The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #125 – Homemade Probiotic Pickles, Lower Body Dysfunction, and the Return of the Food Replacement Drink Soylent


Naturally Fermented Dill Pickles

Michelle has been craving pickles like crazy now that she’s pregnant, but I don’t want her eating the crappy preservative-packed pickles from Target, so I’m trying to find healthier alternatives. I bought Bubbies, but she doesn’t like the taste of those, so I’m thinking that I might just have to make my own. It looks really easy and only takes 3-10 days, so it might actually be something worth trying.

The Deficit Deadlift: A Strength Exercise You Can Do Without

Holy crap I couldn’t imagine trying to do a deadlift from a six inch deficit. My back hurts just thinking about the injury that would come from that. Good tips here for anyone crazy enough to try it though.

Shoes, Sitting, and Lower Body Dysfunctions

Many people don’t realize how things like restriction and loss of mobility can seriously effect other parts of the body. Elevated heels can cause tight calves and shoe padding can result in decreased stability and cause muscles to become inactive. Sitting can also cause the glutes to become weak and inactive. This article brings up another great point as well – what are we doing to our kid’s health by making them sit for 7-8+ hours per day. Are any schools using standing desks yet?

The effects of pre versus post workout supplementation of creatine monohydrate on body composition and strength

It seems that taking creatine post-workout is better than pre-workout but I wonder what the benefits might be to take it both before and after working out.

One Conditioning Exercise Everyone Should Do

I can totally relate to the part of this article talking about old hardgainer advice of working out only 3 days per week and being lazy the rest and then having unfit friends question your fitness levels during a friendly game of football in the parking lot. I played in a field though. This actually happened to me and that’s when I realized that I needed some conditioning work included in my own personal program.

Holy Grail Hummus at Home

This is a recipe from one of my coworkers. She says this is an awesome recipe, so I’ll take her word for it. I wasn’t happy with the outcome of my last hummus-making experience, so I can’t wait to try this one.

A Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting

I’ve played around with intermittent fasting before and I really liked it. I can’t remember why I stopped. I should try it out again. Just like this article says, I got very hungry in the mornings until my body adjusted, but I found that coffee with MCT oil blended in really helped.

25 Healthy Alternatives to Toxic Cosmetics

I highly recommend reading this post and the one that Mark Sisson linked to in the first paragraph on 5 cosmetic ingredients to avoid. I been very careful about buying safe foods to eat, but I haven’t been too cautious about the cosmetic products I use. I just recently started learning about the dangers of the chemicals in things like body wash and lotion and how the skin absorbs it and directs it into the bloodstream, so this one came at good timing.

Dear Mark: Cable Machine Weights, Plaque Regression, Lab Grown Meat, and Swiss Ball Chairs

I’ve always wondered about the health benefits when comparing the differences between standing standing at a desk or sitting on a Swiss ball. Seems to me like sitting on a Swiss ball for long periods of time is just as bad as sitting on any other chair, but there is a benefit of activating muscles on the ball that aren’t always used.

Soylent: What Happened When I Stopped Eating For 2 Weeks

This detailed experience of a journalist consuming nothing but a meal replacement drink for two weeks was absolutely amazing to read. I wrote about soylent earlier this year when the creator wrote a blog post about it. It sounded too crazy to be real, but it turns out it’s true. This is something that I would love to see succeed – not as a meal replacement for normal people, but for people who struggle to get enough food to survive.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #124 – The Dangers of Nail Polish, Common Squat Dilemmas, and Training Aids To Keep You Safe When Training Alone


Facts about lipstick ingredients

I’ve been looking for a place to write where I could get paid for it and I found Helium so I gave them a try. They provide a whole list of topics that they’d like people to write about and when I saw a request for an article on the facts about lipstick, I thought that would be really interesting. I’ve been reading The Better Baby Book, which goes a little bit into to the toxins that are commonly found in cosmetics and why pregnant women shouldn’t use them, so I already had an idea of some of things I could talk about in this article. Check it out!

7 Squat Dilemmas Solved

There are things we can do to prevent injury but you shouldn’t feel forced into a position that doesn’t work for your body. A lot of advice on the Internet or in magazines will tell you that you absolutely need to do an exercise in a certain way, and for some people that just isn’t going to work. I’m actually trying to rehab my knee from PFPS, which was discussed in this article. I’ve always forced my knees out, but I believe my injury is from wide stance, which is something I read that I should be doing, even though it didn’t feel right to me. But I kept doing it and now I’m regretting it.

