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Burn & Learn : (anti) Depression

 

Four things to consider when you’re trying to make sense of never-ending contradicting pieces of health information:

1. The History

2. The Context

3. The Mechanism

4. The Short Term vs. Long Term

Using these points, the video gives some quick examples of how this can be applied to different nutrition information, but the reoccurring example for medications is antidepressants.

 

 

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The Tess Holiday Issue and What I should have done better

I got a lot of backlash from the Tess Holiday post I did this week. Even though the initial post said “This cover can be called controversial”, which is obviously is looking at all the discussion that followed, I instantly felt regret posting it.

The conversations that followed were intense. There was no, or very limited, intellectual debate. Instead, there was a lot of attacking, generalizing, taking things out of context, and projecting of some of my friends’ own problems on the issue.

As Corbett mentioned correctly, Facebook is not the place to have this discussion. However, there are some points that I’d still like to make and there are some things that I should rectify. (And thank you, Rachel, for bringing this to my attention).

My problems with the Tess Holiday issue:

  • My problem is not with Tess itself. Even though I do believe that she is not sincere. I know many overweight people that do, in fact, embrace their heavier frame and they are okay with that and I believe and respect that. They also do not celebrate or promote their weight, and they definitely don’t tell me or other people to quote “Kiss their fat ass”. Tess pretends to fully embrace her weight and pretends to be proud of “who she is and how she is”, but at the same time, she is on a Cosmopolitan cover wearing make-up and heavily photoshopped. The hypocrisy here is flat-out annoying to me and it’s a big part why I simply do not buy into the facade.
  • Obesity should not be promoted or embraced. I’m just baffled by how I need to explain to people that the being morbidly obese is a disease. It’s affecting the quality of life, decreases lifespan, affects people around them and costs an INSANE amount of money, and this is in the states alone. And this is 100% preventable.

What I should have added:

  • I’m all for accepting a wider view of what’s “normal” when it comes to beauty standards. I don’t think that our former standard with overly skinny catwalk models was healthy at all. Maybe I should have stated this but haven’t we long passed this idea?
  • Rachel brought up to me that I could be sending out the wrong signal and brought Ashley Graham to my attention. I’ve looked into her and I think she is the perfect example of what being a plus sized model that can also still portray a healthy lifestyle.

 

My view on the Cosmopolitan issue stands. I think they’ve pushed the narrative too far to the extreme by putting Tess on the cover. Being overweight to the point of killing yourself from the inside is not something that should be glorified. Instead, attention should be more towards women like Ashley Graham that can demonstrate self-acceptance, health and a couple of pounds more.

 

Always appreciate thoughtful discussion,

 

Mark

 

 

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Burn & Learn II : Sugar Explained

Sugar is not great when you’re trying to increase your level of fitness and health. Knowing what sugar does exactly and what kind of foods you should be avoiding in your diet is the first step in the right direction.

 

Every week I’ll aim to provide video’s with different topics on Fitness, nutrition and overall health on my website and Facebook page. The idea is for you to get on a cardio machine and Learn as you Burn some energy!

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Why you can’t trust Science

 

 

Can we trust Science?

 

I’ve been getting pulled into many discussions regarding health, exercise, and nutrition lately and the trend is clear: Everything needs to be SCIENCE BASED.

This is a good thing, or at the very least, the idea is good.

It’s good to want to support your thoughts and findings with some kind of testing to see if what you’ve seen or done is replicable or that it was just a combination of circumstances.

There are, however, some issues to the current use and limitations of science that I have problems with and I think they’re worth a share so that you are aware of it the next time you read the sentence “Scientific research shows”

1# Cherry Picking

Take an interesting topic on nutrition and it won’t take you long to find 100+ different scientific studies on it. It’s very common for people to pick a scientific study that fits their argument and use that as “proof”. If you don’t have the knowledge, or time, for that matter, to take a good look at what that article actually says, it’s an understandable result to accept that as truth.

You’ll also want to ask yourself the question: who is benefitting from this bit of research? It has happened more than once that scientific studies have been over/underplayed to favor the financer of the study.

