There is little that is more iconic than the rush of excitement that fills a child when their little ears first pick up the soft tinkling of “The Entertainer” from around the corner. Ah, the ice cream man. But kinds in the super-bougie Park Slope neighborhood will experience no such delight this summer, if area parents have anything to say about it. They’ve waged war against the cool treats. More
Binge drinking is a terrible idea. Don’t do it. Your body will hate you. But if you’re not a regular drinker, even a few pints of strong ale to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day) can be enough to leave you feeling pretty gross the next morning. If you’re planning on tipping a few pints back tonight, your best defense is to start right now, which one of these smart, hangover prevention meals. More
Mardi Gras may be fun, and giving up chocolate for Lent might be virtuous, but I say it’s all bad for you. I have nothing against New Orleans, nor am I calling out the weight or health of Louisianians, but Fat Tuesday is making us fat, and so are all the other holidays that celebrate a binge-and-purge mentality.
Most people who celebrate Fat Tuesday are probably in it for the beads, beer, and bingeing; not the 40 days of sacrifice that follow. But even if you could care less about tonight’s revelry or tomorrow’s start to fasting, you’ve probably participated in a similar tradition: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are like the trilogy behind America’s perverse relationship with indulgence and penance. We love to work hard then play hard, eat hard then diet hard, and then we like to justify our bipolar behavior by talking about how we’ve found “balance.” But toggling back and forth between extremes isn’t healthy, balanced, or sane. (And it’s more than likely going to make you look and feel like shit, too.) More