GMOs, complexity, and systemic risk

Sunset crops

There has been some good debate in a Finnish GMO-Awareness facebook group recently regarding both the pros and cons of GMOs. This has prompted me to participate as well, because I feel I have something specific to contribute to the discussion: the explanation of systemic risk. All living organisms are complex adaptive systems individually and also on an environmental and a species level. In … [Read more...]

Knowledge and Conviction

Strength

In the past couple years I've slowly come to the conclusion that the more you know about something, the more difficult it becomes to talk about it with people who are unfamiliar with the topic. Positive psychology is such a thing for me and so is nutrition. When talking about them I will easily go into the specifics - usually the ones I've studied most recently - and fail to communicate on the … [Read more...]

What causes obesity: sugar, carbs, or food palatability?

Korea snacks w300

Human body is an amazingly complex system of biological processes and our understanding of its inner workings is still evolving. Right now there is a very interesting debate going on in the Paleo community between Gary Taubes, author of the Good Calories, Bad Calories and Stephan Guyenet on the causes of obesity; carb-insulin hypothesis going against food palatability hypothesis. Due to this … [Read more...]

The 7-Day Crash Course in Nutrition and Health

Seoraksan Pose w300

I have been studying this nutrition, health and fitness stuff for about three years now. During that time I have read dozens of books on the subject, watched and attended at least as many lectures, and read hundreds of blog posts. When you start learning something new, the first few months are easily spent acquiring knowledge every single day. After that the pace starts to get slower and what you … [Read more...]

The Supermarket Meditation

Photo by: Tara Whitsitt

During the past week or so I have been entertaining the thought that if something requires industrial or chemical processing to make it edible, it simply will not be healthy nor nutritious. It is easy to say this of packaged foods, sweets, cookies, soft drinks etc. and it also applies well with things like soy products, cereal and margarine. So far I have not been able to think of anything that … [Read more...]

Being healthy: There’s more to it than not being sick

Arthur De Vany, age 73

How do you feel today? Energetic? Tired? Frustrated? Awesome? Sad? Happy? Positive? Sick? Coming down with something? My guess is that when you go to your regular check-up and the doctor asks if you feel healthy, you first take stock of your current situation. Are there any nagging pains? Discomfort? Depression? If the answer is no, you start looking backwards in time and try to pinpoint when … [Read more...]

What is paleo?

Lascaux cave painting

I have been so busy preparing for the coaching project that this blog has been on a backburner for the past couple of weeks. I hope things get a bit quieter now so I can do some writing. A week ago in a friend's housewarming party I ended up having a conversation about diets, nutrition, and health (I wonder why this always happens... Is it just me or is this such a common topic?). The person I … [Read more...]

Clearing up confusion in nutritional science

Photo by: soonerpa

Out of curiosity, how many different diets you know and can name? I was able to quickly come up with: High-fat, low-carb (and its varieties such as Atkins, Protein Power etc.) Low-carb, high-fat Vegetarian / Vegan Cyclical ketogenic diet The Zone Mediterranean diet Subway diet (!) WeightWatchers Paleo All claim to be better for your overall health, decrease risk of … [Read more...]

I will start doing personal nutrition and fitness coaching in Helsinki!

Photo by: Samuel Rönnqvist

It was over three years ago that I started my own journey into studying and learning about nutrition and fitness. At that time I just wanted to get my own act together, but I never imagined actually starting to offer advice to other people. However I've realized time and again that many discussions I have with friends or colleagues tend to sooner or later gravitate towards food and exercise, and I … [Read more...]

Dietary guidelines disconnected from reality

Salt Shakers

I am making this a rather short post, written quickly and prompted by an article I read late last night (courtesy of Dame Liberty and Robb Wolf on Twitter) on how the latest US government dietary guidelines recommend lowering sodium (read salt) intake. Merely a week after the recommendations were announced, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association argued that lowering sodium … [Read more...]