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Spotlight on Website: Greater Good January 12, 2014

Here’s a free website that allows you to help others, no account required. Greater Good is a site entirely dedicated to money donations for, well, the greater good. It sells fair trade items and donates percentages of your purchases to great causes. Each day they have a different project- today’s was getting 24 children to a hospital by way of donations and free-clicks-to-donate. In the past, Greater Good has done a lot of good with their clicks. Greater Good

Here are some of their click-to-donate successes.

They have:

  • provided 6 months of care to an orphaned moose
  • sent an orphan to school for 5 months
  • given a sea lion food for a month
  • matched 5 veterans with pets that will help them
  • fed 4,000 seniors
  • donated toys to children in the developing world
  • built ‘castles’ for shelter cats

And many more! Want to get in on the action? All you have to do is check out  Greater Good. It has many sub-sites such as The Hunger Site, The Literacy Site, The Animal Rescue Site and The Breast Cancer Site, all dedicated to the special causes that their names suggest.

With just one click, you can do things like:

  • give free food to an animal shelter
  • give a woman with breast cancer a mammogram
  • donate a book to a child in need
  • fight hunger and poverty every day
  • save land in a forest
  • help wildlife

And it’s freeAll you have to do is click a simple button. I love free click websites, because it’s so easy and you can do it every day. Free clicks are a great way to help whatever cause you want, like breast cancer help, encouraging literacy, or feeding the homeless. I have enormous respect for the donors who give the food/books/mammograms/etc when anyone clicks.

You can also sign up for a daily reminder. Each day, they will send you a email telling you to click the free buttons.

Don’t forget to click at care2.com as well! We’ve made a previous post about it.

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Ceej

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The Problem with Microwave Popcorn May 19, 2013

You probably already know that microwave popcorn is full of fat and salt, not to mention the fake butter. In my opinion, I find it to be absolutely disgusting, but the reasons why you shouldn’t eat it are much more serious than that. Workers in the factories making and packaging the popcorn have developed an incredibly rare form of lung cancer. The cancer has been caused just by inhaling the fumes- think of what can happen when you’re eating what produces those fumes! And if that’s not bad enough, the lining of the bag is made with PFOA, or  perfluorooctanoic acid, which is also linked to cancer and other conditions such as infertility.

Good news, though. Since raw kernels (meant to be popped on the stove or in a special popper) aren’t made with all those dangerous chemicals, they’re a-okay to eat, and can even be considered a health food. Air popped corn has a very low calorie count, while stovepopped corn with oil can raise that count, but not by too much. It contains fiber, as well as complex carbohydrates.

Not only is it bad for us, the consumers, but it is too late for the workers in the factories- they have already gotten the cancer. The companies and manufacturers that created such an unhealthy recipe should have made one healthier, so it would be safer for the factory workers and the buyers.

I did a bit of research on microwave popcorn brands and came across a site that advertised its popcorn as being ‘healthy and full of fiber.’ Granted, they also have PFOA-free bags, but that’s just one step towards creating food that is safe for those who come in contact with it. Microwave popcorn is full of dangerous chemicals and if you value your health and the health of factory workers, I suggest you stay far, far away.

Ceej

 

Finding What Healthy Means to You March 11, 2013

Filed under: Health,Inner Beauty,Lifestyle — mochi @ 6:12 am
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Healthy is always viewed as a good thing. But surpassing a good thing and really getting into it… what does it mean to you? The dictionary definition of health is the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor- free of disease or ailment. For some people, however, healthy is equivalent to happy. And then there is the other end of the spectrum: having a “hot” body and being super skinny. Healthy, to me, is being strong in the muscles and free of conditions that cause harm or pain to your body. I tend to be a grammatical person and abide by the dictionary, so by no means do I urge you to use my definition of healthy. I want you to find your own.

