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Friday Fun Day Workout: The Great Outdoors!

Friday-Fun-Dayby Sean Croxton

Friday Fun Day is BACK!

It’s been a long time since Brett Klika and I got together for a FFD workout.

This week we decided to take advantage of the sunny San Diego weather and show you how to use your own bodyweight to get stronger, improve your balance and coordination, and break a serious sweat.

And that’s not it…

Today’s workout isn’t just a workout. It’s a celebration, because Brett was recently named the IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year!

In other words, he’s the man. :)

I’ve known Brett for 13 years, way back when he was my weight training teacher in college. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this award more than him.

Congrats, Brett!

This weekend you can get your hands on Brett’s Underground Workout Manual — complete with 12 weeks of workouts, 360 instructional videos, and interval training program — for only $19.97. That’s fifty-percent off!

Sale ends Sunday at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Learn more —>

Enjoy today’s workout!


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Why Voting with Your Food Dollars Doesn’t Work.

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by Sean Croxton

Vote with your food dollars.

With activism at its core and clear purpose in its actions, this frequently heard foodie maxim has become the battle cry for those of us demanding change in our food system.

On its face, food dollar voting is intended to support those who do it the right way — the farmers who rotate their crops, protect the integrity of their soils, feed their animals their proper diets, and provide their customers, you and me, with real organic produce and pastured meats and eggs.

It just feels so warm and fuzzy. Sustainable, too.

But on the flip side of all of that warmth and fuzziness are the ones who come out on the short end of our votes — the farmers who do it the wrong way.

To hell with them, you might say. They raise monocrops. They erode their soils with harsh chemicals and tillage. They confine their animals, feeding them grains and antibiotics. And then they have the nerve to sell their sick foods to paying customers in the name of health.

The prevailing consumer solution for the horrendous stewardship of conventional farmers has been to take money out of their pockets by casting fiscal votes for the good guys, the ones who do it right. Then at some point, the ones who do it wrong will get the message and change their ways.

If it were only that simple.

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The Podcast about Paleo Desserts, Crock Pots, & Owning Your Past. (#228)

sad-breadby Allyson the Assistant

I personally believe everything happens for a reason.

When we deal with hardships or struggle, it’s to make us learn from the experience and grow stronger.

George Bryant is the perfect example of this. Saying he’s been through a lot would be an understatement. He was an overweight kid, battled an eating disorder, and his legs literally exploded while he was stationed in Somalia as a Marine.

While some might give up on life after all of that, George emerged more determined than ever. His troubled past led him to become one of the culinary leaders in the Paleo blogosphere. George is the founder of Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations, a website filled with easy, but more importantly, delicious Paleo recipes.

Going Paleo doesn’t mean you have to let go of the foods you love, and George proves it. His Instagram account is filled with pictures of his culinary creations that make you do a double take. There’s no way that lemon cake is Paleo. But it is!

George’s recipes are also for those who feel they “can’t cook”. He has a ton of recipes that only require a few ingredients and a crockpot. For example, his CrockPot Pulled Pork is just pork shoulder, spices, BBQ sauce, and of course you need a crockpot.

He’s a big advocate of “mistakes were made to be make in the kitchen” so, don’t be afraid to jump in and start cooking! George’s most popular recipe, Paleo Banana Bread, was intended to be a pancake recipe but they weren’t turning out right on the griddle so he threw the batter in a baking pan. The result? Amazing banana bread that has now led to a handful of spinoff recipes. Genius!

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In Memory of Barry Groves (1936-2013)

Barry-Grovesby Sean Croxton

While on break, I received the sad and unfortunate news from our good friend Zoe Harcombe that Barry Groves, PhD, a true health crusader, had passed away at the age of 77.

Dr. Groves — a founding member of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (THINCS) as well as the Fluoride Action Network — worked tirelessly to expose dietary and medical misinformation because, as he would say, everything you think you know about diet and health is probably wrong.

Barry is survived by his wife Monica, and his legacy lives on through his websites, articles, and books. I encourage you to visit the links below to learn more about his work.

I’m kicking myself for not having Barry on the UW podcast. However, he was gracious enough to be one our Real Food Summit presenters.

His Homo Carnivorus: What We are Designed to Eat presentation (posted below), in which he states a compelling case for a high-fat diet, was one of the event’s most popular talks.

The next time someone tells you that your diet should mimic that of our plant-based primate ancestors (if you believe in evolution, that is), you’ll want to direct them to Barry’s talk!

Here’s the rundown…

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Lessons from a Long Staycation.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 4.58.40 PMby Sean Croxton

Marathons were never my thing.

This body of mine wasn’t built to withstand prolonged bouts of enduring physical or mental activity.

At some point I break down, literally crushed by yet another attempt to go against the very nature of who I am.

Such was the case during the final week of our SexyBack Summit festivities — Webinar Week, we called it.

I won’t solicit your sympathy with untold stories of the behind-the-scenes madness that accompanies a 3-week online event launch. Though, I can honestly say that I have a newfound sense of compassion for entertainers who cancel appearances due to “exhaustion”.

That sh*t is real, y’all.

Note to self: Hire a customer service team for all future online events, and nix the whole Webinar Week idea. You live, you learn.

Once SexyBack ended and I finished my Dark Side of Fat Loss presentation at Saint Mary’s College the following week, I submerged myself into what I hoped would be two weeks (it turned out to be a month) of nothingness.

I woke up without an alarm, saw just about every summer movie worth seeing, rented jet skis, went to the county fair, rediscovered Hulu and Netflix, read novels that had nothing to do with health, and uncovered this really awesome thing called EDM, or electronic dance music.

Glow sticks, anyone?

Apparently the plan was to completely remove myself from all things Underground Wellness and allow my evidently drained batteries to recharge to full power. Yet my mind always seemed to drift back to this blog, my vacationing brain endlessly peppered by a single unavoidable question:

What the heck are you doing here?