I get this question or some variation of it all the time.  And it drives me NUTS because there are so many things underlying it that make me want to scream.  Let's break it down: First of all, even if I were to guesstimate how many calories per day your body needs, it's still a guess. […]

April 10, 2017

“How many calories per day do I need?”

I wrote this a couple of years ago and decided to repost it because it is so relevant….   If you believe eating a food is going to make you feel bad (physically or emotionally), it probably will. The mind is a powerful thing.  Studies show that believing something is going to happen increases the […]

January 26, 2017

Repost: Confirmation bias

Getting your cholesterol as low as possible doesn't necessarily support optimal brain health! — Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD, The Brain Fix Most people believe that when it comes to cholesterol, less is better.  Less in your blood, less in your diet.  After all, we've been told by experts that it is dangerous, right?  Some studies have […]

August 31, 2016

ChoLESSterol…not so fast

Yesterday we looked at the 6 month semi-starvation phase of the experiment and the changes it caused both mentally and physically in the subjects.  Today let's look at the refeeding phase which occurred after the subjects had been restricted food.  They divided in to 4 groups at varying calorie levels for the first 12 weeks […]

February 20, 2015

Minnesota Experiment in Human Starvation Part 2

This study is a gem.  I reference it all the time with clients.  The wealth of knowledge we gleaned from this research is invaluable.  Nuts and bolts: Took place from 1944-1945 at the University of (you guessed it) Minnesota led by researcher Ancel Keys Studied the physiological and psychological effects of semi-starvation on 32 male […]

February 19, 2015

What we learned from the Minnesota Experiment in Human Starvation: Part 1

Calories are units of energy for your body.  That's all.  Not something big, bad and scary that should be avoided at all costs like we're told by the diet industry. They're kind of like oxygen – essential for us to stay alive.  We don't judge oxygen as being good or bad, it's just necessary.  Too […]

February 12, 2015

Calories – what are they?

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