The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #169

It’s been a while since I’ve published one of these “weekly” updates. I was pretty good about doing these every single week for several years but after my daughter was born, life became too busy. I want to try to do more of these updates again, but I won’t be doing them weekly. I just don’t have time. But hopefully you find them useful on the occasions when I do publish them. 😀


The Ultimate Guide to Intermittent Fasting

After a video featuring Terry Crews talking about the benefits of intermittent fasting has gone viral, there has been a massive increase of interest in the topic.

This article from JenReviews.com provides a ton of great information about the benefits of intermittent fasting, suggested meals, the different types of fasts that you can try, how to plan an intermittent fast into your schedule (using Martin Berkhan’s protocol, oh yeah!), and some of the challenges you can expect along the way. It’s a very thorough and helpful article for anyone interested in intermittent fasting.



Microwave Paleo Bread

This is so easy! It only requires a few basic ingredients too; 1/2 cup almond flour, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Mix it all up in a mug and microwave for 90 seconds. Quick hamburger buns! 😉



LifePaint from Volvo

You spray this paint on your bike, clothes, helmet or anything else. It becomes reflective at night, but completely invisible during the day. This is so cool! Riding in the dark is scary but this should make you feel a little safer, especially when riding on the road.



Sleep With Me Podcast

As we all know, getting enough sleep is one of the most important and beneficial things you can do for your health. If you have trouble getting to sleep at night, check out this podcast. The host of the show speaks slow and softly and tells a “boring bedtime story” designed to help you fall asleep within an hour. Most listeners say they never make it to the end before falling asleep. I’m one of those people who fall asleep within 5 minutes of laying down, so there’s no reason for me to listen, but I’m sure some of you out there might find this useful.



Do Bay Leaves Even Do Anything?

This is an ingredient that you’ll find in a lot of recipes in your journey of eating healthy. I’ve cooked for most of my life because my family is full of great cooks, and even one former professional chef. So I’m very familiar with bay leaves and how they work. For me, there is a definite difference in foods like soup or beans when using bay leaves. But if you don’t have a lot of experience with bay leaves or cooking in general, you’re probably a lot like the author of this article who tested various forms of bay leaves in cooked rice.

The Soft Digits 46 in 1 GoPro Accessories Kit

I got this Go Pro Accessories kit for free for this review. I actually reached out to them myself because it was a product that I was interested in. They agreed to send me the kit, so I’m very thankful to them for that

Watch my video review or scroll down if you like to read 😉

This kit is $20.99 on Amazon, which is extremely affordable if you’ve ever looked at the cost of official GoPro accessories. For example, the official chest mount itself costs $40, and that’s why I wanted to try the Soft Digit kit out.

They call this a 46 in 1 kit, which is technically true, but in full transparency, the 46 parts consist of about 9 actual mounts and the rest of the parts are small accessories like extensions, screws, anti-condensation pads, and several 3M stickies.

There’s a lot of stuff in here, so let’s take a look at each piece.

Chest Mount

The chest mount fits on like a pair of suspenders. It’s very adjustable and fits comfortably. There are two drawbacks that I’ve found with this one.

The first drawback is that the straps are not very breathable. I’ve worn the chest mount on several 17-mile bike rides and the straps get very warm. It’s not that big of a deal, but it might bother some people.

The second drawback is that my kit was missing an attachment that allows the camera to adjust freely on the chest strap. The one attachment that fit forced the camera to only point downwards. I worked around the limitation by combining several of the other extensions that came with the kit, which worked fine, but wasn’t optimal.

Head Harness

The head harness fits nice and snug. There are adjustments to make fit your head either vertically or horizontally. The front of the strap has rubber grips embedded into the stretchy material to prevent it from slipping off of your head/hat/helmet, etc.

Bicycle Mount

The best thing about the bicycle mount is that it’s so easy to install. One screw slides off the side so that you can easily clamp it on or off.

I did not have good luck with this mount. I couldn’t get the mount tight enough to prevent the camera from dropping downwards while I was riding. I got the mount so tight that I think it weakened the plastic because they mount snapped off while I was riding.

The camera hit the ground and ended up in the weeds.

This is a clear indication that the plastic these accessories are made out of are not durable enough for heavy use, which unfortunately is what the GoPro is designed for in most cases.

Wrist Strap Mount

The wrist strap mount is designed to fit most wrist sizes. It also has a velcro strap to really secure it onto your arm. It’s comfortable and feels good.

The wrist strap has a rotating mount so that you can easily turn the camera in whichever direction you prefer. There is also a lock on the mount so that you can lock the camera into place so that it won’t rotate.

I read a review from someone saying that they took the wrist mount out water skiing and the mount broke as soon as they hit the water. The mount popped right out of the wrist strap and they lost their camera in the water. Nothing like that happened to me, but I can totally see how that could happen with this mount.

I bring this up only to get the point across that I wouldn’t use these accessories for extreme sports.

Car Mount

The car mount sticks to your car windshield or any other glass-like material. It has two adjustment knobs so that you adjust the camera either vertically or horizontally.

The biggest drawback to this one is that in can only point forward. You can tilt it left or right, which I think is mostly useless. You can’t rotate it left or right. You probably wouldn’t need to rotate the camera anyway, but something worth mentioning.

My only recommendation for this one is that you should make sure it’s really tight, otherwise the camera will slowly drop like it did while riding my bike. The constant bumps of the road cause this to happen.

The Selfie Stick

The selfie stick extends to about three feet, which is typical for selfie sticks and is all you should need. You can adjust the camera to point in any direction and there’s also a knob so that you can adjust the camera vertically.

