Nutrition and Wellness for the R.Ed.

Coming 2014…and expected to be our first offered hyperbook!

This book can be boiled down to one sentence:

Eat less and exercise more!

…..Or can it?

Too many fads have invaded how we eat.  Many of them, like the Atkins and South Beach diets, end up misapplied and misappropriated by celebrities, and consequently passed on to the public in bastardized form.  Others, like the Cabbage Soup Diet or the Lemonade Diet fall into the same category as “Cures” for hiccups – ineffectual and mildly dangerous, but entertaining for the people around you.

So how to navigate what should be smooth sailing?  Let science be your compass.  The downside?  You won’t always like where it takes you.  For example, this lecture presented by an endocrinologist from the University of California at San Francisco presents compelling research indicating that sugar is poison.

To see for yourself, click here.

Our friends at BLTC research make a compelling argument as part of the Hedonistic Imperative to eradicate suffering that quality of human life is dependent, at least in boring part, on eating less and exercising more. (Did you just read in a circle?):

“First, the boring but crucial preliminaries. Optimal nutrition and aerobic exercise will increase the efficacy of all the potential life-enhancers touted here. A rich supply of precursor chemicals (e.g. l-tryptophan, the rate-limiting step in the production of serotonin) can also reduce their effective drug dosages. By choosing to eat an idealised “stone-age” diet rich in organic nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables, and drastically reducing one’s consumption of saturated fat (red meat, fried foods), sugar (sweets etc) and hydrogenated oils (found in margarine and refined vegetable oils), then one’s baseline of well-being – or at least relative ill-being – can be sustainably lifted. There is mounting evidence too that an omega-3 fatty acid-rich diet or supplementation is protective against depression and other psychiatric disorders. Folic acid augmentation is advisable as well. Visitors to HedWeb probably don’t expect to be assailed by sermons on the benefits of exercise any more than food-faddism. Yet regular and moderately vigorous physical exertion releases endogenous opioids, enhances serotonin function, stimulates nerve growth factors, promotes cell proliferation in the hippocampus, and leads to a livelier, better-oxygenated brain.” ~ BLTC’s Good Drug Guide