A Peek Inside an Israeli’s Refrigerator

15 04 2009

When I was trying to decide what to blog about, a recent post on the blog “Treehugger” jumped out at me because it was about the diet of an Israeli native, a country I visited the summer before last for 10 days as part of the BirthRight Israel program.

Karin Kloosterman, a native of Jerusalem, Israel, wrote this blog about his diet, providing a full description of the contents of his refrigerator.

Below is a picture Karin took of his refrigerator:

The post was a reminder of one of the major differences I noticed between Israelis and Americans while on my trip: their diets. It is common knowledge that the United States has an obesity problem. Israel, on the other hand, does not. I didn’t see a single obese person during the week and a half I spent there. Even the snacks Israelis eat seem to be mostly healthy!

To see what I mean, examine the contents of Karin’s refrigerator. We see that Karin eats a lot of vegetables and other local and organically grown foods. The  items in his refrigerator include organic lentil sprouts, organic goat cheese,  parsley, green onions and tomatoes, among many other healthy options.

Americans, on the other hand, like their ice cream and chocolate. According to the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was  a dramatic increase in the number of obese people between 1987 and 2007. In 2007, 30 states had an obesity prevalence greater than or equal to 25 percent!

According to a study done by CalorieLab,  my state, Connecticut, ranked 49 out of 50 on its list of fattest states, with  only 20.8 percent of the adult population being obese during the year 2008. Only Colorado, with 18.4 percent of adults being obese, had a lower ranking.  Mississippi was the fattest state.

I’m proud to be a Connectican!

Maybe if Americans ate like Karin, the United States wouldn’t have an obesity problem!


Waterbottles: Not Just for Hydration

12 03 2009
A lamp made out of lightbulbs

A lamp made out of lightbulbs- Image courtesy of Treehugger

Do you want your apartment or room to look different from anyone else’s?

I may have the solution.

In the blog, Webecoist, a blogger  nicknamed “Steph” provided information about 15 lights made from recycled products such as legos, egg cartons, blenders and ballpoint pens in a March 8 post.

The coolest light mentioned in the post is the Vespa Light, made from a 2003 Vespa motorcycle by the company Lamponi’s Lamps. The company’s website doesn’t list a price for the lamp, which comes in a variety of colors.

Vespa Lamp- image courtesy of Great Green Goods

Vespa Lamp- image courtesy of Great Green Goods

My  favorite product mentioned in the blog is the “Traffic Light” lamp, which comes in three colors: “Intimidating Red”, “Yielding Yellow” and “Go Green”. At $99 to $299, the lamps, sold by the company Greenlight Concepts, would be the perfect addition to a club’s decor.

Traffic Light Lamp- image courtesy of Treehugger

Traffic Light Lamp- image courtesy of Treehugger

Another cool product is the Waterbottle chandelier, created by Stuart Haygarth, a lighting designer who has designed many recycled lights like this one.

waterbottle chandelier- image courtesy of TreeHugger

Waterbottle Chandelier- image courtesy of TreeHugger

Why go to  Home Depot  for lighting when you have these trendy and eco-friendly options?

To see the other cool lights, read Steph’s post.