Highway to the Slumber Zone

I’ve always been been good at falling asleep, but I did find myself regularly waking up in the middle of the night either too hot or thinking too much or just uncomfortable. Once I woke up, it was almost impossible to fall back asleep. My brother, Dan, attributes that waking period to the “two sleeps” where, historically, some cultures had a pattern of sleeping for 3-4 hours, waking to do some creative work, meditate, have sex or whatever and then fall back asleep again for another 3-4 hours. I thought that idea was kind of cool, but I just don’t fall back asleep after my brain gets going. I’d rather just sleep through the night in one swoop, then wake up and do awesome stuff all day. For a couple of months, I wore a Fitbit to bed to track my sleep patterns. No surprises, but the data reinforced what I already knew about when I was deep in sleep (not much of the time) and when I was awake tossing and turning. So, now what? The options were to stick with the same sleep, wake, sleep, be groggy all morning pattern or try to adjust it somehow. In my opinion, the keys to a good nights sleep are no lights, no distracting sounds, steady comfortable temperature and a clear/ stress free mind. When chatting with my friend/ real estate business partner, Jeff, he added in “consistency, no technology devices allowed in the bedroom, and limiting caffeine after noon.” All valid points! So, to correct my suboptimal sleep pattern, I tried all kinds of stuff and here are the results…

#1 An Essentia Mattress – Of course I use this nightly! We actually purchased this mattress about 2 years ago and it was a significant sleep upgrade. The previous mattress was a Costco special that eventually cratered in the middle, so you would wake up with a strained back and sore side from fighting the nightly gravitational pull to the center. After significant research, we chose an Essentia mattress because it is made from certified organic latex and is unbelievably comfortable. Three years later and it is still as comfortable as day one. Essentia doesn’t have many store locations, but we are lucky enough to have one in Chicago. We spent an entire Sunday afternoon trying out the different firmnesses before selecting the right one. When we travel, I wish we could take it with! I haven’t found a mattress as comfortable anywhere. Essentia mattresses are expensive, but they run sales all the time, so sign up for email alerts and wait for a deal. It’s worth it!

#2 Black Out shades from The Shade Store. I splurged and got the motorized version, so we get darkness or light at the touch of a button. I guess light switches also fall into that category. Anyway, there is some “light leak” around the edges. It drives me crazy, so, I supplement with a SleepMaster sleep mask. I’m so used to sleeping with the mask on, that it is hard to sleep without it. There is something comforting about having it wrapped around your head like a warm hug. It looks weird, but I’m not posting sleepy selfies, so who cares.  Rene does not like to sleep with hers on every night and the light leak also bothers her.  We’re most likely adding a blackout curtain for the princess (Rene, not me) – stay tuned for that update.

Sexy Sleep Mask

#3 No Tech! I try to limit screen time and exposure to led lights before bed. Also, WiFi and bluetooth are turned off on the phone, there are no smart wifi switches in the bedroom and all the lighting is from incandescent bulbs. I did EMF testing on the room and the outlets. The room was great having no signals, but the outlets/ wiring were carrying a high amount of EMFs. I was able to reduce the “dirty electricity” and bring the numbers down using GreenWave filters on two of the outlets. If you’d like more information on how to test for EMF’s in your home, please reach out to me.  This has been a game changer for us.

#4 No blue light. If I’m up late working before bed, I use Night Shift and f.lux apps. You can use these apps on your smartphone, tablet, laptop to create a yellowish/ orange tinted screen. This limit the evil blue light that messes up your sleep because your brain thinks it is still daytime. I use nightshift on my iPhone and f.lux on my MacBook after sunset to keep my circadian rhythm in check. The only time I have issues using the apps is when I am processing real estate photos in Lightroom and forget f.lux is running. After making color adjustments with f.lux on, you can get some funky results in real world lighting. So, if you are doing any graphic design or photo processing where color is important, you can click the “disable for an hour” button on f.lux. Or just do it during the day!
In lieu of the apps, you could try yellow tinted glasses, similar to the old school Blu Blockers. We have tried the inexpensive Uvex Skyper yellow safety glasses and the fancy Swanwick glasses – Swannies are cool, hipster looking yellow lens glasses that we first saw at the Paleo f(x) conference. These babies stop the blue light before it hits your eyes. I’d say that both are very beneficial at night if you are watching TV or on the computer. I prefer the way the Swannies fit and look, but I’m not a big fan of the pricetag so search around for discount codes.

