I am a mechanical engineer born in 1953 with a lifetime interest in outdoor activities and fitness. My lovely wife of 44 years, Karen, and I live in Morgan Hill, Ca, a bit south of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have gone through and rehabbed from three major surgeries: two hip replacements, and a … Continue reading Welcome
I first learned about vitamin K2 when I was going to a cardiologist for aortic stenosis. He had sent me for a calcium score test, which I flunked. Supposedly this means severe calcification of the coronary arteries, as I described in my posts about my heart valve saga. Later I found this was a false … Continue reading Vitamin K2- Send Calcium to the Right Places?
Our bodies are “flex fuel” vehicles. They have a small fuel tank containing “higher octane” fuel (glycogen), and a much larger tank containing a slightly “lower octane” fuel (fat). I’ll explain why fat can be called “lower octane” below. The body wants to use the abundantly available fuel, fat, at lower intensities so it can … Continue reading Diet and Fat Adaptation, For Everyday Life and And Athletic Performance
I have seen exaggerated dietary claims based on evolutionary reasoning from different viewpoints, vegans claiming it shows we were herbivores, paleo advocates that we evolved eating a lot of meat, and low-carb advocates that we evolved for a million years eating low carb. The truth is a bit murkier, as we’ll see. Exactly what we … Continue reading Pre-Agricultural Nutrition
There are several claims I did not offer detailed proof for in my previous post on this topic. I’ll give those details here. First let me point out that my best resource for finding this proof was Dr. Linda Bacon’s book Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, another highly recommended book. … Continue reading Put Health First, Not Weight Loss- part 2: Scientific Evidence and Tips
Other Aspects of Animal Foods: Humanitarian Concerns and Sustainable Agriculture I want to cover this first before getting to health aspects because it can make the discussion of animal products more contentious. In addition to health issues, many choose to reduce animal food consumption for reasons such as wanting to avoid inhumane treatment of animals, … Continue reading Health Aspects of Animal Foods
This is a different kind of success story than the usual ones I post. But a success story nonetheless. Congratulations to Erin for her new healthy way of eating and accepting the size it turned out to give her.
The predictions of her medical team, despite precise measurements, were significantly off about her final weight, showing this is less an exact science than most of us think. But kudos to them for congratulating her on the healthy outcome and not getting fixated on the weight.
by Erin Harrop
When I began my recovery journey from an eating disorder 13 years ago, I had a certain set of expectations about how the recovery process would go. Healthcare professionals told me to expect several things. They reassured me that as I learned to eat a broader variety of foods that my anxiety around eating would go down. What?! They said the more I faced my fears, the more comfortable I would feel.
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Grains and legumes are enthusiastically recommended by many mainstream nutritionists as well as whole-food plant-based (wfpb) advocates. Legumes and minimal-processed whole grains may well be healthy for many people. But there are others who have digestive sensitivities to them, and there are some controversial health aspects. So I’ll go over what I have learned about … Continue reading Health Aspects of Controversial Plant Foods
Harriet Brown wrote an excellent Book, Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It, in 2015, but I’ve only just read it now, when I found out about it in a comment from a fellow blogger. This is a very important book, in my … Continue reading Put Health First, Not Weight Loss- Lessons From Body of Truth
As I promised a while back, I’m finally going to go over what I’ve learned about various diet alternatives. And I reiterate I mean “diet” more in the sense of long-term way of eating. There is some controversy about what I am about to cover, even though I tried to present balanced evidence and look … Continue reading Health Aspects of Various Ways of Eating, Including Alternatives to the “Mainstream”