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Against the Grain Fitness

I’m sure Robb Wolf has a few. And Sarah Fragoso. Even Mark Sisson likely has one or two. Possibly several.

Get your mind out of the gutter, people — I’m talking about paleo secrets.

With their ripped bodies, strength and apparent ability to resist the sugar, these paleo celebrities already appear to have everything down. They’ve reached the paleo heights and sometimes it feels they are looking down upon us as we struggle, sweating and panting, up the mountainside – one they’ve already scaled.

Sugar – but pass on the wheat

But I’m betting they have off days or moments, like us, when it’s harder to stay with the program. Mark has a penchant for Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. And Sarah’s been clear about the stuttering start to her journey to health and strength. Robb isn’t against the odd dessert or sugary item (as long as you stay away…

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Bio-pharmaceutical Neuroscience News

Jan. 29, 2013 — Most weight-loss plans center around a balance between caloric intake and energy expenditure. However, new research has shed light on a new factor that is necessary to shed pounds: timing. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), in collaboration with the University of Murcia and Tufts University, have found that it’s not simply what you eat, but also when you eat, that may help with weight-loss regulation.


The study will be published on January 29, 2013 in the International Journal of Obesity.

“This is the first large-scale prospective study to demonstrate that the timing of meals predicts weight-loss effectiveness,” said Frank Scheer, PhD, MSc, director of the Medical Chronobiology Program and associate neuroscientist at BWH, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and senior author on this study. “Our results indicate that late eaters displayed a slower weight-loss rate and lost significantly less weight…

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The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog

I have recently been enlightened of the fact that all of humanity can be divided into two basic personality types–an Order Muppet or a Chaos Muppet.  This “Unified Theory of Muppet Types” as described in Slate Magazine’s article by Dahlia Lithwick posits that “Chaos Muppets” are those of us who tend to be emotional, free-thinking, spontaneous, disorganized, etc. etc. Some classic examples include Cookie Monster, Ernie, Swedish Chef, Grover.  On the other hand, “Order Muppets” belong in the more organized, regimented, play-by-the-rules, surprise-averse sector of the human race. Some quintessential Order Muppets include Bert and Kermit the Frog. Most people I know fall somewhere on the spectrum between Order and Chaos Muppets…Except me.  I am 100% a Chaos Muppet.

I appear to have been predestined to be surrounded by Order Muppets.  My mother is the strongest Order Muppet I know, with my mother-in-law coming in at a close second.  My…

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