Lessons on aging, “hungry” foods, and health fads: The Week in Well+Being

Lessons on aging, “hungry” foods, and health fads: The Week in Well+Being

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Happy Thursday. This week we’ll be getting inspiration for fitness in older age, foods that keep you full, and our weekly ‘fun’ snack. But before that…

Must-reads for this week:

Lessons in healthy aging from a 93-year-old rower

I’ve read a lot of fitness stories over the years, but this week I was really inspired by Richard Morgan, a 93-year-old rower who has the physique of someone less than half his age. As Your Move columnist Gretchen Reynolds explains, Morgan is the subject of a new case study, published last month in the Journal of Applied Physiology, that looked at his training, diet and physiology.

What’s interesting about Morgan is that he didn’t exercise regularly until he was in his 70s, and he still trains mostly in his backyard shed. Although his fitness routine began later in life, he has rowed nearly 10 times around the world and won four world championships.

The story has been a favorite with readers this week and shows it’s never too late to start exercising. I hope you enjoy the story.

Foods that make you hungry or full

When many of us think about healthy eating, we focus on calories, carbohydrates, or some other metric. But a better way may be to think about fullness. What foods make you satisfied? What foods make you hungry and want more?

Eating Lab columnist Anahad O’Connor developed a simple four-question quiz about breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner to help you start thinking about satiety from the foods you eat. Unfortunately, many of us choose energy-dense foods — foods that contain a lot of calories in each bite — which don’t really fill us up. Learn more about the easy switch you can make to upgrade your daily diet.

Should you try supplements, colonics, or juice?

s: I see a lot of health trends on social media. How do I know if they are based on science? What fads should I be wary of?

a: When you come across a claim, ask yourself: Does the marketing data sound too good to be true? Do major healthcare organizations offer or recommend this? Is there any information about this topic on websites maintained by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or other trusted agencies or medical organizations?

If the claim doesn’t pass these tests, talk to your healthcare provider before trying it, just to be safe. To learn more about some of the fads you might find on social media this year — and what to try instead — read the full column.

Tell us about your New Year’s resolutions

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Whether you’re trying to eat more vegetables, want to spend more time with family, or have decided you should learn to play, The Washington Post wants to hear about it. Please share your decision with us using this form, and a reporter will contact you. (We will not publish any part of your answer without your permission, so please be sure to include your contact information.)

Here are some things that brought us joy this week.

Want to learn more about “delightful” snacks? Our Brain Matters columnist. Richard Sima explains. YYou can too Read this story as a comic.

Let us know how we’re doing. Send me an email to wellbeing@washpost.com. You can too Find us on TikTok.

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