Nepal's Sherpa climbers to make rare winter ascent of Everest

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Four veteran Sherpa climbers left on Monday for Mount Everest on a mission to climb the world´s highest mountain in five days from the Nepali side, aiming to set a record for its shortest winter ascent in nearly three decades, hiking officials said.

If successful, the team led by 34-year-old Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, who has climbed Everest eight times, will be the first to climb the 8,850-metre (29,035-ft) peak in 27 years during winter, when freezing cold and shorter daylight hours make climbing difficult.

“We know it is extremely risky and difficult to climb Sagarmatha during the winter, but we are very well acclimatized and prepared best jacket for hiking in the rain this,” Sherpa told reporters, using the name by which Nepalis refer to Mount Everest.

“Ours is a strong team and we have confidence that we can do it,” he added, before flying in a helicopter to base camp at Everest.

Temperatures in the death zone of Everest, so-called because of thin air above its South Col, can drop as low as to -40 degrees C (-40°F) in winter, making climbing more challenging and risky than the popular spring season, say hiking officials.

The last winter ascent of the mountain dates to 1993, and many winter expeditions since have failed to reach the top, said Mira Acharya, an official of Nepal’s tourism department.

Climbers usually spend several weeks on Everest acclimatizing and preparing for summit bids, but compressing that into five days is very challenging and risky, said Shanta Bir Lama, the chief of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Last year was Everest’s deadliest since 2015, with 11 climbers, most of them Indian, dying, nine on the Nepali side and two on the Tibetan side.

Since Everest was first summitted by New Zealand beekeeper Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953, about 5,000 people have reached the top, but more than 300 people have died on its slopes.

Two teams from Germany and Spain are now on Everest battling cold weather, hiking officials said.

(Reporting by Gopal Sharma Editing by Euan Rocha and Clarence Fernandez)

The best healthy meal delivery services for 2020: Blue Apron, Sun Basket, Home Chef and more

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It can be hard to watch what you eat and stick with a well-balanced, nutritious meal plan  in the best of times. Now that we’re six months into the global coronavirus pandemic (with no real end in sight), it’s even more of an uphill battle. That’s why we’re always looking for healthy eating hacks. One we found months ago and are definitely sticking with: a healthy food delivery service that offers meal kits or premade dishes. This could be the meal plan your household is looking for.

Healthy meal delivery services offer delicious, personalized meal plans catered to your nutritional needs and personal tastes. Preparation typically is a breeze — some meals are ready to eat when you receive them and others include recipes and ingredients geared towards easy weeknight execution. Basically, any meal kit delivery service on this list is going to bring you a healthy meal that’s satisfying and tastes good, because what good is one without the other? Even a picky eater could discover their new favorite meal in one of these kits.

While Blue Apron may be the first big player in the healthy meal delivery services sector, specialized kits and delivery services tailored with menu options for organic, low-carb, vegetarian and vegan lifestyles follow close behind. Startups such as Green Chef, Purple Carrot and Daily Harvest offer vegetarian-friendly sustainable and organic meal kits for healthy eating. Other meal prep companies such as Kettlebell Kitchen, Snap Kitchen, Pete’s Paleo, Splendid Spoon and Freshly have taken things a step further, delivering delicious, healthy, fully prepared meals, soups and grain bowls on a weekly basis. These delivery services take the guesswork out of lunch and dinner, which is key when you’re already struggling from months stuck at home, fending for yourself. They’re also limiting trips to the grocery store by helping folks everywhere, even those with a special diet or specific dietary restrictions, stay on track with a wide breadth of delicious menu options.

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As mentioned above, many of these services have a unique health bent or diet specialty, so no matter what version of healthy food you’re looking for, we’ve got you. Beyond a low-carb or vegetarian option are meal delivery kits for keto and paleo lifestyles, organic or vegan diets, and low-calorie meal plans that aid in losing weight. So, if you’re looking to avoid refined sugar, go vegan or start a paleo diet, these can definitely help kick start your plan while ensuring you eat a delicious meal.

Though we didn’t test each and every meal kit delivery service, we did dive into the specific meal option offerings and menus (as they relate to health and diet) as well as the plans and pricing details for some of the most popular services available in 2020 to help you make the right choice. So if you like your ingredients sent straight to you fresh, and you like to make a delicious meal from those fresh ingredients, read on for a wealth of healthy eating options.

These products and services are independently chosen by our editors and periodically updated. 

Read more: The best store-bought keto barbecue sauces

Home Chef

With more than 38 meal kits and recipes to choose from on its menu in any given week, including convenient one-pan dinners and oven-ready meals, Home Chef is a good choice for having simple and delicious healthy meal delivery at home. 

One thing to like about Home Chef is you can easily customize or sub the protein in your meal kit, so if a certain dish sounds tasty but you’re not a big pork person, you can swap in some chicken or fish as one of the recipe ingredients. Home Chef also allows you to order double the protein in your meal without doubling the overall portion, so it’s a great low-carb meal kit option for keto or paleo diets. You can also choose to order antibiotic-free protein from the menu instead of the standard version for an added cost.

Pricing and subscriptionMeals start at $7.99 per serving with additional premium Home Chef recipes and add-ons offered at market price. You can add fruit for a few extra dollars, for instance, the perfect defense against those 3 p.m. cravings or late-night snacking woes. If you order now, you can get $20 off your first four boxes.

Blue Apron

Probably the most recognizable of the meal kit services, Blue Apron has a lot of healthy, fresh options on the menu — and just a lot of options, in general. Blue Apron recently teamed up with Weight Watchers for easy-to-cook healthy recipes that align with its point system, making it easy for those in the program to have a healthy diet meal plan and keep track. Blue Apron offers customers roughly eight to 12 delicious meals to choose from per week including more than one vegetarian recipe option as well as a few that were created for the Weight Watchers Freestyle program. 

Separate from Weight Watchers meals, their vegetarian options get high marks in the reviews we read, but if you are full-on vegan or vegetarian, there are likely better vegetarian specialty meal kit and meal delivery services with more daily/weekly plant-based options and ingredients. Blue Apron also has one of the most user-friendly meal plan interfaces of all the meal kit services and optional wine pairings, too. 

