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”

A Carnivore Diet Mash-up

Recently, the folks at Maintenance Phase and Iron Culture both did deep dives into Jordan Peterson and the so-called Carnivore diet. And while a person could listen to either conversation independently, I highly recommend you download all four hours from your platform of choice to get the full and glorious(1) picture of this latest versionContinue reading “A Carnivore Diet Mash-up”

#TBT: Is Fear of Fat Keeping You From Your Goals?

I admit, I still want The Golden Unicorn of personal physique change–losing fat while gaining muscle for dramatic body recomposition! But alas, the results from this sort of effort are apparently rarely satisfying once we’ve gotten beyond newbie status. Which means accepting a certain amount of body fat increase, at least temporarily, while we workContinue reading “#TBT: Is Fear of Fat Keeping You From Your Goals?”

“There’s definitely a false equivalency,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #429: Kevin Hall, PhD & Stephan Guyenet, PhD – Carbohydrate-Insulin Model vs. Energy Balance Model

Do you think carbs are bad for you or inherently fattening? When you feel an urgency to change your physique, are carbs the first thing to go from your plate? Do you worry about the glycemic load of your carbohydrate choices, carefully weighing the pros and cons of a baked potato versus pasta? We areContinue reading ““There’s definitely a false equivalency,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #429: Kevin Hall, PhD & Stephan Guyenet, PhD – Carbohydrate-Insulin Model vs. Energy Balance Model”

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”

“Look beyond aesthetics and look at being healthy,” Food Medic Podcast EPISODE 7 – Eating to thrive not survive in training with Liam Holmes

The longer I spend in the evidence-based nutrition world, the more similar the advice seems to become. Really, once we get beyond the bullshit pseudoscience, the “big rocks” of nutrition are widely agreed upon–get enough protein (but don’t expect it to be magic), gets lots of fruits and veggies, have sufficient fats and carbs forContinue reading ““Look beyond aesthetics and look at being healthy,” Food Medic Podcast EPISODE 7 – Eating to thrive not survive in training with Liam Holmes”

“30 days to fatten you up,” Maintenance Phase, Supersize Me

Let’s start with a confession: until a few years ago, I showed Supersize Me in my health classes. I have a “student” version of the DVD, and I would show it in a Health and Nutrition elective class I taught. In my defense, I was finding myself more and more uncomfortable with the messaging implicitContinue reading ““30 days to fatten you up,” Maintenance Phase, Supersize Me”

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”

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?”