Nature Deficit Disorder: It’s a thing

View from Buzzard Rock in George Washington National Forest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently returned from a three day backpacking trip in a remote area of the George Washington National Forest. It was a much needed vacation from my urban-focused life, allowing me to reconnect with nature, and helping ward off symptoms of Nature Deficit Disorder. Yes, that is a thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the city, and actually prefer it to a rural or suburban lifestyle. But as someone who has also spent significant periods of their life residing in rural places, I recognize …read more

Food for Thought: The War Against Whey

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many know that Greek yogurt is a superfood, higher in calcium than other dairy products, which helps build strong bones and prevents osteoporosis, and containing a number of other nutrients including high levels of protein and potassium. In addition, research indicates eating foods high in calcium and protein promotes weight loss. Specifically, whey is valued for being highly nutritional for athletes, babies and the elderly.

So what’s not …read more