightful books have bloomed.
We are here to share with you some of our staff favorites, hoping that our list may inspire a food revolution in you, or in your community.
- A Girl and her Pig April Bloomfield
- American Wasteland Jonathan Bloom.
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Barbara Kingsolver.
- Blood, Bones, and Butter Gabrielle Hamilton
- Eat to Live Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
- Eat Your Genes: How Genetically Modified Food Is Changing Our Diet Stephen Nottingham.
- Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease Robert H. Lustig, M.D.
- Foodopoly Wenonah Hauter.
- Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health Marion Nestle.
- Free For All: Fixing School Food in America Janet Poppendieck.
- Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health Gary Taubes.
- Home Made Yvette Van Boven.
- Mindless Eating: Why Eat More Than We Think Dr. Brian Wansink, Ph.D.
- Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan.
- Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal Melanie Warner.
- Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body Stephanie L. Tourles.
- Setting The Table Danny Meyer.
- Slow Food: The Case for Taste Carlo Petrini.
- The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià Ferran Adria.
- The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living Scott and Helen Nearing.
- The One Straw Revolution Masanobu Fukuoka.
- The Unsettling of AmericaWendell Berry
- The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why Jonny Bowden Ph.D, C.N.S.
- This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader Joan Dye Gussow.
- What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating Marion Nestle.
- Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health William Davis, M.D.
- You Can Farm Joel Salatin.
What food related books have inspired you?
Good news is on the horizon for 7-Eleven shoppers.
Shifting some of their focus away from sugar loaded sodas and slurpees, 7-Eleven announced that by 2015 they aim to have “20 percent of sales come from fresh foods, up from about 10 percent currently.”
Why are fresh food choices popping up all of a sudden? Joseph M. DePinto, the chief executive of 7-Eleven says, “We’re aspiring to be more of a food and beverage company, and that aligns with what the consumer now wants, which is more tasty, healthy, fresh food choices.” Another reason why fresh foods are desirable to 7-Eleven is due to the drop in cigarettes sales. To make up for those losses they are hoping that fresh food options will help sustain their profits.
An example of a fresh food product they are rolling out is their “bistro snack protein pack”, similar to the ones you find at Starbucks that include “cheddar cheese cubes, grapes, celery, baby carrots and hummus.” A much better choice when compared to their slurpees, packed with high fructose corn syrup, natural flavors, sodium benzoate, and lots of artificial food dyes.
As the food movement continues to gain momentum, we as consumers should uphold our voices and beliefs. As we vote with our dollars and forks, we will undoubtedly continue to see change unfold before our very eyes.
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Chewing your food is more important that you think! Did you know that chewing is the first step in the process of digestion?
When we chew our food, our bodies are better able to absorb the nutrients, and digest the food we eat, providing us with the energy we need to function well through out the day. Chewing your food thoroughly also leads to a healthier digestive system.
When we chew, our bodies release enzymes in our saliva that help break down food, and convert it into energy. Chewing helps prevent our stomachs from doing all of the work of digesting the food we are eating. So the next time you are eating, try to focus on each and every bite.
Here is a helpful suggestion “chew your food completely until it is small enough and dissolved enough to be swallowed with ease. A good rule of thumb is as follows: if you can tell what kind of food you are eating from the texture of the food in your mouth (not the taste), then you haven’t chewed it enough. For example, if you are chewing broccoli and you run your tongue over the stalk and can tell that it is still a stalk or over the floret and you can still tell that it is still a floret, don’t swallow. You need to keep on chewing until you can’t tell the stalk from the floret.”
For more information on how to improve your digestive health, check out this link that discusses how digestion is the cornerstone of wellness and longevity.
Happy chewing to all!
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