Hope it isn’t too late to join in the Pi Day fun with this infographic. Since this is a special day seems a shame not to cerebrate.
I hope you enjoy a Byte or two.
If you insist on getting serious about it, check out Steven Strogatz’s Why Pi Matters in The New Yorker.
As I have said repeatedly in these pages, it’s not about losing weight; it’s about living healthy. If you do that, you won’t have to worry about losing weight. I think this infographic supports that.
Since the start of this blog in March of 2010, I have taken several courses in the brain and its function in the human body. I thought it would be interesting and might offer some clues on losing weight and being healthy. Well, it did. I am fascinated by this amazing little organ that weighs only three pounds but, literally, runs our entire body.
Since a lot of my readers are also fellow bloggers (writers) I thought you might be interested in this infographic on the brain.
If you find your appetite for brain information piqued, please check out my Page – Important facts about your brain (and exercise benefits)
Here are some further brain posts:
Fun WebMD Brain Quiz
Putting a nail in the brain games coffin
How seniors can bolster brain power
Early life exercise promotes healthy brain – Study
You can slow down brain drain
What are the best foods for your brain?
Late night snacking affects brain functioning
How to have a healthy brain and keep it
Heart health and brain health linked
Tufts on exercise and brain health
Some people with high blood pressure may have early brain damage
Are you keeping your brain in shape? – Tufts
10 ways to love your brain – Alzheimer’s Association
How to keep your brain young – Infographic
Those posts only reach back to August of 2015. There are plenty more, but you get the picture by now. If you want to read further on the subject, type b r a i n into the search box at the right and click on the links it give you.
p.s. Remember, avoid cliches like the plague! Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.
Must confess my bias here. I ride so I love this infographic and wanted to share it with you.
If you also ride, you may also dig it. If you aren’t a rider, perhaps it will pique your interest.
First of all, I like sweet potatoes and I would eat them without their having amazing health benefits. I was surprised to learn several years ago that sweet potatoes rank in the top 10 foods as far as nutritional value goes. Feast on these benefits:
One of the first and most important lessons I learned about weight control was Portion Size. Until I understood portion and serving size, I had no idea how to control my weight. I thought a serving of pasta was a heaping plate full. As you can see from the illustration, that is a far cry from accurate. Once you get a handle on how much food is a correct portion, you will be on your way to controlling your weight.
An example of portion size and serving size is the old bag of chips example. You pick up a bag of potato chips. Because you are paying attention to your weight, you check the calories on the back. It says something like 150 calories per serving. Not bad … but wait
weight. A serving is one ounce. The bag weighs three ounces. So, you need to limit yourself to a third of the chips. Use a food scale, or your eye, or count them out, but if you eat the whole bag, you will consume 450 calories, not the 150 serving size. That’s how you combine serving size and portion size.
I think it is crucial to remember that healthy living involves both eating well and exercising. Sometimes folks can get caught up in exercise and think “I can burn anything off.” Thoughts like this can lead to some very unpleasant circumstances and medical surprises. No matter how good your fitness regime is, you still need to eat intelligently, too.
This infographic from Miramont has some really good information on basic nutritious foods.
Eat less; move more; live longer.
Sleep is one of the most important and at the same time one of the most one of the most overlooked aspects of our life in conversations about good health. I have written a Page on it – How Important is a Good Night’s Sleep?
Herewith an infographic on the subject:
I hope you get the message.
Bananas are another of the common foods that we sometimes overlook when we are searching for good nutrition. Superfoods can be good, but don’t overlook diamonds in the rough like bananas which are sold everywhere, don’t cost much money and provide wonderful nutritional benefits.
Like many of the infographics I have stumbled on while surfing, this one has some amazing facts.
The benefits of breakfast time really argue for eating a good meal at that time. Maybe skipping the croissant is a great idea.
I knew that we eat more unhealthy food on the weekends, but did not realize it was 40% to 60% more. Thank goodness people have to go back to work. (Just kidding).
One of the good things about summer is that there is an abundance of fresh fruit available. A look at the infographic below will remind you how good it is to enjoy some of those fresh offerings.
I hope you will take the time to study this infographic. There are loads of fascinating and useful facts and observations in it.
In my battle of the bulge, I found serving size and portion control to be the keys to my victory. Once you take charge of how much you are consuming, the battle is won. To continue on to robust good health, of course, you need to add regular exercise, too.
If you click on the illustration, you get an enlarged picture.
In the more than five years I have been writing this blog, the single most important concept I have run across is Portion Control.
You have to get a handle on how much you are putting into your stomach if you want to have a chance at good nutrition and good health. The perfect partner to Portion Control is Serving Size. When you look at a snack package and read “150 calories per serving,” don’t get excited about eating it until you know how many servings are in it. If there are four servings in the package you need to realize that eating the whole package is a 600 calorie snack, not a 150 calorie one.
I like the visual examples in the info graphic. A three ounce serving of protein is about the size of a deck of cards.
My Plate also gives a good breakdown of the proper proportions of veggies to fruits, grains, protein and dairy in a healthy diet.
I love this. It is a perfect reminder that no matter how bad we might mess up, we can always get back on track. Our body is renewing itself every day. We just have to help it.
On the positive side, think – every day in every way I am getting better and better.
I have used apple cider vinegar in my diet on and off for over 30 years. I currently pour an ounce into my morning smoothie. If it isn’t a part of your diet, here are some reasons that may change your mind.
One caveat: it is very acidic. Be sure to dilute with water or some sweetener. I don’t recommend that you drink it straight.
Everyone knows about drinking eight glasses of water a day, but they forget that we get a lot of water from fruits and veggies. This is another good reason for integrating fresh fruits and veggies into our daily diet.
I often eat fresh watermelon after a bike ride. Besides tasting wonderful, I have found it to be a super re-hydrator and energizer. To read more check out:
How Healthy is Watermelon?
Vita Mix – Drinking a Watermelon
Vita-Mix – Watermelon Sorbet Recipe
Watermelon Cooler – Guest Post Kelli Jennings
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