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Archive for November, 2010

17 Nov

A Visual Guide to Yams and Sweet Potatoes (plus How They Fit Into a Primal Eating Plan)

sweetpotatoes2Quick. What’s a suitable, Primal source of post-workout carbohydrates? If the title of this post and the picture to the right didn’t give you a hint then ask your nearest Primal enthusiast and they’ll tell you without batting an eye, “yams and sweet potatoes”. If, for whatever reason, you need some extra carbs “yams and sweet potatoes” is the answer. Everyone knows this, but is it true?

That’s what I’ll be exploring in today’s post. But first, what are yams and how do they differ from sweet potatoes?

16 Nov

Dear Mark: Sun Exposure and Glass

sunthroughglassThese days many of us go to work in the dark and leave greeted by the same. Those lucky enough to have windows next to their desks or work stations might think, “Hey, at least I get some sun exposure during the day.” But how does sun exposure through glass compare with direct sunlight? One reader brought up the topic this week.

Dear Mark,

I work in an office and have a big picture window in front of my desk. Don’t get me wrong – I love the light and all, but my friend told me you don’t get any real sunlight benefits (vitamin D, etc.) through glass. Is that right? I’m guessing a tan is out as well. What’s the story on what gets through and what doesn’t? Love the site by the way.

15 Nov

Monday Musings: Meditation for Life Extension and the Twinkie Guy

meditationUpfront disclaimer: stress is my big issue. I have most everything about my life pretty well dialed in, but I just don’t handle stress the way I probably should (or the way I tell other people they should).

Most people have the vague notion that meditation is good, usually in a psychological, somehow “not physical” manner. It reduces stress. It’s relaxing. Well, these emotional mindstates have physical or neurological corollaries. You aren’t “just stressed,” as if stress is some concept floating there independent of physiology. Chemicals and hormones induce these states, and meditation can affect their secretion and production.

15 Nov

WOW: Explosion Complex

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5 cycles of:

10 Russian Lunges (5 each leg)
8 Explosive Clapping Pushups
5 Explosive Pullups
5 Weight Tosses

14 Nov

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveSure, evolution is important to health. But how about business and relationships? Evolvify aims to become a hub for the evolutionary-minded.

Would you rather go skiing or parachuting? Why not do both at the same time! (Warning: video contains both insanity and bliss.)

Happy Meals are sad. And in San Francisco they are very sad now that Happy Meal toys are banned.

Some of you may remember Tom Greenwald‘s Primal Blueprint Fitness Video from back in the day (love it for the shot at 2:09 where Tom falls backwards out of a tree and rolls out into a sprint). Tom now has a YouTube channel loaded with exemplary natural fitness videos. If you need some motivation to exercise outdoors, check out his most recent upload.

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