How Our Mind Fills In The Gaps


Take a look at the picture below… When you look at it, what do you see? Hopefully you see a load of strawberries on top of a pastry of sorts that is sitting on a table. Now if I were to ask you the colour of the strawberries in the picture, what’s your response? My bet is that you’d say red. It seems obvious because they sure look red. Well it turns out that this is an optical illusion. There are no red pixels in the image above. The photo was created by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a Professor of Psychology at Ritsumeikan University in Japan, who specialises in creating optical … [Read more...]

087: Understanding Energy Flux

Understanding Energy Flux

Episode 087: Welcome back to another installment of Real Health Radio. This week we are looking at energy flux and understanding what that means in the context of your life. I explain what it is, why it's important and what the major factors of your daily life are that have an influence over energy flux. Here’s what I talk about in this podcast episode: 1:56 What energy flux is 3:32 Why it's important 7:48 Different ways to increase energy flux 8:18 Increasing calorie intake 10:01 Getting enough of each macronutrient 12:37 Nutrient dense foods 14:55 Movement … [Read more...]

086: Interview With Andrea LaMarre

Interview With Andrea LaMarre

Episode 086: Welcome back to Real Health Radio. It's another guest interview episode of Real Health Radio and this week I'm speaking with Andrea LaMarre. Andrea LaMarre is a PhD candidate and Vanier Doctoral Scholar at the University of Guelph in Canada. Her dissertation research is focused on the experiences of people in recovery and their supporters. She is a blogger and activist engaged in the eating disorders community on and offline, and is a member of a number of organizations for eating disorder professionals, including the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders … [Read more...]

The Slow Progression of Symptoms

Slow Progression of Symptoms

There is a fable many people have heard. It often comes up at corporate consulting gigs or in self-help circles. The fable has to do with boiling a frog. It states that if you put a frog in boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But if you put it in a pan with cold water and slowly bring it to a boil, the frog will sit there and be boiled to death. Despite the fact that this fable is false, there is some truth in the sentiment it is trying to express. Which is that, when change is small and gradual we don’t typically notice it. These incremental changes become the new … [Read more...]

What Content Would You Like Me To Create?

What content would you like me to create?

Back in 2010 I first started writing a blog. I cringe at my writing back then, but this was my first foray into creating content. Since then I’ve done live talks, webinars, online programs, written a book and more recently started my weekly podcast show. At the end of last year I took on an intern, Lauren. Over the last couple of months I’ve slowly been getting her to take on more tasks, with the goal of freeing up more time. And it’s working. So I’m now in a position that I want to start something new…which is where you come in. I have a number of ideas of how I could be spending … [Read more...]

Helping Out The Podcast

Helping Out The Podcast

Last week I released episode 83 of Real Health Radio. I love putting the show together. I use it to help further my own knowledge and research, while (hopefully) providing practical content and explaining complex ideas in an easy to follow way. The feedback I get from it is positive and the audience of loyal listeners has consistently grown since the show started. My goal is for this to increase even more. The reach of the podcast is significantly affected by iTunes and the number of people they suggest it to. When someone searches for certain keywords, it’s iTunes that decides … [Read more...]

Demonising Macronutrients

Demonising Macronutrients

For a long time we’ve been fighting “macro-nutrient wars.” Macronutrients refer to carbohydrates, protein and fats, and for the last 50 plus years we’ve been demonising at least one of them. In the late 70s through to the 90s it was fat that was the bad guy. We were told that if we just kept our fat low, everything would work out fine.* From the 2000s to present, the blame starts to move to carbohydrates. They became the villain that we all need to look out for. But this constant focus on macronutrients really misses the point. Because the biggest change to our eating over the last … [Read more...]