Thursday, July 17, 2014

Great Reads

For a while now I've been going through a bit of a rough patch.  Life has been stressful in almost all aspects, aside from family, which is a sweet relief.  I am back east visiting them this week in fact, and when I opened the car door and saw my mom, dad, and brother I broke down crying for a good few minutes.  They were shocked.  It's been a bit overwhelming in Chicago, trying to be happy.  it really shouldn't be so hard, but sometimes it is.  I've found some interesting articles that have given me some perspective or are just plain interesting.  I hope you enjoy and learn a few new things.

Wow, Psychology Today kind of blew my mind with this article about the fat in women's hips and why men love it so much as well as why it is so necessary for healthy, intelligent children.  Eternal Curves makes me proud of my body even more than before.  It talks about an interesting biological reason why men like certain body ratios on women and how the modern view of the stick thin model is not what men actually want (or women should unnaturally strive for for that matter).  It links the fat in women's hips to the amount of Omega-3 fats stored.  This fat is a signifier that when the woman has a child she will have plenty of Omega-3 fats to grow a big brain and an intelligent child.

On a fun and informative science website, this article about foods that prevent and cause cancer as made clear by the actual evidence. It is quite a nice read.  Short and sweet, it makes a good few points about keeping cancer prevention simple through healthy diet and lifestyle choices.

The Food Mood Connection is a nice little article identifying some great foods for lifting the mood and handling stress better. "So, if eating lots of refined carbs and sugar may exacerbate our responses to stress, are there other types of food that make us more resilient?"  This is the question posed to open the article, and it's a great one to ask. We all talk about avoiding stress causing foods and minimizing mood swings, but we don't often talk about maximizing mood stability, or focus, or or emotional wellbeing with food.  We talk about maximizing the iron or the protein in our food, but not what it can do for our mental state.

Secrets of the Creative Brain is a wonderful article that I've been afraid to even close due to fear of forgetting it.  It focuses on how creativity is correlated with mental illness and distress.  It sheds a lot of light on the creative mind and how to recognize it in yourself or in others.  One of my favorite quotations from the article:

"Having too many ideas can be dangerous. Part of what comes with seeing connections no one else sees is that not all of these connections actually exist."

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