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October 21, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The sale price was $59.95, a bargain we could hardly believe. After bringing them home, I pulled two from their individual cardboard boxes, set them up and admired them. They were beautiful, and they were ours. I ran my hand across the wood, feeling the slick finish while experiencing the pride of ownership. We sat down in front of them. "A little high," I said. "A little heavy," my wife said. "We'll get used to them," I said. "Will we really?" she asked, unsurely.
April 26, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE - At 21, Matt Nieto still looks very much like a college student talking about coming home for Christmas or spring break. But while Nieto happens to be employed by a successful hockey team, he still opts for comfort when he comes home to Long Beach. Where does he go first? "In-N-Out," Nieto said, smiling, answering without hesitation. "Every time I go home, the first place I go is In-N-Out. " You can take the kid out of Southern California, but you can't quite take all of Southern California out of the kid. Never mind that they have plenty of those burger spots in Northern California and San Jose.
January 18, 2010 | Roy Wallack, Gear
A Life regimen Dr. Jeffry Life's prescription for a healthy and buff midlife and beyond: Workout: Life recommends at least three weight and four cardio sessions per week: "Do some exercise you enjoy doing -- not something that you dread -- then push it. Work really hard at finding your comfort zone -- and stay out of it." Do aerobics with hard intervals, and push weights to failure (the point where you can push no more). If any exercise gets too easy, up the intensity and the weight; the harder you work, the more fat you burn all day long.
April 25, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
People who took statins to lower their cholesterol levels ate more calories and fat in 2009-10 than did those who took them a decade earlier, raising the question of whether the drug provides a false sense of dietary security. Researchers who used data from a national health survey found that in 1999-2000, people who took statins ate fewer calories, by an average of 179 a day, and less fat than people who didn't take them. The differences began to shrink, and by 2005-06, the difference was insignificant.
April 12, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
A Belarus fisherman who invaded a beaver's space paid for it with his life. The 60-year-old man in Belarus was with friends on a recent fishing trip when he tried to approach the beaver to be photographed with it, according to the Daily Telegraph. The beaver attacked, biting him twice and severing an artery.  The friends of the unidentified man "tried to bandage him and find a doctor in a nearby village," a local wildlife official told the Telegraph.  But the man died from blood loss before help could arrive.
September 2, 2009 | Lorenza Munoz
In the movie "Ratatouille," the terrifying food critic, Anton Ego, transforms into a lovable human with one glorious taste of a Provençal tian from his childhood -- zucchini, eggplant, tomato, thyme and cheese. Good food, Ego discovers, excites our taste buds and our hearts. For most American children, the equivalent taste memory will be grease-soaked chicken nuggets and French fries. Registered New York-based dietitian Elisa Zied understands this. Her own childhood memories are connected to fast food as a treat -- including her grandmother sneaking Whoppers with cheese to Zied while she was at sleep-away camp.
November 30, 2009
Thanks for Melissa Healy's thorough stories on eating disorders, addiction, emotional eating, bingeing and the rest ["Eating Away," "Treating Overeating As an Addiction," "The Difficulty of Crafting a New Label" and "Holidays Feed Problems," Nov. 23]. I would point out just one small thing to those who say that "Giving up booze is easy because I don't ever have to drink again, but giving up compulsive eating is hard because I have to eat." They are overlooking an important point: We do have to drink.
September 1, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The humble potato, much maligned lately, might have shot at redemption. A study finds that purple spuds might help obese and overweight people lower their blood pressure. The small crossover study, presented recently at the national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical Society in Denver, focused on 18 overweight or obese people who had high blood pressure.  They ate six to eight small microwaved purple potatoes with skins (or biscuits containing an corresponding amount of potato starch)
November 8, 2009 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Eating Animals Jonathan Safran Foer Little, Brown: 340 pp., $25.99 Looking forward to your turkey dinner? Think twice. It's time, argues Jonathan Safran Foer, to stop lying to ourselves. With all the studies on animal agriculture, pollution, toxic chemicals in factory-farmed animals and exposés of the appalling cruelty to animals in that industry, he writes in "Eating Animals," "We can't plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better.
November 23, 2009 | By Melissa Healy >>>
Rina Silverman's refrigerator is almost always empty. She keeps it that way to avert episodes of frantic food consumption, often at night after a full meal, in which she tastes nothing and feels nothing but can polish off a party-sized bag of chips or a container of ice cream, maybe a whole box of cereal. The food she's eating at these moments hardly matters. In short order, the nothing that Silverman feels and tastes will give way to nauseating fullness, and a bitter backwash of guilt, shame and self-reproach.
