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13 Aug

Southern Fried Myth

friedSouthern food: comfort, soul, and…grease.

Southern cuisine is famous for being both delicious and, well, fried. From ATL to Austin, BBQ competitions are hot, fried chicken is like mother’s milk, and the deep-fried Coke pours shamelessly in all its trans fatty glory (and this at a time when other regions are making trans fat illegal). Southern states have the highest rates of obesity, and Mobile isn’t exactly known for its sushi. To be blunt, Southern food takes the cake – and pours extra chocolate sauce all over it.

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10 Aug

Even If the Shoe Fits… Forget It.

When was the last time you left your house without shoes? Hard to say? When was the last time you ran without shoes? Summer, circa 12 years old? If you are to listen to the growing number of barefoot runners out there you are truly missing out.

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10 Aug

Can Vegetarians and Carnivores Agree? Factory Farms Stink!

Is such a thing possible? Some of you are vegetarians, while others are confirmed steak-lovers, and we’ve had some lively debate about meaty matters in the last week! But there’s no question that factory farming is not what’s best for the earth, animals, or humans, either. Is there?

Check out which states have the most factory farms, and then tell us what you think!

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10 Aug

Cholesterol Scam Alert! Red Yeast Rice

Don’t fall for the latest snake oil tearing round the web: Red Yeast Rice

Red Yeast Rice does not lower cholesterol! The FDA has found that several red yeast rice suppliers have been spiking their supplements with off-market statins.

You’re much better off raising your good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL) with the following four steps:

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9 Aug

Is Intermittent Fasting Healthy?


One thing is certain in the field of health: what is common wisdom today can easily become “misapplied science” tomorrow. What’s “in” this year may be “out” next year. Often it’s hard to arrive at the right answer.

For example: Oily fish is good for you because the Omega-3′s are so healthy, but oily fish is bad because it can be contaminated with heavy metals, but oily fish is good because recent tests prove it’s not actually very contaminated, but oily fish is bad because the fishing industry paid for those tests…you get my point.

The Fats vs. Carbs argument is another. So when a reader recently asked about regular fasting as a means of maintaining good health, I had to re-evaluate my point of view slightly. What I found surprised me and convinced me to add a new twist to my ongoing health-and-anti-aging regimen. It’s called Intermittent Fasting – or IF.

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