Health

See what 300- to 400-calorie meals look like

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Food, Health |

The Diet Blog has a great gallery of 300- to 400-calorie meals that look mighty healthy and tasty to boot.

This is a good follow up to the previously mentioned 200-calorie gallery, which put into perspective a 200-calorie portion of healthy foods versus less healthy fare. This gallery actually displays several healthy 300- 400-calorie meals, most of which look delicious. These are the kind of well put-together meals that make dieting seem not so bad, helping you realize that a chicken and rice dish looks a lot more appealing than that unsexy stack of rice cakes.

+ What Do 300 Calorie Meals Look Like? [diet blog] via LifeHacker

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Chilly Billy Ice Pops

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Food, Health, Ice-Cream |

Amidst the chaos of dietary requirements, five-a-day, buying organic, food miles and a new fangled sense of providence, choosing food has never been so wrought with issues. Whatever happened to buying something based upon the principle it tasted good?

Well, thankfully, one company has ticked all the ethical boxes and made sure their new lollies taste of something. Bensons, a small family run business based in the English countryside, has produced an ice-pop that contains nothing but fruit. Chilly Billy consists of no added sugars, waters, preservatives, or artificial colours – just pure English pressed apples and a handful of raspberries. In fact, eating two counts as one of your five portions of fruit and veg a day.

Jeremy Benson, managing director of Bensons said, “We really felt there was a gap in the market where ice-pops are concerned.”  Taking a look in the freezers at a local supermarket, you can see why. So far they have only produced the Apple and Raspberry flavored pop, but if their current range of fruit juices are anything to go by, expect rhubarb, elderflower and cinnamon flavors making their way into iced-format.

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Fresh & Frozen Gourmet Baby Food

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Baby Food, Food, Health |

While organic and gourmet baby food aren’t new, they’ve mostly been limited to jarred varieties. Start-ups in two categories are widening the options for parents who want to feed their infants something fresh, but don’t have the time or talent to prepare their own gourmet purées. They also provide inspiring examples for entrepreneurs interested in catering to this niche.

Fresh

First, there’s the refrigerated, prepared foods section. Following the lead of fresh convenience foods for adults, companies like Swedish Gapa are focused on creating fresh, healthy and tasty foods for tiny people. Gapa, which is Swedish for open your mouth, is conservative-free and sold in cheerful containers in Sweden’s second largest supermarket, as well as in four trendy restaurants, a smart move for reaching parents who enjoy taking their babies out for dinner.

In the United States, several entrepreneurs have developed similar concepts. Californian Homemade Baby’s certified organic and kosher food for infants and toddlers is freshly made each day. Stressing an important selling point of gourmet baby foods, Homemade Baby claims that “when babies learn what real food tastes like and how good it makes their little tummies feel, they are on their way to making good food choices for life.”

Californian tots can also dine on fresh organic baby foods from Bohemian Baby, available for those aged 6–15 months. Bohemian Baby offers home delivery within LA. A USD 45 start kit contains a special cooler and four jars of food. On the East Coast, Evie’s Organic Edibles delivers freshly made foods within Manhattan. Parents can select dishes from menus that vary weekly and are designed to help stimulate developing taste buds.

www.gapa.sewww.homemadebaby.comwww.bohemian-baby.comwww.eviesorganicedibles.com

Frozen

Gourmet, ready-made baby food also extends to the frozen food aisle, where inspiration can be found from Mom Made, Plum Organics, Happy Baby and NummyNums, all offering food that’s organic and flash-frozen, locking in flavour and nutrients.

Most of these brands are relatively small and regional start-ups, founded by parents who couldn’t find foods they wanted to feed their babies and toddlers. We haven’t spotted any of the major manufacturers venturing into fresh or frozen baby food, so now’s the time to start your own line of delectable and healthy dinners for wee ones. As Happy Baby puts it, “think outside the jar.” How to make your brand stand out? Beautiful and informative packaging will obviously help win shelf space at upmarket supermarkets, and Gapa’s idea of selling to restaurants is clever. As are Happy Baby’s combined packs, containing two flavours each, and all of the convenient frozen portion concepts that can go straight from freezer to microwave. Last but not least, home delivery is a good way to get this type of business up and running. So get cooking! 😉

+ www.mommadefoods.comwww.plumorganics.comwww.happybabyfood.comwww.nummynums.com

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Russian Kid Smoking

Posted on March 5, 2007. Filed under: Health, You Tube |

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The Four Best Ways to Sit at Your Computer

Posted on February 21, 2007. Filed under: Health, Injury, Office, Posture, Work |

The reality of modern day information work is that most of us spend a good chunk of our time each day seated in front of a computer.  I’m big on time maximization so my feeling is that if we’re going to be on a computer all day why not make the best of it.  The problem with poor posture is that eventually over time it leads to injury.

Part of my reason for writing this is personal.  My Dad has been a computer programmer all his life and when he was in his early 40s he started having major back spasms which pretty much ended any athletic activity for him.  And he is just one of many…did you know that there are over 200,000 hip replacement surgeries each year in the U.S. alone?

So if you’re interested in not going down with a back/hip/whatever injury later I encourage you to continue reading…

+ Continue reading this story [via jon.zaadz.com]

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10 seeeeeriously cool workplaces

Posted on October 9, 2006. Filed under: Art, Health |

The Chief Happiness Officer weblog takes a look at 10 “seeeeeriously” innovative and creative office workspaces at companies like Pixar, Google and Red Bull.

“Many companies have buildings that are sleek, modern, architectural glass-steel-and-cement sculptures on the outside – and cubicle wastelands on the inside. These companies need to remember that most employees tend to work inside the building.”

Just looking at these photos has inspired me to spruce up the old home office.

+ 10 seeeeeriously cool workplaces [Chief Happiness Officer]

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Understand what exercise can do for you

Posted on September 18, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Health |

The New York Times has an article covering the ins and outs of exercise and weight loss designed to give you a better understanding of exactly what exercise can do for you.

Aside from detailing the outcomes of different exercises, like which workouts will burn the most calories or which will improve your metabolism, the article also focuses on a few factors that are out of your control, namely your body type. In the end, there are a lot of factors in your control that can help you get in shape or lose weight, but there are also quite a few factors out of your control. A better understanding of each should help you more realistically set and achieve your fitness goals.

+ Exercise = Weight Loss, Except When It Doesn’t [NYT via Health-Hack]

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Introduction to traditional wetshaving

Posted on August 28, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Health |

If you’ve always been intrigued by the wild world of old-timey wetshaving with a lathered brush but weren’t sure how to get started, one intrepid YouTube user has put together a three part introduction to the art of traditional wetshaving.

We’ve devoted some time to getting the perfect shave before, including a wonderfully hearty thread inspired by Merlin Mann’s shaving tips, but the joys of video and YouTube bring us a step-by-step visual of the wetshaving process that we haven’t really seen before.

If you’ve got some time (and patience for stock footage), check out the three part wetshaving introduction after the jump..

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Dealing with tension

Posted on August 25, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Health |

Are you too tense?

The BBC suggests a few ways to deal with tension: talk about it, take one day at a time, read a good book. However, there was one suggestion I thought a bit controversial:

“give in occasionally – it’s easier on your system.”

Give into tension? I don’t know, but this one sounds a bit whack.

+ Reduce the tension in your life [BBC Health]

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