Buying Eggs Is So Confusing!! Each label makes me think that the chicken who popped it out was tap-dancing through the pasture with his little chicken friends enjoying the scattered seeds and delicious grasses. Unfortunately marketing once again ruins EVERYTHING and labels like "CAGE FREE" are just a cover up to make us think that these birds are being somewhat humanely. Net net, no tap dancing chickens... What we've done here is break down each type of egg label for you - with your new understanding of eggs, you can now cook a cleaner and healthier breakfast! The Breakdown Cage-free, a term regulated by the USDA, means that the eggs come from hens that, put simply, aren’t caged: They can “freely roam a building, room, or enclosed area with unlimited access to food and fresh water during their production cycle, but [do] not have access to the outdoors.” Considering the conventional cage is 8 ½ by 11 inches, or the size of a piece of paper, this seems like a better lifestyle — but there are downsides, too. According to All About Eggs by Rachel Khong, cage-free facilities have more hen-on-hen violence and lower air quality than facilities that use cages. Free-range, another USDA term, means that the eggs come from hens that have some sort of access to the outdoors. However, it doesn’t mean that the hens actually go outdoors, or that the outdoor space is more than a small, fenced-in area; it simply implies that a door exists that a farmer could at some point open. Pasture-raised is not a term regulated by the USDA; however, if the carton says “pasture-raised” and also includes stamps that say “Certified Humane” and/or “Animal Welfare Approved,” it means that each hen was given 108 square feet of outdoor space, as well as barn space indoors. This is pretty much as close to the bucolic, E-I-E-O farm vibe you’ll get when dealing with large-scale egg producers, so if you’re looking to support those practices, keep a look out for those labels. Organic means the only stipulation is that they must come from hens who are fed an organic diet. Amount of space per hen, access to the outdoors — neither of those are specified or required, though many organic eggs are also at least free-range. Hormone-free means that the hen wasn’t administered hormones, which isn’t particularly commendable—considering that hormones and steroids are already banned by the FDA. No Added Antibiotics is another funny term, because very few hens are administered antibiotics—and those that do end up being “diverted from human consumption” anyways. Certified Humane or Animal Welfare Approved seal are good bets—both of which are administered by third-party groups. When it comes to brands, Vital Farms, Family Homestead, Oliver’s Organic, Happy Egg Co., and Pete and Gerry’s all have particularly good reputations, as well as Safeway’s cage-free eggs and Kirkland organic eggs at Costco. Now all you have to do is remember this information next time your shopping at the local mart and BOOM! Golden goose you are :) Thanks to Eater.com for the info! Peace and Love! - Steel
Why So Serious? "Business" is a funny word – for most people, it's framed to be a serious vehicle that disguises the aspirations of an individual to put some money in their pocket. I've always been a big believer that money should be a by-product of the venture and that there should be some underlying motivation that drives the company. Sand Cloud is the perfect example of a company who understands the bigger picture – using their platform to spread a message beyond their brand. Striped down, Sand Cloud is simply a towel company – a product that is incredibly difficult to differentiate on when it comes to features and performance. Beyond The Product This is why Sand Cloud chose to stand for much more than just beach towels. They stand for doing business the right way – for the community and with planet, not at it's expense. We committed ourselves to using sustainable materials and donating a portion of all sales to marine conservation charities as a way to protect the beaches we love. When you purchase a beach towel from Sand Cloud, you not only get a sand-resistant, ultra-absorbent Turkish cotton towel, but also help us in our mission as a portion of every sale goes to a worthwhile environmental charity. - SandCloud.com The idea of investing a little extra effort developing a product from scratch made out of sustainable materials doesn't seem ground breaking, however when you compare that to the 99% of entrepreneurs who choose to produce their product in China, it very much is. You see, people are beginning to embrace intent – an intangible energy that only prevails when one's heart is invested in the greater cause. For Sand Cloud, people around the world felt that intent when they appeared on Shark Tank. Their company began to blow up, not simply due to their killer towels, but for what that towel stands for. Doing business the right way. These guys kick ass and I encourage you to check out their digital stuffs. YouTube Channel Instagram Website Peace, Love and Hakuna Matata - Steel
@MoveU_official is a couple of quirky, hilarious, but very smart... physical therapists? I'm not exactly sure how to categorize them, but they are THE BEST follow for anyone who is experiencing any level of body pain. As a former lacrosse player I'm always battling past injuries flaring up – now that I don't have a 24/7 training staff to take care of me, I use these dudes. The duo of Dr. Mike Wasilisn and Andrew Dettelbach approach your body's aches and pains like you would, except they actually know what they are talking about. They sprinkle in humor and keep things interesting – sometimes really weird and awkward, but interesting none-the-less. In the end, you learn more about how and why your body has turned into the sick and twisted ball of muscle and junk it is in this very moment. Once I started following MoveU on Instagram I was able to identify new developments and catalysts for my back pain, and more important how to fix it. AND just last month, when I was recovering from a tight I.T. band I turned to MoveU for advice. Needless to say it was spot on. Anyways, if you want to be a better human, healthier friend and in general fix your sh**, check these dudes and dudetts out!
