The Whiton Protocol

The Whiton Protocol

A Dietary Protocol for Optimal Health, Body Composition, Longevity, and Satiety (v 1.3).[1] I’ve given in to suggestions that I name the dietary protocol I follow, so it will be easier to discuss and compare. I’ve given it the uninspiring name The Whiton Protocol because it really is just my […]

The Order

The Order

If I’m honest with myself about whose life really resonates with me, it’s Gandalf. For a long time this bothered me. I was worried you couldn’t like a wizard without wearing black all the time and playing D&D or LARPing. Instead I wanted to identify with Aragorn, seeing as how […]

Truth Proximity

Truth Proximity

A friend told me yesterday that she had reformulated her conception of truth. Previously she had thought that you either believed in universal objective truths that are plain for all to see, or had to take the other extreme as a total relativist. Now she thought the truth was somewhere […]

Dictionary

Dictionary

Most new technologies bore me. New ways to listen to music, shop, or access the news… I just can’t seem to care. But some technologies manage to amaze me again and again. Technologies that work well and repeatedly exceed my expectations. The Dictionary that comes with Apple computers is one. […]

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

It seems easier sometimes to find nourishing whole foods in foreign lands than in America. Like these fish: My first day in town I ate the one that looked prototypically fishlike. Besides costing less it was also less intimidating than the ugly, whiskered one. The woman laughed as I began […]

Heart Rhythm: Meditating vs. Writing

Heart Rhythm: Meditating vs. Writing

This is a graph of my heart rate while meditating over the course of about 90 seconds. During this time I feel a sense of well-being, calm, and peace. What’s curious is that during this time my heart rate is not constant, as might be expected but oscillating from somewhere […]

Why don’t I go back to school?

Why don’t I go back to school?

Today someone suggested, half joking, that if I’m so interested in health and nutrition perhaps I should go back to school for it. Someone said the same thing when I was immersing myself in gardening and agricultural reform. And about business before that, and philosophy, and psychology… “If you find […]

Autophagy

Autophagy

So I’ve spent the past four months putting a paleo diet firmly in place as the foundation of my health. I’m very happy with the results: my body composition is the best it’s ever been, I feel great, I really enjoy the food, and my junk food addiction is in […]

Story Slam

Story Slam

Before the other night I’d never been to, or wanted to go to, a story-slam. Regardless, I went to one while visiting Boston, and actually won. Thanks to Katherine and Jonathan for helping induce the herd mentality that landed us all on stage.

The Unconscious at Work

The Unconscious at Work

People often ask me why I say the unconscious is intelligent and autonomous. Here’s an example. The other day my girlfriend, who will arrive later that day after a long road trip, calls to say hello. She tells me how the trip is going and when she thinks she’ll get […]