December 6th, 2011

Recycling Paper

Recyling 1 ton of paper can save up to 17 trees!

June 29th, 2011

Lululemon Athletica on my wall

  • Drink FRESH water and as much water as you can. Water flushes unwanted toxins from your body and keeps your brain sharp.
  • Observe a plant before and after being watered and relate these benefits to your body and brain.
  • Coke, Pepsi and all other pops will be known as the cigarettes of the future. Colas are NOT a substitute for water. They’re just another cheap drug made to look great by advertisers.
  • Breathe: this lets you live in the moment.
  • Stretch: this releases toxins from your muscles.
  • Do yoga so you can remain active in physical sports as you age.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Listen, listen, listen, and then ask strategic questions.
  • SWEAT once a day to regenerate your skin.
  • Compliments from the heart elevate others’ spirit and will often result in an encouraging word from someone else… a domino effect.
  • Your outlook on life is a direct reflection of how much you like yourself.
  • Life is full of setbacks. Success is determined by how you handle them.
  • Write down your short and long term GOALS four times a year. Two personal, two business and one health goal. A study at Yale University found that only 3% of students had written goals. Twenty years later, the same 3% were wealthier than the other 97% combined.
  • You ALWAYS have a choice and the conscious brain can only hold one thought at a time. Choose a positive thought.
  • Visualize your eventual demise. It has an amazing effect on how you life for the moment.
  • Communication is COMPLICATED. Each person is raised in a different family with a different definition of every word.
  • LOVE
  • Jealousy works the opposite way you want it to.
  • Nature wants us to be mediocre because we have a greater chance to survive and reproduce. Mediocre is as close to the bottom as it is to the top. Be creative. Do one thing a day that scares you.
  • Take various vitamins. You never know what small mineral can eliminate the bottleneck to everlasting health.
  • Dance, sing, floss and travel.
  • Do not use cleaning chemicals on your kitchen counters. Try vinegar and lemon. Someone will inevitably make a sandwich on your counter.
  • Rules of Marriage: respect the other person, compromise, be open to communicate, and build a common set of life values. If you don’t do this, you are in a lot of trouble.
  • Just like how you did not know what an orgasm was before you had one, nature does not let you know how great children are until you have them. Children are the orgasm of life.
  • Friends are more important than money. Don’t trust that an old age pension will be sufficient.
  • Live near the ocean and inhale the pure salt air that flows over the water. Vancouver will do nicely. 
  • Stress is related to 99% of all illnesses.
  • One hour of aerobic exercise will release endorphins to regenerate cells and offset stress.
  • A daily hit of athletic induced endorphins will give you the power to make better decisions and help you be at peace with yourself.
  • Wake up and realize you are surrounded by amazing friends.

* lululemon athletica was formed to provide people with components to live a longer, healthier and more fun life. If we can produce products to keep people active and stress free, we believe the world will be a better place. Do it now. The world is changing AT SUCH A RAPID rate that waiting to implement changes will leave you two steps behind. DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW!

June 14th, 2011

1,001 Ways to Save the Earth : 1

I will be giving you one tip a day (or will try to) on ways we can save the earth. This is taken from the cutest little book by Joanna Yarrow. If you can’t wait for all 1,001 tips, you can get yourself a copy for less than ten bucks from places like!

1. SPEAK UP. If you see something you think might be pollution- from trash dumped in a park to foamy scum on the surface of a river - notify your local government or environmental agency. Perhaps someone else has already pointed it out, but it’s far better for the problem to be reported twice than not at all.

The Dirtiest & Cleanest

In produce. The Environmental Working Group released its 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce recently. The goal of the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides is to help shoppers reduce their exposure to pesticides. EQG states that “the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure,” but pesticide intake can be lowered “substantially by avoiding the 13 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.”

Here’s the most recent Dirty Dozen list:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines – imported
  7. Grapes – imported
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries – domestic
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale

On the other end of the spectrum, here is the Clean 15. When the USDA tested these 15 fruits and vegetables, the least amount of pesticide residue was found on them. The EWG calculates that “consumers who choose five servings of fruits and vegetables a day from EWG’s Clean 15 list rather than from the Dirty Dozen can lower the volume of pesticides they consume by 92 percent.”

Here is the list of the Clean 15.

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe – domestic
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

I know organic produce is usually more expensive to buy, so maybe choosing from this list of “clean” fruit and vegetables can help you stay within your budget while limiting your exposure to harmful pesticides.

