Welcome to this week's installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts from the past week and more, from our friends and partners around the web. This week's edition includes the whole-kernel debate over ground grains, a guide to those cute and compact little bento lunch boxes, ten reasons dairy is a cheesy habit that we all need to stop tolerating, the best in Fair Trade yoga apparel, how to make TV watching double as your exercise routine, and a look at Wal-Mart's decision to endorse same sex marriage. Enjoy!
1. When ground into flours, most grains act like sugar in the body, triggering weight gain, inflammation and blood-sugar imbalances. ExperienceLife explains why whole kernels are a better option.
2. Think inside the Bento Box! Which style best suits your needs? Our friends at MightyNest guide you through the basics of the reusable 'lil lunch boxes, their origins in Japanese culture, and how to make the most of the compact cuteness.
3. A rich indulgence with countless health and ethical ramifications, dairy can definitely be a complicated topic. BlissTree churns out the pros and cons of diary as a vice, and spills on ten good reason why milk and cheese lovers should cut this cheesy habit.
4. PrAna is North America’s first apparel company to be Fair Trade certified thanks to its dedication to sustainable business with conscience. YogiTimes tells us that prAna takes away the guesswork for its customers allowing them to confidently choose yoga, climbing, and athletic styles that look great and go easy on the earth.
5. Bazinga! If you're tired of boring workouts or feeling like a couch potato when you relax with television, check out The Big Bang Theory workout The Organic Whey shared. Each move coincides with one of the cute quirks the smart sitcom is famous for and will keep you moving all throughout the show.
6. While Wal-Mart is battling employees demanding union rights and higher wages for full time workers, the company says it's upgrading its healthcare benefits programs to employees in all 50 states to include coverage for same-sex domestic partnerships. EcoSalon unwraps the big box retailer's motivations.
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