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Headaches post sauna, despite hydration? Decrease time spent

It’s interesting, there’s a ton of good publicity around sauna use, but not a lot of discussion around the pitfalls. I’ve used the sauna off and on for a few years – and the biggest issue I run into are...

/ November 2, 2020

Fast Mimicking Diet – Macros & Calories Breakdown

(This post is part of a longer post about Valter Longo’s fast mimicking diet. Also see this post for nutritional information on the “meals” from the Prolon box contents) Below is a list of tables that contain the macros and...

Prolon Fast Mimicking Diet – Box Contents Calories/Macros

(This post is part of a longer post about Valter Longo’s fast mimicking diet. Also see this post for a breakdown of the FMD calories & macronutrients for each day, based off the below data) Below is a list of...

Valter Longo – DIY Fast Mimicking Diet Guide (2019)

The idea of a fast mimicking diet, developed by Valter Longo and his colleagues, has been clinically proven to provide many of the same benefits of a water fast, without requiring participants to abstain from food entirely. The diet has...

Fasting and Cancer – How Fasting Before Chemotherapy May Reduce Side-Effects & Improve Efficacy

This post looks at research in which fasting prior to chemotherapy has been shown to be beneficial. Specifically how it has been shown to protect healthy cells from the toxic effects of chemotherapy, demonstrated in human cells in vitro, mice...

Valter Longo – The Longevity Diet – Summary & Discussion

Whilst Valter Longo is perhaps currently best known for his work on the Fast Mimicking Diet, he recently came out with a book; The Longevity Diet. Detailing the way he suggests approaching food (when we’re not fasting!). In creating The...

Dan Hardy – Part Reptile Book – Plant Medicines Mushroom Routine Excerpt

For many UFC fans, a Dan Hardy fight always had the makings of good entertainment. It wasn’t just his strong looks (mohawk & tattoos), his high level Muay Thai striking skills backed up his attention grabbing appearance. Every fight he...

/ January 31, 2018

How the Dutch used the credit system to expand across the world – excerpt from Sapiens

Yuval Noah Horari uses his knowledge of history to explain how and why humanity has got to where it is. Sapiens is a book I’ll need to read over multiple times to really capture all its value. The below is...

/ January 30, 2018

Meditation – Reflections on 2 years of practice

Honestly, when I first heard about meditation, I thought there may be something mystical about the experience. Was somewhat hopeful I’d experience a crazy, drug like state. However after practicing regularly for about 2 years now, I’m convinced that isn’t...

/ November 22, 2017

The Mexican Fisherman Parable

I first came across this parable through Tim Ferriss’ book “The 4 Hour Workweek” – and it has stuck with me since: An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat...

/ October 27, 2017