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13 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 6

Link LoveDiethack proposes a junk food elimination plan that promises to slim your rear but fatten your wallet.

FitSugar discusses the concept of “forced repetitions” and whether they might be right for you.

InDenial Health gives us tips that’ll keep even the most unmotivated person motivated to keep working out.

Laurel on Health Food discusses the dangers of corn and its various derivatives.

Janet at Adventures in Ethics and Science reviews the book Ethics {for the real world}: Creating a personal code to guide decisions in work and life, and has a little trouble with the fact that the authors won’t acknowledge the concept of moral dilemmas.

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12 Jul

Watermelon a Natural Viagra?

WatermelonA study by researchers at the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M University suggests that watermelon may act as a natural version of the erectile dysfunction (ED) drug Viagra.

The Food of Lust?

While researchers have always been aware of watermelon’s high citruline content, studies had suggested that the bulk of the chemical was in the less-commonly eaten rind. However, the latest research from Dr. Bhimu Patil suggests that there are also high concentrations in the more tasty flesh of the fruit.

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11 Jul

Is All Chocolate Created Equal?

ChocolateMy wife and I tend to receive a lot of chocolate, usually as holiday or dinner party gifts. Friends and business associates know we’re not dessert people but that we indulge in chocolate and red wine on occasion (i.e. those Sensible Vices). As a result, I’ve gotten to try a lot of the best chocolates out there (as well as a few duds). My wife and I each have our running lists of favorites. Hers has a couple Belgian varieties as well as some quality stateside organics. As for me, the more bitter the better. Green and Black’s makes an 85% that I consider kind of my “staple” choice, but there are a lot of good ones out there.

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10 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Week 1 Results

Primal CalendarSo here they are! Week 1 results from 30-Day Primal Health Challenge participants that were kind enough to send end in their stories.

If you have any questions for participants, need advice or want specifics about diet and exercise hit us up with a comment.

Also, if you would like your 2nd week, 3rd week and/or 30-day results published in order to share your progress will fellow Apples and to get constructive feedback be sure to send them in by the dates listed here.

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9 Jul

The Context of Calories

200 Calories Food

200 Calories is 200 Calories. Right?

“What’s that in the road ahead?”

vs.

“What’s that in the road!? A head!?”

Context is important.

Many people think weight loss is simply about cutting calories. But context counts here, too. Calories do have context and that’s what I want to explore today. Is a calorie from fat the same as a calorie from protein or carbohydrate? Depends on the context. Does day-to-day calorie monitoring make any difference if your week-to-week weight and energy expenditure are dialed in? Maybe not.

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