Mental Meat Heads – Cincinnati

Over the weekend of October 7th and 8th I was in Cincinnati, Ohio hosting yet another of our Mental Meat Heads workshops. I’ve been home almost two weeks now and I’m just beginning to process all that happened over this roller coaster of a weekend. We got off to a rough start. My partner in Mental Meat Heads, Chip Conrad, flew in to Birmingham Thursday night. Chip’s my boy. In the very short five or so years we have know each other Chip has become an industrial ally, a mentor, a co-conspirator, and a close friend. Our plan was to get … Read More »

Death by Food Pyramid

In the late 1970’s, the USDA tasked a group of nutritionists with composing the nation’s newest guide on what to eat. Previously the emphasis had been on getting “enough.” The old guide, The Four Food Groups, was all about balanced nutrition. It basically said, “Make sure you’re getting enough of each of these categories of food.” But by the seventies, we had transitioned from a nutritional state of need to one of over abundance. Food was cheap and plentiful and this was showing up in our waist lines and our health as a nation.The USDA’s new crack team was headed up by … Read More »

The Hierarchy of Health, part 4

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of my Hierarchy of Health series. The hierarchy as I’ve laid it out is as follows:1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseYour can access any of the previous installments by clicking on the links above. I know many of you who have followed this series must have at one point thought, “Dave, what’s the deal? Why would you put the one element you’re most involved with last?”It’s true, exercise is my bag. I’ve made my career out of promoting its practice and trying to get as many people as I can involved with it. I … Read More »

The Hierarchy of Health, part 3

Today’s post is the third installment in a series I’ve humbly entitled The Hierarchy of Health. This hierarchy is, in my opinion, as follows:1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseYou can click on the hyperlinks above to get to posts 1 and 2 in this series. It should be stated, that this hierarchy is based almost exclusively on my own personal experience of having a body these past 44 years, my experience working with this body, both as a fitness professional and as a human being, and a thorough reading of Google searches to back up my opinions and give them at least … Read More »

The Hierarchy of Health, part 1

So, you didn’t exactly ask, but that’s never stopped me from sharing my opinion before.Here is the hierarchy of good physical health. These four things, in order of importance, will keep you on the road to good living.1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseWhat’s that? Not the order you expected? I’m not surprised. We live in a culture that’s all about the doing. Work harder? Work smarter? It doesn’t really matter as long as you’re working. So when we approach our health and fitness we approach it from the reverse order. Over the next few weeks I’ll take some time to address each level … Read More »

Pottenger’s Cats

Ever heard of Pottenger’s cats? No, not Schrodinger’s cat, Pottenger. (What have these scientists got against cats, anyway?) Francis M. Pottenger, Jr. conducted studies on cats from 1932 to 1942. In those studies he tested the affect of raw and cooked food diets on the health and longevity of several subsequent generations of cats. His studies are often cited by those in the Raw Food camp as supportive of the Raw Food lifestyle and the dangers of eating “dead” coooked food. Essentially the results of his studies were that cats fed raw meat (one study) and raw milk and raw meat (another … Read More »

The Benefits of Vitamin D

Hey there, I ran across this article today and thought it might be of interest to you. It came to me by way of Dan John (wow, did I just name drop there?!) and therefore, in my mind carries, just a touch more credence. It also gives me an opportunity to let you guys know I’m working on another Mental Meat Heads workshop with both Dan and Chip. This time we’ll be in Austin, Texas and it’s scheduled for early April. I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop and let you know when the registration page is up. … Read More »

Zao Jun’s Kitchen

Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the laps of our cooks. — Lin Yutang In Chinese mythology, Zao Jun is the kitchen god.The importance of the kitchen in Chinese culture is evident in Zao Jun’s yearly duty to report to the Jade Emperor, Yu Huang, on the goings on of each household. The Jade Emperor rewards good deeds with good fortune and misdeeds with ill in the coming year. As the kitchen was seen as the center of every home, Zao Jun was well informed, indeed. Now I’m not Chinese and the idea of … Read More »

Charles Abouzied

Happy New Year! This year I’m kicking off Mental Meat Heads 2014 with a revisit with a man who is easily one of my favorite people on Planet Earth. Charles Abouzied has the soul of a Buddha and the heart of lion. As the leader of an eager group of fitness enthusiasts Charles runs Crossfit House of Pain in central New Jersey. Listen in as we discuss Crossfit, the Biggest Loser, body image and overcoming limitations, both internally and externally imposed. To listen CLICK HERE. To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch on YouTube, click below. For more on … Read More »

5 Steps to Overcoming Homeostasis

Whether you’ve made the decision to jump on board with the Elimination Diet this month or still haven’t made up your mind, this post is for you. There’s a old Taoist joke that runs, “Change is the only constant in the world.” Change it seems is the only thing we can truly count on in this world. Don’t like the weather? Stick around it’ll change. Don’t like our current political climate? Give it some time, it’ll change too. Nothing is static forever. Which is funny because most of us don’t like change all that much. Change is unpredictable, it’s chaotic … Read More »

January’s Elimination Diet Challenge!

If you’re local you’ve probably heard me mention at some point that we’re doing an Elimination Diet Challenge for the month of January. The purpose of such a diet is really quite simple. There are several foods within what we could term the Typical Western Diet that most of us actually have a hard time with. We don’t digest them as well as we might think and it’s possible that our bodies response to these irritants actually impairs our overall digestion and ability to assimilate nutrition. So why isn’t this obvious? Like the protagonist in a Dostoevsky novel, it turns … Read More »

Bad Saag!

I know that many of you are hanging on with abated breath, waiting for the latest tidbits from my dietary changes and work with Eric Hulse. And I don’t blame you, I find it infinitely fascinating. I mean, who wouldn’t, right? I had intended to wait until this whole process was finished. However, if you remember we started this journey way back in June and the rabbit hole, it seems, just gets deeper and deeper. I’m not sure when it will be done. Dan John turned me onto an interesting concept that he in turn got from Gnolls.org. Plan the … Read More »