Book Review–Diet Cults: The surprising fallacy at the core of nutrition fads and a guide to healthy eating for the rest of us, Matt Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald isn’t a science writer, and I don’t know how evidence-based this book qualifies as. He discusses science, but it’s in the popular, journalistic narrative sort of way rather than in the accumulation of data over time with critique and drawbacks sort of way that a more science-minded author would likely do. In any case,Continue reading “Book Review–Diet Cults: The surprising fallacy at the core of nutrition fads and a guide to healthy eating for the rest of us, Matt Fitzgerald”

“You’re never going to reason someone away from their belief,” Offline with Jon Favreau, Abbie Richards on Fighting Disinformation on TikTok

How do we combat disinformation and misinformation? Can we inoculate people from the strains of misinformation in their lives? This conversation is mostly about politics, but I see so many parallels between the pseudoscience and self-promotion we see in the health and fitness space and the opportunists manipulating information to influence politics and public health.Continue reading ““You’re never going to reason someone away from their belief,” Offline with Jon Favreau, Abbie Richards on Fighting Disinformation on TikTok”

YouTube Round-up, late February

Alan wants us (by which I think he means men and male-identified people) to avoid the allure of taking exogenous hormones and learn how to progress by improving our training. (Honestly, it’s super-funny, but the joke lands a bit flat for me as someone who isn’t in the primary population of potential steroid users.) TheContinue reading “YouTube Round-up, late February”

“Get this hunger monkey off my back,” Breaking Up with Binge Eating, Moving from Calorie Counting to Using Body Signals (And Emotions!)

It seems like the evidence-based folks I listen to and respect land in two camps when it comes to calorie counting. There’s those who see calorie counting as a tool, just a thing you do to keep your awareness and educate your choices, and there’s those who see it as a slippery slope, often leadingContinue reading ““Get this hunger monkey off my back,” Breaking Up with Binge Eating, Moving from Calorie Counting to Using Body Signals (And Emotions!)”

“Getting away from avoidant language,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #167: Exercise in Pregnancy

Is it safe to train during pregnancy? Even before this episode of Barbell Medicine, I had a strong feeling this was the wrong question. It needn’t be “is it safe or unsafe?” That’s black-and-white thinking, which is rarely the right approach in things health and fitness. Instead, we need to ask the more nuanced questionsContinue reading ““Getting away from avoidant language,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #167: Exercise in Pregnancy”

#TBT–Iron Culture Ep. 128, Book Bodybuilding and the Dog, Ft. Ryan Doris

Today I’m highlighting an older post, a conversation about balancing the desire to push hard versus feeling in control while lifting. There’s not much appeal for me to “get a little stupid” in the gym. For me, it’s impossible to isolate getting hyped up for a big lifting session from the impacts of trauma. LoveContinue reading “#TBT–Iron Culture Ep. 128, Book Bodybuilding and the Dog, Ft. Ryan Doris”

“Dirty, bourgeois chemistry,” Sigma Nutrition Radio#425: Prof. Anna Krylov – When Ideology Hurts Scientific Discourse

During the Trump presidency, I participated yearly in the Portland March for Science. Science educators, researchers, and other concerned citizens marched in the thousands against the anti-science agendas of an administration who years before COVID set the stage for distrust in professionals, placing profits over real climate change action, religious beliefs over medical decisions, andContinue reading ““Dirty, bourgeois chemistry,” Sigma Nutrition Radio#425: Prof. Anna Krylov – When Ideology Hurts Scientific Discourse”

The Dumbbells Podcast

My spouse and I disagree about comedy. The majority of the comedic content he consumes annoys me. Oftentimes, I get that the idea is funny, but the execution rubs me the wrong way. So, I had some hesitation when he recommended a podcast to me, populated by some of the voices out of UCB (UprightContinue reading “The Dumbbells Podcast”

“I don’t expect people to do their own research,” Barbell Medicine Episode #166- January 2022 Research Review

We’re not all academics. We aren’t all specialists in lifting, or metabolism, or serum Vitamin D levels. And we shouldn’t be expected to be in order to live a fairly well-informed, healthy life. If the experts expect us all to become experts in order to understand their work, they’re failing in their efforts to communicateContinue reading ““I don’t expect people to do their own research,” Barbell Medicine Episode #166- January 2022 Research Review”

“It doesn’t matter what you’re given, it’s what you do with it,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 155–Alex Tilinca: Self Made Man

I’m having grandiose thoughts. I’m imagining a future sporting world in which the full variety of human experiences are welcomed and included. In which maybe we have men’s, women’s, and open categories for sport, in which anyone can participate who feels called and can do the work. Where we’re defined and divided by our abilitiesContinue reading ““It doesn’t matter what you’re given, it’s what you do with it,” Iron Culture Podcast Ep. 155–Alex Tilinca: Self Made Man”