It's Mother's Day in the USA. So hopefully you are all treating her right, or thinking of her if she is no longer around. DQ's sprightly 80 year-old mother always made him laugh as a kid. She was all about eating vegetables and moving around. A lot. This back in the day when nutritional advice was to eat margarine and avoid eggs. Way before Bulletproof coffee, Ketogenic diets, Paleo and all that good jazz. Turns out she was probably on to something. So today's Q+T is a nod to diet and exercise. That fantastic combination that done right will have you fitting into those bespoke suits for years to come.
So, with no further ado, read from the bottom up, mix yourself that cocktail, and let's have a read of some things that we should all know.
Duncan met Joe Cross through a friend just before the release of the movie that tracked his self-imposed mission to get better and not be fat, sick and nearly dead. It's an inspiring piece. With some great twists. And a lot of observational science. We can't say we fully agree with the juicing to the extent it's fruit based and pure sugar. Or with all the crap about it detoxifying your organs (your kidneys and liver are pretty damned good at that). But this really works to help you get the splurge under control and clear your head. A reboot of your systems as Joe calls it.
When you've done watching Joe and his journey, have a look at this rather more scientific examination of intermittent fasting, and what the late A.A. Gill would have called the "Bicycle Science" of winning the battle of the bulge. For free. Anywhere. Anytime.
read: pure, white, and deadly
Robert Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California who specializes in the treatment of childhood obesity. A 90-minute talk he gave in 2009, titled "Sugar: The Bitter Truth", has now been viewed more than six million times on YouTube. In it, Lustig argues forcefully that fructose, a form of sugar ubiquitous in modern diets, is a “poison” culpable for America’s obesity epidemic.
A year or so before the video was posted, Lustig gave a similar talk to a conference of biochemists in Adelaide, Australia. Afterwards, a scientist in the audience approached him. Surely, the man said, you’ve read Yudkin. Lustig shook his head. John Yudkin, said the scientist, was a British professor of nutrition who had sounded the alarm on sugar back in 1972, in a book called Pure, White, and Deadly.
Get the book. And read it. But in the meantime, read these articles which nicely summarize the story of how the western world's nutritional advice went so wrong, for so long:
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As some of you may have heard, this does not exist. But if you happen to see a chap with a smoking skull gusset who are we to stop you winking in recognition as you offer to buy him a drink?
cocktail: hot lemon, maple, cayenne cleanser
The path of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. So when you are done tying one on all the time and need to clean out your pipes, kick start your day with one of these.
12 ounces hot water
1/4-1/2 fresh lemon, depending on size
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/8-1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on desired spiciness
Pour hot water into a large mug, and squeeze fresh lemon juice into water. Add maple syrup and cayenne pepper, and stir to combine. Taste and adjust acid, sweet, and spice accordingly.