What is Intermittent Fasting

Here is a simple trick that some useful friends of mine have used to transform their lives: Intermittent fasting. This involves a two- to three-week, everyday fast in which food is limited (usually to a breakfast of some kind, with the occasional cheese sandwich or hard-boiled egg), and energy is amply replenished through routine exercise and lifestyle changes. This is different from a fad diet that, although probably tempting, always threatens to be more trouble than it’s worth.

My friend Simone (her identity is private) embarked on a rigid intermittent fasting program, which she religiously adhered to with fine precision for a month. She no longer relied on her rational machine that churned out email queries and brainstorming sessions. She actually managed to master virtually every skill she needed to master. She has always been good at cooking, but by the end of the program, Simone was making soup, making snacks, and otherwise refining her culinary chops. She added more vigorous physical exercise to her daily routine, and she worked out with an amazing intensity — so intense that she doesn’t remember when the workout ended.

By the end of the month, she felt like herself again. There’s the added benefit of not having to worry about boring — or any kind of — eating habits.

The recipes here are mostly adapted from Simone’s website, which gives a good idea of what kind of impact intermittent fasting can have. There are recipes for quick-and-easy meals that are also ample portions of pasta and rice, but mostly they are post-dinner meals. Sima’s fiancé and his chef friend cooked up a few recipes to start with, and encouraged Simone to adapt them to her needs. Her own cooking skills have improved vastly, which of course is great in itself. It will make it much easier for Simone to leave her 9-to-5 job if she so chooses, though, especially since a big chunk of her expenses now include wine and wine-related expenses.

5 Key Points of Mediterranean Diet

“Americans should watch their fat intake and eat smaller portions. They should limit their intake of meat, fats and starchy carbs. They should also adopt a Mediterranean diet.”

– Dr. Robert Lustig, surgeon and pediatric endocrinologist.

Yes, there’s plenty to criticize about this summary of the Mediterranean diet. But I’d suggest it is a superb example of the correct definition of what constitutes good nutrition. As you can see from my article, I’ve spent many years researching the best way to eat — and the best way to avoid a chronic illness.

In an effort to get as much information as possible, I co-authored and edited the Encyclopedia of Health, Diet and Exercise as a guide for the public to learn how to eat well. If you own a library, I highly recommend it.

Meyer Salt, an adjunct professor of public health, shares more:

I thought I’d take a moment to review what I like about this chapter on Mediterranean diets. I think the main thing is the focus on “five hallmarks of the diet: monounsaturated fats, plant sterols, olive oil, walnuts, and almonds.” Instead of focusing on the mechanics of preventing disease (like Dr. Lustig, I have argued, for many years, that the problem was the wrong tools for preventing it), the authors have decided to have a fairly un-Slimming “grub” philosophy of nutrition. The authors make five key points:

1. The extra-virgin olive oil that Europeans (most of whom love olive oil and strive to eat it more often) eat and the substitutions made for it to make it nutritionally equivalent to extra-virgin olive oil to Americans (who, to this day, love extra-virgin olive oil and have been at war with making it nutritionally equivalent to it) are the hallmarks of a healthy diet, not nutritional “engineering.” It is not so much what is in the olive oil as what is not in it that is the dietary hallmark. This distinction is important, of course, but one thing I have learned in my long study of health and nutrition is that nutrition is not defined by what is in the food but by what is out of it. What we need is better logic about what people eat.

2. The suggestion that we follow five elements of a Mediterranean diet is a clear reference to how the diverse peoples and cultures in the Mediterranean region eat. No matter how many fads we try and fail to follow, that’s our reality.

3. Although research has long demonstrated that compounds present in the pine nuts and whole grains are associated with a very well-studied body of disease-preventing metabolic hormones, neither the reviewers nor the authors mentioned any of the other new data on fat and cholesterol, specifically as a cause of coronary disease, diabetes and oral cancers.

4. It’s important to remember that the values and ingredients in the reference books described are what actually make up the Mediterranean diet; the results of people’s studies are irrelevant.

5. Many people suggest that the term “Mediterranean diet” — which covers the whole region, from Greece to Spain to Turkey to Israel — is redundant because the foods in the diet are similar across cultures and ethnicity. I’m not sure.

3 Interesting Netflix Movies That Somehow Exist

Ever realize that you’ve never watched a TV show or movie because you’ve never come across it on Netflix? That’s probably a good thing, because then you wouldn’t be wasting your time thinking about it. For those of you who love to get lost in other people’s lives, that’s probably a good thing too because then you don’t have to spend a bunch of money on those boring old TV shows and movies that other people have already seen.

