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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 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.
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.
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.
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.
April 2, 2007 | Susan Bowerman, Special to The Times
Nearly everyone gets food cravings from time to time. Pregnant women are famous for their midnight yearnings for pickles and ice cream. And the desire for chocolate is the stuff of legend. It's tempting to believe -- as many people do -- that cravings are the body's way of telling us we're lacking a certain nutrient that the food we crave can supply. Chocolate, the belief goes, might soothe a broken heart by replacing compounds lost in oceans of tears.
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 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.
March 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
A couple of years ago, Yale University researchers came out with a study advocating a "fat tax." Much of the country laughed. The measure, designed to lower billowing obesity rates in the United States, would have placed taxes on foods loaded with fat and cholesterol, and subsidized the cost of fruits and vegetables. Interviewed in 1998, Yale professor Kelly D.
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.
March 13, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell got in the Throwback Thursday fun on Facebook with a vintage selfie -- one that was taken long before selfies became a thing. He posted a black and white photo of himself on his Facebook page with the caption: "Throwback Thursday -- I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen!" The Ellen reference is, of course, to Ellen DeGeneres, who took a selfie with movie stars at the Oscars that went viral and holds the record for most retweets . He tagged the page for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in his update.
March 4, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Black bears in Yosemite National Park aren't snacking as much on human food as they did decades ago, according to new research that traces changes in the diet of Yosemite bears over the last century. Researchers analyzed samples of bear bones from museums and bear hair collected from the field to determine the ratio of human-to-wild-food that Yosemite bears consumed as far back as 1915. Not surprisingly, they found that the proportion of human food rose significantly after the park started feeding bears in 1923 to keep the animals away from developed areas.
February 19, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Too much pasta landed three University of Oklahoma athletes on the wrong side of the NCAA rule book. The unusual case, first reported Wednesday by the Oklahoman, came after the trio attended a graduation banquet in 2013. To restore their eligibility, the athletes each had to donate $3.83 to charity to cover the cost of the pasta. The school reported the situation to the NCAA. "This is unusual," said John Infante, a former compliance director at Colorado State and Loyola Marymount who writes the Bylaw Blog.
February 15, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
SALT LAKE CITY - The art of bartending, Matthew Pfohl says, is all about the performance, the subtle dance of bottle and glass. Over his career this virtuoso of the high-end pour has dazzled customers, effortlessly grabbing a top-shelf gin, say Bombay Sapphire, and making a delicate decant to create another liquid masterpiece. But in Utah, his act takes place backstage. He mixes drinks out of view in the kitchen, one result of strict regulations governing alcohol and backed by the politically powerful Mormon Church.
February 14, 2014 | by Jonathan Gold
The heart can be so tender. But as any cook can tell you, it can also be tough - an unforgiving meat that seizes up when you leave it an instant too long on the grill. Do not torture our hearts over a thin, smoky flame. Contemplate instead a fine dinner, with the one you love, of nature's most amorous organ. Why not eat your heart out tonight? Corazón y Miel is a dim, tuck 'n' roll gastrobar in Bell. Coraz ó n y miel , hearts and honey, is its signature bowl of warm, seared chicken hearts in a sweet, honeyed vinaigrette, tossed with a few slivers of onion, a kind of organ-meat escabeche . Like the restaurant, the hearts are an unlikely source of deliciousness.
February 14, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
One awful day, D.C. Copeland recalls, her perspective on her "pure" diet had become so distorted that she found herself crying in the produce section of a grocery store because she could not decide whether the kale or the chard was "better. " Jennifer Lombardi had so limited what she considered healthful that she found herself fending off others' questions about her diet. So she fabricated all sorts of food allergies - so no one would challenge her. Both women say they were struggling with orthorexia, a condition that had them so consumed with a health food diet - or, as many people now term it, a clean diet - that the list of foods they'd eat shrank and shrank.
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.
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.
February 12, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - They appeared like a defeated army, gray blankets draping their shoulders, baggy clothes flowing over withered frames, faces gaunt and exhausted. At least half a dozen had lost limbs; others arrived in wheelchairs and on stretchers. Some wore bloody bandages. Many dragged heavily on cigarettes, like condemned men savoring their last smokes. "We couldn't stand it in there anymore," said Wassim, 23, a scraggly survivor seated Wednesday with other men at a glass-topped round table in a once-elegant banquet hall here, now a tattered makeshift shelter on the edge of a war zone.
February 4, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kesha is postponing tour dates as she completes treatment for an eating disorder, reps for the singer say. The pop star had shows scheduled for March and April. “I was so looking forward to performing at these dates but I need to follow my doctor's advice and get my health back on track,” she said in a statement. “All of your support during this time has been so amazing. I couldn't have done this without you all. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever on the next tour.
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