Current Happenings

Plains & Pastures Bike Tour (2013)

I'm so proud to live here! Fredericton folks are just AMAZING!!!  Thank you one and all!!  My team raised over $2000.  The support was humbling.  What a great place to be!!!

Mind you, the journey isn't about me - it's about people who fight this horrible disease on a daily basis.  If you're reading this now, I hope you'll come back and sponsor me in the ride next time. 


Bike for Breath

Many thanks to everyone and their generosity.  The amazing people in my life supported me to the tune of $377.  Some days it is just great to be here!   (Fall 2012)


Structure of This Page

I'm not sure there is a "best" way to do a reference section.  A lot of people I talk to don't have deep backgrounds in nutrition or physiology.  So I've tried to describe the materials in terms of the depth of understanding that would serve in dealing with it.  Here's my yardstick: 

Level 1)  Clear information that is aimed at normal people.  Level 2)  A bit of complexity which requires a bit of background to follow along easily, or, it might have some methods/recommendations which you might try to follow **IF** you are inclined to go on the faith that these people know what they're talking about.  Level 3)  Learning zones of sometimes uber-complicated information, but huge nuggets of brilliance can be found anyways.  Level 4)  Nifty stuff, lot of different tangents, relevance might or might not be immediate. 

Level ONE

If a person who could only afford ONE book, my wholehearted recommendation has to go to Jonathon Bailor's book.  His podcast with co-host Carrie Brown is funny, practical, and easy to follow.  His website, free podcast and book all carry the name of "The Smarter Science of Slim".  The essence of his research work is to look at criteria for selecting good, nutritious foods and then to put those real foods into a healthy plan.  He rounds it out with a simplified overview of medical research surrounding nutrition, exercize, and weight loss.  If you are a person with no medical complications just looking for a logical way to improve your nutrition & health, this would be the book to buy.

Kindle version: The Smarter Science of Slim (Kindle)

Print Book version: The Smarter Science of Slim

Accompanying Workbook: The Smarter Science of Slim Workbook

Another excellent book for normal people is written by Carol Simontacchi.  She is a clinical nutritionist who explains the relationships between your body and nutritition.  She outlines exactly why diets cannot work, and how eating for health is the only path for permanent weight loss.  It is slightly outdated (1997) however, this book is written for normal people.  If you have no background in the field and you want or need to learn exactly what is happening inside your body with the food you eat, this is a really good introductory place to start.

Paperback version: Your Fat Is Not Your Fault (Paperback)

Hardcover version: Your Fat Is Not Your Fault

Level TWO

Those who are interested in learning more about living in health, through fitness and nutrition in current context are well advised to listen to a free podcast called "Relentless Roger and The Caveman Doctor".  They disscus items of current interest with humour and thoughts from their individual perspectives.  Roger Dickerman is a personal trainer (Relentless Fitness) and Colin Champ is a medical doctor with a good blog called The Caveman Doctor.   Informative AND entertaining.

There are loads of books on the market, and pretty much all of them written by smart people.  Here's a sampling of good ones that I've found to be helpful.

Robb Wolf is an extremely well-read, well-researched biochemist who has put a lot of thought into nutrition and impact on health.  His views the field with an evolutionary perspective on ideal foods, meaning we modern humans should eat the foods that our ancestors have eaten for thousands of years.  The book includes recipes and a meal plan.  Top that off with a huge load of good infomation on his website and podcast.

Kindle version: The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

Print book: The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

William Davis is a medical doctor who has gone down a path to determine why so many of his patients have trouble with eating wheat.  He explains the history and the science, and includes wheat-free recipes for some favourite foods. 

Kindle version: Wheat Belly

Paperback version:  Wheat Belly

Ron Rosedale is another medical doctor with particular expertise in the hormones called Insulin and Leptin which are two important controlling agents for fat storage and appetite.  The book is good for those who need his exact diet.  Compared to others on this page though, the book is longer on selling the diet as a cure than it is on explaining the body chemistry that makes it work.

Kindle version: The Rosedale Diet: Turn Off Your Hunger Switch

Paperback version: The Rosedale Diet


There are some other incredible blogs that I go to for scientific information.

