What is a Vegan?
Veganism is defined by choosing to eat a plant based diet that does not include any animal products or items containing animal products. This includes not eating, meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs, and anything that is produced directly by animals, such as honey made by bees. Vegans generally do not wear leather, or other clothing derived from animals. Nor would a vegan consciously buy products that are made from any part of an animal, such as upholstery, book bindings, décor, and personal care items like soaps.
Why Become Vegan
There are a variety of reasons to become vegan. PETA, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, promotes veganism to prevent cruelty to animals. It is believed that many of our modern animal raising and processing practices are unethical. There are environmental reasons to become vegan. Meat and egg production practices leave a large footprint on the environment with all the natural resources used to pack and ship products. Many people feel that a plant based diet is healthier than a diet high in animal consumption. The American Heart Association might agree with this. Another consideration is economic. Animal protein is much more expensive to purchase than fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains.
The first challenge is making the transition. It is recommended that you start slowly by introducing more vegan foods in place of animal foods until your taste buds and body have acclimated.
Another challenge is making sure you get enough protein, vitamin B-12, iron, and calcium into your diet. There are plenty of plant based foods that have protein and...
Using Technology to Help Children with Math Has Big Benefits
If you grew up in a Carmel home and went to a typical California school, odds are you have memories of how boring math class was. It's no secret -- surveys show that roughly 40% of Americans find the subject dull or intimidating. Luckily for today's kids, new advances in technology have demonstrable benefits when it comes to helping them engage with the material.
Part of the problem that children face stems from parental help, or a lack thereof. Many parents are reluctant to sit down and work with their children on their math homework. While your average parents with a Carmel home understand the importance of teaching language skills and reading to children frequently, most parents regard teaching subjects like math as a school's duty. Increasing parental engagement alone isn't the answer, however, as a recent study from the University of Chicago found that receiving frequent help from parents who weren't confident in math actually undermined children's performance.
Luckily for those families, a subsequent study may have found the answer -- an iPad app. Bedtime Math is an app that offers children and parents math problems to solve in the context of a bedtime story. It makes the material fun and engaging for children who are anxious or apathetic about math, and provides structure to help prevent math-anxious parents from getting in their children's way.
During the course of the study, the experimental group used Bedtime Math while a control group used a similar...
This is a blog post about the lovely town of Carmel, California.
When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.
1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.
If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset.
2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.
And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges.
3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.
Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.
4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.
You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.