Year-end progress report

I thought it'd be worthwhile to take a photo from December 2012 and put it side-by-side with a photo taken this month (December 2013). If you'll remember from a previous post, I am a raw foodist. I was also slowed down for a couple of months by an ankle fracture which required two surgical interventions. [...]

Body image, public perception and the media

Just wanted to publish here a post I wrote on Facebook this morning about body image and the recent controversy surrounding its representation in the media: Something I don't get: people are making such a big deal in recent times about being thin and how the fashion magazines are promoting it. They're making it into [...]

Suits and correct posture

When we wear suits, even without realizing it, our body adjusts its posture to fit the clothes better. Depending on their cut, they may pull on our shoulders or the back of our neck, even imperceptibly, distorting our posture over the course of our day. Even more so, sleeves and shoulders may also not allow [...]

The importance of walking barefoot

All of us have probably heard at one point or another that it's good for us to walk barefoot once in a while, either on grass or on the beach. It's the sort of information that we file away and don't remember to do all that often, until we find out why it's important. In [...]

15 things about the tongue

A few tidbits: The blue whale has the largest tongue in the animal kingdom. It's the size of an elephant and weighs 5,400 lbs. The five known tastes detected by the tongue are: bitter, sour, salty, sweet and umami. Tongue cleaning with a tongue scraper is proven to help prevent heart attacks, pneumonia, premature births, [...]

Don’t play with Tussionex

Late last night, I kept coughing due to a passing cold. After taking several doses of other cough syrups during the evening, which had obviously not done their job, I decided to take some Tussionex -- my ultimate weapon against coughing. I try to use it only when I absolutely need it, because it's fairly [...]

This is how you can look at 72

Meet Jim Morris, a 72-year old California man, who has been working out every day for most of his life and has won many bodybuilding competitions. He does it because he loves it. There's a video of him working out on YouTube, originally broadcast one one of the local TV stations where he lives. The [...]

Starting a vegan diet

First, if you are indeed motivated to go vegan, I want to congratulate you, and to let you know that the advantages are incredible. But... going on a vegan diet could be a very drastic step for anybody, especially if they're eating the usual American fare: red meat, fries, cola and coffee. You will experience [...]

Finding the right resolve for exercise

Exercise today is in bad shape. This is not because people are exercising too little, or because the general public's perception of exercise is disdainful. We are being inundated with reasons to exercise these days. Virtually all magazines are full of large-type promises: a leaner waist, tighter abs, bigger arms, etc. The list goes on [...]