Wait a second…there are how many calories in a Chipotle burrito? It turns out you have to be a savvy customer if you don’t want to end up with a calorie bomb at this chain. Plus, these tips might finally help you kick your sugar addiction. (Repeat after us, hands off the Nutella.) Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.
What’s In That Burrito?
Chipotle typically touts itself as a healthier alternative to other fast food chains, thanks to their locally sourced vegetables, antibiotic-free meat and organic cilantro. Though it shouldn’t surprise anyone that a burrito is not a health food, the average order at the fast-casual Mexican joint contains about 1,070 calories. (You’d have to shovel snow for 160 minutes to burn that off. Ouch.)
The calories in that burrito add up to more than half the amount most adults should eat within an entire day. However, it is possible to dine at Chipotle without blowing your dietary budget. The restaurant’s burrito bowl — without cheese — clocks in at around 650 calories. Just nixing the tortilla alone saves you 300 calories. (New York Times)
How to Cut Sugar the Smart Way
One of the most common inquiries registered dietitian Lindsay Livingston gets from clients is how to cut their sugar intake. With recent research showing that the sweet stuff can contribute to health problems from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, it’s no wonder. But when you’ve got a craving that won’t quit, what can you do? Make life easier on yourself by taking small steps such as cutting back on the amount in your baked goods or making your own sauces to nix the added sugar. Soon, your taste buds will adjust and you won’t even miss it. (Run to the Finish)
45 Reasons to Get Healthy (That Aren’t About the Scale)
Why do you exercise or eat right? If you’re only doing it for vanity reasons or to lose weight, you may actually be less successful in the long-run, according to one study. Between easing anxiety, increasing your energy and boosting your self-esteem, your salads and spin classes are giving you a heck of a lot more than a flat belly (though you might end up with that, too). Check out these 45 reasons why getting fit and healthy is about more than what you weigh. (Greatist)
Nail These 11 Basic Yoga Poses (At Last)
You think you know yoga, but you have no idea. Some of the most common beginner yoga poses are more nuanced than you might think. If you’ve ever felt the magic of being guided into the proper alignment in a class, you’ll understand the beauty of learning how to get a pose right in order to reap all of its benefits. Learn how to execute each of these 11 basic yoga poses, and pretty soon you’ll be moving on to the fun stuff. (Huffington Post)
Add Some Funk to Your Ab Routine
Skip your planks, it’s time to get funky. Set to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” this four-and-a-half-minute ab workout performed by the Gymtastics Gym Club in Alberta, Canada looks fun and easy — but don’t be fooled. We’re smiling, but we’re 100 percent certain these 10-year-olds could school us. (ELLE)
Create Better Boundaries for Work-Life Stress
Whether you love your job or hate it, it’s normal to come home at least a little stressed — especially if you’re tired. Some experts recommend thinking of the transition from office to home in three distinct stages: leaving work, commuting and walking in the door. To ease any negative feelings, consider reframing how you think about these phases. For example, use your commute to play games on your phone or travel on foot or bicycle if you can. If you know family demands will stress you out when you arrive home, try taking a few minutes to yourself before diving into your responsibilities. Psychologists call these techniques boundary work, or setting up rituals to create mental space between stress and reward. (Wall Street Journal)
Should You Tape It Up?
If you’ve ever seen an athlete or CrossFitter with crazy-colored tape on their limbs and wondered if it actually did anything, well, you’re not the only one. Kinesio tape, developed by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase, is thought to help stabilize muscles and joints by lifting the skin to stimulate circulation, while allowing you a full range of motion. That’s what they claim — but does science back it up? A recent review of studies showed that while it provided some relief, it ultimately wasn’t better than methods like manual physical therapy. However, it might provide enough pain relief for the wearer to continue with their rehab exercises. (Self)