{Friday Favourites} Best reads of the week in health, fitness and wellness

the best reads in health and wellnessHappy Friday, y’all!

How was your week? I’m almost recovered from the marathon and Thanksgiving food binge on Sunday. I had about two days of soreness and hobbling after the race before I felt normal again, though I’m clearly not quite recovered yet as I went for an easy 15-minute run yesterday and bailed on the sidewalk. Probably not the best idea to go for my post-marathon recovery run in the morning in the dark on uneven pavement. Other than a scraped elbow and torn glove I’m fine, and happy that I didn’t also tear my Lululemon running jacket.

I’m actually surprised I feel as good as I do after last weekend, which gives me hope for my upcoming marathon training plan. I’m going to go back to focusing on strength training for about a month until I start to ramp it up again for the Phoenix Marathon in February.

Best reads of the week in health, fitness and wellness
I came across a few gems this week, including this meme:

detox juicing meme
Why Saying Is Believing โ€” The Science Of Self-Talk – NPR.org
A super interesting read about how negative self-talk effects us and what’s going on in our brain when we view ourselves as “too fat” or “too small”, when in reality we’re perfectly healthy and normal.

Steps to take now to secure your health for the future – The Liberty Project
10 not-so-obvious steps you can take now to ensure your well-being in the future, by yours truly for The Liberty Project Magazine.

3 Strategies for Creating Habits You Donโ€™t Enjoy (Yet) – MyFitnessPal Blog
So much yes. Identifying barriers is the first thing I ask clients to do when something isn’t working for them.

Multi-Level Marketing and Nutrition Cons – LinkedIn Blog
If someone says they have a great “opportunity” for you to earn extra money on the side selling nutrition or wellness products… just say no. Like the author, I also don’t like to support any company that uses MLM tactics, no matter how great the product is. And I can say that as someone who signed up once to sell said products because I thought it’d be a great way to get discounts on stuff I already liked and potentially help people. Unfortunately, it really is that snaky on the other side, where they (meaning the person above you) push you to “sign up” people “under you” *cough* pyramid scheme *cough* to make more money, not to actually help anyone. Selling wraps, shakes, workout programs and supplements does not make you a “coach”. You’re an MLM distributor. And that’s fine if that’s what you want to do and you love their products. But if you truly want to be a coach and help people, become a certified personal trainer, life coach or strength coach and use science-based evidence when recommending products and programs.

As nutrition researcher and educator Alan Aragon says,

“I am yet to come across a health/nutrition-related MLM company that doesn’t economize production costs with sub-par nutritional formulations, especially the protein-containing products (for example, MLMs love to use soy as the first ingredient or fructose as the second ingredient). Adding insult to injury, these protein-based products cost at least double that of the leading non-MLM brands that actually use higher-quality protein formulations. To top it all off, these mediocre MLM products are hyped as the best things on the market, and of course they rely on the emotional triggers of zealous testimonials rather than the weight of the scientific evidence.”

For those of you who raced last weekend, how is your recovery week going? When do you normally do your recovery run? What are your thoughts on MLM fitness and health products?