Rachel Grunwell – Health and Wellness Crusader

The Carb-Appropriate Podcast Ep.16 In this episode of the podcast, I chat with yogi, and recovery-focussed personal trainer Rachel Grunwell about her journey from investigative journalism to running marathons and becoming a health-focused journalist and yoga practitioner. Rachel’s new book ‘Balance’, featuring insights from health and performance experts from around the world, can be found on AMAZON and more about Rachel and her work and book can be found at her site: https://inspiredhealth.co.nz/

Chris Miller ‘The Health and Fitness Guy’

The Carb-Appropriate Podcast Ep.15 Chris Miller has a wide and varied background in health and performance. He has completed graduate and post-graduate qualifications in history, health science, Chinese medicine, and much (much!) more. He has worked with many Olympians, world level and professional athletes.   Chris is the founder of Primalthenics and uses primal movement training along with nutrition and lifestyle to help people perform at their very best.  Find out more about Chris and download the Primalthenics app at www.primalthenics.com Intro sample in audio podcast from Get Up Stand Up by Public Enemy feat. Brother Ali. Outro sample from Spastic Mumblings by Jess Spillane http://freemusicarchive.org

The Virtue in Happiness

From The Credo The Virtue in Happiness Eudaemonia is often directly translated into English as ‘happiness’, but this is not entirely accurate. The word derives from the ancient Greek eu meaning ‘good’ or ‘in balance’ and -daemon, ‘spirit’, and so, the word has a broader meaning of happiness as a state of a good spirit, and a state of being that is in balance. Arete is the other central concept of Ancient Greek ethics. Arete means broadly ‘excellence’ but has the particular meaning of ‘virtue’, especially in relation to knowledge. Eudaemonism is the moral theory that links arete with eudaemonia and therefore, describes ‘the virtue of happiness’. Socrates, Plato, Epicurus and, perhaps most importantly, Aristotle and the Stoic philosophers discussed the nuances of eudaemonism. In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, eudaemonia is considered the highest aim of human thinking and endeavour and is something that is achieved through action (of the psyche or soul). Aristotelian ethics was considered by Aristotle himself to be unique, in that it was practical rather than simply theoretical. The Stoics, also remarkably practical in their philosophy, described eudaemonism in their teachings as the ‘good life’ – one of action, and one that is morally virtuous. Eudaemonism is a concept that can provide a guide for what we do in our lives. A new Eudaemonism. Redux I wrote about a ‘new eudaemonism’ many years ago in one of my very first books. The premise was simple; that ‘right action’ is that which promotes happiness and therefore what is…

Issue #2 The Carb-Appropriate Review

Issue 2 | Volume 1 | July 2019 In this issue: Articles Do Low Carbohydrate Diets Negatively Affect Female Hormone Balance? Many people think that low-carb diets are negative for female hormone balance, menstrual cycles, and ovulation. But does this stand up to scientific scrutiny? Can You Be ‘Healthy at Every Size’? ‘Health At Every Size’ (HAES) has become a very popular ‘anti-diet’ movement, and while it’s goals a laudable and it results in benefits, can you actually be healthy at every or any size? Research reviews and commentary How reliable is the statistical evidence for limiting saturated fat intake? Most reviews and meta-analyses show no effect of saturated fat on mortality but the influential Hooper meta-analysis of 2015 suggested increased risk of death from saturated fat in the diet. But was this finding reliable? In a new study, Simon Thornley and colleagues cast doubt on the findings of the Hooper analysis. Association of changes in red meat consumption with total and cause-specific mortality among US women and men: two prospective cohort studies A recent study has been highly promoted in the media as another ‘nail in the coffin’ for red meat, suggesting an increased risk of death from eating red meat. But was this effect really shown? From the media Rebuttal to the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine article: “Keto Diet Is Dangerous for Veterans with Diabetes” A recent article by vegan advocacy group PCRM has attacked using low-carb for veterans with diabetes. In this article, researcher Cliff Harvey…

Can You Be ‘Healthy at Every Size’?

Key Findings HAES results in significant and lasting benefits to self-esteem, body image, hunger cues, and cognitive restraint.These results are similar to social support programsHAES does not result in substantive benefits to physical health.A combined approach, focussed on psycho-social and physical indicators of health is likely to the best approach Traditional weight loss methods are based primarily on a medical model which treats obesity as a disease requiring diet, exercise, or pharmaceutical intervention. Conversely, the increasingly popular ‘Health At Every Size’ (HAES) movement believes that “individuals who are overweight and obese want to exercise and eat healthy foods, and they are capable of doing so when barriers are removed”.1 The Health At Every Size® Principles are: Weight Inclusivity: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologising of specific weights.Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.Respectful Care: Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma and support environments that address these inequities.Eating for Well-being: Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.Life-Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to…

Do Low-Carbohydrate Diets Negatively Affect Female Hormone Balance?

Key Findings Carbohydrate restriction does not result in alterations of ovulation, menses, or other indicators of women’s hormonal health. Low-carbohydrate diets have demonstrated positive benefits to women’s hormonal health. Extreme calorie restriction is likely to affect women’s hormonal balance and health. Those women who are leaner and exercise more are at greater risk of negative effects from excessive or prolonged energy restriction. A common claim currently doing the rounds is that a low-carb or keto-diet will negatively affect either ‘female hormone balance’, menstrual cycles, or ovulation. It is claimed that there is a minimum amount of carbohydrate (i.e. 200 g per day) required to preserve hormone status and ovulation, along with other indicators of hormonal health. Does This Claim Stack Up? There is no evidence that 200 g per day is required to preserve markers of female hormone balance. In fact, the most commonly cited study to support the idea that there is a minimum requirement for carbohydrate showed no such thing. Read more and listen to the audio below