Chris Kressor is a holistic medical practitioner who writes about nutrition and health.  I thought his blog/free podcast was called The Healthy Skeptic but on iTunes it seems to be called Revolution Health Radio.  His website is absolutely chock full of useful information. 

Stephan Guyanet is a medical researcher with specific interest in fat metabolism.  He's a much sought-after speaker on a variety of podcasts.  Another amazingly rich and full website/blog called the Whole Health Source.   He doesn't podcast.  Be well advised to search out anybody else's that he's talking on.

Chris Masterjohn is another researcher who writes about all things cholesterol and more in The Daily Lipid and Mother Nature Obeyed. He writes really well so his blogs are excellent.  However, I've found that I get totally lost when I listen to any of his presentations at symposiums and such. 

Peter Attia is a medical doctor who writes in excruciating detail when he tackles a subject.  If you really, really, really want to know the details about something, he is your source.  His blog used to be called The War on Insulin, but he has rebranded now with The Eating Academy.  He is one of the few sites who discuss ketosis in any great length.

Jay Wortman is a medical doctor with special interest and expertise in diabetes.  He has some really good information about ketosis on his blog.  Unfortunately, he's a busy doctor who doesn't spend a lot of time posting.  Dr. Jay's Blog is in his words: A forum to discuss the documentary film, "My Big Fat Diet", and the science of low carbohydrate diets. 

Dea Roberts is another medical doctor who seems to have a particular interest in diabetes.  She has a site dedicated to the concepts of nutritional ketosis called My Keto Haven.  She blogs from a site called It's The Satiety.

Level FOUR

Now we're into what might best be called Meghann's favourites because they're all over the map....

Ben Greenfield is a fitness coach with a huge background in kinesiology and nutrition.  He also happens to be a professional athlete and does Iron Man events by the dozen all around the world.  His blog, websites, books and podcasts are full of information.  Most of the training stuff goes over my head but there's always an aha nugget buried in it somewhere.  Most of his stuff seems to launch from his site called, what else, Ben Greenfield Fitness.

Mark Sisson writes a good blog called The Daily Apple and has recently released another book called the Primal Connection.  (It's on my wish list.)

Abel James has an entertaining podcast called The Fat Burning Man where he interviews people.  A few guests seem to be ones that show up on other podcasts, but he also has some guests that have really gut-wrenching stories and difficult personal battles.  These guests really shed light on the mental side of health and weight.  He has a good Introduction to Paleo ebook that is simple to follow and fairly low on the biochemistry. 

Trish Blackwell is a fitness trainer that has a podcast called From the Inside Out where she deals with mental aspects in nutrition, fitness & weight loss. 

Jimmy Moore has a series of podcasts and blogs concerning Low Carbohydrate diets.  I find the most useful one to be "Ask the Low Carb Experts" but he's been at it a number of years so he has a really rich resource library of interviews and has written a couple books.  He seems to be a go-to-guy for a lot of information.  In truth I've barely scratched the surface of his stuff......

If you're really wanting to get into some of the finer details & opinions surrounding obesity trends, you need to look at work by Gary Taubes.  He's a scientific journalist covering the nature of carbohydrates.  His argument is based on the notion that human bodies are not governed by physics (calories in = calories out) but rather we are governed by physiology and that's a lot more complicated.  His most recent book takes up from where he left off in his previous Good Calories, Bad Calories.  I don't see any reason to buy them both.

Kindle version: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

Paperback version:  Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

Last, but absolutely not least, Geoff Bond is a researcher who has written a seriously interesting read in nutritional anthropologogy.  He delves into the details of how foods commonly eaten today have little in common with the foods of our ancestors, and describes the impacts of those differences in terms of nutrition, biochemistry and health.  His writing sheds actual scientific light on the foods that were actually eaten in those earlier time periods.   

Kindle version: Deadly Harvest: The Intimate Relationship Between Our Heath and Our Food

Print version: Deadly Harvest: The Intimate Relationship Between Our Health and Our Food

Another book on my wish list is by Paul Jaminet and Shou-Ching Jaminet called the Perfect Health Diet.  Their blog has some seriously interesting thoughts and discussions.  I expect their book will do the same.