A very cool feature of the selfie stick is that it has a screw hole on the bottom, allowing you to mount it directly on top of a tripod without having to remove the camera. It’s too top-heavy to mount it onto the included tripod, though.

Tripod

This tripod is just like the Gorilla Pod’s you might have seen in stores. I actually own a Gorilla Pod and the one included in this accessories kit doesn’t compare. It’s just not very high quality. It’s decent, though. I’ve used the GoPro on it and it works fine. The legs have rubber tips to keep it from slipping and the legs are also covered in rubber to make it nice and sticky.

I’ve used this tripod hanging from a tree branch, hanging off the edge of my desk, and simply on the ground as a normal tripod. It works very well in all cases.

When I first took this out, one of the legs popped off. It snapped right back into place, but it leads me to believe that the ball connections aren’t super-snug. I haven’t had a problem since, though.

A cool feature of the tripod is that it has a screw mount, which means you can also use it with small pocket cameras if you want.

Clip Mount

I couldn’t think of a lot of ways to use this one, but I tried it out on my skateboard and it worked nicely. I could also be useful on things like the visor in your car or on your laptop lid – anything thin really.

This clip has a very strong spring in it and works great.

The Floating Attachment

The floating attachment is neat because you can use it to record underwater without having to hold it. You can simply drop it in the water and the camera will float under the water near the top of the surface.

This would be mostly useful in a swimming pool I think, or maybe on vacation in a nice clear blue ocean.

Another good reason to use this attachment would be in a case where you’re worried you might drop your camera in any body of water because it would float right to the top of the water, rather than sinking.

The Accessories

The rest of the kit contains a bunch of small accessories. There are several anti-condensation stickers, which I assume go inside of your GoPro case. There’s also a nice lens cloth, some stick pads, a floating sponge, and a bunch of extensions and screws.

The Case

The carrying case is handy, but the compartments inside are pretty useless. The foam that makes up each compartment is very flimsy and slips right out of the case. The case itself though is a nice place to just keep everything.

Final Thoughts

The accessories and mounts in this kit are not made from highly durable plastic, which is why I would not recommend using these mounts in cases where your camera will be in extreme conditions unless you don’t mind a risk of losing a $400 GoPro in the water.

If you use your GoPro camera in casual situations, for example, to record yourself doing something with your hands, playing with the kids, or other activities not too stressful on the plastic, I would absolutely recommend this kit.

For $22, you get quite a lot of stuff. I’m disappointed that it’s not as high quality as I had hoped, but I know I can get a lot of use out of it still. For example, the head strap would be great to make videos in the kitchen or working on the car, the chest strap works great when riding my bike and would probably be fine to use in a 5k or even a mud run, and the selfie stick and tripod would be useful in many situations.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Water Flossing – And a Water Flosser Review!

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I received a water flosser at a discounted price in exchange for writing an honest review. I did some research to learn about the benefits of water flossing and wanted to share that with you.

Check out the video below to learn about the 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about water flossing and then check out my review of the Sterline Water Flosser. You can ” target=”_blank”>get the Sterline Water Flosser for $40.99.

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The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #168 – Easy Homemade Mayo, Preventing Side Stitches, and Home Pesticides Causing Cancer

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This week’s update includes:

  • Easy homemade mayonnaise in less than 2 minutes
  • 25 healthy sweet potato recipes
  • How to prevent side stitches
  • Why running injuries increase in the fall
  • 3 Exercises you should never do
  • Home pesticides can cause cancer

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The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #167 – DIY Sports Drinks Recipes, Grilled Smoked Tea Steaks, and Weight-Lifting Advice to Increase Strength and Power

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This week’s update includes:

  • 5 DIY Sports Drinks to Help Keep You Hydrated
  • Sergey Brin’s Search for a Parkinson’s Cure
  • The 10 Realities of Dating A Bodybuilder
  • Grilled Smoked Tea Rib-Eye Steaks
  • The Forgotten Piece of Weight-Lifting Advice That Will Make You Stronger
  • Joe Manganiello’s “Magic” Conditioning Routines
  • Current school start times damaging learning and health of students

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The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #166 – Marijuana For Fitness, Why You Should Drink 5 Cups of Coffee Per Day, and The Massive Benefits of the Hollow-Body Hold Exercise

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I hope those of you in the U.S. and Canada had a great Labor Day weekend. I sure did! We had a lot of BBQ and spent time with the family. It’s always hard to jump back into work after getting a break, even if it’s only one extra day than normal.

We’ve got a lot of great stuff to talk about this week!

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The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #165 – Signs of Folate Deficiency, Living a Frugal Life, and Dirty Marketing Tricks of the Fitness Industry

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Are you getting enough folate? If you eat as many avocados as I do, then you probably do 😉

This weeks update includes:

  • Information about folate deficiency
  • How to live a more frugal life (with my own health and fitness tips added)
  • Why the mainstream medical community no longer thinks cholesterol is bad
  • How physical fitness helps older people maintain healthy brain function
  • A fitness insider discussing the dirty marketing tricks of the industry

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The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #164 – Workaholics Need Breaks For Their Health, Holocaust Survivors Passed Trauma To Their Children’s Genes, and a Book That Makes Kids Fall Asleep

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It’s a been a rough past few weeks. My wife tore her meniscus at the Rugged Maniac in Denver three weeks ago and she just had surgery on her knee to repair it last Monday, which means I have to work from home to help my wife and care for our daughter as much as I can throughout the day, while still getting my 8 hours of work in for the day. It’s exhausting!

But, I still managed to read some great articles.

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