Life Style & Travel

Juicy And Plain Delicious: The Watermelon!

UNITED STATES—There are some fruits that are instant hits with everyone, regardless of age or culture. One of those fruits is known as a summertime treat, but is consumed throughout the entire year, regardless of what region of the country you live in. If you’re thinking about staple fruits forget it, it’s the watermelon. So what is it about...

Day 20: Gifts

UNITED STATES—A reader pointed out to that I was in error last week stating that Jif peanut butter contains high-fructose corn syrup. It does not. I apologize for having spread false information about Jif and deceived readers with this kernel of untruth. My trusty memory had transposed “hydrogenated oil” into the controversial cheap industrial sweetener, “high-fructose corn syrup.” At this...

Maintenance Gardeners Often Need Help

UNITED STATES―Even some of the most avid of garden enthusiasts get some of the work in the garden done by maintenance gardeners. In many regards, even the common 'mow-blow-&-go' gardeners can be very helpful. As long as they are not expected to work with trees or shear anything (or everything), they can be remarkably efficient at the tedious and...

Day 19: Sugar, Sugar

UNITED STATES—Losing 30 pounds in a short amount of time means sweeping away the conflicting voices and focusing intently on respecting your major weight-management habits with as much faithfulness as you can muster. It’s a sprint to the finish line, and we’re at day 19. Some trainers, not without reason, advise indulging junk food one day a week. But time...

Fitness App Gym Tuck Is A Must

NEW YORK―Gym Tuck is an expanding website and app that has established continuous growth due to its ability to help customers adhere to a fitness regime that is specific to their needs. Creator Joshua Lipsey has a profound background in fitness which has made it possible for him to create new fitness techniques that have a lasting impression on...

Good Weather Can Be Bad

UNITED STATES—As if the lack of rain is not serious enough, the lack of cool winter weather will also cause problems for gardening. Warmth is certainly not as bad as drought, and makes gardening and other outdoor activities more pleasurable, but it interferes with the schedules and cycles that we and the flora in our gardens rely on. Something...

Day 18: The Braid

UNITED STATES—To shed 30 pounds in 30 days here’s a great tool to hang onto: the braid. Fat is not caused by fate. It is caused by a braid of many strands of habits repeated through time; so is being thin. Carefully choose the habits you want to form your braid, and use it to reinforce and also constantly...

This Parade Needs Some Rain

UNITED STATES—The lack or rain has really gotten serious! This winter so far has been the driest ever recorded. The past two winters had already been unusually dry. Even when the rain starts, it will be considerably behind schedule. Some seriously torrential rain will be needed to catch up. As much as we like to think of gardening as something...

The Kumquat, It’s Not An Orange

UNITED STATES—It’s amazing the new things you can learn by watching television sometimes. While watching season four of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” I discovered a new fruit, the kumquat.  Yes, it does have a funny name, and funny named fruits, veggies or dishes in general tend to scare people. While the kumquat may appear similar to the orange,...

Day 17: Out Of Sight

UNITED STATES—Let’s go to something very simple and helpful to hang onto: the non-negotiable concept of out of sight. If there are foods for which we have no preference in the 30 pounds in 30 days plan, better off to keep then out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind. And this diet is a diet for both...
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