If you're looking for healthy diet and exercise tips on the web, you know it can be a challenge to find useful info. Not only are there plenty of sites with questionable science, but nutrition advice always changes. On a given day, you'll learn you should drink plenty of coffee and wine to improve your health. The next day you find out it's probably going to cause one of 15 diseases.
That's why we've put together a list of our favorite wellness content from around the web that we've found useful, interesting, and timely.
Nutrition and Dieting
You actually CAN eat fairly healthy from a drive-thru, but you'll need this list. A nutritionist shares her top 10 healthy fast-food options, with a focus on not just going for the salad. Items even include a Burger King Original Whopper Jr. without mayo. See her list at nbcnews.com.
Also, we recently published an even more extensive fast food dieting reference on this blog. Check out options at 5 chains covering several diet types, such as low-carb and vegan. Read our guide here.
Do different types of food cravings mean what you think? Everyone gets those sudden, intense urges for a particular type of food. We often think the body is trying to communicate about a nutritional deficiency. That's not always the case, according to this article. Social, emotional, and cultural factors can also cause them. Read the 5 things food cravings are trying to tell you at fitness.com.
There are some things to know about the Netflix pro-vegan documentary 'What the Health'. If you're a Netflix addict like many, you may have seen a new addition to their documentaries on food called 'What the Health'. The film makes several startling claims, such as eggs being as bad as cigarettes and milk's link to cancer. TIME fact checked some of this with experts and found several things the film gets wrong, as well as gets right. Read more at TIME Health. Other sites have looked into it and found similar issues, such as Vox.com.
There's an an app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automate nutrition planning. FitGenie is an iPhone app that's applying the latest smart-learning technology to achievement of a fitness or weight goal. The developers are trying to offer something much more than a calorie counter that factors in all aspects of dieting. The app is getting a big 3.0 update in the next few months with more features. You can download the iOS app here, which has a free and paid offering. Read more at TechCrunch.
Healthy Recipe Ideas
Cauliflower Chowder Recipe
Low carb and hearty, this recipe clocks in under 200 calories and 15 net carbs a serving. Get the recipe here.
photo and recipe from sugardishme.com
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
The lightened-up comfort food looks incredible. Just in time for football season. Get the recipe here.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
The recipe looks like it tastes amazing and offers detailed directions with pictures. You can make this healthier version of pizza crust and customize it however you'd like! This cauliflower crust has less than 65 calories and under 3 grams of fat, a slice. Get the recipe here.
Diet Chocolate Pudding Pops
We created this recipe in our own Diet Direct kitchens. Using BariWise diet pudding mix, we kept all of the taste but knocked out some of the calories, fat and carbs of this tasty treat. Get the recipe here.
Fitness and Exercise Articles
Are you a weekend warrior that's too busy for exercise during the week? A new study shows that heavy weekend exercise may completely balance out inactivity during the week. In the study, 150 minutes of moderate exercise (or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise) was found to decrease mortality rate, regardless of when it was done. See the results of the study from JAMA International Internal Medicine Journal here.
As you might imagine, there are a few issues with this approach. Going that long between workouts makes it difficult to build up endurance or strength, for example. Read more commentary about this study here, at lifehacker.com.
Hate plans with big, multi-week exercise commitments? There's an app for that. Adidas just released a new fitness app called All Day. It uses short, self-contained activities called "discoveries" and suggests workouts to do. They also have discoveries for recipes and better sleeping. You can read a review of the app here. You can download the All Day app here, at Adidas.com.
There's a somewhat unique approach to breaking dieting/exercise plateaus. Plateaus are common and very tricky to tackle, but this approach is a little different and worth trying. The writer talks about a process called "fuzzing" that's used in software testing and applies it to breaking plateaus in personal wellness efforts. The general idea is to shock your system in random ways as it gets acclimated to any type of program. The article is a few years old, but the advice is still good for such stubborn dilemma. Learn more at HuffPost.com.
The biggest diet killer may be your job. A series of studies are starting to paint a grim picture about work-related stress. One writer makes the case that stress matters more than diet and exercise. Understand why and what you can do about it at nbcnews.com.
Also, you can try exercises that get in a workout during business hours. Learn more in our post Become a Master of the At-Work Workout.