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Green Dieting Without Gimmicks: Seeking a Healthy Relationship to Food

Food is as essential to the environmental movement as it is to life. From genetically modified and organic produce, deforestation and meat consumption, transport and fossil fuels, packaging and paper/plastic...to waste, food cuts across our most basic relationship to the environment. Perhaps no o...

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Tags: Diet, Food, Health, Social, Tips
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Why We Have a Coke and a Smile

An article in Civil Eats today brought up a subject I've been trying to avoid: soda addiction. It's a subject covered in this blog before: why is it so hard to kick the soda habit? In my own case, soda addiction is something I really do struggle with. Since dietary restrictions keep me from drink...

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Tags: Beverage, Consumer, Consumption, Diet, Health, Recycle, Soda
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Poland: Food Waste and Meat Consumption

It's always interesting to see how environmental ills affect other regions. A report out of Poland says that food waste is a problem there, too. Approximately 4 million tons of food will be wasted in Poland this year, while over 2.5 million people will suffer from poverty and undernourishment. Ha...

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Tags: Agriculture, Diet, Europe, Meat, Nutrition, Poland, Poverty
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Healthy, Convenient, Inexpensive: The Three Dietary Pillars

My post the other day referred to a cashier's wish that she could afford to feed her family as well as a health-conscious customer. My point was that the more challenges you have in your life, the harder it is to make lifestyle changes. Then I came across a post in the always thought-provoking V...

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Tags: Diet, Food, Health, Money, Vegetarian
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A Healthy Breakfast Goes By Many Names

While you may savor stir-fry, congee, or cucumber and feta at any other time of the day, eating them for a savory breakfast may sound a little odd. Let me just repeat three words from the most recent entry from Mark Bittman's Bitten foodblog: "coconut oat pilaf." Oats, chilies, coconut, cilantro....

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Tags: Breakfast, Diet, Egg, Food, Nutrition, Processed food
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Does Vegetarianism = Giving Up Meat?

Our guest blogger's post about the green movement's reluctance to take on vegetarianism reminded me of something I read a few months ago. Eating less meat is critical to planet's future, from the Vancouver Sun, provides some insight into the double standard that makes environmentalists feel comfo...

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Tags: Diet, Meat, Sacrifice, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Half-Full or Half-Empty, Halving Your Lifstyle Could Be a Good Thing

I came across this cool thing called "The Half Plan" in the context of some solar lighting research. A plan that helps you "cut your energy use, energy cost, and C02 Emissions in half" sounds like a triple-win scenario. The site gives details about cost investment for each project, estimating tha...

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Tags: Diet, Energy, Goal, Green lifestyle, Half, Home, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
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A Salty Tale of Dietary Stumbles

My New Year's food resolution had two related components: 1. Eat less processed food (and thus more homemade, fresh stuff) 2. Eat less salt. Like resolutuions tend to, things began rather well. I rediscovered a love for eggplant, made several large batches of soup that with a handful of fresh spi...

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Tags: Diet, New year's resolutions, Salt
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Simplify Your Resolutions

During the holidays, advertisers bombarded us with cookie commercials and equally-sweet depictions of joyful get-togethers. Now, they sing a new, more austere tune as they incite us to look inward...and downward at expanding waistlines. Advertisements for weight-loss aids, gyms, and supposedly he...

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Tags: Diet, Fitness, Health, New year's, Resolutions
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Visions of Sugarplums: Sweet Excess During the Holidays

For neither an abundance of waste nor an abundance of waist, you can still pass on the cheer while taking a pass on the food. Over Thanksgiving, I read An Abundance of Food, Wasted, a New York Times editorial by Jonathan Bloom, who is a journalist and a blogger on the excellent Wasted Food blog....

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Tags: Celebration, Diabetic, Diet, Family pressure, Food waste, Holiday consumption
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