Nutritionally Religulous: A Little Pragmatism Never Hurt Anyone

It’s become the quasi-popular thing to “break up” with a “paleo diet.”

Whether you were one of the first featured…

A Scot…

Or the multitudes of “me too!”-types in the comment threads that follow said posts.

My knee-jerk response to all of this:

If you have to “break-up” with a diet or exercise regimen, you were entirely too emotionally invested in the first place.

Perhaps I’m fortunate to be surrounded by people who are keen on saying things like, “That works…and so does this.”

Perhaps myself and co-workers took a lesson from history and understood that these are all tools in the box, some used more than others depending on the circumstance.

Perhaps I’ve read too much Williams James in my lifetime.

But here’s the rub: the great thing about science is that it is true whether or not you believe it. However you are still the expert of your own body and of your own psyche. If a diet, no matter how perfect it may be scientifically/religiously/dogmatically/conceptually, is making you feel bad, STOP DOING IT! When a food gives you explosive shitstorms on a regular basis, you’d be wise to not eat it no matter what your just-so belief in Grok/Jesus/Guru Jones would urge you to do. How you feel is the ultimate equalizer. If you can’t answer the question “How’s that working for you?” with “Fucking fantastic!” then it’s time to change something until you can.

I’m a fan of evidence-based training and here’s what I’m proposing: live a selfishly evidence-based life. If what you’re doing isn’t making you and only you feel better/look better/perform better, change it until it does. Make this the go-to for everything in your life, even. It’s up to you to find the recipe that cooks up the best you possible. If you can do this, you can stop writing breakup blog posts and get on with being awesome. And that’s ultimately the goal, isn’t it?

But if you ask me, a diet of meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds, tubers, and real fats is a really good place to start.

“Aging With Strength” Bibliography

This past weekend I presented my talk “Aging With Strength,” which was both a tightening and an expansion of my “Biomarkers of Aging” talk from last year. For my next blog post, I’ll explore a question I received from an OB/GYN whose name I forgot (Sorry!): how effective strength training can be in middle-aged women with and without hormone replacement.

In the meantime, here are my references:

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