Pricing and subscription: Price per serving ranges from $7.49 to $9.99, with options to prepare two to four recipes per week and two or four servings per recipe. Keep an eye out for special offers.

Sun Basket

Sun Basket’s healthy meal delivery service focuses on fresh ingredients with easy-to-cook recipes, many of which are designed specifically for various diets and dietary restrictions, including low-carb, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo and more. Each week starts with 18 dinner options on the menu, like shrimp paella or turkey meatballs with cashew crema, of which you pick two, three or four to be delivered the following week. 

Sun Basket also has an entire menu of healthy food to add to your order in the form of snacks like red pepper hummus, miso broth, sous vide egg bites and coconut yogurt. Sun Basket is one of the meal kits with the best variety, and you can really customize your weekly order to your specifications.

Pricing and subscriptionEach serving runs about $12, so three dishes per week (six total servings) will run you about $72. The family plan offers better value but less selection, with just six meals to choose from per week; however, the meal delivery kit portions serve four adults (with leftovers). For the family plan, three fresh meals (12 total servings) costs about $132.


Freshly is a simple yet consistent ready-to-eat meal subscription (not a meal kit). And it’s fresh, like the name says. Freshly’s meals eliminate any prep needed for services like Blue Apron and HelloFresh, serving single-portion meals for the health-conscious person who may not have time or interest in cooking. Freshly’s meals come frozen, to be heated up in a microwave or conventional oven. The average meal option has about 500 calories burned hiking uphill per serving and is gluten free, all-natural and free of refined sugar. A few ready-to-eat meals from Freshly’s menu include a hearty penne Bolognese bake, chicken with coconut curry and turkey mushroom meatloaf. It’s even easier than getting the ingredients!

Pricing and subscriptionFreshly meal plans start at $50 for 4 meals ($12.50 per meal) and get cheaper the more you order. If you go big with the 12-meals-per-week plan, each one breaks down to just $9.

Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot is one of the original plant-based meal delivery services. The 100% vegan meal kit service scores points for its inventive and interesting fresh meat-free ingredients and meal prep options like cauliflower and quinoa kofta or sticky apricot seitan stir fry. Purple Carrot makes it easy to sort its offerings into high protein or gluten-free meals that satisfy even nonvegetarians. Do be aware that some of its meals take some time and a little skill to put together, but if quality, homemade vegan meals are a priority for you, this is probably the best meal kit pick. 

In addition to the tasty vegan meals, you can add extras like banana chia pudding or overnight oats with apricot, goji berries and cashew butter.

Pricing and subscription: Purple Carrot meals cost you roughly $12 per serving, which isn’t exactly cheap for vegan food, but you can choose between two plans designed for either singles or couples (three two-serving meals per week) or a family (two six-serving meals per week). 


While it’s not a traditional meal kit or meal delivery, Hungryroot is an intersection of AI and grocery shopping delivery to send a curated heap (based on your preferences) of healthy groceries, snacks and preseasoned proteins for quick meals, or more intricate meal-making (if you choose). This is a good healthy meal delivery services option if you like to cook and are looking for some healthy kitchen inspiration, but find meal kits but to be a little restrictive. Like, maybe you just don’t want tilapia tacos tonight. 

Hungryroot is banking on the fact that you’ll love its expert suggestions for fun, high-quality grocery store products like wild mushroom chicken meatballs, Thai peanut sauce or a crunchy carrot-lentil mix. The initial consultation is actually pretty basic, just accounting for dietary restrictions and allergies. But don’t worry, you can fully customize your order after checkout, so if you hate beets, you don’t have to have beets. Hungryroot will also send recommended recipes that can be made with the items you’re getting.

Pricing and subscription: Small grocery deliveries are $69 and include groceries to make three to four two-serving meals, plus snacks. Medium deliveries are $99 and should make roughly four to five two-serving meals, plus snacks, while large deliveries go for $129 and are enough for five to six two-serving meals, plus snacks.

Green Chef

Green Chef is a healthy organic meal-kit delivery service that will tailor your plan to maintain a paleo, keto, vegetarian (plant-powered) or just a steady balanced diet. Roughly 90% of the ingredients included in Green Chef’s meal kits are certified organic and meats are sustainably fished, farmed and raised without hormones or antibiotics.

Like Blue Apron or Sun Basket, Green Chef provides all the organic ingredients needed to cook a fairly simple meal — generally in less than 30 minutes — and thoughtful recipe cards with photos make following instructions easy like with the simple teriyaki pork meatballs. There are some meal kit services on our list with more total options per week, but Green Chef definitely scores points for quality, healthiness and ease of use.

Pricing and subscriptionGreen Chef’s organic offerings start at around $8 per meal and allow you to customize or skip weeks when traveling, etc.

Eat Clean Bro

You can tell by the name, Eat Clean Bro, is after a particular segment of the population: Bros, of course. And where do bros hang out? Gyms. So this prepared meal service — as you might have already guessed — focuses on clean, healthy, protein-packed meals to support that gym life. 

“Bros” who use the prepared meal delivery service (available in select markets only) pick a minimum of five prepared meals to be delivered on the next delivery day. The meals are categorized by protein type (salmon, chicken, pork, etc.) or into popular diet categories like clean, lean, under 400 calories, keto-friendly, vegetarian and more.  

Pricing and subscription: Meals start at $8.50 and go up to $13 for dishes like salmon and steak. 

This is definitely the best meal delivery for ready-to-go, healthy breakfast and lunches. Splendid Spoon is hoping to entice folks who want to keep it simple, easy and nutritious for breakfast and lunch with its ready-made smoothies, soups and grain bowls delivered to your door weekly. 

Splendid Spoon puts an emphasis on nourishing ingredients, but doesn’t slack on taste because of it. Soups include cauliflower tikka and Mexican tomato, while smoothies come in tasty combos like almond butter and jelly, blueberry acai and a green matcha smoothie with spirulina, ginger and turmeric. Soups and smoothies are loosely categorized by their overall intended effect, like “heal,” “energize” and “refresh.” Splendid Spoon also offers a full-day soup cleanse add-on to “reset” your system.

