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April 27, 2016

Eat Fat to Get Thin (Awesome Interview with Dr Mark Hyman)

Dr Mark Hyman has been ahead on the curve of a very powerful conversation around fat. He’s been a strong voice in Functional Medicine and has written several best selling books. He is famous for his crusade against sugar- highlighting the addictive qualities of it and how sugar actually gets stored as fat.

In his new book, Eat Fat, Get Thin, Dr Hyman dives into how the fat we eat and the fat we store are not the same thing. This misnomer has led to lots of confusion and a terrible “fat free” diet craze that’s totally backfired on us. In fact, eating healthy fats helps us burn fat better. It helps power the brain, synthesize hormones, not be hungry all [...]

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April 12, 2016

How To Train For The Contact Sport Of Aging

Aging: The Downhill Slide

Your fitness challenges increase as you get older. A variety of physical limitations can sneak up on you after the age of 40. Once we hit our sixth decade, our fitness determines our quality and length of life. The good news is that it’s never too late to improve our odds through exercise. The thing is, walking and jogging won’t get it done. Some of the popular high intensity exercise programs can cause injury in those over 50.

I want to be clear, walking and jogging have a place at the fitness table. However, they’re more like the place setting. The amount of muscle you build and your ability to use that muscle powerfully, are the main [...]

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April 11, 2016

Why “Rock Hard Abs” Isn’t Just About Vanity

Last year brought us the “dad bod,” a term coined by a Clemson University student whose blog post quickly went viral as the antithesis to “rock hard abs.” The post’s mass appeal insinuated that honing a sculpted physique is merely superficial, and #dadbod enthusiasts everywhere rejoiced. In reality, having a strong core is much deeper than the kind of washboard abs that would make Fight Club-era Brad Pitt bow down in inferiority.

Having an excess of abdominal fat is extremely risky, and even if you’re at a normal weight it has risk factors similar to smoking a pack a day. Yikes. Luckily, you help offset fat by building core strength. Additionally, strengthening your core has [...]

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March 31, 2016

How to See Yourself As An Artist

Are you an artist? You’re probably thinking, “no, not me.” Here in the West, we’ve been taught to squelch our creative impulse — especially at work. In other cultures people live as natural artisans, creating sand paintings and song, poetry and architecture, drumming and dancing in tune with the rhythms of the Earth.

We too can allow our inner artist to live out loud. As soon as we surrender our resistance to seeing what we do as art-in-action, we become artists.

Succulence: Your Natural State

Inspirational author and artist SARK has been demonstrating how to live juicy for decades. From a 200-square-foot self-described “magic [...]

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March 18, 2016

Set Your Brain Straight – New Tech Meets Traditional Meditation

Bill Harris is an old-school meditator who started messing around with sound tones in the 1980’s and got hooked. He and his friends were able to experience profound blissed out states and knew they were onto something. This led to a lifelong study of brainwaves, neurofeedback, and anything else helped inform what was happening in the heads of meditators.

I got a chance to geek out with Bill in this Urban Monk interview. We dig into the science of brain waves patterns and how they are related to our consciousness.

 

Here are the show notes from the interview:

 

Pedram:

Hey, welcome back to “The Urban Monk,” [...]

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