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18 Jul

Because Blessing Us With His Music Wasn’t Enough

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And here you thought chicken fries were bizarre. Nugget, you’ve been outdone. Inquiring minds want to know: what’s next? Chicken spirals, perhaps? Chicken braids? Or how about a lovely tray of chicken cubes?

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18 Jul

Hitting the Links

Hey gang, I’m off to Dallas for a couple days on business, but you’re in great hands with the Bees. I’m confident you’ll all find plenty of trouble to get into while I’m away. Quick FYI: I’m working on a whale of a proposal for publication next week. I’d intended to make it a two-fer and publish the first part today in lieu of Primal Health, because it’s much lengthier than what I typically publish (yes, that’s possible). Suffice it to say I’m not mincing any words…but there are plenty of them. At any rate, the health care system is a hot topic, and a critical one, and there are all kinds of conversations for new proposals going on in the blogosphere. I hope you’ll come back next Wednesday to check out my radical suggestion. I guarantee you’ll have something to say about it.

In the meantime, a few good links:

Getting Off the Treadmill of Life

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False (author’s reply to this ongoing debate)

Have you ordered your Fuming Fuji mug?

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17 Jul

MDA Blogroll Update (finally)

So much in love with blog changes…

Glad you’re enjoying the new and improved comment structure. Thanks for the constructive feedback, all. In the spirit of healthy changes, here’s the updated MDA blogroll. If you think there’s a great blog I’m evidently clueless about, please give me a shout and I’ll check it out.

General Health, Health Care, Lifestyles, and Perspectives:

Healthbolt

Health Care Vox

The Health Care Blog

Life in the NHS

Science Roll

Over! My! Med! Body!

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Kevin M.D.

Julie’s Health Club

Health Politics

Highlight HEALTH

The Cheerful Oncologist

Interactive Health

That’s Fit

Men’s Health Blog

Fit Sugar

Go To Gabby

Body, Mind & Solar

Diabetes Mine

The Diabetes Blog

Diabetes Notes

Gluten-Free Girl

Livin’ La Vida Low Carb

The Steaks Are High

Sugar Shock Blog

Low Carb Freedom

The Cardio Blog

A Hearty Life

The Insomnia Blog

Supplement News Blog

Taste Better

Mark’s Daily Apple

Weight Loss, Diet, Nutrition, Food:

Burning the Scale

Diet Blog

Waisted in the Wasteland

Lose Weight With Me

Calorie Lab

I Ate a Pie

Junk Food Blog

Junk Food Science

Supersized Meals

Candy Blog

Eating Fabulous

Veggie Chic

Almost Vegetarian

Slashfood

Laurel on Health Food

Weight of the Evidence

Fitness and Body:

The BradVentures

Complete Running

Slow Twitch

Lean and Hungry Fitness

Arthur De Vany

Body Hack

The Fitness Insider

Science and World:

Enviroblog

Eye on Science

Eye on DNA

Ouroboros

Adventures in Ethics and Science

Pharyngula

Aetiology

The Good Human

Treehugger

The Mind:

Omni Brain

Cognitive Daily

Mind Hacks

Personal Improvement and Life Hacks:

Ririan Project

Zen Habits

Dumb Little Man

Pick the Brain

Lifehack

Lifehacker

Marginal Revolution

The Bigs*, Marketing, and The Man:

Extra Texture

Shaping Youth

Pharma Gossip

Pharmalot

The Last Psychiatrist

The Consumerist

Wise Bread

Food Processing

Quackfiles

Around the Web:

Tech Space

Suicide Food

Gouldenomics

If I forgot you, please let me know.

UPDATE 7/24/07:

Six Until Me (great D-blogging)

Fitness Destinations (daily fitness tips)

Dr. Briffa (a good look at good health)

UPDATE 7/27/07:

60 in 3 (weight loss journey)

*Pharma, Agra, Puff, Moo

17 Jul

Sugar Still Bad; Remembering a Little Thing Called Silence

News links worth noting today:

Dietary Sugar and Macular Degeneration

Starchy, sugary fare that rates high on the glycemic index increases your risk for macular degeneration (our leading cause of vision loss). Aside from reducing – or eliminating – your refined carbohydrate intake, focus on prevention as well. For example, antioxidants can help keep your eyes healthy as you age. Think green and red vegetables, fruit, fish, nuts, eggs, and a fish oil supplement. Nix the sugar, folks.

