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Hello and welcome to my website. I am a British-born, naturalized American, living in California. Based in Los Angeles, I work as a correspondent for BBC television, radio and digital outlets, covering everything from US politics and world affairs to technology, natural disasters and Hollywood. I also host the Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast. My special interest is the science of human longevity - food, fasting, exercise and long-term health. All views expressed reflect my personal experiences. I advise anyone considering adopting a new diet or fitness regime to first consult with their doctor. Links on this site are to my personal portfolio of audio, video and text. Copyright of broadcast works remain with the BBC and LLAMA podcast content with Healthspan Media LLC. Thanks for the visit!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Periodic fast #1 Day Four

Slept reasonably well until about 7AM.  Feeling physically more tired today - morning hike was tougher but still doable. Actually felt more invigorated afterwards.
Same routine as usual.  Coffee, 2 x water, exercise. Sipping energy drink through the day.
1000 Coffee (#2) plus energy bar.  Provides a big boost - physically and mentally.

Two interesting studies caught my today: 

Exercising more, sitting less reduces heart failure risk in menThis is a familiar theme but this is a study which backs up the long held belief that exercise and heart health go together - and specifically the effect of a sedentary lifestyle. 

And this is fascinating BBC story - The Minnesota starvation experiment - about a 6-month starvation study involving conscientious objectors during WWII.  Note, this is looking at starvation as opposed to clinically monitored fasting, but interesting all the same.

1300:  Resistance training at gym.  Took it slightly easier than usual but performed better than expected.  Felt better as session progressed.  Quite a challenge though, as my usual routine involves a hearty breakfast, followed by gym a few hours later with a 400 cal (recently switched to vegan) protein shake during the workout. Amazing what the body is capable of if challenged. 

1430 Lunch: Mushroom soup - 100 cals.

Productive afternoon in office. Including about an hour spent working at treadmill desk (1mph)

1900 Dinner: Vegetable soup + kale chips.

Today got better as it went on. Started tired but, despite limited food intake, I seemed to gain strength and energy.

Bed by 1015.

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