Swiss voters are being asked to cast their vote on two different food referendums this Sunday. We take a look at the issues on the table. Switzerland is mostly an urban society these days but farming and agriculture are essential to Swiss cultural identity. With cheaper foreigner goods taking a bite out of Switzerland’s agricultural industry and many people feeling the country's high food standards are under threat, concerned consumers and industry players are looking for ways to ensure the sector can survive. On September 23rd, Swiss voters will cast their ballots on two referendums on the future of the food industry. Here are the details. What are the referendums? The first referendum is known as the Fair Food initiative while the second is the ‘food sovereignty’ initiative. Read also: How Switzerland's direct democracy works Both are popular initiatives, meaning that under the rules of Swiss direct democracy they were triggered by their supporters … [Read more...] about What you need to know about Switzerland’s two food referendums
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0 View Gallery View Comments There is certainly no shortage of festivals to keep you occupied over the next several months. Whatever your passion, whether it be beer, music, food, art, donkeys, balloons or Bigfoot, there's a festival out there for you. With this extensive list of different fiestas, carnivals and jamborees in the state, there's really no excuse not to get out out of the house and enjoy the summer. Want to stay local? Here's a list exclusive to the Springs area. JUNE - Aurora - Summer in the City: Event just for kids with healthy snacks, inflatables field games and more. June 1 and July 20, Municipal Center Great Lawn, Aurora. - Fruita - Mike the Headless Chicken Festival: Dedicated to the amazing story of one chicken's will to live. June 1 and 2, Fruita. - Hugo - Colorado Prairie Music Festival: Food vendors, beer garden, music and more. June 1-3, Hugo. - Steamboat Springs - Yampa River Festival: Races, contests, tubbing and more. June 1-3, … [Read more...] about Colorado summer festivals: Music, beer, food and more
By Carrie Dennett The Washington Post Wed., Feb. 28, 2018 Food cravings are a funny thing. Some people think that cravings mean their bodies need nutrients found in the food they’re fixating on. (“I’m craving chocolate. I must be low in . . . zinc.”) Other people see cravings as a sign of weakness and either try to white-knuckle it through or throw up their hands and declare themselves powerless. Although cravings could be based on a nutritional need, most stem from other factors. So should you indulge cravings or ignore them? The answer depends on what your craving is really telling you. Cravings vs. impulses Some cravings would be better described as an urge or impulse. A true craving is more of a slow burn — like when you have a yen for a favourite dish or cuisine that you haven’t enjoyed for a while — that will smoulder until you eventually satisfy it. An impulse is more of a flash in the pan — it comes on suddenly … [Read more...] about Take control of food cravings by understanding them
More and more nowadays, we’ll hear about how stress can impact our health in many ways. From stress related diseases, ulcers, right through to cancer – it’s been linked to so many major health related issues that we face, but – we do nothing about it. We’ve really got to take more care of managing stress, and not just from a fat loss perspective – for our mental and physical health as a whole. Kevin Harkin Humans, out of all animals, are pretty unique. All animals will have a “stress response”, in that when they are met with a “stressor” – they get “stressed” and react accordingly. Think of the case of the zebra running across the jungle from a lion. The zebra sees a stressor, and runs for its life. Once the coast is clear, the zebra gets back to eating grass and generally not being too bothered about much, and normality resumes. As humans – we’re unique in that we’re the only animal … [Read more...] about Harkin’s Health Kick: Is stress slowing your weight loss?
You may be aware of foods that protect our hearts and bones and even keep our weight in check as we age. But which foods keep our brains in top shape? Below is an evidence-based list of brain foods that may help pre-empt senior moments and more.BerriesBerries may do more than add sweetness and color to a morning bowl of cereal or yogurt. In fact, they may help to keep our brains sharp as we age.In a study that looked at the diet habits of more than 16,000 older women over a 15-year period, researchers found that those who consumed at least one half-cup of blueberries or at least one cup of strawberries each week had slower rates of cognitive decline. Specifically, when women were given various tests, including the ability to recall words or retell a story, the berries appeared to slow memory decline by up to 2½ years, according to lead author Elizabeth Devore, associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.The fact … [Read more...] about Some foods better for your brain, memory