Happy Friday everyone. Well our time in Europe is finally coming to a close. If you’re reading this our family is already on a flight back to Canada. Just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving! It’s been a great 5 months. Learned a lot about this part of the world and made some great friends too. The biggest thing I’m going to take home with me is how healthy I’ve felt the last 5 months. I feel the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. I think it has something to do with all the fresh fruits and vegetables we’ve been eating. You will find no ‘organic’ section in the grocery store here. Everything is organic and fresh. A strawberry looks the way it should. Small and juicy. Not the size of your fist! I won’t dip too much into this topic and I’ll save it for another post.
We realize our son won’t remember a single memory of this expierence however, it will be neat to show him pictures when he gets older. Not many babies can say they lived a good chunk of their first year as an expat. People back home initially thought we were crazy to head to Europe for 5 months with a newborn and a dog. I think after a while some of our family and friends are rethinking their hesitation to travelling with young kids. Anyways speaking of kids. If you already have them or are expecting more, I wrote a great article on Monday about how NOT to gain wait while your wife is pregnant. Yes it can be done! Here’s this weeks roundup:
It was pointed out to me a little while ago that I have weak hips. Okay okay save all the dirty jokes it wasn’t from my wife! Apparently I have very strong legs but weak hips. When I started digging into this a bit more I realized it was because I sit a lot. At work, home ect. Humans are not conditioned to be sitting for long periods of time. Over time, the more you sit, the more things starts to get out of place. Don’t believe me. Watch a toddler trying to pick up a toy off the floor. Effortlessly perfect form. Now watch a 45 year old dad at the grocery store pick up the $5 bill he dropped at checkout. Get my point. The folks over at Breaking Muscle wrote a fantastic article titled: Sit Less and Prioritize Movement for Long-Term Fitness.
Whenever someone finds out I lost 100 lbs once, they often wonder what diet I follow. I say I don’t follow a diet I follow a lifestyle. It’s called being healthy and doing what nature intended us to do. I’ve talked about Mark Sisson before. He’s the author of the Primal Blueprint and the really, really, really popular blog Mark’s Daily Apple. Instead of me trying to explain how we were meant to live Mark wrote a great summary of the Primal lifestyle. It’s not some sort of cult or fad diet. It’s stuff everyone already knows. Mark just reminds us how we as humans were meant to eat and live. It’s a great read.
On to Mr. Isaac Payne. He wrote an article titled 13 Common Fitness Questions Answered. I’ll admit at first I just sorta glanced over it. Then I realized his 13 questions are actually questions I’ve asked myself over the years. Whether you’re a newbie or veteran, Isaac quickly lays out the facts and sorts through the bullshit.
Are you sick and tired of hearing that one week eggs are good for you and then the next they’re the devil? Or what about being told fruit is healthy for you only to read another article that says fruit makes cancer cells grow? WTF????? Well Steve Kamb over at Nerd Fitness wrote a hilarious article after coming to the conclusion that apparently everything will kill you!
Have you ever wondered what kind of shoe is best for training? Well Ross over at Ross Training gives you his take on the best training shoes.
So if you’ve stumbled upon this website you probably already know that in order to build lean muscle you need protein in your diet. But what else does the stuff do? Dai Manuel at The Moose Is Loose posted a really cool infographic explaining the many health benefits of protein in your diet. Hey it has pictures. Who doesn’t like articles with pictures?
Anytime I’m at a function or even a restaurant I can usually spot several young children with an iPhone or iPad plopped in front of them to keep them quiet. Hey I won’t judge. As parent’s we have to do what we have to do to get the job done. Art of Manliness recently wrote a neat ‘old school’ article listing 9 ways to entertain your toddler without using a smartphone. An easy read and it brought me back to when I was a kid playing ‘guess who?’ with my father in some restaurant.
Our little guy is a bit too young to start surfing the internet but I often wonder how I’ll keep him safe in the future. The Yummy Mummy Club (hands down best blog name ever) wrote a great article listing 3 tips to keep your kids safe online.
Well that should keep you busy for the weekend.
Oh and I almost forgot. For us Canadian’s, Happy Thanksgiving!
Wherever you are in the world I hope you have a fun and safe weekend.
Keep the blue side up.
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