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@QueenBublo Hi, and good question! The product comes out in about two weeks, according to this Fast Company article: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681440/you-cant-tell-that-this-new-cheap-egg-substitute-is-made-from-plants. In the meantime, you can order a (free) sample here: http://signup.hamptoncreekfoods.com/ We requested a sample, too so we'll let you know how they turn out!
9 months, 1 week ago on Would You Eat a Fake Egg?
@NinaMarie33 Hi Nina, and thanks so much for sharing. It's really unfortunate that you had to go through those experiences, though it sounds like you've sought out appropriate treatment, which is great. A psychotherapist or another mental health professional can definitely help you sort out those issues, even if they can't resolve them completely. Bullying is an issue that affects so many people, and it's important to be able to talk about its effects in a safe space.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Bullied as a Kid? Adults Could Still Feel the Effects, Study Says
Hi Staleek, and thanks for your feedback! Most of the studies I found suggest that diabetics who eat eggs increase their (possibly already high) risk for heart disease, though they don’t specify exactly why. In fact, recent research (study abstract here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22882905 and news coverage here
http://healthland.time.com/2012/08/16/is-eating-eggs-really-as-bad-for-your-heart-as-smoking/) suggests that, in diabetics, eating an egg a day increases the risk for coronary heart disease two- to five-fold.
But at least based on my research, it doesn’t look like most studies on this topic distinguish between Type I and Type II diabetes. I’ll keep searching — let us know if you find any more information!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Are Eggs Healthy? Study Denies Link to Cardiovascular Disease
Hi, and thanks for your feedback! It makes sense that someone who's sick would be a lot thinner than normal, and that gaining weight wouldn't actually cause them to live longer. But it's interesting that you don't think a higher BMI is inked to cardiovascular benefits -- that's actually something the study authors mention in their paper. There's still a lot of research going on though, and it's possible that BMI isn't a good measure of a person's health at all. Let us know if you come across any other new research on the topic!@Delve Into Health
11 months, 1 week ago on Healthy Fat? Higher BMI Linked to Lower Risk of Death
@dianahuang Another great idea! I'll try the two-pillow technique tomorrow.
1 year, 2 months ago on 40 Days of Meditation #Zensperiment: Bring Friends
@LCTraveler Glad to hear you enjoyed the article! And thanks for your suggestions -- I'll definitely try meditating against a wall this week and see what happens. I'll pass the advice along to the rest of the team, too!
Thanks so much for your comments. It's certainly comforting to know I'm not the only one who can't turn off her brain during meditation! Alternating between sitting and standing sounds like a really interesting practice, and I'll definitely try to find a class that uses that method. (Stay tuned for a post on moving meditation in a few weeks!)
Someone told me recently that meditation is really about learning to "sit with" your thoughts, and I think that's pretty similar to your experience. Instead of trying to block the thoughts or judge them, it's more about acknowledging that you're having these ideas in the first place. Easier said than done though, and I'm still working on it. Good luck with your practice and please let me know how it goes!
1 year, 2 months ago on 40 Days of Meditation #Zensperiment: Meditating in Real Life
@Ell Tee Hi Eli Tee, I completely agree that meditation shouldn't be about any goals or accomplishments, and that's what I've heard from lots of seasoned meditators, too. Still, it's easier said than done! Sometimes I find it's hard to sit still for five, 10, or 45 minutes without having any profound thoughts to show for it at the end. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for another update Tuesday!
1 year, 3 months ago on 40 Days of Meditation #Zensperiment: Meditating in Real Life
@sneakpunch Thanks sneakpunch! We'll consider more fight-training blogs in the next roundup.
1 year, 3 months ago on 60 Must-Read Health & Fitness Blogs for 2013
@Emily_M @LucianIon Hi Lucianlon and Emily, I think the basic idea is that the best strategy for weight management really depends on the person. In general, exercise and proper nutrition are both hugely important parts of a healthy lifestyle. These findings aren't a reason to stop working out.
You might also be interested to know that, according to Thomas (see comment below), people who exercise generally lose body fat and gain muscle, even if they don't necessarily lose weight. So maybe that's what you've been noticing in terms of the way your body changes when you work out.
Thanks again for your feedback and stay tuned for more articles on health and fitness!
1 year, 3 months ago on News: Exercise Doesn't Always Lead to Weight Loss
@yogidance Hi yogidance, Thanks for your comments! I don't know too much about meditation in motion so I really appreciate your feedback -- I'm going to do some research on Osho Kundalini meditation today.
