I will not be entertained to death by the world around me. Question everything, even if it makes you miserable. It’s better than the alternative. Being an over-stimulated, shallow consumer of mass media.
My depression has changed.
It rarely blind-sides me in the middle of the day anymore. Instead I can feel it looming in side my chest, waiting for a moment of weakness. I can actually feel the pressure of it building inside my body. How can a mental disease manifest itself so physically? Depression is a monster. Like HIV infects the immune cells, depression takes the one true defense you have against it, your mind, and...
On Kashi, GMO's and the term "Natural": How to...
So, if you haven’t heard by now, a grocer in Rhode Island posted a memo in the cereal aisle of his store regarding the popular health food company Kashi. It looked like this: This act of honesty ignited a firestorm of complaints about false advertising aimed at Kashi and its parent brand, Kellogg. Nothing has made it more obvious to me that those who claim to know about their food choices,...
Thoughts About Trail Running That I Had While...
Good things about running trails: It’s harder than running on the road You feel like you are flying You are constantly distracted from being tired by trying not to trip Other people who use trails are very friendly Bad thing about running trails: It’s harder than running on the road You don’t know how far you’ve gone and you can get lost If you forget you’re running...
SmallBites: 5 Important Food Lessons From This... →
Over the past few days, several important food-related stories captured top headlines. Rather than dedicate a lengthy blog post to each, here is the Small Bites’ Cliff’s Notes version. What’s the deal? What are the important takeaways? Here’s your cheat sheet: 1) Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Outbreak The Story: “Mad cow” is back (wow, the ’90s really are back with a vengeance!), this time...
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MotherJones: Why You Should Be Worried About the... →
Move along, nothing to see here. That sums up the USDA’s public reaction to news that a downed California dairy cow was discovered to have contracted bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease. The cow had an “atypical” case of BSE, one that likely doesn’t come from BSE-infected feed, but rather from a genetic mutation, the agency insists. Moreover,...
What should I ask Monsanto?
So a representative from Monsanto is giving a talk today at 2pm. His talk will discuss “Sustainable Solutions for Doubling Crop Productivity by 2030” and the summary provided to me states: “Only a fraction of the earth’s land is suitable for growing crops, and the number of people on the planet is rapidly increasing. In fact, to keep up with demands, agriculture will have ...
Andy Bellatti: Let’s put an end to ‘dietary... →
“In all our “no, but I have this mountain of research to back me up” statements, we easily overlook one critical unifying point — we’re all seeking out the same goal: health. Regardless of our views on tofu, raw milk, and coconut oil, most of us who are passionate about nutrition and wellness are not happy with the Standard American Diet or the fact that highly processed and minimally...
Why the answer does not lie in smoothies. →
cleaningout: How many people have woken up, slurped down a high protein, high fiber, high fat breakfast shake and felt full for hours? How many people have done the same thing with a high protein, high fiber, high fat breakfast omelet and felt full longer, or hungry sooner? Oh you betcha, I’m going to throw some science atcha! This nasty-ass study gave people the same amount of calories in...
What I do and how I live my life will guarantee me success, and not everyone can say that.
I’m going to colonize the moon, and all stupid people will be cast back to earth or sent towards the sun. Only introverts are invited. We’ll spend our time reading and chatting casually, but only when we feel like it. Who’s with me?
Things that make you go hmmm →
CowbirdsInLove Comic 1246 →
Mad Cow Disease Confirmed in California →
Our food system is pretty disgusting.
Nothing is more infuriating than stupid people. A close second are people who pretend to be helpless.
I really think we, as nutritionists, need to stop trying to identify the ONE thing that’s good or bad in the diet. If I’ve learned anything from EB so far, its that we need to look at whole foods to fully appreciate the effects of food and health. I hope I can implement this approach on every aspect of my professional career.
About to watch the corn refiners association take on a room full of molecular and biochemical nutritionists. Let the games begin.
Your Feast of Food Friday Links →
Mark Bittman reflects on the past week or so in food news.
In San Diego, you can...
Buy booze at CVS Get iced coffee from Subway Buy breakfast food from Wendys Get randomly checked for identification without cause It’s like a whole other world over here.
Scientific facts about narrow mindedness There are... →
hypocritesaint: scientific facts about narrow mindedness There are chemicals in your brain that cause you to go into a defensive state which is triggered when you feel your views or opinions are being challenged and the chemicals cause you to become narrow minded and you find it hard to accept and appreciate…
The more you know.
Today I learned that there are three types of receptors that environmental estrogens can bind to. Environmental estrogens are compounds from outside the body that resemble the chemical structure of estrogen. The first picture is of estrogen, the second is genistein. Genistein a name for one of the soy compounds you might hear referred to as phytoestrogens. The third image is of BPA, a...
I have been absent for the past few weeks and quite pissy, and for that I apologize. I hope to resume reasonable posting that is in line with what my blog is about. My post yesterday is a nice reminder of that. Sometimes i just get so overwhelmed with apathy that reading and writing beyond what its immediately required of me seems impossible. Over the next 2 months I will be writing my...
After spending two hours shopping for clothes appropriate to wear to a professional conference, I realized that my body shape is not conducive to looking “conservative”.
Frank Bruni for the NYT: Is Obesity a Consequence... →
People writing on this topic need to tread VERY VERY carefully. Very carefully. The second we take the onus off the individual, people will be clamoring to point fingers at everyone but themselves. Evolution suggests survival of the fittest. SURVIVAL. That’s the key word here. Overweight people die prematurely, this is a fact. If we sit back and accept that obesity is the new normal, we are...
The deeper I become, the shallower everything around me seems.
This is the thing: When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can...– Relevant magazine (via charliebravo) (via vitalwaves)
Getting really sick really fast. Which is FANTASTIC because I have to go to San Diego on Friday to present my research and I basically have to practice non-stop until then. I’m already hoarse and I can feel my brain shutting down.
First reflection on summer....
Perks of hot weather: halter tops Disadvantages of summer: shorts
Jillian Does Life: News Flash →
jilliandoeslife: News Flash You don’t have to eat flax seed, nutritional yeast, chia seeds, protein powder, quinoa, kale, tofu, soy milk, egg whites, ezekiel bread, homemade natural nut butters, plain flavorless greek yogurt, green smoothies, frozen banana ice cream, or ANYTHING ELSE for that matter. Just because it seems like everyone else on this website is obsessed with these things, doesn’t...
The importance of keeping everything in... →
highfivesandbutterflies: There were times I was sad over things, things minute in relation… But given the non relation, they seemed big to me. And I would look back, in times of complete struggle- life struggle- and I would think “Jesus Christ! To have been upset over something like that! To have that luxury to be upset over small things!” When I went to hell I promised I would never be upset,...
I’m probably not going to get my PhD. It’s ok though, because I didn’t really want to anyways.
You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot...– Elizabeth Taylor