Noise Pollution

Remember silence? Yeah, me either. Even in remote locales like the beaches of Thailand or my own exurb backyard, noise from jets is an ever-present disturbance. In London, it’s apparently so bad, that city’s residents are calling it a threat to mental health. Constant loud engines, honks, alarms and sirens: certainly not something with which our ancestors had to deal. I’m sure someone’s going to tell the Brits they’re being pansies. But I’m inclined to think that persistent, low-level stress of this sort is more serious than we know.

Further reading:

My Escape from Vegan Island

The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes

My Carb Pyramid

Boost Your Serotonin Naturally

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17 Jul

10 Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Workouts

10. Check out the local real estate.

Walking through your neighborhood (or any neighborhood you admire) is a natural workout that is also an effective way to clear your head and reflect on the day. I get a 45-minute walk in while my son is at his music lesson. If you’re tired of walking around your own ‘hood, explore one you’ve been curious about. You just might find a good scoop on real estate while you’re at it.

9. Hike.

Hikes don’t have to be intensive all-day expeditions (though this is a very primal thing to do). Most towns have well-maintained, short hiking trails available nearby if you simply do some digging. Even a brisk walk around the local park is energizing. Make a point of getting out into the fresh air and soaking up a little vitamin-D-recharging sunlight as often as you can. I think 20 or 30 minutes daily of fresh air and light exposure is essential for good health – so do it as often as you can. A “hike” doesn’t need to kill you for days afterwards; an hour and a local hill are all you need.

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Raisinsawdust Flickr Photo (CC)

8. Beach games.

If you’re near a lakefront or beach, invest 20 bucks in a good array of Nerf balls, Frisbees and other amateur sports equipment for some carefree physical fun with the family or your buddies. Do this once a week and it’ll feel like socializing instead of a workout (we’ve been doing Sunday group workouts like Frisbee and it’s been a blast). That’s really the whole message I want to reinforce here: exercise is a natural, enjoyable, and refreshing part of life, not another relentless chore on your to-do list. Reframe your mental image of exercise and watch your health improve.

7. Play with the kids.

Nothing beats quality time with your kids. Rough house, toss around a baseball, visit the local pool, have a water balloon fight in the backyard, get into a pillow fight (careful on the last one, dads). Physical play is a bonding activity that doesn’t even feel like exercise.

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Tobym Flickr Photo (CC)

6. Rearrange the furniture.

Periodically rearranging your furnishings is great for your mental health, but it’s also a good physical workout. Obviously you wouldn’t do this every week, but if you haven’t given your digs a refresh in a while, try it. All that pushing and pulling is a phenomenal weight-bearing workout session that the gym rats tirelessly replicate. You’ve got your own “gym” at home (and talk about a great way to clear your head and get into the moment).

5. Walk at the mall.

If you’ve got errands or enjoy window-shopping (I’d sooner count fork tines), this is a no-brainer workout. Just take a pedometer and make sure you log a couple miles. I get a lot of emails from people asking about ideal exercise methods and routines, often with the implied assumption that exercise has to be some sort of complicated, separate, intense deal to “count”. Not so. Walking is perhaps the best exercise, and certainly the most natural, of all.

4. Wash the cars.

Turn a Saturday chore into a fun family event. All that scrubbing and waxing is a terrific upper-body workout.

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This ought to do it. BWC Flickr Photo (CC)

3. Spring cleaning…party.

Need to get up on the roof and scrape those drains or deal with a loose shutter? That’s an excellent workout, but why not make it fun and get in five or ten of them? Host a neighborhood spring cleaning party where everyone gets together for a few weekends and pitches in on big cleaning and clearing jobs at everyone’s homes.

2. Walk downtown.

Do you have a lively or vibrant downtown district in your city? Walking is something we all need to do more of, and checking out the markets, shops and artists downtown (or beach-side) is a cheap date everyone loves – and you can’t beat people-watching.

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Young Grasshopper Flickr Photo (CC)

1. What’s your best non-workout workout?

You may be “working out” more than you realize…or perhaps not enough. Services are convenient and increasingly affordable, but there’s something to be said for washing your own car and mowing your own lawn. Beats the gym. Playing, walking, chores – these things are not only budget-friendly and socially healthy, they come with the workout built-in. I try to see “chores” as a welcome chance to unwind and recharge (it’s my version of meditation).

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