Lifestyle

The way we choose to do things – the way we live, the way we act, the way we are! What you do, eat, dress, like, dislike, love, care…

8 Ways to Slash Your Risk for Diabetes

Nine percent of Americans have diabetes. That’s 29.1 million people. It’s the seventh leading cause of death and costs the U.S. $245 billion annually. Fortunately, you’re not powerless against this condition. Plenty of research suggests that there are easy lifestyle steps you can take to reduce your risk for diabetes—and this goes beyond the standard recommendations of just lose weight and exercise. Here are 8 things …

Interview with Melvin Laidlaw

“Well, first let me wish everyone a warm hello. It is nice to connect with people of like interests and minds. My name is Melvin Laidlaw, and I am the creator and proprietor of Mr.Spinner’s, an organic hemp and functional foods production company.” The second common ground interview finds us discussing the vegetarian lifestyle with entrepreneur and natural foods gourmet Melvin Laidlaw. Melvin’s roots lie …

Why Go Vegetarian?

The eating of animals is actually a very indirect way of consuming vegetable protein (vegetable protein is the protein we really need). There is nothing to be gained nutritionally from eating the vegetable protein that has metabolized into another creature’s body (a.k.a. meat). In fact, the effects of this illogical practice are devastating to the health of our bodies. The eating of meat is so …

Isn't Meat One of the Major Food Groups?

For lions and tigers and bears, perhaps. But humans are not biologically built to eat animal flesh- not with our soft fingernails or teeth, and most certainly not with our long digestive tracts. In fact, animal flesh contains so much indigestible protein and so little fiber that humans have great difficulty expelling animal flesh from the body. This causes flesh “deposits” that can sit in …

So What is This “Factory Farming”?

The form of agriculture dominating today’s food market is Factory Farming. It distinguishes itself from any past forms of animal-agriculture by its sheer scale. With absolute disregard to sustainability, factory farming is rapidly depleting the world’s freshwater supply, food supply, rainforests, and the nutrients in our topsoil. Not to mention, it is poisoning the air and water. How can “food” be depleting our food supply? …

So What is This "Factory Farming"?

The form of agriculture dominating today’s food market is Factory Farming. It distinguishes itself from any past forms of animal-agriculture by its sheer scale. With absolute disregard to sustainability, factory farming is rapidly depleting the world’s freshwater supply, food supply, rainforests, and the nutrients in our topsoil. Not to mention, it is poisoning the air and water. How can “food” be depleting our food supply? …

Aren't Animals Here For Us to Eat?

Animals are not here for us to eat. True, they are not as intelligent as humans, but does this mean that humans should exploit them? Or rather, should humans take care of them, just as they should take care of the Earth? Animals are sentient beings. They feel and experience emotions, pain, and suffering. If we consider it crazy to eat our pets, who gives …

Gelatin Alert!

If candies are chewy, wobbly or elastic, it’s usually because of the presence of partially hydrolyzed protein called collagen. In simple English, gelatin. A friend of mine really loved to eat these colorful, wobbly, chewy and strange-looking candies. She called them different names, according to their shape and color. I was with her once when she bought a pack. She asked me to try some. …

Extending Compassion

“Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer What separates us humans from animals is our higher intelligence. And with that higher intelligence comes a higher responsibility of rational thinking and compassion. How a human being exercises that responsibility in relation to his rational thinking and compassion is the defining factor of the …

How to stay hydrated and burn fat

When I walk by myself, I walk my route nonstop. On weekends, however, my boyfriend joins me. I enjoy the company, but when he walks with me we stop at a store and get water. Is it less effective to stop and go when walking? Should I tell him that we need to walk straight through and reward ourselves with a drink when we get …

Tips for Buying Shoes

What’s the best walking shoe out there? The one that best fits your foot! Truly, there are many good shoes out there to choose from. But if you don’t fit your foot properly, any one of them could become your walking program’s worst enemy. So how do you fit yourself? Here are some tips:   Always shop at the end of the day, when your feet are …

Power up with a pedometer

I’m not sure my pedometer is working correctly. My walking route is perfect – up and down lots of steep hills interspersed with areas of near-level terrain – but it is not a route where I can drive my car around to check against my pedometer readings. Although I walk the same route, I get different distances. What’s going on? There’s nothing wrong with the …