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Summer Reading, 2018

PBS: What’s Living Inside You A couple items caught my eye recently. First, a video that aired on PBS last week about the gut. Here’s the full video, and a related article from PBS.  Essentially they lay out the story of the human gut, discuss fecal transplants, and describe the importance of a healthy microbiome. […]

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Resistant Starch…2018

Howdy, ya’all – Hope everyone’s year is off to a good start. I was just poking around PubMed and found a couple of cool new resistant starch papers that I thought I’d share. Fiber and Telomeres Telomeres are “caps” found on the end of chromosomes. The length of telomeres is associated with your biological age […]

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Do Probiotics Need to be Refrigerated?

Karl Seddon, CEO of Elixa, has been busy making new videos!  If you are interested in probiotics, have a look at his video library.  I love that his videos are very informative and not just a straight-up sales pitch.  Good job explaining this topic, Karl! Click here to watch   Hello! This video answers one […]

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Probiotics, Immune System, Inflammation, Elixa

Every day I see science and health article discussing probiotics and their effect on inflammation and the immune system. Why gut bacteria are essential for a healthy immune system Probiotics for respiratory illness could save millions The only probiotic I recommend, and take myself, is Elixa. I took a couple rounds recently after a routine […]

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Mashed Potatoes & Gravy!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Hope you all are doing well as we enter the holiday season along with all of the decadent food choices we’ll soon encounter. Well, here’s a pro-tip for those of you who cook. Mashed potatoes and gravy can be made simply with no fat. Pile your plate high with these beautiful spuds, […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Post Script

I finished up the last of my potatoes on Friday at lunch, then went on to a weekend of frivolity. My first “real meal” was a 10oz prime rib with baby Yukon gold potatoes.  They were delicious (but a bit oily). I never get tired of spuds! I ate “normally,” if there is such a […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…The End

This is it for me!  I’ll be eating the leftover, cold spuds for lunch, but then we’re off to Denali National Park for the weekend, meeting friends, and hopefully having a Big Dipa and a steak. My dinner last night was a giant bowl full of boiled, cooled, then fried potatoes. We call these “homefries” […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…4th Day

Yesterday went well for me. I’m down 6.1 pounds on the scale! Feeling energetic and all systems are “go.” I went for a 3 mile jog last night, felt great the whole way. Dinner last night Yesterday was the same as all week: plain cold potato for breakfast and lunch, then a more substantial dinner. […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Day 3

What a week!  Getting tons of #potatohack love on the internet. Did you guys see some of my favorite blogger’s posts about us? Michael Allen Smith of Critical MAS has written two awesome blog posts this week: Calories are for Closers Most people laugh when I tell them about The Potato Hack. It is a […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…2nd Day

How are you all doing?  I’m feeling great despite eating nothing but potatoes since Monday morning.  I’ve had absolutely no trouble with wanting to eat “off-hack,” and I’d kind of forgotten how filled I actually feel when Potato Hacking. So, for breakfast yesterday I had a single, cold, pre-boiled potato. No salt, just spud. Munched […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Let’s Eat!

Over the weekend I went to my personal potato stash and extracted 20 pounds of beautiful Klondike Red potatoes. I’m also going to eat the last of a bag of Alaska-grown organic Russets. I washed and boiled 5 pounds of reds and roasted the Russets in the barbecue grill. I work 7-4:30 all week, so […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Can You Boil Water?

Tomorrow we start the potato hack, that means today is boiling day! Your life next week will be immensely easier if you boil about 10-12 pounds (precooked weight) of potatoes today. Use the biggest pot you have, fill it 1/2-2/3s full of water and place it on a burner on “high.” While the water is […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Recipes

The Potato Hack book has a couple recipes for each basic cooking method (baking, boiling, frying). Along the way, I’ve learned a couple more!  Here are some of my favorite recipes that did not get into the book. Potato Soup 12 oz chicken broth 1-2 lbs potatoes 1/4 tsp onion salt 1 tsp fresh parsley […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Shopping Day

We’re getting closer and closer to our group potato hack!  Have you all been shopping yet? Here’s what you need to buy to make next week’s potato hack a success: Potatoes Try to get the best potatoes you can find. Perhaps there’s a farmer’s market nearby where you can find locally grown organic potatoes. It […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Spudology 101

Amaze your friends with these facts and nomenclature stolen from around the worldwide web.   The potato is a herbaceous plant of the Solanaceae, or nightshade family, which contains several other well known cultivated crops such as tomato, eggplant, tobacco and pepper. The cultivated Solanum tuberosum subsp. tuberosum is considered to be originated from Andean […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…CICO

Do calories matter? Yes and no. The potato hack, an all-potato diet, is calorie restricted by its nature. The goal is to eat [just enough] potatoes to induce feelings of satiety. It’s nearly impossible to eat enough potatoes to gain weight, but it would be possible. CICO stands for “calories in/calories out,” long used as […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Exercise

In the book I mention several times that we should not exercise rigorously while potato hacking. I think it’s important to give our body some time off to heal, and that’s an important part of nearly all exercise programs from Cross-Fit to Insanity. Here are some alternatives to pumping iron and running marathons while you […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Age

The potato hack is especially useful for “older” folks who’ve slowly gained weight over the past 10, 20, 30 years to a point where their weight is effecting their overall health and well-being. Until recently everyone thought that middle-aged people got fat because they did not move around as much as youngsters and ate too […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Hormones

Today we’ll talk a little bit about hormones and how they relate to the potato hack and weight loss. When most people discuss hormones, estrogen and testosterone take center stage. But there’s a whole host of other hormones produced in the human body that effect nearly every single thing about us. Here’s a great primer […]

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