15 May 2014

Health Kick: Some good news

The last article focused on bad news. This time I’m going to focus on good news — or at least, what good news I’ve been able to find. You can enjoy eggs again As mentioned in the last article, for most people eggs do not contribute to high cholesterol levels. They’re also good for you, and very nutritious. Just try and pick up the free range ones. I like omelets and quiche, and it has been good to be able to eat them again without feeling guilty. ... Read more

14 May 2014

Health Kick: The bad news

Before I start talking about what I did do, I think it’s worth mentioning some things I didn’t do because they don’t work. I’m also going to talk about some completely untrue things that I used to believe, and a few other unpleasant truths it’s important to understand. This article is long, and probably pretty depressing. To make up for it, the next article will contain a bunch of good news. ... Read more

13 May 2014

Health Kick: Your mileage may vary

Where I’m coming from I’m mostly vegetarian, and definitely not vegan. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) My vegetarianism is mostly a matter of taste preference — I’ve never enjoyed the taste of meat, right from early childhood. I only liked eating meat if it was processed to hide the texture, and put in plenty of sauce to hide the taste. Once I stopped living with my parents I figured I might as well find other things to put in sauce. ... Read more

12 May 2014

Health Kick 2014

Just after Christmas, I went to put on a pair of jeans and discovered that they would no longer fit. I stood on the scale, and discovered that my weight had hit 88kg. My height is 1.84m. That means that according to the minimum risk curve, my optimum weight is 80kg. You might be aware of the fact that some studies suggest being slightly overweight leads to lower mortality. That’s true, but only across the entire male population; if you separate it into smokers and non-smokers, the non-smokers have a minimum mortality at a lower BMI, around 23-24. ... Read more

9 May 2014

FiveFingers of love

So, Vibram have settled a class-action lawsuit accusing them of making health claims that weren’t scientifically justified. Deadspin had a snotty post which linked to a scientific study which summarizes the situation quite nicely: While performance benefits may exist, injury may also occur from the added stress of running without the benefit of cushioning under the foot. […] Conclusion: Runners interested in transitioning to minimalist running shoes, such as Vibram FiveFingers should transition very slowly and gradually in order to avoid potential stress injury in the foot. ... Read more

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