Happy Saturday, everyone! I apologize for missing the last week–things have been pretty hectic (in a good way) around NSHQ with moving offices, my trip to Hawaii with Lululemon, the team growing, and just general summer transitions. Thank you for your patience and understanding during our uncharacteristically quiet moments–we’re back now and heading into summer with full speed! Also on the agenda…coconut oil.
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Here’s the weekly recap of what articles I’ve been reading in the health and nutrition world and noteworthy news from the week so you can stay up to date, too. If you see or read anything noteworthy from around the web, be sure to share with me and comment on this post (or respond to the email!) so we can share it with the rest of the NS Community.
Articles and interesting reads:
- A new study found that mice fed a diet high in fat led to lower inflammation and an improved microbiome (read: the stuff in our stomachs) in mice with Crohn’s-like diseases. The study suggests that we could have a beneficial effect on gut bacteria and inflammation simply by changing the type of fat in our diets. Which, appropriately, leads us to:
- Coconut oil: There has been a lot of coverage of this particular ingredient lately and I’m sure (actually I know) many of you are so confused based on your emails this week. First off, the media has a thing for sharing trendy and buzzy article titles to drive traffic! Hence SO many articles published on media and blogs this week chiming in, from health outlets to fashion sharing their “2 cents”. I’m sure their intention is goodhearted, but it actually confuses you and the community, even more, when you have conflicting arguments back and forth. I’ve written a lot of recipes and posts that involve the use of coconut oil – and I will continue to do so and personally use it in my diet just like before! As with any whole food, there is absolutely no “magic pill” or should any food item be treated as such. What we do know, studies have shown that high coconut oil intakes may increase cardiovascular disease risk, but we need more studies to show what else is happening behind the scenes (i.e. what else is the diet composed of, lifestyle, genetics, etc.). Most of the health benefits that have been studied are really about MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) versus coconut oil as a whole, MCT’s are where most of the potential benefits come from. Coconut oil does contain MCT’s but not in as high of the amount as studied. Another reason to try my Coffee Elevated where I use MCT oil to get the most health benefits from this healthy fat. If you really want to get in the science behind it, I recommend reading 21 of the Best Arguments For and Against Coconut Oil: This is the best-written article about coconut oil by my good friends at Examine.com based on research and to show you how there will always be differing opinions.
- Social media can definitely be addicting, and it adds another layer to adopting mindfulness into everyday life. Here’s a suggestion for a “social media diet“, to help satiate those cravings to check Instagram and Twitter, and help you focus on other offline things.
Did you Know?
Blueberry season is in full swing! A cup of these berries makes a delicious superfood addition to salads, smoothies, or sides, containing:
- 4g fiber
- 36% of your Vitamin K for the day
- 23% of the Vitamin C you need
- A low glycemic index, which can improve blood sugar regulation and supply steady energy
- Anti-oxidants galore, to make your brain stronger and improve your immune system
Bonus points if you find some at your local farmers’ market!
Try this Recipe
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Comment of the week
Chia seeds soaked in kefir and plain Greek yogurt with blueberries, flax and mixed nuts (all organic) yummers
That’s some serious breakfast action, Dana!
#nutritionstripped of the week
@jswenty rocking awesome photography and a recipe from the #NSCookbook
Anything else you’ve seen lately that you want to chat about? Share in the comments so we can nerd out on health and wellness together. Have a great weekend!