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It’s Natural to Crave Sugar! – 4 Tips for Managing Sugar Intake

January 29th, 2019

Sugar is both a delightful treat and the bane of our existence because, while it is delicious, it also seems to be addictive. Scientific evidence is mounting to suggest that too much added sugar in our diets could lead to true addiction. Sugar is linked to addiction because when we eat it, dopamine and opioids are released into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that creates a reward associated with addictive behavior. Once dopamine is released into the system, it gives us a pleasurable “high.” Why do we crave sugar? The main natural source of sugar is fruit. Thousands of years... Read More

Access to Green Space is a Predictor of Well-being

January 29th, 2019

People often struggle to find ways to preserve health and happiness when they live in stress-inducing urban environments. Recent research suggests parks have a unique capacity to enhance physical health and foster a sense of community for city dwellers. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, used information from the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a variety of other sources and combined this analysis with city-level data on park quantity, quality and accessibility... Read More

Five Tips for Eating Healthy without Breaking the Bank

January 29th, 2019

Did you resolve to eat healthier in 2019?  Eating healthy is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, right up there with “spend less money” and “exercise more.” Healthy eating can be expensive if you’re on a tight budget, but it can be done with a little thought and creativity.  Here are some easy tips for eating healthy on a budget: Plan your meals. If you plan your meals, build a shopping list, and only buy what’s on the list, you’ll spend less on stuff you don’t need.  You can save even more if you take a look at what’s on sale at your grocery store... Read More

A Million Shattered Pieces

January 29th, 2019

Movies aren’t for everyone, though people think they are. A bunch of years ago, my wife and I caught the very good film Adaptation in the theaters. If it’s been a minute since you’ve seen or thought about it, Adaptation is about a lonely screenwriter struggling to adapt a book about an orchid thief. It’s got strong performances by Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, and a great deal to say about the creative process. Joining us in our cinematic excursion was an Unnamed Member Of Our Extended Family. He’s a great guy, but the film tastes of the aforementioned UMOOEF, as he will be known going... Read More

Make It Stop

January 29th, 2019

I kind of hate January. There, I said it. Yes, it’s the first month of a new year, and it represents a new start and new possibilities and blah blah blah. After the warmth of the holiday season, January is cold, bleak, bereft of life. The main reason I hate January, though? It’s the month where movies go to die. For the most part, certain times of the year correspond with certain movies. Summer is for big blockbusters. Late fall is when then Academy Award hopefuls are rolled out. January is the dumping ground of the studios. People are going back to work or back to school, and there generally... Read More

The Glass Between Their Love

January 29th, 2019

On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile died tragically and pointlessly. Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Castile over during a traffic stop. Later, Yanez claimed Castile was pulled over because he looked like the suspect in a robbery. In the car with Castile was his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. Her four-year-old daughter was in the back seat. As Yanez asked Castile to produce his license and insurance, Castile informed the police officer that he had a licensed firearm in his possession. At this point, Officer Yanez panicked. He raised his voice, unholstered his firearm, and fired at Philando Castile seven... Read More

Good Food, Good Friends, Good Beer

November 16th, 2017

This week for lunch, I decided to visit the new Los Tarascos location on Skyland Boulevard. The menu has a wide variety of choices, much like any other Mexican restaurant, however, it also includes many new options and their own twist on classics. I decided to start with my favorite appetizer: chorizo queso dip. They serve their classic white queso topped with spicy chorizo, and it is amazing. For my main course, I decided to do steak and chicken fajitas, another classic Mexican dish. The food was very well done, and even though the selection is pretty basic, the quality is way above average.... Read More

Baumhowers or Bust

November 9th, 2017

This week for dinner I decided to sit down and try Baumhowers Victory Grill, a famous restaurant that got its start in Tuscaloosa. I went on a Wednesday night and truthfully the restaurant was kind of dead, which was surprising to me as they recently reopened after being closed for renovations. However, I am not complaining because we were seated quickly and the staff was very friendly. After looking over the menu, which features a large selection, I decided to start off with an appetizer. Immediately the Gooey Fries caught my eye. Its a platter of curly fries served under a layer of queso blanco... Read More

A Nice Place for Lunch

November 2nd, 2017

Earlier this week, I decided to try Chicken Salad Chick for the first time. I had heard mixed reviews so I didn’t really know what to expect. The menu is extensive and has every kind of chicken salad you could imagine. They also have a decent amount of different soups and salads you can choose from. This is the perfect restaurant to go to if you want fast food prices, but a nice, clean, sit-down atmosphere. I ordered a chicken salad sandwich and a side of potato soup. The regular chicken salad, dubbed “Classic Carol,” is delicious, and I had it served on a croissant, and it was easily the... Read More

Casual Dining in the heart of Tuscaloosa

October 26th, 2017

The first thing people think of when they think of Bistro 301, is the unique building and location. Located in the old Tuscaloosa train station building, the restaurant has an atmosphere and appeal that is unmatched in Tuscaloosa. In addition to its uncommon look, Bistro 301 has the great food to back it up. I recently sat down for dinner there and was surprised by the lack of options. The menu only has a few soup and salad options, and about five entree options. Despite the limited options, they all sounded delicious, and I decided on the Wienerschnitzel, which is basically a breaded veal cutlet.... Read More