Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
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This week wanting more willpower undermines your willpower, exercise trumps genetics, and a comprehensive gut primer.
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Links of the week
- Wanting more self-control could hinder our efforts to exert self-control, study finds – A new study shows that wishing you had more self-control/willpower undermines your ability to actually have it. More evidence that trying harder to diet undermines your weight loss efforts. (ScienceDaily)
- Does the USDA promote and support scientific integrity? – Just wow. (Food Politics)
- Skip The Gym Today? You May Be Healthier For It – While some people struggle to motivate themselves to exercise, I know that many people have the opposite problem and workout compulsively, thinking they are doing something healthy. As usual, the middle ground is the place to be for optimal health. (HuffPost)
- The Language of Microbial Culture: Explaining Prebiotics, Probiotics, Synbiotics and Postbiotics – Excellent summary of the gut health basics. (Mark’s Daily Apple)
- Don’t think you have a ‘yoga body’? This Instagram star has a message for you. – I love this. A beautiful example of overcoming limiting beliefs and living in line with your values. (Washington Post)
- Government’s food regressions: FDA and USDA – So frustrating to see progress going backward. Here are some issues on which to stay vigilant if you care about US food policy. (Food Politics)
- No Excuses: Exercise Can Overcome the ‘Obesity Gene’ – To be clear, 100% of people should be physically active on a regular basis. That means you. Neither genetic fatness nor genetic thinness is a good reason to neglect your self care. (Medline)
- Lower more than you lift: Benefits for experienced resistance-trainers – Simple method to get more bang for your buck at the gym. (ScienceDaily)
- You Need To Give Up These 7 Mental Habits If You Want To Be Successful – Although I wouldn’t exactly call this good advice (there’s no information here on how to actually implement these mental reframes), I do think that being aware of these pitfalls is an important step toward making change. I also think these issues are just as true for health goals as they are for career goals. (HuffPost)
- Carrot Salad with Cumin, Mint and Preserved Lemon – Lovely spring flavor profile. (Not Eating Out In New York)
What inspired you this week?