Swannies Twinsies
Swannies Twinsies

#5 The ChiliPad – I use this nightly and can’t do without it. I sleep hot and would wake up in the middle of the night throwing the comforter off so I could cool back down. The Chilipad is a mattress pad that circulates cool or warm water, keeping your body temperature however you like it. I originally purchased a chilipad to cover the whole mattress and with dual controls to have separate temperature control on each side. The chilipad didn’t agree with Rene as immediate swings in temperature will trigger nerve symptoms in her legs, so the company was kind enough to swap the dual one for a single. I’m happy with it, she is happy without and we are both sleeping well.  Aside from the Essentia mattress, this really is my favorite sleeping device! The infamous Ben Greenfield tipped me off to the Chilipad at Runga in Costa Rica.  Thanks Ben!

#6 Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier – We run a portable cool mist humidifier in the dry Winter months and fill it every other night with filtered water. Humidifiers are pretty basic and this one is nothing fancy.  I think it was about $20 at Target.  You can find them in the baby section! Without the humidifier, Rene is waking up in the middle of the night with a dry throat, which wakes me up and then no one is sleeping. The humidifier is $20 well spent!

#7 Air Filter – we use a Honeywell Air Genius filter that is washable and has a charcoal pre-filter. I need to clean it about once a month, so it is doing the job and catching particles from the air. I am wondering how much it is missing, though because the exterior gets pretty dusty. At some point, I’d like to upgrade to a HEPA filter and/ or ozone air cleaner. Still researching!

#7 Delta Sleeper – This little device I use a few times per week. It sits on your collar bone and sends a pulsed field at a specific frequency through your brachial plexus to your brain. Sound weird? Well, it is, but I do get some serious deep sleep when I’m using it. Ben Greenfield again gets credit for introducing me to this one and #8. It is really cool and does work!

#8 Binaural Beats – You may have heard the term or tried binaural beats before. Basically, you wear headphones and listen to a steady frequency in one ear and a slightly different frequency in the other ear. The difference in frequencies makes the sound “pulse” as your brain reads the sound as the difference between the two frequencies. Your brain goes along for the ride on that frequency difference and can put you into a very relaxed state. Different frequencies will produce different results, so you pick the right frequency for sleep or meditation or for focus or attention. There are a bunch of apps that have binaural beats, but I have been using SleepStream. You can layer in other sounds like rainfall or waves crashing into the shore. It is really relaxing. I have listened to them in combo with the Delta Sleeper and it puts me in a kind of trippy meditative sleep. Since the binaural beats need stereo sound to work, you have to use headphones for best results. I’m not a fan of sleeping with headphones on, but I found some comfortable sleeping headphones that are built into a headband. Even wearing those, I still end up waking up in the middle of the night wrapped in the wire and have at least one sore ear. Because it ends up defeating the purpose when I wake up at night, I don’t use binaural beats very often. But they are interesting to play around with!

So, did the experimentation work? Absolutely! You really don’t have to spend money on the weirder stuff, but having that light-free environment, comfortable bed, comfortable temperature, consistent bedtime = good sleep habit will get you there. Things I wouldn’t do without are the Essentia mattress, the Chilipad and the Sleepmaster mask. I’m sleeping great, now. I still wake up occasionally in the middle of the night, but I can usually attribute that to an extra glass of wine that I didn’t need or a super stressful day or both! When that happens, I just know to set aside a little more time the next night to get relaxed and de-stressed before bed. Anything interesting you do to fall asleep and stay asleep? I’m always open to more ideas!

Introducing “The Weirds”

Wow wow wow! It is our 5 year anniversary or living a Paleo lifestyle. I’m happy to report that Paleo principles work and I truly feel better than I ever have.  I feel stronger, healthier and more alive than I did 10 years ago.  I even look younger now than I did in 10 yr old photos. It is so crazy the changes that clean eating and living can make.  Rene and I have come a long way in the past 5 years.  Things that are just a normal part of our daily routine, I would have scoffed at and poked fun at before.  When I look at fond Facebook memories from 6-10 years ago, I see a clueless ball of inflammation having an absolute blast eating deep fried Mac and cheese bites washed down by a flight of craft beer.  We originally started our Paleo journey when Rene was diagnosed with MS in 2013.  I am ecstatic to report that she has been largely symptom free and 100% prescription drug free ever since following the Wahls Protocol. For me, I have been extremely busy between real estate, photography and amateur bio-hacking.  So…. the blog has been dormant for far too long.  For the rest of 2018, we are making an effort to help others out with their health and wellness journeys.  We will be looking back over the past 5 years and writing about what has worked, what we have learned and what we can’t live without.  Also fun will be to explore the products and protocols that didn’t make it into our routines. 

