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Archive for July, 2010

31 Jul

Grilled Beef Heart with Roasted Chili Peppers

grilledbeefheartThe romantic in us would like to think that the heart is a tender organ, but in reality, it just ain’t so. The heart is one big muscle that works constantly, and as a result it tends to be pretty tough. This doesn’t mean, however, that it’s an organ meat to be avoided. Heart is high in protein and nutrients: thiamin, folate, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, CoQ10 and several B vitamins, not to mention compounds that may promote the production of collagen. It’s also an organ that can be coaxed into tenderness through different cooking methods, ultimately becoming a richly flavored cut that meat lovers will adore.

30 Jul

Music Therapy: Striking a Primal Chord

musicMaybe it’s summer’s more casual influence, but these Friday posts have established a certain trend lately, don’t you think? Forest bathing, enriched environment… On Tuesday I just couldn’t help myself with the Primal leisure post. It’s the good life – Grok style. (Yes, summer has definitely gotten to me.) Nonetheless, there’s still plenty of hard science behind these laid-back suggestions. Primal R&R improves your physical as well as mental well-being. To celebrate these last weeks of summer, I thought I’d run with the “good life” theme by highlighting other pastimes that science shows are productive as well as pleasurable. Consider the series a focus on the more “refined” side of health cultivation. After all, it takes more than the most primitive measures to fully actualize our well-being. On the docket today: music as therapy.

29 Jul

The Cost of “Perfection”

stackedstonesWhat does it take to achieve fitness perfection (if there is such a thing)? Or posed in a more personal way, what would you have to do to reach your ultimate genetic potential? Consider that for a moment. What comes to mind? Enormous time commitment. Steely resolve. Pain. Suffering. Sacrifice. Blood, sweat and tears. Yes, if you want to be a pro athlete, make the Olympic team, keep up with Lance or Phelps, or even just make a 1400 pound powerlifting total (bench, squat, dead), you’ll probably have to give your life over to the pursuit of your goal. You’d give up free time lost to the gym and the track. There would be missed opportunities at spending quality time with friends and family. Not to mention the injuries, the physical wear-and-tear and the toll of applying constant stress to a compromised immune system.

Here’s the thing, though. For most people, all that hard work is largely unnecessary and there is a more effective, balanced, and simpler approach to fitness.

28 Jul

Announcement: 3 Days Remaining to Save $100

primalcon2011 320x240If you’re still playing with the idea of coming out to PrimalCon next year this is the time to register. In the four weeks since I opened registration more than half of the available slots have been filled and I expect more sign-ups to come in before the special pricing expires on July 31.

Also in the last four weeks my team and I have begun to further solidify the PrimalCon 2011 agenda. Needless to say we’re going bigger and better this time around. I’ll be leaking updates between now and April 2011, but think Survivor-style team challenges, after-dinner dance parties, personal massages, group ocean plunges, lavish Primal feasts, educational seminars, and a good dose of rest and relaxation all at a beautiful beachside resort in sunny Southern California. There will be plenty for beginners, Primal veterans and all skill levels alike. Come to kick start or re-energize your Primal lifestyle, learn a ton of valuable information you can apply in your life immediately, and connect with some of the friendliest, like-minded people you’ll ever meet. Learn more about PrimalCon 2011 here.

There are only 3 days remaining to save $100 off the total registration price and space is going quickly so reserve your spot today.

P.S. If you’re interested in payment plans or have any questions contact my office at 310-317-4414.

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27 Jul

What Grok Can Teach Us About Leisure Time

hammockWhen we think of Grok, we often imagine him in full-fledged hunting action – spear in hand, muscles in action, eyes on the latest prize prey. (Hence, the logo.) But such dramatic displays of power and prowess were fairly limited engagements. Grok, of course, had no full-time job. The lives of hunter-gatherers entailed much more than our label for them suggests. Experts who have studied modern hunter-gatherer societies estimate that most members of these communities spend about 3-5 hours a day “working,” which included all the basics of their food preparation. So, what else did Grok and his contemporaries do with their time? Could it be that hunter-gatherers weren’t poor slugs incessantly roaming and writhing in near starvation? Could it be that most of the time they actually had ample leisure time – to play, create, decorate, imagine and invent? Yes. Now ain’t that a kick in the head?

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