Morning Sickness

No, I’m not pregnant but I do get scared when I hear stories of morning sickness. It occurs in at least 50% of pregnant women, according to Healthcanal. It happens because of a sudden increase in hormones. It is more ordinary in the morning but it can happen at any time of the day or night.

Most pregnant women have at least some nausea and about a third has vomiting. It begins during the first month of pregnancy and continues through the 3rd or 4th month. Some have nausea and vomiting throughout the entire pregnancy. Ack!

Here are a couple of tips on some remedies that might help.

  • Keep your mouth fresh and clean. A lot of pregnant women have excess saliva and brushing your teeth frequently will help. Also try some breath mints to help with reducing saliva and for nausea.
  • Don’t skip meals, eat smaller ones because an empty stomach can produce more acid, which will make you feel worse when it comes to morning sickness.
  • Try mixing a glass of water with one tablespoon of honey and apple. Make sure to stay hydrated and avoid any foods or drinks that may cause dehydration.
  • Mix 2-4 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water.
  • If that doesn’t help to make you feel better, try a mixture of lemon juice and mint juice 3-4 times a day.

So for those of you who are having morning sickness, try these tips out and let me know how they work for you!

June 8th, 2011

Rush Hour Sucks!

Commuting is such a chore. Commuting during rush hour sucks even more. Having done that for several years, I chose not to take public transportation to commute to work. I don’t have a car of my own and I don’t even know how to drive so I choose to ride my bicycle to work. I must say it is better than taking public transportation to work but it can be stressful as well, especially in a city where it isn’t so bike-friendly.

David Brooks says that the best way to make yourself happy is to have a short commute and get married. Two Swiss economists, Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer discovered a new human foible, which they called “the commuters paradox”. They found that, when people are choosing where to live, they consistently underestimate the pain of a long commute. 

Anyway, I would do anything to be able to walk or cycle to work. Let’s take a look at the benefits of cycling to work:

  • The immune system serves to protect the body from infections and diverse systemic diseases. Studies show that moderate activity, such as cycling, strengthens the immune system and thus contributes to a healthy life. It can also increase activity against tumour cells, assisting the prevention of related illnesses.
  • Humans have several hundred muscles, which have to be used regularly in order to maintain fitness and health. A week of inactivity reduces the strength of the muscular system by up to 50% and can harm them long-term. This is particularly true for older people as aging causes muscles to shrink.
    During cycling, most of the body’s muscles are activated. The leg muscles are responsible for the pedalling movement; the abdomen and back muscles stabilise the body on the cycle and cushion external influences; and the shoulder-arm muscular system supports the body at the handlebars. All this trains and tightens up the muscular system, making it stronger and able to function efficiently.
  • This is the body’s supporting framework, held together by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Exercise and the accompanying strain on the skeletal system strengthens it and increases mobility. Cycling has a positive effect on bone density and strength. Moreover, a muscular system strengthened by cycling supports and protects the skeletal system.
  • Posture when cycling is optimum, and the cyclic movement of the legs stimulates muscles in the lower back, where slipped discs are most likely to occur. In this way the spine is strengthened and secured against external stresses. In particular cycling can stimulate the small muscles of the vertebrae which are difficult to affect through other exercise. This can help reduce the likelihood of back pains and other problems.
  • Cycling is especially good at protecting and feeding cartilages as the support given by the bicycle means that the forces that act as a result of body weight are significantly reduced. The circular movement of cycling assists the transport of energy and other metabolic produces to the cartilages, reducing the likelihood of arthrosis.
  • Physical activity serves as a regulator to relieve the stress that is common in current lifestyles. It produces the balance between exertion and relaxation which is so important for the body’s inner equilibrium. Cycling is especially ideal for this process, countering stress in two ways: by satisfying the need for activity where people lack movement or exercise; and by balancing out increased strain, particularly mental and emotional.
  • Cycling has a considerable relaxing effect due to its uniform, cyclic movement which stablises the physical and emotional functions of the body. This counteracts anxiety, depression and other psychological problems. The exercise also controls hormonal balance.
  • Oxygen is vital for all biological organisms and the basic prerequisite for the respiratory processes of humans. Respiration is often impaired by adiposity and lack of exercise. Among other things, regular physical activity strengthens the respiratory muscles, which leads to improved ventilation of the lungs and thus has a positive effect on oxygen exchange. Enormous positive health effects can be achieved in energy uptake and processing, through moderate cycling.
  • The heart is one of the most important organisms for a healthy life but can be damaged by inactivity. Cycling is ideal for training the heart to be stronger which results in less stress of the heart. All the risk factors that lead to a heart attack are reduced and regular cycling reduces the likelihood of heart attack by more than 50%.
  • Cycling is ideal for targeting these problems as 70% of the body’s weight is borne by the saddle, thus enabling people who could not otherwise move easily to exercise to increase their physical fitness and stimulate fat metabolism. Cycling also contributes to weight reduction by burning energy.
  • Cycling can train the organism to use up fat reserves and also changes the cholesterol balance, favoring the protective kind over that which is threatening to health. As body weight reduces and cholesterol is optimized, a protective mechanism is enabled by continuing to cycle. Regular exercise during youth is a prevention factor against excessive body weight in adults.
  • Moderate cycling can prevent, or at least reduce, high blood pressure and so help to avoid stroke or damage to the organs. Blood pressure is also reduced by a lower heart rate, which is a result of regular cycling.
  • Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of colon, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers, and possibly lung and endometrial cancers too.
  • Cycling is especially good for aerobic exercise as the strain on the body is less than in other endurance sports. Improved stamina reduces tiredness and fatigue and promotes a sense of well-being.
  • Beauty and attractiveness are much linked to body shape and condition. Cycling can positively influence these by controlling body weight and muscular form. Skin also benefits from the metabolic processes that are stimulated. In addition, cycling affects physical feeling which influences the perception of others.
  • In addition to regular moderate exercise, the body benefits from more demanding activity from time to time, which improves fitness and provides greater diversion from everyday problems. Cycling can provide more intensive activity as easily as by pedaling faster or harder.
  • Physical activity has a direct effect on well-being and health. Cycling has numerous advantages that can directly affect quality of life, as it provides benefits both physically and emotionally. Regular exercise, taken as an integral part of daily life, is needed to permanently enhance the quality of life.
  • Minuscule carbon footprint
  • Fewer worries about finding a parking space
  • Cost savings

