Managing nutrient density ensures you get all the micronutrients you need without too much energy (calories). I learn about nutrient density and related topics in Marty Kendall’s Facebook group Optimising Nutrition. Scroll down on his How to maximise nutrient density blog post to learn more about nutrient density means.Continue reading
I recently listened to a podcast on the topic of omega-3 fatty acids. I have a good understanding of the importance of omega-3 fatty acids and I make the effort to eat sardines and non-farmed salmon for protein and sources of omega-3 fats. I decided to pull the trigger and get a test that would provide an indication what fats make up my cells. I chose the Omega-3 Index Complete test from OmegaQuant which includes:
- Saturated fats
- Monounsaturated fats
- Trans fats
Lab tests are one tool used I use to assess the state of my health. Normal lab ranges are somewhat generic. Even if your results are show in the normal range, they may not support wellness and disese prevention.
Keeping in mind that our health is very complex and that lab values alone are not determinant, I am sharing my goals for optimal ranges for several specific biomarkers. Much of the reading and listening I do is related to how I can promote my own wellness, improve my physical and mental health and preserve cognition. I have come to understand that we can empower ourselves by taking advantage of the tremendous amount of information available today on the subjects of health span and wellness.
In 2016 Australian orthopedic surgeon Gary Fettke was sanctioned by regulators for recommending a low-carb lifestyle to patients he felt could improve their health by changing their diets. Dr. Fettke was officially forbidden to give diet-related advice to his patients. This decision was reversed in 2018.
Back in April, I pre-ordered a 2nd generation Oura Ring. My deviced finally arrived in the middle of November and I have been wearing it daily ever since. It is helping me gauge factors related to sleep quality and the information being provided is incredibly fascinating.
Several years ago, I randomly came across the movie The Widowmaker on Netflix. It was very informative and quite frankly concerning but not shocking as I was already solidly skeptical of many aspects of healthcare and modern dietary recommendations. About a year ago the screening identified in the movie, the calcium score (also called coronary artery calcium score, cardiac CT or CAC) resurfaced on my insulin resistance/ketogenic journey. I made a mental note to put that on my list of things to check out about myself. I recently found a radiology center where I was able to have a scan performed as a self-pay customer without a physician’s referral.
This post dissects the basics of the American nutrition labels with emphasis on carbohydrates. Hopefully, the examples provided will help.
The Ketogeek Fahad Ahmad recently interviewed chemical engineer turned health expert Ivor Cummins. Ivor has a way of making complex topics very accessible and this interview is worth the time investment.
I found an app that will allow inclusion of non-food information. The first function that won me over is the ability to add custom notes before and after meals which is important if you are tracking information like level of hunger or emotions related to consuming food.
This month marks one year following the lifestyle of nutritional ketosis and intermittent fasting for the primary reason of improving my insulin resistance. I have been successful in a number of ways and look forward to continuing my journey.