Five Things Fall 10.27.11

I knew it was Fall. I really did- I watched September 23rd come and go and I knew it was Fall. But today, on my drive home from work, I discovered Fall. Somehow the trees had changed colors without me realizing! I wonder how long I drove to work without even noticing the colorful trees around me.

Needless to say I’ve been quite busy with the new job. Which, by the way, I love! The days/weeks have been speeding by. Though I suppose that this is the nature of life.

In honor of the glorious season that is Fall (Autumn), I have compiled my Five Things Fall. Please enjoy while your party is reached.

Five Things (Thursday) Fall

1. AhhhCHOOO

Fall marks the start of cold and flu season. Are you ready? Here are the best and worst natural cold and flu remedies

2. Wanna be a superhero?

Too bad. But you can eat super foods. Check out these 5 “convenient” super foods of fall. (Disclaimer: these actually are not all convenient, but they are delicious)

3. Allergies to what?

Apparently as many as HALF of people who have pollen allergies react to certain fruits, vegetables, and herbal teas. If you feel that you fall into this category, apparently cooking your plants can help. Check out the full story here.

4. It’s a bird! No, it’s a plane! No, it’s the CANDY MONSTER!

If you prefer to be… smart (?) with your candy selections this Halloween, here’s a little photo guide to what 100 calories of your favorite candies look like (rather presumptuous of me to assume your favorites will be there. my apologies if they are not but seriously you have no taste) (just kidding)

5. Wanna be younger this fall?

Too bad. But you can eat orange vegetables (i.e., sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots) to try and make your DNA age better. Peak it.

And there you have it.

What’s your favorite/least favorite part about fall?

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5 Things Thursday : Food Focus : 7.28.11

I was purusing through my recently-bookmarked links and noticed that a fair amount were food focused. (Go figure, I’m a food blogger) I thus decided that it would only be fitting to continue with my alliterationing ways and make this 5 Things Thursday a Food Focused one.

5 Things Thursday : Food Focus

1. Trying to justify your blueberry addiction? Need a reason to devour the huge package of organic blueberries you bought at Trader Joe’s?

It was only $5.99 -- I couldn't resist!

Great! You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a link to fill you in on some of the health benefits of blueberries.

2. Are you getting older? (answer: no yes) Know how your nutritional needs change with age?

Check out this cool slideshow about your body’s changing needs as it gets older. OK, so I’m a ways off from some of the ages, but it’s good info. Oh yeah, here’s the link.

3. Stuck with a pesky food allergy? Wondering “why me?”

This one hits relatively close to home for me. The B-F recently discovered he’s allergic to wheat. For me, this has meant that my pizza consumption has plummeted to zero. (I never realized that I typically only eat pizza with him) For him, it is much bleaker. This article discusses a few possible causes. The short of it: genetics, cleanliness, and pesticides.

4. Think you’ll buy less if you choose a basket rather than a shopping cart? No such luck.

This is one of those psychology things that really get me excited! (OK, interested. But excited sounds more interesting) Apparently the act of holding the heavy basket makes you want to go for a quick reward (i.e., ice cream, chips) over later monetary/health rewards. Check it out.

5. You’ve (probably) heard that eating on smaller plates means eating less food. But what about the size of your utensils?

Apparently the opposite is true! People eating pasta were ate less when they ate with a large fork than when they ate with a smaller fork. More about the theorizing and study here.

Alright. It’s time to tuck myself into bed for my 4:30am wake up call!