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to “The Weirds”.  We will be delving into topics like dry skin brushing, PEMF therapy, muscle testing, organ meats, Bulletproof Coffee, detoxing your home, charcoal tooth powder, gong baths, earthing, sleep, meditation, podcasts/ resources, EMF testing, structured water, deodorant, squatty potty, skin care, cupping, traveling, cold therapy, myofacial release, toe spacers, bentonite clay, electro muscular stimulation, oil pulling, digital detox, red light therapy, water filtration, the Human Charger, meal prep tools, favorite foods/ snacks, supplements and tons of other stuff!

At Universal Studios CA with our Minion, of course.

PFX14 – The Expo

Expo areas at conferences are the best way to accumulate a ton of useless swag that ends up in a landfill shortly after you get home.  The expo at Paleo f(x) actually exceeded my expectations.  The vendor area was full of mom & pop type vendors with some great Paleo friendly products.  Paleo is still on the fringe, so it is still untainted by large corporations.  Vendors were generous with their samples and it was all useable stuff.  The vendor area was flanked by a cooking demo stage and two open stages for sessions.  The middle of the room was the action area where you could learn to dead lift properly or even flip a tractor tire end over end. Our very favorite vendor was Kosmic Kombucha.  These guys are awesome!  I’ve tried to home brew my own booch quite unsuccessfully over the past few months.  Kosmic definitely has the process down.  Their kombucha has nice effervescence, organic ingredients and tasty flavor combos.  I found myself buying a bottle every time we were out and about in Austin.  Mint Julep, with organic white grape juice, fresh squeezed orange and lemon juices and fresh mint, is the stuff!  What’s not to love?  Well, the fact that I can’t buy it in Chicago.  They are local to Austin, but maybe we can work on a distribution partnership in the future??  Seriously great booch with passionate owners that love what they do.  It’s just another reason to visit Austin again.  Ok, I’m done gushing.

Booch Master Omar and Me
Booch Master Omar and Me

Our next favorite, because it’s such an innovative product, was the Exo cricket flour booth.  There are a whopping 40 nutrient dense crickets per bar. It’s only gross if you think about it.  When I was a kid, we always had crickets in the basement and they freaked me out.  I had no idea that they were snacks!  Anyway, the bar we tried had  a nice deep chocolate flavor but nary a crunch or a creak. The gross out factor is actually pretty fun.  I’d be interested in buying some of the raw flour to cook with, but they aren’t selling it separately… yet.


Ever hear of pili nuts?  Me either.  So, Pili’s are grown in the Philipines.  They are nutrient rich from the volcanic soil and super delicious.  It’s kind of a mix between a macadamia and a cashew with buttery smoothness. The Amazon of Paleo goods and Pili nuts is Barefoot Provisions.  They literally had half a ton of great food samples to try, but the Pili nuts were the standout.  They are an exclusive distributor for many of their products and focus on Paleo foods.  I’m going to order a few bags of Pilis as soon as I wrap up this blog.

Pili Nuts
Pili Nuts

Epic Bar has been one of my favorites since they came out last year.  I actually rode my bike 40 miles just to stock up on Epics. They had a great booth and there was always a crowd gathered to check out their innovative meat bars.  It’s kind of like jerky, but much easier on the jaw.  They have bison, beef, turkey and lamb bars.  I had an issue with a bar a couple months ago and spoke with Sarah about it.  She promptly replaced the bar and told me how they had remedied some quality control issues.  I’m a happy camper.  They stand behind their bars and are passionate about it… very respectable.

Epic Deliciousness
Epic Deliciousness

This vendor just puts a smile on my face… Primal Pit Paste.  They included a sample in our registration packs, but I went to the booth and bought some.  I eliminated the typical antiperspirant with aluminum last year, but had yet to find a good replacement.  Well, the triple P is it.  Organic ingredients and no aluminum.  I got the kind that you scoop out and rub in your pits all monkey like.  Rene got the more civilized stick applicator.  They use arrowroot powder and baking soda as drying agents, which my shirts appreciate.  So far, so good!

