Don’t Be A Lobster (In the Gym)

It may come as a surprise, but exercising and sunbathing have a lot in common. In this post we’ll explain the similarities, and also why it’s important that you don’t be a “guiri gamba” in the gym! [A “guiri” is more or less the Spanish equivalent of “gringo”, usually used to refer to tourists or …

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What can I do to help the rainforest?

5 Ways You Can Help Combat Global Deforestation: Infographic

5 Steps to Help Reduce Worldwide Deforestation I decided to create an infographic about simple actions the average person can take to help combat deforestation, as I couldn’t find anything already out there on the net. Actually, there’s a bit more to it which you can read about in my rant below if you’re so …

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Maybe pain isn’t so strange after all?

On his fantastic website PainScience.com, Paul Ingram has an article “Pain is Weird“. It’s a great article, which I’d recommend reading. (You can also see my articles on chronic pain here and here) But is pain actually weird? Perception is Weird In the article, Ingram cites the following quote: Pain is an opinion on the …

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Science and Decision Making: Limitations and Misconceptions

Despite being the major force responsible for the amazingly long, healthy, comfortable, secure and rich lives that so many of us now take for granted, in my experience science seems to be widely under-appreciated and misunderstood. Whether I’m discussing training methodologies, medicine, nutrition, or social, political or economic ideas, I regularly come up against resistance …

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Pain is like a Guard Dog

One may well imagine that pain works a bit like a high-tech house alarm system. A good security system has sensors on all the doors and windows, plus infra-red sensors covering all the rooms. When one of these sensors is tripped by an intruder, the alarm is activated and a siren goes off. It is …

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Do Not Be Alarmed – Are You Getting Enough?

Are you regularly rudely awakened from a deep and peaceful slumber by the sound of your alarm clock chiming in your ear? Do you want to smash it with a hammer, or throw it out of the window? It could well be that this desire is your body’s way of telling you that this alarm …

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Between Shame and Acceptance

There has been a lot of talk in the popular press recently of “Fat Shaming” and “Fat Acceptance”. Two such high-profile instances that caught my eye were: An Open Letter to Jamie Oliver by Laura Thomas and Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong by Michael Hobbes As ever, the media reaction has been polarised, …

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Is the Moral Landscape a Wilderness?

Around 12 years ago, I converted from vegetarianism to “ethical omnivorism”. I made this change as I came to the conclusion that including some grass fed beef and lamb in one’s diet has a net positive effect on the environment, food sustainability, biodiversity, and potentially even an increase in net animal well-being (in the UK). I …

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5 More Big Impact Healthy Lifestyle Factors

A high-profile paper published earlier this year identified 5 “healthy lifestyle factors” which can have a major impact on health and longevity. By analysing data from the Nurses’ Health Study (78,865 women over 34 years) and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (44,354 men over 27 years), they concluded that the adhering to the following 5 …

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Waste Reduction Waist Reduction

I’ve been attempting to go as close to 100% plastic waste free (and waste free in general) as possible for the last year, with pretty reasonable success. As it was World Environment Day last week, I thought it was an apt moment to write a post on the topic. Food Footprints There are many factors …

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