I would like to see more places become bike-friendly. At the same time, cyclists also need to be educated: don’t ride on the wrong side of the road. Look before you turn. Wear a helmet. Drivers need to learn that they don’t own the road and they have to learn to share roads with cyclists. I would like more bike-lanes. I don’t have a lot of confidence riding on the roads so I sometimes to ride on the sidewalks. I would like to see more bicycle movements. In the mean time, I am happy that the first protected bike lane is coming to Chicago. Make good use of it!

June 4th, 2011

Solar-Powered Bikini for the Summer!

Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider is now taking orders for his solar-powered bikini. With this bikini, you can charge your cellphone or MP3 player. According to ecouterre, the high-tech swimsuit comprises thin, flexible photovoltaic film strips and USB connectors, woven together with conductive thread. Each bikini costs just under $200, and is hand-stitched, requiring an average of 80 hours to make. No need to worry about your iPod running out of juice; the solar bikini will charge your favorite gadgets while you get your tan! You will be able to swim in the bikini as long as you remember to unplug your gadgets and dry out the USB ports before you connect anything else. Schneider says they are totally safe as there is no actual energy stored.

He is also working on a pair of trunks that chills beer. “You’gve got tunes, you’ve got beer, you’ve got sun, and you’ve got each other in swimwear,” he says of his eventual line. “The rest is up to you.”

June 1st, 2011

String Gardens

How awesome are these hanging plants from String Gardens? Imagine having an indoor garden with these plants. Imagine having one room filled with these hanging plants. Just lovely!

7 Foods To Avoid

According to Dr. Mercola, from Greenwala

Canned Tomatoes

An endocrinologist won’t go near canned tomatoes — the cans are lined with a resin containing BPA, and tomatoes are especially dangerous because their acid breaks the BPA down in dangerous amounts.

Conventional Beef

Conventional cattle are fed grain, corn and soy to make them fat, even though studies show that grass-fed beef higher in important vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory fats.

Microwave Popcorn

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) lines microwave popcorn bags, and when they are heated the compound, which has been linked to infertility, leaches onto the food.

Conventional Potatoes

Non-organic potatoes are heavily sprayed with herbicides, pesticides and fungicides — many potato growers don’t eat the potatoes they sell, but instead and grow their own separate plots without all the chemicals.

Farmed Salmon

Farmed salmon are stuffed into pens and fed chicken feathers and pellets. A scientific study on fish contamination showed high levels of carcinogens such as DDT and PCBs.

Conventional Milk

Dairy cows are fed growth hormones to maximize milk production, which results in increased incidence of udder infection and pus in the milk.

Conventional Apples

Apples are heavily and frequently doused with pesticides — pesticides that have been linked to Parkinson’s.