How fun is it that there are health benefits of spaghetti squash, not just the great taste and playful way of preparing and eating it? Really fun! That’s the answer! This time of year is so great for getting lots of different kinds of bright colored foods I don’t really see at any other time.
Did you know there are actual meaningful health benefits of oatmeal? Maybe you did, and I have been living in a freaky world where I was under the impression that this was essentially filler with a bit of fiber in it. I know that I hated it growing up because I had the unsweetened kind far too much and no kid really likes the unsweetened kind. Plus, does the expression “sticks to your ribs” really make anyone want to dig in? Because that’s how that breakfast was described to me in terms of the advantages it had to offer. Gag. As it turns out, there’s a lot more to it than kid me knew! Thank goodness.
We all know that not getting enough sleep is bad for us. I’ve known it my whole life. I haven’t needed a research study to confirm it for me. After all, it feels awful while you’re lying awake at night watching the minutes and hours tick by. It feels even worse as you drag yourself around the following day. I don’t think clearly, can’t get motivated to do anything active, and am most likely to order in meals on days when I’m drained and not well rested.
So, it turns out that overeating doesn’t cause obesity. There’s been a lot of new research out there recently that has absolutely blown my mind. Holly recently blogged about how some pesticides can hold back weight loss so eating organic foods might actually give you an advantage. I recently read (and tweeted about) how aging doesn’t slow your metabolism as previously believed. Now, research is showing that it’s definitely not the amount we eat that causes us to gain weight!
A couple of weeks ago, I talked about research suggesting organic foods might help prevent weight gain, so this week seemed like a natural jump into the 2021 Dirty Dozen list. The reason is that while I’m taking organic foods far more seriously as a part of my shopping list, I wanted to know if I should just get some organics or try to eat only organics.
I’ve now being trying a CSA box for a month and thought I’ve had enough experience that I’m ready to share my initial thoughts with you. A month ago, I blogged about my reasons for doing this and whether a CSA box is worth it. If you didn’t spot that post, I encourage you to read that one before this one because it’ll let you know my motivation and expectations, since I don’t plan to repeat it all in this post.