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The best foods for you, ranked

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The best foods for you, ranked

The best foods for you, ranked Diet trends and fads are everywhere and everyone's got opinions on what you should and shouldn't eat. But wouldn't it be great if there were just a simple to understand (but super complex to scientifically determine) ranking system for foods? Look no further.  The ANDI or Aggregate Nutrient Density Index does just that. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD developed the scale by using the idea that health = nutrients divided by calories.  Yeah ok, we know that's more math than you've seen since high school. The important thing is that all the work is done...

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Cherished gifts from my dad: A Father's Day tribute

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Cherished gifts from my dad: A Father's Day tribute

“The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.” –Austin O’Malley Cherished gifts from my dad A Father's Day tribute from Marc Skid's Founder First, let me tell you a little about my father. His Irish heritage and the Marine Corp are probably two of the most cherished things in his life. But don’t ask about them -- you’ll need to cancel all your appointments for the day! He's led an amazing life. By far, his best accomplishment was finding my mother (because that’s how my 3 sisters and I came to be). Dad, from what...

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Why gardening is bad a$$

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Why gardening is bad a$$

Why gardening is bad a$$ It's not just your grandma's hobby.  Gardening gets a bad rap, but when you think about it, it's a really cool concept. You can literally sustain yourself. Live off the land. Create sustenance from what was once nothing. But gardening also has a pretty cool history. During WW1, Europe's farmland and agricultural workforce all became products of the war. Crop fields turned into battlefields and workers were recruited to military service. People got hungry, fast. So the burden of feeding millions landed on the U.S. and it was up to citizens to step up.  People...

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A better way to do better: Why Marc Skid's charity model works

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A better way to do better: Why Marc Skid's charity model works

A better way to do better: Why Marc Skid's charity model works There are tons of buy-one-give-one business models out there. Marc Skid is different.  Though we support giving back in any way you can, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure you're making maximum impact when shopping around.  Marc Skid is different than many other charitable business models in that you know exactly how much money your purchase generates for charity. When companies throw around percentages and loose terminology like "profit" (umm, paging your Econ professor: Gross or net??) it's hard to be sure...

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The ultimate St. Patrick's Day guide

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The ultimate St. Patrick's Day guide

The ultimate St. Patrick's Day guide Be a know-it-all this year. Everyone's favorite excuse to drink green beer is almost here: St. Paddy's Day. A holiday characterized by red-headed leprechauns, wearing green to avoid pinching and four-leaf clovers is actually a religious holiday. So while you're out drinking and enjoying the green Chicago river, you can school your friends in the reason for this season.  St. Patrick - the man, the myth, the legend. Patrick actually wasn't born an Irishman. He was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Roman Britain at age 14 and taken to Ireland where he...

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