Links Worth Sharing: Low Carb vs. Low Fat, Ray Rice, Epic Quests, and more!

Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb: The Winner is Neither
“And so, once again, the dialogue on health and diet is stringently focused on nutrients–an approach that is utterly unhelpful and misleading. As I see it, there is nothing inherently bad for us about carbohydrates or fats. Our bodies require both. The more important question is whether we’re eating whole, unprocessed foods.” 

I’m curious to read the actual study, but I think this quote pretty much sums up how I feel about it. That said, I think there are people that do well on different macronutrient breakdowns, and it’s mostly about what works best for you both physically and mentally.

Reading list: On Ray Rice
“It’s good reading about a really shitty situation.”

Thanks to Rachel Wilkerson who always links up to the best articles on any situation.

The Happiness of Pursuit: How a NYT Best Selling Author Took Over the World
Throughout this interview, Chris and I discuss everything from the importance of having big quests, how to actually start crossing things off our bucket lists, and what to do if we’re the type of person that just wants to lose weight and doesn’t have time to travel yet.”

Nerd Fitness always inspires me or makes me think; this interview made me want to figure out what my epic quest is going to be – after I finish graduate school, of course.

Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work? Usually Not
“More rigorous studies tend to find that wellness programs don’t save money and, with few exceptions, do not appreciably improve health. This is often because additional health screenings built into the programs encourage overuse of unnecessary care, pushing spending higher without improving health.”

I wonder how a program could be designed to both save money and bring awareness to health issues. I do think there is some value in making wellness a greater part of the work environment, but it has to be effective on both sides.

The Vermont Paradox: Youth Program Takes on Hunger and Chronic Disease in a Locavore State

““Poor nutrition is an enormous problem, “ says Barbara Bendrix, Community Resources coordinator at the Plainfield Family Health Center, which has participated in the program since 2012. “It’s much bigger than people are willing to acknowledge. The lack of access to fresh, nutritious foods—that and the fact that people don’t cook—amounts to one of the biggest social problems that we face.””

This is true in so many places, and I love this innovative model for trying to address the issue.

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