Can someone explain to me how “dairy” has gained such a hallowed place in our hearts (um, literally in our hearts, since it’s essentially all animal fat in liquid form)?
Somehow, when no one was looking, milk snuck into the American story ... Read more
You Are Not a Carnivore
I keep hearing people argue that human beings are carnivores, that eating animals is natural to our species, and therefore good for us, even necessary.
Mmm, not buying it. We are not carnivores. Too much evidence to the contrary.
Com... Read more
Top Signs You Eat a Lot of Oatmeal
I'm definitely a creature of breakfast habit, so when I dumped cereal, pancakes, biscuits and rolls, I replaced them all with a wide variety of oatmeal flavored with everything from bananas to figs to cinnamon to agave nectar. Pretty much every... Read more
The Marquis de StairMaster
If the Marquis de Sade designed exercise equipment, the StairMaster would be his masterpiece. Is there anything that deals out muscle pain and lung exhaustion like the Staircase Going Nowhere? For all those people who love the feeling of climb... Read more
Figs? You Want Figs?
We used to live in Glendale, CA, which is a beautiful little community right at the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains, near Pasadena. It was largely Middle Eastern, mostly Armenian, but pretty mixed with Iraqis and Iranians as well. Which exp... Read more
Got out this min-morning in the already 95+ Texas heat and went to work on the yard. I've had a massive bee colony on the back of my house that didn't get taken care of for almost a month, so the yard returned itself to nature, meaning everywhe... Read more
4th of July, which means outdoor food and drink. Grilling, picnicking. In the heat. With lots of people.
What would life be like if we always ate outside, communally? We don't think about our eating conditions very often, but we eat i... Read more
On the bike at the gym this morning when the fire alarms blared off. Happens there not infrequently, so everyone just kept going, kind of glancing around, "Is it real? Should we stop?" Someday they're going to find an entire gym full of burne... Read more
I move through quite a few airports during the year, and it just amazes me how unhealthy they are. Flabbergasts me. Flummoxes. Horrifies.
From a weight perspective, airports are pretty much like prisons, and you are "fat man walking." I... Read more
Schizophrenic Food Worlds
I'm living something of a schizophrenic health existence right now.
During the week I eat well, on a good schedule of breakfast, lunch, dinner, couple of healthy snacks between. I control the type of food, mostly grains, legumes, vegs, fru... Read more
Man Versus "Man v Food"
If you haven't seen it, The Travel Channel has a show, "Man v. Food," where host Adam Richman goes to a crazily unhealthy restaurant every week and attempts to eat their hottest or biggest food challenge in a certain amount of time. He eats thi... Read more
Time to add to my list of odder individuals I encounter at the gym, this week with Spritzer Guy. Spritz is a young guy, who works out, then showers, then stands in the center of the room in his underwear and gold chain, sprays his bottle of man... Read more
The Trainer's Caboose
The trainers at my gym -- the people who are paid to help you work out, build strength, lean up -- are almost all overweight. At least half of them are really overweight, as in obese. They're muscular, you can tell they work out, but they're a... Read more
Which Dog Are You?
Coming out of the gym this morning I sparked back to a memory from long ago and it chained back to something happening now that I think is important for me and the last 25 lbs. I want to take off.
Growing up my parents raised Basset Hound... Read more
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Top Signs You're Doing Yoga in Georgia
I have a friend who teaches yoga in Georgia. Here are a few of the Top Signs You’re Doing Yoga in Georgia.
You spend a lot of time learning to exhale between missing teeth.
You main object of meditation is a pack of Marlboros.
Your mant... Read more