We’ve found five Netflix shows and movies that might be out there, but we guarantee that you’ve never seen them (and you’re allowed to not). The same thing applies to documentaries. You may never have heard of one of these films, and it’s probably for the best. You don’t need to see it to get the concept. You can watch it before and enjoy it for the interesting bits, but that’s okay. Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t have to see one of them before getting hooked.

3. Rat Film

Rat Film is a 1995 movie about rats. Yes, really. Sure, rats! This is right up there with The Land Before Time and Monsters Inc, but these are no longer the scariest thing children and adults are exposed to. Not only that, but seeing a whole litter of the larger-than-life creatures running around is bound to make you hungry for pizza. Not as gross as starving to death, but still.

2. Jackass 2: The Second Law

For those of you who haven’t seen Jackass: The Second Law, go now. It’s a road movie starring Justin Long, who we can see as the guy who brought you Drive, but it’s one of the funniest movies of all time. Nick Swardson is also in this movie and we need to know what he looks like under a mask on a playground in a red Speedo. Also, is there anything that can motivate a man to continue with this ridiculous task of donning a mask and going on a motorcycle trip? Apparently not. Just go see this movie, and we’ll totally be understanding. You’ll get plenty of chances to chuckle during those moments of pure insanity.

1. Bjork

We love Bjork, and we’re pretty sure you should too. That’s not because we know a thing or two about what she’s like or because we’re desperate to see another avant-garde music video that’s about phalluses. Nope, it’s because we love her. This video is for her song Sugarcubes, and it’s one of her better songs, if not the best. She’s all sorts of funny and wants to be your favorite little ditty on the radio, which is pretty fair. Her crazy voice is what makes the tune, and we hope to hear more of her in the future. It’s been 16 years since we’ve seen another fully-stylized song video, so we hope to see her throw her hair around and generally sing about her love for New Order’s Banquet for years to come. Don’t you like it when that happens?


4 People Who Shaped History

From the horrific Nuremberg trials to the Founding Fathers, here are five people who influenced the writing of history.

Since the 1960s, the history of racism, feminism, democracy, women’s rights, the environment, the civil rights movement, nuclear disarmament, the nuclear arms race, and the arms race in the Middle East have been on the receiving end of radical change. At the same time, understanding the historical roots of radical change takes time, and thinking about history can sometimes be even longer than the actual history.

It’s nice to celebrate people on a yearly basis, and many different people and groups will likely find themselves on the list of 100 Most Influential People (35 named in the first batch). But this list is focused on those people who have made a particularly significant contribution to human history, whatever that may be. This list includes four people who can potentially be declared the most influential and lasting person in history:

4. Joseph Stalin

It would be wrong to write off Stalin as a bad man. In fact, those were pretty fine words to use when writing about the man’s history. If we had to single someone out for the possible accomplishment of influencing our history more than any other individual, it’s most likely going to be Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

Stalin amassed an extensive legacy of horrific and unjust deeds over a majority of the 20th century, and in death he remains entrenched in the debate on whether or not he was a villain. He has inspired countless biographies of both real and fictional figures, and countless historians have been criticized for studying him and his legacy too much.

However, his most important legacy may have been that of staying in power for decades without any major threats to his authority. This triggered political and psychological changes that later reshaped the world and caused significant upheaval within the Cold War rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States.

3. Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci lived three very different lives. One was his own — he was a Renaissance genius and a man of unparalleled creative genius. He created the techniques for sketching and outlined the principles of light, space, and man’s ability to understand the world. Still, for many people, he’s a mystery. It took a 500-year gap after his death before the Renaissance was immortalized in art.

The Renaissance lasted 500 years because that’s how long it took Leonardo to create a catalogue of ideas that would eventually be documented and understood by countless individuals and societies of the future. Unfortunately, he kept most of his ideas to himself for most of his life. Yet, because of that, he created one of the most definitive portraits of humanity. It is impossible to describe the genius of da Vinci, but his work can be studied at a microscopic level in a similar way to how physics can be studied at a microscopic level.

2. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a man dedicated to a single goal: ending the institutional racism that plagued the nation. He came from a poor, black middle-class family that often faced ridicule and harassment, and he became a prominent leader against racism through non-violent means. He was associated with the Civil Rights Movement for decades, but when he was assassinated in 1968, the legacy of racial discrimination would likely have carried on without him, even if he had lived to see it.