Pricing and subscriptionSplendid Spoon offers a few options, like a breakfast plan with five smoothies per week (most are relatively low in sugar) or a lunch plan, which is five days of veggie packed soups, stews or grain bowls for $65. Or get the whole shebang: an entire five days’ worth of smoothies and lunches (soups and grain bowls) for $135. It is a subscription, but you’re free to cancel anytime, including after the first week if you want to just try it out. 


Prepped, frozen and vegetarian (no cooking or assembly required), Veestro’s meals are shipped and can be heated up in either a microwave or conventional oven. Veestro proves to be one of the more affordable meal delivery services, with 15 meals per week (three meals a day) clocking in at just $130 (with the current discount). Veestro has a truly massive selection of vegetarian meals, and you build a box of 10, 20 or 30 meals at a time to be delivered in bulk when you want.  

If calorie-counting is important to your health goals, Veestro tries to keep the three daily meals in its “Weight Loss” program around or less than 1,200 calories with dishes like veggie red curry with tofu, seitan soba noodles, meatless shepherd’s pie and breakfast burritos. Once you get your first plan, you can start to customize, reordering dishes you liked and skipping those you didn’t. 

Pricing and subscriptionThere are several options. A custom or chef’s choice plan of 10 meals cost $117. Twenty meals cost $217 and 30 meals will cost you $297. The weight loss plan, which includes three meals per day for five days, recurring, is $176 for five days of meals or $227 for seven days of food. 

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Eat bacon, don't jog and NEVER eat fruit

Forget salads – bacon, cheese and cream are the key to weight loss. 

Eating fat – rather than carbohydrates  – is the key to slimming down, according to Grant Petersen, author of Eat Bacon, Don’t Jog.

For years, Mr Petersen tried to lose weight in the conventional way – through eating a low fat diet and exercising for up to three hours a day.

Grant Petersen, author of 'Eat Bacon, Don't Jog', says eating a diet where most of the calories come from fat (including bacon) helps people lose weight by putting the body into a state where it burns its own fat

Grant Petersen, author of ‘Eat Bacon, Don’t Jog’, says eating a diet where most of the calories come from fat (including bacon) helps people lose weight by putting the body into a state where it burns its own fat

While he says he wasn’t fat by American standards, he wasn’t losing weight and became frustrated. 

After researching different diets, he came to believe that rather than being a simple matter of calories eaten versus energy expelled, the hormone insulin affects weight loss.

When a person eats carbohydrates, they are broken down into glucose in the blood.

The pancreas secretes insulin, which clears away glucose from the blood into cells, so it can be used as energy.

But insulin causes calories to be stored as body fat, and prevents people using their own body fat as fuel, Mr Petersen argues.  

Cutting out carbohydrates and eating all calories from fat lowers insulin levels, and therefore weight gain.

Fat from salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies are healthy as they are high in omega-3s and low in omega-6s

Fat from salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies are healthy as they are high in omega-3s and low in omega-6s

Eating no more than 50g of carbohydrates a day – the equivalent of a slice of bread and a banana puts the body into a state known as ‘ketosis’, in which it burns its own fat for energy, he says.

It also prevents hunger, which mostly comes from craving sugar, he maintains.

Here, Mr Peterson explains why people should stop eating fruit, add oil to their morning coffee and exercise so intensely they are gasping for air…


Eat fish, meat, avocados and macadamia nuts

The good fats are those that have a healthy ratio of omega-6- to omega-3- fatty-acids. 

These include fats from:

Cold-water fish 

Avocado contains monounsaturated fat, which has many health benefits

Avocado contains monounsaturated fat, which has many health benefits

Fat from salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies; shellfish like crab, shrimp, scallops, and oysters.

They are low on the food chain and die young so they don’t have time to accumulate mercury the way big old predator fish like tuna and swordfish do.

These are high in omega-3s, low in omega-6s.

Grass-fed animals

They also have a good ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s, although not as overwhelmingly good as oily fish.

Fats from olives, avocados, and especially macadamia nuts

These fats aren’t high in omega-3s, but they have better omega-6 to omega-3 ratios than do most fatty foods.

The dominant type of fat in both olive oil and avocado oil is monounsaturated, which provides health benefits that make up for the unimpressive ratios for omega-3s to omega 6s.

Coconut oil

This contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). 

These fats are good because they are metabolized differently than other fats. 

They’re easier to burn as energy, and when you do that you make ketones, an efficient fuel for body, heart, and brain functions.


For breakfast, drink coffee with fat

Put three or four tablespoons of butter, ghee, cream, and/or coconut oil in your morning tea or coffee. This is a perfect breakfast.

If you’re just starting out on the low-carb way of life and still crave solid food in the morning, replace that muffin and coffee with two or three eggs and four or five slices of bacon along with your tea or coffee. 

Coffee with three or four tablespoons of butter, ghee, cream, and/or coconut oil is the 'perfect breakfast'

Coffee with three or four tablespoons of butter, ghee, cream, and/or coconut oil is the ‘perfect breakfast’

As you get into ketosis, you’ll find you’re not so hungry when you wake up and won’t need all that food until later in the day.

Once you get over not eating in the morning, a hot fatty drink like this will feel normal, even indulgent. 


Fruits are just ‘juicy sugar orbs’ 

Before agriculture, fruit was seasonal, small, sweet only when compared to meat and greens, and rare. 

Now it’s selectively bred to be huge, supersweet, and abundant; and no matter where you live, you can buy South American grapes in November. 

Fruit is abundant in the sugar fructose - which goes straight to the liver 

Fruit is abundant in the sugar fructose – which goes straight to the liver 

Fruits are universally considered natural and healthy, but compared to their ancient relatives, today’s fruits are pretty much just juicy sugar orbs that, from a health perspective, look good only when compared to grains and donuts.  

