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  • Did you remember to exercise your brain?

    Having read the blueprint, I was interested to see that there is a suggestion to make certain you keep your mind active (10. Use Your Mind/Brain) to aid with overall health and well-being.

    I took this to heart and decided to pick up the guitar again after several years of not practising (I was a self taught teenager and used to throttle the hell out of a series of acoustics!), and I have found it a welcome addition to the change in lifestyle and I'm certainly picking up harder chords and changes much quicker than I used to. I'm still self teaching though, and there are definitely a few bum notes in there!

    As an aside, I have also taken a major decision to quit my job and undertake a PhD for 3 1/2 years, starting in October 2013. Now, I'm pretty certain my brain will get a workout doing that too! (but it may not aid the relaxed primal lifestyle - stress, stress, stress, data, data, data, stress, stress stress!)

    The reason I mention the 'brain workout' is that the majority of information or commentary on here is to do with eating and exercise, so I thought it would be interesting to see what people have done to make sure their brain gets a workout to aid their lifestyle. Have you done as I have and re-took up an old hobby, or are you learning something new and if so what and how is it going for you?
    Fortune Favours the Brave
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    Sudoku.
    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

    B*tch-lite

    Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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    • #3
      every day i read , play freecell and research a topic of interest
      When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
      27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
      new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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      • #4
        I do the NYT crossword puzzle, read, do cryptic crosswords, play board games, decode cyphers for fun, play video games, meditate. I have actually never had a hobby so there's nothing to try again. I'm thinking of raising bees but that's not really a brain exercise.
        be the hair that knots with my hair
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        • #5
          I try and make sense of my wife's feelings...
          "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

          Jack london, "Before Adam"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mr.Perfidy View Post
            I try and make sense of my wife's feelings...
            that's not exercise, its just torment.
            women's feelings aren't to be understood just pandered to
            When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
            27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
            new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mr.Perfidy View Post
              I try and make sense of my wife's feelings...
              Dude. You take quite a few swipes at your "goddess" (your word, not mine) here.
              be the hair that knots with my hair
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              primal since oct. 1, 2012

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              • #8
                I find that raising my child and talikng to her is quite an excersise for the brain, since her perspective and her questions are so vivid and she grasps bits and pieces and tries to make sense of it. I am grateful my husband is a teacher, because sometimes a dinner time: Why can't we see water in the air? turns into an evening session of condensation experiments.

                I try to use my brain at work. I really do!

                I started to read history again after a long period of fantasy and fiction.
                My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                • #9
                  Dual N Back (try it) and Duolingo.com

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                  • #10
                    I've just had a look at the Duel N Back and Duolingo suggestions and I may give them a try time permitting. Along the same lines I am registered at Lumosity - Brain Games & Brain Training - Lumosity - another brain training site, but they have a wide range of different 'games' that you can personalise to your own strengths, or indeed weaknesses if you want.

                    Its quite a nice site in that you get daily training reminders and can track your brain profile over time. Full access requires payment, although, the free elements are excellent too.

                    Now, I must try understanding my wife and talking to the children more....!
                    Fortune Favours the Brave
                    _____________________

                    I can only talk from my acquired knowledge and experiences. You may have a different view or experience and I will respect that. Please respect mine.

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                    • #11
                      Dualingo looks very cool. In my work I used to often speak Spanish, but it was "kitchen Spanish" and now I don't even do that so it would be fun to take it up again.

                      I'm going to check out the links 10bears posted. We have a 15 yr. old that is unschooled and he and I often learn things together.
                      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                      • #12
                        Dude. You take quite a few swipes at your "goddess" (your word, not mine) here
                        haha guilty, but in this case it is more like an easier way of saying, "I try and comprehend the incomprehensible reconcilition of competing natural forces in an otherwise harmonious looking collective." It isn't meant to be like a, "women have stupid feelings" thing.

                        that's not exercise, its just torment.
                        women's feelings aren't to be understood just pandered to
                        haha and whence comes this entitlement?
                        "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

                        Jack london, "Before Adam"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mr.Perfidy View Post
                          haha and whence comes this entitlement?
                          its in the rule book- don't tell me you've never read it!
                          When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
                          27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
                          new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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                          • #14
                            I play sudoku, I read around a book a day, and I write book reviews for my own personal amusement to keep my thoughts in line.
                            F 28/5'4/100 lbs

                            "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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                            • #15
                              I took up a part time course of study to change my career.

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