The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #142 – Placebo Sleep, Improving Your Life 1% at a Time, and A Controversial Article About the Negativity of Vegan/Vegetarian Diets

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I haven’t posted an update in quite some time now, huh? I haven’t been doing much at all in the last month because I’ve been so busy with my first child, a beautiful baby girl who was born on January 22nd. I’ve been working full-time again, but from home, and I’m preparing to start transitioning back into the office next week.

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and I hope I can spare the time to get back into the habit of posting these weekly updates.

For now, enjoy the few things I’ve had time to read recently.



You Can Get Placebo Sleep

If you think you got a good night of sleep, even if you didn’t, your mind will believe it and you’ll function better throughout the day. I don’t know how you could translate this to provide results in real-life, but still interesting.



American Heart Association Joins the NFL to Lie to Kids About Childhood Obesity

The “Fuel Up to Play60” campaign promotes 60 minutes of play per day to keep kids healthy and they also recommend that kids drink chocolate milk for nutrition. Did you know that chocolate milk “can contain up to double the calories of Coca-Cola along with 20% more sugar,” and that the “Fuel Up to Play60” campaign was co-founded by the National Dairy Council? When I read this post it reminded me of a recent episode of Shark Tank where Mark Cuban and Steve Tisch laughed when they heard about the Got Milk campaign claiming that chocolate milk is good for athletes. I wrote a post about that here.



This Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent and Here’s What Happened

A fantastic story about how just making small changes over a long period of time can have an enormous impact. You can apply this line of thinking to anything you want to do in life.



Why You Should Think Twice About Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

I went vegan for ethical reasons, not health reasons, and I became vegan fully aware of the potential for nutrient deficiencies. I take many different supplements to combat that issue – Deva Vegan B12, Ovega-3 (DHA & EPA), Rainbow Light Men’s One Food Based Multivitamin (Calcium and many other nutrients), Vitashine D3, and Source of Life Garden Vitamin K2. The last time I had a blood workup, which was about a year ago, I came back looking great. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, I suggest getting checked out too. Vegans and vegetarians might have to take more vitamins than omnivores, but it’s not at all difficult.

What Does Mark Cuban and Steve Tisch Think About Their Athletes Drinking Chocolate Milk?

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On a recent episode of Shark Tank a company named “Cow Wow” pitched a flavored milk drink designed to taste like the leftover milk after eating a bowl of cereal.

At one point, Chris Pouy, one of the owners of Cow Wow said that “flavored milk is being marketed as the perfect recovery drink for athletes.” He went on to say that “Got Milk” did a $25 million dollar campaign marketing chocolate milk to athletes because it has the perfect carb to protein ratio.

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When Mark Cuban (owner of Dallas Mavericks) and Steve Tisch (co-owner of New York Giants) heard this statement, they laughed. Tisch said “not in my locker room, what about yours?” to Cuban, to which Cuban responded with a laugh and said “no.”

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Isn’t that funny?

The milk industry pays athletes to sponsor their products, but professional athletes don’t actually put that garbage into their bodies. Not if they want to perform well.

It’s sad that kids and parents see these messages and think they are helping their kids to stay healthy.