Let’s all stop and be thankful that we have made it to Friday!
I was supposed to go swimming last night but I just wasn’t feeling it. Ever have one of those days?
So I opted to work on my office a little bit instead. My 2nd bedroom has been a holding cell for my unpacked crap for the past 3 months, but I’ve finally cleaned it out and it’s ready to be used! Woop. Last night I put together a new desk I recently purchased. I’m going to use the term “put together” pretty loosely because all I had to do was screw in the legs. Whatever… I built it myself!
I’m really happy with the look and quality considering it was super cheap.
All I have left to do to this room is refinish my shelves (seen beside the desk), hang some artwork, and pick a chair . Can’t wait to share the finished product with you guys!
Nutrition in the News
Time for a little nutrition talk! Yesterday I went and did a wellness talk about healthy eating and it was fun. I got a lot of good questions and it just made me really love being a dietitian. Anyway, here’s what has come through my inbox this week:
Taking a closer look at the obesity gene: So this study took a closer look at the FTO gene, the ‘faulty’ version of which is associated with obesity. The study has linked the faulty gene with thermogenesis (fat burning). In one study with mice, when they ‘inhibited’ this gene, mice lost weight and increased their thermogenesis without changing diet or exercise. In humans, blocking the gene led to increased thermogenesis. Very interesting stuff.
I actually have a lot of difficult conversations with people about weight loss and how they feel their weight is directly a result of genetics. It is hard to talk to someone about weight loss when you don’t really know if they are genetically predisposed to weight gain and an increased appetite. Until more information is out there, all I can do is guide people towards making healthier food choices. Such as not drinking a 2-liter bottle of regular soda every day.
Association between increased coffee intake and reduced recurrence of stage 3 colon cancer: Coffee has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties so that’s definitely something to take into consideration here. But I also think, as with many studies, it’s hard to take 1 eating/drinking habit and tie it to an outcome without considering everything else people do. Not sure if you can say this decrease is solely attributed to coffee intake or do most people who drink a shit ton of coffee also have something else in common?
Either way, this finding is good in my book because I love me some coffee.
I’d love to know your thoughts about these two studies!
What are you guys up to this weekend? I’m working but I also have a special visitor coming to stay with me! I’m very excited <3
Have a good weekend!!!
P.S. Don’t forget about the Erin Condren Life Planner giveaway going on until next week. I will announce the winner on Thursday.