Scientific Nutrition Update 37: The Nocebo Effect

Yesterday we got to discuss one of my favorite effects in health the placebo effect. It is a fascinating window into the effect that our psychology and our mindset has on our health.  Today we are looking at the opposite effect, which is called the nocebo effect.  The nocebo effect is when you actually get worse or develop side effects from a substance that should be inert and it is a really cool effect.

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How to Make Balsamic Mayo

First things first gotta give credit to this technique to J. Kenji Lopez Alt, check out his article on this technique here.

So what is balsamic mayo? It is mayo made with balsamic vinegar, specifically I used white balsamic mayo, because the flavor is less overpowering.  This is a spread that adds a great depth of flavor to sandwiches, especially those with beef or pork, and can in my opinion still work great in a potato salad.

Simple, easy to execute, and super impressive if you don’t repeatedly use the word mayo to your guests. Continue reading “How to Make Balsamic Mayo”

Scientific Nutrition Update 17: Dietary Fiber, Gut Bacteria, Short Chain Fatty Acids, and Type 2 Diabetes

Today’s episode was fun because in order to record this I had to learn a whole bunch of new material to understand it.  I love when that happens, because it shows me that even when I have been in a field like this for a while I can still learn new things like about short chain fatty acids. Continue reading “Scientific Nutrition Update 17: Dietary Fiber, Gut Bacteria, Short Chain Fatty Acids, and Type 2 Diabetes”

Calling Bullshit: Silicon Dioxide

Internet health experts are making some interesting claims again.  Silicon dioxide is a natural compound.  It’s literally sand.  It’s commonly used because it can help prevent certain things from clumping.  There was a claim made here that it has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.  I got curious so I decided to look up that study and see if it actually applied for this.   Continue reading “Calling Bullshit: Silicon Dioxide”

Guide to Intermittent Fasting

An Introduction to Intermittent Fasting

This article is meant to introduce you to the general concepts of intermittent fasting.

Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss

This article shows how intermittent fasting can be helpful for weight loss.

Intermittent Fasting and Diabetes

This article shows the evidence that intermittent fasting increases insulin sensitivity, an important measure for people with diabetes or those trying to avoid it.

Intermittent Fasting and Cardiovascular Health

This article shows the research connecting intermittent fasting to improved cardiovascular health.

The Fasting Brain

This article discusses the myriad benefits of fasting on the brain.

Intermittent Fasting and Cancer

This article shows the non link between fasting and cancer prevention.

The Whiskey Rickey: A Healthy and Refreshing Cocktail

At the end of a long day we are often looking for a simple and healthy cocktail to take the edge off.  Plus as we all start to melt in this summer heat, we need something light and refreshing, no one wants to be dealing with something too heavy right now.  Especially since we have realized that alcohol is not the demon it is often portrayed as and may even have some health benefits.  However, we still want to be careful to avoid a calorie dense and sugar laden cocktail.  That is where a refreshing and delicious cocktail like the whiskey rickey comes in.  It is a simple combination of lime juice, whiskey, and club soda.  A totally sippable summer cocktail that you will want to keep coming back to.  The perfect drink for the summer, to chill out and stay healthy while you do it!

Whiskey Rickey

A simple and refreshing cocktail, that stays healthy.

  • 2 Oz Whiskey
  • 1/2 Lime
  • To top Club soda
  1. Fill highball glass with ice
  2. Add the whiskey
  3. Squeeze in half a lime (or lemon) and drop it in the glass
  4. Add club soda to top
  5. Stir and enjoy

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Weight Loss Update

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Weight Tracked as I described here

Okay weight loss is hard.  Everyone who has ever done it before knows this.  Last week was a huge weight loss week for me, however the combination of stress, and a different schedule meant this week I rebounded a little bit.  However, this gives me a chance to pontificate for a minute about some of the interesting things I have observed at this point. (Remember you can track progress here) Continue reading “Weight Loss Update”