General

Research and Rigor

Yesterday’s post was on the topic of white versus brown rice. In an attempt to present a broad overview and represent both sides of the issue, I sourced butterbeliever.com, a site that posted this: Many people eat way, way too much fiber, which can lead to serious digestive disorders, and even colon cancer…So, everyone choking down their Fiber-One cereals and psyllium husks really aren’t doing themselves any favors at all…Healthy people don’t need tons of fiber, and they generally don’t need to go out of their way looking for it. This claim, in part, stems from the declarations of...
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Nutrition and Meals

Brown versus White Rice

I approached the Chipotle counter to grab a burrito for my son. His order is simple, carnitas and rice. My young man is certainly consistent with his tastes. Here comes the query – brown or white rice? I’m guessing you think you know my answer. Brown rice is the easy choice, right? Everyone knows it’s the healthier selection. Not so fast. Y’all know the theme of this blog. We challenge conventional wisdom at every turn. We won’t be right all the time, and we will change course as frequently as we need to. “If you do not change direction,...
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Nutrition and Meals

Do Your Own Nutrition Homework – Matt Buschmann [Guest Post]

In 2013, I identified Matt Buschmann as a man with the capability to lead a baseball organization both nutritionally and from a training perspective. My assessment is informed by his devotion to trial and error, willingness to devour new information and apply data. Of course, he is also an elite athlete with the mental strength to grind through years of minor league baseball, hurdle after hurdle. His brain is unlike most pro pitchers. Listen up: As a professional athlete, finding the optimal nutrition for my body is one of the most important things I can do. Most of the...
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General

Small Steps

I am always up for a challenge. I relish attacking them with trial and error. In this case, a kaplifestyle.com reader came to me with a big challenge. I’m definitely in over my head here, but not a bit scared. Let’s dive in. Hey Kap, this is maybe an odd question, but do you have any advice for someone who’s pathologically lazy? I’m 36 and just can’t seem to get it together. Struggled with depression and anxiety for years. Medication used to help but not so much any more. Probably 75 pounds overweight. Really, really want to get things...
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Nutrition and Meals

Microwave

My home does not have a microwave. I’m not looking to get dinner on the table in record times. Quite frankly, my decision is primarily related to taste. Perhaps due to my lack of culinary knowledge and technical prowess with the appliance, I’ve never enjoyed food prepared in a microwave. For you, my readers, I took a deeper look to see if there were reasons to avoid the box beyond personal preference. First, we should comprehend its functionality. From health.harvard.edu: Understanding how microwaves work can help clarify the answer to this common question. Microwave ovens cook food with waves...
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Fitness

Skinny Calves – A Solution and Contest

Hello, I’m Kap, and I have skinny calves.  Over the course of my MLB career, my teammates often busted my balls about my lower legs. Perhaps their ribbing came because I showed my little guys off by going socks up with my baseball pants, but more likely, it’s because they don’t quite match the rest of my physique. For many years, I tried to build them up. I worked on donkey raises or the flavor of the month calf exercise. My calves became as strong as a Martin Luther King Jr. address, but remained undeveloped. I’m starting this support...
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Nutrition and Meals

Coconut Milk

Why must we still have that little voice in our head? You know the one. “Don’t eat that, it’s high in fat and calories.”  Zip it, my imaginary friend. You’re not welcome here. So many folks shy away from coconut milk due to its high calorie and fat content. You shouldn’t; that fat is lovely. It comes in the form of medium chain triglycerides. From NYU Medicine: Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are fats with an unusual chemical structure that allows the body to digest them easily. Most fats are broken down in the intestine and remade into a special form...
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