Primal Pit Paste
Primal Pit Paste

Where would we be without The Dirt?  More Paleo personal care products for us to enjoy.  They say “100% Natural and 200% Kick Ass”. We got a couple samples of the tooth powder in our registration pack and tried the samples right away.  It’s a very different brushing experience compared to your regular toothpaste.  You run your toothbrush head through the water and then dip the tip into the powder.  It leaves a clean taste in your mouth and smooth teeth, but looks like dirty water when you spit it into the sink.  I guess that’s the point.  Chemical free and gluten free.

Nick was generous with his sticks.  Nick is a salt of the earth cattle farmer from Iowa. Take as many as you want, he said.  And I did.  Nick’s Sticks are delicious.  Good job, Nick.  I think The spicy versions of the free range turkey and grass fed beef were my favorite.  I took a pack for the road and it got me through an afternoon hunger attack.  I’ll buy these when I see em!

The Granilla Bar was another fave.  The guy, Kevin, was asked to fill a booth space just a few weeks before the conference.  They had to borrow a kitchen and were able to crank out enough bars to satisfy the crowds.  The story is good.  His wife, Denise, developed the Paleo granola snack recipe as a healthy snack for the kids.  The bars are even better than the story. The Maple Fruit Bar was my favorite… moist, crunchy and mapley.  One of the buyers for Whole Foods stopped by the Granilla booth and was interested, so they may really have to step up that production!

The Granilla Bar Photo Bomb
The Granilla Bar Photo Bomb

We had to wash all the great food samples down with something.  I almost walked by this booth, but who can say no to free beer?? Gluten free beer hasn’t ever been my beverage of choice. I used to be a huge beer fan with a very discerning taste for microbrews.  The GF beers just have a funk that I don’t care for, so I’ve been opting for hard ciders or red wine instead. Omission Beer has really changed my mind and pleased my taste buds.  They have a legit IPA and a really good pale ale. Cheers guys!!

Omission Beer Cheers!
Omission Beer Cheers!

PFX14 – Day Three – It’s a Wrap

Think Tank: Catalyst for Change – (Robb Wolf, Abel James, Roger Dickerman, Dr. Shilpi Bhadra Mehta, Diana Rogers)

This was a great gathering of Paleo experts, especially Robb Wolf. Basically, this session was an open discussion with audience input on how we can get the word out about Paleo lifestyle.  

As individuals, we send out a message and it resonates with people – need lots of different voices and takes on Paleo to grow it.  There is a group of people that will want to hear your message and your story.  Your personal story is what will give you credibility and get people interested. You don’t have to write a NY Times best seller, anything effort no matter how small helps.  That gives me hope for this humble blog 🙂

The Silent Autoimmunity Explosion – (Nora Gedgaudas)

There were so many great stats and points in this session that I was having a hard time keeping up.  We had the opportunity to meet with Nora for a book signing of Primal Body, Primal Mind.  She is true authority on auto-immune.  Auto-immune is the single biggest epidemic in the world today and we aren’t hearing anything about it.  The body Immune system can’t distinguish from self and non-self, so it attacks itself.  Auto-immune issues used to be very rare and now it is common. 1 in 12 women and 1 in 24 men are estimated to have an autoimmune disease. Health care providers aren’t aware and it may be a bigger problem than cancer and heart disease combined.  Why don’t we hear more about this? There is a disconnect between the field of medicine and the field of immunology. Everyone is at risk of developing an autoimmunity in their lifetime. That is really scary!

Why is this happening now? There are a significant amount of grains in our diet, we have an industrialized food supply full of dietary anogens (gluten, casein), depleted soils, GMO, antibiotics, vaccines, contamination, increasing toxic additives to foods, exposure to heavy metals. Other causes – refined table salt, chronic EMF exposure, fluoride exposure, blood sugar surges, infections, haptens. 

The thing we can control is our diet… that is where Paleo comes in. Addressing leaky gut is critical. Once the gut healed, it is not ok to go back to the previous diet. Keep gluten intake at zero, avoid table salt, eat a healthy fat based ketogenic diet, use an air purifier. #1 Glutathione destroyers, 1) Alcohol and 2) Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Nora has a new book coming out soon and a Primal Restoration Series e book as well.

Genes Aren’t Destiny (but they do matter) – (Dr Helen Messier and Dallas Hartwing)

How do you know that you are healthy? More than a collection of “good numbers” for HDL, LDL, body weight, BMI, BP, fasting blood sugar, body fat percentage. These numbers can give a false sense of security that we are truly healthy.

