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Which One Is Better: A Minimalist Lifestyle or a Maximalist Lifestyle?

history, many intelligent people have claimed that it’s better to live a life without excess, and just as many intelligent people have claimed that it’s better to live a life of excess. In 2017, this disagreement is being played out in the world of interior design.1

For minimalists, less is more. That means white walls, white furniture, and creating calmness and beauty by limiting yourself to the absolute basics. For maximalists, more is more. That means throwing together as many colours and patterns as possible and creating beauty through the sheer variety and amount of stuff in a given room.

However, becoming a minimalist 2or becoming a maximalist is about much more than sofas and lampshades. They are both philosophies which try to tell us how best to think, to feel, and to live our lives. This is nothing new.

Plato debated with his contemporaries 3about how we can achieve eudaimonia, a Greek word which roughly translates as “human fulfilment”. 2,400 years later, the minimalists and maximalists are arguing over the very same question.

Minimalist from Past to Present

Minimalism has its roots in cynicism. In the 21st Century, we tend to imagine that this word means someone who is world-weary, negative, and sceptical. However, the original, Greek meaning of the word referred to a school of philosophy which questioned how much we really needed.

Ancient Greek cynics 4believed that true happiness did not depend on material goods or things from the external world. Rather, true happiness could only be found within. As a result, it’s something that anyone can attain.

One of the most famous cynics was a man named Diogenes. Diogenes was a philosopher who wandered the earth with only four possessions: a barrel (which was also his home), a stick, a cloak, and a bread bag. According to some sources, he was once asked by Emperor Alexander the Great if there was anything he wanted. He replied by saying that he wanted the Emperor to move to the side; he was blocking the sun.

In more recent times, minimalism can be traced back to American philosophers and writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson5 and Henry David Thoreau.6 Emerson was born and raised in the United States at a time when the country was still trying to figure itself out. He felt that, while the US had declared itself politically independent from Europe, it had yet to become intellectually or philosophically independent from Europe.

As a man raised by a long line English puritans, Emerson felt trapped by the traditions of Europe and, in turn, he felt trapped by what he saw as an obsession with the material world. He was struck by the epiphany that, though humans are a part of the natural world, we often act as if we are apart from it.

As a result, we try to achieve happiness by shielding ourselves from nature through extravagant homes with countless possessions. Emerson rejected this idea, claiming that a simpler life which was more in touch with nature was best.

This philosophy, known as transcendentalism, was then developed upon by Thoreau. After moving into a cabin the woods in order to become completely self-reliant (and to avoid paying taxes as a form of political protest), Thoreau discovered that he didn’t need all that much to achieve the state of eudaimonia that Plato talked about.

Maximalist: Its Root and Development

Maximalism, too, can be traced back to Western antiquity. In response to the cynics, the epicureans saw things differently 7. These guys believed that it was more important to live a life devoted to the pursuit of pleasure than it was to rid your life of unnecessary things. For them, if something feels good, then it probably is good.

However, epicureans were also aware that pleasure was a kind of calculation. After all, too much short-term pleasure can get in the way…

Brewing Company Has the Tastiest Solution for Food Waste

There is so much surplus bread being created in the UK every year, that homeless shelters can’t even take in any more loafs destined for the trash.

That’s why this brewing company has a delicious solution for their country’s food waste problem.

Toast Ale is a UK-based craft beer company that has created a tasty beer recipe that is made out of bread saved from landfills. The founder, food waste activist Tristram Stuart, makes sure that 100% of the proceeds go towards Feedback, a charity dedicated to stopping food waste…

Edible Innovations: Steven and the Californian Baking Movement

From Singapore to the USA and all around Europe, Edible Innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. Join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. Chiara Cecchini of Food Innovation Program — an ecosystem with a strong educational core that promotes food innovation as a key tool to tackle the great challenges of the future — introduces you to the faces, stories, and experiences of food makers around the globe. Check back on Tuesdays and Thursdays for new installments.

This is a crazy story of disruption — a disruption that has now been ongoing for more than 30 years.

Steven and Susie Sullivan founded The Acme Bread Company in 1983 to bake bread for restaurants and stores that wanted to offer better bread than was generally available on the wholesale market at the time. They saw a lack of good bread on a larger scale. “Good bakeries were small ones that were not able to serve restaurants “ says Steven, “that’s why everything started.”

Steven started working at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, along with Alice Waters (@AliceWaters). There wasn’t a big food movement going on at the time and “Silicon Valley” was still just known as the “Bay Area.” He was 18 the first time he went…

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Gluten free..Gluten free.. What exactly is gluten?

Well, Let us start here. Gluten is controversial. Some claim it is safe unless you have celiac disease. And experts in the nutrition and health fields. They claim gluten is harmful to all.

Gluten is a protein found in rye, barley, oat and wheat . Wheat is the most commonly consumed form. When you mix flour and water, it becomes like sticky glue. A property that makes dough elastic and rise when baked. It provides that satisfying chewy kind of texture. The name gluten is actually derived from this sticky wet dough formation.

Why is Gluten bad?

Many tolerate gluten, right. However, the problems are associated with some health conditions. This is inclusive of gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy, and celiac disease

Celiac disease also is known as coeliac disease an extremely severe gluten intolerance form. This autoimmune disorder treats gluten as an invasive element. The immune system attacks the gut lining and the gluten.

The gut wall is damaged and this may result in nutrient deficiencies, digestive issues, anemia and increases the risk to other diseases.

Common symptoms include:

  • digestive discomfort
  • small intestine tissue damage
  • bloating
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • skin rashes
  • weight loss
  • depression
  • feces that have a foul smell.

Celiac disease is not easy to diagnose, as not all symptoms may exist. About 80 % of people that have celiac disease are unaware that they have the condition

Many do not test positive for celiac disease but they do not react well to gluten. This gluten sensitivity is non-celiac. The symptoms include diarrhea, tiredness, and stomach pain. Bloating, tiredness and depression.

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