How to Cook Without a Recipe

Cook for a Crowd

One of the most important parts of my college experience has been the food co-op that I cooked and ate in for three years. The challenge of preparing a healthy meal for 30 people based on the sometimes limited ingredients that were available, while also providing for the vegans, the lactose intolerants and a host of other specific dietary needs, brought out a certain kind of focus and drive that I was seldom capable of outside of that kitchen.

cook bookHere’s a few pieces of advice, and maybe some good anecdotes too, for planning and preparing meals for a large group.

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Vitamin d2 vs d3

It’s no longer news:  Vitamin D plays a huge role in health.

Unfortunately, it’s still true that many adults (up to 60% in the US) are vitamin D deficient.

Because most of us don’t spend the day soaking up the sun’s rays, you may be one of the millions who have chosen to take a vitamin D supplement.

Vitamin D2 Vs D3

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Magnesium for Migraines

A Natural Strategy to Combat Migraine

Migraine attacks can be devastating.  In addition to headache, you can experience sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, shrinking of your visual field that leaves you incapacitated, and an overall urge to withdraw from life and exist in a semi-alert state with all the lights out and the blanket pulled up over your head.

Though our scientific understanding of migraine is growing, it’s still limited.  And there’s no definitive cure.  A few drugs have been developed to lighten the painful toll of migraine, but they’re far from perfect:

  • The relief is incomplete
  • The headaches can bounce back if you stop taking the drugs, and
  • The medication can have undesirable side-effects.

It’s natural to look for any simple, non-drug approach that promises relief.

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It’s Easy to Fix Positional Dizziness – The Most Common Cause of Vertigo

Positional Dizziness – The Most Common Type of Vertigo

Many people experience an occasional episode of dizziness.  It’s only when the attacks of vertigo keep recurring that you might seek the help of a doctor.

Fortunately, the single most common cause of dizziness is easy to diagnose, and you don’t even need fancy medical tests to do it.

The most common cause of dizziness is a condition known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, though we’ll call it BPPV for short.

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Know the Early Signs of Stroke – A Quick 4 Part Screening Test

You Can Save Someone’s Life

When someone has a stroke, every minute is vital.  The sooner the patient gets to the hospital, the sooner they can be given clot-busting drugs or other vital treatments.

Not every stroke is dramatic.  Sometimes the signs are subtle at first.  If you know how to spot the signs of a stroke, you can help someone get the help they need quickly.

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Free Dance Classes for Cancer Recovery

My colleague Martha Eddy, Ed.D., is an expert on the use of movement in a variety of contexts.  Among her many many projects, she’s consulted with the New York City Board of Education to develop a dance and movement curriculum for public school students; she teaches movement classes to help individuals improve their vision; she utilizes movement sessions in her therapeutic work with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities; and she has served as chair and facilitator for international conferences on movement science.

Moving For Life is one of her more exciting projects.  They offer free dance classes for people recovering from cancer.  Dance has a proven track record in helping cancer survivors.  And Dr. Eddy’s efforts are beginning to gain recognition.   Most recently, her foundation has received funding from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to continue expanding her work.

If you are a cancer patient or a cancer survivor, or know someone else who is, find out more.  Follow this link for more information.

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Pink Slime Burgers? Better Know What You’re Putting In Your Mouth

You better be aware of the ingredients in the food you’re putting in your mouth.  Otherwise you’re endangering your health and the health of your family.

American industry is ingenious at finding ways to make things faster and cheaper.  The same ingenuity is applied on a massive scale to the production of food.  Large agricultural companies also lavish funds on lobbying, advertising and public relations to convince the public and regulatory bodies that their products are wholesome.

Here’s a recent article from “Currant News” – a blog devoted to supporting sustainable food production practices.  They’ve graciously allowed me to republish it here.

What’s In My Food?

Other than air, water, and shelter, food is an essential part of life.  We all have to eat in order to survive.  Anthropologists argue about what early human diets were comprised of but today we can generally say they are based on fruits, veggies, meats, grains, and various products derived from these sources of food.

Well, at least they are supposed to be.

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The Art of Teaching Dance – Part 2

This is the second part of my interview with Laura Donnelly, Alexander teacher and  professor of dance at Kansas State University.  If you missed part one, check it out here.

Nowadays, ballet seems to be at the core of all dance training.  What do you see as the relationship of ballet training to dance in general?

Right now a lot of dance training emphasizes technical facility above everything else.  I think that the thing that’s unique about dance is that, while it’s highly athletic, it is a form of visual art and communication and the artistry and the content are of equal importance – at least equal – to the technical facility.

Dancers and dance students get really focused on the end goal.  Alexander said you have to look out for “end-gaining” – the belief that the end goal is worth any cost.  We know, as we get older, that that’s not true.  But the challenge is to convince a student that it’s better to slowly develop your extension than to tie a rope around your leg and pull your leg up over your head.  That’s not the way to achieve the goal you want.

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Why People Skip the Medication They’re Supposed to Take

Surveys have shown that 15- 30% of the time, patients don’t even bother to fill a prescription their doctor has given them.

And that’s only the beginning of the problem of drug compliance.  There’s another large group that fills their prescription, but doesn’t ever take the pills, or doesn’t take the prescribed amount.  More than 75% of adults surveyed admitted that they didn’t entirely follow their doctor’s recommendations.

What’s responsible for the big drug gap?

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The Danger of Dehydration in the Elderly

Why Older People Need to Be Vigilant About the Amount of Water They Drink

Older people get dehydrated more easily than younger people, so it’s common for an older person to experience a subtle level of dehydration without even being aware of it.

Here are some of the reasons an older person might be at risk of dehydration:
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