I was going through my draft posts and came across a link love that I never put up. Thought I would share now, because though these articles may be a year old, they are still interesting and relevant. Since we are at the end of the week it’s kind of still “week end” link love.
The Case Against Kids. About a year ago (when I compiled these links) was around the time when I fully changed my mind about having kids (to YES, definitely). If you’d asked me a few years before, I was very much anti-kid (at least for me). Now – I hope to have one or two soon. Still a good read.
Why do zoo apes get heart disease? It could be diet, lifestyle, or stress. Interesting read.
Is Sugar Toxic? Probably, yes! Did you know the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar per year? This is an interview between Sanjay Gupta (a doctor who is a public health advocate) and Robert Lustig (an anti-sugar doctor who is famous with the paleo/primal/low-carb crowd).
Ova Ova. A really innovative (woman-founded) start-up that helps you (women) track your ovulation and fertility naturally (temperature, etc) via something called the Fertility Awareness Method. FAM can be used to get pregnant or to not get pregnant, ha.
Learning to Walk: How America Can Start Walking Again. Re: the lack of walking / public transportation here in the states.
Recipe: Paleo Singapore Street Noodles. Looks delish!
Homemade Deodorant. A simple recipe: baking soda, cornstarch or arrowroot, coconut oil, Tea Tree Oil (optional). I currently use Soapwalla’s deodorant (which recently raised in price from $12 to $14! and I thought it was expensive before). Love Soapwalla, but it’s very pricey. I may try this next time I run out (very soon).
That’s all I have! Have you read anything good online lately?
Happy Wednesday! I’ve been meaning to share most of these links for-EVER so I apologize if they seem out of date.
Health & Food Articles
‘You Are Not So Smart’: Why We Can’t Tell Good Wine From Bad. In this exposé-ish article, the author reveals that expectations have way more to do with your opinion of a wine than the actual quality of the wine. Antics employed to test unsuspecting consumers and experts include dyeing white wine red and putting expensive stickers on cheap wines.
The True Cost of Healthcare. A site that gives an inside look at what medicines and treatments actually cost, how the costs are hidden (from both doctors and patients), and why people are excluded from healthcare.
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food. This is old news by now (from late Feb), but if you haven’t read this NY Times article on how junk food companies actually try to create food that is addicting, I highly recommend it.
Handvo: Indian Savory Snack Cake. My coworker brought this in the other day and it smelled amazing. We spent a few minutes googling for recipes. (Her MIL had made it.) I believe most recipes for this snack cake are gluten free.
Handava/Handvo. Another recipe for handvo that looks really good.
This Healthy Fruit Pizza (with oats and yogurt) looks easy and delicious.
And these Zucchini and Quinoa burgers sound interesting. I have not tried to make veggie burgers in so long, I can’t even remember when the last time I tried was.
Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones Recipe. Can’t wait to make this – 101 Cookbooks never disappoints.
Scones are possibly my very favorite food. The one pictured happens to be a kabocha chocolate scone from Souen (for my birthday back in 2010).
That’s all I have for today.
Bobby and I have had a crazy past 2 weeks. Between the two of us, we haven’t had a single free night. Tonight, the last of the planned evenings, we are going out to dinner with a friend who just found out the sex of her baby (it’s a girl!!) at Sakagura. And then, finally, we will have no plans at all after work (for a few days at least). I can’t wait to spend some quality time chilling out with hubby and the cats. Who knows, maybe we will even cook in (a rare event as of late). For example, last night we dined at La Maison du Croque Monsieur down on 13th street… Mm mm mm mm mm.
I do have lots of pictures of macrobiotic (and otherwise) eats that I must share soon; and don’t go away, more Macrobiotic March posts are coming right up.
Good morning! I hope your week is starting out well. Did you watch the superbowl? Who were you rooting for? I watched bits and pieces – my favorite part was of course the halftime show. Beyonce nailed it. I have been a Destiny’s Child fan for years and I really hope they do a tour this year – I’ve never seen them live but would love to. I think my favorite tweet of the night was from Star Jones:
Bobby and I made a delicious superbowl dinner (actually – mostly Bobby! This man can cook nowadays). I will certainly post recipes and pictures soon, but here is the menu (everything is from scratch):
Healthy Superbowl Menu
- Homemade tempura shrimp with homemade dipping sauce
- Shrimp cocktail & homemade cocktail sauce (just horseradish + ketchup + lemon juice)
- White rice (Japanese short grain sushi rice – our fave). The trick is to rinse the rice before popping it into the rice cooker. Rinse it until the water isn’t cloudy.
- Cobb salad with homemade dijon dressing
- Fresh guacamole with veggies & chips for dipping
- Blueberries for dessert
- Decaf coffee for a post-midnight snack (we are kind of night owls – I’m trying to get to bed earlier though)
I realized this weekend that I am finally starting to settle into a routine again. I was so busy these last few months:
- Traveled to Japan (12 days – for fun)
- Went to 2 weddings
- Traveled to India (8-9 days – for work)
- More renovations
- Traveled to Miami (5-6 days – visiting family)
- (and general holiday + new year madness)
- Still renovations
- A friend’s baby shower
- … is that it? I think so.
I think that’s about it – all I know is that from late August until last week I didn’t really have a completely free weekend. This weekend was the superbowl, but it was very low key. We just had a friend over for the game & dinner, and my brother and his girlfriend + another friend came by late last night to stay at our place (they go to school north of NYC and had to be in the city for something today).
I know I am chatty today but I also wanted to share a few articles I enjoyed lately:
Monday Link Love
- Where do you put the smiley with it’s in parentheses? (Smileys and other emoticons within parentheses.) I never know so I was googling. This gives some ideas. I never want to put a smiley (and then end parentheses like so: ).
- The next supermodel: An Economist article about learning lessons from the Nordic countries. “Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland [...] all cluster at the top of league tables of everything from economic competitiveness to social health to happiness.” No one is perfect (ex: their tax model encourages entrepreneurs to move abroad) but they do have a really interesting mix of privatized and public benefits in everything from education to healthcare. Lots to learn.
- How to keep your front-loading washer smelling so fresh & so clean: I just got a front-loading washer so this was particularly helpful for me. The trick is to leave the door open so it can dry properly after each wash, and to wipe out the rubber gasket around the door. The reason these washer can start smelling funky is due to water that doesn’t evaporate and instead starts to mildew.
Plans for this week: I want to go to yoga 4x (1x in the morning). Need to get highlights done (after work or Saturday – found a new place I want to try). Cook in 3x. Bring lunch 2x. Go to Ikea to return a shelf and get the right one instead (tonight with my brother and his car). Go to hot yoga with my coworker one night this week. Go to Bobby’s band’s concert on Friday night.
Packed week. What are your plans?