19 May 2014

A digital telegram for your Monday

In the UK, Dixons have bought a company which sells mobile phones. The company is called Carphone Warehouse. If you’re younger than 40, you might be aware that mobile phones once looked like this: That’s the Motorola DynaTAC, with engineer Martin Cooper who made the first mobile phone call. The DynaTAC went on sale in 1984. Before that, there were even larger semi-mobile phones called carphones. They consisted of three parts: a handset, which generally looked like the DynaTAC; a control panel which was mounted into the car dashboard; and a box the size of a small suitcase which often went in the trunk of the car and contained the actual phone circuitry. ... Read more

18 May 2014

Health Kick: Diet is hard, let’s go shopping

Here are the basic rules I set out to follow when food shopping, in roughly descending order of importance: Aim for under 28g of sugar per day, excluding sugar in raw fruits and vegetables. Whole grain everything. Try to increase my fat intake towards the upper end of the recommended daily amount, so that food would taste better without sugar, have a lower glycemic load, and cut my hunger for longer. ... Read more

17 May 2014

Health Kick: Gadgets

I’m generally skeptical about health gadgets, even more than I am about gym membership. Call me a cynic, but I don’t think sauna pants are going to get you slim just by wearing them for an hour a day, or that the thigh toner is going to melt the fat off your ass. Even if the device works, we’ve all been to someone’s house and seen the exercise bike that’s been converted into a coat rack. ... Read more

16 May 2014

Health Kick: Ten simple improvements

Well, notionally simple. Actually having the willpower, well, that’s a whole separate discussion. But here are some tricks to start with. 1. Stop drinking soda The first thing I did after deciding I needed to lose weight, was to cut my soda intake to zero. There is absolutely nothing good about soda. A single can of Coke contains more than a day’s sugar. Soda has no nutrient value aside from the glucose which makes up half the sugar, and it will often leave you thirstier. ... Read more

15 May 2014

Health Kick: Some good news

The last article focused on bad news. This time I’m going to focus on good news — or at least, what good news I’ve been able to find. You can enjoy eggs again As mentioned in the last article, for most people eggs do not contribute to high cholesterol levels. They’re also good for you, and very nutritious. Just try and pick up the free range ones. I like omelets and quiche, and it has been good to be able to eat them again without feeling guilty. ... Read more

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