Waste-Free Feasting

How to Reduce Holiday Food Waste by Yvette C. Hammett The heaping platters that cheerfully mark the holidays have an unfortunate downside: Americans increase their waste by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the U.S. Environmental …

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The Merry Vegan

People-Pleasing Holiday Sweets by Julie Peterson The holidays may send too many sugar plums and frosted gingerbread figures dancing in the heads of people with dietary restrictions. Anyone that chooses to avoid highly processed flours or sugars, artificial ingredients and …

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Zenful Eating

Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude by April Thompson In Zen monasteries, the head cook (known as the tenzo) is one of the most important positions a monk can hold; Eihei Dogen, founder of Soto Zen, one of the longest-established sects …

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Slow Food Takes Root

Global Movement Grows With Consciousness by April Thompson The global Slow Food movement is fast gaining momentum, uniting more than 100,000 people in 150 countries with a shared passion for delicious food and a moral conviction about the people and …

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Ayurvedic Cooking

Ancient System Restores Balance by April Thompson “In Ayurveda, food is medicine,” says Susan Weis-Bohlen, the Reisterstown, Maryland, instructor and author of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally. “How we feed ourselves is …

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Wild and Wonderful

Foraging for Foodies  by April Thompson There is such a thing as a free lunch, and it awaits adventurous foragers in backyards, city parks, mountain meadows and even sidewalk cracks. From nutritious weeds and juicy berries to delicate, delicious flowers …

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Summer Eating

The Herbal Connection by Kajsa Nickels Summer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to …

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Brain-Savers

Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia by Melinda Hemmelgarn With 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease there’s no shortage of advice on how to enhance, preserve and restore brain function. Judging from the dizzying assortment of brain training games and …

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Medicinal Mushrooms

Beyond Buttons and Portabellas by April Thompson A handful of mushrooms a day just might keep the doctor at bay, according to a mounting body of research providing powerful evidence of the fungal kingdom’s abilities to promote health and fight …

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