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If You Do One Green Thing Today…

Use less dryer time! Make a simple investment in a drying rack or washing line, and you will cut back on the loads — no pun intended! — of energy that are being used by a dryer.

I am guilty of wasting electricity by using a dryer, so this is one green to-do that I need to start incorporating into my everyday routine.

Check out the Whitney Design Wall Mount Telescoping Indoor Drying Rack, Versaline SlimLine Clothes Line, Whitney Outdoor Clothes Drying Umbrella, Mrs. Pegg’s Handy Line or Polder Chrome Accordian Clothes Dryer. Some of them can be a bit pricey, so it just depends on your budget.

The point is that there is an option for everyone — and that is what makes being green just so gosh-darn fabulous!

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Filed under May 2008, Pray

Just Make One Small Change, You Greenie!

“If I make one tiny positive change today, I consider myself green. It can be as simple as flicking off a light switch or buying an organic apple. My motto is one change makes a difference, and if you can make two, that’s even better!” — Sophie Uliano, author of Gorgeously Green: 8 Small Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life

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Filed under April 2008, Pray

Make Your Voice Heard on Earth Day!

In case you have not yet heard, Earth Day is tomorrow! The following are a few Earth Day activities that have been created to honor the day in which we celebrate the very ground on which we walk! Now, I am not one to talk politics amongst mixed company, but the first item on the Earth Day to-do list is one in which people from every political standpoint can take part ….

More Earth Day links:

And don’t forget to wear green!♥

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Filed under April 2008, Pray

Recycle and Reuse

Recycling saves energy: Creating a new aluminum can from scratch takes 95% more energy than making a can from recycled aluminum. — Source: Earth911

Stay tuned for more green information later today — here at Eat, Pray, Run we are honoring Earth Month!

P.S. A very special congratulations to my sister, Amanda. Today is her last day of college!

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Filed under April 2008

Why Skipping Breakfast is Making You Fat

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I am very sleepy today.

You know that kind of tired where your brain feels fuzzy and you wake up already thinking about falling back asleep? Yeah, that is how I feel today.

But enough about me.

Yesterday, I was reading through Eat This, Not That: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds-or More!, the invaluable nutrition resource by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding that I have told you about in an earlier post.

Well, there is one very interesting page titled, “When You Need to Wake Up and Go” where Zinczenko and Goulding discuss with the reader the foods that are good, and not so good for helping to open your peepers.

What’s more, according to Eat This, Not That, not eating breakfast will cause you to “drag all day — and even put on the pounds.” Here are some of the proper choices that the authors suggest a good little breakfast eater put on his or her plate:

  • Eggs and Whole Wheat Toast — “Eggs are a great source of protein, and having them for breakfast sets you up for a perfect day of eating.” The authors go on to say that Saint Louis University researchers found that people who eat eggs for breakfast consume 264 fewer calories the rest of the day than those who eat bagels and cream cheese. Whoa! Who woulda thought that a little egg could make such a big difference?!
  • Cottage Cheese with Berries — I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand cottage cheese; I have just never been able to tolerate the texture. But, apparently, this fruit and cheese curd combo will produce “slow and steady levels of blood sugar, not a sudden spike,” like your Eggos may. Another protein and fiber-rich pairing includes two scrambled eggs stuffed into a whole wheat pita.

Did you know? Waiting more than 90 minutes after waking to eat breakfast may increase your chances of obesity by nearly 50 percent?!! Yikes!!

  • Post Original Shredded Wheat – The book suggests that all breakfast cereals should have 5 grams of fiber and less than 5 grams of sugar per serving in order to be deemed a good breakfast option. “The fiber will help keep your belly full and your blood sugar levels stable.” The authors suggest that if shredded wheat is too boring for you, adding mix-ins, such as strawberries or raisins will give ho-hum cereal an extra punch.

Unfortunately, the book delivers the fateful news that one of the worst (but oh-so-tasty!) menu options for the morning is a bagel and cream cheese. “At 500 calories and 20 grams of fat, this classic is one of the worst ways to start your day.” The combo has been shown to cause a dip in energy and a spike in hunger before lunchtime should even be a thought in our brains. In addition to bagels, croissants, doughnuts, danish and pancakes all fit the bill as “Not That” foods. Kind of a bummer, but good to know … I guess. ):

So, I am still feeling very yawnish, but now this post has made me hungry. What ever will I eat for breakfast? Hmmm….

By the way, if you have not yet taken yesterday’s survey about volunteering, please do it now! I am hoping we can all inspire each other to do more for our communities!!

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Filed under Eat, February 2008