23 Ways to Stay Healthy Year-Round

It is that time of year again! Reader’s Digest has some tips on staying healthy. The usual “wash your hands” is there, plus a few more I hadn’t heard of.

#6 “Run your toothbrush through the microwave on high for 10 seconds to kill germs that can cause colds and other illnesses.” Once you’re done brushing, your toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs. Sterilize it in the microwave before you use it, or store it in hydrogen peroxide (rinse well before using)…

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Plastic Bags are Killing Us

Here is an article from Salon.com that will make you think twice when asked…paper or plastic?

The most ubiquitous consumer item on Earth, the lowly plastic bag is an environmental scourge like none other, sapping the life out of our oceans and thwarting our attempts to recycle it.
By Katharine Mieszkowski

Aug. 10, 2007 | OAKLAND, Calif. — On a foggy Tuesday morning, kids out of school for summer break are learning to sail on the waters of Lake Merritt. A great egret hunts for fish, while dozens of cormorants perch, drying their wings. But we’re not here to bird-watch or go boating. Twice a week volunteers with the Lake Merritt Institute gather on these shores of the nation’s oldest national wildlife refuge to fish trash out of the water, and one of their prime targets is plastic bags. Armed with gloves and nets with long handles, like the kind you’d use to fish leaves out of a backyard swimming pool, we take to the shores to seek our watery prey.

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Eco Resolutions, Good for the Planet, and Funny!

Today I was going to write about my Green New Year’s Resolutions.  But I found this post from TheDailyGreen.com.  Not only do they have great resolutions, they are also funny!

1. I will relinquish my title of Most Likely to Acquire Useless Crap I Don’t Wear or Need.
Admit it — your closet is full of had-to-have items that have been punished to a life of hanging unworn. Your have enough notepads, pens, books, magnets, and collectible tchotchkes to fill a mini storage unit. Yes, our purchases keep the economy going, but most of us buy far more than we need. (There are whole TV shows dedicated to demonstrating ways to unclutter!)…

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Three Brown Eggs

Please welcome guest blogger Ferox. Ferox is a Veterinary Student  in Australia. Read her blog, Nearly-Dr Ferox, here.

Walk through your local supermarket and you will be presented with three types of eggs that you may chose to purchase. They’re mostly all brown, about the same size and difficult to differentiate based on taste. What sets these eggs apart is how they are produced and the price you pay for them. Cage eggs are laid by chickens in intensive factory situations. These eggs are the cheapest to produce, but many people consider farming eggs in this way to be unethical because the chickens are kept in limited space indoors, suffer health problems such as osteoporosis and can’t engage in ‘normal behaviours’. While this is largely true it should be pointed out that laying chickens in all systems develop osteoporosis (as do dairy cows), and normal behaviour for chickens consists largely of bullying, or being bullied by, the other chickens. These chickens have their diseases controlled and treated rapidly and easily and are not vulnerable to predators or the weather.  Continue reading “Three Brown Eggs”

Healthy Holiday Eating

It may be called the Christmas Season, or the Holiday Season, but I think it really is the Eating Season! More than any other time of the year, food seems to be a focus for the next 6 weeks.  Here are some ideas that have helped me to keep eating healthy (mostly!) during the holiday season.

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