The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #119 – Easy Homemade Mochi, How to Understand Scientific Research, and Affordable Genetic Testing


I took some time off last week for the 4th of July holiday weekend and I didn’t do much reading at all. It was also a really busy week after announcing to my friends and family that we were having a baby, which then gave me the freedom to finally launch my new vegan parenting website. It’s all set up now and hopefully I can back to my normal reading schedule 🙂

I did manage to read a little bit over the past couple of weeks and here are the few articles that I really found interesting.

Simple Recipe: Super Soft Mochi

I read about mochi in The Better Baby Book and looked it up. I’ve actually had this once before from World Market, but I didn’t remember what it was called. I saw it at the store and since I’ve never had it before, I just randomly decided to buy a package of the green tea flavored mochi. It was pretty good. Now I can make my own and I’ll know exactly what’s going in it. You can cheat and make it in the microwave too. That’s what I did. 😉 I used the ingredients from the recipe at Frock Files but used the microwave instructions for mochi here. It’s super easy! I would recommend letting it cool for about 20 minutes so that it’s easier to cut.

Possibility Of First Head Transplant Fraught With Ethical And Medical Dilemmas

This would be amazing and absolutely terrifying at the same time. I really don’t know how I feel about this. The mention of acquiring healthy bodies on the black market sounds straight out of a horror film. But imagine the lives a procedure like this could benefit for people who have muscular dystrophy or some other sort of disorder. Could you picture yourself waking up one day with your head on a different body?

How to Read and Understand Scientific Research

I learned a lot about reading and understanding scientific research when I attended the health and fitness bloggers conference last year and it has helped me a ton when making changes to my own health. If you like to do your own research or if you like to write about health and nutrition, you should definitely read this article.

Make Your Own Non Toxic Cleaning Kit!

Removing and replacing the toxic chemicals we use in and around our home is important to us (me and my partner), and is something we’ve been really been working on doing lately, especially now that we’re having a baby 🙂

Comparing Vinegar Weed Killer Recipes

I had a sprayer that I bought from Home Depot last summer that I had planned to use to fertilize my garden, but I never researched a fertilizer recipe because my garden has always done well enough without it. So when I saw this, I decided to try recipe #3 because I have a huge problem with weeds but I can’t bring myself to use Roundup anymore because not only is it toxic, but it’s also a Monsanto product. On Monday I used the weed whacker to chop everything down and then I sprayed it. Let’s hope it works!

23andMe – Genetic Testing for Health, Disease & Ancestry

One of my coworkers is a health geek just like me and he brought this site to my attention. I’ve really been wanting to do something like this, but all the tests I’ve found are just a little too pricey, but 23andMe costs only $99. That’s definitely affordable. These tests can find your risks for health conditions, conditions you may pass on to your children, and drugs sensitivities you may have – all based on your genes! They will also keep you updated on new science discoveries that pertain to your DNA.

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