Posts Tagged ‘In Fitness and In Health’

The gift that could change someone’s life

December 13, 2009

If you are looking for a meaningful gift to give someone this holiday season, consider the book “In Fitness and In Health” by Dr. Phil Maffetone. You just may be giving someone the gift of health!

This book details the diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle strategies that I’ve used to stay healthy and fit, and to compete at pack-burro racing, for many years. But it’s not just for athletes — the principles can be used by anyone who wishes to improve health and fitness.

If you order this Monday or Tuesday there’s a 20% discount — you get the book for $14.39 (the regular price is $17.99). It’s an inexpensive gift for friends and family.

To order, go to:

Many of you know that I have worked with Phil as his editor since 1998, and have been the editor of this book for three editions, now. We worked on two printings of the 3rd edition starting in the late 90s. And there was a major overhaul of the book for the 4th edition in 2002.

However, this new 5th edition, which I edited and designed earlier this year, is more complete and more interesting than all the others. It contains updated information, and some totally new material about organic foods, sunshine, gut health, and more. It tells how to optimize the diet for physical and mental performance, and how to make healthy dietary choices to prevent disease.

This book could change somebody’s life, or even save somebody’s life.

What better holiday gift could there be?

Another reason to avoid NSAIDs

September 3, 2009

It’s been known that ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may delay healing and come with other side effects. Now a study of runners at the Western States 100  indicates taking ibuprofen during the event significantly increased inflammation, adversely affected the immune system, impaired kidney function and caused bacteria to leak from the colon into the bloodstream.


Nice, huh? Seventy percent of entrants used ibuprofen during the race.


This only adds to the list of reasons I very rarely use NSAIDs of any type. Instead I consume a variety of anti-inflammatory foods that include EPA fish oil, ginger, turmeric, raw sesame seeds and oil, citrus peel, onions and garlic.


In addition, I limit or avoid foods that cause inflammation. These include vegetable oils, refined carbohydrate foods like bread and pasta and foods that contain sugar, and hydrogenated oils (trans fats).


Other lifestyle factors that contribute to inflammation include overexercising and too much anaerobic activity such as weight-lifting, and exposure to certain environmental toxins.


Inflammation is no joke and can do much more harm than just messing up your run. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. For more information about the dangers of inflammation and how to control it, check out Dr. Phil Maffetone’s book, “In Fitness and In Health.”


New ‘In Fitness and In Health’ blog

May 29, 2009

IFIHfrontMany friends and readers of Hardscrabble TImes know I spent the first few weeks after being turned loose from The Pueblo Chieftain in February editing the 5th edition of Phil Maffetone’s “In Fitness and in Health.” The book was released last week and is now available from

The book sports a new cover design by Chieftain graphic artist Cheri Zanotelli, and contains new chapters and information not in previous editions.

In conjunction with the book’s release Phil and I are collaborating on a new blog that has news about the book as well as health and fitness tips, healthful recipes — including Phil’s Bars and wheat-free waffles — and other information.

In addition, Phil has some great information and music on his own website,

My eating plan for heath and fitness

March 1, 2009

I have been working with Dr. Phil Maffetone on a fifth edition of his book, “In Fitness and In Health.” I’ve edited much of Phil’s material over the past decade and this is the third edition of this book I’ve edited. If all goes well, the book will be available on in a few weeks. When we’re done it will be about 300 pages of the best researched and practiced advise for diet and nutrition as well as exercise, lifestyle and disease prevention.

Editing “In Fitness and In Health” again has served to remind of how I try to eat. Of course, everyone is individual and even I am constantly adjusting, but this is the basic plan that has worked for me over several years — you’ll notice I mostly eat real food.

What I eat

• Plenty of pure, clean water.

• Vegetables, fruits, berries, 10 servings per day mostly from vegetables. I try to eat a variety, raw and cooked, and one raw salad daily. I buy organic as much as possible, but use the Environmental Working Group’s Report Card on Produce to help make decisions when quality organic produce is not available.

• Organic/pasture-raised beef, pork, bison, lamb, chicken or wild game.

• Organic eggs.

• Raw almonds, cashews and walnuts, and nut butters made from these nuts, as well as whole flax and sesame seeds.

• Extra-virgin olive oil for salads and low-temperature cooking. Organic butter, organic lard, coconut oil for cooking.

• Fully cultured organic cheeses and yogurts, whole heavy cream.

• Wild-caught fish (limit to two servings per month).

• Small amounts of legumes, and some whole grains, though I avoid wheat as much as possible.

• Extras — within reason, dark chocolate, red wine, organic coffee and tea, honey and agave nectar for a sweetener.

What I avoid eating

• Foods that contain high amounts of cane sugar, or any amounts of high-fructose corn syrup and other highly processed sugars such as maltose, maltodextrin, etc., and fake sweeteners.

• Trans fats (hydrogenated oils — read the ingredients label).

• High-polyunsaturated vegetable oils (corn, soybean, safflower, sunflower, etc.) and packaged foods containing these vegetable oils.

• Foods containing wheat flour (bread, rolls, bagels, cereal, pasta, tortillas, cookies, crackers, chips, etc.).

• Farm-raised fish.

• Highly processed soy products (read labels and look for soy protein isolate, soy protein casienate, etc. — see

• Milk.

More good news for trees

January 15, 2009

As reported in the Denver Post, commercial printer National Hirschfeld closed its doors this week, laying off 250 employees. The company had been in business for more than a century — since 1907 — and handled accounts that included the Denver Broncos and the National Western Stock Show.

Apparently customers like that weren’t enough to keep the company open in today’s economy.

The printing plant’s closing grabbed my attention not only because I just lost my job in the newspaper business, but also because I’ve done a fair amount of business with National Hirschfeld over the last decade.

My own book, “Pack Burro Stories,” was printed by C&M Press, which was merged into the National Hirschfeld company in 2005.

In addition, for about 10 years I published books by Phil Maffetone, including “In Fitness and In Health” and his series of ABCs health booklets through the company, and also printed the first edition of Phil’s newsletter, The Maffetone Report, on its press.

I have seen the sign of the times, and it’s on the Internet. I suppose this all bodes well for trees.