Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. This is one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read. Robert Sapolsky, a brilliant neurobiologist and primatologist, reverse engineers human behavior—from our immediate physiological responses, to our upbringing and anthropological foundations, through our genetic and evolutionary roots—and weaves together a captivating explanation of why we, human beings, do the things we do. (Hint: the answers aren’t as simple or clear-cut as many of us think they are.) This book will enlighten you on the inner-workings of our minds and bodies and, hopefully, humble you as an individual—it certainly did so for me.
Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit. Chris Matthews paints an effulgent portrait of one of the most inspiring yet tragically unfulfilled lives of the twentieth century. From his tenure as attorney general in his brother’s administration, up until his heart-rending run for president, Robert Kennedy lived a life of constant growth and service to his fellow man. Idealistic yet pragmatic, he galvanized Americans from all walks of life to set their differences aside and unite toward a common hope in perhaps one of the most tumultuous periods in our country’s history—there is a great deal we can learn by studying his example. (Even if you don’t read the book, at least take a look at this speech he gave to a black audience in Detroit just moments after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.—it’s an incredibly powerful display of the kind of empathic leadership our country desperately needs, now more than ever.)
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I’ve been through quite the dietary journey in the last 17 or so years.
I can remember like it was yesterday, jumping on the low-fat-bandwagon in high school, because that’s what all the experts at the time touted as the recipe for a long, healthy life.
Then, in my late teens and early twenties, carbohydrates became the new scapegoat for all of our health problems as a society, and the conventional wisdom was that if you wanted to live a longer, healthier life—and sport a six-pack while at it—you should ditch the excess glucose and instead load up on tons of satiating protein and healthy fats.
A few years down the road from that, the Paleo(lithic) movement, piggybacking on the popularity of Crossfit and other extreme work-out trends, grabbed a hold of the zeitgeist, and now carbs were OK—just as long as you stayed away from grains and other post-agricultural foodstuffs.
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One of my favorite quotes comes from the late, great Eleanor Roosevelt:
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
Something that I feel has become endemic in our society is our interminable need to fill our dialogue with events and people.
While the blame ultimately lies on each and every one of us individually, it doesn’t help that we are taking in information in a manner completely distinct from the entirety of human history.
The 24 hour news-cycle that we have grown accustomed to, especially in the last decade, is predicated less on the foundation of truth and the dissemination of broad view-points than it is on flooding us with click-bate, talking-points, and sound-bites that can be easily digested, propagated, and thus converted into ad revenue for the top media corporations.
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Yesterday morning, shortly after waking up, I had breakfast: 2 hard-boiled eggs; a bowl of organic oats mixed with raw honey, cinnamon, and a half a cup of berries; and a big cup of organic, black coffee.
Mid-morning I had a handful of mixed, raw nuts; and an apple.
For lunch I had a half a cup of black beans on a bed of Jasmine rice; steamed broccoli; half an avocado; and 1 cup of bone broth.
My dinner consisted of 6 ounces of wild-caught salmon; a sweet potato; and kale (sautéed in ghee).
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We’re about to wrap up another year and, for me, that means the culmination of yet another successful stretch of reading, learning, and growing as a human being.
It’s safe to say that we are living in a truly extraordinary time.
While we have access to more information than at any other period in human history, the advent of the internet, social media, and a vastly growing 24 hour news cycle has also made it easier than ever before for us to remain in our own bubbles of like-minded people, ideas, and world views.
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According to National Geographic’s 2014 documentary, Sleepless In America, the average American sleeps just 6.5 hours each night, with 40% of all U.S. adults sleeping less than 6 hours per night, and many more getting less than 5 hours throughout the week—this despite The National Sleep Foundation’s recommendation of at least 7-9 hours per night for adults.
What does this data imply for our overall health and well-being as a society?
Well, being chronically sleep deprived can lead to a whole host of problems for us—cognitively, behaviorally, and metabolically.
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I’ve been lifting weights now for almost 20 years; and I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise science for just about the same amount of time.
One of the many mistakes I made when first starting out as a personal trainer 8 years ago was that I often gave new clients too much, too soon.
I would forget that not everyone was like me; and while this stuff may have come easy to me over the years, for most people it was complicated and extremely challenging, especially later in life—and even more so if they were severely overweight.
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This past weekend, I was listening to a “Beats 1” Podcast that featured one of my favorite young Hip-Hop artists, Joey Badass.
Joey just released his second full length LP, entitled “Amerikkkan Badass.”
The music is uplifting, inspirational, and delivers a stinging social commentary on the current state of our Union as it pertains to social justice and race relations.
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Let me start this post by wishing everyone reading a very “Happy New Year.”
A few years ago I decided that I wasn’t reading as much as I would’ve liked, and I made a resolution to read at least 2 books per month.
I was out of practice, and sitting down for several minutes on end in deep concentration was not easy.
Like most adults living in the “Age of Information,” my brain had adapted to quick bouts of stimulus from multiple sources spread out across the day.
I decided to treat this endeavor as a form of mental exercising, and I started with a slow, gradual approach, just as I would any type of athletic pursuit.
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Who am I?
What is my purpose?
What is the meaning of life?
Humans have been asking these questions for centuries.
I personally struggle with them on a daily basis, and have done so for quite some time.
Knowledge of self, or self actualization, is defined as the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.
In philosophy, it’s considered the highest of all human needs.
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