The Checkup: The Smart Smoothie Trick to Save Tons of Time

• ‘Tis the beginning of everyone’s favorite season: smoothie season. To get your breakfast sip on without spending your mornings figuring out what to throw in the blender — then chopping, then blending — prep individual freezer bags filled with smoothie ingredients on Sunday night. Then, throughout the week, you can just pull one out and pop it in the blender, saving yourself lots of time, and a bit of mental energy (because everything takes more effort before coffee). Easy as a pumpkin pie smoothie, right? [Self] Read more »

The Checkup: The Leafy Green You Should Be Adding to Your Salads 

Sorrel: If you’ve never loaded a bunch of this leafy green into your grocery cart, you’re not alone. But you should probably start: One cup of this lemony leaf has 4 grams of fiber, three grams of protein and more potassium than a banana, blowing spinach, my personal pick for salads, out of the water. [POPSUGAR Fitness] Read more »

The Checkup: 7 Healthy Foods That Can Completely Sabotage Your Workouts

• You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by noshing on some hummus and crackers before you hit the gym, but these healthy-eating experts disagree. Same goes for leafy greens, raw seeds, and a slew of other seemingly good pre-workout foods, thanks in part to the bloat and stomach discomfort they can cause while you’re mid-lunge jump. [Women’s Health]
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The Checkup: Why You Should Just Skip Your Workout When You’re Hungover

• If St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have you feeling green this morning (see what I did there?), you should probably just skip your lunch-break spin class. As one doctor, who happens to be an expert on hangovers explains, the endorphin rush can make you feel a little bit better momentarily, but the dehydration that accompanies your sweat session could make you feel a whole lot worse. [POPSUGAR Fitness] Read more »

The Checkup: Why You Should Drink Coffee Right Before Sleeping

• Apparently, weirdly enough, coffee is the key to getting a great nap in. It takes 20 minutes for caffeine from a cup of coffee or an espresso to really kick in, so if you quickly down a cup then snooze for 20 minutes, you’ll wake up feeling super alert. We say you test run this nap trick this afternoon — for science’s sake. [Huffington Post] Read more »

The Checkup: How to Optimize Your Email Habits to Seriously Lower Stress Levels

• Email is a fickle friend: On the one hand, it’s, well, handy. And quick. But on the other hand, it can turn what might otherwise be a 9-to-5 job into an around-the-clock stressor. If inbox anxiety is weighing you down, check out these smart strategies for rehabbing your email habits for a more balanced relationship with the send button. [Huffington PostRead more »

The Checkup: The Secret Ingredient in This Low-Calorie Cookie Dough Fudge Will Blow Your Mind

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• The secret ingredient to make low-calorie cookie dough fudge you won’t feel bad about eating? Lentils. Seriously. This vegan and gluten-free cookie dough fudge is made with lentils, which ups the protein count to nearly 6 grams per serving, and it’s sweetened with dates. So really, you won’t feel bad about eating it — at all. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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BizFeed: Stress Linked to Wharton Grad’s Death?

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1. Did Stress Kill a 22-Year-Old?

The News: Sarvshreshth Gupta was ready to tackle life at Goldman Sachs. A 22-year-old Penn graduate from Wharton and the School of Engineering, Gupta worked for the Wall Street giant in San Francisco, but found that the job entailed extremely long hours and sleepless nights. That was after surviving Penn, recently named one of the “most stressful” universities in the United States. In fact, he reportedly told his father: “This job is not for me. Too much work and too little time.”

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Let’s Discuss: How Do You De-Stress?

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When I chat with friends and family, the sentence “I’m so, so, so, soooo stressed OUT!” pretty much always squeezes its way into the conversation. The catalysts behind the stress vary: law school exams, the prospect of retirement, wedding planning, work (that’s a big one), and so on. But pretty much everyone I know is seriously stressed out for some reason or another at all times. And venting about it seems to be one way of relieving that stress — so feel free to unload on me, friends! I’m happy to listen. But one thing I’ve realized after having about a billion and one conversations that start with this sentence is that we talk about stress a lot, but we don’t discuss how to deal with that stress once the phone call is over, like, ever.
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