Health, Lifestyle

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Health Science Myths Introduced by Bad Scientists

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Ever felt overwhelmed in one of those inevitable Facebook arguments with your* Aunt Barb** when she pulls out a link to scientific-seeming articles showing you why there totally are chemtrails from planes that are killing us all? I kid you not I had to look up what that was a few months back.

Yeah, bad science has existed for as long as people have had hypotheses about the way literally anything works as far as I can tell. We thought that teething was a leading cause of death for babies for a long time, people. Oh, and we treated them with, essentially, heroine.

With that in mind, I figured I’d pull together a list of some of my favorite health-related myths, from the bizarre to the truly awful. Some of these are pretty well-known, and others are a little less mainstream.

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1. Back off my burgers, man.

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5 Tips to Help You Plan For a Healthy Vacation | This Miss Cooks
Health, Lifestyle, Travel

How to Plan For a Healthy Vacation

5 Tips to Help You Plan For a Healthy Vacation | This Miss Cooks

This week has become filled suddenly with dinners out at our wedding venue, re-testing a few recipes from last week before they go up on the blog, and a family vacation over Labor Day weekend to the Oregon Coast. Work in my lab has picked up a bit as well, so I’m heading to the rental house a few days after my fiancé.

I put up a travel guide to Oceanside and the Oregon Coast last year, and I’m hoping that this trip will be just as rejuvenating. I’m lucky that Mr Never Cooks has a wonderful extended family who in fact do love to cook, drink some good wine, and play a few games of Spades long into the night.

One struggle I know many of my friends in the wellness world have is striking a balance with food and fitness that makes them happiest on vacations. Instead of a menu plan this week, I thought I might share some of the tips I use to maintain my health without ruining the whole idea of a vacation in the first place.

1. Begin at the End

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Okay so that was a little confusing. What I mean is that you need to have a solid plan for after your vacation is over. I don’t mean a crash diet, a juice cleanse, or a punishing gym session. Continue reading “How to Plan For a Healthy Vacation”

Health, Menu Planning

3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco | This Miss Cooks

I don’t think it’s a secret after my menu planning post for this past week that I’m a big Costco fan. Bulk groceries are my jam these days, especially since I’ve really started having an easier time making similar dinners every week with a bit of a twist to them each time.

If you’re trying to eat on a more limited budget, feeding a bottomless pit in your house, or trying to eat a healthier diet without spending too much time in the kitchen, meals like these will be life-savers and can be surprisingly doable at a notoriously expensive store like Costco.

I’ll be posting the recipe versions of these dishes soon, but the real beauty of them is that there’s not just one way to make them.

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5 Scientific Facts About Healthy Living | This Miss Cooks
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Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Science Facts About Healthy Living

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I often spend days at a time wading through PubMed articles in my lab that are incredibly specific to my little niche of research. Occasionally though, I put those same skills to use answering some of my own questions about topics near and dear to my heart: health outcomes, fitness and athletic injuries, and effects of diet on behavior and body weight.

Here are the top 5 articles and reviews I’ve enjoyed reading this week. If you have any questions on these topics or others, I love doing research!

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6 Tips for Planning a Week of Meals from Costco (Without Breaking the Bank)

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I had a feeling when I sat down with my menu planning spreadsheet on Thursday that I was in for a bit of an odd week. With the eclipse yesterday and the craziness from a million extra people moseying into and out of my cute little state this weekend, I decided to back away slowly from the grocery store. Continue reading “6 Tips for Planning a Week of Meals from Costco (Without Breaking the Bank)”

Sunday Recap of 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes | This Miss Cooks
Health, Menu Planning

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes

Sunday Recap of 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes | This Miss Cooks

Hello again! I’m extra pleased on this Sunday evening because I’ve managed to conquer my sudden but inevitable eclipse FOMO. Portland is almost in the path of totality (I’ve been learning new terminology left and right for this thing) so many of my friends are making plans to head south to see the event tomorrow.

Mr Never Cooks however has to go to work rain or shine, sun or no sun. And hey, there are plenty of things I’m happy to do solo, but finding a way to go 50 miles in the worst traffic in Oregon history while on my own seems like a surefire way to turn a cool event into a stressful mess. And I prefer to have my partner along for all stressful messes.

