Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Your Food
You’re probably familiar with upcycling projects where, instead of throwing something away, you give it a DIY upgrade, creating something prettier and more functional. People love this type of recycling because it helps reduce waste and allows creativity to shine as something old is given a new use. The latest trend in upcycling involves food! This is actually an ancient tradition based on the idea of using up all you have. Modern-day organizations like upcycledfood.org are now educating people about the many ways upcycled foods can benefit us all. According to the organization, “Upcycled foods are made from ingredients that would otherwise have ended up in a food waste destination.” These food scraps can now find a second life as new meals for human consumption, animal feed, pet food, cosmetics, and more. And less waste means a healthier planet for all! This exciting movement could also help feed a growing population without putting additional demands on the environment.
Can Plants Really Clean the Air?
For years, people believed that houseplants could help filter the air in their homes. This idea became popular due to the 1989 Clean Air Study by NASA that suggested that in addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, certain indoor plants might also remove volatile organic pollutants, or VOCs, from the air. As a result, people began to fill their living spaces with English ivy, snake plants, and peace lilies galore. However, follow-up studies failed to replicate the NASA results. Instead, additional research found that while plants do have some effect on indoor quality, the benefits are extremely minimal. In fact, scientists noted that to have any sort of meaningful difference in the air quality of your home, you’d need to fill a room from floor to ceiling with plants. The good news is houseplants aren’t without other health benefits. While they may not be great at improving air quality, they can stimulate a positive mood and overall happiness. It’s believed that seeing the green of nature indoors helps people feel calm and relaxed and may even promote better sleep. In the workplace, this can lead to increased focus and greater productivity.
A Diet Trend to Think About
How often do you actually sit down, remove yourself from all external distractions, and just eat? If you’re like the majority of Americans, not often at all. More than ever, people are eating while they work, drive, watch TV, or scrolling Instagram. Why does it matter? Studies show multitasking while eating leads to overeating, which can then contribute to weight gain and poor health overall. Enter mindful eating, a concept that implores you to bring your full attention to your food. Based on Buddhist principles of being fully present and acknowledging your emotions and physical sensations without judgement, mindful eating can help you tune into your hunger and satiety signals so you don’t overindulge. The process of mindful eating also includes being aware of the health and nutritional benefits when choosing food; noticing the colors, smells, textures, and tastes of each food; and eating only until hunger is satisfied. Using these tactics help you listen to your body and make healthier choices. Americans love a new diet trend—especially one that isnt overcomplicated. Mindful eating seems to fit the bill!