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How We Got Here – State of US Health Continued.


How We Got Here – State of US Health Continued.

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How We Got Here – State of US Health Continued.

Yesterday we dove into some of the how the state of health and fitness in the US came to be so dismal.  Today we want to share with you a bunch of resources for you to explore the topic some more.  Here are a few of our favorite resources, from books, to articles, to blogs, to videos.  Enjoy.

What additional resources would you like to share?  Post to comments.


What if it’s All Been a Big Fat Lie

Is Sugar Toxic?


Good Calories, Bad Calories

Why We Get Fat

Protein Power Life Plan


The Paleo Diet

Everyday Paleo – this woman has it down.  And she has 4 kids so we don’t want to hear “it’s too hard.”

Inherent Appetite – our very own Shane Upchurch, coach at Roots, delves into the world of clean eating.  The recipes are 99% Paleo;)

Dr. Eades – a blog from the author of Protein Power Life Plan


14 Responses

  1. Amy Santamaria

    Great recommendations.  I also recommend Wheat Belly, The Paleo Solution, and The Primal Blueprint for books and Latest in Paleo and The Paleo Solution  for podcasts.  And Chow Stalker for food inspiration. 

  2. Grandpa Mojo

    Hey Nicole,
    Your post yesterday about the “toxic sugar” article, etc. got me thinking (again) about the relationship of sugar and alcoholic beverages. Has anyone ever looked at the amount of sugar consumed via alcoholic beverages? – I’ve always been curious about that.

    1. I haven’t seen a specific study that looks at sugar consumption from alcohol; however, it is sugar!  There is a huge relationship to alcohol consumption and the desire to consume more carbohydrates in other forms.  I’ll look around and see what I come across.

    2. Amy Santamaria

      An interesting connection between sugar and alcohol, and some distinctions about what we mean by “sugar”:
      There are a couple different “sugars”, or monosaccharides (single sugar molecules): glucose, fructose, and galactose (in milk).  Glucose has its problems, but the body has feedback mechanisms (insulin, blood sugar) to regulate it.  With enough glucose, this system gets disregulated, which is bad, but fructose is more dangerous because it doesn’t have these feedback mechanisms in place.  Fructose is processed by the liver and preferentially stored as fat there.  This leads to lots of problems. 
      Most sweet foods contain fructose.  Table sugar is about half fructose, and so is honey and high fructose corn syrup.  Agave is about 90% fructose, and most juices have a ton of fructose.  Fructose is also in fruit, but there it comes with a decent dose of fiber, which slows its processing and keeps the doses reasonably low. 
      Fructose is processed by the liver, just like alcohol.  But it doesn’t make you feel drunk (which eventually makes you stop consuming), so you’re free to inflict liver damage without any feedback about the harm you’re doing.  That’s what Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is all about.  And it’s becoming increasingly prevalent. 

  3. Ali is a great blog too!  and she has two ridiculously cute children to supplement all her ridiculously looking awesome food pics/recipes. 

  4. Via Robb Wolf:
    “A new national study has shown that nearly 75 percent of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had cholesterol levels that would indicate they were not at high risk for a cardiovascular event, based on current national cholesterol guidelines.”

    1. And the scary part is that the researchers reaction was to make the national cholesterol guidelines LOWER!  Your brain needs cholesterol to THINK.  Our society is getting dumb…and dumber;).

  5. I wanted to share two recent articles related to red meat consumption and the controversial Harvard School of Public Health study.
    First, the website I edit ( interviewed Gary Taubes to gain his perspective on the study. He described it in two words: “terrible science.”
    Second, a recent Australian study focused on the negative health effects of eating TOO LITTLE (grass-fed) red meat:

  6. lauren

    Other great websites for recipes – health bent, roost, against all grain, urban poser.  The last couple are paleo/scd with a little bit of raw thrown in – they have gorgeous photos. 

    1. Oh I forgot about her! Her book is great, too! My reply to Ali must’ve gotten eaten by the blogmonster, but I also adore, and Shane’s blog (obvi).