The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 28 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKFri, 28 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0500The latent sexism of the male marriage proposal<img src="" /></P><p>When I got engaged earlier this year, well-meaning friends excitedly asked "how he proposed" &mdash; and then immediately looked at my left hand.</p><p>I've been told I can thank the Archduke Maximilian of Austria, who proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a diamond ring in 1477, for such instincts. But maybe I should thank the originators: the prehistoric men who demonstrated their control over women by tying braided grass around their wrists and ankles.</p><p>You'd think the obvious sexism of the modern proposal would rankle my progressive friends. Yes, plenty of brides have men in their bridal parties, more...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0500How to adopt the perfect rescue dog<img src="" /></P><p>So you're a dog person &mdash; or you'd like to be one. And it's time to add a new canine companion to your life. You could certainly contact a reputable breeder and arrange to purchase a puppy. Many happy human/dog relationships start this way. But that's hardly your only option.</p><p>Why not adopt a rescue dog?</p><p>"When you adopt a dog, you save two lives &mdash; the one that you adopt and the one who takes her place in a shelter or foster home," says Kristin Waters, co-founder and director of Project Blue Collar, a global grassroots movement dedicated to promoting dog adoption and elevating the status...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Leslie TurnbullThu, 27 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0500Your ultimate guide to apple cider<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Cider might have been the drink this nation was built on, but post-Prohibition it became something of a no-man's drink, occupying space somewhere between fizzy beer and supermarket wine and becoming synonymous with drunk sorority girls.</p><p>Now restaurateurs, sommeliers, and bartenders are acknowledging its unique merits once again, stacking their drink lists with at least a few dry, respectable bottles that are giving wine and craft beer a run for their money.</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>Tasting Table</em>:</strong> Kit and play)</p><p>Need help navigating the drink's newly established territory? We're here to help you get started...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Justin KennedyThu, 27 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -05006 ways to keep spending, eating, and indulging in check this holiday season<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>No matter how prudent you've been leading up to Thanksgiving, as soon as you're sitting around that food-packed dinner table, it's as if someone shouted, "On your mark, get set &mdash; overeat!"</p><p>And before you know it, you're as overstuffed as the Turducken on your plate.</p><p>And thus begins the bingeing that will become a staple of the next few weeks.</p><p>When the holidays roll around, many people think it gives them license to overdo it &mdash; not only with food, but also with gift giving, shopping, socializing, and placating family. Basically, if there's a way to overindulge yourself or loved...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Nora ZelevanskyWed, 26 Nov 2014 08:58:00 -0500Hey, scolds: Stop telling us to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving<img src="" /></P><p>Every year, in the first few weeks of November, the headlines start coming: "9 Ways to Eat Smart This Thanksgiving," "How to Find Peace with Food This Thanksgiving," "The 20-Minute Thanksgiving Workout." Heck, even here at <em>The Week</em> we're offering up "8 tricks to surviving the holidays without gaining weight or being grouchy."</p><p>To these overbearing, preachy articles, I say: Stop. Leave me &mdash; and my deep-fried turkey and my mashed potatoes and my cherry pie and my two glasses of wine too many &mdash; alone. Thanksgiving is not about counting calories or doing 30 extra push-ups if you want to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:13:00 -0500Head to head: Wild vs. supermarket turkeys<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Whether you like yours brined or unbrined, stuffed with cornbread or sausage, in drumstick or leftover-sandwich format, it all starts with the turkey. Today's turkey-lover has two choices: the supermarket bird, an artificially giganticized product of careful breeding and industrial farming methods, and the wild turkey, which hasn't evolved much since the first Thanksgiving. Here's a quick visual guide to help you decide which is best for you:</p><p><em><strong>Click and zoom to enlarge.</strong></em></p><p><br /></p><p><strong>Sources:</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Wild Turkey,&rdquo; All About Birds/Cornell Lab of Ornithology</p><p>&ldquo;A Meat Eater's Guide To Climate Change...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Julie Rossman and Roxanne PalmerTue, 25 Nov 2014 15:56:00 -05008 tricks to surviving the holidays without gaining weight or being grouchy<img src="" /></P><p>At its most basic level, food is fuel. That's why so many competitive athletes eat a carefully calculated mix of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates designed to maximize performance.</p><p>At the other end of the epicurean spectrum lies the notion of food as exquisite sensual experience and important social construct. One has only to watch <em>Babette's Feast</em>, the 1987 film based on a story by Isak Dinesen, to understand just how life-changing a wonderful meal, shared with others, can be &mdash; even if said meal is loaded with unhealthy fats, sugars, and other products of dubious environmental origin.</p>... <a href="">More</a>By Leslie TurnbullTue, 25 Nov 2014 11:46:00 -0500In defense of Gwyneth Paltrow<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">Some celebrities incite backlash via truly awful things like domestic abuse, anti-Semitism, or rape. Gwyneth Paltrow needs only talk about outdoor wood-burning pizza ovens, conscious uncoupling, and </span><span>$425 cleanses</span><span>.</p><p dir="ltr">Since launching her lifestyle blog and e-commerce site <em>goop</em> six years ago, Paltrow has been the subject of constant mocking and a regular fixture on <em>Star</em> magazine's most-hated celebrity list. Nevertheless, she remains committed to dispensing advice on a well-lived life replete with private trainers, supple leather coats, and artisanal Hampton's brunches. Paltrow just hired Lisa Gersh...</p></span> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:01:00 -0500How to tackle 7 difficult financial scenarios with your kids<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>If you've ever been mortified to hear your toddler repeat a curse word in public that you muttered under your breath, then we don't have to tell you that kids are like sponges.</p><p>And that's precisely why it's so important that life's biggest lessons &mdash; you know, things like the birds and the bees, and the right way to treat others &mdash; are taught by you.</p><p>Financial experts will argue that there's one other hot topic you should add to the top of the list: uncomfortable money situations.</p><p>"Dealing with financial issues can be a good opportunity to instill values in your children," says family...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Korin MillerTue, 25 Nov 2014 09:03:00 -0500Is it now OK to have sex with animals?<img src="" /></P><p>I have a very 2014 question for you: How would you respond if you found out that a man living down the street regularly has sexual intercourse with a horse?</p><p>Would you be morally disgusted? Consider him and his behavior an abomination? Turn him in to the police? (This would be an option in the roughly three-quarters of states that &mdash; for now &mdash; treat bestiality as a felony or misdemeanor.)</p><p>Or would you perhaps suppress your gag reflex and try hard to be tolerant, liberal, affirming, supportive? Maybe you'd even utter the slogan that deserves to be emblazoned over our age as its all-purpose...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/damon-linker" ><span class="byline">Damon Linker</span></a>Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:05:00 -0500