Whole Foods Listens

A friend who is also on a high-fat diet, lamented one day how our local Whole Foods lacked a full-fat, grass-fed, yogurt. In a brilliant move, which at the time I considered naive, she wrote them to ask if they would please carry some. Ten days later, it was on the shelf. I wondered if … Continued

Fat-based Diet — A Menu

The biggest mistake people make when trying paleo or some variant is that they increase their fat intake too little. They cut back on carbs but instead of eating more fat they eat protein excessively. Having been steeped in a low-fat, lipid-fearing paradigm, many of us since birth, it takes a deliberate effort to learn … Continued

Eggs & MCT

Soft-boiled eggs and MCT. This simple pairing has become one of my favorite quick meals and for those in the health-optimizing, paleo, biohacker communities, it should serve you well. Here’s why: Soft-boiled — Probably the simplest and purest way to cook eggs is by soft-boiling them. The egg cooks right inside the shell, eliminating the need for … Continued

The Gratitude Experiment

Update: About two weeks into this, I was stopped in my tracks with the sudden realization that I’d lately been happier (more content, peaceful, fulfilled, etc.) than usual. More significantly, I realized that I’d been so for days. Unlike my typical experience of reality (general dissatisfaction punctuated by momentary highs), it seemed that my happiness … Continued

Foreign Language Immersion

The great thing about learning a foreign language while abroad is the opportunity for immersion. But such opportunities are disappearing fast. Everyone seems to speak some amount of English now, meaning an English speaker rarely has to use a foreign language to communicate. Locals, when confronted with such a horrendous rendition of their own language, … Continued

Heating with Wood

In a world where so many products amount to little more than fads and distractions, one cutting edge piece of technology has lately won me over: the modern wood stove.* With it, I plan to heat my home this winter entirely with wood. Free wood. I came by this plan while browsing tax credits for … Continued

Diagnostic Paleo

A friend went on the paleo diet and lost 30 lbs. He got down to his target weight and felt better than he’d felt in a long time. Despite these positive results neither he nor I, as his coach, were satisfied with his body composition. He was still a bit pear-shaped and hadn’t gotten as … Continued

Consciousness Is a Room

I recently came to terms with the fact that I was unhappy and had been for days. Ignoring it was becoming too difficult and I was tired of feeling this way. I thought, “This is no way to live! What am I doing wrong?” Next morning I broke from the past week’s routine. Where I … Continued

Practical Action Adventure

Soon I’ll have completed courses in motorcycle riding and professional driving. I’ve considered these courses for years but always ended up dismissing them as frivolous. Surely such unproductive and expensive forms of entertainment are a sign of priorities out of order. But lately I’ve come to view these activities as entirely practical. I’ve been to … Continued

Writing and Speaking

I’m pretty good at public speaking, even extemporaneously. If we were at some event and the speaker was a no-show you could ask me to speak instead, and by the time I’d gone from my seat to the stage I’d have figured out something to say. I’ve gotten good at filling time with words. In … Continued

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 often-revised, researched, but still-speculative take … Continued

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 both of us are in … Continued

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 in the middle: real universal … Continued

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. It’s a rare example of … Continued

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 trying to eat it, charred … Continued

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 between 60 to 90 bpm. … Continued

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 that so interesting, why not … Continued

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 remission. Now that the most … Continued

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

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 here. She tells me that … Continued