Overcoming Dieting

Last week, Weight Watchers announced that it plans to offer free memberships to teenagers in the US. For a six-week period this summer, teens will be able to join Weight Watchers and not pay a dime. I read many articles about this announcement and made the time-sapping mistake of perusing the comments sections. To say that this decision has divided opinion is an understatement. So let me give my two cents. Teenagers are already insecure in their bodies. I’ve never inhabited a bigger body and yet there’s not a single part of me that would want to go back to being a 15 year old. … [Read more...]

The Problem With Restriction

I’m currently reading Fat by Robert Pool. It looks at the research around weight and obesity going all the way back to the 1800s. He speaks about all the different theories that have come and gone and how our understanding has changed over the last hundred years or so. (There is a section in the book where Pool talks about experiments with milkshakes and ice creams, something I’ve spoken about before.) One idea, which was popular for a time, was that the heavier someone was, the more susceptible they were to external cues. That if they saw advertisements about food or food was placed in … [Read more...]

Keeping It Simple

“Eat the rainbow.” “Include a wide variety of foods.” “Consume as many times of fruits and vegetables as you can.” These are all pretty common suggestions for people to improve their health. The idea that different foods contain different vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, and phytonutrients and that the more you can include, the more you are covering your nutritional bases. While I generally think this can be a good strategy, there are times when I make a different suggestion. Regularly I see clients who are dealing with digestive upset. It may not be the only thing going on, … [Read more...]

Finding The Middle Ground

I still remember the first Monday after I quit my office job. I was going to be doing this nutrition gig full time and it filled me with a mix of excitement and dread. Even in this very early stage, one thing that I was sure of was that making nutrition a success wasn’t just about nutrition knowledge. It took knowledge of running a business and everything that this encompassed. So I started reading about marketing, specifically Internet marketing. As is common with these things you start getting on more people’s lists and reading their blogs and their emails. Being a rank beginner I … [Read more...]

Want To Quit Dieting?

bout four and a half years ago I created an email series called “The World’s Healthiest Foods”. It is a series of emails over 12 days that looks at some of the best (and often underrated) foods that you can be including in your diet. Over this time my knowledge and beliefs about food has changed drastically, but I still standby this series and its advice. About two years ago I created another email series called “DIY Tests”. This is a series of five emails that looks at simple and inexpensive (or free) tests you can do at home to check your health. I explain what the numbers mean and … [Read more...]

Christmas Diet Mentality

I remember as a kid being so excited about Christmas. I would wake up early on Christmas day and inspect all the presents under the tree that had my name on. It felt like forever waiting for my parents to get up so that I could rip off the paper and get into them.   And then there was the food. As a young child I wasn’t that interested in food; I could take it or leave it. But I’d love the chocolates and the sweet treats and would polish off my fair share before breakfast was even served. As I got older I learned to appreciate the food at Christmas. Growing up in Sydney the idea of a … [Read more...]

NFL, Money and Dieting

Sports stars are some of the highest paid individuals in the world. And while they may have short careers, in this limited time they can amass a fortune that most can only dream of. The NFL is a perfect example. A 2013 study showed that the average NFL player earned $1.9 million per year and was in the league for 3.5 years, totalling $6.65 million. A different study put an NFL player with a median-length career as earning about $3.2 million in total. Quite different amounts of total earnings, but still a significant amount of money whichever one you take. But what is interesting, despite … [Read more...]