A round-up of our favourite things from the health and wellbeing world this week.
1. Dr. Libby’s TedX Talk
Here at The Holist we are huge fans of Dr. Libby’s science backed holistic nutrition and lifestyle advice. Her recent TedX Talk “The pace of modern life versus our cavewoman biochemistry” explains how in today's hectic age, women are feeling the pressure of trying to keep everyone happy but that our ancient biochemistry hasn't kept pace with the changes brought about by our modern lifestyles. A good reminder why we all need to slow down sometimes and a must watch for the health conscious ladies out there.
2. Inspired by Beyonce's Vegan Challenge?
If Queen Bey has inspired you to explore veganism, check out what her and Jay ate on their 22 day vegan challenge back in December over at E-Online.
3. Lululemon Opens First London Flagship...
London's fashion conscious exercise obsessives will be overjoyed to hear that the Canadian exercise apparel brand favoured by discerning yogis the world over has finally opened its first flagship store in London's Covent Garden. Although they've had boutique showrooms across the Capital for a while now, the new flagship, their first outside the US and Canada, will offer 3,100 sq. ft. of fitness clothing and accessories including cycling, yoga and running gear as well as complementary yoga classes and a run club. Check out the details here.
4. ... And Took Yoga Pants to a Whole New Level
In other news, late night comedy king Jimmy Kimmel took advantage of the brand's unfortunate incident last year involving see through yoga pants with his spoof take on Lululemon's new product "spray on" yoga pants. Luckily Lululemon saw the funny side and got in on the joke!
5. Saturated Fat Doesn't Cause Heart Disease After All?
We've been preaching the (good) fats message for a while now and people are gradually starting to realise that "fat" isn't the evil monster it was once painted to be. A British Heart Foundation study published this week has argued that contrary to existing guidance, there is no evidence that eating saturated fat increases the risk of a heart attack or other cardiac events. Obviously this doesn't mean you should be rushing out and stuffing yourself with deep fried junk, but it does reinforce the message that it's time we all got over our fat phobia and question the "official" nutritional orthodoxy. Read more over at the New York Times.
6. Why You Should Be Putting Butter in Your Coffee
Now that you can eat Butter (the grass-feed pasture-raised cows kind, of course) again guilt free why not tap in to the health benefits of the Paleo trend for "Bulletproof Coffee"? Find out why so many wellness experts are putting butter in their coffee over at Well + Good NYC.
7. Why A Plant-Based Whole Food Diet is The Best Thing You Can Eat
Obviously we've subscribed to this school of thought for a while but here's another study validating a healthy lifestyle! The study, by researchers at Yale, compared the most popular diets of recent times: low carb, low fat, low glycemic, Mediterranean, mixed/balanced (DASH), Paleolithic, vegan, and elements of other diets. Their findings? Nutrition dense plant-based diets, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds supported a wide range of positive health outcomes including a lower risk of cancer and heart disease. Read more over at The Atlantic.
Have you come across any interesting health and wellbeing stories this week? If so, let us know below, we'd love to hear from you!