Mark Tassi

Holistic Health the Way Nature Intended

Calorie Restriction or Eat More to Live More

Is restricting calories optimal for health or should we eat more to live more? There has been a bit of controversy of late on the matter. I offer some opinions based on my own years of experience.

Vibram Five Fingers: Yea or Nay

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Vibram recently for making claims about their Five Fingers barefoot shoes which, according to the plaintiff, simply ain’t so, or at least the claims are allegedly not backed up by science. So Vibram has settled and has “agreed to set aside $3.75 million to pay refunds of as much as $94 to anyone who had bought a pair since March 21, 2009, according to Runner’s World.”

What are we to make of this? Is it time to put the Five Fingers aside and apply for our refunds or is there a viable trend afoot?

3 Reasons Why No One Should Be On a Raw Foods Diet

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners generally don’t recommend a raw foods diet. It is too difficult to digest and breakdown the cellulose fibers they claim. Raw foods are too yin they say and we need more yang. But what of this? What is the merit of these claims? Is there any merit at all in this advice coming from a system which is thousands of years old? Should raw fooders take this advice and change their lifestyle? I’ve seen raw fooders, even some prominent ones do just that.

So Cal Farmers Market Produce Haul

So Cal is such a great place to live, mild winters, plenty of inexpensive fresh, ripe produce, year round farmers’ markets and Sun! There is nothing better for the active, fruity lifestyle! If you’re not here, come on out, if you are here, hope to see you soon!

Juice for Health?

In the last video we discussed juicing and some of the deleterious effects of juicing as a regular practice. Here we go into further detail and expound upon those points. Is juicing really all that it is cracked up to be in the health movement or should we treat juice and juicing with moderation or not partake at all?

To Juice or Not to Juice

Juicing has become the rage in the so-called health movement especially green juice on the high fat raw vegan scene, but is drinking juice really that healthy? Are there ramifications to stepping away from whole foods since juice really cannot be classified as a whole food? What are the pros and cons to juicing and should we, as aspirants to better health, adopt this practice?

Spirituality and the Raw Food Diet

Harley and Freelee released their Gimme Truth document last week and it has further revealed some of the unrest and division in our fruitarian community. It is obvious that diet and fitness alone is not enough. What are we doing outside that arena to make the world a better place? How are we using that energy? This video attempts to address some of those issues.

Fully Raw vs The Back Up Plan

There’s been a lot of fruit festival controversy in the last few months and controversy in the raw food movement in general. People are fighting and bickering over avocados and potatoes. And what of it? How do we decide where to draw the line? How do we decide what to do for ourselves? Should we even be splitting hairs in this way which is splitting the community? Can’t we just all get along or is this a necessary part of our evolution? I offer some opinions on these points.

More Riding in LA

Cycling in LA is amazing. In this video we rode the Hollywood Hills across Mulholland Highway just under the Hollywood Sign. That area is a major tourist attraction. I see tourists there all the time. It seems that everybody wants a photo with the Hollywood Sign in the background. We also head down to the LA River Bike Path which runs all the way to Long Beach. Also there are more and bike lanes being installed around the city thanks to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Hats off to that great organization making riding and roads safer for cyclists throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

I also for forgot to mention that I put my Time mountain bike pedals on Mooney’s Gary Fisher mountain bike so that I could wear my Sidi mountain bike shoes.

Links:

Ascent to Mulholland Highway beneath the Hollywood Sign.
Descent from Mulholland Highway through Griffith Park back to Silver Lake.
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Riding in LA

So I just uploaded the first YouTube video about the wonders of riding in LA. Check it out.

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