What the Presence of a Cell Phone Does to Relationships — Even if It’s Turned Off

What the Presence of a Cell Phone Does to Relationships — Even if It’s Turned Off

We do it every day: Sit down with a colleague or friend and put our phones right there on the table. But apparently, the very presence of a cell phone — it doesn’t matter if it is off or not being used — can impact the quality of conversation and how we feel about our relationships.

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Northern Guides: 4 Finnish Companies Innovating in Health and Wellness

Northern Guides: 4 Finnish Companies Innovating in Health and Wellness

Does living close to the Arctic Circle inspire a special kind of creativity? Because today some of the most exciting new innovations in health and wellness are coming out of Finland.  Here are four companies to watch:

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Sleeping with your Cell Phone? Try a Blucoil Cord to Minimize Risk

There are nights when I have wanted to listen to music or a podcast before going to sleep, but I don’t want to fall asleep with my cell phone in the bed (or even nearby) because of radiation risks. There's also the fact that the blue light a cell phone emits can disrupt a good night's rest. The best workaround I’ve discovered is this Blucoil cord extender. It extends the length of the earbuds. That’s it: a longer cord and an easy hack. This way, I can put the cell phone in a drawer or closet. You can buy these extenders on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aYHUep

 

Get the Most Out of Your Tomatoes: 8 Tips

Do you love tomatoes? Here are some tips for better eating, ripening and storing.

1. Tomatoes taste best if eaten immediately.

2. The longer you cook tomatoes, the better they are for you. The heat increases the bioavailability of key nutrients.

3. Tomato paste, the concentrated essence of ripe tomatoes, has up to ten times more lycopene than raw tomatoes.

4. Never put your tomatoes in the refrigerator. The cold can stop them them from producing flavor.

5. Keep stored tomatoes out of the sun. It depletes their Vitamin C.

6. Store tomatoes stem side up and cover with cheese cloth. This keeps the bugs away.

7. Store semi-ripe tomatoes in a brown bag on the counter.

8. Green tomatoes that need help ripening can get a boost by storing them in a brown bag with apples.

Source: National Gardening Association, Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robison

 

Why I Love Baptiste Yoga

by Carolyn Fagan 

How many types of yoga have you tried? I have been going to yoga on and off since my freshman year at NYU, six years ago. Of all the yoga, I’ve tried (and there are many types in NYC), Baptiste Yoga is my favorite. Baptiste Yoga is a branch of Hatha Yoga, or classic yoga, in which you are constantly flowing in a heated, but not too hot, room. I’ve found that I’m able to clear my mind and test my body whenever I go--something about the sweating and the transitions between holding static balance poses and flowing through poses that challenge the muscles of my entire body helps me leave feeling rejuvenated. I’ve found that adding yoga to running, weight-lifting, and HIIT workouts really opens up the possibilities of what your body is able to accomplish.

Today, I’m living in Asheville, North Carolina, a growing city in which there constantly seems to be new fitness studios and trends. I found a wonderful class where I’m able to practice Baptiste whenever I feel a need to reset. Here’s why I like it so much.

 The flow in Baptiste is extremely similar to Vinyasa yoga--a high-powered class in which you are always “flowing” from one position to the next. This is completely different from the slow-paced version of yoga often called “Yin yoga,” where you remain sitting throughout the class and hold stretches for prolonged periods. Baptiste and Vinyasa keep you moving. You hold stretches similar to Yin yoga, but you’ll often find you might need to slow down because your heart rate will be cranking.

The entire class time is guided by a specific set of motivational tenets or key-words, labeled as the “Journey Into Power.” This Journey encourages movement through principles like “Awakening” and “Vitality.” Don’t worry, these principles aren’t super in-your-face, no teachers that I’ve had have formally announced them. I wasn’t even aware of the “Journey Into Power” until I reached out to a Baptiste teacher. Knowing it now, though, perfectly encapsulates one of the main reasons Baptiste feels different. The journey is smooth, and within each portion there are parts that push you and relax you.

Humor is valued. I’ve been fortunate to take classes with Baptiste yoga teachers who encourage laughter, combine comical relief with the actual relief that comes with moving on from a static pose, and assign activities, ranging from asking someone about the most exhilarating thing they did recently or linking up arms during the final resting pose. The humor, for me, is what makes this practice so crave-able. Ideally, yoga should leave you with some peace of mind. Baptiste yoga elevates that peace of mind to a lightness of mind that allows you to find laughter at, or regardless of, what is around you.

The studios are art. I know all yoga studios are decorated and designed in ways that help you relax, but the Baptiste studios I have visited are welcoming in a way that is extraordinarily friendly. Whether a rainbow-colored tree painted on the wall or a smiling skeleton perched in the corner, there’s been amusing details that end up invigorating my Drishti (concentrated intention and focus).

It is hot, but not too hot. Baptiste yoga tends to be practiced at 85-95 degrees (F). This temperature falls right between practices like Ashtanga, which hover around 82 degrees, and Bikram--classic “hot” yoga--which leans towards 105 degrees. This is another huge draw of Baptiste, for me. Hot enough that you’ll definitely get to sweating, but not so hot that you’ll get light-headed.

The classes are around 75 minutes long. I used to shy away from classes this long, thinking I might get bored. However, these classes are designed so that you’re really pushing yourself up front, and are beyond pleased to “relax” and sink into static stretches by the end.