First, think: what do you do to be healthy? Spring break started and I have composed a workout schedule that I plan to do every day. I don’t eat very well, so I’m asking my family to find flexitarian food options for me to nom on- I’m a really picky eater. Whatever you do to keep yourself in good health, start with that. Sometimes, finding what healthy means to you can be hard. Here are some ways you can stay healthy without over exerting yourself or doing diets that can be harmful. You should be happy about your body and have the strength to defend yourself and do the things you want!
Eggs

Eat Food with Protein- for energy and strength
Instead of just eating carbs all day, (like I do… sigh) eat food that packs protein so you can have energy throughout the day! Eat eggs- the yolk has the most protein. You can boil, scramble, fry, or do whatever you want to them to make them tasty, as long as you don’t use too much extra fat like tons of salt or a vat of oil. That would completely undermine the purpose. Meat, like chicken, pork, and steak, are also great sources of protein. I hate all of them- I’m a flexitarian, which means I allow myself to eat white meat (fish and poultry) but I rarely do. However, if you are a meat eater, these foods are great! Dairy, and nuts, like peanuts, almonds, and cashews (yummy!) also build protein, which helps you gain muscle and become strong! *flexes skimpy muscles* Well, no worries, I will keep eating protein to have energy.

Don’t Eat Before Bed- prevent fat buildup!
If you eat right before bed, you won’t have time to burn off the calories collected from your last meal. This is bad because when you arise the next morning, you’ll feel sluggish and blah. Usual dinner hours are 5-7 for my family, because we usually don’t eat at the same time every night. Find what works best for you so that you can walk around and get a bit of moving in before you catch those much-needed zzzzzz’s.

Feel Good About Your Food- keep those nutrients
Did you know that berating yourself for your food choices can actually stop the nutrients in a meal from using their full potential? For a week, I tried a “no-wheat” diet to find out what was giving me stomach aches. During one of the days, people were having a bake sale at school, and I went insane- bread is my main food source and I hadn’t had any in 24 hours. I bought baked goods, and later I felt absolutely awful. I still feel the regret now! The stress and self-deprication that I felt all during lunch stopped whatever teensy shred of nutrients in those blondies from getting to where they needed to go: and when I think about it later, that makes me feel even more awful, actually. But I know it’s okay because I’m back on wheat and feeling so much better about my food choices.

HealthyTrust Yourself!
You know when you are hungry and when you’re not. Even if something tastes really good, if you’re full, you should stop eating. Generally, when you think you’re 80% full, you’re actually 100% full. Just think of how full you’d be if you thought you were 100%… and then you just ate a little more. Pretty full, right? Definitely! So make sure you listen to your body so it can tell you how much your really want. Also, the most important thing is to feel confident. If you know you will only feel confident once you have enough strength to play that sport you love, then go for it and build muscle. But there are some kinds of confident that are bad for your body. Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are not healthy at all, and they if you have one, you should tell a doctor immediately. Aim for good taste in your foods- it will help you collect more antioxidants and iron.

Most importantly, being healthy means being happy with your body and your choices. You need to feel like something’s right with yourself, and then reach for your goals. Find out what you want to do to be healthy, and do it. Here at Bonsai, we are dedicated to you living better so you can become a leader of the future working to make the world a better place, and you can start by making your own personal world a healthier one. 🙂

(Facts about taste and food regret affecting nutrients come from New Moon Girls Magazine.)

Ceej, Vice President of Bonsai

 

Stopping Disease March 3, 2013

Filed under: Health,Helping the Homeless,Public Safety — ashtheauthor @ 11:33 pm
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Ever since Andrew Wakefield published his infamous 1998 paper in The Lancet linking vaccines to autism, not as many people have been getting vaccinated against diseases such as chicken pox and measles. Now, this man has been proved false, but once this worry was set in our minds it has never left. People who have compromised immune systems and therefore cannot vaccinate themselves are getting chicken pox and some life-threatening diseases.

Excuses among the non-vaccinated include lies such as “What do you mean? Nobody gets that disease any more!” and the infamous “I didn’t want my children to get autism.” There are others, too, such as “I don’t have the money for a vaccine,” but if everyone but the people with compromised-immune systems and the less-fortunate got vaccinated, these diseases would surely die out, at least in wealthier countries.  This is called ‘herd immunity.’

I, myself, find it saddening that many people, at least where I live, are deciding that they don’t need vaccines.

In shutting vaccines out, they are putting the homeless and people with compromised immune systems at risk and letting diseases, deadly at not, back in.

Nik, Author at Bonsai

 

 

 
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