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5 Round Friday

5 Round Friday

PIXELATED NOOTROPICS FOR YOUR BRAIN

Smart drugs come in many forms, though it’s funny that coffee and tea are two of the most effective. So is the continual engagement of your Brain Housing Group. It’s Friday. It’s been a busy week. Here are five things I’ve been messing with that may make your coffee time on the deck or post-workout chill a little more enjoyable…

Pondering  Christopher McDougall
“Perhaps all our troubles – all the violence, obesity, illness, depression, and greed we can’t overcome – began when we stopped living as Running People. Deny your nature, and it will erupt in some other, uglier way.”
Born to Run, 2011 

Drinking  Tesora, Philz Coffee
Over the past weekend, we were celebrating a friends’ 40th birthday on the Russian River. Part of our crew brought a pound of the Tesora blend from Philz Coffee – a long favorite of mine. Most coffee is, well, coffee. But this is one of the few that really stand out to me. Worth taking some time with.

Headphones  Jocko Podcast, ep. #15
If you haven’t heard Jocko Willink’s podcast yet, you need to tune in. The format of his show starts with readings from a book that Jocko appreciates – with great vigor. Book Club with a pipe-hitter. Episode #15 has Jocko reading The Speech from Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” Intense.

Hauling  10# Sledgehammer
Over the last few weeks we have been training using Rob Shaul’s Military Athlete protocols, and a few of them call for rucking and running with a 10# Sledgehammer. It has been amazing to see the results of increased grip strength and endurance, as well as overall performance when running unloaded. People may look at you weird and ask silly questions, but it’s so worth it. Any sledge will do. Decorate it. Give it a name. You’ll need it because you will curse it.

Feeding  Thai Chicken Curry, Nom Nom Paleo
I find it great to have a few go-to recipes to use through the week. You know, those dishes you could eat at least once a week with a few variations? Those dishes you always have the ingredients for and can make from memory? This recipe established itself in our kitchen this week.

Let me know your requests and suggestions. Which round is your favorite? What do you want to see more or less of? Let me know! Send a tweet to @getblacktoenail using #5roundfriday so I can find it.

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

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Article: The 30 Days No Alcohol Experiment: Part 1 (What Happens When You Quit Alcohol Cold Turkey)

I’m sure many of us have stopped drinking alcohol for a time, or at least talked about it. Have you ever wondered what happens to your body when you do quit? Ben Greenfield found out.

During the podcast (yeah, this is a mouthful) “How Quitting Alcohol Helped Today’s Guest Lose 30 Pounds, Make More Money, Attract Better Friends And Lovers, And Got A Job Hosting SportsCenter on ESPN (And Your Formula For Reducing or Quitting Alcohol)”…

…I asked James if he actually got any blood testing before and after quitting alcohol.

He said no (but he wished he had).

So after I recorded the podcast, I e-mailed the good folks at WellnessFX, and said, “Hey look – it would be an incredibly interesting experiment to take some guy or girl who is drinking alcohol pretty liberally and to test their blood biomarkers, then have them quit alcohol for 30 days, and then re-test – just to see what happens inside your body when you quit alcohol for 30 days.”

Source: The 30 Days No Alcohol Experiment: Part 1 (What Happens When You Quit Alcohol Cold Turkey). – Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

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Article: Marines consider more lenient body fat rules, new tape test tools

Fitness buffs and female Marines are likely to benefit most from recommended changes to the Corps’ body composition standards that will soon be presented to senior leadership.

Source: Marines consider more lenient body fat rules, new tape test tools

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Coming up this Week 4/11/16

Coming up this Week 4/11/16

Coming up this week on The Black Toenail:

  1. What happens when you do sober what you promise drunk?
  2. Thomas Jefferson’s birthday
  3. Video – yes, video
  4. We see how fat I am
  5. Did I mention it was Thomas Jefferson’s birthday?

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Article: 11 secrets Marine drill instructors hide at boot camp

The images stay with you for the rest of your life: Screaming drill instructors, in your face, in your space, in your nightmares.

Source: 11 secrets Marine drill instructors hide at boot camp

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