I think the most important thing you can do for your children is sit down to dinner together. Ruth Reichl tells Terry Gross why she stopped being a restaurant critic: she wanted to spend more time with her son. [complete interview here] (via nprfreshair) Agreed. My family ate together when I was growing up and it’s absolutely vital to raising a good kid. Continue reading

Mark Menjivar, a photographer, took portraits of people’s refrigerators instead of people. For each portrait, he wrote a short blurb. The one on the left: Midwife/Middle School Science Teacher | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Household (including dog) | First week after deciding to eat all local produce.  The right: Bar Tender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8AM … Continue reading

utnereader: “All meat is not created equal,” reads a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The “Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change + Health” evaluates 20 common protein-rich foods to determine the healthiest picks for the planet and for our bodies. The best bet is the friendly lentil. The worst offenders? Lamb, beef, and (say it ain’t so!) cheese. Read more … Continue reading

In 2009, Kate Moss said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” In 1964, our Surgeon General said, smoking is bad for you. This was released when about 50% of all adults smoked. Now, in NYC, only about 12% of adults smoke. 46 years later. Which one has the most influence over people? Pop culture vs. the surgeon general? The issue of obesity is much, … Continue reading

A new study from Cornell University graduate student Jenny Wan-chen Lee [pdf] either shows that the label “organic” creates some sort of placebo effect in which people are convinced they’re eating healthier, or that people can be really stupid. Maybe it’s a little of both? In her study, 144 volunteers were asked to compare “organic” and “regular” samples of yogurt, cookies and potato chips, rating … Continue reading

Eat food. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry. Avoid food products that contain high-fructose corn syrup. Avoid foods that have some form of sugar (or sweetener) listed among the top three ingredients. Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients. Avoid food products containing ingredients that a … Continue reading