A-Peeling Reuse

 Practical Recycling Tips for Fruit and Veggie

“A rind is a terrible thing to waste,” says Jeff Yeager, who refers to himself as the ultimate cheapskate. Yeager has discovered multiple uses for produce rinds and ways to extract extended benefits before they land in the compost pile. Here are a few of his favorites, shared with us during a recent interview:

Ancestral Diets A Lighter Shade of Paleo



Vegetarian Awareness Month provides a timely opportunity to realize that a plant-focused diet does not derive exclusively from plants. Just as a carnivore does not subsist on meat alone, the same applies to a vegetarian.

What can we learn from our Paleolithic, or Stone Age, ancestors? The recent trend toward recreating a Paleo-era diet emphasizes the importance of vegetable nutrition to prehistoric communities, correcting the misperception that they were primarily meat-eaters.

Early Puberty The New Normal?

21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers.

Many American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age has been steadily falling for decades, with the most dramatic decrease between 1997 and 2011.

Boning Up Exercise Helps Maintain and Restore Bone Density

Ten million Americans suffer with osteoporosis and another 34 million have low bone mass and high risk for osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. For anyone who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone density for our age, but not low enough be a risk factor for fracture), it is important to know that most likely, the bones’ ability to develop has not been affected. We have simply stopped “loading” them.

10 Ways To Eat Well

Mr. Green's Food Commandments


Not so many years ago, natural and organic foods were smiled upon as a quirk of cranks and hypochondriacs. Advertising exhorted Americans to rush their food from supermarket to belly with the least possible aggravation. Preparing fresh food entailed too much hassle, as did returning an empty container to the store for recycling.

Spinach and Avocado Salad

This fresh-tasting salad features a variety of colors, flavors and textures.

Serves 4

1 large ripe avocado, diced
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
4 cups baby spinach leaves
½ cup chopped green onions
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
1 cup sliced radishes
½ cup bottled low-calorie Italian vinaigrette

1. In a small bowl, coat avocado with lime juice. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, toss together spinach, green onions, tomatoes, radishes and vinaigrette. Divide evenly onto four plates. Top with avocado pieces.

Aging Gracefully

Good Ways to Care for Pets in their Golden Years


“As with humans, living longer doesn’t mean adding on time at the end, but adding to the middle, when pets can still enjoy themselves, maybe with some changes and modifications,” advises Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Mark Howes, owner of Berglund Animal Hospital, in Evanston, Illinois. “Pets deserve quality of life.”


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