Calling Bullshit: Silicon Dioxide

Internet health experts are making some interesting claims again.  Silicon dioxide is a natural compound.  It’s literally sand.  It’s commonly used because it can help prevent certain things from clumping.  There was a claim made here that it has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.  I got curious so I decided to look up that study and see if it actually applied for this.   Continue reading “Calling Bullshit: Silicon Dioxide”

Guide to Intermittent Fasting

An Introduction to Intermittent Fasting

This article is meant to introduce you to the general concepts of intermittent fasting.

Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss

This article shows how intermittent fasting can be helpful for weight loss.

Intermittent Fasting and Diabetes

This article shows the evidence that intermittent fasting increases insulin sensitivity, an important measure for people with diabetes or those trying to avoid it.

Intermittent Fasting and Cardiovascular Health

This article shows the research connecting intermittent fasting to improved cardiovascular health.

The Fasting Brain

This article discusses the myriad benefits of fasting on the brain.

Intermittent Fasting and Cancer

This article shows the non link between fasting and cancer prevention.

The Whiskey Rickey: A Healthy and Refreshing Cocktail

At the end of a long day we are often looking for a simple and healthy cocktail to take the edge off.  Plus as we all start to melt in this summer heat, we need something light and refreshing, no one wants to be dealing with something too heavy right now.  Especially since we have realized that alcohol is not the demon it is often portrayed as and may even have some health benefits.  However, we still want to be careful to avoid a calorie dense and sugar laden cocktail.  That is where a refreshing and delicious cocktail like the whiskey rickey comes in.  It is a simple combination of lime juice, whiskey, and club soda.  A totally sippable summer cocktail that you will want to keep coming back to.  The perfect drink for the summer, to chill out and stay healthy while you do it!


Whiskey Rickey

A simple and refreshing cocktail, that stays healthy.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 136 kcal


  • 2 Oz Whiskey
  • 1/2 Lime
  • To top Club soda


  1. Fill highball glass with ice

  2. Add the whiskey

  3. Squeeze in half a lime (or lemon) and drop it in the glass

  4. Add club soda to top

  5. Stir and enjoy

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Weight Loss Update

Sometimes you set out to lose weight, and find the scale just does not work in your favor. This past week that was me.

Weight Tracked as I described here

Okay weight loss is hard.  Everyone who has ever done it before knows this.  Last week was a huge weight loss week for me, however the combination of stress, and a different schedule meant this week I rebounded a little bit.  However, this gives me a chance to pontificate for a minute about some of the interesting things I have observed at this point. (Remember you can track progress here) Continue reading “Weight Loss Update”

Weight Update

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So I kinda completely fell off the bandwagon in terms of my weight loss (something I struggle with here), but thanks to a bet with a friend, I am recommitting to the goal.  Over the next ten and a half weeks, I committed to losing twenty pounds, while he committed to gaining ten.  (Here’s the link to follow our progress).  So over the next few weeks you will see articles focusing both on how to lose weight, and also on how to gain weight.  I’ll be exploring a few different topics from both of these perspectives and so I hope you are excited.

Busting the Myth of Muscular Metabolism

I personally have always found difficulty in working up the motivation to consistently do any kind of cardiovascular exercise, and always found it much easier to work in the weight room.  For much of my life I was under the impression that in order to lose any significant amount of weight cardiovascular exercise was what you should be doing.  We have already looked at one alternative to tradional endurance cardio.  However, I always wondered whether or not focusing exclusively on weightlifting could be a useful tactic for weight loss. Continue reading “Busting the Myth of Muscular Metabolism”

90 Seconds of Cardio for Weight Loss

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Now stay with me.  I know many of you read that title and immediately felt your legs start to cramp.  As always here we are looking for the greatest results we can get with the smallest amount of work.  What I’m going to show you here is a way to get huge benefits from exercise in a tiny fraction of the amount of time. Continue reading “90 Seconds of Cardio for Weight Loss”