The Ancestral Minimalist Blog

Simple Paleo Wisdom for Complex Modern Times

Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease?

Perhaps the biggest, most devastating myth to human health is the faulty notion that cholesterol causes heart disease. We have been told for decades there is incontrovertible proof that eating saturated fat and cholesterol raises cholesterol in the blood, and that in turn, excess serum cholesterol causes heart disease. You may be surprised to learn that this theory, known as the “Diet-Heart Hypothesis”, has never actually been proven despite numerous studies. But fueled by bias, vested interests, and institutional momentum, the complete lack of evidence has not stopped the media, health organizations, or pharmaceutical companies from continuing to tout their favored—albeit faulty—hypothesis as fact.

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Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

Growing up in a household of artists, spending two years in Japan, writing books, doing freelance design and copywriting, sojourning in both wealthy opulence and a complete lack there of, and repeatedly paring down belongings when moving across the state, country, or world (or especially after reading Marie Kondo’s aptly named The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing), have all led to a profound appreciation of simplicity and minimalism. Whether it’s packing a bag or designing a book cover, less really is more as the cliché goes. You can easily spot the rookie traveler by their bulging bag and bad design by its gaudy graphics.

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The Real Reason People Get Fat (It’s Not What You Think)

Everybody knows that all you have to do to lose weight is eat less and exercise more. Just one problem: everybody is wrong. You’ve probably heard this sentence uttered so many times that you assumed it must be true. I am a big fan of minimalism, but it turns out that the mainstream dogma of “calories in, calories out” is oversimplified to point of inaccuracy. Contrary to the promises of every diet program and gym membership, the body is not a simple machine that can be outsmarted into losing body fat by intentionally consuming fewer calories and burning more through exercise.

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