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Archive for December, 2008

15 Dec

Dear Mark: Brain Pills

336279872 38a7255a59Dear Mark,

I’ve been a faithful reader of your blog for a couple of months now since Tony Horton turned me on to it at one of his fitness camps. Anyway, the reason I am writing today is to refer you to an article about some scientists who are proposing “cognitive enhancing drugs” for healthy people. I had to check the dateline to make sure it wasn’t recycled from April 1st. I’m sure you’ll be interested in it and I’m sure your readers would enjoy your commentary on it:

Scientists Back Brain Drugs for Healthy People

Thanks to reader Dave for forwarding the article. A number of people I know actually sent me the news with various questions and comments of their own. It’s made for a lot of interesting conversations, shall we say, in the last several days.

14 Dec

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveHealth isn’t a game. Unless you live in Manchester. Then you can score points and win prizes! Head over to Diet Blog and find out how the government is sponsoring a city-wide health rewards program.

Zen Habits uses the Okinawa Diet Rules as a guide to keeping the holidays healthy.

Go green for the holidays….by eating avocados. MizFit tries out the unusual (yet tasty?) avocado smoothie.

Sugar can be addictive. And not just mildly addictive but hardcore-cocaine-kill-for-it addictive. Or such is the case in New Jersey mice. FitSugar has the scoop on sugarholicism.

13 Dec

In Vino Veritas (and Health?)

3005895172 db3aeb5244With the holiday season upon us, we thought it might be helpful to perform some healthy rationalizations for our alcohol consumption. Yay!

Now, obviously, people have been getting intoxicated for many millennia (animals will seek out fermenting fruit, too, so it’s not an “unnatural” desire by any means), and that includes our beloved Grok. Neither a teetotaler nor a raging drunk, Grok probably limited his consumption to very rare occasions: namely, whenever he happened across a stash of fermenting fruit. See, all evidence suggests that the purposeful production of alcoholic beverages didn’t begin until around 10,000 BC – pretty much in line with our estimations of the advent of agriculture. Indeed, the process of purposeful fermentation could be said to run against Primal ideals – our commitment to fresh, whole foods, free of artificial additives or manmade machinations – especially nowadays, with enormous industrial factories dedicated to churning out millions of gallons of beer and liquor. That said, fermentation itself is a wholly natural occurrence; beer factories and whiskey mills simply exploit and amplify the process.

12 Dec

Handy Recipes: Primal Finger Foods

So, yesterday we established that while you do in fact eat like Grok, what you really mean is that you eat the same types of food as Grok, but your use of a knife, fork and spoon means that you aren’t actually eating like Grok.

Here’s the challenge: For just a day, ditch the eating utensils (we’ll even let you pick the day so that you don’t find yourself drawing stares at your spouses fancy schmancy office party!) It’s a fun way to get in touch with your inner Grok (as well as save up some valuable space in your dishwasher!)

The following is a dinner menu you should consider getting your hands on…literally.

11 Dec

Eat with Your Hands

manwithsteakWe follow the diet of Grok, we exercise the same muscles with the same movements that Grok used, and we just generally do our best to live Primally in a decidedly modern world. At the same time, though, we use cell phones and computers. We drive cars or take public transport. And unless your HMO covers shaman visits, we go to the doctor when we fall seriously ill or break something. I guess what I’m trying to convey is that, as followers of the Primal Blueprint, we get the best of both worlds. We’re Primal, but not to a fault (no coming-of-age blood initiation rites, no dying out because of a sprained ankle). Likewise, we’re modern (modern evolutionary science has given us the tools to conclude that the Primal way is the best for us), but cognizant of the considerable downsides this world entails.

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