Rant 70 May 2014: Make Love, Not War

“My skull is dissolving,” I say. My voice quivers. The woman with me has to lean in closer to hear it. “Dissolving?” “Yes. Dissolving. My face is caving in. Crumbling. Like sand.” I pause. “Oh my god, my whole face is caving in!” I am panicking now. My heart pounds. This is raw feeling. Pure instinct. […]

Old lady bookworm dork boxer (aka me)

Here are some things you should know about me. I’m 5 feet tall. I’m 40 years old. I have a PhD. I am a bookworm. I like to eat tasty food. I can’t catch a ball. I run slow. I was picked last for pretty much every team in elementary school. (By high school I […]

Anjali Forber-Pratt, one of the most interesting women in the world

Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt is an elite wheelchair racer and Paralympic ambassador. She’s the 2011 World Champion in the 200m, holds two bronze medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China; and now currently Assistant Research Professor at the Beach Center on Disability. You can see an inspiring short film about this incredible woman here. From her blog […]

Staying motivated

Usually the secret to us doing something is that we want to get it done. So we’re “too busy” to scrub out the toilets or balance our chequebooks but never too busy to read the comics. It’s a question of where we choose to direct our efforts. Here are some tips to help get your butt into the gym. None of these are lazy-proof, since it only works if YOU want to do it anyway. But hey, they can’t hurt.

Krista’s Kalorietastic Konfabulator

Now that you’ve read all about the major macronutrients — fat, carbs, and protein — you’re probably wondering how the heck you make, like, meals and stuff. After all, foods aren’t just “nutrients”.

Here’s a little chart that might be helpful. Here are common foods that are good sources of the major nutrients.

Splenda may not be splendid

A recent study in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health has found that Splenda, a commonly used artificial sweetener, had numerous adverse effects when given to rats, including (1) reduction in beneficial fecal microflora, (2) increased fecal pH, and (3) enhanced expression levels of P-gp, CYP3A4, and CYP2D1, which are known to limit the bioavailability of orally administered drugs.

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Happy birthday Chuck

From Robb Wolf at Crossfit Norcal, a tribute to Charles Darwin, and Darwin’s influence on his own way of thinking about nutrition.

I’d like to take a moment and shout out to the original Chuck D in three other ways…

New site is up!

Howdy folks! It’s Feb 11 and I’ve FINALLY got the new site up! Yes, it took ages. I tried two other content management systems before settling into Wordpress. And boy was there a lot of junk to clean up. Crummy HTML, articles I’d forgotten about, links that had expired… sheesh.

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Things you should not lift if you want to look like Madonna

According to Madonna’s trainer Tracy Anderson, a woman should never lift more than three-pound weights. “Most gym programs overwork major muscle groups,” she said. “Repetition builds and bulks muscles.”

In order to prevent all of you lovelies from this horrible fate I have compiled the following list of Things You Should Not Lift if You Want To Look Like Madonna…

New exercise guidelines from AHA and ACSM

The American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine have released new exercise guidelines that include recommendations for higher-intensity exercise for all age groups as well as a mix of strength and aerobic training. Click post title to read more…