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Pioneers in the food industry are making it easier to eat sustainably

What’s your relationship to food like?

For most of humankind’s existence, eating was an interactive, immersive, and even intimate experience. You were with your food through its entire lifecycle: the cultivation, cooking, consumption, and composting. However, since the rise of the industrialized food system, most of us are now only familiar with the “consumption” leg of our food’s journey. We modern eaters are quite dissociated from what we eat.

Often, this dissociation causes us to make consumption choices without considering their broader impacts, which can be damaging over time.

For example, you might regularly grab a burger on your lunch…

The many mental health benefits associated with moving out of your head and into your body

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Anxiety plucks you out of reality and pushes you into a fast-thinking, dimly lit corner of your mind.

For some, anxiety feels like getting lost in an alleyway in Gotham, full of shadowy creatures with questionable intentions — a state of intense fear. For others, it feels like walking through the halls of your high school naked — a state of intense vulnerability. For some others, it feels like a blurry rush of uncontrollable, intense energy —a state that is unpredictable.

The food system is broken.

This is the belief of New York City-based urban farm We Are The New Farmers. It’s also a guiding principle in their business.

“We started We Are The New Farmers because we believe that there is a dire need for more sustainable food alternatives,” explains CEO & Cofounder Jonas Günther.

Studies show that many Americans don’t… especially in marginalized communities

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Many people today avoid visiting the doctor unless they absolutely need to. The extent of many Americans’ interactions with healthcare include urgent care clinics, one-off visits or, more recently, urgent care apps. These resources are valuable when you’re sick, but they can’t replace the importance of having an ongoing physician who regularly monitors your health.

Over the past several decades, the healthcare system has become increasingly impersonal and difficult from the patient’s perspective. A significant portion of people don’t even have a primary care doctor. A contributing issue is that many Americans don’t trust doctors or the healthcare system.


Learn the 4 health principles from the people who live the longest.

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The Blue Zones represent five areas in the world that are home to the longest-living and healthiest people.

The locations are:

  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Nicoya, Costa Rica
  • Ikaria, Greece
  • Loma Linda, California

According to National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author, Dan Buettner, people who live in Blue Zones lead lifestyles that promote longevity and lessen their chances of developing chronic illness. He outlines 9 key components of these lifestyles, grouped into 4 categories: Move, Right Outlook, Eat Wisely, and Connect.

Actually… you don’t. But there is something you are after.

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Rejection can hurt like nothing else. When you feel it, it’s like an attack on your whole being. Sometimes in reaction, ironically, you feel more drawn to the person who rejected you. In fact, you may have never wanted them more.

But… you don’t actually want them. You just want something from them.

You want their validation.

You want them to confirm that you’re not disposable. You’re not worthy of rejection. And so, to prove it, you want back the person who implied that you were.

Maybe there are some cases in which you genuinely miss the person or wish you could go back…

Source: We Are The New Farmers

A Brooklyn urban farm sees great potential in its signature spirulina product to help both the planet and public health.

Most people want to eat food that is nutritious, tastes good, and comes from safe places. When you live in a city, far away from the lush farmlands where fresh food is grown, this goal carries its challenges. Today’s concerns about climate change and deteriorating public health add fire to an already complicated situation.

Urban farmers, especially those in New York City, are reacting with innovation. Many have developed creative approaches and new technologies to maximize the nutritional integrity and environmental responsibility of their products. The Brooklyn-based business We Are The New Farmers is an example. …

One feels like everything; the other can actually be everything.

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My parents have been married for 35 years and they still have weekly date nights. They take walks together every evening after dinner, look forward to their yearly trips together, and make each other laugh all the time.

Their relationship has never been outwardly romantic. It’s not the type of love you’d see portrayed in melodramas or written about in romantic epics. But it works. Time and time again.

As I’ve seen the marriages of friends’ parents disintegrate over the decades, I’ve wondered what set my parents’ marriage apart. Finally, I’ve realized it was one built on shared values and…

Let’s explore the myth of “having your shit together”

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Wanderers are those who deviate from the norm. They opt out of the socially accepted way of life to choose a different path. They do so in order to better determine what they want out of life, where they could best serve, or even just to search for a while.

Instead of being lauded or empathized with, people who take time off from work, school, or other typically “normal” ways of life are often condemned as “lost.” They might be thrust into the negative stereotype of “not having their shit together.”

What does “having your shit together” even mean?

We often equate “having your shit together” with achieving…

And they don’t all end in happily ever after

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Ah, the soulmate. A staple of classic romance literature and modern rom-coms. The idea that somewhere out there in the world is a single person who is your perfect match. That one person with whom you’ll share a deeply fulfilling lifelong bond. Your dream guy or dream girl. Someone who you’re wildly attracted to and who also makes you laugh; a person with whom you can have both the silliest and the deepest conversations; someone who you want next to you for the high times and by your side during the low times. Your meant-to-be, your perfect match, your soulmate.

Janet M Early

Health & climate writer.

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