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A game called Mad Gabs turns simple phonetics into brain-twisting fun. You have to translate odd phrases like ‘Cohen Peas’ into the more common ‘go in peace.’ The answer to a game card that reads ‘Europe Art Tough Fit’ would be ‘you’re a part of it.’
You get it. Well, that’s how we announced Amy’s pregnancy to our family. We had a game day, played Mad Gabs, and we slipped in a custom clue for the grand finale. When they realized ‘Aim Ease Gnawed Cup’ translated to ‘Amy’s knocked up,’ well, let’s just say the looks on their faces were priceless.
Puzzle solved! But then, still puzzled…then excited, disbelief, squeaking, screaming, hugging!
I thought I’d share a little bit about what we’ve been up to this Winter, so read on, and you’ll learn why things have been a little quiet on the blog, see pictures of a few of our meals, and even get a 3D peak at the littlest one in the family.
An emerging body of research is suggesting that we can make some small changes that strongly influence us to eat less.
A review was recently published by the Cochrane group, looking at 72 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that were published through mid-2013. The research looks solid and offers some great advice on how to reduce portion sizes and overall food consumption.
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; 117:504-5 • Am J Physiol 1954; 177:544-9 • Am 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.
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.
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 artist, philosopher, 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:
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.
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
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.