What happens when you start eating organic?Istanbul
Researchers at the independent Swedish Environmental Research Institute performed a study together with Coop, a chain of organic grocery stores, and the Palmbergs, a family that didn’t eat much organic food but was interested in eating more. Coop and the researchers wanted to know more about what happens in the body when switching from conventional to organic food. The result was so interesting that they made a film to share with the masses.
More information about the study, the movie and Coop’s work in the sustainability area can be found here on coop.se/ekoeffekten (if you use Google Chrome you can translate the page to your native language). On NFA’s [Livsmedelsverket] webpage, more information about the latest nutrition recommendations and on undesirable substances in food can be found.
Read the complete report from IVL, the Swedish Environment Research Institute.
Joy. Let it rip.Heat Exchanger Equipment Field Manual
The essence of skiing is joy and this video pretty much sums up what I love about skiing and living 20406080. Give it a watch. I did and now I’m off to the gym, thanks to the inspiration of Anna Fenninger, Julia Mancuso, Wendy Holdener, and Readers' advisory service in the public library .
Dr. John Kitchin quit a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He calls himself “Slomo.” We call him inspiring.
The people that love Slomo are cheering for one person that got away. That escaped. And got to real freedom where he skates all day. Doesn’t apologize. He’s simply doing what he wants to.
A life well-lived. Peter Matthiessen | 1927-2014Read more
Peter Matthiessen. A name known to me for years as a writer I should read, but until this past Friday,…
“I think I’ve still got it.” Wendy Fisher. Super MomVehicular Networking: Automotive Applications and Beyond
There’s not much to add to this story that isn’t better told in this nice little film. But I’ll set it up anyway. A talented young athlete burns out on their sport, retires to discover something new that fuels their spirit, retires again and moves on, growing with life, only to discover that the fire still burns within. That’s the story told here of 41 year-old Wendy Fisher, former World Cup, Olympic, and U.S. National Champion alpine ski racer, then big mountain freeski champion, now mother of two young boys, and still an incredible athlete and super skier with tons of moxie.
Wendy, you’re exactly what we’re talking about. And you definitely still got it.
A Short Guide to a Long Life. David Agus’ Rules to better healthRead more
David Agus is an accomplished and well-regarded research scientist and a professor of medicine and engineering at USC. He has…
Welcome to the Super Bowl of Ski Racing. The HahnenkammCowboy Capitalism: European Myths, American Reality
In golf it’s St. Andrews. In cycling it’s Alpe d’Huez. In surfing it’s the Banzai Pipeline. Well, ski racing too…
Study: Drinking diet soda doesn’t cut the calories you consumeVEGF and Cancer (Medical Intelligence Unit)
Growing evidence suggests drinking diet soda doesn’t decrease the calories consumed by overweight and obese adults. According to a research…
Are you overweight? Do you know the risks? Measure your BMI nowRead more
You live in your body so taking care of it is critical to living a long and lively life. Unfortunately much of how we live today is detrimental to our health. Take for example being overweight or obese. These aren’t cosmetic problems; being overweight or obese greatly raises your risk for other health problems such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes, cancer, and more.
If your dream is to stay active and engaged as you get older, now is the time to check in and have an honest look at where you stand in regards to your health, starting with your weight.
Find a scale, strip down to at least your underwear, and weigh yourself. Then go here and input your weight and your height to get your Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. So, where do you stand? Underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese?
While BMI is useful as a starting point, many people feel it’s not a great measure of overall health. For instance, BMI makes no distinction between muscle mass and fat mass. That said, with an honest assessment of your activity level and current body composition, knowing your BMI is important, if for nothing more than providing a starting point for moving yourself to a new weight, a new level of fitness, a new way of living, and a new life.
