In commercials you always see pretty and slender actresses selling to you — thin women are considered more persuasive.
But a 2010 study at the University of British Columbia suggests a different mechanism in our decision making: identification with the seller’s body type.
The experiment had two parts…
First, a slender woman (BMI of 19) recommended participants eat one of two snacks: carrots or cookies.
Next, she put on a body suit that made her appear overweight (BMI of 33), and then made the same recommendations: carrots or cookies.
When the waitress was thin she was able to the persuade more subjects to eat carrots.
Great! We should all eat more carrots.
But the highest level of persuasion was when the “obese” server recommended cookies — more cookies were consumed.
Conclusion: thin waitresses help you make healthy choices, and if your waitress is overweight you are more likely to make unhealthy choices.
So the next time you are tempted to order that Double Chocolate Cream Pie — take a moment and think about your waitresses body type — it may be having a bigger influence than you think.
1. Drink More Water
Most of us don’t drink enough water. Keeping hydrated has many benefits, not only does it help flush toxins from the body it can also help speed metabolism. One study found drinking half a liter of water temporarily boosted metabolism in women by as much as 30% (1).
Drinking water half an hour before meals can also increase the feeling of satiation and lead to less overeating (2).
If you find water too boring, there are plenty of ways to make hydration more exciting. Try adding fresh lime, mint, lemon or cucumber to your water or make a tea infusion and drink that instead.
As we get older, our sensation for thirst starts to decrease, older individuals should take care to make sure they’re drinking enough (3).
2. Far Infrared Sauna
I believe there will come a time when everyone has access to far infrared technology. These saunas are powerful in acceleration detoxification and reducing inflammation.
Far infrared saunas differ from regular saunas, the heat they emit is completely dry and the infrared rays are able to penetrate to the bone.
“One study done by American researchers showed that the sweat released by users of a FIR sauna (80-85% water) was different from the sweat released by users of a conventional sauna (75-95% water). The non-water portion of sweat released in a FIR sauna was cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulphuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid”.
Quote taken from “The Science of Far Infrared Therapies” by Dr Toshiko Yamazaki, MD
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Coffee, the beloved warm elixir known for it’s life giving properties. Were it not for this humble bean most of us would be walking around like brain dead zombies.
The entire world has an ongoing love affair with coffee. It’s unique properties paired with a rich, comforting taste and the ability to jostle our brains to full consciousness is unparalleled.
Trust me, I’ve tried it all, I’ve switched to matcha, yerba mate, guarana, green juices, roasted chicory root and black tea, green smoothies to start the day and nothing quite compares to coffee.
Perhaps this is partially a societal construct deeply embedded in our subconscious. For as long as most of us have been alive coffee has been the staple breakfast beverage.
But is coffee actually good for our health? Or is it an addictive energy sucking, adrenal depleting substance we should stay away from?
There’s been a hefty amount of research done on coffee, and most signs point to many beneficial characteristics. Important to note is that these studies didn’t include sugar and cream, or the standard Starbucks sugar laden mocha latte varieties.
Not all coffee is created equal, from invisible mycotoxins clinging to conventional pre-roasted pre-ground varieties, to the importance of organic and fair trade, we aren’t at a loss for things to discuss when it comes to coffee.
Origins of Coffee
(if you don’t already know, it’s worth reading)
The origins of coffee are pretty funny. Were it not for an old shepherds goats getting high from eating the beans, we might never have known of these caffeine rich little red berries.
Though there are stories of African tribes grinding the bright red coffee berry with fat and eating this combination for an energy rich snack. The history of roasting the coffee bean to extract its bitter black liquid is another entirely.
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It’s that time of year, spring cleaning doesn’t just apply to dust bunnies and rearranging furniture.
Cleansing our bodies come spring is a rejuvenating practice that sets us up for more energy and more summer fun in the sun.
There’s no better time of year to focus on rejuvenating the body and releasing stored toxins.
And there’s no better way to do that than incorporating fresh, raw enzyme rich juices. As the seasons change it becomes easier to seek out locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Some seasonal spring vegetables includes:
- sunflower sprouts
- delicate young greens
- garlic scapes
These delights don’t last long, so utilizing their nutritional prowess while they’re here is crucial.
Stock up at your local farmers market, or better yet, grow your own. You’ll have a full kitchen arsenal for cleansing spring time juices in no time.
For me, spring beckons action, the slumber of winter subsides and we’re left with a long to do list. It can be hard to summon the energy needed to complete all of springs pressing tasks.
That’s why doing a gentle juice cleanse is so helpful, not just for increasing energy but also shedding some of the extra winter weight that’s been keeping us warm.
Reasons to Juice
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You’ve probably heard about the paleo diet, the lifestyle switch that’s taken America by storm. Paleo has fast become the most popular diet to have ever held sway over our love handles. People all over the world are having massive success following a fairly simple switch in diet and many consider paleo to be more than just a diet, it’s become a lifestyle choice.
The paleo lifestyle is aligned with how our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate and lived for thousands of years. It is the only nutritional system which works with our genetics to enable us to stay lean and energized.
The present Standard American Diet (SAD) is loaded with foods that we haven’t biologically adapted to process (1)(2)(3).
Experts agree that a diet high in processed and refined carbohydrates and sugars is the leading cause of chronic degenerative disease(4).
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
The paleo lifestyle adheres to this principle that Hippocrates put forth. Many people following this way of eating have cured their diabetes (5), skin problems (6), depression (7), arthritis (8) and even alzheimer’s (9) just to name a few.
So what exactly is the paleo diet? How can it help you not only to lose weight but also to fight inflammation and heal your digestive tract?
Why do some people seem to be so against it and where did this seemingly new yet absolutely ancient way of eating even come from?
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