January 27, 2010

Yums with Your Oms

1 Mixing Food and Yoga

It doesn't seem like gourmet cooking and yoga would go together, but mixing great food with a modern take on the ancient philosophy is gaining steam. Combining yoga and fine dining means that you'll eat more mindfully and begin to truly understand the roots (and taste) of your food, yoga practitioners who like to add eating to their discipline say. But some hard-core yogis say the traditions of yoga don't meld well with modern eating habits -- old-time yoga practitioners wouldn't drink wine or eat meat, for instance. But those with a less-traditional view of yoga say the practice can heighten your appreciation of food, once you get over eating on a sweaty yoga mat, anyway.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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New Rules to Live By

2 Michael Pollan Shares More Food Rules

At the end of Michael Pollan's book In Defense of Food are some helpful food rules to remind people of the right way to eat. If your grandmother wouldn't recognize something as food, for example, you probably shouldn't eat it. The response to that section of the book has been such that Pollan is working on a book of food rules that will be a quick but incredibly useful read for people who what to eat healthier but aren't sure where to start. He recently shared some of the new rules: avoid foods you see advertised on television, eat when you're hungry, not when you're bored, and do all your eating at a table, to name a few. Good advice all around.

More at Huffington Post | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Calories Don't Count Much

3 Ontario Schools Cutting Junk Food

The provincial government of Ontario has announced that public schools will be free of junk food by September 2011 in the hope of cutting the numbers of overweight kids there. Now 28 percent of kids in the province between the ages of 2 and 17 are overweight or obese. The new guidelines will limit the number of foods that can contain higher levels of salt, fat and sugar, which has obesity expert and blogger Yoni Freedhoff saying the rules don't go far enough. He notes that even the healthiest entrees allowed can have up to 960 milligrams of sodium, but kids should only get 1,200 milligrams daily.

More at Times Colonist | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Potential Tan Ban

4 Pols Want to Regulate Indoor Tanning

A bill to regulate the use of tanning beds is being floated by Congress members Charles Dent and Carolyn Maloney. If passed, the Tanning Bed Cancer Control Act will reduce the amount of time consumers can be exposed to harmful radiation. Not surprisingly, supporters of indoor tanning are unhappy with the proposed regulations and blame the cosmetics industry - manufacturers of self-tanners and bronzing makeup - for seeking the legislation. Recent studies have found a correlation between melanoma, the second most diagnosed type of cancer among women ages 20 to 29, and the use of tanning beds. Additionally, the American Academy of Dermatology Association says that use of a tanning bed before the age of 30 increases the risk of developing skin cancer by 75 percent.

More at NBCPhiladelphia.com | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: FDA to Crack Down on Tanning Beds

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Don’t Mind the Gap

5 Front Teeth Gaps Are New Trend in Dentistry

Not everyone wants a perfectly straight smile, according to New York City-based cosmetic dentist Dr. Laura Torrado who says that her patients are seeking a more natural smile. And that includes front teeth gaps a la actress Anna Pacquin, model Lara Stone and beauty icon Lauren Hutton, who, at the height of her popularity, wore a prosthetic dental device to fill in her smile’s gap. According to Torrado, patients want a more real and natural smile and many of them, who’ve had their gap closed, are asking for it back. “We’ve overdone it with aesthetics. If your teeth are too white or too big, it looks unnatural so people are coming back in to make their smiles look more natural,” says Torrado.

More at Stylist | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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