On egg yolks, direct and indirect measures of success

Does the color of your egg yolks bring you joy? I admit, a deep orangey-yellow glow in the center of a clear, uncloudy albumen makes me happy. The color of an egg yolk is influenced by the diet of the hen. Pasture-raised hens with access to a wider variety of feeds, who hunt and peckContinue reading “On egg yolks, direct and indirect measures of success”

The Gender Binary, Patriarchy, and How Bodybuilding Gives me a Place to Express my Authentic Self

I have never been the girl my mother hoped I would be. From a very young age, she has given me unwanted gifts like full length, pink nighties with puff sleeves and lace, dolls to play house with, and birthday cards with sparkles and butterflies. (I still get the birthday cards with sparkles and butterflies.)Continue reading “The Gender Binary, Patriarchy, and How Bodybuilding Gives me a Place to Express my Authentic Self”

You can choose to NOT change

What if I decide to NOT work on that right now? The moment I thought the thought, I was flooded with a sense of relief. I’d decided to be ok with letting things be what they are for now, and it felt good. As the social media cliché goes, I don’t know who needs toContinue reading “You can choose to NOT change”

What would you want if you let go of shame?

Shame is a shit motivator. Loads of research has found that instead of inspiring people to quit smoking, lose weight, be more patient parents, whatever, it instead pushes them into a loop of self-loathing and self-punishment followed by reactive over-correction for short periods of time. Shame is the cornerstone of large-scale diet and fitness industryContinue reading “What would you want if you let go of shame?”

#TBT–Can We Talk About Physique Goals Without Perpetuating Diet Culture?

Today, I’m resharing my most popular post with the bots that follow me. (LOTS of “likes,” very few “reads.”) Is there a way we can talk about changing our physiques that doesn’t do harm to ourselves or others? What are the guidelines for recognizing when we are perpetuating diet culture and when are respecting personalContinue reading “#TBT–Can We Talk About Physique Goals Without Perpetuating Diet Culture?”

“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”

Thank you, Dr. F

Twenty years ago this month, you saved my life. Twenty years ago, you began the long, complicated process of determining why I was dying and then helped me with the long, difficult treatment process that saved my life. Twenty years ago, you believed me when I said something was really wrong with me. You treatedContinue reading “Thank you, Dr. F”

“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”

Does childhood trauma make us more likely to become bodybuilders?

As a part of my treatment for PTSD, my therapist recommended that I read Pete Walker’s Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving. I’ve only made it through the first few chapters, but I can see why it was recommended reading. I can see myself in many of the characteristics he describes. Walker begins by identifyingContinue reading “Does childhood trauma make us more likely to become bodybuilders?”

Are You “Just Making Excuses,” or Are You Honestly Recognizing Barriers to Success?

Around this time of year, it’s common for my friends to want to talk to me about their exercise and nutrition plans for the year ahead. They want to be successful, they want to feel like they’re on a good trajectory, and they respect the changes I’ve made in my life over the years toContinue reading “Are You “Just Making Excuses,” or Are You Honestly Recognizing Barriers to Success?”