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Why Cooking Is the Best Way to Practice Zen Buddhism

I drove 800 miles to attend a private cooking workshop hosted by Zen chef and cookbook author, Edward Espe Brown. We made olive oil bread, kale salad, asparagus timbales, and a rhubarb-strawberry tart.<p>How do you cook your own life?<p>One way is by watching Zen chef and cookbook author Edward Espe …

Slow Living 101: Tips for Turning Off the Chaos

Brought to you by Houzz<p>What do urban gardens, the home canning craze, the resurgence of vinyl records and the renewed popularity of old-timey crafts have in common? They’re all ways of addressing the same issue: rushed modern life. Boiling farm-fresh berries on your stovetop for jam lets you …

How to Own Weight Loss

I was meeting with one of my weight loss groups participating in the study at Stanford I am working on, and one participant opened up that he is struggling. Really struggling. <b>He knows what to do, is eating healthy food that is in line with the low-carbohydrate diet he is assigned to as part of the</b> …

The 3-day Military Diet – a Beginner's Guide

The military diet is currently one of the world’s most popular “diets.”<p>It is claimed to help you lose weight quickly, up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) in a …

The Minimalist's Guide to Eating Well on a Budget

If you are on tight food budget but want to eat in a way that supports a healthy body composition, you’re in luck. <b>Having less to work with is</b> …

Weight Loss

A New Study Says People With Higher IQs Are Happier With Less Social Interaction

Maybe that's why you're such a homebody.<p>While the average person is happier with a large friend circle, new research reveals those with higher IQs are better off with a small one.<p>Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management …

12 Powerful War Novels that Transcend War

By Matt Gallagher | Off the Shelf<p>That war stories must occur in strange lands far from home, filled with bullets and blood, remains a powerful fallacy. The consequences and effects of war can't be contained so neatly. Stories of war are stories of love, stories of loss and longing, stories of hope. …

Sinuous Animal Sculptures Made Out of Foraged Wood and Metal Scraps

Jason Waldron integrates a deep appreciation for wildlife and nature into his weathered wooden sculptures. Built using materials found scattered around his home in Central Oregon, Waldron recycles bits of wood and metal parts into creative, free flowing arrangements. Waldron believes that art is …

Sculpture

Homemade Condiments: Recipes for Ketchup, Mustard and More – Food and Recipes

Most of the condiments in the grocery store contain stabilizers, texturizers, preservatives and refined sweeteners (usually high-fructose corn …

Secrets To Creating The Perfect Masculine Art Wall

This is the ultimate gentlemen's guide to sprucing up those bare walls with something truly inspirational. And damn cool. Learn the way of the art …

Inspiration

The (Almost) Fail-Proof Vegetable Garden Harvest for Beginners

Let’s face it: Some crops are just easier to grow than others. If you’re new to growing food, you might want to keep it simple and stick with options …

18 things you should do immediately to best prepare for the next five years

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Can People Start Doing Now That Will Help Them A Lot In About Five Years?</i> <i>Answer by David Cannon, Founder, Solutionbank.org.</i><p>There’s already a lot out there, but I couldn’t resist writing a note to my 23-year-old self:<p>If you do anything, do this first …

Entrepreneurship

Grow Herbs Indoors: 5 Herbs that Thrive Inside

Even if you don’t have outdoor gardening space, there are plenty of herbs that you can grow indoors successfully on a sunny windowsill. If you do …

Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Onion Dijon Sauce

<i>A revelation in flavor and texture, roasted cabbage wedges are easy to make and perfectly complimented with a delicious onion-dijon sauce.</i><p>MY LATEST …

Four Horsemen Sculptures Fully Submerge in the River Thames During High Tide

Renowned British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has recently brought the four horsemen of the industrial apocalypse to London, via his installation called <i>The Rising Tide</i>. The site-specific work features life-sized figures perched on the backs of horses, their eyes closed as they gaze out towards …

Sculpture

Confucius’ Top 7 Tips for a Happy Life

<i>“It is better to play than do nothing.”</i><i>“Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”</i><i>“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never</i> …

Self-help

13 Quick Growing Vegetables for Your Fall Garden

Please share:<p>Instead of watching your summer crops struggle to ripen the last few fruits, pull them out and plant some of these quick growing …

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25-minute walk could add seven years to life

New research shows that exercise can delay the ageing process, with experts suggesting one walk a day could halve the risk of heart attack death and add seven years to the lifespan<p>Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day could add to seven years to your life, heart experts have said.<p>Researchers said …

Biomedicine

The Japanese Art of Recognizing Beauty in Broken Things

How did you feel the last time a coffee mug slipped from your hands and shattered on your kitchen floor? Probably some combination of surprise and annoyance. If it was an heirloom or a sentimental piece, you may have even felt supremely guilty as you swept up the shards.<p>In Japan, instead of tossing …

15 Vibrant + Bright Dining Rooms for Serious Color Inspo

The dining room can <i>and</i> should be the heart of any home. Your healthy, delicious meals are meant to be shared with loved ones in a space that is conducive to love, laughter and, of course, eating. If you feel that your current space is looking a little lackluster, we’ve rounded up some serious color …

Interior Design

9 Simple Habits to Start Now for a More Energetic Day Tomorrow

Let’s just accept the fact that most of us don’t cook healthy meals every night, hit the gym every morning or have the best sleep habits. However, there are some simple ways to start working on healthy habits that don’t require you to have the discipline of a drill sergeant. Pick and choose which …

You are when you eat

<b>(CNN) —</b> We have all heard the age-old weight loss advice to eat less and exercise more. But a number of recent studies suggest that the key to dieting success is not just in how many calories you eat, or don't, but in when you eat them.<p>"There has been so much energy on what we eat and on …

Holistic Medicine

Dynamic Duos: How To Get More Nutrition By Pairing Foods

What are the makings of a great salad? You need fresh greens, of course, and then a layer of colorful vegetables like tomatoes and carrots.<p>That's a good start. But to help the body absorb more of the nutrients packed into this medley, you may want to add something else: a cooked egg.<p>A small study …

Nutrition

Get your digital memories off the computer and onto the page

There is a slight soapbox on which I stand sometimes when I write about photography. Nothing too high-minded, but when the topic allows, I will gently remind people to print out their pictures from their iPhones and computers.<p>Today, I stand before you, not on a soapbox, but on a short stack of …

iPad Apps

The Psychology of Simple

This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.<p>For a concept that we all understand, ‘simple’ is deceivingly difficult to pin down.<p>We may ‘know it when we see it’, but there’s more to what makes a product or website feel simple than just gut reaction.<p>In the words of Steve Jobs:<p>“Simple can be harder …