It’s difficult to speculate how many lives were saved by the efforts of King and his fellow civil rights leaders. It’s impossible to say. But we can look back on the Civil Rights Movement and say that King’s activism and sacrifices to end discrimination did have a large impact on the lives of countless individuals. He is undeniably one of the greatest political figures of the 20th century.

1. John Lennon

John Lennon had a singular talent for musical creativity, and he worked hard to live up to the expectations of the Beatles. He started out as an unknown musician, but he was soon surrounded by a rotating cast of talented songwriters who eventually decided he should lead the band. Over the course of the next few years, Lennon brought in eight new members, improved the sound, and developed the songs of a young group known as the Beatles.

Along the way, Lennon changed the course of music history. He wrote the immortal “Imagine” and introduced an up-and-coming form of pop music to the world. Over the last few decades, people have changed the way they think about art and artisanship, and that revolution to some extent continues to this day.

1 Key Point to Launch Your Start-Up

Many people hate their 9 to 5 jobs. In our world, we tend to think that the only job we want to do is something that is a chore (i.e. sitting at home all day).

How to write a successful business plan. Many people believe their plan should be a “do list” that has 5 bullet points. However, the real goal of any business plan is to help the owner plan for their future.

As adage as it sounds, we just live once. You need to carry on with an actual existence as free, satisfying, and fascinating as could reasonably be expected. Tragically, being an office ramble isn’t probably going to present to you this.

Do you hear this little voice disclosing to you that it’s the ideal opportunity for a change? That’s right. You realize what I mean. All things considered, you are perusing this article at now.

Key Point: Understand Where You Are In Your Start-Up

Before you can really go from an idea to an idea commercialized, you have to understand where you are now in your start-up. It’s often so easy to take this step, but most often, it is unnecessary.

It may surprise you that too many entrepreneurs find themselves falling into an idea trap. They take a piece of information they read and hear and insert it into their business knowledge. However, on top of knowledge and experience, you must also understand the market.

What are the assumptions you’re making? Why are you doing what you’re doing? Is the market actually similar to what you were previously doing? Was your growth curve previously stagnating because your product was running into that same market? What may be the reasons your market has been stagnant?

These are often confusing questions to answer and figure out how to get started in your new business venture.

To not be bound to your past, you need to make a vision statement. Remember, you’re not always right about the product or service you’re presenting to your customers. There may be some areas that can be changed, or some areas where you should act differently to help reach the end goal of your business.

What are those areas? It can be very helpful to work with a person or person of proven experience in the field to help determine the areas. Once you’ve got this set, you can start to put away your current product or service and start to focus your efforts and investment on your vision.

Who is Caroline Flack?

Once, before Ricky Gervais, former host of the U.K.’s version of The Office, was ever famous, he was best known for his role as the only non-ridiculous member of the Comedy Store cast, which includes the likes of Russell Brand, Steve Coogan and Bill Bailey. Flack, 40, appeared in Gervais’s show through the early 2000s, performing alongside Peter Serafinowicz, Phill Jupitus and Gervais. After she left the U.K. version of The Office, Flack hosted the British version of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, before moving on to U.K. reality show Love Island in 2010.

Since then, Flack has hosted a handful of other reality shows, including Tumble (Australia’s version of Strictly Come Dancing), a sporting reality show that showcased fitness and dance. She’s also featured on Celebrity Big Brother and Celebs Go Dating, the latter of which she hosts alongside her co-stars, Caggie Dunlop and Eden Blackman. While she was on Celebrity Big Brother, Flack reportedly had a fling with co-star Andrew Brady — who later got engaged to Flack’s friend, Love Island co-star Amelia Lily.

Last year, Flack made the transition from reality host to author, with the release of her book, Flack, which goes inside her interview and songwriting process — or rather, her lack thereof. The book portrays Flack as a naive young girl with a mischievous personality, and it explores her childhood with a mother who divorced her father when she was young and showed little affection. It also touches on her relationships with celebrities. “There was always a drip-feed of stories and quotes from interviews,” Flack wrote in a book review for the Guardian. “But much of it seems to have been taken out of context. My editor meant for me to make the biggest impression possible out of each brief quote. With hindsight, we didn’t help her and let the cliche take over.”

8 Features of Donald Trump

8 Features of Donald Trump(OR ANY POLITICIAN)

An essential insight about Trump — or any politician — is that they do not learn from history. That’s obvious, but interesting in its own way. Trump arrived in Washington intending to destroy public institutions, for example, and he’s now doing just that.

But Trump’s inability to learn much may only be a feature, not a bug. After all, on a number of the most important leadership matters, his ignorance is both common and widespread.

