Feb 12, 2013
Did you hear that? It was the sound of me bashing my own skull against my coffee table.
There I was, sipping Bengal Spice tea, eating breakfast (salmon cakes, broccoli), and watching the Today show. Waking up, saying hello to the day.
Then along came a commercial for Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss All-Natural Coffee Creamer. Given that the standard Coffee-Mate ingredient list looks something like this —...
Feb 15, 2012
You know how some people need to learn to get in touch with their emotions? I’m definitely not one of those people. I know exactly how I feel ALL THE TIME.
But now that I’ve been meditating and getting my yoga on, I’ve picked up a new trick: observing my emotions. It’s a fascinating way to recognize a feeling without becoming beholden to it. This morning, I turned to Dave and said...
Feb 3, 2012
Oh, sugar. You are pure evil. We dino-chow people know it. You know it. And now the rest of the world seems to be waking up to your underlying malevolence.
The February 2 edition of Science Daily includes an article called “Societal Control of Sugar Essential to Ease Public Health Burden, Experts Urge.” It’s an overview of an article published in the journal Nature that basically outs...
Jan 18, 2012
I considered joining the blackout today that big content sites like Wikipedia and Boing Boing are staging in protest of SOPA. Rather than disappear for the day, I decided to share some educational stuff about SOPA instead.
SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act (also known as House Bill 3261 or H.R. 3261). If signed into law, the bill would allow copyright holders to see court orders against web sites accused...
Sep 13, 2011
Travel to an unfamiliar place is one of my favorite things! But travel for work never feels like an adventure – instead, it seems like forced isolation, and I always feel quite lonely when the corporate overlords send me to another office for a few days.
But so far, this trip has been pretty low impact, and I get to head home late this afternoon, so I’ve been trying to be (mostly) positive....
Aug 15, 2011
“In an unhealthy society like ours, being healthy has become a revolutionary act.”
I like to think I’m a punk rock foodie, and I love the idea of all of us as revolutionaries, declaring our independence from packaged food, mind-numbing workouts, and the standard health advice that doesn’t make us healthier, but merely keeps us live. So I’m pretty excited about Revolutionary...
Jul 26, 2011
Today is “Birthday Day” at our office, which means cupcakes (with sprinkles on top!) to celebrate all the people with birthdays this month. I, of course, declined. Again. [sigh]
I’m in a conference room RIGHT NOW with people eating cupcakes and the aroma of the frosting is pretty hard to endure. I ADORE frosting, and I LOVE the smell. This is pretty much torture, and I’m feeling a...
Jul 5, 2011
I encourage you to read this fascinating and wildly entertaining article called Death in the Pot. It takes a look at the early 20th century work of Harvey Washington Wiley, a “crusading chemist” from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His mission was to investigate potential toxins added to the nation’s manufactured food supply to make those products appear and taste more appealing....
Apr 19, 2011
I’m a little late getting to this, so you may have seen it already: a compelling article in the NYTimes called “Is Sugar Toxic?”
I won’t try to summarize it here – much better if you go read it yourself. But here’s a tasty quote:
It’s one thing to suggest, as most nutritionists will, that a healthful diet includes more fruits and vegetables… It’s entirely...
Apr 19, 2011
The woman in the video above is Katie Makkai. She’s a poetry slammer, and in this piece, goes to town on the word “pretty.” She works herself up into a pretty good – and justified – froth:
This is about the self-mutilating circus we have painted ourselves clowns in. About women who will prowl 30 stores in six malls to find the right cocktail dress, but haven’t a clue where...
Apr 2, 2011
OMG! My lifelong wishes can now come true. Look what I got in my email inbox! Aren’t you jealous?
1. I can get a Summer Body EFFORTLESSLY! Woot! No more weight lifting or met-cons or doing things that are scary! No more dino-chow! It’s EFFORTLESS!
2. I can eat little pies and pastries!According to those photos, my mistake has been not eating baby quiches, chocolate pastries, and bleu...