Halloween Bento Box

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Bento boxes are simple food such as rice and vegetables made beautiful by art. I’ve talked about them before here:

Kawaii Crafter made a Halloween Bento box just in time for the holiday:

Kawaii Crafter’s Halloween Bento Box

zakka life: Halloween Bento

If you have ever played with your food as a child, bento box making might be the hobby (and lunch choice) for you.

Via: Craftzine.com blog: Halloween Bento


Should You Sneak In Your Veggies?

By Laura Moncur @ 8:57 pm — Filed under:

The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids Favorite Meals at Amazon.comBooks like The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids Favorite Meals suggest you should sneak vegetables into your child’s diet by pureeing them and adding them to their favorites. Mimi Sheraton thinks that’s wrong:

Aside from being deceptive and breeding distrust, she asks a more important question?

In the end, I suppose one has to ask an even more basic question: Do vegetables treated as prescribed and in the amounts indicated by Seinfeld-the-Deceptive and Lapine-the-Sneak really add enough nutrients to a child’s diet to make the plotting and pureeing worthwhile? How valuable can one half-cup of spinach puree and one half-cup of carrot puree be when they are first cooked, then are again subjected to the heat of baking, finally to be divided among 12 brownies? And can there be any meaningful nutrition from a quarter-cup each of carrot and sweet potato puree divided amongst 10 portions of soup?

I sought the advice of Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University and the author of What To Eat. “Philosophically and practically, this is not really an effective approach,” she said. “It will not develop an appreciation of the flavors, textures, and interests of various vegetables, which is what you should try to do by introducing them over and over again until they catch on.”

The way I look at it, what if you ALWAYS put pureed carrots into macaroni and cheese? You tell the children about it and they watch you make the recipe that way. Would it make your mac and cheese a little healthier? Yeah, a little… Would it be deceptive? Not if you’re up front about it.

All kids go through phases where they just won’t eat certain foods. I’ve heard that it’s because their taste buds are more sensitive to the bitterness that accompanies many vegetables. Masking that flavor is one option to get them to eat their vegetables, but more importantly, providing a good example is FAR more powerful.

If YOU eat your vegetables, you do more than all the blenders in the world could accomplish.

Via: aliza sherman rants and raves: The terribly wrong message sent by Jessica Seinfeld and Missy Chase Lapine. – By Mimi Sheraton – Slate Magazine


Soul Fusion Glow Shoes at HouseOfRave.com

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

These shoes would be perfect for running outside at night. There’s no way you would be the invisible pedestrian with these shoes. They are sold as fashion shoes to wear at raves and are currently out of stock, unfortunately.

Here they are in action:

The shoes are “powered” by glow sticks. You open the channel at the back of the shoe, insert the glow stick (after activating it) and close it back up. Glow sticks are easy to buy in bulk and you only need to “turn your shoes on” when you are running at night. Brilliant!

This would be good if you’re riding your bike as well:

When will the running shoe companies realize that THIS is the number one safety feature we need when running outside? Reflective surfaces are nice, but glowing on our own gives the drivers MUCH more time to notice us.

Via: Shiny Shiny: Wearing Soul Fusion shoes makes you an unlikely wallflower


Cybex Treadmills Recalled AGAIN

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Cybex Treadmills Recalled AGAIN

I usually don’t talk about treadmill recalls, but the Cybex treadmills have been recalled TWICE now.

Here is the list of treadmills that have been recalled:

This recall involves the treadmills “Cybex 400T,” “Cybex 410T,” “Trotter 510,” “Trotter 525”, “Trotter 535”, and “CXT+” that were recalled (link) on October 8, 2003 and later repaired. The treadmills are black with gray coloring, have rectangular uprights, and measure 69 inches long and 30 inches wide. The brands and models are written on the display panel. The “CXT+” model does not bear the brand Cybex or Trotter.

There have been five fires associated with these treadmills, so get this problem fixed before your house goes up in smoke.

Via: Treadmill recall stuck in endless, fiery loop – Engadget


Faye Goes to the Gym

By Laura Moncur @ 12:48 pm — Filed under:

Questionable Content is a webcomic that I read every day. Imagine my surprise when Faye voices my fears about the gym:

Click here to see the full comic

Are you letting your fears about other people seeing you workout stop you from getting fit?


nekFIT: Wear Your iPod

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

NEKFIT Gloss Black iPod holder at Amazon.comEvery time I’ve run for the last year has been with my iPod. Because the Nike+ records my runs, I WANT my iPod with me when I exercise. NekFIT is an iPod holder to use while you exercise. It can be used with all three styles of iPod Nanos and the shuffle.

For a video showing it in action, see here:

This looks pretty cool, but at 34 bucks, it’s a little pricey. I would be worried that it might fall off or get really sweaty on my neck. Cool thing is that it will work with the Nike+ without any problems. Have any of you tried this? It’s looks kind of cool.

