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Current category: 'Fave Posts.'

I think these are some of the best posts from my archive: some are my favorites and some are reader favorites... hope you like them!

The Egg Foo Yong Story

A few months ago, I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Nom Nom Paleo and FitBomb on a magazine piece about egg foo yong. The magazine went kerfluey and the story never got published, but I wanted to share it with you. Dig in! Things weren’t often exotic in rural Pennsylvania. I was seven years old, and my family lived in Orwigsburg, a small town tucked in the mountains between Amish farm... read more

Nothing Matters. Everything Matters.

I’m part of a casual writing group that meets once a month to share our writings on a particular topic. A few months ago, our writing prompt was “travel.” The first thing that came to mind was the incredibly moving, almost transformational, experiences I’ve had in churches, synagogues, and cemeteries on my travel adventures — despite the fact that I’m not at all religious.... read more

Walking Your Path

Our kundalini instructor Robin gave us a prompt for a visualization in class last week, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot ever since. She had us close our eyes and visualize a path. There were no specifics other than that at first: just visualize a path. I immediately thought of the hiking trail in Tennessee Valley, in Marin County, California. This is what the trail looks like as you start your... read more

Oh, Yeah? Observe THIS.

You know how some people need to learn to get in touch with their emotions? I’m definitely not one of those people. I know exactly how I feel ALL THE TIME. But now that I’ve been meditating and getting my yoga on, I’ve picked up a new trick: observing my emotions. It’s a fascinating way to recognize a feeling without becoming beholden to it. This morning, I turned to Dave and said... read more

The Best Version of Us For 2012

Last year, I decided to stop setting goals and to live like the person I wanted to be. The post below was originally published last December, and it’s been updated to reflect where I am in my life, one year later. For 2012, I remain committed to the philosophy it outlines, and I’ll be taking The Healing Experiment with me into the new year. Thank you for all of your support, funny comments, and... read more

5 Painless Ways To Be A (Paleo) Social Butterfly

Once you get over the shock of not eating stuff like pasta and bread and wine and Holy sh*t! I can’t have cereal or yogurt for breakfast anymore!, the real challenge of paleo begins to emerge: socializing. I’m fortunate because many of my friends are at least paleo-aware and some of them are as committed as I am to this lifestyle. I also know and love a bunch of people who fall into the... read more

Pretty Like You

The woman in the video above is Katie Makkai. She’s a poetry slammer,  and in this piece, goes to town on the word “pretty.” She works herself up into a pretty good – and justified – froth: This is about the self-mutilating circus we have painted ourselves clowns in. About women who will prowl 30 stores in six malls to find the right cocktail dress, but haven’t a clue where... read more

A Dirty Dozen of Double-Unders

Sucking it up with the double-unders on Monday paid off in spades today! I got 10 DUs unbroken and then… to my extreme surprise and delight, I got another 12 unbroken. A dirty dozen of double-unders. I realize, of course, that this means my days of swapping double or triple singles for double-unders in a workout are over. It’s true DUs all the way for me now. I can feel the welts already. But... read more

It’s Not A Coatrack (Strength Training Tuesday) – 04/05/11

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I tackle the Strength Training Workout posted by Coach Wes every Tuesday at CrossFit Austin. For most of my workout this morning, it was just me and another dude in the Craptastic gym. He was about my age, maybe a little older… classic apple shape… walking on the treadmill in a slightly hunched over position, his arms supporting his upper body as he clomped... read more

The Experiment Continues

One of the things I like best about my CrossFit+dino-chow lifestyle is that it’s made me much more receptive to the notion of Trying Things.™ When I was a devout Weight Watchers member or following the Zone, for example, I clung to the rules with a grip as tight as the pullup bar, desperate not to slip. But bodies don’t really follow rules. And now that I’ve grown accustomed to that... read more

The Barbell & I: We Are Demon Fighters

I don’t know what lives in your gym, but at CrossFit Austin, there’s a little demon that lives at the bottom of the squat. He seems to only come out of hiding for CrossFit Total, and I’m not sure if he and his brethren haunt others, or just me. He looks like this: [image] Right about the time I should be thinking about keeping my core tight and pressing my knees out – in that... read more

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