So, instead I’m settling for the 99.5% eclipse and putting stargazing at Machu Picchu on my bucket list. I had a friend show me pictures from his trip there and I’d say the starry night sky is enough to tide me over until the next total solar eclipse in 2024.

Speaking of bucket list trips, it would be nice to have money in the bank to actually check a few more big ticket items off. Food is a big expense in our household and it can be challenging to cut down too much on the grocery budget. How do I fix this?

Find recipe blogs that fill that need.

I mentioned in my Tuesday planning ahead post that I discovered an awesome food blog called Budget Bytes a few years ago. It’s been a while since I had checked out her recipes and I’m glad I found a reason to! Continue reading “Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes”

Health, Menu Planning

3 of my Favorite Cheap & Healthy Dinner Recipes from Budget Bytes

3 of my Favorite Cheap & Healthy Dinner Recipes from Budget Bytes | This Miss CooksPhoto by Neha Deshmukh on Unsplash

When I was just learning how to cook toward the end of college and my first years post-grad, I was on a decidedly tight budget and in need of cheap meals. It was a pretty sweet deal to just have dinners to arrive on my plate in the cafeteria with zero thought or input from yours truly, but sustaining that lifestyle on the daily requires a job a few pay grades above mine.

Also, I was an AWFUL cook. Like truly bad. Could not make boxed cake to save my life bad. I think it was even my defining feature in my dorm. Oh, Lindsey, the one who burnt milk in the common room kitchen? Continue reading “3 of my Favorite Cheap & Healthy Dinner Recipes from Budget Bytes”

Sunday Meal Recap | This Miss Cooks
Health, Menu Planning

Sunday Recap: 9 healthy recipes from Tone It Up

It’s finally no longer scorchingly hot in Portland and I’m so happy about that, even if I don’t want Summer to teeeechnically end. I also appreciate that although it rained last night, it didn’t specifically rain on me. I really want more of this temperate weather at a time when I’m NOT joined at the eyepiece to a microscope for 10 hours on a Saturday (oh, science, you tricksy brat).

I’m extra glad that I got in my smoothie madness this past week though, those breakfasts are perfectly paired with the 90 degree days when all you want to do is make it to work without sweatily adhering yourself to your train seat (TMI? Yes, almost certainly).

If you’d like to see my planning post on this week’s meals, you can check it out here. I have a few others as well if you’re interested! Continue reading “Sunday Recap: 9 healthy recipes from Tone It Up”

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9 Of The Best Healthy Recipes You Can Make (And Love) From Tone It Up

9 of the Best Healthy Recipes You Can Make (and Love) from Tone It Up | This Miss Cooks

If I dig back through my Instagram pictures (lord, I don’t suggest it before the advent of the iPhone 6) I get to see all my progress since precisely April 19th, 2015 following Tone It Up’s nutrition guidelines and recipes. That would be well over 2 years and 25 extra pounds ago by my reckoning. Before that date, I had been stuck in a rut from years of failed calorie counting, bad fad diets (cabbage soup anyone?) or stressful work-sponsored weight loss programs and I needed to figure out how to stop yo-yo dieting. Continue reading “9 Of The Best Healthy Recipes You Can Make (And Love) From Tone It Up”

Healthy Summertime Dinners You can Actually Make During the Week | This Miss Cooks
Health, Menu Planning

Healthy Summertime Dinners I Actually Made This Week

I hope you’re all enjoying digging into these weekly menu plan recaps because I’m loving cooking them up as a fun Sunday ritual. Plus, it allows me to share my favorite kitchen or meal prep tips as well as keeping me honest with making healthy recipes. I won’t lie to you, Pizza Hut almost happened this week except they don’t deliver to my new apartment, which is both the best and the worst thing all at once.

I will also admit that I very nearly drove to pick one of those bad boys up. The ONLY thing that stopped me from dealing that death blow to my mildly lactose intolerant stomach was the knowledge that I’d be wasting the food in my fridge.

Well, that and the fact that it was a million degrees outside.

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