Finally, our dream to live like Beyonce, or at least, eat like her, has been fulfilled. Queen Bey has launched her own vegan meal delivery service. Plus, a new study indicates that strenuous running could be worse for you than inactivity. Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.
Eat Like Beyonce
This kale’s got you looking so crazy right now. Plant-based foodies will be thrilled to learn that Queen Bey herself has partnered with 22 Days Nutrition on a vegan meal delivery service. They’re the same company she and husband Jay-Z used for their initial foray into the plant-based lifestyle in 2013, when the superstar couple committed to going vegan for 22 days in honor of Jay’s 44th birthday. You may remember Beyonce blogging and Instagramming up a storm, snapping pics of the delicious meals they were eating (and inspiring food envy in us all).
Based on the concept that it takes 21 days to create a habit, the plant-based meal service costs between $9.76 to $16.50 per meal. The organic, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free plan was developed in collaboration with Beyonce’s trainer, Marco Borges, following demand from his clients for a whole foods-based diet plan. We’ll put our hands up for that. (ELLE)
Is Your Running Habit Killing You?
Sitting on the couch might actually be better for you than strenuous running — at least, that’s what one new study says. Researchers examined more than 1,000 healthy joggers, looking at the frequency and length of their runs and the runner’s perception of their speed. Those who jogged between one and 2.4 hours a week for no more than three days a week had the best survival rates. Anything more than that and death rates were closer to those who didn’t run at all. So if you don’t like running, don’t feel like you need to push yourself just for the health benefits. (Bloomberg)
Cuckoo for Coconut Milk (in Your Coffee)
Tropical drink or coffee? Starbucks has announced that it will add another non-dairy alternative to its offerings: coconut milk. Beginning in mid-February, whether you’re lactose-intolerant, vegan, Paleo or just prefer non-dairy milk, you will now have another option beyond the same old soy. (Eater)
The Best Way to Relax?
Take a deep breath. Sometimes that advice seems easier said than done, right? But if you’ve suffered from any number of ailments, from migraines to irritable bowel syndrome, you could benefit from the relaxation response that mindful breathing induces. Learning to inhale from your diaphragm helps you slow down the intake of air into your lungs, activating the “rest and digest” part of your nervous system. This vagus nerve activity also leads to a decrease in heart rate and slower, better digestion. (Wall Street Journal)
3 Killer Ways to Work Your Back
Strong is the new sexy, and nowhere is this more true than when it comes to your back. If you’re doing it right, the lat pulldown can work multiple muscles: biceps, triceps, shoulders — and even your core. These three videos demonstrate versions of the exercise, providing variations on the number of reps, depending on if your goals are endurance or strength-building. We’re not turning our back on this exercise, that’s for sure. (She Rocks Fitness)
Can You Juice Without a Juicer?
Love green juice but not the high price per bottle? If you don’t have a juicer…and don’t want to shell out $5 a pop (at least) any time you want a liquid dose of greens, the answer might already be in your kitchen. If you’re willing to put a little work — and cheesecloth – into it, here’s how to make juice that’s just as smooth, using your blender. (The Healthy Maven)
Online Weight Loss Buddies Are the Best
Finding a group of online pals could help you meet your weight loss goals. A new study from Northwestern University shows that those who participated in online communities lost more weight than their less active cohorts. Digitally engaged users lost more than eight percent of their bodyweight in a six-month period; less-engaged members lost about five percent in the same time frame. Researchers point to the always-accessible network of support as a possible reason for the success of plugged-in dieters. Next up: They’re considering how to replicate similar results in other areas of health, like managing depression or alcoholism. (Huffington Post)