Read this out loud: ‘Fruit makes me fat.’

It’s not just the quantity of sugar, but the kind.

Glucose, lactose, sucrose, and other sugars get metabolized (used as fuel) all over your body, but fruit sugar – fructose – goes straight to your liver.

Since your liver didn’t evolve to handle huge doses of fructose, it turns it into triglycerides (dangerous fat) and sends it out into your blood, to your arteries, and onto your hips.


Try ‘fasting’ – while eating bacon

Whatever spiritual, bowel-cleansing, detoxifying, and generally suspect benefits the Eastern mystics and fasting fanatics may tout, the undeniable benefit of fasting is a lowering of blood sugar and a consequent lowering of blood insulin. 

When you cut out all food (including carbs), your blood-insulin level will drop, you’ll start to burn body fat, and you’ll stop being hungry. 

But starvation, even if only for a day, is a dreary and unnecessary way to get there. 

Besides, when you starve one day, it’s easy to eat too much the next day.

If you want to fast to reduce insulin, there are two ways that work just as well and don’t make you miserable with cravings.

The first is to clump all high-fat, low carb eating into any six-hour period; 8am to 2pm, 12 to 6pm, 6pm to 12pm, any you like – and then fast for the subsequent 18 hours.

The second option is to eat nothing but fat, whenever you like, for 24 hours.

For an entire day, eat only cheese, homemade unsugared whipped cream, coconut oil, olive oil, butter, bacon, 2 to 4 ounces of fatty meat, or up to six eggs, depending on how many calories burned hiking big you are.

Broad, exposed leaves like kale, endive, collards, chard, spinach, watercress, dandelion greens, and mustard greens contain healthy phytonutrients 

Broad, exposed leaves like kale, endive, collards, chard, spinach, watercress, dandelion greens, and mustard greens contain healthy phytonutrients 


Dark bitter vegetables are best

Dark, leafy vegetables tend to have more nutrients and taste more bitter than lighter vegetables that grow in heads, like cabbages and iceberg lettuce.

Broad, exposed leaves like kale, endive, collards, chard, spinach, watercress, dandelion greens, and mustard greens reach for the sun and lay out flat like a 1950s sunbather.

That exposure helps them develop phytonutrients and antioxidants that protect them from pests.

The phytonutrients give them their familiar, bitter taste that most kids hate but adults have learned to tolerate—no doubt in part because they feel virtuous eating them.

Bereft of most nutrients except potassium, potatoes are way too starchy for human health, Mr Petersen says

Bereft of most nutrients except potassium, potatoes are way too starchy for human health, Mr Petersen says


Never eat an egg white omelette or potatoes

The yolk is the best part of the egg. It’s 50 percent of the egg’s protein and all of its fat. Most people think the cholesterol in the yolk will clog your arteries, but it won’t.

Yolks get a bad rap because they contain cholesterol, but there is no relationship between cholesterol in the egg yolk and the cholesterol clogging your arteries. 

High bad-cholesterol numbers are driven by carbohydrates and omega-6 oils, not the healthy fats in egg yolks.

Bereft of most nutrients except potassium, potatoes are way too starchy for human health. 

If you’re serious about health, regard all potatoes – even those presented like healthy, whole gems -like fast-food French fries.

Coconuts are  a great source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are 'fat royalty' as they are readily burned as energy 

Coconuts are a great source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are ‘fat royalty’ as they are readily burned as energy 


Coconut is god

Coconut is right up there with salmon in the ‘not magic, but damn close to it’ category, partly because it’s so low in carbs for a nonleafy plant, but mainly because it’s such a great source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). 

Coconut oil is 66 percent MCTs.

MCTs are fat royalty because they aren’t stored in the body the way other fats are. 

They’re readily burned as energy and, in the burning, produce more ketones (cell fuel alternative to glucose) than any other kind of fat. 

Greek yoghurt contains less carbohydrates as the sugary whey has been drained away

Greek yoghurt contains less carbohydrates as the sugary whey has been drained away

MCTs are being used in treatments for obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological diseases that typically rely on a steady supply of glucose.

MCTs aren’t easy to come by, and coconut products, especially coconut oil, have far more of it than any other food. 


Eat Greek yoghurt  

Greek yoghurt is regular yoghurt that’s been drained of some of its juicy whey to make it thicker. 

The milk sugar (lactose) is in the whey, so as it loses whey, it loses carbs. 

But among Greek yoghurts, there’s a wide range in carb contents, so read the labels and get the one with the fewest per cup. 

Between 5 grams and 9 grams is good; over 15 grams is too much.

Always go for plain— anything added means more carbs.

You’ll notice that craters in the tub of yoghurt fill with liquid whey. Dump it out. The whey is sour and has lactose (milk sugar) – double whammy there – so get rid of it and the yoghurt will be milder for it.

Full-fat yoghurt tastes better, is richer than low-fat and nonfat yoghurts, and on a super low-carb program, it’ll fill you up without making you fat from the extra calories.

If you’re used to fruit-flavoured, still buy it plain, but add a few berries and/or a little xylitol or stevia.


You CAN drink alcohol

If you were concerned about calories, you’d have to give up the empty ones from alcohol, but on a low-carb diet that doesn’t count calories, as long as your total carbs are low enough, it doesn’t matter where they come from.

The goal is to limit carbs to whatever quantity your body can tolerate while still burning fat for fuel, and maintaining a state of ketosis often enough to lose weight and be healthy—and that depends on your insulin sensitivity. 

Whiskey, gin, rum, tequila, Scotch, vodka contain zero carbohydrates - as long as they're unsweetened and not mixed with sugared soda.

Whiskey, gin, rum, tequila, Scotch, vodka contain zero carbohydrates – as long as they’re unsweetened and not mixed with sugared soda.

If you get fat easily, you may have to limit yourself to 20 grams of carbohydrates per day; if you don’t, you can probably eat 50 grams of carbs per day.

This is good news for booze fans.

Spirits are the lowest in carbs, beer is the highest, and always skip the mixers if they’re sweetened.

