Not sure about you, but I find it can be difficult at times to wade through the mire of “bro-science,” Paleo/vegan zealots, and “fitspo” online when I’m looking for real science and articles with honest, practical information about health. In case you have the same struggle, I thought I would share some of the best articles that I’ve found lately concerning fitness, nutrition, and holistic health. Your brain may not be a muscle, but you’ve still got to exercise it…so read up!
This was an excellent piece about the realities behind what people present on social media, especially in terms of fitness. As someone who has unfollowed/deleted quite a few people from my social media feeds due to the disordered thinking/habits they promote (or just generally intolerable levels of douchbaggery), I was cheering in my head the whole time I was reading.
If you’ve ever been told that you have a “butt wink” (a posterior tilt, where your tailbone tucks in/under, at the bottom of your squat movement), get your geek on and find out why. I have never been able to squat deeper than slightly past parallel without a butt wink, and seeing this explanation of the anatomical factors at play was fascinating. Now I know that my coxa valgra femoral neck, retroverted acetabulum, and deep hip sockets are the reason that my squat will never be “ass to the grass” without a butt wink. And that’s fine, because it means I have some really badass hip extensions. (Hip thrusters, we were made for each other.)
For all you cynics out there…well, you may be right. Gluten-free is trendy, but if you don’t have Celiac disease, the evidence does not actually indicate that you’re health will benefit at all by removing gluten from your diet. I found the FODMAPS connection particularly interesting, as FODMAPS is something that’s come up in my research on my quest to fix my
baby bump digestive issues.
Dr. Katz is really one of my favorites, and this piece is so well-written that I can even forgive him for the Michael Pollan quote. The man has a delightfully balanced and objective perspective in the field of nutrition, which is all too often often flooded with faulty logic, conspiracy theories, and emotionally-driven rhetoric with no scientific backing (sounds eerily like the presidential debates…). There is so much yet to be learned about the nuances of human nutrition, but in spite of the bickering between the zealots of various diet ideologies, decades of research and observational studies have shown that we know quite a bit about what makes a healthy diet.
I only recently discovered Molly Galbraith’s website, and I am really enjoying what I’ve read so far. This post was particularly compelling, as I have found by my own experiences that my neuroses over what I eat have never seemed to have the desired result. Ironically, it is when I am least concerned (i.e. worried, anxious, obsessive-compulsive) about my diet that I am all-around healthiest. Orthorexia (obsessive neurosis about the healthfulness of one’s diet) is an enormous problem in the fitness world, although whether anyone will admit that is an entirely different discussion, and I believe most fitness-minded folks will find some great takeaways from what Molly has to say here.
Dr. Attia is brilliant. I’ve been reading his blog for years, and am continually impressed by his rigorous research and meticulous thoughtfulness. This post – in which he examines the proposed solutions to the American obesity epidemic and their results (or lack thereof), as well as how we can more effectively examine and address the problem, both corporately and individually – was no exception.
What do yall think? Did any of these articles strike a chord with you? I’d love to discuss them with you in the comments!