Two scoops of sadness
Eating ice cream when your heart is broken is more than just cliché. Food scientists at Cornell University have discovered that we tend to binge when we’re feeling down because our mental state can affect how things taste. Those who are in a sad place tend to crave sweets, particularly after a loss in sports. Scientists studied college hockey teams for the research, which is published in the journal Appetite.
Make it a habit to go to the gym
It takes 21 days to change a habit (So Beyoncé told us when she created her 22-Days vegan challenge. And we believe everything Beyoncé tells us.) But to create a habit – such as regular exercise – try establishing physical cues to prompt you to go to the gym, according to scientists at Iowa State University. These are known as instigation habits – and can be everything from setting an alarm to finishing work at 5 p.m. and having your gym bag by your desk. The trick is thinking of a habit that you will find difficult to break. “Regardless of the type of exercise you’re going to do on a particular day, if you have an instigation habit, you’ll start exercising without having to think a lot about it or consider the pros and cons,” says Alison Phillips, assistant professor of psychology.
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Algae: the food of the future
Algae is the new tofu. It’s is thought to be one of the best emerging vegan sources of protein, according to a presentation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Chicago. It’s an ideal alternative to meat because it reduces the amount of food waste generated and, given that it’s made of 63 percent protein, can keep you full. Don’t worry, you don’t have to eat it raw – this tasty ingredient can be found in everything from cereals and breads to sauces and dressings.
FITNESS TIP: Make Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday your workout days.
Nike master trainer Eva Redpath recommends front-loading your workouts in the first half of the week. Doing so will help keep you motivated, notes the fitness expert. For example, if you don’t work out until Wednesday or Thursday, you might want to put it off until the next week. And if you’ve already put the time in, you may feel less inclined to indulge.
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