Why your brain craves junk food and what you can do about it

The good news is that the research shows the less junk food you eat, the less you crave it. In other words, self-control! What a concept!

via Why Your Brain Craves Junk Food (and What You Can Do About It).

"Most of us know that junk food is unhealthy. We know poor nutrition is related to heart problems, high blood pressure and a host of other health ailments. You might even know studies show that eating junk food has been linked to increases in depression. But if it’s so bad for us, why do we keep doing it?"

Sit up straight

… like my father always said. Apparently, there’s more than just a physical benefit.

via The Science Behind Posture and How It Affects Your Brain

"Body language is closely related to posture — the way we move our bodies affects how others see us as well as our own moods and habits. In terms of scientific research, the two overlap quite a bit. This isn’t too surprising, but how our posture and body language affect our thoughts is."

And don’t miss FlowerGirlPhysicist‘s comment at the bottom about the effect that boobs have on posture. Nerd humor.

Cold day in November

It was cold today in Nashville! The high for the day was only about 45.
I guess that’ll feel warm if we get that in January, but still…. It’s supposed to get down to the mid-20s tonight. I know, I know. You all in Chicago and Moscow are saying pfftt!

But that’s why — among other reasons — I don’t live in those places!

Don’t fall for the 90# telephone scam

I’d never fall for this (I hope) because our only “wired” number is through the Internet, not AT&T or any major provider.

Here’s a link to the FCC’s page: fcc.gov/guides/90-telephone-scam.

"I received a telephone call last evening from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service Technician (could also be Telus) who was conducting a test on the telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine (9), zero (0), the pound sign (#), and then hang up. Luckily, I was suspicious and refused.

Upon contacting the telephone company, I was informed that by pushing 90#, you give the requesting individual full access to your telephone line, which enables them to place long distance calls billed to your home phone number. I was further informed that this scam has been originating from many local jails/prisons. DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE…

The GTE Security Department requested that I share this information with EVERYONE I KNOW. *After checking with Verizon they also said it was true, so do not dial 90# for anyone."