Wellness Wednesdays – 1/9/19


If You’re Trying to Lose Weight, It’s Best to Avoid Hunger.

Hunger shouldn’t be expected when you’re losing weight, INSIDER reports — on the contrary, it’s something best avoided. The reason, according to personal trainer Rich Tidmarsh, is that feeling ravenous leads us to have less control over what we eat.

Everyone has probably experienced this before in some capacity: When your stomach is grumbling, it’s easier to reach for a bag of chips than to put together a healthy meal. This is, of course, the reasoning behind the common advice to avoid grocery shopping while hungry.

So, although some people claim intermittent fasting works for them, it’s best to consider your ability to resist hunger before jumping into that kind of diet. Otherwise, you may find yourself gaining weight rather than losing it.



Seeking Heart-Healthy Snacks to Add to Your Diet? Look No Further Than These Seeds.

The humble seed doesn’t seem to generate much excitement in the world of food, but each variety offers a nice mix of nutritional benefits that make them worth adding to your menu. Men’s Health has prepared a handy list of six seeds to try: Hemp seeds, for example, have 9 grams of protein in a serving, while sesame seeds are known for being an “excellent source of calcium and a good source of bone-building phosphorus.”

How Much Sodium is Too Much Sodium?

This one’s from the folks over at Runner’s World. There’s nothing wrong with consuming sodium, in fact, our bodies need at least 500 milligrams per day to keep processes like muscle contraction working. But as with so many nutrition-related things, the problem comes when we consume sodium in excess. The sweet spot is 2,000 milligrams per day, and scientists have found that for every 1,000 milligrams per day a person goes over 2,300, they experience a 12 percent higher chance of early mortality. Just something to think about the next time you’re reaching for the shaker.



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

In “Addiction and the Adolescent Brain,” at North Andover High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dr. Ruth Potee helps give a deeper understanding of addictive substances, including alcohol, marijuana and opioids, and their impact on the developing brain. North Andover, Mass. | Facebook.com

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 journey that will get you back to a healthy weight, improved eating habits and a refreshed lifestyle. Andover, Mass. | LawrenceGeneral.org

January 19

Start 2019 on the path to holistic health and wellness by attending New England Integrative Health CentersGrand Reopening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll meet the centers’ practitioners, enjoy healthy refreshments and have the opportunity to join seminars on allergy management and nutrition. Salem, N.H. | NewEnglandIntegrativeHealthCenters.com


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