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Recent Books: Paleo, Angel Investing, Mediation, and Career Acceleration

I read a few books over the last year that I thought were worth highlighting/recommending: The book that has had the most practical impact on my life was The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health, by John Durant.  This is a thoughtful analysis and explication of the “paleo” or [...continue reading]

How To Lose Fat And Gain Muscle With Venture Capital

Both founders and researchers in healthcare are spending far too much of their energy in areas where they’re not going to make maximum impact. Most health problems are self-inflicted, but the innovation economy doesn’t reflect the power of preventive healthcare.  Dr. An Nguyen and I just completed [...continue reading]

Lose Weight and Get Strong Without Leaving Your House

My family and I are in the process of moving to another apartment, and we are thinking through how to design it to promote active living for us and our children.  Both at work and at home, we’re trying to make it as easy and natural as possible for people to raise their fitness level while going [...continue reading]

The Real Reasons Adults Love To Give Kids Sugar

The world rains sugar on my children. The bus driver offers my child bubble gum. The teachers offer a cupcake for every birthday party. The school vending machine is full of junk food; so is the one at the Y. At camp, the counselors offer candy and a freeze pop at the end of the day..and [...continue reading]

Meet People At SXSW … While Working Out And Losing Weight

Can you go to SXSW and stay in shape? South by Southwest (SXSW) is famous for a jam-packed schedule, infinite free food & drink, minimal sleep, and radical overstimulation.  It's not well known as a place to stay in shape. So before attending for my first time (finally!), I had to find a [...continue reading]

How to Keep the People Attending Your Conference Alive

Do you organize events?  Do you like your attendees alive? Conference organizers like their attendees to be energetic, enthusiastic, and preferably, alive.  However, I see a lot of conference organizers who are doing the opposite: degrading the health of their attendees. Joe Reilly organized 50 [...continue reading]

Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

Fitness/life guru Tim Ferriss just posted my guest article on ff Venture Capital's approach to building a fitness office. (Thanks Tim!) I've attached below my original, much more detailed blog post about the details of how we've designed our office to help people stay healthy and be as productive as [...continue reading]

The Ultimate Office for Athletes and People Seeking a Healthier Lifestyle

When Arnold Schwarzenegger first came to America and started becoming the world's most successful bodybuilder, he and fellow bodybuilder Franco Columbu worked during the day as bricklayers. Effectively, their work was their workout. Plus, of course, they hit the gym hard and heavy. Unfortunately, [...continue reading]

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Michael Pollan has a lengthy, excellent article in the NY Times on "Nutritionism": how modern technology can make your food less healthy. I strongly recommend it, particularly for people sensitive to their health and their weight. The bullet points at the end are critical, and will save you a lot [...continue reading]

Calorie-Restriction Diets

America is ready for a new diet fad every year or so. Now that Atkins is done, the Calorie-Restriction Diet could well be next, particularly as the baby-boomers age. For a view of life with that diet, see New York magazine's article. [...continue reading]