Essentially zero carbs:

Whiskey, gin, rum, tequila, Scotch, vodka — as long as they’re unsweetened and not mixed with sugared soda.


Don’t jog 

Short, intense exercise that makes your muscles burn and makes you gasp for more air to supply the burning muscles with oxygen. 

It has to be hard.

If you can talk or watch TV or maintain the effort level for more than five minutes, it’s too easy.

If you want maximum return on your exercising minutes – so you can make it as short as possible -you need to work as hard as you can.

Short, intense exercise that makes you gasp for air and your muscles burn is the way to improve fitness

Short, intense exercise that makes you gasp for air and your muscles burn is the way to improve fitness

This idea is antithetical to the ‘exercise is fun’ notion that drives the exercise industry, but let me be clear about this. 

Skiing, hiking, riding a bike, and surfing are fun, but the exercise is incidental to the fun. 

Fun is great, but it’s an inefficient way to get fit.

I’m not saying don’t do it – that stuff can be the best part of your life.

I’m just saying that when the goal is improved cardiovascularity [strengthening the heart and blood vessels], stronger muscles, and injury resistance, then short, superintense exercise works much better and much faster than play or recreation.

Maximally efficient exercise is barely bearable, and not even close to fun. 

Extracted from Eat Bacon, Don’t Jog by Grant Petersen (Workman, £9.99).

Copyright ©2014. 

What to Wear When Hiking – Are You Prepared?

What to wear when hiking? When you first begin hiking you can wear what you already have.

If you get more serious about this sport you’ll want to invest in clothes made with performance capabilities designed to keep you warm, dry and comfortable.

When you exert yourself during exercise your body loses more heat and moisture than normal. Hiking uphill will make you break out in a sweat.

Going downhill doesn’t require as much effort and your previously sweat-saturated clothing can cause you to become chilled.

There are strategies you can utilize to help you prepare for changing temperatures and conditions.

Know Where You Are Going:

If you are hiking up a steep mountainside bear in mind the wind usually picks up and the temperature drops substantially in the evening.

Be sure you pack more clothes tips for hiking in the rain such an occasion.

Layer Your Clothing:

Remove layers as you climb so the heat can escape easily. Put them back on when going back down the hill. Have extra clothes for windy areas, too.

Choose Fabrics Accordingly:

If purchasing new clothes, do not choose cotton, as it will absorb water from sweating and rain. When wet, it has no warming properties and will rob you of valuable warmth and strength.

Thicker Cotton clothing can become heavy when wet.

Wool is the better choice of fabric; however, it can become very heavy and can cause uncomfortable itching. Many people, including myself, are allergic to wool. Synthetic, man-made materials are a better bet today and come in a variety of styles and color choices.

Remember that pests and insects are drawn to darker colors so it would behoove you to opt for lighter colors. Black and dark colors also have a tendency to draw heat when in the sun and would not be a welcome side effect when hiking up a steep incline.

What To Pack for a Camping Trip Part 1


A Babe In The Woods

Full disclosure, I never went camping as a kid even though I always wanted to. My mom paid for my scouting membership, but not once did we have a scout meeting. Just one of the many scams that happened at my school! But, bygones. I am the woman I am now because of that. Who is this woman, you ask? Someone who grew up romanticizing the great outdoors from her bedroom window, facing the neon lights of the big city. (It was the 80s. We had neon.)

So what gives me the right to cull together this list of camping essentials? Well, in the last ten years I’ve had really wonderful and downright catastrophic camping trips to make up for my lack of childhood experience. Nature will do what she will, but what made a big difference in comfort was the gear. I’d like to think I froze in the wilderness so you won’t have to. Please let me have this? It’s my only consolation.

Visiting the camping store or going online can be overwhelming, but I’m here to help you streamline your checklist of things to take with a few tips.


The Tent

Maybe it won’t surprise you to know that there are tents for all kinds of weather. The time of the year you want to go camping annually would help you determine the kind of tent to bring. Summer tents are lighter and perfect for backpacking, but they are not as great on cold and rainy days.

I once went with a group of novices on an overnight camping trip to Mount Pulag in the Philippines. Our organizer said he had two-person tents, and we just took his word for it; he was the expert after all. Once we were halfway up the mountain at base camp, it rained hard. He made us stop at a mountain pass and distributed the tents to us damp campers. To our shock, the fabric was thin and the shelter so small that the only way two people could sleep inside was if we took turns lying down in a crouched position! My companions and I (there were three of us) decided the conditions are not ideal and trekked back down to the village in the pouring rain. We knocked on doors to ask for a dry spot to sleep in. Luckily, we found a nice woman who had a storage shack. That night we listened to the wind knocking over branches, shuddered at the sound of the creaking walls, and the rain pounding on the thin roof. We felt so bad for those who chose to stay at the mountain pass, where the wind usually blows harder. The morning after, they told us they hardly slept because they were wet inside the tents and there wasn’t space to sleep. Because it rained all night, the morning was also foggy, and they didn’t see past their noses when they continued their climb to the peak.

In contrast, my husband and I have a 3-Season tent that we’ve had for over ten years. It saved our butts when we camped on the banks of Lake Maggiore in Italy. It was summer, but it suddenly rained that night. In the morning we felt the sensation of floating. We were dry inside and our tent became a boat, floating on rainwater.

Big Agnes’s Ultra Light an Ultra Popular 3-Season Tent Keeps Dry and Ventilated; Extra Features for Digital Gear

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent, 1 Person (Orange)

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent, 1 Person (Orange)


If you want to be ready for anything, even snow, then a 4-Season tent may be more your speed. But if you’re planning on camping only around spring, summer and early fall then a 3-Season tent will suffice. What you need at the very least is a waterproof tent (or one with a rainfly), with a sturdy frame that wont bend or fall over when the wind is strong. A mesh lining is a must especially if you want to leave the tent open on hot summer nights to let the breeze in. The bigger the mesh, the better off you are in the summer. There are tents that can be stripped down to the mesh and they are great for stargazing!

