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Gut Health and Weight Loss/Maintenance

One day I’ll write a book about the human gut, but I’m afraid that today we don’t know enough about our guts to make many recommendations past trying to eat and live right. There are several companies that offer gut testing services…I jumped on this a couple years ago when affordable gut flora testing was […]

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Fiber and Health

Taking a short break from book writing as the proofers proof. Saw this article and thought it was fitting. Blow to low carb diet as landmark study finds high fibre cuts heart disease risk Here’s a review of a study that says fiber is important to our overall health. Nowhere in this multi-page essay do […]

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Gut Health and Weight

Anyone who’s been around me any length of time quickly learns that I’m fascinated with the human gut. I’ve been blogging and writing about gut-related illnesses and quick-fixes for years. But as the years wear on, I realize that nobody knows much about the gut and all of the quick-fixes we came up with only […]

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Happy New Year, Any Dieters?

If anyone’s made a New Year’s resolution to start a diet in 2019, here’s something for you to read. Let me know what you think…anyone tried these diets?  What worked for you? Sneak peek from my new book, rough draft, critiques welcome! Commercial Weight Loss Programs Hallmarks of the Modern Commercial Weight Loss Diet Diet […]

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Weight Loss Diets

My new book has a section devoted to weight loss diets. There will be about 10 chapters, the first couple discuss what a weight loss diet is and how to navigate the dieting landscape. Later in this section, I will be dissecting 8-10 popular weight loss programs that I feel give the best chances of […]

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Why Diet?

I think this will be the first chapter of The Diet Hack. What do you think?  Will it convince you to keep reading?

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Popular Fitness Programs

Rough draft of a chapter from my new book.  Thoughts?  Any programs that you all use I should mention?  Ever use any of these? Fitness Programs It’s hard not to notice ads and commercials for exercise programs. They’re filled with sexy, rock-hard bodies, music, and ear-to-ear grins. Of course we want to be like them! […]

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Aerobic Exercise Primer

Valued Readers – Please take a look at what I’ve written here. Let me know in the comments: Does it make sense? Does any of this sound too preachy, judgemental, sexist, or redundant?  Does any of this seem incomplete or too indepth? The target audience is people who do not currently exercise or just want […]

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I’m baa-aaack!

Sorry for the hiatus. if you’ve been keeping up at my Vegetable Pharm blog you might have heard I’m going to start blogging over here from now on. I’ve started working on a new book, The Diet Hack. I’m about half-way through the first draft, it’ll hopefully be published this summer or fall 2019. The […]

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Potato Hack Recipes

Hot Potatoes!  Andrew “Spudfit” Taylor has written a cookbook. He and 80 close friends collaborated to put together over 100 recipes that are all low in fat and feature potatoes as the centerpiece of the dish.  These recipes are the natural follow-on to his book, The DIY Spudfit Challenge. Andrew has still been going strong […]

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Summer Reading, 2018

PBS: What’s Living Inside You A couple items caught my eye recently. First, a video that aired on PBS last week about the gut. Here’s the full video, and a related article from PBS.  Essentially they lay out the story of the human gut, discuss fecal transplants, and describe the importance of a healthy microbiome. […]

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Resistant Starch…2018

Howdy, ya’all – Hope everyone’s year is off to a good start. I was just poking around PubMed and found a couple of cool new resistant starch papers that I thought I’d share. Fiber and Telomeres Telomeres are “caps” found on the end of chromosomes. The length of telomeres is associated with your biological age […]

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Do Probiotics Need to be Refrigerated?

Karl Seddon, CEO of Elixa, has been busy making new videos!  If you are interested in probiotics, have a look at his video library.  I love that his videos are very informative and not just a straight-up sales pitch.  Good job explaining this topic, Karl! Click here to watch   Hello! This video answers one […]

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Probiotics, Immune System, Inflammation, Elixa

Every day I see science and health article discussing probiotics and their effect on inflammation and the immune system. Why gut bacteria are essential for a healthy immune system Probiotics for respiratory illness could save millions The only probiotic I recommend, and take myself, is Elixa. I took a couple rounds recently after a routine […]

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Mashed Potatoes & Gravy!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Hope you all are doing well as we enter the holiday season along with all of the decadent food choices we’ll soon encounter. Well, here’s a pro-tip for those of you who cook. Mashed potatoes and gravy can be made simply with no fat. Pile your plate high with these beautiful spuds, […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Post Script

I finished up the last of my potatoes on Friday at lunch, then went on to a weekend of frivolity. My first “real meal” was a 10oz prime rib with baby Yukon gold potatoes.  They were delicious (but a bit oily). I never get tired of spuds! I ate “normally,” if there is such a […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…The End

This is it for me!  I’ll be eating the leftover, cold spuds for lunch, but then we’re off to Denali National Park for the weekend, meeting friends, and hopefully having a Big Dipa and a steak. My dinner last night was a giant bowl full of boiled, cooled, then fried potatoes. We call these “homefries” […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…4th Day

Yesterday went well for me. I’m down 6.1 pounds on the scale! Feeling energetic and all systems are “go.” I went for a 3 mile jog last night, felt great the whole way. Dinner last night Yesterday was the same as all week: plain cold potato for breakfast and lunch, then a more substantial dinner. […]

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Summer 2017 Potato Hack…Day 3

What a week!  Getting tons of #potatohack love on the internet. Did you guys see some of my favorite blogger’s posts about us? Michael Allen Smith of Critical MAS has written two awesome blog posts this week: Calories are for Closers Most people laugh when I tell them about The Potato Hack. It is a […]

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