Who doesn’t want to be Klaus Obermeyer?Read more
The Rocky Mountains had a record snow year in 2011 and I missed it. I was too tired, too out…
42 year-old Jens Voigt rides The Last AttackRead more
Jens Voigt will retire at the end of the 2014 season after almost twenty years riding as a professional cyclist.…
In the end, if you’re still there doing it, you winRead more
Water god Laird Hamilton says when it comes to staying fit for life, fear is good, failure isn’t bad, and…
“Am I there yet?” is the question, not “am I good enough?”Read more
Recent research on the best approach to coaching has used brain imaging to analyze how a focus on dreams and…
Richard Feynman and the curious nature of everythingRead more
Imagine you’re at a dinner party. It’s a stuffy affair replete with people you’ve never met before. You, in fact, know no one. A painful hour of small talk over cocktails transitions into the dining room. When you arrive at the table, there are assigned seats. An older man sits to the left of the empty chair where your host has sentenced you to sit for the next two hours. He stands up, smiles and introduces himself, shaking your hand.
“Hello. I’m Richard Feynman. Nice to meet you.”
And so starts one of the most amazing evenings of your life.
Happy 94th Birthday, Klaus Obermeyer!Read more
Klaus Obermeyer just keeps living life to the fullest. After breaking his femur in March 2011, his first serious injury…
Dr. Maya Angelou. Renaissance Women. Born 1928.Read more
Listen to this story from Dr. Maya Angelou’s remarkable life, a life rich with experience as a poet, author, dancer, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization, actor, writer, director and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs, and teacher. Listen to her spirit. Dr. Angelou’s laugh alone tells you she is a force to be reckoned with. Spirit knows no age.
Capt. Jim Lovell. Commander, Apollo 13. Born 1928.Read more
Jim Lovell. Test pilot, astronaut, first person to fly in space four times, one of the twenty-four people who have flown to the Moon, the first man to do it twice, winner of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom, but most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control.
Oh, and did I mention Jim Lovell is a master of the understatement?
You’re sitting on top of about five and a half million pounds of high-explosives, so there’s a little bit of apprehension there.
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Strong people have healthy habits, and that includes healthy mental habits that help create success in life. Here’s a good…
100 years of rock. Yes, it’s all connected.Read more
Keeping up with the endless spawning of new sub-and sub-sub-genres of music can be hard. Just when you catch up…
Before I Die. What do you want to accomplish?Read more
I stumbled on Before I Die late last summer in Minneapolis, but the message is timeless and is unbounded by…
Pencil. The very best iPad stylist yet. From the makers of Paper.Read more
Getting comfortable with new technology is easier when you start from a model you already know. FiftyThree, the makers of Pencil and Paper, understand this. So rather than write three hundred words and try to explain this beautiful, well-designed product, watch this nice little film, then visit their site. Or you could read this excellent write-up from Wired:
Here’s Pencil’s appeal in a nutshell: It’s the rare iPad stylus you can actually use like a pencil. One side draws, the other erases. It’s sophisticated enough to make sure your palm will never mark up your canvas or send your app going haywire. In other words, it’s just as easy to operate as the instrument it’s named after. That’s no small feat.
Pencil is rectangular, not round, so it won’t roll off the desk and it’s satisfyingly chunky to hold.
Thirty squats now gets you a ride on the Moscow SubwayRead more
Yes, you heard me right, only thirty squats. As part of Russia’s campaign to promote the Sochi Olympics, subway stations in Moscow have added new machines which allow passengers to do thirty squats for a train ticket. Are you up to the challenge?
The top 5 regrets people express on their deathbedRead more
It’s said that nothing makes life more worth living than the end of it. From where I sit today the…
Whole Lotta Helter Skelter is pure geniusIf you need any evidence that something old can be made brand new, this is it. Whole Lotta Helter Skelter is an amazing mashup of two legendary rock songs from two of the biggest bands in the history of Rock & Roll. Give it a listen here, then download it, put it into your mix. I think you'll agree Soundhog is a mix-master genius.Read more
Whole Lotta Helter Skelter is equal to both original tracks. Scratch that. It's better.Need more? Check out this remix of Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" or this mashup of Traffic and Led Zeppelin, "John Barleycorn Must Ramble On".