micros > macros?

Most of the time, when it comes to nutrition, we like to think in terms of macronutrients. Carbs. Fat. Protein. Fibre. Simple! But maybe too simple? In the good old days, before your food was grown in nutrient depleted soil and the creation of nutrient-poor processed frankenfood, we just ate food.  We didn’t have to […]

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Dr Greger’s How Not to Die Cookbook (review)

To celebrate the release of the How Not to Die Cookbook I thought it would be interesting review some of Dr Greger’s recipes to see how they stack up nutritionally. Well presented Firstly, I’ve got to give kudos on the layout.  Rather than wait for a hard copy to ship to Australia, I bought my copy […]

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the Ketogains method

Ever wondered what foods and meals are optimal for fat loss and muscle building? Ketogains’ Luis Villasenor recently put a call out for recipes for their upcoming Ketogains Boot Camp, so I thought it would be interesting to see what the Nutrient Optimiser had to say about optimal foods and meals that align with the […]

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how to get the minimum effective dose of nutrition

The goal of Optimising Nutrition is to help you design the minimum effective dose of nutrition to support your goals (e.g. performance, weight loss, diabetes management, therapeutic ketosis, bodybuilding, etc.). When we break it down, we require food that: provides adequate micronutrients, with enough energy (but not too much), that enables you to maintain healthy […]

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redesigning nutrition from first principles

In a sea of nutritional gurus, theories and conflicting opinions, have you ever wondered, “What should I eat to optimise my blood sugars, weight and health to feel great and thrive?” If your answer is “yes,” you’re in luck! This article sets out a bold proposal and methodology to redesign nutrition from the ground up […]

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“high protein” vs “low protein”

In a recent Facebook thread Richard Morris of 2 Keto Dudes fame said: The lipophobics and the aminophobics are both talking past each other at strawmen.   The hysteria is not just humorous, it’s confusing and turning away novices.   This phony controversy causes people to recommend insane amounts of protein at BOTH ends of the spectrum. Protein tends […]

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vegan vs keto for diabetes… which is one optimal?

I recently watched the Mastering Diabetes teleseminar on ketogenic diets with high hopes of picking up some gems of wisdom from the rising stars of the plant-based diabetes community. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed with what I heard. I shared my frustration on Facebook. Robb Wolf suggested I put together a response to some of the […]

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The nutrient-dense Protein Sparing Modified Fast (PSMF)

The Protein Sparing Modified Fast (PSMF) is regarded by many to be the most effective way to lose body fat while preserving muscle and avoiding rebound binge eating due to nutrient deficiencies. First developed in the 1970s, the PSMF has seen various permutations in weight loss clinics and the bodybuilding community. While the specifics vary […]

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how much protein is too much?

Now that fat is out of the spotlight, the focus for many in low carb and vegan circles has turned to protein as the macronutrient that needs to be avoided for health, good blood sugar control and longevity. At the same time there are still are plenty of ‘meat heads’ who say that their ‘brotein’ […]

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why do my blood sugars rise after a high protein meal?

There is a lot of controversy and confusion over gluconeogenesis and the impact of protein on blood sugar and ketosis. Some common questions that I see floating around the interwebs include: If you are managing diabetes, should you avoid protein because it can convert to glucose and “kick you out of ketosis”? If you’ve dropped […]

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