29 Mar

Links for a Sunday Morning

Be Fearless

Be Fearless

Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories – Washington Post

The ingenious method, which at its core is just a simple manipulation of chemistry, involves only a couple easy steps in practice. “What we did is cook the rice as you normally do, but when the water is boiling, before adding the raw rice, we added coconut oil—about 3 percent of the weight of the rice you’re going to cook

Take the Habit Personality Quiz – NY Times

How do you form your good and bad habits? Are you a people-pleaser, willing to take on a task for others, but less willing to take care of yourself? Or maybe you’re a rebel, and you are less likely than others to do as you are told when it comes to taking medication or adopting a healthful lifestyle.

Catholic priests are stirring up an epidemic of yogaphobia – Quartz

When powerful, charismatic religious leaders are publicly cited insisting upon apparently irreconcilable differences between them (that is, Hindus) and us (that is, Christians), we can also expect real social consequences.

Mapped: 10 years of unprecedented change in Canada’s Cities – Maclean’s

Canadian cities have seen a decade of major demographic changes, creating challenges for anyone looking to understanding how people live, work, and think

Even in Nursing Men earn more than Women. – NPR

Women outnumber men in the nursing profession by more than 10 to 1. But men still earn more, a new study finds.

How Obesity Became a Disease – Atlantic

For one thing, obesity doesn’t fit the definition of a medical disease. It has no symptoms, and it’s not always harmful—in fact, for some people in some circumstances, it’s been known to be protective rather than destructive.

22 Mar

Links for a Sunday Morning

The Do’s and Don’ts of Cardio – Girls Gone Strong

It seems like most people come down on one side or the other—it’s either ‘cardio is an essential part of your programming’ OR ‘cardio makes you fatter.’ So, which is it? And how can you, as a recreational exerciser, know what kind to do, how often and how much to get the results you desire?

Ontario minimum wage workers set for another raise: rate to rise from $11 an hour to $11.25 – Windsor Star

The province announced Thursday that its standard minimum wage will rise from $11 an hour to $11.25, effective Oct. 1.

Medicating Women’s Feelings – NY Times

Women’s emotionality is a sign of health, not disease; it is a source of power. But we are under constant pressure to restrain our emotional lives. We have been taught to apologize for our tears, to suppress our anger and to fear being called hysterical.

Essex man calls 911 to report himself for drunk driving – Windsor Star

“In all my years of policing, I’ve never heard of anybody doing this before”

Economic redistribution is our only hope – Salon

New technologies aren’t just labor-replacing. They’re also knowledge-replacing. The combination of advanced sensors, voice recognition, artificial intelligence, big data, text-mining, and pattern-recognition algorithms, is generating smart robots capable of quickly learning human actions, and even learning from one another. If you think being a “professional” makes your job safe, think again.

Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? – Guardian

Africans are immigrants. Arabs are immigrants. Asians are immigrants. However, Europeans are expats because they can’t be at the same level as other ethnicities. They are superior. Immigrants is a term set aside for ‘inferior races’.

#Yoga Does More Harm than Good – The Varsity

Timed selfies of the eagle pose are supplemented with a “#yoga” hashtag, and what once would have been considered a humbling experience is tainted with the intention of ego and imagery.

12 Women With Perfect Responses for Why They Don’t Have Kids – mic

“I don’t know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings.”

15 Mar

Links for a Sunday Morning

This Australian comedian’s take on America’s hypocritical gun laws is perfect. – Dead State

“In Australia, we had the biggest massacre on earth. The Australian government went, ‘That’s it! No more guns!’ And we all went, ‘Yeah, alright then. That seems fair enough.’ Now in America, you have the Sandy Hook Massacre where little, tiny children died, and your government went, ‘Maybe – we’ll get rid of the BIG guns?’”

Bride walks out of wedding in India after groom fails simple math test – Globe and Mail

The bride tested the groom on his math skills and when he got the sum wrong, she walked out.

A cruel break with Canadian judicial tradition – Globe and Mail

Far from increasing the protection of the public, this new plan would make our prisons even more explosive, filled as they would be by convicts deprived of hope, with nothing to lose. There would be more suicides, more violent escapes and more murderous riots.

The Inheritance Wars – Maclean’s

A generation living beyond its means is waiting for the biggest transfer of wealth in human history. Some are waiting more patiently than others.

The Power of ‘Good Enough’ – The Atlantic

As people have contact with items of high quality, they begin to suffer from “the curse of discernment.” The lower quality items that used to be perfectly acceptable are no longer good enough. The hedonic zero point keeps rising, and expectations and aspirations rise with it.

What Yoga Taught Me About the Balanced Life – NY Times

Is it ever possible to be balanced? I don’t think that it is, because then you’d have to freeze in that position. ‘Got it. Now don’t move.’

World Health Organization: Eat less sugar – Food Politics

For general health, Reduce daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake. For additional health benefits: Reduce daily intake to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day.

CHANGE YOUR WALK, CHANGE YOUR MOOD? – Dr. Weil Blog

Did you know that your walk reflects your mood? Interestingly, it appears the reverse may be true as well.

08 Mar

Links for a Sunday Morning

Why Full-Fat Dairy May Be Healthier Than Low-Fat – Time

People who eat full-fat dairy are no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes than people who stick to low-fat dairy. When it comes to weight gain, full-fat dairy may actually be better for you, the review found.

Is It Really Safe to Give Babies Peanut Butter? – The Atlantic

While doctors once believed that infant immune systems “weren’t ready” for foods like nuts, eggs, and fish, [some] doctors began hypothesizing that avoiding such foods might prompt a more dramatic immune response later. 

Want to increase your productivity? Study says: Look at this adorable kitten – Washington Post

Those who saw the baby animal pictures did more productive work after seeing those photographs – even more than those who saw a picture of an adult animal or a pleasant food.

Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do – NPR

Because of the overall rise in income, and the consistent shrinking of food prices adjusted for inflation, we actually have more disposable income than our grandparents did. . .  We are purchasing more food for less money, and we are purchasing our food for less of our income.

Scientists have figured out what makes Indian food so delicious – Washington Post

Combining ingredients with like flavors is a useful (and often delicious) strategy, but it might be a somewhat misleading rule of thumb. Indian cuisine, after all, is cherished globally, and yet hinges on a decidedly different ingredient pairing logic.

Psychology To Go: How Restaurants Get You to Spend More – Inc.

You may think you’re immune to transparent sales pitches like “Do you want fries with that?” But the tactics restaurants use to nudge you into spending a little extra may be subtler than you realize.

5 Tips for a Perfect Push-up – GGS

Push-ups should also be a cornerstone of any proper lifting program, as they are fantastic upper body and core strength builders, and it’s just simply important to master body-weight movements before moving onto more complicated or advanced exercises.