Fitness Articles of the Week #56 – Bulking Do’s and Don’ts, Natural Pesticides, and Squatting to Poop

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

Warning: Do This & You WILL Get Fat

If you’re thinking about bulking and you’ve never done it before, I would highly suggest that you read this article. I’m victim of using the old school advice of eating tons of food to bulk, then trying to cut the weight to end up being the same size. I’m not actually the same size as before, but I’m not far off. If I had the chance to do it again, I would have taken it much more slowly.

How To Make Natural Garden Pesticides

I’ve been gardening for three years now and I’ve never used any types of pesticides. I don’t know if I had infestations of any kind, but I’m still too inexperienced to know. Maybe I’m just lucky. Either way, I’m using organic or all-natural pesticides this year to be safe.

The Myth of Sustainable Meat

I’m a big fan of Dave Asprey and the biohacking work that he does, but one of things he always mentions when someone asks him how to incorporate his “Bulletproof” diet into a vegan lifestyle, he provides a useless answer such as “Behind every vegan hot dog are dozens of fuzzy mice, cute bunnies, turtles, snakes, and bugs that were mowed down by tractors and farm equipment.” But that answer is nothing but an excuse to continue eating meat. I truly believe that his diet most likely excels any other diet around, but it’s selfish because it concerns only the person eating. This article from the New York Times explains exactly why his diet is not the answer.

Why You Should Squat To Poop

Ben Greenfield pooped out 8 pounds of waste while using the Squatty Potty. Crazy! It makes total sense after seeing the diagram on the page. I kinda want one of these now. The basic model is $29.95, the white wooden one costs $59.95 and the bamboo version is $79.95. I wish I could afford the bamboo version. Maybe I should try building my own ๐Ÿ˜€

Stovetop Popcorn: Best Snack Ever

I posted a tip a couple of weeks ago on how to easily pop popcorn in paper bags, which is a great method because it’s so simple and super quick (about 1:30 minutes for 1/4 cup of kernels), but this stovetop method is great if you want a little more flavor. I made a batch of popcorn immediately after reading the article. The directions here didn’t say how hot to set the burner, but I put it on medium. It took about 3-4 minutes before the pot was hot enough to pop the kernels, then about another 3-4 minutes for it to finish popping. When it was done, I sprinkled some sea salt on top, shook it up and poured it into a bowl. Tastes great!

Easy fast awesome non-dairy healthy raw food CRACKERS and CHEESE – YouTube

Markus obviously has the raw food thing down, because he barely even has to think about the foods he’s making. Here’s another recipe that makes me wish I had a Vitamix. I also wish that I would have held out to buy a nicer dehydrator. Mine will do though.

How to Grow Your Own Salad in a Box

I would love to eat a freshly picked salad every night. I didn’t realize that the veggies she mentions in the video grow back so quickly. I definitely need to get some seeds for these. For your cool weather box, grow radicchio, red mustard, and chicory. For a warm weather box, grow red or oak leaf lettuce, rocket arugula, and mizuna.

Top 50 Old School Hip Hop Workout Songs

This would make a great playlist for the gym. I’m going to try to build this into a playlist on my Spotify account.

Vegetarian Foods That Boost Your Brainpower

It doesn’t matter if you’re vegan, vegetarian or an omnivore, you can eat these foods to provide a mental boost during the day.

How To Do Pull Ups โ€“ Even If You Canโ€™t Do A Single Rep

Here are two great ways you can build up your strength to do unassisted pull-ups. I actually had a recent comment on one of my posts from someone asking about an alternative to pull-ups because of a shoulder injury and I recommended the resistance band method mentioned here.

Top 10 Weight Training Exercises For Building Muscle

I think this article pretty much sums up everything you really need to know. These are absolutely the best exercises you can do to build muscle. I wish I had the equipment to do the farmers walk or the sled drag exercises.

Coach Mike Burgener Teaches the Snatch – YouTube

A fantastic training video on learning how to do the snatch exercise. Do these warm-ups everyday and I’m sure you’ll have great form.

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