8. Calling out politicians for hypocrisy

This is not a new problem, but for far too long it’s been one of the few areas in which we have had to shout obscenities at politicians as a group.

There are several principal reasons for this, but no matter how much we’re watching public figures lie and deceive, we mostly just accept those lies as facts, and accuse them of lying. This is beyond embarrassing, it’s stupid. It is a sign of a media that, like all the media, has gone insane.

Do not take my word for it, consider the words of James Baldwin, who wrote a famous anti-war essay that’s often cited as a model of how to criticize, namely that “what appears politically correct today will be the equivalent of another popular saying tomorrow.”

7. Naming names

Once again, think of who spoke most forcefully against taking up arms to make war on other nations. It wasn’t Trump, it was the great John Steinbeck, who famously denounced the U.S. invasion of Iraq as a “policy of ethnic cleansing.” Steinbeck was an obscure voice in an obscure literary milieu, but his speech was electric and meaningful.

Because politicians don’t name names, we sometimes believe that our politicians are beyond reasonable criticism and are mostly just ploys, or a bunch of furrow-browed mortals of little consequence. The fact is, we need to call out Trump, Pelosi, the G7 summit. We need to say, “This man’s not telling the truth. It’s just not credible.”

6. Saying thanks

What kind of leader congratulates his opponents and then sends them out to be attacked? What kind of leader takes credit for his followers’ work and then sends them out to get punched in the face? What kind of leader, on the other hand, is right to be critical of his supporters and harshly criticized his opponents and put them out to be attacked?

If you say it’s “just politics,” you’re doing not just Trump, but any politician who thinks about politics as something to be played and often won. If you say it’s the truth, you’re doing yourself a disservice. You don’t know who is right. Nor are you aware of what’s already been said.

5. Refusing to compromise

Trump didn’t study foreign policy, but that didn’t stop him from governing it. No one who engaged in bipartisanship really believed that it was in their interests to entrust his “my way or the highway” approach with America’s indispensable role in the world. Similarly, no one gave Trump credit for his willing flexibility on China and NAFTA.

The real problem is that no one, particularly Republicans, who had a balanced and serious vision for what U.S. foreign policy should be.

4. Incorporating new ones

We have ceased to even bother to interrogate candidates for public office, judging them by who they are, where they come from, and what their attitude toward racial diversity is. Now that most candidates simply don’t have strong views, it’s no longer an issue.

This is a profound and dangerous mistake, and it says something about our political culture.

3. Not understanding how to compromise

Party loyalty is a grave luxury that most voters can no longer afford. Now that partisans know that they can rally around their chosen candidate, and lock out others who are not in agreement, they come to believe that they know better than anyone else what’s best for this country. That’s wrong.

The voters deserve better, and so does the country.

2. The excuses

The U.S. economy is fine, the world is fine, the federal budget will not be in deficit for 15 years. If it’s all the fault of the president, the blame should fall on the leader of the opposition, who could and should do much more to restrain spending and rein in tax cuts.

The majority of voters are not blind to the fact that they’re living in a very dangerous time, and they want sensible answers, not bad rhetoric and empty promises. But that is so rare that no one has a clue how to deliver them. What we desperately need is a Democonstruction.

1. The politics

All of these blind spots stem from a particular set of politics that is also a particular set of prejudices and social realities. Who knows what other qualities of leadership aren’t currently obvious?

Top 9 Basketball Men of All Time

Among the other: Nate Thurmond, Kenny Smith, Billy Cunningham, Will Perdue, Marques Johnson, Bill Russell, Jordan Crawford, and Jason Kidd and of course Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan..

9. John G. Calipari

John Calipari

A decade before taking the Purdue job, Calipari became the coach of that team that, in 1967, became the first in NCAA history to win its tournament games by an average of 46 points. After his coaching career, he worked as a referee. He is an NBA official today.

8. Bernie Bickerstaff

Bernie Bickerstaff

Though he never won an NBA title, Bickerstaff coached teams that made the final in 10 of his 14 seasons (from 1988 to 2002) and in five of six seasons from 1994 to 2002. And during those latter years, he served as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson, though to criticize Bickerstaff for knowing Jackson well is wrong.

7. Earl Monroe

Earl Monroe

A three-time NBA all-star, Monroe also won five NCAA titles and was a four-time All-American. He also served two stints as an assistant coach, notably under Red Auerbach.

6. Auerbach Red

Auerbach Red

Auerbach coached the Boston Celtics to their first six NBA titles, but he also coached for two of them. He died on this day last year.

5. Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler

Drexler was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and NBA all-star and was arguably the second-best player in American history. He played for the Portland Trail Blazers for 14 seasons and led them to four NBA titles, winning NBA MVP twice.

