Cliff’s 101 Tips for Health: Drink enough water

Every cell in your body requires water to function correctly, and those functions inevitably include the processes that allow you to build and maintain muscle, lose body fat, and think clearly.

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

Issue #5 The Carb-Appropriate Review

Issue 5 | Volume 1 | October 2019 In this issue: This month we have a special ‘Food Fight’ issue that focusses on the low-carb vs high-carb debate! Feature article Should you choose high or low-carb? There is a seemingly endless debate between advocates of high and low-carb diets. In this article, Cliff Harvey PhD delves into the research, including that if he and his team, to show you what the science says about who is best suited to higher- or lower-carb diets. Read the article here In the literature What is ‘benevolent pseudo-diabetes’? There has been some suggestion that

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

Is Keto Appropriate for the Treatment of Diabetes?

Recent media articles have highlighted the debate between low-carb and low-fat diets for treating diabetes. In this article, Cliff examines recent media reporting and the evidence for diet and the treatment of diabetes.

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

What is ‘benevolent pseudo-diabetes’? (And why it is important)

Some animal studies have suggested that a keto diet can result in insulin resistance and this is supported by some glucose tolerance challenges in humans. But is this phenomenon all that it seems, or could this actually be a healthy adaptation to a low-carb diet?

Carb-Appropriate Research Review

Should I Choose High-Carb or Low-Carb?

There is an endless debate between proponents of high-carb vs low-carb diets. So, how can you decide which is best for you? In this article, Cliff Harvey PhD summarises the research to show how you can determine what’s best for your body.

Health Tips

Why I Love Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Mushrooms have been used in traditional medicine systems for thousands of years but it seems like ever since best-selling author and renowned ‘lifehacker’ Tim Ferriss posted about Lion’s Mane Coffee— “I was on FIRE for the entire day… I got more done that day than three or four days prior to that”—there has been a surge in interest in these exotic mushrooms, and how they can help to improve health and performance. Lion’s Mane Mushroom has received a lot of interest, in no small part due to this ‘Tim Ferriss Effect’, and the buzz is not without good reason. Lion’s

Life & Purpose

Darren Ellis – The Godfather

Cliff chats with ‘the Godfather of CrossFit in NZ’ Darren Ellis, about how to stay fit, functional, healthy, and happy as a busted up former strength athlete.


Start with Natural

Simply focusing on unrefined food is the key to achieving nutritional health From a clinicians point of view, it is already clear that differing amounts of the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats) affect individuals differently, and while there are best-practice guidelines for various desired outcomes, there is a large degree of individuality between the prescription for individuals. This variability has been termed by practitioners’ biochemical individuality, metabolic typing or other terms. However, there is, at this point in time, no accepted way to determine the macronutrient ‘tolerance’ of an individual, except in those cases where a specific diet benefits a


Evolution, Anthropology and Human Nutrition

It is clear that humans have only eaten an appreciable amount of the very high-carbohydrate foods (in particular sugar, and ultra-refined grains) for a fairly short time in their overall development. Now before anyone accuses me of being some crazy ‘Paleo guy’ remember that I started consulting in the nutrition field before Paleo was ‘cool’….way back in the late 1990s. But, as a rational scientist it does make sense to me, to look at what humans have eaten over their many tens of thousands of years of development and what the remaining free-living hunter-gatherer populations still eat, to at least

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Michelle Yandle – Empowered Eating

The Carb-Appropriate Podcast Ep.17 In this episode of the podcast, I chat with my good buddy Michelle Yandle. Michelle is a nutrition and health coach focused on empowered patterns of eating and lifestyle. You can find out more about Michelle at and her latest book at AMAZON The WELLFED event is happening in New Plymouth on the 26th of October 2019. Listeners of the podcast can get a discount on tickets by using code HPNDISCOUNT


Dairy and Health

The September 2019 issue of the Carb-Appropriate Research Review is packed with info on dairy and health. Check out the summary below.