This is what humans would have to look like in order to survive a car crash. The Australian government teamed up with a sculptor, trauma surgeon, and engineer for a road safety campaign and created ‘Graham,’ who has no neck, knees that bend in all directions, and extra fat to protect the ears, nose, head, and ribs from fatal injury. Source
Early exclusive breastfeeding associated with longer telomeres in Latino preschoolers
Infants who are exclusively breastfed early in life are more likely by age 4 or 5 to have longer telomeres, the protective bits of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes in cells. In older adults, shorter telomeres are associated with a greater likelihood of developing conditions of aging, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Lifelong benefits to exclusive breastfeeding!

Here's What You're Missing When You Say “You Need Meat to Get Protein”

It’s not uncommon for vegetarians and vegans to hear friends and family tell them they need meat to get protein, but this couldn’t be more of a myth.

First off, there are millions of vegetarians in the world, and a plant-based diet isn’t a new idea. The truth is people have been passing on meat for centuries. Records reveal that the ancient civilizations of Greece and India thrived on a vegetarian diet. In Asia, a mostly vegetarian diet has always been the norm. For millennia people have lived healthy lives without eating meat.

So where do people who eschew meat get their protein? The answer is simple: plants. Vegetarians know that there are plenty of protein-packed plant-based foods, including tofu, lentils, beans, seeds, broccoli, avocados, and quinoa! Did you know that there are 21 grams of protein per 100 grams of black beans and only 14 grams of protein in the same amount of beef? Chew on that.

Plant-based foods are not only protein powerhouses; they’re also a lot healthier. Health experts have discovered that a plant-based diet reduces one’s risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, and more.

This is why professional athletes, including tennis champ Serena Williams, NLF player David Carter, and the world’s strongest man, Patrik Baboumian, have all adopted nutritious, high-protein vegan diets.

So don’t buy into the meat-protein myth. By switching to delicious plant-based proteins you’ll improve your health, not to mention safeguard the planet and help animals.

Click here for more information on plant-based protein sources.

Click here for savory vegan recipes loaded with protein.

The conflict[the Vietnam War] was distinct in another way, too—over time, it came to be known as the first “pharmacological war,” so called because the level of consumption of psychoactive substances by military personnel was unprecedented in American history.
I’m fine, you’re just an asshole

Yesterday I went to the beach, and I did something I’ve never been able to do before: I wore a bikini. 

Now I have no illusion of being a “beach babe” or whatever. It’s clear that I either have a long way to go or its just not in the cards for me to have the belly shape which is considered sexy in this society. I do feel great wearing a bikini and can enjoy myself on the beach in the sun and surf that is available. I don’t think I look great in a bikini but I certainly don’t look bad in one.

I felt good and had a lot of fun so I posted my bikini outfit as my #ootd. I’m apparently inspiring to some other women and I felt like this representation was particularly strong because of my intersection of trans, woman, and average sized. I also didn’t have pictures of the non-bikini outfit I wore because it was late when we finally got back. 

It took less than an hour for an asshole to comment that I was a “fatty” who “[does’t] need relaxing” but instead needed some exercise.  Quelle surprise.

Except I’m healthy. I’m average size. By weight and height charts, and by an actual DXA body scan I got just a couple weeks ago, I have a healthy amount of fat. My doctor checks my vitals more often than most Americans and they are great every time.  I have comprehensive metabolic panels four times a year and my cholesterol is doing great. 

I am, in fact, a lifestyle walker and runner. When given time and means, I run 20-30 miles in a week.  Just Friday I ran 5 miles. Today I’m circling Golden Gate park and will likely hit close to 8 miles. I walk at least a mile every day.  I ran bay to breakers all the way through for the last two years.

They didn’t believe me, because they’re an asshole, and demanded that I provide some proof. They don’t care about me being healthy. They care about being an asshole with some air of authority based on how they think healthy people look.

They mysteriously disappeared when I showed them I was provably healthy after flailing around a little while with nonsense arguments. Their little minds can’t comprehend that they can’t tell whether someone is healthy just by looking at them. 

People like them think they are justified being jerks on the internet because of some ridiculous connection in their mind that they’re helping people. They’re not, this kind of psychological bullying is actually worse than straight up physical damage, and triggers the same part of the brain.

I will not be bullied.  I have no quarter for these assholes, and you shouldn’t give them any either. I’m certainly willing to fight them and their shitty arguments.

It’s amazing how easy it is to lose weight if you lose the attachment to food. Then you no longer eat out of boredom and can stop before you reach satiation. 

When my suit trousers began to get a little snug I was able to lose two inches from my midsection in just a few weeks. My wife was frustrated because I was eating only peanut butter, saltine crackers, greens and fruit with a handful of rice. She said “how can you eat like that?. I replied, “like what?”.  When I ate I only gave thought to the nutritional content of the food.