Junk Food Swap Outs

Junk Food Swap Outs

Many snack  favorites can be less than ideal on the healthy rating scale. Luckily there are replacement ingredients for the not so good ones that let you still have the food without all of the worry. The following are a few swap out suggestions for some popular snack originals that are known to be suspect for their low nutritional value or chemical production processes. Microwave popcorn is a convenient snack staple; however that bag contains a lengthy list of items that aren’t just popcorn kernels. In addition to some brands being made with partially hydrogenated oil this fast food has… read more

Effects of a Prepackaged Society

Effects of a Prepackaged Society

Children need regular, healthy foods to develop properly. However, when snack time comes around and good choices are not available they will normally choose the most easily accessed items, which can sometimes include prepackaged foods. Children can also adopt the “there’s nothing to eat” syndrome when looking for something to snack on and there aren’t easy to grab, kid centered options. The U.S. in particular has been scrutinized for offering foods to children that are mostly nutritionally deficient even in places where they need a health boost the most, like at school. School lunches in general have been under a… read more

An Apple a Day

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Apples are a member of the rose plant family, a diverse group that also includes almonds, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, and raspberries. Throughout the world, there are 75,000 varieties of apples grown. The results of numerous studies suggest that the old adage – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – has merit. According to the George Mateljan Foundation, apples provide a number of health benefits. As a good source of fiber and antioxidants, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. They also contain phytonutrients that assist in the regulation of blood sugar. In addition, studies… read more

Alternatives To Driving

Alternatives to Driving

Each summer, gas prices seem to increase whilst our daily commutes get longer. Sure, the electric vehicle market is growing exponentially, but that doesn’t mean we have the money to just go out and buy a Nissan Leaf or a Tesla Model S. It’s time to think smart, and think conservatively. Just because you can’t drive everywhere doesn’t mean the alternative can’t be creative. Do you enjoy rollerblading? Biking? Walking, even? Then this should be the easiest conversation you’ve ever had with yourself. If you live in New York City, check out the NYC rent-a-bike program. It’s cheap, it’s simple,… read more

Mosaiculture That Will Blow Your Mind

Mosaiculture That Will Blow Your Mind

Montréal, Canada hosts the International Mosaiculture of Montréal , an international competition and exhibition held at the Montréal Botanical Garden. Forming living constructions from various types and colors of plants, this series of heightened horticultural art displays are rich in color and creativity. International Mosaiculture of Montréal, a nonprofit establishment, arranges the massive botanical feast for the eyes. It was formed in 1998 and first worked with the local Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces Department for their premier exhibition in 2000. The goal of the event is to endorse the world of horticulture and pay homage to it as an… read more

The Digital Detox

The Digital Detox

Call it a remedy for the technological tether. The ties that makes us feel connected can really make us less so. Our electronic excess and need to be constantly in the know actually can hold us back. Though we may not realize this until we escape from it all, in doing so we may remember what it is like to get through the day without grabbing for one device while checking another. This is what the motivational force behind the Digital Detox is. The concept is to get people off the grid and back into an authentic reality. Technology is… read more

5 Simple DIY Eco Projects

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Everybody loves a good bit of hands-on work every now and then. Why not put your weekend freedom to good use, and tackle a few of these simple and enjoyable eco projects? DIY Decoupaged Storage Jars Need a place to put your things? Storage jars are a great organizational tool. DIY Makeup/Art Supplies Organizer Tired of losing your favorite eyeliner or paint brush? Check out this simple organizer. DIY Eco-Friendly Glue Looking for a non-toxic glue you can make from your kitchen? Look no further! DIY Solar Panel Cells Searching the internet for a direct, to-the-point guide on creating your… read more

Green Anxiety Therapy

Green Anxiety Therapy

Green spaces are places with natural features, such as trees, plants, flowers, and grass. Research suggests that they are critical not only to the sustainability of our environment and by extension, our physical health, but also to our mental health. Recent research has shown that the prevalence rates of anxiety disorders and depression are significantly lower in areas where 90% of the space is green than in 10% green areas. It’s not known for sure how green space exerts its anti-anxiety and anti-depressive effects, though opportunities to engage in recreation, exercise out in the fresh air, socialize, and relax in… read more

Death by Plastic

Death By Plastic

We are all being poisoned.  Poisoned in silence by our chronic exposure to plastic. Yet very little is being done to prohibit its invasive presence that permeates into every crevice of our lifestyles. While it is easy to assume one could simply eliminate exposure by not buying plastics, it isn’t always that simple. Certainly reducing purchases or use of disposable items is necessary in minimizing waste and health risks. However, where and how we encounter plastics is often out our immediate control. Take water for example. We can avoid drinking water from disposable plastic bottles – and we would be… read more

Gasland: Can You Light Your Water On Fire?

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Documentary films are (usually) really neat and informative to watch. Depending on the subject, one can learn a considerable amount of info that they otherwise would have been oblivious to. For instance, one of my favorite documentary programs is Bloomberg Game Changers, which follows a series of inventors, businessmen, and individuals doing their part to change the world. More on the topic of the environment, though, is a film called ‘Gasland‘. Created by documentary filmmaker Josh Fox, the 2011 film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film takes the viewer into the communities and cities impacted… read more