 

#2 Science has been wrong more times than it’s been right

Take this example of cholesterol and the drastic dangers of it on your cardiovascular system. It’s a funny explaining video on how Science was wrong on it many times. It’s not that scientific studies are badly done necessarily, there are many other factors in play.
We could have been asking the wrong questions, doing the wrong tests, or didn’t quite have the right instruments to do proper testing -and who says we do now? –

 

#3 Human Errors

Science may sound bulletproof, but it’s still executed by humans. And we make mistakes.  When we have problems that can’t be explained easily we tend to blame stress for pretty much everything but stress is never factored in when it comes to scientific research. Not for the scientists, and not for the participants. But we do make mistakes. Constantly. We make them when remembering facts, with what we are supposed to write down, and sometimes, well, it helps to get paid $50.000 to say something that goes against everything you know is true

#4 Research is not Research

Anecdotal evidence, expert opinions, cross sectional studies, they’re often presented as evidence but the actual value of them in terms of the hierarchy of scientific studies is not very high. There’s a pretty serious change that there are another couple of studies of the same level of reliability that prove the conclusions of yours, wrong. And otherwise, there will probably be one very soon.

 

 

#5 Research can be slow to catch on

 

Sometimes we practice certain principles that are based on scientific research for years, only to find out that it was the wrong approach all along. I touched on that with my 2nd point but here’s another great example on how we’ve overplayed the importance of calories in weight loss. It’s still the most practiced approach (and it does have value) but the point is that only now we are finding that it’s most likely hormones that play a crucial part in weight loss, and not just energy balance. This video is a long one but has very valuable information that might change the way you think about weight loss.

 

As always, I’d love your thoughts about these things. Because I need any insights I can get 🙂

 

Mark

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Burn&Learn III : Fitness Food (Butter Coffee)

 

In this video, you’ll learn why I put butter in my coffee every morning.  You’ll learn if butter is really that bad for you (spoiler alert, it’s not) and why this treat is not only good for your body, but for your brain as well.

Here are some key notes:

  • Bulletproof coffee is a mix of MCT oil, Grassfed Butter and Coffee
  • Brings down appetite, clears brain fog
  • The idea of chewing on coffee beans and animal fat is actually very old
  • Saturated fat is not the enemy it’s made out to be
  • It’s great for Ketosis
  • Ketones are a great fuel for the brain
  • Represses oxidative stress
  • Caffeine boosts ketone production
  • Having carbs with BP coffee is not advisable
  • There’s way more in the Video 🙂

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5 Deadly dangers of Cambodian Cuisine

  1. Cooking oilThere’s many different oils to consider when preparing meals, but unfortunately, most restaurants value cost effectiveness over health. This isn’t only the case in Cambodia by the way , but is for sure significant over here.
    I’ve done some asking around and kept an eye out for the type of industrial-sized containers at the back of restaurants and some of the most used ones are, you guessed it, the cheapest and most problematic for your health.Canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil and some other vegetable oils can contain harmful amounts of saturated fats, trans-fats and omega 6 (yes, we do need this one but in certain amounts and ratio for it to be healthy) and can have serious effects on your health. Research has shown links to increased risk for strokes, heart disease and some types of cancer. If you eat out a lot, it’s worth checking what kind of oils are being used.

    Easy solution:  Cook at home with coconut oil/olive oil or other healthy options, or be picky about the restaurants you eat at.

  2. Chemicals on fruits and vegetablesAgriculture plays an important role in South East Asian economy, covering around 37% of the GDP and about two-thirds of the total labor. In Cambodia, population and income have been rising and with it, both the need to produce and the pressure to compete.
    Many of the pesticides used fail to meet international standards, and illegal pesticides are often sold under fake labels or smuggled into the country. Some farmers know about the hazardous effects of these products but tend to underplay them or simply claim they can’t farm properly without them. Aside from that, controls and consequences for use are lax.
    Since there are many different chemical compounds being used, the exact effects are unknown. But some of the commonly used chemicals such as sodium hydrosulfite and Borax are known to cause problems with the nervous system, undermine the immune system and promote the growth of certain cancers.Easy Solution: Buy organic and/or wash your vegetables well with specialized soap
  3. Meat qualityA while back a video went viral concerning a pig farm which appeared to be breeding their animals “Hulk-size”. The breeders were accused of animal cruelty and use of growth hormones, and although it’s never proven it does raise questions regarding the practices surrounding the circumstances that animals in the country are being raised.
  4. MSGMSG (monosodium glutamate) is a very popular flavor enhancer that provides an “umami” taste, which is translated as a “pleasant, savory taste”. In Cambodia, it’s almost automatically scooped into any dish and often you’ll even find a little pot of MSG on the table – yeah that’s not sugar -.
    Nothing wrong so far right? I mean, what can be wrong about making food more delicious?

