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Meatless Mondays

What is it called when a carnivore doesn’t eat meat? A fast. I’ve recently had a renewed interest in fasting, no doubt because of seeing Jason Fung speak at Low Carb Vail last month. Shortly after that I was chatting with a friend about it. I said that I don’t fast on a schedule, but […]

Mindfulness Strength Training

I first heard about slow lifting protocols around 2007 or 2008. I was reading articles about muscle physiology by Doug McGuff. Those articles don’t appear to exist anymore, perhaps superceded by his 2009 book, Body by Science. At the same time I had happened upon Adam Zickerman and Bill Schley’s 2003 book, Power of 10. […]

Toxic Plant of the Day: Cassava Root

Life lives off of life and all living things must defend themselves to survive. Plants, lacking the ability to run, have survived via biochemical warfare. This is one reason that, unlike with meat, it’s almost always better to eat plants that have been cooked or specially processed than raw, if you choose to eat them […]

Musings on “good” bacteria, antibiotics, and brain function

The growing trend recognising that gut bacteria affect all other body systems, the brain, of course, included, is often accompanied by what I think is a faulty assumption. That assumption is that there are healthy strains of bacteria that are difficult to cultivate that we should specifically insert into the gut (through pills, yogurt, or […]

On Happiness

This post is not my usual fare. It’s personal and it’s not even about meat. In the spring of 2014, many things were coming together for me. Areas that had been stuck were moving forward, particularly in my intellectual / career life. My love life was improving, too, though there were still important difficulties. The […]

Mass Action

I’ve started reading Dr. Richard D. Feinman’s book, The World Turned Upside Down: The Second Low-Carbohydrate Revolution. It may be the best book on the topic of low carb diets to date, because of its broad perspective, and its readability. It appears to have at its core the same thesis Zooko and I have been […]

The mystery of hippopotamus fat

A friend recently drew my attention to an historical essay about a plan to bring hippos to the U.S. primarily for eating. Unfortunately, that plan never came to fruition. Hippos are one of the fatter animals left, endangered because their meat is so prized, and I wonder why we don’t just farm them. In any […]

Dear Lyle McDonald,

I read your Open Apology to the Internet yesterday. You are courageous to talk about it, and my heart goes out to you. Although I don’t know exactly what trouble you’ve gotten yourself into, I know the pain of Bipolar II, because I have it. Or I had it. Words get a bit tricky, and […]

Experiences of a five-year carnivore: Part II

Part II: Eating, then and now When I first was thinking about trying an all-meat diet (Part I), I worried about things like boredom, and missing favourite plants. In practice this hasn’t been a problem, because… …my concept of what constitutes food has changed. You may have have experienced this if you don’t normally eat […]