Archives for health

Invisible Addiction

The next time you've got a few moments (this won't take a second) climb into your time machine, transport yourself back to 1954, and observe the people there who are smoking cigarettes. You'll see that almost all men are smoking, and they smoke in any place, at any time. You'll see that they smoke in railway stations and in trains in any carriage.
Read More

The Calorie Myth

I’ve always been suspicious of the “calories-in-calories-out” theory of weight loss, as I just wouldn’t accept that 400 calories of Sugar Puffs could have the same effect on my body as 400 calories of kale. So I was especially interested to see a book published recently titled "The Calorie Myth". Written by Jonathan Bailor, it’s the result of more than 10 years of investigation, and contains a very satisfying collection of references to research papers. Bailor proposes that the amount of fat we carry on our bodies doesn’t depend on the quantity of calories we eat as much as the quality of the food those calories came from.
Read More

The Reason I Think

I read the bestseller, “Love Is Letting Go Of Fear” when it first came out, way back in 1979. Its strength is in the clear and direct way it’s written, and one chapter title stayed with me: “I am never upset for the reason I think.” I’m not going to pretend that I’m always on board with this idea. When I’m upset I feel sure I know exactly why - but I find that simply being curious about it has always paid off.
Read More

Prevention or Cure

The books I read about nutrition tend to assume that their readers want to eat in a way that prevents, minimises or at least delays the onset of disease, especially the degenerative diseases of aging. It’s taken for granted that readers are aiming for a good life-span, but more importantly, a health-span that matches it as closely as possible.
Read More

Withdrawal as Dysfunction

I had a conversation with someone recently who told me she had quit drinking tea a while ago. She'd been consuming four cups a day and said she was surprised at the severity of the withdrawal symptoms she experienced. Discovering an Internet forum for caffeine withdrawal, she found she was far from alone, and told me she was astounded at how addictive it was for so many people.
Read More

Why I Eat Meat

One thing you can be sure of with me is that I'll never suggest anything to you that I don't do myself. Part of what's kept this work fascinating for me over so many years is that I'm always trying things out: how to sleep better, reduce stress, have more energy, vitality and sharper thinking. Some things seem to work, others don't, but I don't stop trying stuff out.
Read More

Not So Fast

A few weeks ago I bought a copy of the bestseller The Fast Diet to see what it was all about. In case you don't know, it was published as a result of the interest in the BBC Horizon documentary about Intermittent Fasting (IF), written by the programme presenter Dr Michael Mosley and journalist Mimi Spencer. I believe that fasting is beneficial, but not necessarily advisable for everyone, so I wanted to read the book to discover new information and research, but also I was curious to see if it contained any words of caution.
Read More

Sweet Treats – Part 2

I divided this newsletter into two parts because it will make a huge difference to take the information here in Part 2 having first read Part 1. Anywhere else, you'll see advice to substitute as a straightforward swap, such as using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar. Quite apart from the fact that artificial sweeteners are a bad idea, these swaps will only work for some things, for some people, and only up to a point.
Read More