And that's some really great advice on labeling the thoughts as "thinking." I guess meditation isn't about eliminating all thoughts so much as being aware of them. Again, thanks for sharing and keep following the series!
1 year, 3 months ago on 40 Days of Meditation: #Zensperiment
Hi, and thanks for your feedback. I wish I were exaggerating about the 4 am wake-ups, but in fact planning this project was much more stressful than actually meditating. Now that I've started though, I've been learning how important it is to leave the relative chaos inside your own head once in a while.
It seems a lot of people share your idea that meditating is more about mindfulness than anything else, concentrating on one specific object or activity. When I meditate in the morning, I sit still and try to concentrate just on the sounds around me, instead of my thoughts about getting ready for the day. Definitely no rigid rules.
I like how you think of writing as a form of meditation, by the way. As an aspiring writer, there are certainly times when I lose myself completely to the creative process.
So come back Tuesday for another update on the zensperiment and let me know what you think then. Thanks again!
Hi, and thanks for reading! There are a ton of great health resources out there, so we had to be pretty selective about which ones we chose for the list. Mainly we looked for bloggers with unique takes on health, fitness, and happiness topics. Then we took into account how many readers and social media followers each blogger had and how often they update their blogs.
Cool site, by the way! We'll definitely consider it for the next roundup.
@LucianIon Hi, and thanks for your comments. It can definitely be frustrating when there's so much conflicting research on weight loss. Your point about losing fat makes a lot of sense. In fact, when I spoke with the researcher who co-authored the study on exercise interventions (see citation 3), she mentioned that when people work out they tend to lose fat and gain muscle even if they're not necessarily losing weight.
As for the difference between Hadza and Western diets, the researchers in this study were looking to figure out whether modern sedentary lifestyles could be the cause of obesity. They weren't looking at eating habits -- just physical activity in the two groups. Turns out both groups burned the same amount of calories, so if there's a difference in body type between the two groups, it's likely a result of their diets or another factor.
The research can be really confusing and we're always happy to get feedback letting us know how we can improve our articles. Please feel free to add any more comments or questions if you have them!
Hey Sean, thanks for your feedback. I said something similar to Herman Pontzer (who co-authored the study on the Hadza population) and he mentioned that people who do really intense exercise, like marathon runners or Olympic athletes, are definitely spending more energy than the average person, so they need more calories for fuel. And Diana Thomas, who coauthored the review of exercise interventions, mentioned that people only start to lose weight when they do a high dose of exercise, burning upwards of 700 calories a day. Let me know if you have any more questions -- we love to hear from readers. In the meantime, good luck distance running!
@ztaylorwell Hi, and thanks for the feedback. You're right: There's no clear evidence that saturated fat (or any other nutrient group) directly causes depression. But the CHIP study found that the less saturated fat participants ate, the less likely they were to be depressed. So the results suggest that saturated fat might at least have something to do with the risk for depression, even if eating saturated fat doesn't necessarily cause depression or vice versa. The link between nutrition and mental health is definitely a topic researchers are still exploring so if you come across any new and interesting information, please send it our way!
1 year, 3 months ago on Is Food Depressing You?
@WeeMike That's really interesting. I'll definitely do some more research into vitamin D and its effects on the immune system and our sleep habits. Plus I'm curious to learn more about cod liver oil and other effective ways to get vitamin D. Whatever I find I'll be sure to share with the Greatist community! Thanks again for your insights.
1 year, 5 months ago on Are You Vitamin D Deficient?
@WeeMike Thanks for your comment and for these helpful links. The resources on the NaturalNews site are especially interesting, like the research on vitamin D and reduced risk of cancer. What kinds of benefits were you thinking of that the Greatist article doesn't address -- information about how vitamin D can boost the immune system? We'd love to hear your specific suggestions!
@MatthewCool I can definitely identify -- the smartphone can be a bad influence! Sometimes it's helpful to set a Google calendar reminder for every appointment. That way you'll receive an email a few minutes before it's time to leave and it'll interrupt you in the middle of weeding through your inbox! (Sneaky, I know.)
1 year, 7 months ago on How to Never Be Late Again
@davebrown9 Thanks, Dave, for these insightful comments. We've published a few articles on the relationship between Omega-3 fatty acid intake and depression if you want to check them out (Why Do I Need Omega-3 Fat? and Can Omega-3s Fight Depression?). It's definitely important to realize saturated fats aren't necessarily the only culprit behind depression, cardiovascular disease, and other health issues, so we appreciate all this research you've provided. We're always interested in learning more about the link between nutrition and all different aspects of health!
1 year, 8 months ago on Is Food Depressing You?