Is Competition Healthy?

Lost fact: competition and health are not the same thing.

Yet, we act as if they are. As adults, we mostly believe that if we’re competing in an athletic contest, we’re also getting healthier.

It is absolutely true that competing causes most of us to work harder than we otherwise would. And to work harder at something physical, and something that moves us generally in the direction of better conditioning (a requirement of health), appears on the surface to be a good ...

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No Humans Allowed

nohumansIf you’ve read the Bio-axiomatic “Rules Of Food”, you’ll recall that Rule #1 is, “Know where your food came from.” This is a complicated matter that involves more than just geography, but is also designed to reveal the path that the food must travel between its place of origin and your mouth. Once the path is identified it’s much easier to ...

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An Unreasonable Proposition

Does it seem to you sometimes that just being human and living your life is an unhealthy thing to do? Was it always so?

In all things that affect physical human health, I use advice to stress the bigger context rather than the minutiae of day-to-day (often minute-to-minute) choices. Rather than having your life dictated to you, if you know what a perfect world looks like you’re far more likely to come closer to it on your own than if someone ...

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Paleo On Vacation

“Paleo On Vacation” (?): there are 2 ways to interpret that title. One, that this is an article about staying true to paleo eating principles while you’re on the road or otherwise away from the more controllable environment we call home. Or two, that we sometimes take a vacation from paleo – intended or not.

This is actually about both.

The likelihood is high that most of you will spend some time away from home this summer. And we can also assume ...

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Paleo Is A 4-Letter Word

(note: this post is in no way meant to disparage the authors of the books pictured above. These are men I know and respect, and you should also.)

We have officially entered The Paleo Diet Generation. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

Why am I lamenting entering a generation of people who are aware and informed about the Paleo Diet, a structure for eating that I support? It is simply because Paleo has now officially become a “diet” in the ...

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A Spoiled Culture

Beware: human nature is such that today’s “likes” will inevitably become tomorrow’s “needs”.

When I consult people on proper nutrition and let them know that some things they are consuming are less than ideal, they will often protest with the words, “but I like that”. This statement is intended to elicit sympathy from me and, ultimately, convince me to relent and allow their favorite foods as if the mere fact that they “like” it somehow improves the nutritional value of the ...

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Performance Hyping

Every lifestyle behavior you engage in either supports health, or it supports something else to the detriment of health. This may seem obvious to you, but the vast majority of people to whom I point this out tell me that they had firmly believed that they were satisfying the requirements for health while they were pursuing some other physical goal.

The fact is that actual health is such an all-inclusive goal by itself that there is very little having to do ...

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The Quality-Assurance Test

When you’re faced with a potential solution to a health issue – even if the issue is simply, “how can I be healthier” – we all apply our own version of a “quality-assurance” test to the product or practice being offered as a personal check against scheme’s and scams. Remember, the goal of health is the polar opposite of the goal of profit.

For most, we have come to believe that science is the lone arbiter of the facts. Or rather, ...

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Dogs Don’t Lie

Ever since I have taken to spending time in the outdoors with a 2-year-old yellow lab named Marlee (adopted a few months ago), I have devoted myself to learning what the dog could teach me about being a primal being. You see, dogs haven’t ever strayed from their primal roots. No species has, except humans. Some say we haven’t strayed far enough, but when it comes to health and quality of life we have clearly strayed too far.

One of the ...

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