Why I think Red Meat Is Good For You

My Thoughts On Why Red Meat Is Good For You

Despite headlines, there’s not much data that shows red meat is bad for you. Many people will point to observational studies that show a correlation between red meat and death. These studies group a large set of data and correlate those who report that they eat more red meat than usual tend to die at a faster rate than those who eat less meat. Even though correlation does NOT equal causation, It’s a pretty weak correlation. Here’s why:

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My Ulcerative Colitis Experiences

My Ulcerative Colitis Experiences

I now have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis for over 15 years. It’s an inflammatory bowel disease where your immune system fails in some way and creates inflammation within your colon. For me its the lower part of the colon and rectum.

Sometimes I am in remission, a period where I have no symptoms, but most of the time I either have light symptoms with periods of heavy symptoms. Symptoms include bloating, bloody diarrhea, and mucus mixed with blood discharging instead of normal stools. During bad periods of a flare-up, you can end up going to the restroom 10 times a day or more.

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How Traveling Messes with My Sleep and Health and How to Fix it

How Traveling Messes with My Sleep and Health and How to Fix It

When I travel, I feel like it’s a time to explore the city to the fullest. This means eating, drinking and getting terrible sleep. Just like I allow myself to have cheat days or weekends, I allow myself to cheat when I travel. This works for me because I don’t travel all the time but if I did, the poor exercise routine, diet, and sleep would ruin any gains I had from working out regularly.

So starting today, I’m making it a point to travel healthier, even if I don’t travel on the regular. This post is just a way for me to document this.

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First Time Trail Race with CrossFit as My Only Preparation

A couple Saturdays ago I participated in the Xterra Malibu Creek 6K Trail Run at Malibu Creek State Park. It was my first trail race ever so I didn’t know what to expect. It was a fun time and surprisingly I placed 3rd in my age group 35-39 (i’m 39) out of 17 men, 13th out of 108 men, and 15th out of 238 people.

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How to Export Apple Watch Workouts to Strava, Training Peaks and Other Fitness Tracking Apps

Recently I discovered that you can export your saved Apple Watch Workouts into Strava, Training Peaks, Map My Run and other popular fitness tracking apps. Once imported into these outside apps this allows you to analyze your workouts beyond the default Apple Activity app. This also lets you record your workouts using the default Apple Watch Workouts app and not have to rely on outside apps to get your data into their own app.

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How To Enjoy Alcohol and to Not Have it Affect your Sleep

How to Enjoy Alcohol and to Not Have it Affect Your Sleep

TLDR – 1 drink 3-4 hours before you sleep probably won’t affect you. 2 may not either but 2 may lead to 3 and that’s trouble. It also depends on how you “enjoy” alcohol. Basically, if you go to sleep feeling like you’ve drank that day or evening because you are slightly buzzed or recovering from a buzz you had earlier, the alcohol will affect your sleep quality

As humans, alcohol has been in our culture for thousands of years. It’s an effective social lubricant at parties and social gatherings. It provides us with some escapism when we need to temporarily forget about our problems and provides us with a sense of elation when we want to celebrate events. It also can be used to enhance the flavor of foods and your dining experiences.

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The Apple Watch V02 Max Accuracy

The Apple Watch V02 Max Accuracy

First of all, what is VO2 max and how do you measure your personal VO2 max? Here’s a quick FAQ on VO2 Max.

The only accurate way to measure VO2 max is to wear a face mask and actually measure the amount of oxygen flowing through the mask and to your lungs. Obviously, the Apple Watch doesn’t come with a face mask attachment you can connect via Bluetooth, yet. So how does Apple Watch measure V02 Max?

Apple watch uses a metric known as “Predicted V02 Max” and is based on your heart rate activity during exercise. Since the relationship of the heart rate and the VO2 max varies between everyone, it’s not a perfect indicator of your VO2 max, but with regular testing, you can see the trends of improvement or decline in relation to your own VO2 max baseline.

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