What is Food? 21Convention Nutrition Talk Video Released

In 2012, I was very pleased to be invited to speak at the inaugural UK edition of the 21Convention. Previous speakers have included the likes of Doug McGuff, Drew Bay and Mark Sisson, so I certainly felt in esteemed company! In retrospect, I think I tried to fit too much content into the allocated 45 …

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What is Food? Part VI: Making Decisions

In the first instalment of this series, I argued that there is no such thing as food. Rather that there are only other living organisms, some of which we choose to label as food, but that these labels are often pretty arbitrary. In the subsequent posts, I looked at the four major criteria on which …

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What is Food? Part V: A Potential Source of Pleasure

I love food. I love talking about food, I love cooking and preparing food, but most of all I love eating food. I certainly see foods as a source of energy and raw materials, and I am aware that certain foods can be potentially harmful to my health, however I also view food as a …

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What is Food? Part IV: A Potential Source of Toxins

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net In the previous posts we established that human beings survive by consuming other living organisms to provide energy and raw materials for growth, reproduction and survival, and that we call these organisms that we choose to eat “food”. What should also be considered, however, is that the consumption of other living organisms could …

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What is Food? Part III: Too Much of a Good Thing?

What are you made of? It’s not an abstract question. I want you to think about what it is that you are actually made of. The answer? You are made out of food. Or rather, you are made out of the stuff that you eat. When you eat something, it is broken down in to …

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What is Food? Part II: A Source of Energy

In the previous post I asked the question, “What is Food?” In short, the conclusion was that there is no such thing as food! Rather, the term “food” is a label we apply to living organisms that we choose to eat, and that all living organisms can be assessed as a potential food source based …

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What is Food? Part I: There is no such thing as food

The past couple of posts have been looking at the problems with nutritional science in general, and issues with the paleo diet concept in particular. I think that it’s important when it comes to nutrition (or any aspect of life) to keep an open mind, and question your beliefs. I suppose the question is now …

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