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Archive for August, 2008

7 Aug

What’s Wrong With The Zone Diet?

twilight zoneDear Mark,

I just watched your video about the 2 minute salad; simple, fast, and no measuring. I agree with the primal way of eating and I’m torn between the freelance style of PB and structure of The Zone. What is your opinion of The Zone?

First, let me thank Rob for his question. I’ve had a lot of conversations about The Zone and other heavily publicized diet plans. It’s fair, I think, to look at the good and the bad of the diet. Unless you’re talking about the grapefruit diet or similarly comical fad, diets generally have to have at least some positive point(s) to gain a decent following, as The Zone has. Nonetheless, what can initially look like a rational foundation begins to show cracks when you look at how the philosophy actually plays out.

6 Aug

Insects: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

1429097729 9f0c202d88For many of us, it’s the stuff of childhood dares and fraternity hazing. In many cultures around the world, however, they’re considered fine delicacies or just regular daily fare. We’re talking insects or the more vaguely inclusive “bugs”: grubs, worms, grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, scorpions, beetles, termites, worms, ants, and other varieties in the vastly underappreciated gastronomic world of insects. “What could be more primal than eating insects?” you might ask. We would agree. Thanks to reader Tim for the suggestion.

5 Aug

10 Questions with MizFit from MizFitOnline

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Thanks to MizFit from MizFitOnline for the interview! If you haven’t checked out her blog do so immediately. She is at the hub of a wonderful community of people and offers great advice on everything from nutrition to weight training to workout gear. Thanks, MizFit!

Everyone has a personal health story. What is yours?

4 Aug

Dear Mark: Fiber, Fat and Fasting

envelopeWeekly Reader Mail

Dear Mark,

I have two questions. My first regards training and rest days. Simply, how many days of complete rest should I take for an entire week? I someone who’s been overweight for most of his pre-teen and teenage life, and who was able to lose that excess weight at 17 (I’m 20 now). My current goal is to “look fit” (and be healthy), which primarily entails eliminating the stubborn fat on my body that have refused to go away. If I’m doing three days of high-intensity interval training, for around 15-20 minutes per day, and three days of 1 hour lifting, for a total of 6 days per week with one day of rest, is that doing too much?

Secondly, where do I get most of my fiber on a primal blueprint diet if most high-fiber vegetables can only be attained sparingly (I’m a poor college student)? I’ve been looking around your site for the answer, and the only thing I’ve read mentioned in passing was flaxseed. If that is your suggestion, where can I buy it? I couldn’t find it in the cereal aisle of my local grocer.

3 Aug

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveBlogger 60 in 3 extols the virtues of a sloooow workout to speed up results.

Adventures in Ethics and Science profiles a recent article that explores the wild world of our sense of taste…and how food companies plan to exploit it for their own gains.

Calorie Lab blasts the Center for Consumer Freedom for their recent portrayal of the nation’s obesity epidemic as nothing more than hype!

A guest blogger at Diabetes Mine shares her story about learning how important exercise and diet is in controlling diabetes.

Diet Blog offers a nutritional guide for overcoming common sports injuries.

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