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You’re Worth It

November 21, 2015 |

There’s something that feels good about taking care of your belongings.

The time and money are well spent, because good maintenance leads to less waste, fewer breakdowns, lower cost of ownership, lasting beauty, longevity, and higher satisfaction.

Yet, when it comes to taking care of ourselves, 70% of our diet consists of processed foods. Read More

The Other Fat-burning Mode

November 20, 2015 | | 2 Comments

Did you know there is another fat-burning mode besides ketosis?

It doesn’t require a long fast or a special diet. Yes! You, too, can be a fat-burning machine and all it takes is a few simple steps. No, really, that’s all. Read More

The Paint-by-Number Life

November 18, 2015 | | 8 Comments

Paint-by-number kits were invented back in 1951 by Max Klein and Dan Robbins. Klein was an engineer and owner of The Palmer Paint Company; Robbins a commercial artist. They went on to sell 12 million kits under the Craft Master brand by promising, ‘A beautiful oil painting the first time you try.’

According to the Paint-by-Numbers Museum: Read More

Beginner’s Mind

November 15, 2015 |

Have you heard about the new Miyazaki world record?

No, not that Miyazaki. The other one, Hidekichi Miyazaki. He’s the quick one.

He recently set an official world record for the 100-meter sprint.

Sure, there’s not much competition in the 105-year old age group, and in Miyazaki’s case, that’s a big part of what makes his efforts so special. Read More

For Each Pound You Lose…

November 14, 2015 | | 2 Comments

For each pound you lose, there will be someone saying, “You’re doing it wrong.”

For each muscle you build, there will be someone complaining, “Your form is garbage and your methods stink.” Read More

Oil-free Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

November 12, 2015 | | 5 Comments

This is a delicious oil-free Caesar salad dressing recipe made from scratch with whole foods . I eat it at least a few times a week, tossed into a super-sized dinner salad.

If you’re trying to reduce processed foods in your life, you may want to eliminate oils. Eliminating processed oils doesn’t mean you have to totally avoid fat, though. The idea is to eat whole foods, and the fat is in the food.

Getting your fat from whole foods has a number of advantages over oil: Read More

Polished Turds

November 10, 2015 |

“You can’t polish a turd,” the old saying goes. It tells us that when you start with crap, no matter what you do to it, you’ll still end up with crap; don’t waste your time making poo look good.

Well, it turns out that you can, in fact, polish a turd. Adam, Jamie, and our friends over at MythBusters even show us how.

And, you know something? There are people all over the world spending crazy amounts of time putting the shine on feces everyday.

But, why? Read More

The Processed Food Hiding in Your Diet

November 9, 2015 | | 14 Comments

What dietary advice do nutritionists, doctors, and researchers universally agree on? I see this very same advice more than any other in the hundreds of health stories and papers I read each week, too. It goes something like this:

Eat a whole-food diet!

Hippocrates and Michael Pollan imply this in their famous dietary dictums. It’s also the favorite afterthought of health and staff journalists everywhere. You know, those nearly-dismissive final words tucked away at the end of a long essay boosting or bashing the latest pill or magic potion. It typically goes something like this: Read More

The Parable of Maybe

November 7, 2015 | | One Comment

Many of us struggle with issues of control (or lack of control). We wish to run our lives like puppet masters pulling the  marionettes’ strings. Each movement calculated. Each line rehearsed. Every story neatly tidied up before the curtain closes.
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High-tech Solutions to Low-tech Problems

November 6, 2015 | | 2 Comments

Decades ago a story began circulating about NASA and space pens. It went something like this:

When NASA started sending astronauts into space, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, on almost any surface including glass And at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.

The Russians used a pencil.

The first time I heard this story, it seemed plausible enough, and there was no Internet, let alone a snopes.com, to help with fact checking. Well, it turns out the story is totally bogus. Read More