The first time I ate a fresh pear, I was roughly twelve years old. The flavor concerned me, and I asked my mom if there was something wrong with it. You see, I grew up on Hamburger Helper, Kraft macaroni and cheese, and Dole fruit cocktail in heavy syrup (still a favorite of mine–the maraschino cherries!). It wasn’t till my twelfth year that my parents finished grad school and finally had the time and money to introduce fresh foods into mine and my sister’s diet. It was a bit of an adjustment. Even at school we were used to eating processed foods.
My sister and I still give our younger brother and sister a hard time for being born a decade after us and getting to take advantage of dad’s newfound love for cooking. This is something that I talk to my dad about a lot, and he says that not finding ways for us to eat healthier earlier is one of his biggest regrets. It has taken me a while, but I have slowly but surely introduced every variety of food into my diet and learned how to cook along the way. Eating and preparing fresh foods brings me so much joy and keeps me healthy. The infographic below discusses the importance of educating children on food, and not just any food, real, healthy food. [via]Share This Infographic
It’s late, you’ve just gotten off work and you’re tired and hungry; you just want something cheap, hassle-free and filling. As someone who has been in this situation several times myself, I can say with confidence that it’s hard to go wrong with Chinese food. Many take-out places are open late and have a wide variety of familiar (and sometimes not-so-familiar) dishes that are tasty and happily get the job done. Out of all the times I’ve ordered that entree and soup special, though, I’ve never really taken the time to consider the real depth and variety of dishes that Chinese food has to offer.
Today’s infographic from the Huffington Post gives us a mini tour of the different types and styles of Chinese cuisine that we have all come to love. I personally love to get a plate of Kung Pao chicken with some hot and sour soup, but I never knew that those two dishes likely originated in different regions of China. Kung Pao chicken, with its spicy flavor and ample use of dried peppers and peanuts is an example of Szechuan Chinese cuisine, which is characterized by chili, Szechuan peppercorn, garlic, ginger and peanuts. The hot and sour soup, on the other hand, would likely be considered a Fujian dish as Fujian is a bit lighter and is generally characterized by soups that are sweet, spicy and sometimes sour.
For more info on your favorite types of Chinese food have a look at the graphic below. [Via]Share This Infographic
Throughout our lives we have all heard myths about how handwriting has a direct correlation to our personalities.
If you use curvy letters you must be unruly and over confident. If your hand writing is messy then you must not be smart or care about being presentable. If you write big you must be loud and if you write small you must be quiet.
When it comes to character nothing is ever black and white. Nothing is ever so clean cut that it becomes a definite in regards to the human condition. If these myths were true I’d be a recluse with no friends little self-esteem and poor hygiene.
However, the myths are not true but it is interesting to see how close some of the following findings are true. Just like artwork and text tell some truth about an artist or writer, handwriting will tell some truth about the person who put the pen to paper.
We all want to know ourselves better and honestly the better you do the more successful you will be. Be more self aware and you will be more aware of those around you. [via]
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Did your kids spend too much of their summer lying around the house in front of the TV or computer screen? If so, check out today’s infographic geared towards helping parents motivate their kids to break out of lazy summer habits.
Each summer, your average child under the age of 18 spends a total of 4 hours watching TV and another 3 hours playing video games. That’s 7 hours a day spent in front of a screen that could be spent outside, exercising or doing other productive activities. (Not to say video games are a complete taboo, but c’mon I don’t think encouraging children to spend 7 hours of their day in front of a screen is a very good idea).
With that being said, Workout in a Bag for Kids, lists three easy tips to help parents break their kids’ lazy summer habits: One, talk to your kids about being healthy, and explain to them the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Children can’t understand what they don’t know, and even if they don’t agree with you, they will understand one day the importance of exercise and a healthy diet (they’re just kids). Two, make exercising fun. Whether it’s buying a home entertainment system (like a Wii), or just playing basketball with your kids every day, anything helps. And, lastly, be a role model. Children look up to adults as role models, so if you make it a point to live a healthier lifestyle, your kids will most likely follow suit.
So, without further adieu:
In many ways dogs really are man’s best friend. We’ve sustained a co-existing relationship with this species for almost 10,000 years! If that doesn’t speak to the friendship between us, I don’t know what will. In fact, we’ve had such a close relationship that half of the 400 inherited canine diseases are similar to human ones! The human-dog bond is in our DNA!
By studying the DNA sequences of both humans and dogs through genomics, scientists are beginning to personalize medicines, improve treatments, and develop preventative diagnostic tests for both canine and human diseases. Through looking at human genes, we can be more informed about how to treat canine diseases and vis-versa. For example, things such as human degenerative retinal diseases have helped researchers detect gene mutations related to vision loss in 100 different canine breeds (Labrador Retriever, Portuguese Water Dog, Miniature and Toy Poodles just to name a few)!
It’s quite astounding that simply by studying the similarities between the genes of humans and dogs we can help us take better care of ourselves and the lives our best friends. Now if only we can figure out what the heck is up with cats… I wonder how similar our genes are to that of felines…