Tag Archives: health wellness and fitness

Ask Rocco: 07/28

Obviously Congress is trying to kill us By Rocco Castellano   If you are a human being in America, it is time for you to wake the f–k up and know that our government is literally run by idiots and assholes. This new law, which is likely to pass, proves my point exactly. Known as […]

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Ask Rocco: 07/21

Clean eating and exercise really pay off By Rocco Castellano   So it’s official, I’m a daddy at 50 years old. That’s right motherf—ers… 50. All the idiots in the medical community said there were hundreds of risks that could befall our little one. We defied them all. Hahahaha f—ing ha. One major one was […]

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Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, and you may feel worried that the strong lighting causes harm to fresh vegetables in the produce section. Don’t think that for a minute. While it may sound counterintuitive, the lighting that shines down on […]

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Chew on this: 07/14

Bad egg… or good egg? By Jayne Powers   Back in the day, when my mom reached for a carton of eggs at the grocery store, she only had one option: white eggs. OK, and maybe brown eggs. But except for size—medium, large and jumbo—there weren’t any other choices. It was just a quick peek […]

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Ask Rocco: 07/14

The Great Water Sham of 2015 By Rocco Castellano   I’ve always been intrigued at how bottled water took off like a rocket when everyone who had intelligence believed that it would be an absolute flop. Why would someone pay for water in a plastic bottle when you can just go to a water fountain […]

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Ask Rocco: 07/07

Paleo: primitive stupidity By Rocco Castellano   For years, I’ve been itching to write this column but I couldn’t bring myself to squash the fitness community’s big Paleo circle-jerk. “This is the way we ate back when we were cave dwellers and that’s how it should be now,” these Paleo people say… 1) Get the […]

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Chew on this: 07/07

Hide the sugar By Jayne Powers   We eat it. Drink it. Sing about it. Scrub ourselves with it and find industrial uses for it. The all-around substance I’m referring to is the white stuff we know as sugar, or sucrose—a molecule responsible for wreaking havoc on the American diet. The average person, for example, […]

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Chew on this: 06/30

Back-of-the-envelope nutrition By Jayne Powers   From picking quality carbohydrates to protein powders and dietary supplements, there are scores of back-of-the-envelope tips to optimize your health and eating habits. I’ll share a few that I rely on when I shop for food and supplements. But before I do, I’d like to emphasize that these tips […]

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Ask Rocco: 06/30

Soy meets world By Rocco Castellano   Soy has got to be the world’s most misunderstood so-called health food. The biggest problem with soy is that chemical manufacturing giant Monsanto decided to get involved in the consumer food business. That created a huge chasm with regards to the legitimacy of soy as a food product […]

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Ask Rocco: 6/23

Sex, diets and videotapes By Rocco Castellano And here it comes: the reason everyone hits the gym, or buys some late-night infomercial workout program or buys into some new diet fad. Sex. If you don’t look good you’re not getting laid—or not getting laid well. Sex, and good sex takes stamina. The ability to keep […]

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Chew on this: 6/23

Breakfast (lunch and dinner) for bed By Jayne Powers Whether or not certain foods possess the power to spice up your sex life is a matter for scientists to explore and research. As far as I can tell, there isn’t a lot of hard science to back up claims of achieving a higher sex drive […]

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Ask Rocco: 06/16

Vitamin supplements doctors won’t talk about By Rocco Castellano By now, everyone knows my wife is having a baby. It’s literally three weeks away, and I’m just getting around to writing this. A couple of weeks back I wrote about the idiocy of the medical professional when it comes to folate and folic acid. I […]

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Ask Rocco: 06/09

Movement is essential, exercise is optional By Rocco Castellano For years, actually since 1968, when the book “Aerobics” by Dr. Kenneth Cooper came out, the fitness establishment has been shoving down our throats that we need to exercise to stay in shape. But really, what is being “in shape”? Isn’t being in shape relative to […]

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Chew on this: 6/10

How diet affects wound healing By Jayne Powers Last fall, I described my harrowing experience of being ejected over the handle bars of my bike and sheering the bony tip of my elbow, the olecranon. Thankfully, my trauma doctor repaired the fracture with a plate and eight screws, and I was on my way to recovery, […]

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Ask Rocco: 06/02

Straight guy for the queer eye By Rocco Castellano Now that I’ve got your attention… I hate these f–king themed columns, especially when it comes to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and whatever else people who say they want to use equality as an excuse to stand on a soapbox and scream for attention. In my world—the […]

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Chew on this: 06/02

Whole-grain migraine By Jayne Powers One of the problems with eating the healthy, good stuff is that it doesn’t always taste so good. For example, when I first experimented with whole-grain pasta, I remember it tasted overbearingly wheaty. For years afterward, I stuck with standard pasta, the amber kind made from semolina durum wheat, thinking […]

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]