I am prepping for a week away from home at a conference. I’ll be gone Sunday night through Friday afternoon, working intensely in a conference setting. I am committed to remaining on my KetoChow nutritional plan (go here to learn more on that). This is going to be a challenge.
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My friends know that I am a bit of a body-hacker, and I am always game for experimenting with nutritional changes to see what happens. My friend Sutton Stokes had been having great success using a ketogenic approach to eating and I decided to try it.
Ten days living on a DIY version of engineered food. Bottom line: Not bad, but also not for everybody.
Yesterday in my workout with Grant Hill, we did Turkish Get Ups — one of my favorite exercises. The original purpose of the Turkish Get Up is to train wrestlers to “get up” from a pinned position — a very difficult task. Here’s how to do a Turkish Get Up.
If public records are to be believed, the world’s oldest man is a 123-year-old Bolivian peasant living in the highlands. I like to tell people that I plan to live to 120. I am only half joking when I say that.
My Primal Professional “barefoot dress shoes” have finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier.
How well do Vibram Five Fingers stack up out on the trail?
This is a simple recipe that will net you a whole bunch of pork. More and more, in the supermarkets you can find shrink-wrapped pork tenderloins, many of them marinating in teriyaki or something else. Don’t get fancy! You want pork tenderloins that aren’t marinating in anything except their own tasty juices.
A good friend was telling me the other day how he attended a swap meet and ended up with a bamboo bike — he’s a serious cyclist and this sounded like a serious cycle. I thought you’d like to see it. So I asked for pix.
I was very excited to start using my new standing desk, and I immediately felt benefits. I felt like I had more energy, and was generally more on top of things. Just standing made me feel like I was really in the game, work-wise. But, to be honest, I think that was honeymoon. The honeymoon quickly wore off.
Everyone loves fried chicken, and I got to feeling down that I could not provide it from my Paleo kitchen. So I found a fried chicken recipe that is totally Paleo-compliant. I made this the other night, and you should have seen the smile on people’s faces when they started eating.
I’ve been looking for a pair of boots that will give me as close to a barefoot experience as I can get, and still keep my feet warm. Turns out is not an easy thing to find — most boots have big, thick soles. I wanted as little sole as possible. After some research, I found my solution.
It’s been hard to find a convenient and reliable source for grass-fed beef. The places I have found so far have required me to go out of my way, or to set up drop-off and pick-up appointments. I knew about South Mountain — they are located not far from Frederick, Maryland — but I thought of them as milk and dairy-only. Then my trainer, Grant Hill, told me they provided all manner of food and I got excited.
I have long understood, intellectually, that the water I drink during practice does me little good. If I am improperly hydrated when I show up for class, pounding a quart of water will not save me. Yet, I cling to that water bottle as if my life in that 90 minutes depended on it. But now, I leave my water bottle outside the studio. The result? A new feeling of invigoration.
As I write, I’m on the way home Sunday morning on the Acela train, after an all day immersion yesterday in New York City with Baron Baptiste. It was an amazing experience. There’s one aspect of the day that I found remarkable and quite helpful, at least to me on my own yoga journey, and it is one of my main takeaways from the experience.
Having someone else in the workout puts me on my best behavior. As we go through our circuits, I don’t want to let my partner down. I see him persevering, and I push myself that much harder.
Every morning, I take a small amount of raw liver. Why? It makes me feel awesome! Here’s more info.