1. Life is short. Youth is finite. You have every opportunity to make the most of the life you have right now. Your choices today will determine the number of regrets you will have in the next ten years. The type of read that goes with January. [Get Pocket]
2. This article on the true cost of fast fashion and what someone else has to pay for us to get a bargain made me think of The Dead Line by Holly Watt, a novel reviewed here that takes you to the dark side of fast fashion.
3. Why a little discipline goes a long way. [Outside Online]
4. “Apart from calories, our genes, the trillions of bacteria that live in our gut, food preparation and sleep affect how we process food.” An incredibly long but interesting read on calories. From how they were originally viewed (all calories are equal) to how they’re starting to be viewed; why calorie counting doesn’t work for losing weight and why focusing on quality of nutrients is key to losing weight. [Outline]
5. For some reason I struggle to cook rice to a perfectly fluffy grain. I usually use my Instant Pot which is quick, requires no fussing and works. If you don’t have one and struggle with rice, try using this oven method of cooking rice. [Bon Appetit]
6. “Maximizing pleasure today while finding ways to be smart about the future should be our mindset.” And other money lessons learned from the year that was 2020. [The Cut]
8. If you’re a sucker for good packaging like I am, this article with brand consultant Andrea Hernández on why companies are using more playful, thoughtful design—and how to tell what’s worth it amid the gimmicks, will peak your interest. [Vice]
9. If you have plants then don’t throw out banana peels before you do these two things. [The Kitchn]