Category Archives: health

Seven Billion Hot Dogs: How much meat is too much?

This summer, Americans are will eat around seven billion hot dogs, not to mention the other bbq options: burgers, ribs, brisket, brats, etc. This trend is in part because it’s barbecue season, and we’re all firing up our grills, but some of it does have to do with the fact that more and more people are subscribing to the Paleo Diet (what’s Paleo?). I’ve been experimenting with the Paleo lifestyle here and there, and overall I’ve been happy with it. … Continue reading

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Live longer, run!

It’s no secret to dailymilers that running has its health benefits. We’ve heard pretty much all of them from weight loss, and desease prevention, to perfecting memory and brain health. Tack another one onto the list, running also helps us live longer. According to a study from the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, running helps us live almost 6 1/2 years longer than non runners. It could be the lifestyle change that comes naturally when you make lacing … Continue reading

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Running on Paleo: What’s fueling you?

Important note: This post is meant to be informative, NOT a promotion of the Paleo diet. Please do your own research. See your own doctor/nutritionist before making any change in your diet. I’m not, nor is dailymile, compensated in any way for the following recommendations and links. Nor am I suggesting that you run out and buy everything (be they products or even ideas) shared here. Personal homework time! It seems everywhere you turn these days, you stumble on something … Continue reading

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Stay healthy under pressure

This past weekend my household was hit with some pretty heavy life hurdles. On Saturday morning at 6am I was taking care of my very sick dog, who is dealing with a potentially terminal birth defect. Saturday afternoon brought with it news of some pretty serious family troubles. Couple these with work stresses that keep building into 2012, and we had ourselves a recipe for nutritional disaster. We started with cheetos (at least they were baked, not fried), continued with … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Do you do coffee?

Today, I decided bring back the QOW (question of the week), and I’m kicking it off with an old classic: Do you do coffee? Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a stimulant drug. Caffeine is found in varying quantities in the seeds, leaves, and fruit of some plants, where it acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects feeding on the plants. It is most commonly consumed by humans in infusions extracted … Continue reading

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5 Training Rules from Coach Caleb

I get asked what my training philosophy is on a regular basis.  My usual response is, “Nothing gimmicky: ‘Don’t Do Anything Stupid.’”  That pretty much sums up my approach to my own training and what I try to impart upon my athletes.  But that’s really not prescriptive or tremendously helpful for a newcomer to the running scene or to an experienced runner looking for their next breakthrough.  Here is a bit of an expanded view of “Don’t Do Anything Stupid.” … Continue reading

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Nutrition crisis: What happens when you don’t have time for lunch?

Mom always told me not to snack because I’ll ruin my dinner. Did I listen to her? Nope, I always did it anyway. Athletes make amazing grazers. We have to have some way to fuel the bottomless pit that our bodies turn into when we’re training hard. Beyond maintaining our need to constantly fuel ourselves, snacking provides a double win, it gives us energy when we’re too time strapped to think about food. “How could you not think about food?!” … Continue reading

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Valentines: Don’t go breaking *your* heart

Every day, your beating heart thumps away 100,000 times, circulating anywhere from 2,500-5,000 gallons of blood throughout your beautiful body. What better day than Valentine’s Day to give your heart a little bit of extra attention? In no particular order, some research-based tips on taking care of your ticker…

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Waking up smooth-ie

I used to be a morning person. And by morning I mean pre-pre dawn. I would wake up at 4:30 every day for a 5-6am run along Ocean Beach, San Francisco. Why did I do this? Because 1: I have problems with insomnia, 2: it’s good for training and the metabolism, and 3: when I was 20 I acted like I was 35. These morning runs were a part of my schedule for about two years. Then one day I … Continue reading

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Nutrition challenge: Fridge Confessions

Grocery shopping is an art, but maintaining a balanced assortment of healthy foods in your refrigerator is definitely a science. I try to keep things fresh, but functional. I cook a lot so I usually have one or two meals in my fridge that are left over from the night before, and these are usually gone by lunchtime. Sometimes these are healthy items (Paleo Pad Thai, but often they’re Continue reading

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