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The Fast 800 Diet
  • Developed by Dr. Michael Mosley
  • The diet claims to potentially cut the risk type two diabetes, heart disease, and cancer
  • There are two stages to this diet. Stage 1 requires the person to undergo a very low-calorie diet (VLCD) of 800 calories per day. Stage 2 then involves the progression of the daily 800 calories from 7 days a week to only twice a week, and the remaining 5 days they will be on the Mediterranean diet.
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Understanding gluten

There's much confusion about if going gluten-free is a good option or an unfounded fad.

Gluten is a type of protein. It is naturally found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. As an additive, it can bind food together, which means you can find it in products like salad dressing or vitamins.

The Label 'Gluten-Free' Is Everywhere-But Should You Actually Eliminate It From Your Diet?

health.com

We don't only cry when we experience feelings of sorrow or unhappiness. We also shed tears to express positive states of love or joy.

A recent survey found that 68 per cent of respondents reported crying from a positive experience at least once a month.

There’s something in my eye: why we happy-cry and what it does for us | Psyche Ideas

psyche.co

Start where you are at

If you're a total beginner at exercising, you may see other people doing things that may never seem possible for you. But that's not true. Everybody has to start somewhere. Even experienced exercisers feel that they want to be further along than they are now.

When you start, you only need to do what you can. If you can't run, you can walk and build from there.

How to Make Any Exercise Easier If You’re a Beginner

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There is nothing like a bowl of cherry Jell-O topped with a fluffy raft of faux whipped cream on a hot night. Both foodstuffs can be credited to William A. Mitchell.

  • Mitchell was born in Minnesota in 1911. He got a degree in chemistry at the University of Nebraska and worked at General Foods at the start of World War II. There, he developed a substitute for tapioca, which was in short supply.
  • In 1957, Mitchel developed a powdered fruit-flavored vitamin-enhanced drink mix named Tang Flavor Crystals. In 1962, NASA sent Tang into space to disguise the water's metallic taste onboard the spaceship.
  • In 1956, Mitchell attempted to create instantly self-carbonating soda. It resulted in the candy known as Pop Rocks, which was patented in 1961.
  • In 1957, Mitchell patented a powdered gelatin dessert that could be set with cold water. It paved the way for quick-set Jell-O.
  • Mitchell introduced the faux whipped cream called Cool Whip in the same year.

Mitchell received about 70 patents over his career.

The Scientist Behind Some of Our Favorite Junk Foods

smithsonianmag.com

Restricting one’s food intake forces the body to start burning stored fat, but complete fasting is not recommended by Scientists, who advise on intermittent fasting, where only 500 to 800 calories are consumed for 2 days in a week, with the rest of the days on a normal diet.

Fasting for longer periods is not recommended without medical supervision.

Is fasting good for you? - BBC Science Focus Magazine

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How Scientists Study Brain Activity
  • Scientists study activity in the brain with a tool called electroencephalography ( EEG), that measures electrical signals coming from neurons.
  • The brain is not turned off while you sleep - there is a lot of activity going on, even if you’re not aware of it. You cycle through four different sleep stages, and each shows up as a different pattern on the EEG.
  • Each sleep stage is also associated with different patterns of chemicals in your brain (neurochemicals - the way brain cells use to communicate with each other).

How does your brain wake up from sleep?

theconversation.com

Spend time with furry friends

Play fetch with Fido or sneak in a few cuddles with your kitten. 

Interacting with your pets can release oxytocin in the brain ― you know, the “warm and fuzzy” hormone ― resulting in that joyous feeling.

Ways To Be Happier Instantly

huffpost.com

With increased levels of cortisol, your body is supplied with glucose for energy, and your body signals the need for extra sugar.

The downside of eating sugar is that your body tends to store sugar, especially after stressful situations, as abdominal fat. The vicious cycle continues: stress, cortisol release, craving sugar, weight gain.

How Stress Can Cause Weight Gain

verywellmind.com

Caffeine

Caffeine is the main stimulant in coffee and works on a chemical level to give you a boost of energy.

Your brain on coffee

bigthink.com

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