    The cocaine of flavor enhancers

    Well, there’s a bunch of symptoms that are contributed to consuming MSG bundles as the “Chinese restaurant syndrome”. Most common are problems with digestion, cramps, dizziness and headaches. There are also more severe problems linked to ingesting MSG on a regular basis: ADHD, autism, obesity, growth disruptions, learning and behavioral problems, hormonal imbalance, epilepsy, insomnia, damage to the retina, heart problems, cancer. Therefore, MSG has been banned in some countries.

    The FDA labelled the consumption of MSG as “safe”, since a causal relationship between consuming MSG and the symptoms could not been shown. Even though most evidence of the negative side of MSG is anecdotal, It’s not ruled out that certain conditions or long term ingestion can lead to health problems. Being aware of it’s existence can lead to a better understanding would you ever struggle with the above symptoms.

    Solution:  Awareness and avoidance when symptoms arise.

  5. SugarAlong with the growth of the country, we see an unmistakable difference in the availability and choice of food. Western brands such as Burger King, Krispy Creme and Starbucks are taking their place and are often seen as high status foods. Rice and vegetables changes to burgers and black coffee becomes a liquid piece of pie.

    an astounding 50 grams of sugar in one drink


    Sugar is also a common addition to well, pretty much anything. Take a look at how meals are prepared and you’ll often raise an eyebrow to how often and how much sugar is added to foods and drinks.  Diabetes type II is a growing problem and has an estimated growth of 82% from 2008 (145.000) to 2028 (264.000), effectively costing the country 5-11 Million $. But that’s not all.
    Most people are not aware of what our sweet-tooth back in Europe is causing. Human’s rights are being trampled to meet the demand of sugar in the west. Farmers are seeing their land taken, their houses burnt, and their children forced to work on the land that was once theirs.

    Solution: Understand that sugar is hidden in almost everything and max consumption per day should be 10% of your energy intake

  6.  BPA 

    The more you think about it, the more products you use in daily life that are plastic. That’s the case pretty much all over the world but in countries where water from tap isn’t drinkable, like in Cambodia (Edit: I’ve heard this is debatable), many of the water being drank comes from plastic bottles.
    Over the last years the main concern of plastic production was environmental, not health. But we now realize that BPA is an endocrine disruptor, and can interfere with the production, transport and function of different kinds of hormones.  Now that more and more research points in the direction of possible effects on the development of certain cancers and problems with fertility, the recommendation is to be more cautious about the amount of BPA (Bisphenol-a) you ingest.

    Solution: Limit use of plastic, switch to glass bottles to drink from.

    Sources:

    http://www.dw.com/en/toxic-chemicals-in-food-raise-health-concerns-in-cambodia/a-19485459

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/cambodian-farmer-breeds-mutant-pigs-11256982
    http://www.cambodia-entertainment.com/website-camboentertain-v3/cem-pages/cem-cambodia-food-msg.html
    https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1012/cambodia-sugar-for-the-eu-is-destroying-our-land
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4502066/
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/221205.php

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Occurs as ergocalciferol (D2) in vegetable nutrition and as cholecalciferol in animal based foods. The latter form is more absorb-able. Upon exposure to sunlight, the body creates previtamine D, and then converts that into it’s active form.
Vitamin D helps in the recovery of the muscles and aids the immune system. It also strengthens and maintains the bones and interacts with a lot of hormones and other nutrients like calcium, vitamin K and magnesium.

Works together with: Calcium (without D, only 10-15% of the amount of calcium we ingest will be absorbed)

RDI for vitamin D is 10mcg

Found in:

– Fatty fish
– (Grass-fed)butter
– Meat
– Full dairy and cheese

Deficiency can lead to:

– reduction of bone strength
– Reduction of power
– decrease function of immune system
– Fatigue