About

Why am I here? What am I doing? I know almost nothing. I have an open mind and lots of questions. My goal is to figure out food to answer the question: What to eat to be healthy?

This blog is about sharing what I’ve learned from studying nutrition.

I want to know what health is. I want to know what good nutrition is. I want to understand what health is and how to feel it, how to measure it, and how to make it happen. I am fascinated by the lack of scientific rigor in nutrition science and research. How long can this go on?

Why do I care about nutrition? Nutrition defines us in ways most people never understand. Everything you are comes from the foods you eat and don’t eat. Understanding food and what it does to you, the nuts and bolts of nutrition, and how the body responds to food is the most important thing you can do for your health. The practice of nutrition is more important than the science of nutrition.

I want to know what food does to you. I want to understand the science and practice of nutrition. I want to produce health instead of just avoiding disease.

In 1997, I decided to try changing what I was eating because the low fat diet I was following was not working for me. It was wrecking my health. Ever since, I have been fascinated with nutrition and what to eat for the best health and wellbeing.

I want to know how what I eat will make me feel, to understand the connections between what I eat and how I feel—now and later. Can I figure out what to eat to make me feel my best? I think so. So can you. But what works for me may not work for you. We each need to experiment to figure out what works for each of us. I call it personal science.


In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities; but in the expert’s there are few.
—Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, 1970


Note: If I wanted to worry about grammar and spelling and writing well, I would write a book instead. I reserve the right to edit my posts later, just like the US Supreme Court, Final Word on U.S. Law Isn’t: Supreme Court Keeps Editing 🙂

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey, Kenny –

    I want exactly what you want; to find out what to eat for the best health. The advice we have been given has been so wrong for me that I really feel like an apology is in order, but that a class action suit would be more useful. 🙂 I won’t bore you with my story (which you can find about on my own blog…if you are that hard up) but I think that it IS possible to reverse, to a certain extent anyway, some of the damage that has been done by eating low fat foods, etc. At least that is my impression, based on my own experiences, which have been an eye-opener for me.

    I would be very surprised if there aren’t lots more people like us. It’s just not always easy to find them.

    With the advances in epigenetics pointing out how you can turn your own genes on and off simply by eating (although other things can do that too, like stress) and the near total lack of understanding of nutrition you face when visiting the doctor I think a lot of the burden of getting well and staying that way is on our shoulders. Reading Weston-Price certainly reinforces that idea – what an inspiration.

    If I had a blogroll it would have almost every single site you have listed on yours, LOL. Great minds, etc. I’ve bookmarked your blog to see what you come up with.

    Cheers!

    1. Hi Tyrannocaster, thanks for the nice words. 😀

      Agreed, some sort of apology or something would be nice. I usually think about the “incalculable damage” (Gary Taubes wrote about in Why We Get Fat) when I look at where we are, but usually I don’t cause it’s almost too horrible to think of what didn’t need to happen.

      I tried low fat and the whole food pyramid eating plan in the early to mid 90s and it turned me into a thin pre-diabetic. I thought this can’t be right so I looked for something to explain how food would make me feel. Eventually I happened upon Protein Power in 1997, and things finally started making sense. I’ve been interested in nutrition ever since.

      In one sense, it’s so much better now than the late 90s for alternative nutrition thinkers and practicers, but we’re still a small minority. At first I didn’t think the latest alternative nutrition “wave” of The Big Fat Surprise book and the Fed Up movie would signal a real change or tipping point, but with the additional Time “Eat Butter” cover, we may finally be on to something. Let’s hope! and keep working at it.

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