Author Jasia Steinmetz shares easy tips on how to be a locavore this holiday season
For some, locavorism is a fad. But restaurants are continuing to adopt farm-to-table practices and new farmers markets seem to be popping up every weekend, so it doesn't seem as though the trend is going away anytime soon. That can be a good thing, and the basic tenets of locavorism are simple: Eat local, shop local, and grow your own food.
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"Eating locally can be simple," notes Jasia Steinmetz, author of the recently released Eat Local: Simple Steps to Enjoy Real, Healthy and Affordable Food. "Every time you can buy something that supports your local community and local food system, it'll have a big impact."
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Locavores like Steinmetz believe buying local creates a sense of community, one between farmer and consumer, which has long been lost. Many restaurants tout the "farm-to-table" movement as a return to our roots, and some writers (like the influential Michael
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By Stephanie Rogers
Juicy, aromatic and highly acidic, lemons bring out the flavor in sweet and savory foods but they nearly always play a supporting role in the kitchen. Stop relegating them to the rim of your glass and give these winter citrus fruits their due - because they're serious cleaning and freshening powerhouses. These 20 unusual uses for lemon juice will make your home look and smell fresh, brighten your laundry, and improve your hair, nails and skin. Quick tip: roll a fresh lemon under your palm on the countertop to soften it up for easier juicing.
Nails looking dull and yellowed after a long period covered in dark polish? Just squeeze a lemon into a small dish, clean your nails and soak them in the lemon juice for a minute or two. Some women claim that this treatment will also make nails stronger, particularly when adding a tablespoon or so of olive oil to the dish.
Keep cut fruit and vegetables like apples, pears, avocados and
- Uncage the Soul Productions, the video is a composite of timelapses, giving us an intimate look at the day and night sky in some of the most remote places in this western state known for its natural resources and beauty. This video is a fresh respite from our everyday, overloaded, technology dependent, lives. It reminds us of the natural rhythms that we have almost become unaccustomed to, reintroducing us to the power and routine of nature. Photographer and Uncage the Soul team member Ben Canales knows a thing or two about timelapses, and in this EcoSalon exclusive behind-the-scenes he shares his inspiration and process, giving us a look into the reality of creating a magical 3 minutes.
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Athletes often need to pack a lot of calories and nutrients in to their diets to compensate for all of the energy their grueling exercise schedules require. Healthy snacks are a great way to boost nutrients between workouts without taking too much time to prepare or eat.
Snacks that are high in protein are particularly important for athletes, as protein is crucial for muscle growth and recovery (as well as maintaining healthy skin and bones). Smart athletes eat a variety of proteins -- like eggs, lentils and quinoa -- that provide the body with essential amino acids that it can't create itself.
When it comes to finding protein-rich foods, athletes are like the rest of us and often go straight to meat. However, some of the best protein-packed snacks are meat-free as well as fresh and delicious. Almost all vegetables, beans, grains, and nuts contain protein, making them a tasty, inexpensive and healthy source.
Sports nutritionists recommend getting protein from a variety of fresh
Goosebumps (MaryLane/Flickr)by Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from What Exactly Are Goose Bumps?
Well, if you've ever been in an air-conditioned New York City bus on a hot summer day, you know that goose bumps can be caused by extreme cold (that's because there are only two settings for the air conditioning on NYC public transportation - "Icebox" or "Heat Wave"). If you've ever been chased by a bear, you also know that goose bumps can be caused by fear. But how?
Goose bumps are a phenomenon caused by the sympathetic nervous system, which controls our fight-or-flight response. When you encounter a dangerous situation, such as a bear approaching you, your sympathetic nervous system sends more blood to your brain, slows digestion, and causes your pupils to dilate - all things that will help you either "fight" or "take flight."
Goose bumps are one of those fight-or-flight responses of the sympathetic nervous system. When you experience cold or fear, for example, a nerve reaction is sent to the muscles that control the hair follicles on
Vinegar is a great, green cleaner, but you can't use it for everything.
By Adam Verwymeren, Hometalk
Common household vinegar is one of those wonder products that people are always discovering new uses for. Whether you want to drive away dandruff, eradicate mildew, or keep bugs at bay, vinegar has been proposed as a solution to just about every problem under the sun.
But while it has a number of uses, vinegar isn't always the solution, and on occasion it can be downright dangerous. Here are the top 8 ways not to put this miracle substance to work in your home.
1. While vinegar is good at cleaning many things, you shouldn't confuse it with soap. Alkaline cleaners like dish detergent are ideally suited for lifting grease, whereas vinegar will have little effect on it. If you have a greasy cleaning job, reach for regular soap and leave the vinegar on the shelf.
2. You should never use vinegar on waxed surfaces. The vinegar will only strip the wax off, dulling the sheen on your nicely shined car. However, vinegar is a great option if you'reRead More »from 8 Ways Not to Use Vinegar
10,000 Birds Bound for Italian Restaurants
At the border of Hungary and Romania officials discovered 10,000 songbirds no longer alive covered in boxes in a refrigerated truck also containing meat and sausages. Most of the birds were Skylarks, others were Bluethroats, Fieldfares, Mistle Thrushes, Reed Buntings and Pied Wagtails. They had all been gunned down with shotguns.
A European organization called the Committee against Bird Slaughter wrote, "The trade in shot Skylarks and other song birds is a multimillion business in Italy, costing the lives of hundreds of thousands of song birds every year. The Italian forest police annually seize thousands of illegally acquired wild birds in restaurants and game butchers shops, which always include deliveries of migrant birds smuggled in from the Balkans." (Source: Komitee.de)
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Can you imagine life without coffee? We'd all stumble around like drones for hours every morning, lost without our precious fix. We love coffee for its flavor, its aroma and of course its pick-me-up, but there are at least 20 more compelling reasons to stay stocked up. These tips will give you surprising and unusual uses for fresh coffee beans or grounds that have gone stale, the pounds of used grounds you toss out every week and the dregs at the bottom of your cup.
Kill fridge odor Wouldn't you rather smell coffee than two-week-old leftovers, half-rotten produce and spoiled milk? If your fridge is a nightmare of foul odors, place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the odors and you'll crave a cup whenever you open the door. This odor-killing trick works for practically anything else as well - just place the item in a sealed plastic bag along with an open can of coffee grounds and bye-bye stank.
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