I have never thought of the Philadelphia International Airport as a healthy-food destination. I always eat before heading to the airport, but if my flight gets delayed and my stomach starts to growl, I usually see it as an excuse to eat my one Cinnabon of the year because, well, what good healthy vegetarian eats are there? A decent amount, apparently: PHL was just ranked among the healthiest airports for nutritious food options in the nation by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, coming in at 11th place out of 19 airports that made the cut.
In case you needed any more proof that our country’s eating habits are less than stellar, we’ve found it: Shape excerpted some of the most shocking figures from David Zinczenko’s (best known for his Eat This, Not That! series) new book, Eat It to Beat It! I can only come up with one word to describe these numbers: Jaw-dropping.
Exercise and good nutrition go together like peanut butter and jelly: Yeah, sure, you could just have one or the other, but once you put them together, there’s no going back. But with new “superfoods” and protein-packed supplements popping up left and right, it can be hard to keep up with what actually qualifies as “good nutrition.” Luckily for us, best-selling author and sports nutritionist Nancy Clark will be at Philadelphia Runner tomorrow evening to answer all of our food and nutrition questions. Yes, please!
November brings to mind thoughts of pie, stuffing and creamy mashed potatoes. With so many delicious indulgences to look forward to, why even think about a cleanse, right? Wrong. The seven-day Unite Clean Eating Challenge, starting on November 4th, gives you a chance to reboot your system in preparation for the holidays. Because—let’s admit it—we’ve all eaten a few too many pumpkin shaped Reese’s cups already this week.
You know when you get a taste of a perfectly ripe avocado and your heart fills with joy? Like, pure food-heaven joy? Well, it turns out that there is some science behind this food-induced elation.
The folks over at POPSUGAR Fitness have created a handy dandy video showcasing the foods that are scientifically proven to make us happy. And, not surprisingly, they are probably some of your favorites. So, which of your diet staples made the cut? Read more »
How long have you lived in Philly?
Nine years now. I came here from New York to do a show at the Walnut Street Theatre and ended up staying.
Where’s the best place in the city to seek out a Zen moment?
The Kelly Drive loop—I cycle there regularly, and it’s the best part of my day. I feel like I’m a thousand miles away from everything in my life when I see the water, breathe in the fresh air and feel the endorphins pump as I’m riding. That is pure Zen to me.
How do you Amp Up your diet?
It’s tough for me to narrow down a type of food since I love to eat almost anything. But I eat corn almost every day.
What’s the biggest obstacle to living a more stress-free life?
Something that really stands out to me is how many of us really don’t understand our own bodies. Self-awareness is key to being and staying healthy. And many of us ignore symptoms until something is really wrong.
How can we change that?
Many of us fall off the wagon as far as the gym goes. The winter months tend to take a toll on our bodies, and we may be feeling a bit stiff and maybe a little sluggish. I definitely recommend a cleansing massage treatment or an acupuncture session. It does wonders for the body—and soul.
Matt Taylor is the owner of Taylored Touch Therapy, 1223 Walnut Street, 215-667-0040.
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