Did you know that sleep deprivation increases ghrelin (the "hunger hormone.") while suppressing leptin (the "satiety hormone")? Interestingly, these alterations in hormone levels are often accompanied by changes in food preferences, leading you to opt for high carbohydrate foods like pizza, pasta, and sweets. The downstream effects of these food choices are weight gain and metabolic dysfunction. In this clip, Dr. Matthew Walker describes how sleep deprivation drives a preferential desire for…
How to improve your improve your memory, sharpen your attention and focus, and boost your brain health? These gymnastics for the brain were developed by Yoshiro Tsutsumi, a Japanese researcher and author of the book Finger Self-Massage Yoshiro Tsutsumi.
The set of simple exercises described in this work focuses on improving general well-being and supporting brain health. If you repeat this short finger workout on a daily basis, the stimulation traveling from your fingers directly to…
This weeks challenge is all about stretching - and yes, you can do it!
Flexibility takes work - but you can help your muscles get there by dedicating just a small amount of time per day. Here's a great 15 minute video, perfect for beginners, on how to get started being more flexbile and stretching out your body and mind. Your muscles will thank you.
Pro-tip: Stretching is the best way to begin, and end, the day!
It's easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to meal prep. One best practice is to prep individual ingredients, and then mix and match those ingredients to create new and exciting meals throughout the week. Here's a great video showing you how to prep 9 different ingredients to do just that.
It's HOT. And it can be tough to get inspired to cook when it's so hot outside. So today, here's a video showing some fresh, quick, no-cooking-necessary, summer salads. Enjoy!
Can drinking more water give you better skin, help you drop a few pounds, AND prevent your hangovers? This group of folks sought to find out. Check out this great video on their results of a 30 day water challenge!
Also, if you're in the market for a water bottle that will help you track how much water you're consuming each day, and help you reach your goals - this is a fantastic one that you'll see being used in this video: HydraTrak water bottle.
Not only is it easy to be tough on ourselves in some ways we're taught that this is a characteristic that leads to staying motivated and achieving success. False. This behavior can be truly damaging and lead us to self-limiting and self-sabotaging beliefs. We need to get better at self-compassion. Here is an exercise to practice. Let's learn how to lessen the voices of self-flagellation.
This week we're talking about snacks! Here's a great video showcasing recipes you can use to build your own snacks this week. Let us know what you decide to try!
Did you know that there are three kinds of taste types: super-tasters, non-tasters, and regular tasters. Basically, some people have a lot more tastebuds than others -- making them supertasters. That's only about 20% of the population. About 60% of us are "average tasters", with the other 20% are considered "non-tasters". That doesn't mean they don't have any tastebuds - just less than average.
Well, here's a video about a fun experimental dinner put on by Timothy Roberts at Vox Table in…
This week we're talking about stress and how to manage it. Did you know that some foods can actually help with this? Here's a great video showing you the Top 10 foods that help your body cope with the symptoms of stress. Try adding some (or all ) of these to your meals this week and see if you notice a difference in your ability to manage stress.