Optimal health is a state without limitations on out physical, emotional abilities

Up until disintegration and death, it is all reversible. Our tendency it to just paint the yellow leaves green, we forget about the trunk and the roots and the soil that feeds the roots.  Not all trees thrive in the same environment. To optimize our health, we need to live in harmony with our genetic heritage and recognize underlying clinical imbalances.

I’m very sad to say, that Paleo f(x) 2014 Austin is over.  I was very memorable and the chance to talk directly to Dr Wahls and Nora Gedgaudas was woth the price of admission. We stayed all the way through the last word of the closing remarks and still didn’t want to leave our new Paleo friends.  The good news is that we don’t have to wait another whole year for PFX.  There will be a Paleo f(x) conference in Denver from October 10-12, 2014. I hope to see you there! Woohoo!

Stay tuned for our Expo write up and see who our favorite Paleo vendors are!

PFX14 Closing Remarks

PFX14 – Day Two

Today, I was really noticing the vast array of attendees at Paleo f(x).  There are people with auto-immune diseases like Celiac, Hashimotos and MS, to peak performance athletes that are competing in triathalons and Spartan challenges, people with weight issues and others that just want to learn more about the Paleo lifestyle.  There were medical doctors and natural doctors sitting on the same panels for frank discussions on the heath of our nation and how to talk to your physician effectively. Everyone seems to be here for a common purpose… to improve their minds, improve their bodies and help others do the same. It is a strong community of like minded people gathered together to become better versions of themselves. I was expecting Paleo f(x) to be a conference about food preparation and exercise, but this is so much more. Topics encompass everything from nutrition to healthcare to addiction to sexuality to poop. We have only made it to one cooking demo (thanks Marla, it was great!).  The rest of the day was spent gathering a-ha moments and processing all of this new information.

Ask The Paleo Experts Master Mind – panel – (Dr. Terry Wahls, Kirk Parsley, M.D., Chris Kresser, Dallas Hartwig, Nora Gedgaudas)

This was just an open session where attendees could ask the experts any questions.

The first question was a lady asking why she has lost 40 lbs and her breasts stayed the same size.  I suppose this could be a problem, I’m not sure.  Anyway, she has been confused by it because diets from her past made her breasts smaller before anything else.  The consensus from the panel was a post menopause hormonal issue.  Makes sense to me.

AIP (Auto-immune Paleo) – question for Chris Kresser – His version of AIP doesn’t eliminate seeds and nuts.  Why not? He sees more issues with nightshades and eggs and not really any problems with digestion of seeds and nuts.

One audience member isn’t losing fat around the gut – most likely high cortisol. Premebeability in the gut leading to inflammation. Undiagnosed food sensitivity issues. Strength and interval training will help rebuild hormone levels, but only of sleeping well.

Other random tidbits and thoughts that you can Google:

-After exposure to gluten, you can produce antibodies for 3 months

-Asthma is autoimmune. Correlation between the gut and asthma. Google Kresser and histamine.

-One of the best mood stabilizers for teens is to get good sleep. 80% of teens lack sleep and their circadian rhythms are off. (This is why kids be craaazy)

-Issues digesting kombucha and fermented foods? Possible cause is disbiotic flora in the gut. A test for SIBO was recommended.

-No immune reactivity to camel milk because it is so close to human milk (anybody have a camel?)

US Healthcare: In Crisis or Chaos? – panel – (Robb Wolf, Dr. Grayson Wheatley, Julie and Charles Mayfield, Dr. Richard Maurer, Darryl Edwards)

We all know the answer to this… our system is pretty f’d up. Think of yourself as your own healthcare system be proactive with your own health and wellness.

One panelist had a nice analogy with health insurance and car insurance analogy – you don’t expect your car insurance to pay for oil changes, fixing dings and car washes.  If they did, the cost of insurance would be huge. Why do we expect our insurance companies to pay for everything?

Darryl Edwards… Doctor, author and Paleo athlete. On this trip from the UK for Paleo f(x), he got cut above his eye and needed stitches. He got first hand experience of our dis functional healthcare system.  It’s not good, people.  It would have been cheaper for him to fly back to the Uk first class and have an ambulance pick him up at the airport.  

Personal Paleo Meatloaf Cooking DemoMarla Sarris

Author of Pigskin Paleo, fellow member of the Chicago Paleo Meet-up and creator of Paleo Porn.  Marla rocks!

