The easiest way to eat healthy at work is to pack your own lunch. You can also save a lot of money that way. But here are four easy ways to cut down on calories, even if you go out for lunch . . .
1. Stop deciding what to eat at the last minute. A study last year found we consume fewer calories if we order lunch an hour ahead of time. Partly because we don’t make healthy choices when we’re starving.
2. Don’t schedule meetings or anything else that’s stressful right before lunch. A study in 2015 found we tend to make unhealthy choices right after a stressful event. There’s less activity in the part of your brain that’s associated with self-control.
3. Don’t always eat with other people. The portions at most restaurants are way too big. And we tend to eat more if someone we’re with is stuffing their face too. Don’t be anti-social about it, but it’s okay to eat by yourself sometimes.
4. Don’t eat out of the container your food comes in. You’re much more likely to eat ALL of it if it’s in the container, so put it on a plate first. Whatever won’t fit can be dinner, or lunch the next day. You’ll cut calories, and save some money.
Well I’m not going to argue with THIS.
A survey found only 12% of people SLEEP NAKED . . . but the other 88% really need to start. Because it turns out it’s good for your health. Here are the four reasons why . . .
- You’ll sleep better. Your body temperature is lower, which keeps you from waking up during the night.
- You’ll burn more calories while you sleep.
- It helps prevent bacterial infections down below for women and keeps a man’s sperm count up.
- And you’re more likely to have a HAPPY MARRIAGE. The feeling of being naked in your bed makes your brain release oxytocin, which makes you happier in your relationship.
A new study out of Hong Kong found that playing video games like “Mario Kart” actually make you a better driver in REAL life.
The researchers say it’s because they train your brain to make decisions that are quick, but also super precise. And those skills translate over once you’re in a real car.
Whatever. I WISH I could throw turtle shells and giant banana peels at other drivers. Then maybe they’d respect me.
Someone recently asked a neurologist to name the top five things we should be doing to keep our brains sharp as we get older. Here’s what he said . . .
- Keep socializing. You’re less likely to suffer memory loss as you get older if you have a social life. So pick hobbies that involve other people, not just stuff you do by yourself.
- Challenge your brain. Read, play games, and do crossword puzzles. And try something NEW every once in a while, like learning a new instrument or another language.
- Don’t stress out too much. A ton of studies have found that too much stress can have long-term effects on your memory and your decision-making skills.
- Exercise. It improves blood flow to your brain, which helps you stay focused. And it also helps with memory.
- Stop eating empty calories. Your brain works best when your diet is high in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, which you can get from whole grains.
And a new study that came out this week found that even if you’re not overweight, cutting calories can improve your mood, your quality of sleep, and your libido.
OMG, I’ve finally discovered what’s wrong with my brain: On the left side there is nothing right, and on the right side, there is nothing left.