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I'm physically tired without running or going to the gym

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I was active all day moving things around at the barn, fixing fence, playing with the horses, walking dogs, cleaning and even cooking. One of the biggest inspirations I am getting from Mark Sisson's book about the primal diet is not about diet at all but about the concept of play. Whether it is making work play or playing with animals or playing with people, playfulness is underestimated for most adults. Play allows us to get exercise phyically but relax mentally and emotionally. Not all exercise routines qualify as relaxing. Exercising outside also helped me get some Vitamin D, another important requirement for health.

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ONUTHIN125 3/30/2012 6:10PM

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CLEUTHAUS 3/28/2012 12:48PM


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GRACEMCDOG 3/28/2012 12:25PM

    I came to a similar conclusion a couple weeks ago...


And with the idea of playfulness in mind, I've decided to try Zumba because it just looks like such fun. I play with the dogs every day. It makes us both so happy.

I've got Sisson's book on my list of 'To Read'. And now, I'm going outside to play in the garden even though it IS raining. Muddy can be fun, right?

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MZLADY77 3/28/2012 11:06AM

    emoticonI read his book. Very good.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 3/28/2012 9:56AM

  Yes, this is so true and right and the best way to live life to the fullest and to enjoy who we are as humans being made so wonderfully and strong and fun filled living means we are enjoying life and who we are.

Great blog.

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EXOTEC 3/28/2012 1:34AM

    You're doing it exactly right! Good for you!

I'll bet you got a better and more complete (ie balanced) workout doing your chores than you'd ever get in a gym. And mindless running or repetitions on machines tend to turn your brain to jello. You got an all-around workout, which is what this primal / paleo / andcestral thing is all about.

We've all forgotten how to play. We need that.
Great post.
Keep going!

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SUNNYWBL 3/28/2012 12:28AM

    You truly GET it! Good for you!

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EGALITAIRE 3/27/2012 11:44PM

    Physical labour can be very relaxing and even invigorating. Some of my best ideas come when I am doing something manual.

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TAMPATINK67 3/27/2012 10:12PM

    Indeed - I love the feel of earth under bare feet... Just recharges my batteries!

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MYLADY4 3/27/2012 9:58PM

    Working outdoors, kicks a treadmill workout anyday. I LOVE doing outdoor work.

Also trying to read his book and I think he had alot of great ideas.

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Food - An amazing, hope-inspiring testimony about the powerful benefits

Monday, March 26, 2012

This is a 17 minute video that could be life-changing for many. Dr. Terry Wahl is a great speaker in addition to having a passionate message for health.


Please feel free to copy or link wherever it may be of benefit.

I hope to have some discussion about this.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 3/27/2012 10:03AM

  This is the most wonderful news for me and I thank you for making this avaiable for me because I am taking this into my heart and will do what this lady says.

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EXOTEC 3/26/2012 2:57PM

    Thank you! Very nice support for the diet. I'm so happy to see professionals and practitioners coming forward to challenge our old nutritional myths.

Thanks for the link.

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SHIRLANGEL 3/26/2012 12:05PM

    Thank you for sharing this video. It's a great reminder that what we eat effects our health and that I need to add more veggies and berries to me and DH's meals. It makes me want to head out to the farmer's market and load up. emoticon emoticon

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WOUBBIE 3/26/2012 8:59AM

    I'd watched this video a couple of times - such a brilliant approach to intractable illness! It's a pity that more of our "medicine" is not so results-based. But, then, there's not a lot of money to be made in convincing people to change their diets, particularly away from packaged, refined food and towards natural and fresh food. On the other hand, there's BILLIONS to be made in the pharmaceutical market!

Her son's pretty awesome too - Zach Wahls.

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CONRADBURK 3/26/2012 8:35AM

    Very interesting video! Thanks for sharing!
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documentary - Farmageddon

Sunday, March 25, 2012

This looked like a documentary worth watching. I hope to see it soon.


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SUNNYWBL 5/2/2012 1:27AM

    One part of the film had a date stamp of 2008! I would like to see the whole thing in context before forming my opinion. I am in the process of becoming a vegetarian because of the horrible treatment of animals in the factory animal farms. They are certainly inhumane!

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/25/2012 6:23PM

    I knew it has been getting bad, but not that bad. The Farmers are criminals? Come on, but yet the Govt. won't crack down on countries like China who are polluting our foods, etc., and demand proper techniques so our food isn't poisoned. I won't even buy fish outside of the U.S anymore, but it is hard. Unless I catch it myself. I hope the U.S. can find a solution. Thanks Bridget!

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GRACEMCDOG 3/25/2012 2:24PM

    I will watch it. And I have been trying to buy all my meat, eggs and dairy from small local farms. Can't do that in the winter with veggies but come spring and summer I will be buying local, too. AgraBiz is a great evil in our culture. I feel there is a grass roots movement toward improved health and nutrition, fueled by information and community via the Internet, that may actually bring about some positive change. I try to stay hopeful but it isn't easy.

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HOUNDLOVER1 3/25/2012 2:11PM

    This may not be that much fun to see, but it's better to know what is going on. We need to do what we can to support farmers that are committed to producing healthy foods.

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MARTHASPARKS 3/25/2012 11:52AM

    I want to see this, too but it's not being shown around here. I'll have to wait for the DVD.

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SUPERMOUSE35 3/25/2012 2:35AM

    Yikes. Very scary.

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EXOTEC 3/25/2012 1:57AM

    Very scary. They say the DVD will be available April of this year. No public showings anywhere near me; perhaps I'll have to get the DVD.

Thanks for the post.

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Lots of interesting articles here

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This first link was just very encouraging for me to see. Living in the country I often think about the much more limited options that city dwellers have to be in a natural environment, at least without getting in the car, and also the much more limited options to grow fruits and vegetables. This seems to be a step in the right direction that would be great to duplicate all over the country.

