A Better Way to Roll a Yoga Mat

Look, I’m not a total germaphobe, but I don’t like getting gross, dirty stuff on me if I can avoid it. And that’s just one reason that the conventional way of rolling a yoga mat  always bothered me: As you’re rolling, you wind up getting the surface that’s in contact with the floor rolled directly against your practice surface — which then gets all that dirt on you, and well, that’s just kind of nasty. I mean, who knows who’s filthy feet, dripping sweat, sneezed-out boogers, and yeast-ridden skin flakes have been all over that floor? Okay, maybe I am something of a germaphobe. But there are plenty… read more

All About Ultradian Rhythms

I talk about ultradian rhythms a lot. Because they matter a lot. Far more than the health media ever reflect, far more than most doctors know, and far more than most people realize. In fact, as healthy living skills go, I would say noticing and managing your ultradian rhythms likely ranks in the top five most important things you can do for your wellbeing. Ultradian rhythms are natural, undulating cycles of energy — oscillating patterns of energy production and recovery — that occur in people (as well as in other living things) many times throughout the day. Like circadian rhythms, but smaller. The… read more

My New Podcast Is Live!

Dallas Hartwig and Pilar Gerasimo launch The Living Experiment Podcast. (Photo: Jordan Ison)

  Hey, great news! The project I’ve been working on by dark of night for the past several months is officially launched! I’m very excited to announce that my brand new podcast, The Living Experiment (a collaboration with co-host Dallas Hartwig, co-founder of Whole30) was released just today. It’s all about how you can choose to be healthy in an unhealthy world, and about the daily choices and perspective shifts that make that both doable and inherently rewarding.You can get it on iTunes and on other popular audio platforms. Woo hoo! This podcast is one of the coolest, funnest things I’ve done in years (probably since I… read more

Healthy, Happy … and Disappearing Fast

  It’s a freaky question with an equally freaky answer: Not many. As the chart indicates, if you are healthy and flourishing — physically, mentally and emotionally — you are, statistically speaking, very much in the minority (almost certainly less than 20 percent, and arguably less than 3 percent — see below). Eek! You can get more of the official facts and statistics in my feature “Being Healthy Is a Revolutionary Act: Renegade Perspectives for Thriving in a Mixed Up World.” But the main thing you gotta know is that if you are not one of the lucky few represented by… read more

Look, Ma! No Ads (in Prevention Magazine)!

Rodale’s Prevention magazine recently announced that it will soon stop taking print ads and increase its cover price by a dollar to make up for lost ad revenue. This is a bold, exciting (and some might say crazy) move from a pioneer in the healthy-living space. It comes at time where higher levels of media integrity and independence are desperately needed. Readers want more authenticity and transparency. They need credible, objective information that actually helps them improve their health and happiness  (vs. just selling them new-and-improved stuff and entertaining them with fluffy listicles), and they rightly suspect that the increasingly blurred relationship between editorial… read more