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YOU are enough! Ditch the diet

The New Year is here and with it the onslaught of resolutions. “This year will be the year when…” Fill in the blank: “I lose weight.” “I start exercising.” Yada. Yada. Yada.

Thousands of advertising messages will prey upon people’s insecurities with digitally enhanced photos of bodies no one IRL (in real life) has. A body you could have—if only.

Who’s to say you are not enough just as you are? You are enough! Continue reading

The Dunning-Kruger Effect (I used to know everything!)

I have a confession. I used to know everything about nutrition. I was an expert. See, I was a chubby kid—not obese—but carrying enough extra weight where I was teased and picked last for teams in gym class.

The summer before ninth grade I lost weight and although my weight yo-yoed over the years, I never lost my fascination with nutrition. I devoured every article on nutrition, read books, had subscriptions to every health magazine, and jumped on every trend or fad that happened along.

I listened to so-called experts and parroted their words. My ‘education’ made me super smart knowing more than the average person, always willing to pipe up with the latest I learned—whether welcome or not. I became the go-to person for all thing’s nutrition.

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Why I Won’t Be Recommending the Ketogenic Diet

People seek an arbitrary number on the scale. Why? Where is the branded number on foreheads? Do people know (or care) how much you weigh? No. People notice:

  • How you carry yourself.
  • How you rock the clothes you wear.
  • Your energy, vitality, confidence.

Yet it doesn’t stop people from trying (to lose weight).

Atkins, Paleo, and now the ketogenic diet. Did you do it? You lost weight, right? Quickly?

Exciting. Enticing. And oh so exhilarating.

Bev jumped on the scale Monday morning ready for day one of her keto diet. Today is a new day—this diet is going to work and it did, for a moment. She embraced keto and within a week dropped 8 pounds. Thrilled yes? Yet what did she lose?  Continue reading

Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part II

I’ve been adjunct (part-time) faculty over 20 years and have the unique perspective of hearing what my students know and understand about nutrition as they learn key concepts. Early on in my teaching career (pre-internet), I assigned students a project requiring them to summarize a nutrition-related current event from a newspaper or magazine. They presented their summary in class and we deciphered reliability, learning what’s credible and what’s questionable.

As the internet evolved and became the go-to place for information, our learning advanced to a virtual platform including discussion boards. A favorite discussion board topic was (and is) answering this question: Why is nutrition so confusing? Continue reading

Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part I

Are you confused about nutrition? If so, I’m not surprised considering the plethora of marketing, advertising, and hype driving our food choices, especially on the internet. To make it even more confusing, you can find snippets of nutrition news, sometimes contradictory across media, even among the most credible sources.

Think about all the conflicting articles on coffee and wine for example. A study in the Journal of Health Communication found this makes people trust recommendations less, even nutrition recommendations that are less controversial.

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Carbs: Why do people think they’re bad?

Carbohydrates. What comes to your mind when you read that? This nutrient receives an undeservedly negative reputation through no fault of its own. They’re so misunderstood.

Many people avoid carbs. They have the idea that they’re bad. They’re not.

Click To Tweet Nearly 100 percent of carbs break down to glucose in the body. That’s a good thing because glucose gives us energy.  All macronutrients—carbs, fats, proteins—give us energy because they have calories. Carbs though are very efficient at providing fuel—glucose, needed by every cell.  And it’s the preferred energy source for our brain, central nervous system, and red blood cells. Continue reading

Nutrition: How much do you know?

Every March we celebrate National Nutrition Month and registered dietitian nutritionists (RD/RDNs) come out like wildfire spreading the good word of nutrition. This year’s theme is Put Your Best Fork Forward. A great theme for certain.

My intent wasn’t to do the same ole same ole but provide education. With so much misinformation on the internet I wonder how much people know. Being an adjunct professor teaching the principles of nutrition for almost 20 years I’ve kept up with basic nutrition knowledge and often scratch my head at what I see, read, and hear.

Consumers are confused. How can they put their best fork forward if there is not a solid foundation of basic nutrition concepts?

I made a commitment to post a daily video starting with a quiz March 1. Here are the first eight videos and their summaries. Continue reading

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