What do you think?

The second link is about an explanation of the scientific method and how this is applicable to evaluating information about nutrition using the example of a recent study out of the Harvard School of Public Health about red meat consumption. If we all learned the skill of critical thinking we would not fall for every fad diet that comes along.

The third link is from an article published in the New York Times on Tuesday, March 20 with the title Calories are Everywhere, Yet Hard to Track


I would like to draw attention to this paragraph: "They found scant evidence to support the popular notion that any one nutrient is responsible for our obesity, or that a low-carbohydrate diet is everyone's secret to success. Although a diet low in carbs and high in fats and protein may enhance satiety and curb snacking, few people seem able to refrain indefinitely from the carbohydrate-rich foods they love. The long-term effectiveness of low-carb diets for a vast majority of people who try them has yet to be assessed."
The author says that there is "scant evidence" that low-carb is EVERYONE'S secret to success. Big surprise, we are all different. Low-carb may, however be the secret to success for all those people who are on low-fat diets and getting fatter all the time or feeling like they are starving. Low-carb is a definite way to reduce insulin-production with all the benefits this brings. If a low-carb diet indeed enhance satiety and thereby also curbs snacking then maybe it is worth trying for anyone who has not been successful with low-fat diets.
If few people seem to be able to refrain indefinitely from carbohydrate-rich foods that they "love" than it sure looks to me like this confirms what Gary Taubes and many others argue, that carbs, or at least some carbs are addictive. It only takes a small serving of certain carbs to trigger food cravings. Given that we are surrounded by carbs and foods that contain carbs they are much harder to avoid than cigarettes. People who are successful on low-carb diets have to plan well, avoid most processed foods and restaurant foods and deal with emotional eating issues to be successful. This may not be easy and is a process but for me it is much easier than to be on a low-fat, calorie-counting diet where I'm hungry every two hours, can never fully satisfy my hunger and have little energy to exercise.
In my opinion Dr. Atkins, Gary Taubes and all the low-carb people are closer to the truth. But we do need a study to assess the long-term effectiveness of low-carb diets for the vast majority of people, I'm just not sure that we have time to wait for the results given the obesity crisis in this country.
I will share more of my own recent experience with low-carb eating tomorrow.

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EGALITAIRE 3/27/2012 1:12PM

    The concept of good and bad carbs and "low carbs" are often broadly interpreted to mean many things.

I eat what is a relatively "low carb" diet, compared to the SAD (standard american diet), but still eat about 12 servings of veggies every day, usually one serving of fruit and ultimately get about 80 grams of carbs. Try to get 95% of my nutrition from whole foods.

Some low carb diets advocate less than 50 grams of carbs per day - my position is that you have to find out what works for you.

What I don't eat are any processed foods, no wheat or other grains and very few legumes.

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MARTHASPARKS 3/27/2012 12:40PM

    Another great blog!

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HOUNDLOVER1 3/27/2012 12:38PM

You are right that the whole thing about low-carb can be confusing. The one thing everyone agrees on is to eat lots of veggies of course. Fruit may have to be eaten in moderation by people who have abused sugar or starches in the past (which is most everyone in America who has grown up on the typical processed food diet). The sugar content in fruit the way it has been bred in modern times is simply too high. If you look at seed catalogs they advertise the sweetness of the fruit they sell, not the nutrient levels, even to home gardeners. This is why we may have to limit even fruit. I usually only have one piece every day while I'm trying to lose weight and no more than 2 pieces/day to maintain.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 3/27/2012 10:08AM

  There are good carbs and bad carbs.

Fruits and veggies are carbs so I really get confused about this carb deal. We need these fresh carbs for health.

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REJ7777 3/24/2012 3:57AM

    An "Urban Food Forest", what a great idea! Wouldn't it be great if they were everywhere... in every country!

I also visited the other two sites you recommended. I've bookmarked Peter Attia's site so that I can visit it again. Thx!

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GRACEMCDOG 3/22/2012 11:58PM

    Permaculture is fascinating. I wish I lived in a climate more conducive to it. I used to garden 1000 sq ft community plot in Seattle's first P-patch program at Picarco Farms community garden. It's a city that has always had a lot of interest in urban gardening.

I read some of Peter Attia's blog after first reading the linked article by Taube. I'm still trying to untangle all the confounding variables! I will revisit those pages many times, I'm sure. Very complex material but I would like to understand it better.

The NYT article I found a bit pat after all the reading I've been doing lately. Shallow, I guess. I will say I've read many other articles on their health page I found more interesting.

Are you in the medical profession?

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FLAMENM 3/22/2012 10:27PM

    I spend more time outdoors living in the middle of a city than some of my rural friends. But my metro has one of teh highest per capita open spaces and bike trail routes in the US. I think sometimes that (lack of) access is a percieved issue. There are many ways that the urban environment can bring nature to teh people.

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-LINDA_S 3/22/2012 9:00PM

    Thanks for the links and info.

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WOUBBIE 3/22/2012 6:07PM

    "few people seem able to refrain indefinitely from the carbohydrate-rich foods they love" truly says it all.

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Wanted to highlight this post on the Wheatbelly blog

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This one has a lot of interesting comments and testimonies and I had missed it during the first round.


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REJ7777 3/24/2012 4:07AM

    emoticon WOW! She sure went through a lot! It's almost hard to believe all the symptoms that are caused by wheat.

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MARTHASPARKS 3/20/2012 10:39PM

    Thanks! I'm seriously considering this,nespecially since not exercising is killing my weight loss/health gain quest.

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SHOOPETTE 3/20/2012 2:29PM

    Thanks for sharing

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