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Jack Kirven – QNotes

COVID-19 and Entertainment

The Importance of Being Virtually Connected

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the vital importance of social distancing (a concept that went from zero to 100 in two weeks), a vast array of live interactions are now off-limits. It’s the only way to slow the inevitable progress of the virus as it burns its way through the population. But people are still alive and raring to go.

Community Gardening

A Nourishing Project for the Body and Soul

If you’re going to start gardening, get ready soon! Planting day is April 15, and you’ll want to be prepared with all your seeds, sprouts, materials and tools. But what if you don’t have a yard, or even a patio or balcony?

Bananas are not Your Enemy

Health & Wellness: The Recently Maligned Sweet Treat

Bananas are quite amazing, aren’t they? I suppose one might take a pause saying that in an LGBTQ publication. But fear not intrepid reader, we are going to discuss something far more interesting: the nutritional value of many people’s favorite fruit.

Glycemic Index

Health & Wellness: An Incomplete Picture

Here I am again, telling you to stop counting calories. … The degree, frequency and severity of insulin responses to food are what matters when it comes to improving blood sugar and/or body composition.

Innercise: Dispelling the Dark, Part 2

Health & Wellness: Caffeine Is Not Your Friend

I don’t really drink coffee for pleasure. I drink it only if it’s already available, and I happen to need a jolt of energy. Otherwise, I just really don’t ever think about it. I greatly prefer tea, especially green and white.

Fish Oil Supplements

Health & Wellness: Environmentally Unsustainable and Ineffective

I don’t generally promote supplements. Most of them play to specific, isolated points of medical research to serve as a magic pill.

Am I a covert narcissist?

Health & Wellness: An Honest Assessment and Reaction

A jab at microcurrent treatments for skincare? Pfft. But what’s this? An article about Covert Narcissists? Oh, hell no! He’s telling people I’m a narcissist?? How can anyone possibly think that about me? Well… wait. I see a lot of myself in that article.

Kiwis are magic!

Health & Wellness: Tiny Fruit Packs Huge Nutrition Benefits

I’m sure you’ve heard of “superfoods.” They aren’t real, mind you. That term is an advertising concept invented by a clever company somewhere whose task was to get consumers to buy more fresh produce at the grocery store.

Totally imbalanced

Health & Wellness: When Looking for Balance Pulls You Off Balance

As someone who craves quiet, order, stability and routine, I’ve developed what’s probably an oversensitivity to entropy. Whether everything’s actually falling apart or not, I fear it and watch for it vigilantly.

Effective Supplements

Health & Wellness: Two Powders that are Actually Effective

Over the years I have made my position on supplements very clear: Use them as they were intended to fill gaps in your otherwise healthful, balanced nutrition strategy. Not only should you not rely upon them as a main source of energy or vitamins, minerals and fiber, you should not rely on them to provide what the manufacturer claims.