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Archive for May, 2010

13 May

The Importance of Wrist and Ankle Mobility

barefoot 1How mobile are your wrists and ankles? They’re the primary hinges for our two major sets of extremities – hands and feet – and yet they often go neglected. They’re two of the most common sites of debilitating pain and acute injury, and yet people do little else to correct the problem than tightening the high tops, strapping on some constrictive sleeves, or avoiding activity altogether. All those “solutions” miss the point entirely, in my opinion. Rather than fix the root issue, they skirt it and apply expensive band aids. If you know anything about how I approach other issues of health and wellness, you can guess that I’m not satisfied with the band aid approach to wrist and ankle mobility. We can do a whole lot better than that.

12 May

Dogs Teach Tricks, Too

dogEver watch dogs at play, carefree? Next time you go on an off-leash hike with a canine, or even just a walk around the neighborhood, watch how they just jog along. Assuming they aren’t in pursuit of cat, squirrel, or pedestrian, it’s an easy trot, an effortless series of flicks of the ankle joints. It’s smooth, and their heads and shoulders stay mostly level with the ground. No off balanced dipping or stumbling. Oh, sure, the composure goes out the window when a frisbee’s let fly and they tear off after it, tongue flapping and fur rustling and muscles pumping, but to watch a calm, curious off-leash dog trot around, checking out the surroundings, sniffing, and just taking it all in is to watch an animal at total, complete ease in his own (furry) skin. We can learn a lot from watching dogs, as I have from my own Yellow Lab, Buddha.

11 May

A Primal Primer: Prebiotics

HiRes 1Probiotics get a ton of positive press from a multitude of sources (including here). It’s one of those areas of nutrition that receives approval from pretty much every camp out there, like fish oil. (Even Dean Ornish supports the usage of fish oil; just about the only type of fat he seems to approve of.) I’m firmly in the “For” column as well if you haven’t already guessed. I feel so strongly about probiotics and their integral role in gut and overall health that, as you may know, I’m coming out with a probiotic supplement in a few weeks. But there’s another aspect to the manipulation of beneficial gut flora. I briefly mentioned them last time, and today I’m going to really gut the whole beast, so to speak.

10 May

Mark’s Daily Apple Readers “Go Primal”

real life stories stories 1Who’s ready for a little Monday morning motivation? Mark’s Daily Apple readers are putting the principles of The Primal Blueprint to work and turning their lives around as a result. If the Grok tattoo doesn’t leave you speechless there may be no hope for you, but I for one was at a loss for words after reading some of these amazing tales of personal triumph.

What will your story be 6 months, a year, 5 years from now? One of gaining weight, injury and illness?, or one of optimum health and wellness? You have incredible power over how these things play out. Read these stories for inspiration and then pen your own starting today. Grok on!

9 May

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveIt seems as if Ms. Grok and Mr. Neanderthal were more than just neighbors. Wired talks about new findings of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans.

The China Study. Bane of Grok. Have you ever explained Primal living to someone only to hear, “But the China Study says meat will kill us.Feasting on Fitness takes the China Study down. Thoroughly. In multiple parts. Read the massive dissection of the research and reviews behind The China Study: Part 1 & Part 2.

Get Primal. Eat Squirrel. But not these squirrels.

Cocoa Puffs is no longer a heart healthy cereal. For shame. The Heart Scan Blog updates us with the AHA’s new list of “heart healthy” cereals. For those previously achieving health through Cocoa Puffs, you’ll have to make do with Berry Burst Cheerios and Cinnamon Life.

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