Past Poll Results

July 2009:
What’s your easiest summer eco tip?
Total Votes: 229

  • Use more natural light: 32%
  • Walk or bike rather than drive: 17%
  • Wash your clothes (or yourself) in cold water: 21%
  • Find natural alternatives to chemicals for yard maintenance : 27%
Related article: Chemical-free pest control

June 2009:
What’s your favorite dish to kick off summer?
Total Votes: 768

  • A bowl of cold soup like gazpacho: 9%
  • Nothing says summer like a crisp, fresh salad: 34%
  • Ice cream, berry sorbet, or any frozen dessert: 31%
  • A nice tall glass of iced tea: 25%
Related article: Chemical-free pest control

May 2009:
What’s your favorite healthy-cooking shortcut?
454

  • Canned beans. Who has time for soaking and simmering?: 34%
  • Whole-grain pasta. It’s ultra quick and satisfying.: 18%
  • Frozen or pre-sliced organic veggies.: 13%
  • Bottled marinades. They make almost anything taste better.: 6%
  • A slow cooker or rice cooker. Ready when you are!: 26%
Related article: Eco Eating

April 2009:
How eco is your diet?
221

  • Organic all the way!: 37%
  • I don’t eat—and limit foods from—animals that go “moo.”: 30%
  • I won’t touch it if it’s been trucked down the interstate.: 5%
  • Sushi? Is it sustainable?: 8%
  • All of the above.: 17%

February 2009:
Is stress elevating your risk for heart disease?
221

  • Don’t think so. I’m cool.: 22%
  • Not sure. When should I be concerned?: 11%
  • Possibly. I’m under a lot of pressure these days.: 28%
  • Probably. I’m frazzled, to put it mildly. So what can I do?: 36%

  • January 2009:
    What habit would you like to break?
    Total Votes: 620

  • Relying on caffeine to wake up.: 12%
  • Overdoing the salt.: 9%
  • Staying up late and sacrificing sleep.: 33%
  • Snacking often.... a little too often!: 43%

  • December 2008:
    What’s your favorite stress buster during the holidays?
    Total Votes: 437

  • Enjoying a cup of tea with a friend.: 20%
  • Exercise.: 26%
  • Being in nature.: 32%
  • Savoring a delicious meal with others.: 20%

  • November 2008:
    How traditional is your Thanksgiving feast?
    Total Votes: 407

  • Totally traditional. Turkey and sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce!: 49%
  • Mostly traditional. We mix it up with some veggie or ethnic options: 31%
  • Somewhat traditional. We prefer tempeh to turkey, quinoa to mashed potatoes.: 9%
  • Nontraditional. We have our own tradition—sushi, for example.: 8%

  • October 2008:
    Which alternative health practice do you use most?
    Total Votes: 188

  • Acupuncturist or doctor of traditional Chinese medicine: 30%
  • Homeopathic practitioner: 18%
  • Naturopathic doctor (ND): 28%
  • Integrative medical practitioner (MD): 22%

  • September 2008:
    What is the most important category to buy organic?
    Total Votes: 477

  • Produce: 54%
  • Dairy: 22%
  • Meat: 21%
  • Packaged goods: 1%

  • August 2008:
    Are you a caffiene addict?
    Total Votes: 565

  • I drink coffee occasionally, usually decaf: 15%
  • I indulge in plenty of green tea.: 27%
  • I can’t function without a double latte!: 10%
  • I need multiple forms of caffeine to get me through the day.: 17%
  • I don’t do caffeine. Really.: 28%

  • July 2008:
    What’s the most important item on a food label?
    Total Votes: 580

  • Serving Size: 34%
  • Sodium: 16%
  • Sugar: 26%
  • Total Fat: 22%/li>

    June 2008:
    What’s your favorite summer indulgence?
    Total Votes: 448

  • Ice cream or gelato: 57%
  • Nondairy ice cream sandwiches (Tofutti Cuties or Rice Dream): 12%
  • Frozen cocktails (margs, anyone?): 18%
  • Chilled white wine: 11%

  • May 2008:
    What are your favorite “smart” snack foods?
    Total Votes: 603

  • Reduced-fat or baked potato chips: 14%
  • Baby carrots and hummus: 27%
  • Whole-grain crackers and cheese: 25%
  • Dark chocolate: 32%

  • April 2008:
    What’s your biggest eco sin?
    Total Votes: 636

    • Taking long showers: 41%
    • Driving when you could walk: 19%
    • Using conventional dishwashing detergent: 24%
    • Ordering lattes in throw-away cups: 15%
    Read our article related to this poll: Detox your home

    March 2008:
    What’s your primary protein source?
    Total Votes: 458

  • Meats, including poultry and beef: 12%
  • Fish and other seafood: 6%
  • Animal products, including eggs and dairy: 5%
  • Plant sources, such as beans (e.g. tofu): 27%
  • A combo of all the above: 48%
  • Read our article related to this poll: Puzzled by Protein?

    February 2008:
    What's your biggest sugar temptation?
    Total Votes: 584

  • Sweet snacks, such as cookies: 55%
  • Ice cream: 27%
  • Ketchup: 2%
  • Refined bagels or pasta: 14%
  • Read our article related to this poll: The Sugar Debate


    January 2008:
    How do you get your probiotics?
    Total Votes: 489

    • Regularly take a supplement: 34%
    • Eat plenty of yogurt : 36%
    • Go for fermented foods, such as sauerkraut: 6%
    • All of the above: 22%

    Read our article related to this poll: Get Cultured
    December 2007:
    How do you stay healthy during the holidays?
    Total Votes: 350
    • Use healthier ingredients in traditional recipes: 40%
    • Faithfully take a multivitamin:18%
    • Don't skip regular workouts: 24%
    • Limit the eggnog and other calorie-rich beverages: 17%

    Read our article related to this poll: Survive the holidays