Sleep Deprivation =
With the festivities of December and the hustle of January, sleep doesn’t even seem to be on the agenda. But a new study just proved that not getting enough sleep may spur the kind of food cravings that are induced by marijuana. (Translation: massive binge eating). The study published in journal SLEEP shows that those who were sleep-deprived ate twice as much fat after midday than those who got in a good eight hours of sleep. Sleepy folks also feel more hunger and stronger urges to munch on all manner of junk food which they give into because their ability to resist is hindered. There’s a little Italian village called Acciaroli where 45 per cent of the residents are at least 100 years old. That puts the life expectancy at around 78 years; piquing curiosity in the world of nutritional research. So what is letting people live so long? While researchers admit there are several factors that contribute to this phenomenon, many suspect it has to do with the amount of rosemary they cook with. Hint: it’s a lot! Thanks to their largely Mediterranean diet, they use it in almost all their dishes; from veggies to meats and soup garnishes. We know what we’re garnishing our dinners with this season!