The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #158 – Quick Paleo Meals, Frozen Portable Shower, and How Caffeine Might Be Killing Your Success

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Quick Paleo Meals

I’m always looking for quick and easy paleo dinners for nights when I just don’t feel like spending the night cooking and I recently came across this post. There are a lot of great looking recipes in this list. They started the post off strong with two of my own favorites; steak & eggs and chicken fajitas.



Bicycle Flat Tire Permanent Repair: How to Fix Flat Tire

This device isn’t out yet, but it looks pretty damn awesome. My coworker sent this to me after overhearing me talking about all the flats I’ve been getting when riding into work. I’ve had at least 6 flats in the last two weeks. On the plus side, I’m getting pretty quick at patching them!



The Paleo problem: Examining the pros and cons of the Paleo Diet

Here’s 4000 words of research about the paleo diet, the good and the bad. Mostly the bad. This document dispels some of the most common arguments that paleo advocates make for the diet. This guide talks about what the paleo diet is, the evidence that shows that some foods that are considered off-limits in the paleo diet are actually good, and quite a bit more. Set aside some time to read through this.



Frozen Portable Shower

I can’t remember if I’ve posted this before, but I came across it again and wanted to share it. This is useful if you play outdoor sports with friends. All you do is get a little plastic container, put some shower gel in the bottom, pour water on top and freeze it. Put it in a cooler and when you’re done playing, use the shower gel side to soap up and the other side to rinse off. Neat!



Mount Evans Chill Climb

This cycling crew took Denver’s B-Cycle bikes (heavy, single speed cruiser bikes) up to Mt. Evans, which is North America’s Highest Auto Road. It started as a joke and they all knew it was a terrible idea, but they did it! Check out all the great pics and the video.



How Resistant Starch Will Help to Make You Healthier and Thinner

Resistant starch seems to be a great way to feed beneficial gut bacteria. It can improve insulin sensitivity, decrease inflammation in the gut, and it might even help you lose weight. The benefits are expected when consuming about 15 to 30 grams daily, but you’ll need to take it slow while your gut adjusts. It’s not something I’ve tested on myself yet, but I plan to. I’ll probably start by adding potato starch to my smoothies. There’s a great PDF here with a chart listing foods that contain resistant starch, including the amount of resistant starch per 100 grams of food.



7 Surprising Reasons Why Your Microwave is Your Paleo BFF

Are you scared to use your microwave? According to scientific research you shouldn’t be, but I have to admit that I’ve questioned the safety of the microwave over long-term. I still use it though 😉



7 Things Everyone Should Know About Low-Carb Diets

The low-carb, ketogenic diet philosophy has grown popular lately and just like with any diet, some fans in these circles have let dogma take over their line of thinking. Chris Kresser does an awesome job discussing the common misconceptions about low-carb diets. And as always on Chris’s posts, there’s a great discussion happening in the comments section.



Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success

This is why I limit myself to only 1 cup per day. I mean that literally. I sometimes even drink as little as a 1/2 cup measurement. I often hear people say they drink only one or two cups per day, but they actually mean a large glass mug, a tall travel mug, or a tall paper cup from Starbucks. According to this research, there are quite a lot of bad things that coffee can cause. I wonder if there’s any difference in the type of coffee, such as something really high quality like Bulletproof Coffee.



Skin ‘sees’ the light to protect against sunshine

Shawn Stevenson from the “The Model Health Show” podcast was a guest on Pat Flynn’s marketing podcast recently and he was discussing sleep hacks. He mentioned that while using a sleep mask is a good thing, it’s best to sleep in complete darkness because the skin has photoreceptors and can still “see” the light. Really interesting stuff!



Homemade Ghee

I buy organic grass-fed ghee from the supermarket (from Purity Farms and it’s affordable so I have no need to make this, but I wanted to post this recipe for anyone who doesn’t have access to ghee at their local grocery store.