April 23, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Cat haters, read no further. Cat lovers, rejoice. Your feline fantasy is coming true, in the form of a cat cafe. For four days starting Thursday, humans can hang out with friendly cats while eating, drinking and dangling feathery toys from fishing lines. Purina One and the North Shore Animal League, the country's largest no-kill shelter, teamed to create the pop-up cafe. They hope New York soon will be home to permanent cat cafes, which are catching on in cities known for tight living spaces and no-pet apartment buildings.
April 19, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO KAILUA KONA, HAWAII From LAX, Delta, American and United offer non-stop service to Kailua Kona; and United, Hawaiian, American, United and Delta offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $725, including taxes and fees. WHERE TO EAT Annie's Island Fresh Burgers, 79-7460 Mamalahoa Highway, Suite 105, Kealakekua; (808) 324-6000, . Da Poke Shack, 76-6246 Alii Drive, Kailua Kona; (808)
April 18, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
Cooking and eating more sustainably doesn't require that you rethink your entire life. Here are some simple things you can do to get started. Start canning some of your own pickles and jams when fruits and vegetables are at the peak of season. It will be cheaper than buying store-bought, and likely the quality will be better as well. Grow your own - either plant vegetables in raised beds in the yard or even just put some herbs in pots on a sunny kitchen windowsill. Eat lower on the food chain - take advantage of the whole animal by using off-cuts of meat that others might pass up, such as beef shanks or lamb's necks, and try cooking the less popular small, oily fish, such as mackerel and sardines that don't extract such an environmental cost compared with high-end fish such as salmon.
April 14, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Sound familiar? Your normally cheerful spouse has suddenly, and inexplicably, turned cranky and an otherwise pleasant day is fast becoming a scene from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. " When you see those storm clouds gathering in your significant other's eyes, you might do well to give them some carbohydrates -- and fast. At least that's the advice of a team of researchers who examined the connection between low blood sugar levels and aggression in married couples. The paper , which was published Monday in PNAS, found that when blood glucose levels dropped, spouses were far more likely to stick pins into voodoo dolls representing their mates.
April 13, 2014
Re "Out-to-lunch regulators," Editorial, April 8 It's challenging to satisfy one child's palate, let alone 30 million. Yet 90% of schools are meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's updated nutrition standards. School cafeterias are no different than our own homes: Americans simply waste too much food. In response, some schools have employed "share tables" where students leave food they will not consume for others. Changing the way Americans eat will not happen overnight.
April 11, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO CHARLESTON, S.C. From LAX , American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Southwest offer connecting service (change of planes) to Charleston. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $327, including all taxes and fees. WHERE TO STAY Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St., (843) 722-4900, . Part of the luxury group once known as Orient Express and now known as Belmond (Santa Barbara's El Encanto is part of the group)
August 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
America's top speed-eater wolfed down 38 lobsters in 12 minutes to win the World Lobster Eating Contest in Kennebunk. Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., won $500 and a trophy belt for her efforts, consuming 9.76 pounds of lobster meat. Each contestant had a partner removing the meat from the shell. Eleven competitors ate as many lobsters as they could in 12 minutes, a total of 300 pounds. "I have a natural ability because of my stomach capacity," said Thomas, who weighs 105 pounds.
April 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Gobbling down that handful of potato chips when you're under stress may have more to do with hormones than hunger, according to a preliminary study by Yale University researchers in New Haven. The study suggests a possible genetic answer as to why some people, especially women, eat more and gain weight during times of high stress while others eat less and lose weight. The researchers examined the eating habits of 60 women and measured the levels of the hormone cortisol in their saliva.
April 7, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - It was spring break, and Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old college student from Africa, had checked into a fourth-floor hotel room with three of his buddies. They had come from their small college in Wyoming looking for an adventure. No one is sure how much Thamba ate of the marijuana cookie purchased by one of his friends at a local pot shop. But soon the engineering student, who had never tried marijuana before, began acting strangely hostile, tearing around the room and pulling pictures from the wall.
April 5, 2014 | By Karin Klein
Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture should have consulted some everyday, health-conscious moms and dads before they drew up their amazingly byzantine rules for school lunches. I'm all in favor of the new policy's aim to put more fruits and vegetables in front of school kids, especially those who are poor enough to qualify for subsidized school meals. Even if that means a few veggies get tossed in the trash. Most parents know that children, especially those more used to Pringles than parsnips, do a lot of refusing before they develop a taste for vegetables.
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