My Interview With a Hunter-Gatherer

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There I was, sitting down for dinner after my first afternoon tracking animals in the Kwara Camp of Botswana, Africa. The thick aroma of what smelled like a mixture of wild animals, along with dung and an unfamiliar earthiness, made me realize I was in a macrocosm of life far removed from the sterile man-made environment I had traveled from 24 hours prior.   I couldn't help but wonder if there might be some trace of an olfactory memory encoded in my genes of this land I had left behind hundreds of thousands of years ago. I closed my eyes, inhaled the air deep into my lungs, searching for any remembrance of my past.  Nothing.  All I felt was  hunger after a long bumpy ride through the … [Read more...]

The Wild Life of Our Gut

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Did you know that our insides are really our outsides? That's right. From our pie hole all the way to our poop shoot, as food enters and exits the body, it doesn't actually go inside our body until it is absorbed through the walls of the gastrointestinal tract (all those tubes our food travels through between our mouth and our anus).  The entire GI tract can be viewed as a food translator.  Food enters one end, gets rearranged and converted into various molecules, then the excrement is defecated. Lovely. What I find truly fascinating, and utterly mind blowing, is that we are swimming in bacteria, germs, and microbes, 'inside' our gut.  So much so that we are actually only 10% human.  … [Read more...]

Crossfit. The Good The Bad and The Ugly

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  As some of you may know I have criticized crossfit in the past. From the outside looking in it looks unsafe.  The powerlifting/gymnastics moves that I have seen pictures of look like the people are going to snap a shoulder, knee, or back.  The gory photos of shins split wide open and barbells slamming people in the head are enough to scare off the most brave at heart.  I envisioned ego centered competitors swinging around enormous amounts of weight with no regard to form or safety. We have all seen the pictures like this one, and the one below, where it looks like stupid people doing stupid things. It is just a fad anyway, right? Wait, wait, no. It is a CULT! So when my … [Read more...]

Seven Habits Of Highly Unsuccessful Dieters

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We have all seen it and most of us have been there. Another diet FAIL. So what makes this time different?  What have you been doing wrong in the past that you are going to change this time? Analyzing what has been unsuccessful is a good place to start. During my 30+ years of counseling clients I have come to the conclusion that there are seven habits that guarantee 'un-success'. Before you read any further, I would like to point out, that being strong-armed into going on a diet NEVER works.   You have got to decide for yourself  if, when, and how, you are going to begin. Dieting is a tremendous undertaking and you better have your guns loaded! When you make that decision to … [Read more...]

Strive To Non-Strive

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Warning: Today's post is all about me.  According to the wise men of the world I have a problem. I need to go into rehab. I admit it. I STRIVE. Asking me to stop striving is like asking me to stop breathing. It is something I continually wrestle with. The picture you see here is on my dashboard.  It has been there for years.  I am continually 'striving' to work on all these areas, but when I get to the non-striving part I hit a brick wall. I have a feeling I have been like this all my life because I remember my Dad saying, "Penny, you need to lie in bed and stare at the ceiling once in a while." We are told that we need to continue to grow, change, achieve, better ourselves. Just Do It. … [Read more...]