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What is lockdown eating and why am I doing it?

When the coronavirus crisis firmly took hold in the U.S. in early March, eating habits changed dramatically. For many, cooking meals every day was a whole new experience as they navigated recipes and their pantries. Others reveled in creating elaborate…

6 ways to improve your bond with your dog

As the saying goes, dogs are our best friends. But maybe it doesn’t feel quite so buddy-buddy between you and your dog these days. Perhaps you’re constantly frustrated because your dog ignores your commands or is always getting in your…

A Western-style diet could affect the brain in as little as a week

If you happen to be waffling on what you’d like for breakfast, consider this: What you eat may catch up with you — particularly, your brain — a lot faster than you think. In fact, a new study suggests it…

Experience #vanlife on the cheap with a minivan

If you search the hashtag “vanlife” on Instagram, you’ll see that it’s used more than 6.5 million times — and that number just keeps clicking up. As someone who followed various vanlifers for years, it seemed like a big commitment…

Grandmother's sherry is making a comeback

When’s the last time you had a glass of sherry, that sweet Spanish wine with an old-fashioned reputation? For me, it was a complimentary goblet served nightly at a fusty bed-and-breakfast in Columbia, South Carolina — more than 10 years…

When is store-bought better than homemade?

Cooking a meal from scratch can be a truly rewarding experience. It can also make you want to toss up your hands in despair, throw the uncooperative dough in the trash (for the third time) and go get take-out instead….

Why a silent book club is a brilliant idea

Even introverts need social outings, say the founders of this special kind of book club. ‘We think it’s important to put down our phones and be social. Real, live, breathing-the-same-air social, not hearting-you-on-Instagram social.’ (Photo: GaudiLab/Shutterstock) No revelations here, but…

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Children’s packed lunches lack nutritional quality

Fewer than two in every 100 packed lunches eaten by children in English primary schools meet nutritional standards, according to a major survey. Although the amount of sugary food in lunchboxes declined over 10 years it is still higher than recommended, and there has been a drop in essential vitamins and minerals. Researchers say the lack of fresh food is to blame.

12 tips for kicking the refined sugar habit

There’s so much news about how bad sugar is for you. It’s been linked to everything from obesity to some types of cancer. Yet, we average 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day. That doesn’t count the sugar found naturally…