Hunter Gatherer

Brimming with ideas and a fascinating read. STEVEN PINKER, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

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Dwyane Wade runs barefoot

From a WSJ profile of Dwayne Wade’s fitness regimen:

Mr. Wade also started running on the beach this summer. “Running on the sand strengthens your quads and calf muscles,” he says. He adds that he used to avoid running because it gave him shin splints, but running barefoot in the sand has helped him avoid that.

His diet appears to avoid some industrial foods, but seems to adhere to low-fat diet dogma.

Mr. Wade says he always avoided vegetables until he turned 30. “I hated all of them,” he says. But “I knew it would help me in the long run both mentally and physically” to start eating them. His solution was to have his personal chef turn them into juice.

He now starts the day with a juice that might include celery, carrots and beets. His chef sticks to healthy, low-fat, high-protein meals that often include grilled chicken and rice. He doesn’t splurge often, but when he does he has a burger, fries and a Coke. “That is heaven to me. I have a favorite burger spot in nearly every city. Sometimes I might even order two.”

Full article here, including the addition of yoga and pilates to his workout regimen.

The Barefoot Prince: Prince Harry buys VFFs, goes barefoot

This just in from the Journal of Celebrity Affairs — Prince Harry spotted buying a pair of VFFs!

He’s doing some helicopter training in the US, and he picked up a pair in San Diego.  And apparently he’s a fan of going barefoot.

“Harry, say friends, hates wearing shoes and has been photographed several times barefoot, so it it not entirely surprising that the eye-catching sports shoes would have appealed to him.”

Here’s a picture of Harry barefoot at the Cricket World Cup.

Imagine that.  British Royalty walking around barefoot.  Can you imagine that in centuries past?  Hell no.  That’s because historically, going barefoot has been a signal of low status.  A signal that you were poor or came from a rural area.

In the 60s, going barefoot signaled that you were a hippie.

Today, going barefoot signals that you’re high status / high IQ.

You can see past installments of the Journal of Celebrity Affairs here.  Thanks to Jessica for the pointer.

Bill Clinton loves beans

Here’s the short video clip:  


Here’s the full article on Bill Clinton’s diet over the years.  Clinton fell under the sway of low-fat charlatan Dean Ornish, and has since gone vegan.  Let’s be clear on one thing: anybody who stops eating processed foods (like the box of donuts referenced in the article) will show health benefits.  It pretty much doesn’t matter what system you choose.

And this certainly isn’t a valid health criticism, but I will say this: Nobody else could ever emasculate Bill Clinton like the way he has emasculated himself with this vegan bullshit.

Thanks to Allison for the link.

Mark Zuckerberg eating only what he kills

More from the Journal of Celebrity Affairs: Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire founder of Facebook, is getting a little primal.  His personal challenge this year is only eat meat from animals that he kills himself.  

Zuckerberg’s new goal came to light, not surprisingly, on Facebook. On May 4, Zuckerberg posted a note to the 847 friends on his private page: “I just killed a pig and a goat.”

And he’s eating more nose-to-tail:

Zuckerberg and his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla, have been cooking what he slaughters, eating what many people would not dare consume. He recently ate a chicken, including the heart and liver, and used the feet to make stock. He posted a photo of the bird on his Facebook page, along with a list of the dishes he made from it.

Organ meats and chicken stock.

Here is part of Zuckerberg’s explanation:

“This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.

I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.”

What’s next?

He’s told people that he’s interested in going hunting.

Here’s the full article.

I really like this move.  Yes, it’s moving him in a vegetarian direction — I know, vegetarians are evil, blah, blah, blah.  But he’s manning up and slaughtering animals himself, looking death square in the eye.  I like that A LOT.  

Over the long run, I think he’ll start to eat meat that he didn’t slaughter himself.  Other considerations will come to the fore.  Perhaps he’ll decide that it’s worth supporting farms that slaughter animals ethically, and help them get off the ground.  Or perhaps he’ll realize that plants have a blood footprint too – birds and squirrels and little things that have died under the thresher.  Or that doing right by animals isn’t just about the slaughter, it’s also about raising and feeding an animal in the right way.  (Of course, the influence of his girlfriend is the wildcard.)

Either way, it’s a great experiment, and I’m sure it’s a rich phase of his of life.  Kudos to Zuckerberg.

Thanks to CJG for the pointer.

