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Is the obesity epidemic a mystery? Part 2

So in Part 1, I looked at the claim by Slim Mold Time Mold that the obesity epidemic was a mystery, and that the only factor that could account for it was chemical contamination of groundwater. In this post, I’m going to look at some other possible explanations for the global obesity epidemic. Highly Palatable …

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Is the obesity epidemic a mystery? Part 1

While browsing the always excellent and highly recommended Marginal Revolution blog, I came across an interesting series of posts on the “Mystery of the Obesity Epidemic“. It’s a well-researched series of posts, with a lot of interesting facts and statistics. It comes to some rather strange conclusions, however. Calories Do Count and Diets Do Work …

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Dieting, Meditation and Unicorns

According to science: Diets don’t work. There is no solid evidence that meditation has any tangible benefits. It’s estimated that up to 90% of startups fail, most within the first couple of years, let alone become a unicorn. So I guess we should all resign ourselves to being fat, stressed-out slaves to the 9 to …

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Interview on the Fitter Healthier Dad Podcast

A few months back I took part in an interview for the Fitter Healthier Dad Podcast with Darren Kirby. The podcast is focused on my work with Green Pasture Farms, and why I’m an advocate for eating high welfare meat. We touch on various topics, including but not limited to: How meat gets onto our …

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Taking Vitamin D Supplements to Protect Against the Coronavirus Is Like Sleeping in Your Car

Should you be taking Vitamin D supplements in order to protect against the coronavirus? You have no doubt seen the news that there is a correlation between blood serum levels of Vitamin D, and susceptibility to Covid-191. Though results have been somewhat mixed depending upon the study, overall it has been found that between 70-80% …

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Simon’s Protein Power Porridge Recipe

Simon’s Protein Power Porridge Recipe I eat my protein power porridge pretty much everyday! I do vary the ingredients a little from time to time, but generally I like to keep things simple. Every decision takes some mental energy. If you’ve got things to do, it’s better to save that decision making energy for growing …

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Thoughts on the EAT-Lancet’s Planetary Health Diet

The past week’s news cycle has been full of coverage of the EAT-Lancet’s new paper: Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems (Full text available if you create a free account with the Lancet) It has been dubbed in the press “The Planetary Health Diet”. The Guardian has …

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A Sceptical Look at Reishi Mushroom Powder

I first heard about Reishi Mushroom powder some time ago via the Tim Ferriss podcast, I looked into it at the time and considered writing a post about it, but then got sidetracked on other projects. I’d totally forgotten about it until yesterday, when a friend of mine invited me to join her in a …

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The Problem with Diet Testimonials

We’re going to play a game. It’s called: Match the Testimonial to the Diet! Below we have 3 real testimonials from 3 very different diets – Paleo, Vegan, Carnivore… Diet 1: This diet change resulted in her being able to sit up easily after waking up for the first time in many years and it …

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Cyclical Cyclical Dieting?

I’ve followed many many diets in my lifetime, with various motivations – to lose fat, build muscle, improve health, for ethical reasons, sometimes just to experiment. I can concur with the observations noted in my previous post on fat shaming / acceptance, that following a diet is never easy. Regardless of initial success, the vast …

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