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili Recipe

This is awesome recipe for red chile, but I made some modifications. Instead of canned beans, I cooked my own beans several days before because I prefer to soak my beans for 24 hours and then cook for 2 hours to remove lectins and all that good stuff. I used only pinto beans, instead three different beans, mainly because I didn’t feel like soaking more beans. I also don’t have a dutch oven, so I just made this all in a big pot. I simmered the veggies for 20 minutes and then added the beans and simmered for another 35 minutes. Last minute, we decided that we really wanted something to eat with it and I found this recipe for College Kid’s Microwave Cornbread, which took about 5 minutes total to make. It really turned out to be a super delicious meal.

The Better Bean Company

I eat a lot of beans, and I prefer to make my own so that I can soak them to remove lectins, but that takes at the minimum 24 hours to soak and two or more to cook. I usually either have beans that have been recently prepared or some extra that are frozen, but I don’t always have a specific type of bean ready so I cheat and go to the store to get canned beans. With these guys around, it looks like I don’t have to feel so bad about buying already-prepared beans anymore. Check out their ingredients! Good stuff.

Top training aids that keep you trackable & safe when alone on a ride or run

Having some sort of identification bracelet and/or a way to contact someone in case of emergency while out running, cycling, hiking or whatever it is you’re doing is super important. I hear so many stories these days of people disappearing while out alone hiking or running and they aren’t wearing a GPS tracker to help anyone find them. Most are not abductions or anything like that, but instead people suffering from heart failure or other serious injuries. Sometimes bodies can’t be found for weeks or even months. I don’t travel to the mountains by myself so I don’t have to worry about that, but if I go out for a long bike ride, I always have my phone or quarters for a pay phone and I make sure that someone always knows where I’m headed.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #123 – Supplements for Vegan Endurance Athletes, Paleo Hummus, and Using Marijuana to Stop Seizures


Endurance Add-On For Vegan/Vegetarian Endurance Athletes

A short list of supplements that vegan/vegetarian athletes should be taking. The photo at the top of this post are not part of this list. Those are just some of the supplements I take when doing heavy weight training programs. 😉

Recipe: Paleo Hummus

I was just talking with coworkers about this last week and then Chris Kresser posts a recipe. Awesome!

Marijuana stops child’s severe seizures –

What an amazing discovery. It’s so sad that this little girl was suffering from so many non-stop seizures that it was damaging her brain and beating up her body. Who would have ever guessed that she could be treated by low THC, high CBD marijuana? It’s great that she’s finally living the life that a child should be able to live.

Remember To Hydrate With Tim Ferriss

This is a quick read featuring some of Tim Ferriss’s favorite drinks. I’ve never tried Cold Mugicha Barley Tea or Acai. Cold Mugicha tea sounds pretty cool, since it can decrease body temperature.

No, doctors did not “inject HIV into a dying girl” to treat her cancer

This one has been spreading across social media recently and it really is an amazing story. A lot of the headlines claim that this young girl was injected with the deadly HIV disease, which is not true and is sensationalist journalism at it’s worst. It’s actually a virus derived from HIV, and is so genetically altered that people question whether it should even be called HIV. Still, this is really an amazing feat for the cancer research and treatment industry.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #122 – Why Sugar From Fruit Is Good For You, Construction The Right Training Program For You,

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

Making the Case for Eating Fruit –

I’ve been seeing a lot of articles lately claiming that too much fruit is bad because of its sugar content but nothing that I’ve read has been convincing enough in my eyes. I pretty much agree with what this article says. Sugar in fruits are much different than processed sugars, especially in how they work in the body.

10 Benefits of Essential Oils

I don’t know much at all about essential oils, but I hear about their benefits all the time. I’d really like to start using them more often. I actually bought some tea tree oil for some mold I found under one of my dumbbells in the basement. I’ve been too lazy to use it though. I really need to get on that.

Gil Hedley: Fascia and stretching: The Fuzz Speech – YouTube

You’ve gotta move around and stretch to break apart the “fuzz.” 😉 Warning: Don’t watch this video while eating.

The Feet of People Who Never Wear Shoes

Very interesting studies! And from this post I’ve also discovered a new product that I want – a cobblestone mat. I’ll probably never get one though, because $50-60 is a little too much for something like that. I just need to do more barefoot walking.

Fitness is Not Religion or Politics, and there are Many Ways to Construct a Good Training Program

Bret Contreras makes many great points in this article – you need to eat right, train consistently and you should to exercises that you enjoy. He also included a ton of exercise variations that you can use in place of an exercise that you don’t like.

The 21 Best Kitchen Tools, Grocery Shopping Guides, Cookbooks, Websites and Local Resources To Fuel Your Active Lifestyle

I’m quite familiar with most of things listed in this post although I did learn some new stuff. The Nourishing Traditions cookbook and the Eating On The Wild both sound really interesting. I also think I should start buying things directly from Nutiva and I think I need to set up an Amazon Prime account.