Did you know, random facts from my random brain

As I am doing research and learning about fitness and nutrition there are a few interesting facts that I have learned along the way.  Now, keep in mind scientific research does change things as we go along and we are starting to learn more and more about how the body and brain work.  So as I am learning I figured I might share a few of these things.

  • Banana’s while being nutrient dense do fill you up and provide the same sugar crash as a cookie.  It has more nutrients so in my humble opinion is still a better choice, but check out this page and graphic for a better explanation. bananas vs cookies
  • PCOS or Polysystic Ovary Syndrome is a condition that is found in as many as 11 million women in the US and is the number one cause of infertility.  It has a variety of signs and symptoms including weight gain or obesity in particular around the waist.  Among the treatments for it are lifestyle changes aka healthy eating and exercise.  Interestingly you should also limit the amount of processed foods and foods with added sugar.  For more info on this and how it can affect you as a woman check out this link Women’s Health Gov- PCOS
  • Quinoa is not a grain, that’s right everyone thinks it is, but it is not.  It is called the Mother of All Grains, but it is actually a vegetable and more closely related to Swiss chard and Kale.  It is also one of the few pseudo cereals or vegetables that is a complete protein.  Quinoa can be added to so many dishes and eaten in place of rice or other grains.
  • Cha cha cha chia!  Chia seeds at the store are in fact the same seeds they put in chia pets.  Turns out besides growing funky heads they are a seed that has a high amount of Omega 3’s, fiber, and protein.  Grab some and throw them in a bowl of oatmeal, cereal, or yogurt to boost your health.
  • We need fat in our diet!  Seriously folks it is an important macronutrient and helps our body to function the way we need it to and process the other foods that we eat.  It is healthy fats that we need so you do need to be aware of what type of fats you are taking in.  Again, if your doctor prescribes a different diet of course follow the person that knows more about your specific needs.
  •  Exercise provides you with the following “happy hormones” endorphins, serotonin, estrogen, and my personal favorite dopamine.  So if you wonder to yourself, why would someone run a marathon or do a ton of burpees, or squats it could be because it helps them to feel better. 

There are a ton of other things, but these are the ones that come to mind for me.  I hope to continue to share more and more with you as I learn and I hope you enjoy random facts, because I am good at that (it’s a family trait).  Have a great weekend y’all!


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