May 8, 2015 |
Tracking your calories. Watching your salt intake. Eating less sugar and more vegetables. Monitoring macronutrients such as protein, fats, and fiber. All are among things health-savvy Americans try to do nowadays, sometimes the old-fashioned way - say, with notebooks and calorie charts - and sometimes online or with mobile apps. But as anyone who tries food tracking can tell you, it's tough to keep up. Philadelphia's Anthony Ortiz says he's invented a better way: SmartPlate, a high-tech, patent-pending tool he unveiled this week at the Collision , a competitive technology expo in Las Vegas, and on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website.
January 18, 2015
ISSUE | FREE SPEECH Echoes of Penn Penn professor Anne Norton purports to protect speech but not bigotry, yet confuses both and protects neither ("Protect free speech, but don't defend bigotry," Jan. 14). Norton's model appears to be her employer, the University of Pennsylvania, which The Inquirer once branded as the nation's most politically correct university. That stemmed from a student's use of the term "water buffalo," for which Penn acted to expel him for violating its speech code.
January 16, 2015 |
CAVEMEN had all the time in the world. Those single-minded Homo sapiens didn't have to worry about multitasking or time clocks. Which is why weary home cooks following a gluten-free diet - or simply trying to feed their families fresh, healthful food - may say "paleo-schmaleo" when trying to follow in our ancestors' knuckle-dragging steps. The much-hyped paleo diet - or lifestyle, if you will - tosses out the agricultural products incorporated into the human diet over the past, say, 10,000 years in favor of a whole-foods approach to eating meat, plants and seafood that dates back to cave-dwelling days.
December 7, 2014 |
A few things I adore: butter pecan ice cream, fresh-baked sourdough bread, and peaches. A few things I no longer eat: butter pecan ice cream, fresh-baked sourdough bread, and peaches. (OK, I did indulge in a scoop of homemade butter pecan in Cape May over the summer, which I downed in record time. But it was the first time I had eaten ice cream in a year.) I'm not talking about giving up gluten or going on a weird crash diet. Not even about the currently trendy paleo lifestyle.
September 15, 2014 |
Ish has always been content to lounge in the yard with his owner, occasionally showing his "silly side" by zipping around the house before slumping down in front of the screen door to gaze outside. "He just fits me," said Stephanie Stepansky, of Harrisburg, who purchased the orange-flecked bearded dragon from a pet store six years ago, at age three months. But in January, Ish went from leaping lizard to lump. His normal fervor for daily playtime became uninterrupted rest in the log hollow within of his 75-gallon tank.
September 11, 2014
WHILE MANY women demonstrated their liberation in the 1970s by burning their bras, in my opinion they should have thrown their suck-the-life-out-of-you girdles into the flames, too. Far more dangerous to a woman's health and happiness than a bra, girdles and their 19th-century cousin, the corset, have made a stunning comeback. A girdle by any other name, the 21st-century garment comes with such sweet euphemisms: beauty girdle, compression garment, body shaper, shape wear and waist cinchers.
June 16, 2014 |
These days, all you need to lose weight is diet, exercise, and a smartphone. You know what I'm talking about? Haven't you noticed the trend? I haven't, either. Daughter Francesca keeps me abreast of such things, so that I can sound remotely relevant at cocktail parties, which I never attend and doubt even exist anymore. We begin when I was on my last diet, and Francesca told me that the best way to lose weight was to use an app that was free for your phone, called Lose It!
May 30, 2014
PLANT-based foods: Powerful enough to knock you on your ass? Indeed. Especially as processed by some Philly Roller Girls who fuel themselves with "kinder, gentler" foods as they elbow their way to the top of their tough game. Our Delaware Valley league has around 50 women on four teams, including the Liberty Belles all-stars, who take on Pittsburgh's Steel City Roller Derby on Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania's Class of 1923 Arena. More than a dozen PRG members are vegetarian and/or vegan-leaning eaters, estimated league spokeswoman Erica Vanstone.
April 17, 2014
STARS struggle with their weight just like, well, just like normal folk. The difference is, celebrities take a real beating in the press for their highly publicized ups and downs. When I think about Kirstie Alley, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Hudson, Valerie Bertinelli, and perhaps the most famous of all, Oprah, I think of the many lessons these courageous women have taught me about the highs and lows of weight loss. I suppose that when stress piles up, celebrities - just like the rest of us - use food for comfort.
January 31, 2014 |
Since the Eagles once again aren't playing in the Super Bowl, we have another chance to celebrate the cuisines of other teams - without feeling the least bit disloyal. The heritage, population, and climes of both coastal Seattle and mile-high Denver are a great starting point for some fresh and healthful dishes. And it seems too close after making the New Year's resolution for a healthy diet to revert to the worst of the junk-food habits of game day. So, why not draw inspiration from the cities of the two franchises who will be facing off for Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday?