Required Reading: Top 5 Health & Wellness Links This Week (March 18, 2011)

Hey, all. Hope you had a good week. Starting to get warmer out there…hopefully we have some more days like Friday pretty soon. Here’s this week’s links if you’re looking for some reading over the weekend.

1. Top 10 Deceptively Unhealthy Foods

Great list of foods that may seem healthy but really aren’t (similar to our Junk Food in Healthy Disguises series). The article also offers some suggestions as to what to replace them with. Very informative / helpful stuff.

See the list over at That’s Fit…

2. 6 simple rules to a good night’s sleep

This a must read for those of us who feel like we’re not getting enough sleep these days (who is, really?). It’s the best list of practical sleep tips we’ve come across. Short, simple, and actually doable.

Check it out over at Well+Good NYC…

3. Clues to Gluten Sensitivity

A new study shows that “gluten sensitivity,” which is a more mild but still quite uncomfortable physical reaction to gluten, does indeed exist. Give this is a read if you’ve ever suspected that you might be allergic to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains.

Read more over at the Wall Street Journal online…

(Note: if you don’t have a subscription to, you can read the article by searching for the title in Google and clicking on the link from there.)

4. Food finesse: how to boost food nutrients

“The way you prepare your food can be just as important as what food you eat.” This may be obvious to most of us, but it’s a point that’s worth emphasizing. As many of you are probably aware, it’s a key component of our food philosophy here at The Pump – all of the items on our menu are prepared in very healthful ways. This article provides some tips on how to prepare some very popular foods (eggs, meat in general, broccoli, tomatoes, etc.) in ways that will maximize their health benefits.

Read the full article over at the Chicago Tribune…

5. For mental health, bad job worse than no job

Interesting article that suggests you’re better off holding out for a job you’ll really enjoy than taking the first thing that comes along (if you can afford to wait). The article also offers some insight for managers who are trying to create a more positive and productive work environment.

Give it a read over at…

* Photo courtesy of Kevin Lallier via Flickr.