Take note of your height when ordering online, you don’t want one that’s too small because you need space to sleep and a spot for your backpack. It’s hard to carry a family-sized tent if you’re hiking, I recommend a small two-person tent. If you want to be able to stand up inside, take note of the peak height. Lastly, tents with fewer poles are lighter and easier to set up.

Nemo Kunai 2P: 4-Season Tent with a Lifetime Warranty; Blocks Wind, Rain and Snow; Great Added Features

Nemo Kunai 2P Tent

Nemo Kunai 2P Tent


Marmot Crane Creek: Budget Friendly Backpacking 3-Season Tent, Best for Stargazing

Marmot Crane Creek 2-Person Ultra Lightweight Backpacking and Camping Tent, Macaw Green/Crocodile

Marmot Crane Creek 2-Person Ultra Lightweight Backpacking and Camping Tent, Macaw Green/Crocodile


The Mattress

The Princess and The Pea is a cautionary tale for any camper. If there is something wrong with the mattress, you will have an awful night! If you trekked or swam all day, then you’re looking forward to a good night’s rest.

My husband and I used to bring an inflatable mattress for two, but then we realized that the slightest budge is magnified and hella loud. We also learned the hard way that if you lose air while sleeping, you both roll to the middle! So we bought a mattress each, including a foot pump and an electric pump. It’s so convenient when you have a car with you. The problem with inflatable beds though, is they’re too heavy for backpacking. So we bought a compact, super-thin air pad specifically made for mountaineering. You still have to blow into it, but it doesn’t take a lot of air to firm up.

There are air pads with built-in insulation that offer a great deal of comfort when the ground is too cold. I slept like a baby in the sleeping pad even though it was super thin, and my body didn’t ache the morning after our day hiking essentials checklist-long hike (through fog, mind you!) to Lac d’Espingo in the Pyrenees.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite: Best 3-Season Ultralight Backpacking Mattress

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Ultralight Backpacking Air Mattress, WingLock Valve, Large – 25 x 77 Inches, Lemon Curry (040818132159)


Klymit Static V2: Most Loved Budget-Friendly Ultralight Backpacking Sleeping Pad

Klymit Static V2 Sleeping Pad, Ultralight, (12% Lighter), Great for Camping, Hiking, Travel and Backpacking, Green

Klymit Static V2 Sleeping Pad, Ultralight, (12% Lighter), Great for Camping, Hiking, Travel and Backpacking, Green


The Sleeping Bag

A good sleeping bag is a lifesaver. My husband and I once traveled in the desert, at the border of Pakistan and India, for 4 days on a camel. I liked the idea of doing things Silk Road style: nothing modern, eating only what our guide would provide like the usual desert hits of unleavened bread, curried vegetables, and fruit. It was a rude awakening to find out how unprepared I was to sleep in a hole dug in the sand, hugging a quilt that reeked of camel for warmth. I loved the idea of seeing the stars before I closed my eyes, but when I opened them up in the morning, icicles had formed on the tarp my husband flung over us in the middle of the night because the mercury went below zero. He had frosty brows and a frozen mustache. A pair of down sleeping bags would have been very welcome then — and we might also have smelled less like our camels! Ever since the Thar Desert, we made a conscious choice to have a sleeping bag with us on any camping trip.

Just like the tent, there are cold and warm season sleeping bags. Temperature is measured by ISO and EN levels. The lowest temperature the user will be comfortable in is the “Comfort” level, while the highest temperature is the “Limit.” Think of the actual temperatures you’ll be out in the most, then go lower than that temperature just in case it suddenly gets cold. If you plan to camp out someplace like Mt. Everest, you need a sleeping bag that is thin, light, but extremely warm. I once got sick in the Himalayas for being underdressed because the weather changed suddenly. Don’t make the same mistake! In places where the weather is prone to be cold, prepare for the cold even in early summer.

Marmot Ironwood 20 Mummy: Lightweight Down Sleeping Bag Up To 20-Degrees F; Stays Warm When Wet

Marmot Ironwood 20 Mummy Lightweight Sleeping Bag, 20-Degree Rating, Denim/Steel Onyx

Marmot Ironwood 20 Mummy Lightweight Sleeping Bag, 20-Degree Rating, Denim/Steel Onyx


Oaksys Sleeping Bag: Budget-Friendly, Small and Light, 3-Season Sleeping Bag

oaskys Camping Sleeping Bag - 3 Season Warm & Cool Weather - Summer, Spring, Fall, Lightweight, Waterproof for Adults & Kids - Camping Gear Equipment, Traveling, and Outdoors

oaskys Camping Sleeping Bag – 3 Season Warm & Cool Weather – Summer, Spring, Fall, Lightweight, Waterproof for Adults & Kids – Camping Gear Equipment, Traveling, and Outdoors


The Stove

I think of food as the highlight of any trip and camping is no different! There are recipe books for camping that you can download or get hard copies of. They will elevate your culinary ideas for your next rendezvous with the great outdoors. That said, your al-fresco menu can be as simple or as intricate as you want depending on the tools you will bring.

Your camping stove is a very important consideration. Traditional options include canister stoves and liquid-fuel stoves. Since most parks don’t allow open fires, you will probably use one kind or another of these two types. In my book, I like the convenience they provide when it rains. Under the shelter of a tree or with a tarp high enough, you can cook your meal any time you want. Just imagine a steaming bowl of soup in the comfort of your camp!

Canister stoves are a breeze to use. You just screw the stove on the butane canister and unfold the arms that will hold your pot in place. Butane is not too heavy and the stove is collapsible, so the kit doesn’t take up much space or weight. However, because it is so light, it is also quite unstable. You need to find even ground before lighting it up if you don’t want your pot tumbling over. It is also sensitive to the wind so you may need a wind cover.

