Make This: EASY, HEALTHY Meat Sauce, Pasta & Vegetables

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We live in a golden age for healthy cooking. You’ll find endless recipes via great websites and apps, and supermarkets have an increasing array of what most any recipe calls for.

But sometimes typical recipes are “too much” to deal with in a day of work, commuting, family, exercise, and other things you need or want to do. The following “recipe” for meat sauce, pasta and vegetables (so simple I feel funny calling it that) is an antidote to the “too much” issue. Ingredients are already on-hand at home, or you can find with eyes closed at the store. Couldn’t be easier to cook. Clean-up is basic.

And it’s good for you, man.

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Upgrade Your Energy Bar: 10 Criteria + “Best of the Best” From Reviews

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It’s amazing how ubiquitous energy bars have become. You often find an impressive selection in even modest convenience stores…and the category “bars” is even elevated onto supermarket aisle signs.

Since I eat healthy snacks a couple of times a day and travel a lot while trying to still eat well, the trusty energy bar has long been one of my staples.

I’ve tried a ton of ‘em, and dutifully read any best-of list I see on the Web.

Here’s how I suggest you think about criteria for the “best” energy bars. And, a synthesis of high-quality best-of lists. Combining these two views highlights five great bars you should try.

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Epic Journey: What Today’s Data & Current Trends Say About Your Longevity

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A recent OlderBeast article highlighted that we have an opportunity to enhance the direction and meaning of life, as we start its longest chapter. How long? With life expectancy for healthy people continuing to rise – and anti-aging science breakthroughs in the mid-distance – maybe really long.

Let’s discuss this with actual numbers, as positive motivation to double down on your fitness, nutrition and wellness.

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Business Trips Hazardous to Your Health? 4 Strategies to Stay Well.

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Over my 25+ year career, I’ve spent about 750 nights on the road. Whoa – over two years, man. This can raise “what am I doing?” career questions (it has for me).

But you don’t have to travel nearly that much to face this challenge: how to stay fit, eat decently and otherwise protect your wellness on the road?

Based on longtime self-observation and trial-and-error, here are four approaches to prevent travel from being hazardous to your health.

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Midlife Crisis? Nah…It’s Just the Starting Point for Your Longest Run.

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At its heart, OlderBeast is about clearly seeing and courageously confronting many of the concerns that appear for men at their mid-life point and beyond. Concerns about staying physically vital. About not looking “old.” About warding off maladies that lurk in the shadows.

Among all concerns, perhaps the biggest is the most subconscious and hardest to recognize:

At or beyond life’s halfway marker, we’re uncertain what our life ultimately will have meant.
I know this “Meaning of Life” concern is caricatured as the mid-life crisis and the sports car in response. But in reality, it can be more of an awakening, a broadening of vision and spirit, a healthy challenge, and an opportunity.

OlderBeast’s call – for you to double down on overall body-and-soul health – is to help maximize this opportunity. We’ll come back to that. First let’s take a deeper look at this “Meaning” concern.

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Work At Home? Avoid These Five Fitness & Health Pitfalls!

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Guys who go to an office daily might think: “Please…cry me a river about your zero-minute commute. I’d love that time back.”

It’s counter-intuitive that working at home, with commute time avoided, has fitness- and health-related pitfalls. After all, the #1 reason for not exercising is “I don’t have time.”

But having worked at home about half the time over the last decade, I can tell you first-hand: here are five fitness/health challenges that arise (and tips for overcoming them).

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OlderBeast Weekly Web Picks, 3/10/17 (warming up, coconut oil, and astrology’s view on turning 50)

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Useful things from around the web for OlderBeasts: an interesting study and debate about benefits of warming up before exercise; a review of health claims about coconut oil; and what astrology says about turning 50.

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40+ Men’s Biggest Fitness Secret: Harnessing the Power of our Minds

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If you let yourself, you can feel melancholy and “wallow” in the fact that, as 40+ guys, our maximum physical potential is in the rear-view mirror.

BUT how close did you come to actually fulfilling that potential? In the practical world, achieving 95-100% of today’s and tomorrow’s potential can result in a fitter, stronger You than ever before. And a happier one (in the broadest sense of fitness – Wellness – happiness is a key ingredient, man).

With this in mind, here’s good news: one part of us is stronger than ever. Our MINDS. So, let’s take a look at all the ways our strongest body part – our brain – can help us.

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Demystifying Carbs on the Label: Fiber, Sugars, Sugar Alcohols and “Net Carbs”

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Grab something with a nutrition label and look at the “carbs” section. You’ll see total carbs, dietary fiber, sugars and (if present) sugar alcohols.

Confusingly, “total carbs” is sometimes more than the sum of the sub-categories. That’s because starch, another type of carb, is not shown. And sometimes, food packaging also calls out “net carbs” (that’s total carbs minus dietary fiber).

If you’re a human, you have one or more good reasons to pay attention to these different types of carbs.

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