10 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Reducing your carbon footprint depends largely on using less carbon-producing energy. Even little actions can add up to create a worthwhile environmental benefit.

Here are 10 easy ways you can reduce your carbon footprint at home. There is literally no reason that almost anyone cannot take these simple, energy-saving steps.

1) Set your refrigerator temperature at 36° to 38° and your freezer at 0° to 5°. They will use less energy when you reduce the differential between the temperature of the room and the temperature set point inside the refrigerator and freezer.

2) Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load so that it uses less energy.

3) Use a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven or cook top when possible to conserve energy when cooking. Savings are particularly striking when reheating food or liquids.  Continue reading “10 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint”

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Overfed and Undernourished: A Recipe for Obesity and Illness

Overfed and undernourished. With 24/7 access to nutritionally depleted, technologically created, chemically treated “food,” many of us are taking in thousands of calories that do little to sustain us, let alone nourish us and encourage us to thrive. With so many of us existing this way today, is it any wonder why we struggle with our weight and health?

It’s so easy to grab prepackaged, convenient vending machine, drive-thru or shelf food, but what price are you really paying for all that “convenience”? Larger sized clothing, higher medical bills and a decreased quality of life are just a few. Why? Our bodies are designed to eat fresh, natural, whole foods that supply us with an endless array of vitamins, minerals, fiber and incredible nutrients. Denying yourself of what truly healthy food provides robs you of your health, youth and vitality.

Here’s what also happens when you eat this way. Foods that don’t nourish you also don’t truly satisfy you. So, we overeat in a search to find that satisfaction that those unhealthy food choices simply can’t provide. Of course all of this overeating causes weight gain and when our weight starts to impact us enough, we may severely restrict ourselves believing that deprivation and discomfort is the only way to achieve lasting health and wellness. Continue reading “Overfed and Undernourished: A Recipe for Obesity and Illness”

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The Most Nutritious Foods to Add to your Diet Today!

After a brutally hot summer it has been such a treat to experience the recent cooler weather. One of my favorite aspects of the cooler months, and something that I’m reminded of every year as we start that transition towards fall, is that certain foods become even more tasty than in the warmer months.

As the weather cools, it becomes the very best time of year to incorporate leafy green veggies – spinach, kale, collards, chard, cabbage, bok choy, mustard greens, escarole, etc. – into the diet. These veggies taste the best this time of year; they get sweeter as the weather gets colder, and actually are best after the first frost!

Greens: Why should we eat them?

Despite the widely divergent dietary theories you may have come across in your own research and reading, one area that every nutritionist, registered dietitian and other health professional can agree upon is that we should eat more vegetables. And I’d have to add my own voice to that recommendation as well…while perhaps getting a little more specific.  Continue reading “The Most Nutritious Foods to Add to your Diet Today!”

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Is There an Ideal Time to Take Your Supplements?

Customers often ask me if there is an optimal time to take their supplements. With food? Without food? And, they also wonder if there are certain vitamins and minerals that should not be taken at the same time. These are good questions.

In general, vitamins and minerals are best taken with meals in divided doses throughout the day.  Because your body can absorb and use only so much of a vitamin and mineral at one time, dividing the dosage over the course of the day will increase your utilization of these nutrients. The release of stomach acid caused by the presence of food enhances nutrient absorption. And, dietary fats assist in the transportation and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A, D, E, and K. However, several supplements tend to work more efficiently in the body when taken away from food. Examples include, enzymes used to address inflammation, many herbal supplements, and certain probiotics.

I tend not be concerned with nutrients competing for absorption unless you are taking a large amount of one or a few nutrients. If you are taking fiber as a supplement, it is best to take it several hours away from your other nutrients because it can interfere with their absorption. And, if you have been advised to take an iron supplement, take it away from your calcium supplement to ensure that calcium will not inhibit its absorption. Continue reading “Is There an Ideal Time to Take Your Supplements?”

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Impactful Green Technologies of the Future: Geothermal Energy and Advanced Biofuels

The wide range of green technologies under development is staggering. Alternative energy technologies, in particular, are receiving billions of dollars of support from venture capitalists, corporate investments, and government grants. With all the hype and noise in the alternative energy sector, a key challenge is separating the substance from the fluff.  For what it is worth, here are my thoughts on two green technologies that will truly have a large impact over the next one or two decades.

Number one on my list is geothermal power. In my humble opinion, geothermal heating and cooling is currently the most underutilized technology in the world. The principle behind geothermal technology is well understood.  No new science is needed. If you have ever gone into a cave or a traditional wine cellar, you know that below about 6 to 8 feet of depth, the temperature is relatively constant 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Geothermal technology simply makes use of this constant temperature underground to provide your home with cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. The technology is straightforward.  By circulating water or another suitable liquid through pipes buried in your backyard, the heating or cooling can be brought into your home. By setting up a heat exchanger inside your home, this relatively constant temperature source underneath your yard can be tapped into, becoming a heat sink in warm months and a heat source in cold months. Electricity and gas requirements for heating a cooling can be decreased dramatically. Continue reading “Impactful Green Technologies of the Future: Geothermal Energy and Advanced Biofuels”

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August 2011