Back to Basics: Dietary Fiber

This post is part of a blog series called “Back to Basics.” This series aims to combat the confusion exacerbated by flashy headlines and social media over what constitutes a nutritious diet by providing simple, sound nutritional science. It emphasizes that the concepts of a nutritious diet haven’t changed dramatically over the years but haveContinue reading “Back to Basics: Dietary Fiber”

Evaluating Nutrition Information When the Science is Constantly Evolving

Some food for thought: humans have succeeded at putting a man on the moon multiple times, explaining the physics of faraway stars and black holes, and figuring out how to access the internet in the palms of our hands. Yet, we still have not fully answered nutritional science questions such as: How do we mostContinue reading “Evaluating Nutrition Information When the Science is Constantly Evolving”

The Trouble with the (Learning) Curve

Originally published on the Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-trouble-with-the-learning-curve_b_5949b6c1e4b0710bea889a54 There are few things that soothe my soul quite like a trip to the ballpark. It’s a place I associate with freedom and simplicity, one that grips my senses — sight, smell, taste, sound — and forces me to be completely present. The expansive, seemingly endless field ofContinue reading “The Trouble with the (Learning) Curve”

An Open Letter from Your Body

Fad diets and food rules are so alluring because they are often sold with a promise of happiness, acceptance, control, and success. In reality, nutritious, health-promoting dietary patterns look different for all people, but they all possess the same basic principle: eat a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods and listen to your body. Before being sucked intoContinue reading “An Open Letter from Your Body”

Fear, My Trusty Sidekick

Originally published on the Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fear-my-trusty-sidekick_b_58ab1460e4b0fa149f9ac901 Reading through my notes on my iPhone this morning, I found a passage I wrote to myself on the June day that I drove to Massachusetts to sign my apartment lease. That eight-hour trip to the new world I would soon inhabit left me speechless, tearful, queasy, andContinue reading “Fear, My Trusty Sidekick”

Thoughts on “Low-Carb” Diets

Recently, I’ve received a lot of questions about eating for exercise, most involving protein – how much to eat, when to eat it, the best protein supplements, etc. Most people are surprised to hear that while protein is certainly an important piece of the puzzle, the main nutrition component to consider for exercise is carbohydrates.Continue reading “Thoughts on “Low-Carb” Diets”

How My Body Became a Manifestation of a Life I Love

Originally published on the Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-my-body-became-a-manifestation-of-a-life-i-love_b_584a0d2be4b0016e50430292?timestamp=1481248288752 Many spiritual and religious teachings focus on — for a lack of a better term — going with the flow. Work hard, eat, drink, and be merry. Whatever will be, will be. As many humans can probably relate to, letting go of control is, and always has been,Continue reading “How My Body Became a Manifestation of a Life I Love”

What Ben Folds Taught Me About the Law of Attraction

Originally published on the Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/what-ben-folds-taught-me-_b_12314656 Alone, tired, and fuzzy from my almost empty Solo cup of merlot, I sat in row M of the Calvin Theater wondering if I should have just stayed home to watch Orange is the New Black and sleep. It had been a long week of working and thinking and planningContinue reading “What Ben Folds Taught Me About the Law of Attraction”