“Does milk give you boobs?” and other udderly important questions about dairy. Part 1!

Sixteen. I did not get my period until I was 16.  I could legally drive a car before I was even beginning to become something that wouldn’t resemble a boy with braids or a sheet of cardboard stuck atop two beanpoles. My doctor thought it was because I was too active and skinny, so my mom started making me huge bi-daily milkshakes. A little less than a month later, I finally got it.

“Oh, it’s the hormones” all my mom’s friends knowingly nodded. (Why they were all sitting around discussing my menses is not the topic of this blog, albeit a legitimate question.) Were they right? Is there estrogen in milk, and can it cause little girls to grow up / guys to get C-cups / people to get cancer / and hey, while we’re at it, serve as a cheap form of birth control?  Continue reading

The KALEO Diet: How to win friends with kale and sulforaphane!

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When I first encountered kale in real life, it was being munched on raw by a too-thin-to-be-healthy woman as her excuse for lunch.  The unmistakable sulfuric air that commonly accompanies such cruciferous veggies soon followed.  It’s easy to be a shallow judge and subsequently label kale as socially suicidal food for people who should consider befriending more calories.  But here’s why the research says that kale can not only make you a social rockstar, but can insanely enhance your health as well!

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Carbs: Is it OVER? What to expect if you break up with carbohydrates.

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You’re bloated. You’re tired. You’re irritated. “Is this all life has to offer?” You slap peanut butter on your same-see-it-all-the-time bagel, wishing your life could be more exciting and fresh. You squint your eyes at your dear toasted buddy, and begin to wonder….Could it be true that your comfort BFF is the real enemy? You need something to blame your woes on, and the media, your friends, even your gym have all been desperately screaming at you who they think the culprit is: Carbs.  Dump that loser Carb from your life, and your troubles, and trouble areas, will melt away!

But you’ve been together so long! Should you really end your relationship?! Or will you find a new set of problems in the almost-too-green-to-be-real grass on the other side of your fence?  Before you kick your Carb-mate to the curb, let’s see what the research says you can expect if you decide to “break up” with Carbohydrates…*

(Blog previously posted on nutrivise.tumblr.com!)

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Detox-arrhea and Other Pure-ific Trends! Should you “Cleanse”?

What Detox sounds like:

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What it can often be like:

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“Cleansing” or “detoxing:” Ten years ago these either implied potentially pH-offsetting genital washing with perfumed products or checking oneself into a hardcore rehab with people unable to brush their teeth without heavy narcotics, respectively. Today, it is the new chic thing to brag about doing.  Whether it’s giving up sugar / caffeine / anything that you like or swearing off all food except for a daily 42 oz dram of what appears to be reconstituted lawn trimmings, many people strongly feel they should follow some strict guidelines in order to get rid of all the “toxins” that they’ve been convinced their body is unable to process.

Before you rush out to join in on the colonic explosion party, let’s visit this land of envisioned virginal purity and see what the experts and research (or lack thereof) seem to say about it…

(Blog previously posted on nutrivise.tumblr.com!)

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Skinny Minnie? Low carb mice and their high fat arteries…

Low-carb diet on the outside…

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Low-carb diet on the inside?

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I know what you’re thinking. First…GYAH!  Second, I am not a mouse, let alone an Atkins one, (and most especially not a zombic, hypoglycemic Minnie!).  And sure, it’d be easier to translate the findings of experimental research to humans if we actually used humans in the experiment.  But it’s tough to get medical permission to give someone potential poison and then wait and see what happens for the good of the world (yes, even if they are puppy killers). So research typically starts out in mice…

As it turns out, mice make a pretty well-established decent model for studying how we clog up our heart pipes. Read on to hear about new findings on how a high protein and low carb diet may be hurting the heart behind the scenes…

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It’s all natural, my pretty…. Supplements Part 2: The gripping sequel!

Where last we left off, we were lugging our suitcases of $537 worth of all-natural supplements to our car after talking to Edna, the nutrition expert in our local crunchy-munchy-raw-n-natural-morally-superior health food store.  After hearing that self-titled nutrition experts aren’t necessarily educated or licensed like dietitians, you retort

“But fine. So what!? I happened to have $537 that I WANT to spend on these things that may or may not help me achieve all my dreams. If I end up happier / younger / turning into <insert Hollywood Heart-Throb here>’s look-alike or girlfriend, sweet. If not, oh well, no harm no foul, right?”

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Seductive Supplements: Who do I trust? Part 1

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You know how it goes. You show up to the “health section” of a health food store or supplement department. Oftentimes an eager but nonaggressive person wearing a “nutrition expert” badge will sidle up to you with a warm and compassionate smile. “Can I help you?” she asks, her bright skin and smile seeming luminescent in the industrial light….

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What’s up with that

Hey, this blog is not about me or what I had for breakfast, (thank gawd!) Instead, it’s all about you and what you should have for breakfast! :)! Actually, it’s my take on what the research says about hot nutrition and fitness topics and questions. Lots of the literature and new research studies are not immediately available to, or palatable for, the public. The people are at the mercy of celebrities telling them two moves that made them fit into a Batman suit, or schleps that oversimplify and don’t deeply understand nutrition research, or worse, schleps that read one study and try and tell people that eggs will kill you (they won’t!). So, this blog is intended as my attempt to clear all that up.

Please ask me questions so I can try to answer them, give me feedback so I can get better, and eat kale.

Go in Health!

Marily O

MS, RD, PhD

PS- The first few entries were blogs previously posted on nutrivise.tumblr.com. They were awesome enough to inspire me to do this. So, yay nutrivise!