Check out THIS ARTICLE from the European Heart Journal, the findings of which suggest reduced health risks may be attainable through relatively modest amounts of vigorous physical activity accrued in short bouts across the week.
Vigorous activity for 15–20 min/week were associated with a 16–40% lower mortality and further decreases were observed with up to 50–57 min/week.
As always, I am not a physician and this is not medical advice. You should always consult with your healthcare provider prior to starting or changing an exercise program or physical activity.
This is a GREAT interview with a TON of evidence based information on breast cancer.
I met Dr. Funk at a women’s health conference in 2020 & couldn’t be more impressed with her devotion to evidence (and her patients). Yes, she is WFPB now, but overcame a self-proclaimed deep love of cheese when writing her book, Breasts: The Owner’s Manual.
My favorite quote from the interview: “Everything you put in your mouth, chew and swallow is a weapon – either a good weapon or a bad weapon.”
She also referenced a number of research articles. My favorite is this one: Plant-Based and Ketogenic Diets as Divergent Paths to Address Cancer: A Review.
Enjoy the interview!
Woo Hoo! It’s time to travel! Got Spring Break coming up or a summer vacay planned? Here are some tips to stay healthy.
First, don’t derail all your progress just because you’re not at home! Things you eat & do (or don’t do) on vacation definitely count. You can have fun & be a little more flexible, but don’t go crazy. If you typically follow 80/20 or 90/10 during the week at home for things like alcohol, sugar or working out, pick another split & stick to it – maybe 60/40 or even 50/50.
Look at your daily routines & think about what you can easily carry over on vacation. I always have my warm water first thing in the morning before coffee, and my Natural Calm at night before bed to help with sleep & regularity (don’t start taking NC on the road, it can cause issues – start at home first & then stay consistent with it on your trip).
- Stay hydrated! It helps prevent dehydration (duh!) and helps with digestion & regularity. Feel free to add Nuun tabs (make sure you don’t get the ones with caffeine) or Ultima powder. Bring along your reusable water bottle & keep it filled and with you! This is especially true when flying.
- You’ll probably be eating things that aren’t in your usual diet. Consider taking digestive enzymes with meals containing foods or ingredients that aren’t your usual.
- Get gassy/upset tummy when flying? You’re not alone! Check out THIS ARTICLE stating that lower air pressure & a rapid increase in air pressure actually do make you more likely to have issues with gas. Consider consuming lower FODMAP foods the day prior to travel and taking something with simethicone (like Gas-X) just before boarding and maybe a few times mid-flight. Avoid carbonated beverages in flight and move around the cabin as well. You may also want to think about self-massage for digestion before & after your flight – VIDEO HERE.
- Make sure to have at least one 100% meal per day – oats with fruit for breakfast, a big salad with light dressing for lunch, grilled protein (whether it’s seafood or tofu) and steamed veg are some suggestions.
- Enjoy some indulgences but make sure they’re worth it! Savor the decadent dessert at a restaurant, but skip the Kit Kat at the airport or gas station.
- Bring along healthy snacks for the trip – I pack raw nuts and fruit (fresh or dried).
- Stay active – get all of your steps in for the day! I love trying new boutique fitness classes when I travel, but feel free to also hit the hotel gym, see if your gym has reciprocity with a facility near you. Some members-only videos that would be great while traveling are:
- Prioiritize sleep – aim for your usual number of hours per sleep. It likely won’t be a problem to catch up on a little extra sleep, but don’t sleep in too much, stay up too late, or do anything that you know will throw you off (like sleeping with the TV on, excessive scrolling, eating too close to bedtime, excessive alcohol close to bedtime.)
- Schedule your work: try your best to have designated work time & truly be ‘out of office’ the rest of the time. Schedule any calls/meetings and do any other tasks around those times, then disconnect & be present & enjoy your trip!
- Keep your space somewhat clutter-free. No one loves living out of a suitcase. I’ve recently started unpacking soon after checking in & will never go back! When your environment is cluttered, your mind is cluttered & you are less likely to make good decisions.
What am I missing? Share your favorite travel tips in the comments!