Wellness Wednesdays – 12/26/18

WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

Here Are Some Healthy Eating Takeaways from 2018

2019 is just a few days away — and as such, it’s worth reflecting on some of the things we’ve learned about healthy eating over the course of the last year. Well+Good has compiled 10 of these lessons into a handy list, and here are the ones we found the most interesting.

1. You can control your caffeine intake by carefully choosing your coffee brewing method. Brewing your cup of joe using a pour-over method will yield a higher caffeine content than using a French press or a single-cup machine like a Keurig.

2. Microwaving your food doesn’t zap the nutrients away. Sure, it’s easy to associate the microwave with less-healthy food due to the proliferation of heat-and-eat meals, but microwaving real food actually preserves its nutrition better than some other cooking methods.

3. Salad may be good for you, but moderation still applies. Of course, it’d take a long time for you to exceed your calorie goals if you spent your days gnawing away on iceberg lettuce, but that’s not what we’re talking about — apparently, too many raw veggies can actually distress your gastrointestinal tract. (This is particularly true if, like some of us, you haven’t exactly been great at getting raw veggies in there on the regular.)

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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

Don’t Believe the Hype: Dark Chocolate Isn’t a “Health” Food

Brian Mastroianni of Healthline reports that many news outlets across the Internet are breathlessly declaring the health benefits of dark chocolate. While there are some benefits to cocoa, he says, like antioxidants that can help the heart, dark chocolate shouldn’t be considered a “health” food due to its high concentration of calories.

The Three Ages When Humans Feel the Loneliest, According to Science

A new study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine has revealed when you’ll feel the loneliest over the course of your life, AJC reports. Folks in their late 20s, mid 50s and those that make it all the way to their late 80s are the most likely to feel lonely. As with many studies, the researchers insist that more research is necessary to discover the cause and effects of this loneliness, but that it’s known to be associated with “poor mental health, substance abuse, cognitive impairment and bad physical health, such as hypertension and disruptive sleep.”

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LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

January 8

Holy Family Hospital neurologist Dr. Kaarkuzhali Krishnamurthy will host “Meet the Expert: Living a Healthier Life with Epilepsy” from 6-7 p.m. at the Methuen location. Krishnamurthy will give an overview of new and existing treatments for epilepsy, highlight pregnancy planning for women with seizure disorders and more. Methuen, Mass. | HolyFamilyHospital.org

January 10

Lowell General Hospital will host the first session of its six-session Overcoming Binge Eating Workshop at its Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery. The workshop meets weekly on Thursdays from 6:15 to 7: 15 p.m. North Chelmsford, Mass. | LowellGeneral.org

January 15

Lawrence General Hospital‘s next Free Weight Loss Surgery Information Session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at Andover Medical Center’s West Building. This session helps map out the long journey that will get you back to a healthy weight, improved eating habits, and a refreshed lifestyle. Andover, Mass. | LawrenceGeneral.org

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