Preface: If you just want to skip to the podcast episode, here's the link The first book I really read – and I mean every page, not the spark notes – was Hawk: Occupation Skateboarder. I was 12 or so and just figured out that books could be rad if I got to choose them, instead of my teachers. From that day forward skateboarding was my favorite sport and Tony Hawk was my favorite Athlete. What I didn't learn, until about 2 months ago while listening to The Kyle Thiermann Show, was that Tony has a brother. Steve Hawk | @stevehawk6211 Steve Hawk (@stevehawk6211) was the Editor of Surfer magazine from 1990 to 1998, and a Contributing Editor since 2004. Steve moved on to become the editorial director of Surfline/Swell.com, from 1999 to 2001, he then helped start the Tony Hawk Foundation, a charitable group co-founded by Steve's younger brother Tony. He helped write the surf-themed HBO show John From Cincinnati (2007), and since 2009 has been the Executive Editor of Sierra, the Sierra Club's bi-monthly magazine. Hawk has written surf-related freelance articles for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Outside, and Harper's. He is the author of Waves (2005), and helped ghostwrite Tony Hawk's How Did I Get Here: The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO (2005). Hawk won a 2012 Maggie Award for "The Cost of Coal," a Sierra magazine exposé into the coal industry. Kyle.Surf Steve and Kyle have an awesome podcast together – highly recommend you pop it on for an hour and dabble!
Kanya Sesser is hands down the baddest and most inspirational athlete I've ever seen. Born without legs? No problem. She's dropping in on bigger bowls and quarterpipes than 99.9% of people with two. What's most amazing about Kanya is that she doesn't let ANYTHING get in the way of her living her life on her terms. This is the attitude we love and support – skip the excuses + the bull s*** and appreciate the things you have at your fingertips. "I do me and I stick myself to positive energy and positive vibes" Kanya embodies something we all need more of – the ability to look fear dead in the eyes and address it without hesitation. Kanya isn't a super human, but the energy and attitude she brings to the table each and every day is undeniable. For more on Kanya, follow her on Instagram! @kanyasesser
Two words: Soupy Barrels. This dude absolutely rips – airs to floaters, big waves to barrel riding he makes it all look easy. Don't believe me? Just watch! " John John Florence is one of only five surfers in men’s Championship Tour history to clinch his first two World Titles in back-to-back fashion. Mark Richards
This is one of our all time favorite podcasts here at HHG and will leave you wanting to run through and wall. David is one of the few guests on the JRE that leaves him absolutely speechless – a must listen for any fitness enthusiast
I shot some pics of Nyjah at the XGames in Austin and Minnesota - it was wild. Watching this dude skate, when he is clicking, is like watching Tom Brady in the 4th quarter, or Lebron in finals. It's wild. " Appropriately deemed “The X-Factor” by ESPN Magazine as the sole pro-skater who will change the course of the sport over the next decade, pro streetskating
If you were a fan of Blink or just a music fan in general, you're gonna LOVE this documentary. It's one that slips through the cracks because it's not on Netflix, but definitely should be. Blink 182 is one of those bands that crosses the borders between generations
I’m a firm believer that plastic is necessary for us as humans to function – it would be ignorant to think we can just go cold turkey and have society not skip a beat. Look around at what sorts of gizmos are surrounding you right now and try to tell me differently. What I’m also a firm believer in is that there are alternatives that we can strategically replace the traditional manufacturing methods with.Yes. Now enter hemp.To set the stage, let’s run down a list of "fast facts", as my buddy A-lew likes to