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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

Plant Paleo 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.

One of the basic tenets of The Plant Paleo Diet is to avoid or greatly reduce processed foods, including oil. Some people are interpreting this to mean totally avoid fat.

But no, the idea is to eat whole foods. The fat is in the food.

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

Why I Weigh Myself Every Day

November 11, 2015 | | 6 Comments

Is the scale a useful tool or a misleading, stressful, datapoint we’re better off without?

Many people recommend ditching the scale. After all, our weights fluctuate a lot throughout the day. The numbers on the scale tell us little, if anything, about our health or body composition. And some would say daily weighing leads to an unhealthy obsession with a near-useless marker. 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

Should We Eat to Satiety?

November 5, 2015 |

There are a lot of ways to eat to satiety. I should know, I’ve been doing it all of my life, except for some brief calorie-counting interludes. Read More

Broken System, Not People

November 4, 2015 | | 5 Comments

Something is killing a lot of Americans, and, surprisingly, it may have nothing to do with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.

After about a century of near-Universal gains in American mortality rates, the tables have turned for one demographic: middle-aged white Americans. This is unheard of in the first-world, where despite all of the problems listed above, death rates have been steadily declining. Read More