She made some personal meatloaves shaped like little footballs – brussels sprouts, leeks, pork.  Mmmmmm mmmm.  I can’t wait to try these out at home.  Marla made some good points about not needing fancy tools or kitchen gadgets to make good food.  Keep it simple and minimal.  Good stuff.

Paleo and Addiction – Panel – (Karly Randolph Pitman, Kaila Prins, Susan McCauley,Amy Kubal, Dr. Nicole Avena)

-Symptoms of addiction – Perfectionist, over exerciser, perfect food, prefect body, control

-One panelist is grateful for her addiction (drugs and alcohol) – without the addiction and hitting bottom, she wouldn’t be where she is today

-Root causes of addiction – born this way, root was there and there is a genetic component to it.

-Whatever the type of addiction, if there is a genetic disposition to it, it doesn’t mean that addiction is a destiny

-There is a vulnerability, tenderness and sensitivity with addicts that makes addictive substances much more powerful for them

How do you know if you are addicted vs a healthy habit?

-When your life is being disrupted by your behaviors, then it is time to seek some professional help.

-An addiction never brings what you are seeking no matter how much you do it.  Never satiates or brings satiation

-Once you start and you can’t stop it

How do you know when you start to recover?

-Stimulus taken away

-You are able to nourish your body and mind and do things in a healthy way

What do you tell someone that you see struggling?

-It is ok to stop and life is better on the other side

-You are recovering what you lost

Using Paleo as a path to recovery

-In typically recovery programs, nutrition is not addressed (pills are)

-Food addiction is the last addiction

Last thoughts… Paleo is healing and hugs are Paleo

Navigating Your Non-Paleo Physician (What’s Up Doc?) – panel (Dr. Lauren Vigna, Dr. Michael Ruscio, Dr. Richard Maurer,Dr. Daniel Kalish, Dr. Rick Henriksen)

-Most MD’s have only had 2 weeks of nutritional training in 4 year of school

-Why is a Dr qualified to give dietary advice?

-Lack of education and its easier to write out a prescription and say to work on diet and exercise.  They want to give good advice, but haven’t had the success.  If the patients are on the insurance model and prefer the easy fix of a pill.

-You are your own best health advocate

How do we get over white coat and use dr as a consultant?

-Choose the provider with the skills for what you need.  You may need several providers for whole health care.

-You can get all the information and do your research and then find a Dr that you trust to guide you through the steps.

-If you are talking to a Western trained MD, you need to communicate in the same language.  Saying “leaky gut” may shut that Dr out.  Drs went into the field to help people and genuinely want to help out.  There is a give and take between the Dr and patient.

-Find someone that is fully trained and has 3-5 years in practice, it might be worth it to travel.

Where can you find a natural doctor? What questions can you ask a non Paleo physician to see if they would be good to work with?

-What do they do for fitness and what do they eat?

-Check out the cross fit gyms and ask the gym owners if there are any family doctors that workout there.

-Most likely Dr’s you find won’t be following Paleo, but they should know about it.

What do you do if your Dr wants to put you on an unnecessary medication?

-Have object measures so you and your physician can measure results and analyze them. Open to using the drug if the diet/ exercise program isn’t effective.

-Ask if there is anything that will be harmed if you don’t take the medication right away

-Tell your doctor that you don’t what to take a medication… and ask their thoughts

-Work together with the Dr and try to collaborate on the solution. They will be more open to alternatives.

-The right test and the wrong Dr = failure

-Natural Doctor is outside the insurance network and will spend significant time with you as a consultant

 Are you Paleo Sexual? – Christopher Ryan

 I had no idea what to expect from this session, but I knew I had to go.  This ended up being one of my favorite sessions of the day.  Christopher Ryan had an insightful and hilarious presentation about how we developed sexually.  The opening quote is one of my favorites, “A fig leaf can hide many things, but an erection isn’t one of them” 🙂

We went into the social life and sexuality of the Bonobo.  If I’m ever reborn as an animal, a Bonobo would be a great choice.  I got to meet Christopher at the end of the conference.  He is a really great guy and my kindred Bonobo brother.  I’m looking forward to reading his book, “Sex at Dawn“, on the flight back to Chicago.

Other interesting facts:

-Human beings have sex around 1000 times per birth – sex isn’t about reproduction

-We are one of few species that have sex when the female is not able to conceive

-Female copulatory vocalization – more likely in species that are promiscuous.

So much new information and another huge day tomorrow!

Marla – Cooking It Up

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