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Does Physical Activity Regulate Appetite?

December 7, 2015 |

Do low activity levels lead to over eating?

Sixty years ago, researcher Jean Mayer worked on questions like this and published results from studies performed on mice, rats, and humans. (Science 1953; 117:504-5Am J Physiol 1954; 177:544-9Am J Clin Nutr 1956:169-75)

His work showed that inactive rodents and humans actually tend to eat more than their active counterparts. A reasonable hypothesis is that low levels of physical activity dysregulate appetite, or somehow trigger the desire to eat more.

If true, working hard isn’t the only way to work up an appetite. Unfortunately, not working works up an appetite, too.

Now, a study recently published in The Journal of Clinical Nutrition helps add to the present body of research. It’s descriptive title is Low levels of physical activity are associated with dysregulation of energy intake and fat mass gain over 1 year. Read More

Why a Dog Might Be Your Best Health Investment

December 2, 2015 | 2

Maybe you’ve noticed this too, but it’s the free improvements I’ve made to my health—like changing my diet, walking, spending time in nature, and getting good sleep—that have benefited me far more than any of the health or fitness products I’ve purchased.

But, if I had to choose one “thing” that I’ve purchased over the years that has helped my health and wellbeing the most, our family dogs would be at the very top of the list.

Where supplements, gadgets, special activewear, and equipment have failed to live up to their hype—and tend to perform consistently poorly in studies—the good ol’ family dog consistently outperforms our expectations, even in studies.

Some of these benefits of the family pooch are obvious, others not so much: Read More

Bruce Lee’s Advice to the Free, Creative Artist

November 28, 2015 |

Bruce Lee died 42 years ago, and he remains one of the most well-recognized people on the planet. The legendary icon helped stitch together the cultures of east and west. He was also a renaissance man: athlete, martial artistphilosopher, teacher, actor, poet, and founder of Jeet Kune Do—a pragmatic, individualized fighting system, very much in line with his own philosophy.

A highly quotable man, this is one of my favorite Bruce-Lee-isms. He dedicated his book, Tao of Jeet Kune Do to the free, creative martial artist, and followed it with: Read More

In and Out

November 27, 2015 |

Have you ever wondered how many events occur within a single moment? Technically, this would encompass all of the movements, chemical processes, thoughts, and precise locations of atoms and sub-atomic particles.

We could say the answer depends on the vastness of the Universe or Multiverse. Read More

Thank You

November 26, 2015 | 4

You were with me in 2010 when I started a wonky podcast called This Week in Paleo. I was sure no one would listen, but I always loved radio and figured I would at least learn something. I might even end up with a few recordings that I could give my children when they were older, I thought. But not only did you listen, you inspired me to continue and improve.

When my daughter, Lucy Namaste, was born prematurely in 2011, I can’t even begin to count the good vibes you sent to my family and me. Those were some of the most difficult times of my life, and you really helped me through them. Whenever I began to feel overwhelmed, I’d receive Read More

The Meaning of Diet

November 24, 2015 |

The definitions of ‘diet’ are straightforward; anyone can understand them. Too bad definitions don’t make us healthy or help us lose weight.

Definitions and meaning are not the same. The definition of ‘value’ tells us nothing about what we actually value. The definition of ‘love’ tells us nothing about what love means in our lives. No matter how familiar we are with the definition of ‘apple,’ it is nothing compared to taking a bite.

The real question is, “What is the meaning of diet in your life?” ..
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Cutting the Cord

November 23, 2015 | 2

I first “cut the cord” over 10 years ago, and I’ve never regretted that decision. In case you haven’t heard that phrase before, I’m referring to severing the umbilical between the home and the cable TV company.

If you’ve been thinking about cutting the cord, maybe my experience can help you a bit. And feel free to ask questions in the comments.

The main benefits of cutting the cord have been: Read More

More Must Be Better

November 22, 2015 | 5

It can be tempting to believe: if something is good for me, more must be better. Sometimes it’s downright automatic in our thought processes. Even if we grasp the fallacy, we may still fail to recognize when we are thinking this way.

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.”
― Ayn Rand

But is it? Read More

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