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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