Category Archives: Nature

I used to think I lived in the best time and place for food

on August 30, 2020 in Nature, Perception

Living in Manhattan, I used to think I had access to some of the best tasting food in the world and since a long time, maybe forever. With all the restaurants, chefs, and cuisines, I figured their competition and education must drive them to ever improving quality. The longer I cook at home and shop at farmers markets, the more I find restaurants don’t compete on quality of ingredients. What[…] Keep reading →

The rare taste of blood

on August 25, 2020 in Nature

I hope I didn’t make too morbid of a title. I cut my finger the other day chopping an apple. My finger started bleeding like in the picture but my pinky finger. I think it’s instinctual, but I licked the cut. Being instinctual make sense since research shows saliva helps blood congeal. It was one of my rare (no pun intended) times since stopping eating meat in 1990 to taste[…] Keep reading →

Polluting students’ bodies: did NYU go back on its word?

on August 20, 2020 in Education, Nature

NYU announced a year and a half ago: “NYU to Halt Spending on Plastic Bottles by 2020“, stating The new policy, one of several sustainability initiatives announced today, is expected to reduce waste by over 330,000 plastic water bottles per year. As part of an institution-wide drive toward creating a more sustainable campus, NYU President Andrew Hamilton today announced that NYU will no longer purchase single use plastic water bottles,[…] Keep reading →

What we can learn from elk hunters

on August 18, 2020 in Nature

A friend saw elk for the first time after starting spending time in Idaho on a ranch. He’s vegetarian. He met hunters. He was talking to a hunter once. They saw a herd of elk. The hunter asked, “how many elk do you see in that herd?” “About a hundred.” “I’d guess about that many too. The land around here can support about eighty through the winter.” “I guess that[…] Keep reading →

Everything I’ve eaten since returning home

on August 13, 2020 in Fitness, Nature

I was curious so decided to list all the foods I’ve eaten since returning home from staying with my mom and stepfather for the beginning of the pandemic. I think the following lists everything. Some people say my diet lacks variety since I talk about my famous no-packaging vegetable stews so much, but I don’t think I’ve had the same one twice and they differ so much between them. Legumes[…] Keep reading →

A million-dollar business idea in sustainability

on July 31, 2020 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Nature

Context An attendee at my webinar on Initiative to Booth, the University of Chicago Business School, Eric Zoerb, followed up that he wanted to start a business on sustainability. Like many, he was looking for efficiency. Most of my life I considered efficiency the top strategy. It felt right. Nature doesn’t react to feelings, though, so no amount of feeling it will work will make something work. If you make[…] Keep reading →

The Packaged Food Challenge: See me with Joe De Sena on Spartan Up!

on July 22, 2020 in Fitness, Nature

I’ve written and recorded about my wonderful and challenging experiences with the Spartan Race and its founder Joe De Sena. He hosted me on his podcast, Spartan Up! I’ve found him and the community inspirational. I found his reflections in the video below before and after our conversation thoughtful and yet more inspirational. Where many people see the work and discomfort in personal challenge and push back, Joe sees opportunity[…] Keep reading →

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