104: Interview With Kate 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”

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

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...]

102: How Your Thinking Affects Your Health

Episode 102: Welcome back to Real Health Radio. This week we're looking at how thinking can affect health. We discuss  cognitive dietary restraint (aka dieting) and negative body image, and see if they can impact our physical health as a whole. We review several studies that have been done in this area and we chat about the importance of changing our mindsets around this issue. Here’s what we talk about in this podcast episode: 5:00: Background on cognitive dietary restraint 9:40: Physical restriction vs. mental restriction 13:30: The research backing this … [Read more...]

The Benefits of 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

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?

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...]