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Archive for October, 2007

23 Oct

10 Great Uses for Vinegar (Ditch Those Chemicals!)

vinegarWhile we typically use vinegar for salad dressings and pickling, this beneficial acid has a multitude of wonderful household uses. Here are just a few. Be sure to add in your own tips in the comments below!

1. Better Tasting Coffee

Once a month, brew up a pot of white vinegar. Follow with two cycles of water before steeping your next round of joe. (You can do this for your washing machine as well.)

2. Rust-free Spigots, Nuts, Bolts, and Tools

Simply soak the rusty item in white vinegar overnight!

23 Oct

Malibu Fires Update

Quick update on our situation:

As many of you know, my company, Primal Nutrition, is based in Malibu. The fires came very close but thankfully no one was hurt. (Our offices are singed – the flames were right there – but everything is O.K.) As of today, Malibu is still out of commission, which means business is also shut down for the time being. We’ll be posting updates here and doing what we can via email, but phones are out and internet access is really limited. If you happen to be a customer of Primal in addition to being a reader of MDA, thanks for your patience. The most important thing, of course, is that everyone is safe.

22 Oct

3 Delicious, Healthy Soups to Help You Lose Weight

These three soups are rich in nutrition and flavor. They are filling, yet light, so they will help you lose weight or simply stay trim during the winter months!

22 Oct

How Our Eyes Deceive Our Appetites

soupYour Gut Is All in Your Head (Sort of)

One of this year’s Ig Nobel awards goes to a researcher who has gotten to the bottom, if you will, of insatiable appetites. (The Ig Nobel awards go to science that is entertaining or odd, though typically the research is still of value.) Brian Wansik, a nutrition professor and the author of “Mindless Eating”, won the award for his explorations into the murky world of soup. Though diet guides often recommend starting a meal with a light soup to help reduce overall calorie consumption while still feeling sated, Dr. Wansik has found that this is not always the case. As it turns out, size matters: it all comes down to the dish in which the soup is served.

Dr. Wansik found that people who were given a secret “bottomless bowl” ate 75% more soup than those eating from standard bowls. Our appetites are dependent upon visual cues, such as how much food is left in the dish, rather than on how full we actually feel.

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