Fasting: Healthy or Harmful? A TrueNorth Experience

Fasting has become popular in recent years and many claims have been made about its benefits. However, there are two issues. First, “fasting” comes in many forms— intermittent fasting, water-only fasting, time-restricted eating. We need to be specific about what kind of fasting we mean. Second, many claims have been made about each form, but which of these claims are scientific and which are merely story? And even of the scientific— which are based on substantial evidence in humans, and which are hopeful speculation? In short, what do we actually know about fasting?

Great audiobooks, read by the authors

Reading Time: What do you care? Your’e quarantined! There are two mistakes people make when listening to audiobooks. The first mistake is that they listen to the book while doing something other than listening to the book. Presumably, these productive hopefuls are still clinging to the myth of multitasking.   While most of us can chew gum and walk at … Read More

How To Stay Healthy, Connected, Helpful, Creative, Informed, Productive, and Light-Hearted During a Quarantine

My lovely, quarantined, in-terrible-need-of-a-haircut, readers– This COVID pandemic has certainly been a little rough. And the “rough” is everywhere you look. The news constantly updates us on the death total. Social feeds are filled with finger-pointing, anger, and contempt. Thoughts like “why didn’t we act sooner?” or “how will the economy ever recover?” are effortless. And all of these seem … Read More

The Best Books From My 34th Year

What do we do about hard books? You know, the ones. You keep reading the same page over and over again, absorbing none of it. Like attempting to swallow a mouthful of cinnamon. What do we do about those books? Do we struggle through? Or put them down? For Readers, capital “R,” this is a very important question. Because you … Read More

Moderation Application: How To Have Your Cab And Drink It Too…Sometimes

Reading time: 8 minutes, or less than half the time than it takes the entire grit-eating world to make grits. WE ALL KNOW THAT HEAVY DRINKING is not good for us. But, while we don’t want liver disease, we’d like to hold onto some of the benefits: fun, liquid courage, a good excuse to go streaking through the quad. The … Read More

‘Everything in Moderation?’ Wait, how much is that again?

[Reading Time: 9 minutes, or less time than it takes to milk two cows] MICHAEL JORDAN IS FAMOUS for his work ethic and practice routine. If you study Jordan’s career and attitude towards work and practice, you come to an obvious conclusion: to be the best, you really only need to work hard occasionally. “You don’t want to push it,” … Read More

Five “Stories” For By-The-Fire Reading

For the most part, I dread packing to go home for the holidays.  Often, I put it off until the last minute, forcing upon myself tasks that I all of a sudden must get done before I leave. And even when I finally face the drudgery of deciding which things to take and start stuffing them in my suitcase, I … Read More

How To Prevent Mindless Eating

Want to eat less? Sometimes, it’s just about where, not what, you are eating. Here’s the science and the strategies.