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Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving


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Follow Friday: BS Medicine Podcast

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I used to be a big fan of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe Podcast. I love listening to podcasts on long runs. However, their tone has really turned me off. It’s one thing to be right about stuff, and understandable to get annoyed with misinformation (not that I would know anything about that, no, nope, not I), and a whole other thing to be condescending jerks about it. Cue Best Science Medicine Podcast (thanks to my friend Emma for telling me about it). It’s a Canadian podcast that shares recent scientific research and developments in an accessible way. James McCormack and Michael Allan try to present the information in an interesting and entertaining manner. Well worth checking out on your run, commute, or whenever else you listen to podcasts.


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Follow Friday: Me in Best Health Mag

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Before the holidays I was interviewed by Lisa Bendall for Best Health Mag, a companion web magazine for Reader’s Digest. The article: 8 ways to feel full faster just went up the other day. Of course I had a lot more to say than made the cut but at least the content seems to be fairly accurate :)

A couple of things I wish had made it in there: discussion about Brian Wansink’s research, discussion about volumetrics. Volumetrics is the use of eating foods with low calorie density so that you can eat a larger quantity. As we tend to eat with our eyes a big plate of salad can be more satisfying than a candy bar even though it has fewer calories. In addition, there’s been research showing that recipes that have been modified to decrease caloric content by increasing vegetable content (e.g. mac and cheese incorporating pureed cauliflower) are just as satisfying as their full-calorie original counterparts.

We also talked about some things that have frequently been touted as ways to feel full and lose weight that have been disproved. For example, the consumption of a glass of water prior to a meal. Water can be satisfying when we’re mistaking thirst for hunger, but consuming water before supper does not lead to consuming fewer calories at the meal.

What it really all boils down to are a few key tips: preventative eating (eat before you get too hungry so that you can make rational dietary decisions), eat more vegetables, chew your food, include protein with all meals (especially breakfast) and snacks.


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Follow Friday: @EWG’s Food Scores

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Interested in finding out how your food stacks up? Now you can check its “score” with a quick search on the Environmental Working Group’s Food Score page. Foods are rated based on three criteria: nutrition concerns, ingredient concerns, and processing concerns. They also have an iphone app available in the app store, an android app is coming soon. It’s an easy way to find out more information about your food.


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Follow Friday: the Dartmouth Community Health Board

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My apologies to non-Dartmouth residents. However, if you live in Nova Scotia, you’ll have a community health board for your district. Other provinces and places in other countries may have equivalent bodies and it’s worth checking into.

I’m shamelessly promoting the DCHB, of which I’m a volunteer member, as I think they’ve done (and we’re doing) great work in the community. We’re here to work toward improving the health of Dartmouthians and to act as the liaison between residents and Capital Health. We do this through advocacy, education, events, various other activities, and reporting to Capital Health.

Did you know that we offer grants to non-profit organizations in Dartmouth? We do this twice a year, once in the fall, and once in the spring. Find out more here. We also give a monthly award to an outstanding volunteer in our community. Do you know someone who is making a difference in Dartmouth through volunteer work? Just send off a quick email to info@dchb.ca with the name of the person you’d like to nominate, where they volunteer, and why they’re so great.

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