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Find & Follow Your Truth

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Four years ago, I began documenting my physical – and very much mental – dietary transformation.  I called it TRUTHOLOGY, because it described my personal quest to discover the optimal human diet.  Over the course of the last few years, I have come to find that there are multiple truths and the optimal human diet is subject to the individual. Continue reading

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Memo from Stomach to Brain

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Courtesy of Google Images

Dear Brain,

I want to take this opportunity to reach out and let you know what a profound impact you are having on our shared quality of life.

I feel like I’m being held personally responsible for what you put inside of me and, ultimately, I’m cleaning up your mess. It is unfair. I know what you are thinking….I do growl from time to time when I’m empty and hungry, but you really ought to use some discretion before sending things down here! Continue reading

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Reflecting on the past

July 2008

July 2008

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

I was reminded of this famous quote the other day when my family was watching a home video from the Summer of 2008, which is depicted in the above photo collage. This was the heaviest period of my life – I believe that I weighed in excess of 270 lbs. Continue reading

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Prevention or Intervention?

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I often wonder if chronic illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, are man-made.  I know this is a bold thought, but it’s really hard for me to believe that we were created with the intention to suffer from disease.  Unfortunately, there is no way we will ever know the answer to this notion, as it is beyond the scope of recorded medical history.  At minimum, I believe there is enough current scientific evidence to suggest that the prevalence and increasing rate of chronic illness is attributable to mankind….that is, lifestyle and environmental conditions. Continue reading

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Managed Care

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There is so much talk about managed care these days and how every American citizen needs to have a health plan. It is a rather complex and controversial topic. But amidst all of this talk, are we really focused on true “health plans”? What is the definition of a health plan anyway? Is it a product of an insurance company that is ultimately responsible for your well-being? At the end of the day, aren’t you the one managing your care? Shouldn’t your true health plan be a set of guidelines that you follow to keep yourself healthy? Managed care, as we know it, would be a far less controversial topic if all Americans had an established health plan that guided their actions and behavior.

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Say goodbye to yo-yo dieting once and for all

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“I’m going on a diet.” Have you ever uttered these words? If so, what did you mean by “going”? Did you plan on returning? I’m sure you didn’t. The sad fact, however, is that diets are prone to fail and a round trip voyage is practically guaranteed. Based on the numbers, 90% of people who lose weight will gain it all back….sometimes even more!

Diets can be much like a rubber band.  You can stretch yourself to accomplish just about anything, but often times the rubber band will snap back to its original shape!  Many people spend their lives stretching the rubber band back and forth repeatedly, which is otherwise known as yo-yo dieting.  

A better approach to losing weight is to skip the diet concept altogether and instead make a lifestyle change. The idea behind changing your lifestyle is that the modifications you implement will be long-term and the effects will be permanent. In other words, imagine stretching the rubber band and then applying it to a hook….never to snap back and return to its original shape. Sounds easy, right? I’m kidding, obviously, but I do have some advice to share which may help out. Continue reading

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Chemistry 101

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How is your chemistry practice going?  You know you are a chemist, right?  I’m a chemist too.  Everyone…everyone that is old enough to feed themselves, at least….is a chemist.

A chemist is defined as a person engaged in chemical research or experiments.  So think about it….every time you put food into your system, you observe the effects it has on your body and mind (i.e. energy, mood, behavior, appearance, etc).  Whether short-term or long-term effects, the more experience you have with this research, the more sophisticated understanding you have of what works and does not work to achieve your desired outcomes. 

Bearing this philosophy in mind, does it make you feel any differently about eating?  Certainly, there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between what we put in our mouths and how we look and feel.  This is undeniable.

In my opinion, this emphasizes the importance of scrutinizing and carefully selecting the substances we put in our body.  Next time you prepare a meal, think like the chemist that you are.  Consider your clinical experience (i.e. past research) and then thoughtfully execute your next clinical experiment (i.e. what’s on your plate).

And remember….change happens one experiment at a time.

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