Yes, I’m on holiday this week. But I have put this collection of links together for you all to read in my absence. I’m back from the Lake District on Saturday night so look out for the post-holiday write up and photos on Monday evening!
- Before I even consider getting underway with the serious stuff, here is some detailed instruction on how to make your very own, extra healthy, chocolate. Just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Here’s an amusing article that I meant to link to a couple of weeks ago. The BBC got very excited by the thought that a new variety of potatoes could be classed as “healthy” thanks to the addition of antioxidants by scientists. The antioxidants, incidentally, turn the potatoes a rather funky shade of purple too, so if my blog-watch on white potatoes has changed your perspective a bit then perhaps it’s worth checking out these regal roasters.
- Belinda Benn wrote a good article for Bodybuilding.com the other week with some ideas on how to resist pain. Not bad pain, which you should always listen to and act on, but that good pain where you are pushing your body to its limits and which, if you give into it, will prevent you from getting the best training effect.
- Most people know that it is easy to confuse dehydration with hunger and that drinking water before meals can address the problem as well as filling you up a bit so that you eat less. Apparently nobody had done some scientific testing to support the hypothesis so scientists have finally done a “randomized controlled intervention trial demonstrating that increased water consumption is an effective weight loss strategy”.
- It seems appropriate to link to this article this week while I am away on a walking holiday. It is completely in tune with the way I feel when I do a walk in the Lake District, as I’m doing right now. To understand what I’m talking about, read on…
- Here’s an abstract which suggests that high-fat diets could help improve bone strength. Is this another one for the “high-fat diets are good” campaign?
- A very cute pussy-cat photo for this week. Prepare to say “Awwwww”…
- Before I went away I had an email from Michael Parsons asking if I would share with you all a recent post he wrote about 10 Physchological Reasons Why Most Diets Fail. It’s a great article to get you thinking and to help boost you when you’ve fallen off the bandwagon of your diet or are just finding it tough. There’s only a couple of posts on the site so far but it looks like it could be a site worth keeping an eye on for interesting reads in the future.
- Deep water soloing strikes me as being a crazy hobby. That point aside, it seems that it is starting to become quite a mainstream sport and there are some real experts coming to the fore. Are there any women out there who read this blog and fancy trying their hand at deep water soloing (or already do it)?
- I thought I understood the problems faced by celiac and then I read a moving article on Michael Ruhlman’s site by Carol Blymire. It really was an eye opener which I strongly recommend to everyone.
- If you struggle to improve your deadlift and are suspicious that there should be more strength there, based on the weights you move for your assistance work, then try out some of the tips in this article from Straight to the Bar. There’s some great common sense advice in the article.
- A while back I linked to a Guardian article from a woman who was in her last few months of pregnancy but still cycling. For anyone who was interested in how it worked out for her, here is a follow-up article about the end of her pregnancy journey, carrying on cycling right up to the birth and how the birth itself went for her.
High box jumps are one of those things that I’d like to work on one day. Watching videos like this makes me wish I was working on them right now. These are in no way the highest jumps I’ve ever seen, but it just makes it that bit cooler doing them in the park onto random bits of street furniture that happen to be about.