At 41 years of age I never expected to be in better physical condition then I was in my 20's and 30's. I have grown up being physically active and participating in competitive sports my entire life. Soccer, track, cross country, basketball, ultimate frisbee....I was always doing something. I've raced triathlons, ran half marathons....hiked the West Coast Trail....I love a challenge.
I watched this film the other day and thought the whole thing was very impressive.
I really like the idea of a ‘reboot’ as I’m curious to see if it helps my immune system cope better with infection (I get an ear/sinus infection about once every two months at the moment). More info on how to reboot here: http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/
The movie is really interesting even if you’re not interested in juicing/fasting.
It’s been a looong time since I last made meatballs. I remember them being a bit fiddly, so I usually just end up making a bolognaise-type sauce with mince instead. Fortunately, I decided to give them another go, and it turns out they can be quite easy and worth the little bit of extra effort.
“Think more about life and less about style. I don’t want my gravestone to say: He lived a paleo lifestyle”
“You are the sum total of all of your actions, thoughts, decisions, likes, dislikes, triumphs, defeats, aspirations, regrets, and everything else that you can squeeze in between the maternity ward and the crematorium.”
Yet another great article by Chris Kresser – “the mainstream view of gluten intolerance has been relatively black or white: Either you have celiac disease, in which case even a small amount of gluten will send you running to the bathroom in three seconds flat, or you don’t, and you can chug down beer and bagels without fear. This “all-or-nothing” view has led to some doctors telling patients that suspect they’re sensitive to gluten but test negative for CD that they’re simply imagining an affliction that doesn’t exist. It turns out those doctors are wrong.”
Read more here
Buckwheat is one of those contested Paleo items. Some love it. Some love to hate it. It’s not a grain; it’s a seed, and while it contains no gluten, it does contain phytic acid which means that like other seeds (and nuts and legumes) it should be properly soaked or sprouted before consumption. Unlike most seeds however, buckwheat has a naturally high level of phytase, which means it can help break down the phytic acid itself if you just put it in some filtered water overnight (see here- steps 1 and 2). It’s definitely not on Mark Sisson’s menu though, as buckwheat has a fairly high level of starch, but that’s precisely why I’m introducing it to my diet.
I love this idea of Paleo as a template. I don’t believe that one rule applies to all – it definitely comes down to what works best for you. Education is key; making informed decisions about what you put in your mouth. For instance, I’ll happily eat small amounts of properly prepared legumes, but I understand the reasons why a lot of Paleo people wont touch them. “The only way to figure out what an optimal diet is for you is to experiment and observe. “
Very interesting post and video on why push-ups from your knees may result in you never making it to your toes. I am still (or was!) doing push-ups on my knees in the hope I’d build up the strength required to do them properly on my toes, but as this video shows, that’s not the best way of going about it. Introducing … the worm-back-up.