Novak Djokovic goes gluten-free, becomes best tennis player in the world

Novak Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world right now.  Perhaps the most dominant player in any sport, says the WSJ:

“It’s no secret that Djokovic has had a breakout season, or that he has been, by any reasonable standard, the world’s best athlete of 2011. On Sunday, he beat Rafael Nadal in the Rome Masters, his fourth-straight win over the Spaniard. It was his second win over Nadal on clay in two weeks, and again, amazingly, he did it without losing a set. The match ran Djokovic’s 2011 record to 37-0 with seven titles.”

Note: It’s extremely hard to beat Rafael Nadal.  It’s near impossible to beat him on clay.  Nadal on clay is like a bird in flight.  More on Djokovic’s dominance:

“Of Djokovic’s 37 wins, 13 are against Top 10 players, including four against Nadal and three against Federer, who in all his years of dominance never started a season in so grand a fashion. If Djokovic reaches the French Open final, he could have 43 consecutive victories—one more than John McEnroe’s record 42 to start 1984 (that streak ended in the French Open final, after McEnroe won the first two sets against Ivan Lendl).

Djokovic’s 2011 on-court stats border on the absurd: He has won 89% of his service games, 43% of his return games and half of his break points. In his four matches against Nadal, he has repeatedly gotten the better of the Spaniard in rallies lasting longer than eight shots. No one has done that to Nadal in his professional career.”

That’s just insane — 7 of his 37 wins (18.9%) are against Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.  So to what does Djokovic attribute his success?

“Last year, Djokovic’s nutritionist discovered that Djokovic is allergic to the protein, which is found in common flours.”

“Since last year, he’s swearing off pasta, pizza, beer, French bread, Corn Flakes, pretzels, empanadas, Mallomars and Twizzlers—anything with gluten.”

Of course, as the article points out, athletics can be extremely mental, dependent on confidence, and small changes (even placebos) can have large effects.  And if Djokovic had gone gluten-free and played worse, then I probably wouldn’t have heard or posted about it.  But even so.

Go read the full article, if only to see the Journal’s artistic depiction of Nadal and Federer dressed up as steaks.  

The Most Interesting Man in the World on Gyms

More from the Journal of Celebrity Affairs: Dos Equis is taking a page out of my playbook.  God, I love this advertising campaign.

Thanks to @LaurentRA for the link.

Sir Charles Barkley and CrossFit

More from the Journal of Celebrity Affairs.  Sounds like Charles Barkley may try a little CrossFit.  He clearly hasn't done it yet, because he thinks there's gonna be lots of running.  Can't wait to hear him talk about how sore he is.

Thanks to Brent for the link.

Scarlett Johansson in VFFs, Owen Wilson heel-striking

More from the prestigious Journal of Celebrity Affairs.  Check out Scarlett Johansson running in her VFFs.  Yes, that's Sean Penn and Owen Wilson running normal sneakers.  Scarlett has a nice forefoot strike.  Owen Wilson….yeah, not so much.

Ouch.  When I give barefoot running beginner's clinics in Central Park, we wait for heel-strikers like Owen Wilson to run by, as an example of what not to do.  He's almost certainly making big thomping noises too.

Moral of the story #1: Don't take running tips from Owen Wilson.

Moral of the story #2: It's all taking off.  Actually, it's already taken off, and we're in orbit, baby.  The only thing better would be seeing Zoe Saldana running totally barefoot and not eating legumes.  If that ever happens, may lightning strike me dead.

More photos and story at Pop Sugar.

Natalie Portman stops eating vegan during her pregnancy

Hot off the press of the prestigious Journal of Celebrity Affairs (Us Weekly), Natalie Portman is eating animals during her pregnancy:

The 29-year-old Your Highness star — who is expecting her first child with fiance Benjamin Millepied later this summer — is no longer a vegan.

"I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant, just because I felt like I wanted that stuff," she said during a Monday phone interview with the Q100 Bert Show in Atlanta. "I was listening to my body to have eggs and dairy and that sort of stuff."

"I know there are people who do stay vegan," she added, "but I think you have to just be careful, watch your iron levels and your B12 levels and supplement those if there are things you might be low in in your diet."

The Oscar-winning actress — who became a vegan in 2009 after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals — doesn't regret her decision to become a vegetarian again.

"If you're not eating eggs, then you can't have cookies or cake from regular bakeries, which can become a problem when that's all you want to eat," she laughed. "I actually wanted eggs at the beginning and then they grossed me out after awhile."

Good for her.  The body knows what it needs.  Story here.