4. Del Harris

Del Harris

Houston has played 19,007 games since 1947, the longest active streak in the NBA, and Harris played in 5,315 of them.

3. Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller

Like Drexler, Miller is the second-most prolific three-point shooter in NBA history. In his 15 seasons, he made 711 of 1,482 shots from three-point range.

2. Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

The greatest player in NBA history, Johnson won the Most Valuable Player award three times, three titles, and is the only player to win an MVP trophy as a rookie, a rookie of the year award, an MVP award, and a championship.

1. Isiah Thomas

Issiah Tomas

During his 17 seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Thomas won two titles and MVP trophies in one of those seasons.

Top 6 Classic Rock Stars In Music History

Classic Rock Music appeared in 60’s but made its biggest debut in the 1970s. Today we have collacted for you Top 6 Classic Rock Stars In Music History.

6. Bonnie Raitt (1974)

Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt, who went on to win two Grammys in 1990 for her self-titled third album, dropped her first record only four years earlier. It was excellent, though, hitting Number Nine on the Billboard chart and registering one of the group’s biggest hits with “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” The album is yet another in a line of compilations best seen as a full album on vinyl, rather than the super-skinny edition of CD sales one. (Bonnie Raitt’s, Soulful Soul, quickly sold more than 500,000 copies.) Although the album includes enough songs to satisfy more than a single listener — she delivers 28 at any given time — it’s nowhere near as eclectic as those other series of discs.

5. Steve Earle (1976)

Steve Earle’s 1971 debut wasn’t a big seller (despite album highlights like “I Ain’t Into Religion” and “Broken Windshields”). But its anthemic concept album and rustic swagger captured Earle at his hard-driving best and he went on to develop a successful but still under-the-radar catalog, which included the albums Copperhead Road (2001) and I Don’t Dance (2007). Earle’s strength as a singer-songwriter and songwriter is his humble, folksy style; his knack for understated songs and controlled performance was on full display here. Tracks such as “Real Country” and “Right There” offer earworms, and he’s a standout on the album’s final ballad, “Tonight It Hurts So Good,” which mentions both his future wife and his long-shot chance of winning the county music song of the year award.

4. R.E.M. (1986)


The trippy utopian spirit of R.E.M.’s 1985 debut is hard to deny, especially when you consider the chameleon-like beauty of the last few years in which they’ve moved from radio-friendly singles to experimental albums, such as “Losing My Religion” and “Gardening at Night.” The big debut served as a starting point for the band’s evolution as much as it did anyone’s appreciation. With a 1974 single like “Stand” and favorites like “Man on the Moon” and “Roses on the Wall,” this debut album secured the band’s place as one of the premier live acts of its era and set off a steady stream of TV appearances and appearances on everything from Cosby to Saturday Night Live. It still feels fresh in the 21st century; a modern day Pat Benatar, if you will.

3. Van Halen (1984)

Van Halen

Original Bon Jovi lead singer Richie Sambora couldn’t have made an inglorious, late-career attempt at being a frontman for a classic-rock band (just ask Joe Perry, who played with him from 2006 to 2008), but his recurring role in the Van Halen transition was a complex one. It began with a hasty departure that led to an embarrassing (to me at least) singing change, then it switched to ’80s-era super-banger-baiting (hello “Jump”), and in the end, it took nearly as many detours as members of the Beatles, including the departure of founding frontman David Lee Roth, who briefly led the band in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

2. KISS (1973)


Was there any founding band with more behind-the-scenes story than Kiss? It became a mascot and bankable actor, rapidly, commercially and artistically, and (courtesy of a revolving cast of top-tier performers) it remained virtually untouchable in terms of consistent live performances and visual appeal. You could spot the first KISS show by its carabiner stickers and tee shirts, the massive tongue and the helmets, especially “Flaming Creatures,” the album’s ultra-obvious No. 1 smash, even as the rest of the band’s sound and style mixed all sorts of blues-rock, surf, disco and disco (plus a lot of weird riffs and takes on group harmonies, which were never more potent on any album than on “Rock and Roll All Nite”).

1. The Beatles (1962)

The Beatles

The Beatles were five British boys who got together in a London discotheque in 1963 to play together on stage, but they did nothing in particular — they simply recorded a few covers of songs they heard that they wanted to play on their own. (They covered Clapton’s “Layla.” They covered Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.”) As John Lennon would later note: “The Beatles formed because there were no others writing songs for the Beatles to play.” Once again, Rock-Star Classic.