Part 1 of this blog series began some discussion of factors to consider when buying a dishwasher, zeroing in on noise or sound level as measured in a logarithmic decibel (dB) acoustic scale for sound or dB level. Now we’d like to focus on other considerations including cycle and option choices. Inside of stainless steel interior dishwasher image used with permission ©KB/Quirky KimUS10
Dishwasher Buying Considerations
Anyone who cooks and/or bakes at home from scratch winds up having a lot of preparation equipment, etc. to deal with when it comes to washing and sanitizing those items. Since this blog site encourages home food preparation, we thought we would share some points to ponder when it comes to home model dishwashers. Few folks can have anything professional when it comes to major appliances in their kitchen, so we’ll stick to home retail models only. Hidden dishwasher control image used with permission ©KB/Quirky KimUS10 If you have been thinking about possibly buying/replacing a dishwasher, a useful kitchen major
Sensory Elements Can Set the Tone For Mealtimes
Since it is springtime, we thought it would be a good time to share some infotainment relative to various sensory elements that can set the tone for mealtimes. Those sensory elements can include, but are not limited to, ones which are visual in nature, or are from sound, are aromatic, pertain to taste, or are textural, all of which can influence the tone at mealtimes. Sensory elements may interplay in multiple ways in terms of mealtime atmosphere as well, but that’s a topic for another time. These principles can be especially beneficial to keep in mind if you have any
Beyond the Blue Zone—The Search for Happiness
Although researchers have studied locations around the world described for their “Blue Zone” longevity status, some researchers ultimately went elsewhere in the world to seek out information about characteristics of “happiness” per se. They were seeking to find individuals, some of whom are more affected by the modern day world and industrialized society, who expressed being happier in their lives.
Blue Zones, Habits, Longevity Part 2
In the first blog post in this two-part series, we mentioned that Dr. Michel Poulain, a Belgian demographer researching longevity, along with Dr. Gianni Pes, a medical statistician tied to the University of Sassari, Italy, coined the name Blue Zone. Why choose the name Blue Zone you ask?
Blue Zones, Habits, Longevity (Part 1)
Can each of us find ways in our own lives to embrace similar positive habits to those of higher longevity elders living in “Blue Zones” around the world?
Healthier Employee Motivators: Carrots or Sticks?
Health care costs continue to spiral upwards out of sight. The sad reality is that experts are estimating that health care costs will just keep on climbing at a rate of 8-9% or more per year unless Americans as a nation positively change their health related behaviors. The population health of Americans overall continues to decline. Current health care reform legislation does NOT address a way to actually lower health care costs overall. Employers looking at employee benefits & risks and reviewing current health currency statistics are concerned and with good reason. Consulting firms such as Towers Watson estimate per employee
Habit of Food Journaling May Reap Many Rewards
Registered Dietitians (RDs) aka Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs) are health care professionals who are fond of saying that good food habits beat out fad diets any day. Habits have been a prime time topic in the media for decades. Research is now showing that indeed some habits may be keystone ones that dramatically influence one’s chances of success in achieving what one really desires.
COOL Food Identification & You
COOL identification for covered food items is something all consumers should be familiar with, yet many still are not. Regulations regarding COOL identification went into effect back on March 16, 2009. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) maintains responsibility for the implementation, administration and enforcement of COOL regulations. Just how familiar are you with COOL food regulations?
Springtime Chocolate Bloom
Springtime conjures up images associated with the season of specialty chocolate bunnies, Easter chocolate eggs, and more. Easter is coming on March 31, 2013 (except for those who belong to the Eastern Orthodox Church and celebrate it on May 5, 2013). Image of chocolate eggs courtesy of gesinek at rgbstock.com. As Lent ends, often consumers look at engaging in some type of chocolate indulgence. Those of the Jewish faith in the USA who celebrate Passover from sunset on March 25, 2013 through April 2, 2013 may also consider a Kosher chocolate indulgence as well. If chocolate has been properly stored,