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?”

Sexism in Lifting: What is the right balance between sticking my neck out and doing my own thing?

How do we know if we’re making progress when it can go so slowly, it feels like standing still? How do we keep doing the work, plugging away at the pieces, running the experiments, when we don’t even know what the endpoint will look like? Is there a revelation, a revolution, a moment when everythingContinue reading “Sexism in Lifting: What is the right balance between sticking my neck out and doing my own thing?”

Cutting my hair and loving my strong legs

This morning is the first time in over two decades that I’ve woken up with really, properly short hair. I’ve been playing around the edges of a shorter ‘do for a handful of years now, but last night, I committed to going pixie. Or a kinda long, shaggy, pixie. I feel a little like aContinue reading “Cutting my hair and loving my strong legs”

Red Flags That a Fitness Professional is Full of Crap

Ah the holidays, when folks experience all the fun and anxiety associated with unrestrained exuberance paired painfully with social obligation and familial tension. Out of this miasma may rise within us a strong desire to take control, to reset, to cleanse or to start afresh. (And to completely mix the metaphor), thus enters the emotionalContinue reading “Red Flags That a Fitness Professional is Full of Crap”