MSR Pocket Rocket: Best Ultralight Canister Stove

MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit

MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit


Lightweight Stove Windscreen

REDCAMP Folding Outdoor Stove Windscreen, 10 Plates Aluminum Camping Stove Windshield with Carrying bag, Lightweight Butane Burner Windshield

REDCAMP Folding Outdoor Stove Windscreen, 10 Plates Aluminum Camping Stove Windshield with Carrying bag, Lightweight Butane Burner Windshield


Liquid-fuel stoves use white gas and are practical for freezing weather. These stoves are also more stable because the system is on the ground. The main disadvantage for me is the complexity of the system. They are hard to maintain and a bit complicated to use. Liquid-fuel stoves are also heavier than canister stoves. The idea is to have the lightest materials possible, so I’m not a big fan.

You can’t bring your whole kitchen, but you could find ingenious gadgets to get the same effect. (We outfitted our canister stove with a toaster attachment that we found at a camping store in Holland. Hello, full English breakfasts!) More on kitchen gadgets later.

KapMATE WoodFlame: Light On Pocket Ultra Light Stove Weighs 1.1 lbs

kampMATE WoodFlame Ultra Lightweight Portable Wood Burning Camping Stove, Backpacking Stove, Stainless Steel with Nylon Carry Case - Perfect for Survival Packs & Emergency Preparedness

kampMATE WoodFlame Ultra Lightweight Portable Wood Burning Camping Stove, Backpacking Stove, Stainless Steel with Nylon Carry Case – Perfect for Survival Packs & Emergency Preparedness


But the lightest option for cooking is a wood-burning stove because you don’t need to carry fuel. Just find some twigs and balance your pots or pans on top! It’s a safer alternative to making a bonfire that could start forest fires, and you don’t need as much wood either.

Another option is a solid fuel stove, but I haven’t tried them. The tablets are expensive, not easy to control, and most of all toxic.

And That’s Just for Starters!

These are just some of the essentials but we’re not done yet! On part two of this guide, we’ll get into how you can make your camp more cozy. We’ll also continue with some basic camping gear that you can’t leave home without!

Can you change a submissive person into a "normal" person


What kinds of submissive people are there

Can you change a submissive person into a step in the right direction the health benefits of hiking “normal” person? In reality it depends on why the person is submissive.

The first kind of submissive person.

I know of Doctors, Lawyers, Business owners, Executives that because they are continually making decisions and have huge pressures upon them to get every decision they make right and have little to no time to make those decisions are submissive in their home lives. This actually allows them to relax from the high stresses of their daily work lives and has huge health benefits like lessoning the chances of cardio vascular diseases (heart attacks etc.), hypertension, high blood pressure, depression, suicidal thoughts and tendencies … the list could go on but I’m going to stop there. These people when needed to can and will step up as a balanced partner and help make decisions.

The second kind of submissive person.

For some people being submissive is simply a live style choice. These people usually have a submissive type job as well as being submissive in their home lives. Many of these people would feel stressed out, unable to cope and confused if they were forced to take charge or make decisions. For some of these people having to take the role of dominance would be like being punished and in fact is sometimes used by their dominant partner as a punishment.

These kinds of submissive people are “normal” and have made lifestyle choices that work for them.

In reality both of the above types of people need and desire a partner who is willing to be the dominant party either most of the time or all the time.

Don’t try to change these people as they are happy with their lifestyle choices.

If you cannot or don’t wish to be the dominant/decision making person in either of these relationships then maybe this isn’t the right partner for you.

Submissive people and slaves

There are different levels of submission, some people call themselves submissive and some call themselves a slave. Again these are in fact “normal” lifestyle choices and are an integral part of who they are and how they think.

Levels of Submission

In either of the above types of submissive people I would consider it normal to find those who have a more submissive role in their home lives but are happy and willing to step up and make decisions when the need arises.

Also those who just don’t want to make the simple decisions like what to have for tea when they get home.

There will also be those that are more submissive and would find it hard to step up if the need arose that they had to but when push comes to shove are able to do so.

Then there would also be those who would find it impossible to make a decision without some sort of guidance or direction from someone else like why don’t you do/try this.

Please note …

You would find the same differing levels of submission in the type of people listed below however these people did not make the choice upon their own characteristics and it is important not to get them mixed up with those who choose to live as a submissive, sub, slave and feel complete and at ease with their lifestyle choice.

The people below feel quite the opposite in fact they are perpetually fearful and dislike where they are and the life they feel imprisoned and forced into.

The third kind of submissive person.

Sadly there is one other type of submissive person; these are people who used to have balanced relationships until they got into a destructive abusive relationship. These people have over time of being mentally and sadly sometimes physically abused become unsure and finally unable to make decisions for themselves.

Once these people are with a more balanced partner they will slowly become more confidant and sure of themselves. These are the people who can change from being a submissive person because they weren’t in fact submissive in the first instance.

These people may and most do need counselling and a lot of support from family/friends or partners to find themselves again.



Food Spoilage During Hiking and Camping Trips

Americans love the outdoors. Hiking and camping are great activities the whole family can enjoy.

While outdoors you must handle food properly as indicated; otherwise, you may experience food spoilage during hiking and camping trips which can cause illness and spoil your vacation.

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold

Seems simple enough.

Bring along a cooler for the cold foods. If you are hiking or camping it’s easier to cook the food at home, cool it, and then bring the food along in the cooler. Food that is cooked on the fire or camp stove should be eaten when cooking is complete and then stored appropriately.

Safe Drinking Water

Never depend on there being fresh water available.

When starting out bring bottled water or tap water with you. Replenish your water supply from tested water systems along the way whenever possible. If you run out of water and are not near a shelter on the trail you can boil water from the stream. It should be at a rolling boil for at least 1 minute.

For higher elevations, boil water for at least 3 minutes. If you wanted to go to the expense you could always bring along water purification tablets. Simply follow the directions on the package.

What Foods to Bring

If your hiking trip is more than a day, the food situation gets a little trickier.

You’ll have to include items that don’t spoil. Some items that are non-perishables include:

·    Peanut butter in plastic jars;

·    Concentrated juice boxes;

·    Canned fish or meat, such as tuna, ham, chicken, and beef;

·    Dried soups & noodles;

·    Beef jerky and other dried meats;

·    Dehydrated foods;

·    Dried fruits and nuts; and

·    Powdered milk and fruit drinks

You should be sure to include some protein because hiking challenges can be strenuous and you need to keep up your strength.

