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July 19, 2009

Eating and Fitness Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Jimmy Moore podcast-interviews Primal eating-and-fitness guru Mark Sisson. I'm crazy about Sisson's new book, which is full of startling information and helpful tips, and is the best intro I know of to the Paleo/Primal thang. Sisson's excellent -- and very lively -- blog is here.

* FeministX could use some advice.

* Scott Kustes offers a good intro to eating in the Paleo style.

* Agnostic and the Times of London are asking the same question: Can eating sugar give you wrinkles?

* Tom Naughton wonders why anyone would trust the health advice that's handed out by the federal government.

* Yoga teacher Michelle found that a lot of her health problems vanished when she stopped avoiding fat.

* Arthur De Vany thinks that you'd be wise to forget about running a marathon. By the way, De Vany -- a retired economics prof -- strikes me as one of the world's Really Interesting People. Those who (like me) are into both gene expression and nonlinearity may find him a real Pied Piper. I've subscribed to his private blog and have watched his DVD talks, and can recommend both. Read about him here.

* Why do Americans seem so convinced that sterility is the answer to food-health problems?

* MBlowhard Rewind: Back here I raved about Nina Planck's fab book "Real Food."



posted by Michael at July 19, 2009


I received my master's in physical anthropology, and one of the most interesting areas I studied was the skeletal evidence of the transition to food production. There were many skeletal indicators of the damaging effects of diets involving grains or corn in Old World and New World skeletal remains, ranging from serious dental caries and abcesses, to general signs of poor nutrition and disease.
Along with dietary changes, about 2 years ago my husband began brisk walking 3 to 4 miles a day. He's lost about 40 or more pounds, has lowered his cholesterol and triglycerides dramatically, and generally has much more stamina and energy, so I'd add that to diet changes. I followed his example and began walking a few months ago, too, and I've begun to see similar benefits.

Posted by: KR on July 19, 2009 10:51 AM

Thanks for the food safety link. Regulation gone crazy.

Posted by: j on July 19, 2009 11:57 AM

Although it's hard to tell from the article, I don't think it's a case of "regulation gone crazy". It sounds as though the food industry itself, probably using a pack of lawyers in a windowless office somewhere, came up with these hyper-draconian 'guidelines' in an attempt to ward off the next big lawsuit.

Posted by: David Fleck on July 19, 2009 2:02 PM

Bulletin on my own low-carb (and low other things too) experiment: down 18 lbs from original about 4 wks ago, one of those weeks almost being a bit of a write-off with a wedding to eat at, and a Canada Day celebration to do the same. About 8-12 lbs to go to original target of 160-165, belt is in two notches (only one to go to target belt-notching). Fiancee is reporting my newly visible jawline is still visible, only more so.

As for FeministX, I'd say go low-carb to deal with her hunger. It really works because of hunger management as much as because of hormonal manipulation (which of course affects hunger too). She should ignore the commenter near the top who said low-carb preventing hunger is bogus. The commenter's bogus, that's what.

Posted by: PatrickH on July 19, 2009 6:36 PM

I don't believe in a one size fits all diet. I've read some books written by Joseph Mercola, Paul Check and William Wolcott and those guys believe in metabolic typing.

Posted by: Lauren on July 20, 2009 1:39 PM

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