How 9 Philly Nutrition Pros Prep for a Healthy Week

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I always have grand plans for myself on the weekend: I’m going to go to yoga. Twice. I’m going to take my dog for a long, much-deserved walk. I’m going to plan my meals for the week and buy all the groceries I need to make them, and I’m going to make a giant batch of soup that I’ll take for my lunch all week long.

And then Saturday morning rolls around and I realize that sitting on my couch in my PJs sloooowly sipping my coffee is a much better idea. And it is—until Monday rolls around and I’m all, “Crap! I have nothing to eat!” When will I ever learn?

I’m guessing I’m not alone in this: More often than not, many of us have grand visions for how we’ll prep for a healthy week on the weekends, except we hardly ever get around to actually doing it. Friends, we need so inspiration—and fast.

I thought it would be enlightening to ask a few Philly nutrition gurus how they manage to keep all their ducks in a row, to glean a few of their best tips and tricks. And guess what? Their answers really surprised me.

Here’s what they told me.

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Study: The Happiest Couples Sleep Really, Really Close Together

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I’ve never been a big bedtime spooner, and luckily for me, my husband isn’t, either. My sister, on the other hand, is one of those all-up-in-your-grill sleeping partners; she says she and her husband spoon all night, ever night, and have even somehow managed to sync up their tossing and turning: If one person rolls, the other rolls, too.

According to a new study, she must have a really, really happy marriage because it found that couples who sleep so close together that they touch are also the happiest. Researchers at University of Hertfordshire in England found that 94 percent of couples who sleep so that they’re touching reported being “happy” with their relationship, while only 66 percent of people who don’t touch could say the same thing.

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Broad Street Run Training Playlist: Ode to Boy Bands

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Don’t try to act like you don’t secretly love boy bands. Even if you’re not into the current iterations (see: One Direction), I am positive you know every single word to at least one Backstreet Boys song or one N’SYNC jam or even—going way back, here—a Jackson 5 tune.

So stream this week’s playlist with a smile on your face. And please feel free to belt out all the words you know while you run. I certainly won’t judge.

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Everyone Rejoice: Shoppist Says Sneakers Are Chic

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We have a web meeting every morning here at Philly Mag HQ, during which the editors of our eight (awesome, amazing) blogs get together to go over our lineups for the day ahead. So imagine my glee when Shoppist editor Emily Goulet told the group that she was doing a post on how sneakers are the new stilettos because tennis shoes, of all things, are suddenly the hot new accessory in fashion. I think I audibly WAHOOOOED at the news.

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Apparently, Hipsters Are Very Healthy Eaters, According to This HuffPo List

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I didn’t know there was such a thing as “hipster foods,” but maybe I’m just not cool enough. On the latest list from Huffington Post, 22 foods are called out as “the most hipster foods on the planet,” said in typical mocking-with-eye-roll tone of voice that usually accompanies any list with the word hipster attached to it.

And while the Huffington Post admits the list is “all in good fun,” what I find funny/interesting/noteworthy is the fact that, according to this list, hipsters must be very healthy eaters. Go hipsters! Maybe we should all aim to be more like you.

Here’s a sampling of what HuffPo considers to be “hipster food,” and why we should maybe all just become hipsters already. (Note: By this metric, I’m guessing at least 90 percent of Be Well readers would be classified as hipsters.)

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5 Dog-Friendly Races Near Philly to Have On Your Radar

Dog Jog 5K // Photo via Facebook

Dog Jog 5K // Photo via Facebook

If you love running with your dog but have a hard time finding races in our area that allow four-legged competitors (Trust me, it’s hard—dog-friendly races are few and far between), this is the guide for you. Here are five runs and races in and around Philly—including one that features wine-tasting, too!—that welcome human-and-dog running teams. Plus, I threw in two dog-friendly walks, if that’s more your bag.

Peruse all the info about the runs while you also look at these adorably gratuitous photos of dogs running. You’re welcome.

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What Not to Say When Someone Tells You They Have Cancer

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Ardmore-based Breastcancer.org posed the following question to its Facebook fans yesterday: “What is the one thing you DO NOT want to hear when you tell someone you have cancer?”

Not surprisingly, the question got a ton of responses from cancer patients and survivors, who shared what resonated and jarred them when they told their friends, family members and coworkers that they’d been diagnosed with cancer. I thought we might all be able to learn a thing or two from their posts, so here is a selection of the most insightful responses. Click on the link above to see the full list.

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