Why Homeschool

The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.

–H.L. Mencken

My wife and I have an ongoing debate about [click to continue…]

Pills: trick or treat?

We just celebrated Halloween recently by taking the toddler to an annual trick-or-treat event at a local mall. There were a few costumes that proved to be quite frightening for our 2-year old. Upon noticing them, she immediately asked for “appu-appu” which, in toddler-speak translates to, “If you would be so kind, please pick me up and carry me so I may feel safe and secure.”

So what scares you?

I know of a single word that can illicit fear in many: Cholesterol.

Somehow we have been conditioned to fear it, to hate it, to demonize it. It’s as if there were a multi-million dollar PR campaign trying to stamp it out (which isn’t far from the truth). [click to continue…]

Why I Don't Vote

My public school education programmed me to be a good citizen and vote. I’ve been subjected to public service announcements informing me that my vote counts. And every election season, politicians on both sides of the political spectrum encourage me to cast my ballot through their get-out-the-vote drives.

So I did. I’ve voted for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. “My guy” won sometimes, lost sometimes. And guess what? Things never got any better no matter who was elected.

But that’s not why I decided to stop voting.*
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6 responses · 8/11/12

Paleo re-evolution

In the last episode about Paleolithic Nutrition, I mentioned Wifey and I were in the midst of a 50-day Paleo Challenge sponsored by our CrossFit gym. What follows is my experience with the Challenge including my expectations, results, and tips for those looking to do a Paleo Chellenge of their own. [click to continue…]

5 responses · 4/16/12

Plate of deliciousness

Consider that every single one of the trillions of cells in your body were built using the foods you ate, and it’s easy to see that diet is perhaps the biggest lifestyle factor that affects health.

Paleolithic nutrition is slowly starting to gain some traction thanks to organizations like CrossFit. Also known as the Paleolithic diet, caveman diet, stone age diet, or simply “eating clean”, it can be summed up as the optimal human diet for lasting health. [click to continue…]

1 response · 3/25/12

The truth about grains

I’ve been duped. We all have.

For me, it started innocently in a college food science course in 1995. At the time we still had the first iteration of the food pyramid guide recommended by the USDA. We were essentially taught that this food pyramid was the pinnacle of nutrition; where breads and cereal grains were supposed to constitute nearly half of your caloric intake. The term “healthy whole grains” was barely starting to catch on.

Fast forward to 2011 when, for the first time since that college course, I started researching nutrition and came across Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.

Imagine the oh-no-they-di’int look on my face when I found out my food science course was anything but science [click to continue…]

4 responses · 1/16/12

CrossFit TrainingJust a few weeks ago, my wife and I started working out at a local CrossFit training center. So far it has been quite an experience. My body aches in places that I didn’t know could ache. Not having worked out with such intensity since high school football, the day after every workout feels as if I had been hit by a truck towing a bus full of Biggest Loser contestants.

I actually don’t mind the post-training muscle soreness. When I used to complain about muscle aches as a child, my dad’s sympathetic response was always, “Good. Come strong.” [click to continue…]

Money LessonsWhen I was a young tyke of 9 years, I went to see a movie with my family. Against my mother’s advice, I took along with me my brown paper sack full of my prized possessions including a few marbles, a plastic whistle, a metal whistle, some napkins and straws (if I ever found myself in the crossfire of a spitball fight), and $12 cash. I tucked the bag safely under my seat before gorging on my Junior Mints.

Afterward, on the ride home I realized the inevitable — I literally lost my marbles! I panicked and pleaded to go back. But since we were already close to home, Mom said something along the lines of, “Nope, I told you not to bring it. You’re a cotton-headed ninnymuggins.” [click to continue…]

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