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Weekly Link Love — Edition 113

Research of the Week
Meta-analysis finds that low-carb and very low-carb diets can induce remission of diabetes without adverse effects.

About half of students from the University of Cologne showed signs of a mental disorder.

High blood omega-3 levels, lower COVID mortality.

Bad gut health, higher COVID risk.

Danish and Chinese tongues taste chocolate, broccoli, other bitter foods differently.

Just 1.4% of athletes recovering from COVID show evidence of myocarditis.

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Ask a Health Coach: Who’s Nutrition Advice Should I Follow?

Hi folks! PHCI Curriculum Director, Erin Power is here for another round of Ask a Health Coach. Today, she’ll be answering your questions about popular weight-loss apps, navigating your doctor’s advice, and what to do when your friends and family chime in on your goals. We love getting your questions, so keep them coming over in our Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook Group or in the comments below. Sonya asked: “I’m considering signing up for one of those weight-loss apps like Weight Watchers or Noom. I’ve got about 45 pounds to lose and I could really use a structured plan to help me get on track this year. What’s your take on programs like that?” As a society, we have a lot of un-learning to do about how to lose weight. Honestly, we’ve made it a lot fussier than it needs to be. Apps like those are designed to tap into the messages we’ve been bombarded with on a daily basis about tracking what we put in our mouths under the guise that it’s helping us live a “balanced” life. I don’t like it. How on Earth is obsessing about what you’re consuming 24/7 called balance? From what I understand, some of the new changes Weight Watchers (or WW as it’s now called) has implemented move away from pure weight loss into more of general wellness. Even still, all the points and tracking and ups and downs of equating calories consumed to calories burned is a journey I don’t want to be on. Noom is slightly better since it teaches you to be accountable for your own choices, focusing on education and the psychological factors of behavior change. As a health coach, I wholeheartedly believe these are important elements for long-term fat loss. However, the app still labels foods with a green, yellow, or red rating scale. It’s not as dramatic as calling foods “good” or “bad” but it does walk a fine line on the subject. Here’s the deal with both options. Whichever you go with, you actually have to use them consistently. Sometimes, paying for a service is motivation enough to follow through, but often times, the only thing that gets lighter is your bank account. Today’s diet culture has coerced many people into believing that every morsel needs to be micromanaged down to the last crumb (trust me, it doesn’t). And contrary to what you might be telling yourself right now, your body really does know how to lose weight on its own. It’s just forgotten how to do so. Your body is a metabolically miraculous being — and when you learn a few game changing strategies, you won’t need an app, food scale, or tracking system to help you lose weight. 1. Believe that you can do it. Psychologically speaking, this is known as self-efficacy. Do a little self-reflection with me. When you think about reaching your weight loss goal, what comes to mind? If you feel wishy-washy about how capable you are of achieving results, practice … Continue reading “Ask a Health Coach: Who’s Nutrition Advice Should I Follow?”

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That Time I Got COVID

Just before Thanksgiving, I got COVID. Or the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV2. Whatever you wish to call it, I had it. Here’s how it all went down…

I was driving in the car with someone for 45 minutes who tested positive the next day. They didn’t appear to be symptomatic, perhaps they were presymptomatic (the positive test was a surprise to them), but at any rate they ended up testing positive for COVID. That was on a Monday.

Immediately after they told me they’d tested positive, I self-isolated. Stayed home, avoided the gym, all of that. Just to be safe. I scrapped my Thanksgiving plans and ate steak alone in my room (which actually worked out, because I never much liked turkey).
How Was It?
I started getting symptoms the Friday following. It started as a single bout of water diarrhea on Friday. One bout, and then it resolved and never returned. No further GI problems. I began getting sniffles and some mild congestion and chest congestion later that day, so before bed I took an antihistamine and slept pretty well.

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11 Alternatives to Pasta for Noodle Lovers

Nothing beats a bowl of pasta. Even the most strict ancestral eating devotees can agree, settling in with a warm bowl of noodles at the end of the day is a comforting ritual…not to mention easy meal prep for families and individuals alike. Traditional pasta dishes are heavy and full of bleached flour and hefty carb counts. If you’re craving the familiar textures and flavors associated with your go-to sauce and noodle combination, here’s a roundup of some of the best grain-free and low carb pasta alternatives to match every taste.

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Low Carb Vegan: Is Plant-based Keto Possible?

Short answer: Yes. Anyone can go keto, including vegans. It might be a lot harder to stay vegan, but they can certainly go keto. Nothing stopping them. The more the merrier.

Jokes aside. Can someone go keto while remaining vegan?

That’s a tougher problem. Not intractable. But real tough.

Why is it so hard?

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Chia Pudding Recipe, Two Ways

Around 10 years ago, chia seeds exploded onto the food blog scene as a “superfood” ingredient – both for its tendency to form a viscous gel when soaked, and for its fiber and omega-3 content. While plant-based omega-3s aren’t as useful to the body as an omega-3 you would get from fish or a supplement, it’s still a great way to make a tasty dessert that works with Paleo and Primal guidelines. Because of their neutral flavor, chia seed puddings are fun to experiment with, and a great way to enjoy dessert if you’re avoiding traditional pudding ingredients.

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