First off, apologies for the radio silence the past two years (or so). Just as the shoemaker’s children have no shoes, I’ve been too busy writing for clients to produce my own stuff. What can you do?
Also, relatedly, in case you noticed the bizarre formatting, I’ve been having technical issues with Caloriegate–for instance, for some reason, all my Facebook likes went away 🙁 Will fix this once I have some bandwidth back.
Anyway, just want to share a few, disconnected thoughts–some long overdue. Enjoy!
1. The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore
Over a year ago, Jimmy sent me a copy of this ebook to review. It’s been on my list since forever to do a lengthy, detailed blog post about it—running a content writing business, writing a TV pilot and raising three kids has slowed my roll a bit—but I want to say a few quick things about their work here:
- It seems to me that one of the cornerstone principles of good health is “Keep Insulin Levels Normal.” Depending on your metabolic situation, fasting could be an exceptional tool to help you do just that.
- This will not come as a surprise if you’ve read Dr. Fung and Jimmy’s blogs (and books), but the writing style is superb. Accessible but substantive. Illustrated with compelling science but not dogmatic. Raises more questions than it answers.
- Based on their work (and other good sources), I have folded fasts into my regimen. I try to do one 24 hour fast/week and a 2-3 day fast once a quarter. It’s fun, and I still have lots to learn about it.
- On a broader note, both Dr. Fung and Jimmy have done yeoman’s work to educate the public on nutrition issues. It’s not easy to lead such a charge, and it exposes you to plenty of internet haters and calorie-counting-obsessed bro-scientists who approach these discussions with an attitude that no one would confuse for collegial. Good on them for standing tall.
2. Lore of Nutrition: Challenging conventional dietary beliefs
If you have followed any of the news in Paleo/Low Carb circles over the past few years, you’ve probably heard about the formidable battles South African running legend Tim Noakes has waged on behalf of better nutrition. Despite being blasted by what appears to be the entire South African nutrition establishment for promoting heretical ideas such as that low carb/ketogenic diets can be good for diabetics (Heaven forfend!)—and being literally taken to trial on trumped up charges—Professor Noakes has held his ground.
Now he and investigative journalist Marika Sboros reveal all in their new book. I haven’t read it yet, but one reviewer on Amazon compares it to a John Grisham novel. I can’t wait. Please support these good people in their quest to right terrible wrongs—perpetrated both on Professor Noakes and his supporters and on the SA public through bad dietary advice—by checking out the book and spreading the word.
3) Sign the Nutrition Coalition’s Petition Already!
Over 3,000 and counting. You haven’t heard the last from me on this. I think it’s a hugely powerful tool.
4) Progress in Washington D.C.
Representative Andy Harris (Maryland) gets it. Read more here.
Like that op-ed? Let Representative Harris and his team know how much you appreciate it. Intimate “lobbying” of this sort makes a difference. Email or call the office to show your support.