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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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Between Shame and Acceptance

There has been a lot of talk in the popular press recently of “Fat Shaming” and “Fat Acceptance”. Two such high-profile instances that caught my eye were: An Open Letter to Jamie Oliver by Laura Thomas and Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong by Michael Hobbes As ever, the media reaction has been polarised, …

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Diet Debate: Is it time to rethink safe alcohol limits?

It’s commonly accepted that moderate alcohol consumption is not only innocuous, but potentially beneficial to one’s health and longevity. That is to say that having 1-2 drinks, 3-4 days per week, isn’t going to have negative effects on your health, and may even provide some benefits. A “new study”, published last month in The Lancet, …

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Diet Debate: #JERF vs The Appeal to Nature Fallacy

[est_time] estimated total reading time Are we being JERFed Around? JERF, for the uninitiated, stands for Just Eat Real Food. This is a very popular concept within the nutrition world. Paleo, Vegan, Weston Price, Mediterranean Diet, Mayo Clinic, Registered dietitians, the WHO, the one thing they can all agree on is that the more unprocessed, …

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Diet Debate: Coffee – Dangerous Addiction, or Beneficial Predilection?

[est_time] estimated total reading time Disclaimer: I love coffee, and am no doubt addicted to it, at least to some degree. I am therefore probably subject to a high degree of confirmation bias when weighing up its pros and cons. As always, check all references thoroughly, do your own research, and draw your own conclusions! …

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