It’s worth it. Beyond Groupons or special first-time discounts, I’m not sure that any yoga is wallet-friendly, at least not to the degree that Yoga to the People was (“donation-based” is to college students as “free” is to college students…). However, I do think it is worth it, especially if you figure out a plan (unlimited month vs. ten expiration-free classes). I’m also seeing an awesome trend in Asheville of exchanging volunteer work for yoga classes, so check out if that option is available to you, if you’re interested.

So if this sounds good, or intriguing, try it out! You can find a Baptiste studio near you here. If you have any questions or want to weigh in your experiences with Baptiste Yoga, let us know.

Carolyn Fagan is a writer who lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

 

The Cryotherapy Diaries: Day One: Two Cold New York Minutes

The Cryotherapy Diaries: Day One: Two Cold New York Minutes

Like many women of a certain age (older mom) and zip code (downtown New York City), I’ve been hearing a lot about full body cryotherapy, a treatment that involves putting yourself in a chamber cooled to approximately -240 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-4 minutes. The cold is said to do all sorts of fountain of youth kind of things, like boost collagen production (love that) and promote weight loss (count me in). 

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Get Schooled on Medicinal Mushrooms: Articles, Videos, Podcasts and More

Get Schooled on Medicinal Mushrooms: Articles, Videos, Podcasts and More

If you happen to live in a neighborhood like Silverlake or Williamsburg, you probably can’t walk down the block without seeing a sign for mushroom lattes or chaga chocolates. Are mushrooms truly the new superfood, a daily must-do, or just another wellness fad?

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"Win a Box of Books" Promotion Details and Rules

 

1.   Eligibility: Earthcake “Win a Box of Books” Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia) who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.  The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.  Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion.

2. Sponsor: Earthcake, 366 Broadway, NY, NY 10013. 

3. Timing: The Promotion begins on July 15, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on July 24, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the "Promotion Period").  Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this Promotion.

4. How to Enter: Follow @DeidreSullivan and retweet. A Follow and a Retweet constitute an entry. For individuals who have already followed, a retweet counts as a second entry.

5. Sweepstakes Prize: ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: A book box containing Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman, Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson, Deskbound by Kelly Starrett, and Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan and Luke Shanahan.

6. Limit: Each entrant may enter/play one (1) time per day during the Promotion Period.  Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address.  Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than the stated number of plays/entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that entrant's plays/entries and that entrant may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification.  In the event of a dispute as to any registration or play, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the entrant or player.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.  Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.

6. Publicity: Except where prohibited, participation in the Promotion constitutes winner’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions hometown and state, and/or testimonials, photos, or other feedback related to prize or Promotion experience, for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

7. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, human error or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

8. Limitations of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible for:  (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.  If for any reason an entrant's entry or play is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another Sweepstakes entry if possible.  No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.

10. Disputes: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Michigan or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

11. Winner: For a winner announcement go to @DeidreSullivan on Twitter.

© 2016 Earthcake.  All Rights Reserved.

 

Surprising Facts about Blueberries: How to Get the Most from Nature’s Summer Superfood

Surprising Facts about Blueberries: How to Get the Most from Nature’s Summer Superfood

I have a stack of favorite books and Jo Robinson’s “Eating on the Wild Side” sits on top. This book is a treasure, a true common sense guide on how to 1) choose fruits and vegetables that are closer to wild plants and have richer nutrient profiles and 2) how to prepare this produce so that you reap the maximum benefits.

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Rules and Details for "Win a Fitbit" Promotion

 

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1.   Eligibility: Earthcake “Win a Fitbit” Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia) who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.  The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.  Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. 

2. Sponsor:  Earthcake, 366 Broadway, NY, NY 10013.   3. Timing: The Promotion begins on June 22, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on June 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (the "Promotion Period").  Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this Promotion. 4. How to Enter: Follow @DeidreSullivan and retweet. A Follow and a Retweet constitute an entry. For individuals who have already followed, a retweet counts as a second entry. 5. Sweepstakes Prize: ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: A Fitbit ™ Flex. 6. Limit: Each entrant may enter/play one (1) time per day during the Promotion Period.  Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address.  Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than the stated number of plays/entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that entrant's plays/entries and that entrant may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification.  In the event of a dispute as to any registration or play, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the entrant or player.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.  Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. 6. Publicity: Except where prohibited, participation in the Promotion constitutes winner’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, hometown and state, and/or testimonials, photos, or other feedback related to prize or Promotion experience, for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.7. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, human error or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

8. Limitations of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible for:  (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.  If for any reason an entrant's entry or play is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another Sweepstakes entry if possible.  No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.  10. Disputes: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Michigan or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.
11. Winner List: For a winner announcement go to www.earthcake.works.  © 2016 Earthcake.  All Rights Reserved.

Is Your Vegetable Garden Magnesium-Deficient? How Epsom Salts Can Help Improve Your Summer Crop

Is Your Vegetable Garden Magnesium-Deficient? How Epsom Salts Can Help Improve Your Summer Crop

For humans, soaking in Epsom salts is a great way to get more magnesium and speed recovery after athletics. But did you know that certain fruit and vegetable plants can benefit from Epsom salts and its high magnesium content, too? 

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Garlic Hacks: Unleash The Maximum Benefits

Garlic Hacks: Unleash The Maximum Benefits

The use of garlic as medicine has been documented throughout history. Ancient Egyptians and Romans used garlic to treat everything from battling fatigue to increasing physical endurance. Native Americans of the Great Lakes region were also huge garlic proponents. They used garlic to deal with a range of ailments including bee stings, colic, sore throats, and earaches

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