I’ve decided to start a new weekly posting on the different news and blog articles I’ve been checking out on a weekly basis. That and I’ll be posting my favorite picture from my week in ancestralized eating. I just got a semi-new Canon Rebel EOS so I’ll be playing around with more food photography. This week I snacked on fresh coconut – so delicious and definitely a treat!
I find that I learn just as much, if not more, from reading research and online resources about nutrition as I do in class every day. I thought that sharing these links with you all could help further your own personal Ancestral Health education as well! So I hope you enjoy this new feature!
This has been a really controversial topic in the last couple weeks, and I’m trying to debate whether or not I want to write a commentary on it. Let’s just say I see both sides of the story. Being an RD student in NC, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to prevent non-credentialed people from practicing one-on-one medical nutrition therapy for people with diseases like diabetes. It’s a very dangerous situation and requires a lot of knowledge about the disease. That said, I don’t think that the RD should be the only legal nutrition license in the state, because it reduces competition and the variety of therapeutic methods. I don’t really agree with the AND standard of care for diabetes, but most RDs will follow those guidelines in practice, and I think people need to have different options in their treatment plan. This is a VERY complicated and controversial issue, and I think we need to be careful when we defend someone who does not have a nutrition degree and is providing medical nutrition services to people with serious illnesses. But I do think he has a right to continue blogging about his personal success!
Chris Kresser has put up a great 5-part series on salt consumption, which is a pretty controversial topic both in the Paleo world and in the greater country as well. As a student in Public Health, it always blows my mind how much time, money, and energy is spent trying to get Americans to reduce their salt intake, even though there is no good evidence that doing so will make any positive difference in our health as a society. I think sweeping nutritional prescriptions are a bad idea in general, but it seems that this salt issue is one thing that will not likely change any time soon. For now, I’ll just enjoy adding sea salt to taste to my homemade food!
The dangers of sitting too much have been coming up frequently in the past few weeks, and I’m starting to feel guilty for spending so much time sitting at my computer. I know its not healthy for me, and these types of articles are really starting to get me motivated to try and construct some type of standing desk to work at. It’s pretty clear that sitting all day is one of the worst things to do, but its hard not to get into that habit as a graduate student who works on the computer most of the day.
This is a really interesting piece by Dallas and Melissa of Whole9 where they ask a bunch of different experts what their top 5 essential physical movements are for optimum health. The answers they got back were intelligent, well reasoned, and sometimes surprising. I may have to incorporate more of these movements into my exercise routines. I would love to be able to do a pull-up by the end of the year!
This article on Grist explains how fractured groups with conflicting dietary views who, for the most part, don’t realize just how much they have in common. The major conflict as we know is between Veganism and Paleo. As the author says, “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 nutritious “foods” are the norm.” I think this is an important point, because we spend so much time arguing about minute details in our diets, when some of the real issues are going untackled.
Juli Bauer from PaleOMG is one of my favorite new bloggers. Well, she’s not really new, but I just discovered her site and I love it. This article is along the same lines as my Paleo Women Are Phat post, and is a great mantra for women who bust their butts doing intense activities like CrossFit, are super strong, and yet don’t have “perfect” bodies. I think Juli looks great and crazy fit, but it’s nice to see that she is so confident in embracing her “imperfections”.
Watch this video on female body image in the Western world. It’s pretty eye opening and sad. And men wonder why women are so self conscious about their looks!