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Dieting for Weight Loss is a Big Fat Myth

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How many of us have gone on diets to lose weight? Only to fail, gain it all back, or, worse, lose the weight but feel worse (remember the low fat diets of the last century? Yah, that happened to me!)…

Ultimately it’s all about optimizing body composition—the inevitable loss of fat that occurs when we live our lives in ways that best suit our unique genetics.

That’s right—the road to optimal…

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Focus: My Five Favorite Tools for Diving Deep

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Focus Then

Focus has been a lifelong challenge for me. I frankly don’t remember studying in elementary or high school. How’d I get away with that?

I remember being antsy and impatient with reading and problem solving. What was that “x” they were talking about in algebra?!

Partly I didn’t have the tools to organize myself and get down to business (I’d never learned how). But I also had a special…

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Inflammation: Beauty, Not the Beast

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Inflammation is beautiful. It is not the beast. It is not bad, nor our enemy.

We need an intact, healthy immune system, capable of robust inflammation. When we need it. Whenever called upon–24/7.

In fact, we cannot survive without it. While inflammation results in much human misery, it does so as the wise and elegant response to real danger signals–from both internal and external sources–that…

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Simple is Better: the “Rule of Threes”

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Have you heard of the Rule of Threes?

It’s the smallest number of anything that can create a pattern within our minds—patterns our brains can latch onto.

Three is a power theme within human engagement, compelling the mind, enhancing memory and pleasure.

While I break this rule a lot, it does remind me to keep things simple. It’s crucial when it comes to behavior change. Smart and…

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Pasture-Raised Meat: Healthy, Safe, and Sustainable

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Benefitting from the nutrition of healthy, pasture-raised meat is part of our genetic legacy. There are key nutrients that we can only get from consuming animal-derived food. But how do we do it safely? Without cruelty? In a way that’s safe and sustainable for our environment?

There are some who advocate not eating meat at all, not distinguishing pasture-raised meat from its less healthy…

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Worthy

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Dear One,

Were we born this way?

Or are we just the unfortunate few (because, you know, look at all those perfectly happy people all around us, who smile at one another, who always sit together, who clearly have lifetime passes to their special tribes—the ones we don’t belong to)?

Searching (and hustling) for worthiness—for how to fit in and where we belong?

If we’d only lucked into the…

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Hypothyroidism–Part Three: How to Put Out the Fire

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In part three of my Hypothyroidism series, you’ll learn action steps you can use right now to heal the root causes of your under active thyroid.

In the first of this series I introduced hypothyroidism as a manifestation of damage from an autoimmune-inflammatory syndrome, amplified by unmet nutritional needs. This is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the developed world. We learned that…

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Hypothyroidism–Part Two: How to Diagnose Hypothyroid-Autoimmune Syndrome

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Hypothyroidism is just the smoke we see, rising above the smoldering fire of inflammation, autoimmunity, and unmet nutritional needs. It’s a symptom of the hypothyroid-autoimmune syndrome that is the root cause of hypothyroidism in the vast majority of Americans.

In part one of this series (Hypothyroidism–Part One: Just the Smoke) we explored this relationship, introducing the concept that…

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Hypothyroidism–Part One: Just the Smoke

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Hypothyroidism is just the smoke rising high above the smoldering fire that lies beneath the surface. Said another way, hypothyroidism is a symptom–it’s not a disease. It’s not the defining thing that is wrong with you. It’s just one–of many–surface-level indicators of much larger and deeper problems. Problems most likely caused by two key factors: overwhelming inflammation and unmet…

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Nutritional Ketosis: Heal and Protect Your Brain

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Nutritional Ketosis: yikes–that sounds foreign and scary–and hard! But it’s not. In fact, nutritional ketosis is a powerful food strategy that supports energy and brain health, and is quite simple (though not easy–it requires, like all new habits, that thing we’re really afraid of: change).

After many years of experimentation (food is one of my favorite playgrounds), I’ve figured it out, it’s…

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