Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
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This week real talk about weight loss resistance, how to fix your post-baby belly, and how different exercises impact hunger.
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Links of the week
- Cleaning a Dirty Sponge Only Helps Its Worst Bacteria, Study Says – Ewwww. I use a plastic brush rather than a sponge, but not sure that’s better. (NY Times)
- Plant-based diet? Sure, but first understand what that really means. – This was very refreshing to read. I’ve never considered “plant-based” to mean vegetarian or vegan, especially after reading Michael Pollan’s excellent book In Defense of Food, but the propagandist have tried to co-opt the term. Let’s take it back. (Washington Post)
- Can You Be Resistant to Weight Loss? – One of the smartest conversations I’ve listened to about the subject from two of my favorite experts, Yoni Freedhoff and Monica Reinagel. (Nutrition Diva)
- Flattening The ‘Mummy Tummy’ With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day – I had never heard of diastasis recti (separation of your abdominal muscles that makes you look forever pregnant) until my BFF, a pilates instructor, gave me some exercise tips when I got pregnant (hint: DO NOT do crunches), but it affects 30-60% of pregnant women. Fortunately there are exercises you can do both during and after pregnancy that can protect and/or repair your abs. (NPR)
- Why Americans Lead the World in Food Waste – People love to harp on the need to produce more food to feed a growing population. But when you realize we’re throwing out 50% of the food we produce, it gives you a more nuanced perspective. (The Atlantic)
- Why Failure Is a Useful Kitchen Tool – I love this so much. Failure is the only way to become a great cook. (Lifehacker)
- Is Your Metabolism to Blame? – Real talk. (Nutrition Diva)
- Exercise as a Weight-Loss Strategy – Small pilot study, but still interesting. Different exercises impact hunger differently. Likely this depends on you as a person as well. The only way to know what works for you is to try out different things and see how your body responds. (NY Times)
- Gnawing Questions: Is Sugar From Fruit The Same As Sugar From Candy? – In case you didn’t know. (NPR)
- BULGUR STUFFED EGGPLANTS WITH TAMARIND, CURRANTS & PINE NUTS – It’s eggplant season! Love this unique take on one of my favorite summer veggies (I used to hate eggplants btw. Expand your palette, it’s way more fun.) (The Full Helping)
What inspired you this week?