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Don’t Sit. The Berkeley Spirit

I should probably rename this blog The Berkeley Spirit, for food is but one form of nourishment. For now, I’ll think of it as the Berkeley Body. Chaired The sedentary life is unhealthy. Spending one’s life sitting at a desk … Continue reading

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Complexity

The world defies logic. A couple of nights back, I stepped on the scale right before bed, something I usually do only first thing in the morning. It read 163. Hallelujah! That’s the lowest I’ve weighed in 20 years. Maybe … Continue reading

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The Berkeley Body

Yesterday I lunched on chicken Milanese at MUA in Oakland. Yummy, but hardly a health food dish. (Chicken Milanese is essentially flattened fried chicken.) MUA is a raucous, warehousy place run by the folks behind two of my all-time favorite … Continue reading

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Eat Mindfully

When you eat, eat. Put the food on the table. Cut off the music. Light a candle. Stop talking. Take a deep breath. Again. Again. Silence the drunken monkey that is your consciousness. Be calm. Take another breath. Live in … Continue reading

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Limit your sleeping and sitting to 23 1/2 hours a day

This is it! Dr. Mike Evans of the University of Toronto argues that getting 30 minutes of exercise a day is the single best thing you can do with your health. The impact on all manner of potential health problems … Continue reading

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166

In September I weighed 166. Then I went to Brasil for ten days and pigged out. When I returned, I weighed 166. I spent a week in Lisbon in October and ate, ate, ate. Mainly fish. The seafood in Lisbon … Continue reading

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Set point

I just returned from ten days in Brasil. The food was abundant and delicious. This piece of fish, at Market in Ipanema, is the most perfectly grilled fish I have ever eaten. I have eaten almost exclusively in restaurants, a … Continue reading

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Retro cuisine

The people who lived in the cottage we’re renting in Carmel never threw anything away. Open a drawer and you may find a dozen screwdrivers. Or fifty candles, many half-burnt. Or half a dozen ancient cookbooks. While preparing lunch, I … Continue reading

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Think globally, eat locally

When I moved to San Francisco in the mid-70s, every other dilapidated building seemed to be undergoing restoration. Immense flatbed trucks carted Victorian houses from one neighborhood to another, dreary homes were reborn as painted ladies, and hoards showed up … Continue reading

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Sage advice from the menus

Today I arrived 15 minutes early for an appointment with my dentist. His office is at the corner of Walnut and Vine Streets in North Berkeley, in the round Victorian tower directly over the front door of the original Peet’s … Continue reading

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