Reading This Week September 15

Going on vacation helps you live longer.

…people who take less than three weeks off work every year were 37% more likely to die young than those who gave greater priority to their vacation time.

Stop Draining the Liquid From Canned Foods.

Indeed, there are ways to incorporate canned liquids into the foods you cook and bake so that you minimize food waste and add flavor (and sometimes nutrition) to your dishes.

Mediterranean diet has benefits even in old age, study suggests

Closely adhering to such a diet was associated with a 25% lower risk of all-cause death among a sample of older adults in the Molise region of Italy, according to the study, which was published last week in the British Journal of Nutrition.

NBC: Healthy frozen meals: 7 nutritionist-approved options

But before you stock up, it’s important to know what you should look for in a frozen meal. Your best bet is one with less than 500 calories and no more than 600 milligrams of sodium.

Honey: Stop stressing over finding the perfect health food and the perfect diet

Ultimately, healthy eating isn’t about choosing only the best foods. It’s about trying to make nutritious food choices most of the time, and not beating yourself up on those inevitable days or weeks where sometimes [less healthy] foods are all you eat.

Guardian: Forget the headlines – the best diet is the one that works for you

Talk to a registered dietitian. They go through lengthy degrees and training to give you the best advice possible on your diet.

Women’s Health: Are Almonds Even Good For You?

If you’re firmly devoted to eating almonds, it may help keep portions in check if you use almonds as a garnish to enhance your overnight oats or add crunch to a salad, rather than getting sad over the measured out ounce in your hand.

US News: Struggling With Your Mental Health? Get These Nutrient Levels Checked

If you struggle with mental health, it’s worth evaluating your intake of these seven nutrients. Simply keeping a food journal can help raise awareness about what nutrients might be lacking from your diet, says Dr. Rob Danoff, a family medicine physician and director of the family residency program at Jefferson Health–Northeast in Philadelphia. However, you can also consider talking to your doctor, registered dietitian or nutritional psychiatrist to determine how much you’re getting – and how much you need – of these and other beneficial nutrients.

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