Your Healthful Hints (November 16)

I know time’s at a premium for you too these days with the holidays (amazingly!) right around the corner, so let’s get right to it. Here are your three quick tips for a healthy week!

1. Drink a glass of H2O. Whether you’re looking to avoid a parched mouth or want to simply stay hydrated from the inside out, sipping on plenty of water is a great idea. And new research reported in The New York Times says that the old advice is true: Dieters lose more weight when they drink a glass of water before a meal.

2. Take a look at some meat?! If you’re feeling anxious or nervous, you may be wise to get yourself near some meat. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal found that simply the sight of a carnivorous dish is calming. Apparently, meat meals remind us of happy family meals and gatherings in the past. I wonder if the same holds true for vegetarians and vegans?

 (Image from Esquire)

Tastes like family!

3. Recover actively. After an endurance event or super-challenging workout, most athletes give themselves free reign to lounge around for a few days to rest and recover. It’s crucial not to pile on a hardcore workout right away, but the lactate (a chemical released during strenuous exercise that makes you “feel the burn”) will be released from your muscles more efficiently if you cool down with a walk and stretch a few hours later.

What does your post-workout routine entail?

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