Sara here. As many of you know, I eat a lot of fat on a daily basis, and one way I accomplish this scandalous health goal of mine is to add nut butters to my meals. Reader Donna got me hooked on cashew butter atop fried eggs (I fry them in butter or – ready for this? – bacon grease, to maximize the morning fat intake). If you’re not appalled yet, please keep reading, because it just. gets. worse. I am not a huge fan of olive oil. I think it tastes good, but I prefer savory, spicy, or earthy flavors to olive oil. To that end, I use organic raw almond, peanut, and cashew butters to fatten up my broccoli, brussels sprouts, and eggplant. I also really like that nut butters have some protein and fiber in addition to the fat, unlike vegetable and seed oils. But mainly, I just like having another interesting way to get fat in my diet.
1. Do roller coasters get your heart pumping hard enough for a heart attack?
In a recent study, researchers found that it’s entirely possible for a roller coaster to get your heart pumping over 200 beats a minute. In fact, fully half of us experience irregular heart rhythms after hopping on the thrill ride du jour. And the fastest pumps happen in the big climb to the top. Despite these stats, the incidence of actual heart attacks is incredibly low: in 10 years of millions of coaster rides, there were only 29 deaths, and only 7 of these were because of cardiac events. A preexisting heart condition increases your risk, of course. Translation: the roller coaster of love is probably far more brutal on your heart than any new offering from Six Flags.
(Thanks to editor Emily at Slate for the HT!)
Just about everyone who is internet-savvy is familiar with Google Maps. What you may not know is that the Google Maps code is open source; meaning anyone can use the code to create new online applications. Some of these “mashups” are relevant to health and fitness.
My favorite is a simple tool that combines the functionality of Google Maps with a pedometer. It allows you to determine the precise distance you have covered while on foot.
Double-click on the map to set a starting location, and then double-click again to set your final destination. Gmaps Pedometer will calculate the distance for you. Gmaps Pedometer doesn’t restrict you to just two points, either. Keep double-clicking for multiple legs of a trip and the application will keep a running total.
Unnatural Acts: a Primal Approach to Jet Lag
One of the coolest things about being a 21st century “evolved” human is that we can travel to just about anywhere on this planet within a very short period of time and experience different cultures. All but our most recent relatives lived their entire lives never straying more than a hundred miles from their birthplace, yet we routinely hop on a jet, fly across the country or halfway around the world for a few days of travel and then return to our caves just as easily as playing a round of golf (or in my case, even more easily than golfing).
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