Cleaning up camp after meals

Whether hiking or camping you will be washing your dishes, utensils and cookware.

There are specific rules to adhere to. Biodegradable camping soap in liquid and solid forms should be used but use it sparingly and keep it out of all water supplies, as it will pollute.

If you use soap wash the pots at your site, not near the water.

Dispose of dirty water on dry ground, well away from fresh water. Some outdoor enthusiasts use baking soda to wash their utensils. Use disposable cloths for fast cleanups. To avoid any complications, be sure to wash your hands before and after handling food.

General Rules for Outdoor Food Safety

Plan ahead: decide what you are going to eat and how you are going to cook it; then plan what equipment you will need.

After your bellies are full and you are roasting marshmallows around the campfire, kick back, relax, and enjoy your trip with the knowledge that all is well with the food supply.

CES 2019: 14 questions tech’s biggest show needs to answer

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 effectively starts Sunday, Jan. 6 and runs through Friday, Jan. 11. And this year’s show comes at a point when the tech industry is more of the center of conversation than ever before: The stock prices of Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon are under pressure as profits are under pressure, and the threat of regulation seems more possible than ever before.

With those issues swirling in the background, the industry is looking to refocus a more familiar — and friendlier — narrative: Cool, innovative gee-whiz products that have the potential to make your life more convenient. This year will be my 16th consecutive jaunt to Las Vegas to see the latest and greatest that the consumer electronics industry has to offer, and I’m extremely confident in predicting that we’ll see plenty of the following:

  • Faster, better, bigger and smaller versions of all of last year’s products
  • AI and “machine learning” integrated into more services
  • Robots everywhere
  • Everything will be cloud-connected
  • Everything will be “smart” enabled

Those, of course, are the table stakes — the same trends that have been on display for the past three, five or even 10 years of the world’s biggest electronics show. To that end, these are the biggest questions we have going into the show — the answers to which will set the tone for the rest of 2019.

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CES 2019: What tech to expect


1. How will 5G change the tech landscape?


Qualcomm showed off a 5G phone prototype in Hawaii last month.

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There is little doubt that

While most companies will hold back their phone announcements for the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona in late February, expect to see Chinese handset makers like Huawei use the Vegas spotlight to make a splash. Meanwhile, chipmakers like Qualcomm, Nvidia and Intel will likely tout their 5G bona fides, while carriers like Verizon and AT&T will talk up 5G plans at keynotes and panel discussions throughout the week.

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2. Can Intel ready a defense against Qualcomm, AMD and ARM?


Intel sent 250 of its Shooting Star drones over the Bellagio to celebrate CES 2018.


Intel is in a weird place: The company continues to reap billions on its CPU business, even as the global PC market remains largely stagnant. Meanwhile, the company says that its 10-nanometer chips — codenamed Sunny Cove, and making use of “3D chip stacking” — are finally, finally, on deck for 2019. 

But while Intel gets its ducks in a row, it feels as if the competition is leapfrogging it: Qualcomm and Apple are beginning to offer 7nm chips in PCs and iPhones, respectively, and adirondack hiking challenges even Amazon is developing its own ARM-based server chips. With Qualcomm and AMD planning to strut their stuff at CES this year, Intel needs to prove to the tech world how it intends to lead in 2019 and beyond — and just putting on a good drone show won’t cut it. And the company will need to do it without longtime CEO Brian Krzanich, who resigned under a cloud a few months ago. 

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3. Is the health tech revolution at hand?


The Neomano glove, seen here at CES 2018, was designed to help those with spinal cord injuries perform everyday tasks using their hands.

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Health and fitness products have been on the rise at CES in the past few years, but we’re expecting a virtual deluge of new products in the space at 2019’s show. While giants like Apple and Fitbit garnered many of the health-tech headlines over the past year, tracking EKG and heart arrhythmia may be just the beginning. 

Look for smaller startups to share the spotlight in Las Vegas with larger companies, touting everything from wearable blood pressure monitors to sleep masks that fight jet lag to smartwatches powered by body heat. And remember that the holy grail for health tech — at least in the US market — is having a product that’s FDA-cleared.

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4. What will Google be showing off?

Last year, Google had a big, showy installation in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center that was a basically a Disneyland-style popup homage to the search giant’s technical acumen. This year, the company has carved out an even bigger chunk of the parking lot in a more high-trafficked location. Google doesn’t have a formal press conference, but don’t be surprised if the company sneaks in a few high-profile announcements anyway.

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Rescue teams search for missing Appalachian Trail hiker

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Vermont State Police troopers and rescue crews are searching for a 15-year-old Montreal boy who disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Killington.

Police say friends of Shmuel Rabinowitz reported him missing about 9 p.m.


He had been hiking with kids average speed with a large group of friends near the Cooper Lodge in Killington. His last reported contact with his friends was at about 7:30 p.m.

Search crews, including New England K-9 Search and Rescue and the Vermont National Guard, have been working along hiking trails and corridors near Rabinowitz’s last contact with his friends.


This story has been corrected to show the spelling of the first name of the hiker is Shmuel not Shamuel.

Smart watch calls 911 after 2 hikers fall off cliff

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. (AP) – A man says he and his hiking companion were rescued after they fell off a cliff in New Jersey because the impact spurred his smart watch to call 911.

James Prudenciano and Paige Paruso were hiking in Hartshorne Woods Park in Atlantic Highlands last week when they got lost in the woods.

They eventually tumbled down a steep cliff as darkness set in.

Prudenciano had bought the watch two days earlier and chose to activate the “fall detection” feature, which alerts the owner’s emergency contacts and calls 911 when it detects that its user has fallen.

Rescuers were eventually able to reach the couple, who were taken ashore by a boat.

They were treated at a hospital best tools for a dog hiking undisclosed injuries.


This story has been corrected to show the park is in Atlantic Highlands, not Middletown.