104: Interview With Kate Solovieva

Katie Solovieva

Episode 104: Welcome back to Real Health Radio. On this week's show, I'm sitting down with another guest and it's Kate Solovieva. Kate Solovieva (aka “SOLO”) is a former psychology professor, and currently a Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certified Coach, and one of the coaches on the Precision Nutrition full time team, specializing in CrossFit and obstacle racing. She has coached hundreds of women through the project of transforming their bodies, minds, and lives.   She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology, focusing on health, resilience and stress management, as well as … [Read more...]

Health and “Lifestyle Factors”

lifestyle factors

There’s a meme that I regularly see online. It comes in slightly different forms but one example is: “…the majority of chronic diseases are preventable and based on lifestyle factors”. I also see it where the words “chronic disease” are substituted for specific diseases. So the majority of “cancers” or causes of “heart disease” are preventable and based on “lifestyle factors”. Now this can feel like it’s sending a positive message. That we aren’t powerless and destined for this fate, that we can take control. But the problem is, we don’t necessarily have control over each of … [Read more...]

103: Interview With Eve Simmons

Interview with Eve Simmons

Episode 103: Welcome back to Real Health Radio. This week we've got another interview episode where I'm sitting down with Eve Simmons. Eve is a writer, journalist and one half of Not Plant Based. After recovering from anorexia, the 26-year old has dedicated much of her time to exposing dietary fads and health myths, which effect those vulnerable to eating disorders. She also endeavours to encourage others to follow her lead and fall back in love with all food. Here’s what we talk about in this podcast episode: 5:30: Eve's background 8:00: Eve's childhood + … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Eating Slowly

eating slowly

The longer I work in nutrition, the more I focus on the fundamentals. Sure, it can be sexy to talk about a flashy new supplement. Or to really dig into different metabolic pathways in the body. But if the end goal is to improve health over the long term, following solid habits is what makes the biggest difference. And one of the most important fundamentals you can do is eat slowly. The simple act of sitting down and eating your meals in a relaxed and distraction-free manner is beneficial for a number of reasons.   Eating slowly and paying attention to your food increases … [Read more...]

101: Interview With Miriam Greaves

Miriam Greaves

Episode 101: Welcome back to Real Health Radio. It's another guest interview episode and this week I sat down with Miriam Greaves. Miriam is a hypnobirthing teacher and mother of two.  After working for years in the theatre industry in London and New York, she became passionate about every woman having a positive birth experience after her own positive birth. Miriam trained with KG Hypnobirthing, and now works with parents to build their confidence and give them the tools to not only make a difference to their experience of birth but to give their baby the best possible start in … [Read more...]

How Objective Is Nutritional Science?

how objective is nutritional science

Lately I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts about biases within human nature. Podcasts like You Are Not So Smart and Hidden Brain that expose flaws in our ability to be objective as human beings. And it got me thinking about science, particularly nutritional science. Science is held up as this gold standard of objectivity and people consider the “scientific method” to be empirical and measurable. But how true is this in reality? You read people like Michael Gerber and Dean Ornish, who claim to be objective and just follow the science. And based on this science, they promote a … [Read more...]

Being Evidence-Based

Being Evidence-Based

The field of health and nutrition is filled with buzzwords. Some of them, like diets, come and go; while others are more eternal. One buzzword I’ve seen a lot of over the last couple of years is “evidence-based” or “science-based”. It’s something that many practitioners claim to be. The basic idea this term is meant to convey is that this practitioner does their research and looks into the science before making any claims. Or that when making a statement, they can back it up with some study or collection of studies. It’s meant to distance themselves from the “wellness” crowd, who make … [Read more...]