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The most important week of the year

They know it's their week...

What week is it? Yeah,  I know, 3rd week of August. Yeah yeah, Tripoli is undergoing a revolution. And OK, Steve Jobs has stepped down from Apple, the economy is yo-yoing, and some Brits are still mumbling about a ‘broken society’ which is a catch all for any problem we don’t have an easy answer for. But through all the news, this week is really important, and you probably missed why.

It's not the news that Chris Beardsely from Garage Gym has done an interview with me, over here. Although he asked some top questions, and it is a great site, and you should definitely have a look around.

No, it's more important than that. It is … drum roll… it’s national … erm…. gut week. Contain yourself. Like anyone with a frankly dull story to tell, the only way you get press is by honouring any given day – or in this case week, or if you’re feeling brazen, month or year and bestow it with a national title. Hence national gut week, vying for place in between national road victim month, national blog posting month, and the up and coming European Bat Weekend this weekend. Seriously – have a look. It’s a relief they exist, otherwise I’d be running with a picture of someone’s bowels.

So, back to the gut week. It is of course of vital importance, but it’s not a subject that inspires, even when Metro, the British freesheet, does a double pager on it, mainly because they trot out the same – eat fibre, avoid refined carbs, and you have to be really scratching around for something to do to actively want to read that kind of thing. Whereas the reality is far more interesting. Gut flora changes people’s personality, their behaviour and the way they think. Knocking together a headline about how to cure digestive problems isn’t doing it justice. More on that another day.

The fat debate rumbles on

Also, Chris (see above) alerted me to the debate I’ve been dimly aware of from Gnolls.org and Stephen Guyenet about obesity. Simply due to lack of time more than anything else, I’ve not got involved but in the next week, I’m going to dig through what John and Steve have dug out and see how it fits with this idea on this site, because they’ve both done an astounding job:

Why are we hungry @ Gnolls.org (major series)

Steve Guyenet with the carbohydrate theory of obesity

…. And also his whole series on food reward, currently up to 8 parts:

They’re both thorough, so I need to get up to speed to see how it fits in.

Finally, I recently picked up on just how many people are now into free-running across the UK. I’d like to think of it as related to barefoot running, even though one requires enormous skill and the other … well. Have a look. This is utterly amazing:

Bats picture from Dan Pancamo

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