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The DASH Diet

Met with my new doctor today and as part of the work I need to do to help lower my blood pressure I’ve been instructed to work with The DASH Diet so here goes with the beginnings of my exploration of that topic.

The DASH Diet for Healthy Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure & Cholesterol

Save at online retailers. International Orders(Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Africa) Follow us on social media for DASH diet updates, events, seminars, tips. Twitter @dashdiet Find us on Google+ ShareCare DASH Diet in the news. . . January 6, 2016.

So it looks like I’ll be picking up and reading….

And from the Mayo Clinic…

DASH diet: Healthy eating to lower your blood pressure – Mayo Clinic

The DASH diet emphasizes portion size, eating a variety of foods and getting the right amount of nutrients. Discover how DASH can improve your health and lower your blood pressure. By Mayo Clinic Staff DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

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Faster Higher Stronger : How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes–and What We Can Learn from Them | Book

My brother Peter is a professional sports trainer specializing in “The Secerets of Speed”. I will have to check in with him and see if he has checked out this book Faster Higher Stronger : How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes–and What We Can Learn from Them yet or Mark McClusky’s website for that matter.

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All Diet Books Do NOT Lie — An Open Letter to Vox Editor Ezra Klein — Medium

So it was about a month I read and posted Julia Belluz’s article Diet books are full of lies. But they’re even worse when doctors write them. – Vox and it turns out Dr. David Ludwig the author of the new book Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently wasn’t happy with how critically he was reviewed in the article and both wrote a letter to the editors of Vox and also wrote and published his own response to the article on

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Book: The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz



The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet | Book by Nina Teicholz


We thought we knew about eating right – Chicago Sun-Times

▶ Nina Teicholz at TEDxEast: The Big Fat Surprise – YouTube


“Eat Less, Exercise More” Isn’t The Answer For Weight Loss | TIME

How Americans Got Red Meat Wrong – Nina Teicholz – The Atlantic

823: Nina Teicholz Shares Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet | The Livin La Vida Low-Carb Show

The big fat surprise | Power Line

The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease – WSJ



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James Fell’s Lose It Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind

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The Problem With the Grain Brain Doctor — Science of Us

Back in the fall of 2013 on the recommendation of a few friends I read the immensely popular book Grain Brain by Dr. Richard Perlmutter and thought it was over the top with miracle claims and methods and was even supported at the time in my thinking by some very critical reviews of the book and Perlmutter himself. It turns out I’m not alone in my skepticism.

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The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel Lieberman


I got up this morning and while eating breakfast I picked up on this article Story of the Human Body: Daniel Lieberman from the OutSide Magazine Facebook feed to read about a book I had not heard about before called The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease: Daniel Lieberman. After reading the article I used the one remaining book credit I have with and picked up the audiobook and a copy of the eBook to read along via Whispersync on my iPad. I’m not starting it just yet in that I have two audiobooks and two eBooks to finish by midweek so I can claim I read/listened to 70 books this past year but this will be looking forward to this being my first book of the new year 2014.

I then googled around to see what other sources had to say about the book:

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Book Review: Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

“No scientist has done more in the last fifty years to alert Americans to the potential dangers of sugar in the diet than Dr. Robert Lustig.” –Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat


I’ve been a follower of Robert Lustig for a while now first learning about his work after reading Gray Taubes aNYT article: Is Sugar Toxic? – two years ago. Since then I think there is a good chance that I have listened to every lecture or interview with him available on the internet but it was only yesterday that I finally bought his book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease which I am listening to via Audible synced with eBook on my iPad via Whispernet.

My review will be forthcoming but as I done with other books here that I haven’t yet written my personal review of I leave some links here to other reviews and interviews I think are worth reading or listening to:

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Book Review: The End of Overeating by David Kessler

the_end_of_overeating-264x400Years ago a now ex-girlfriend gave me the book The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler and while I ate the book up for it rational and reasoned look at why we have an obesity crisis in America tragically I don’t think that old girlfriend ever read it herself.

While we waiting for me to write a complete review myself here are some links to some other reviews from around the web that I consider well worth reading:

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Book Review: Why We Get Fat, and What To Do About It by Gary Taubes

Why-We-Get-Fat-270x400I still have to sit down and write my own review of Gary Taubes’ seminally important book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
but until I do here is some of the other commentary on the book from around the web that I think is well worth reading:

  • Book Review: Why We Get Fat, by Gary Taubes | Upgrade Your Healthstyle | Summer Tomato

    …He also does a fantastic job demolishing the currently prevailing hypothesis that dietary fat and blood cholesterol are the causes of heart disease. They aren’t.

    That so few people understand these points is why I recommend everyone read this book. It breaks my heart every time someone writes to me for nutrition advice and proudly points to their butter-less popcorn or baked chips as proof of their already “healthy” diet. Until it becomes common knowledge that fat is good for you and processed carbohydrates are the worst thing you can eat, I think this book is the best resource we have to explain it.

    Still I do not agree 100% with Taubes’ conclusions. Though I do think the evidence is overwhelming that all calories are not created equal, I disagree that calories therefore do not matter and cannot be manipulated to help with weight loss. Taubes argues that how much we eat is dependent on our hormone levels (specifically insulin levels) that regulate energy balance, and that depending on this balance we naturally regulate our feeding and energy expenditure (exercise) so that we maintain our weight.

    Taubes makes a compelling case that severe calorie restriction is counterproductive in weight management, and I agree. However there is some evidence that a small calorie deficit, on the order of 100-200 calories per day, is within the range of our natural homeostatic mechanisms and can be effective at controlling body weight….(read the complete review…)

  • (More to come Tue, Jun 11, 2013…)
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