Via: NekFit, for the Running Man – The Boston Globe


Runner+ Challenge Winners (10-15-07)

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

The truly embarrassing thing about posting the winners every week is my mileage. I was sick all last week and didn’t even walk around the block, so my numbers look horrible. Next week, I’ll do better! Let’s see how everyone else did!

Megan barely beat gingermc this week on Level 1. Good show! Uncool, blackang! Choose the correct level for your mileage.

Level 1 10-21-07

It was a close race, but Ivano_M beat out manical on the Level 2 Challenge. blackang, go to Level 4 where you belong.

Level 2 10-21-07

Bad form, timmz and SEEN. Join the appropriate level for your mileage. The true winner of the Level 3 Challenge is gkoenig!

Level 3 10-21-07

timmz was disqualified because he joined a level way below his ability. The REAL winner of the Level 4 Challenge is jr_indy. Keep it up!

Level 4 10-21-07

For the third week in a row, Ashjoy has taken Level 5!

Level 5 10-21-07

Rasmus‘ mileage is back up to its huge numbers. Good job!

Level 6 10-21-07

Congratulations to all the competitors! Join us at Runner+ and show off your mileage!

If you exercise by running or walking, you can compete in the Starling Fitness Challenges on Runner+. All you need is an account at Runner+ (free) and you can log your miles there. If you have a Nike+iPod kit, then your runs will automatically be added, but the site will also allow you to add your runs manually. If you would like to compete against runners on your level, here are the links for this week’s challenges:

Level 1 weekly challenge from Starling Fitness. This level runs between 0-10 miles a week.

Level 2 weekly challenge from Starling Fitness. This level runs between 10-20 miles a week.

Level 3 weekly challenge from Starling Fitness. This level runs between 20-30 miles a week.

Level 4 weekly challenge from Starling Fitness. This level runs between 30-40 miles a week.

Level 5 weekly challenge from Starling Fitness. This level runs between 40-50 miles a week.

Level 6 weekly challenge from Starling Fitness. This level runs between 50-60 miles a week.


Black Toenail: Finally Healed

By Laura Moncur @ 10:48 am — Filed under:

Black Toenail: Before and After

I can tell you the exact day I got black toenail. It was December 20th, 2006. Even though my nails are still a little damaged from that day, I can tell you that they are finally healed. Yes, it took TEN months for my nails to grow back. I spent all summer with ugly feet because I didn’t SLOWLY increase my mileage.

I went from doing one or two miles a day up to doing five and ten miles a day. I figured that since my muscles could handle it, there was no problem, right? Wrong. The weakest link was my toenails and I paid for it for ten months. Fortunately, it didn’t hurt more than a few weeks of that time and when they grew back, they look just like they did before.

Don’t be stupid like me. Take care of yourself. Slowly increase your mileage to protect your muscles, your joints AND your toenails.

I’m just so glad to have my normal feet back! I feel like celebrating!

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The Walkstation from Steelcase

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Steelcase Think Chair Steelcase is an up-scale furniture design company that has taken the treadputer to heart.

I can find NOTHING about the Walkstation on Steelcase’s website. They are best known for the Think Chair, which is “the simplest, most streamlined embodiment of our deep understanding of people who sit, and how they sit throughout the day.” If they profess to know people who sit so much, I wonder if they know anything about people who walk and run all day.Steelcase Walkstation

It looks like the Walkstation is merely an elevated work table over a sub-grade treadmill. You probably would do better to go to Home Depot, get the supplies and build one yourself. You get to choose your treadmill that way. Rumor has it that a Walkstation is going to cost $6500. Do you think it’s worth that to have a computer at your treadmill?


Reverse New Year’s Resolution

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Fitness Journal: Sucess Should Be Recorded

I while back, I logged on to Fitness Journal to see what it was like. It looked like a pretty good way to track my exercise and food. I was just playing around with it to see if I LOVED it enough to do a review of it. I didn’t, but it looked good enough that I didn’t HATE it and think I should warn people about it.

I promptly forgot about it.

A couple of weeks ago, however, I got a friendly email encouraging me to use it and get healthy. Here is the most interesting excerpt:

Here is my challenge to you: I’d like to give you FREE access to your fitness journal between now and the end of the year, and invite you to try a REVERSE New Year’s resolution. Instead of making a resolution to get fit ON the first of the year, make a resolution to get fit BY the first of the year. Imagine how great it will feel to get to January 1st and ALREADY be healthy and fit!

While I’m not going to take them up on using Fitness Journal, I’m going to take them up on the Reverse New Year’s Resolution challenge. To get healthier by January first is the BEST time to make that resolution because the holidays are the most food-laden time of the year.

Join me and get healthier by January first. What would you like to achieve by then?

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