Paleo Diet vs Dietary Guidelines: What are we missing out on?

In our previous blog we looked at the evidence supporting the Paleo diet. While promising, these few studies were very short in duration, had relatively small numbers, and were targeted mainly at people with metabolic conditions.bread-group

What is still unknown though is the long term ramifications of eating the Paleo way as there are no studies that go beyond 3 months.

This makes it hard for us to predict.

However, there are many studies that look at the effects of dairy and grains on our health, the very foods that are excluded with the Paleo Diet. We only need to go to the NHMRC report on the Australian Dietary Guidelines to see the evidence.1 (more…)

The evolution of Paleo diets: Hunting the roots of this food movement

It seems everyone has an opinion on the Paleo diet. Some herald it as the the saviour to the human race while others warn of its potential dangers.hunter gatherer

It is a topic that polarises many people, and it certainly has created many misconceptions.

But who do we believe?

Many groups and individuals have vested interests. From celebrity chefs that have benefited from the paleo way by creating an empire of cookbooks and programs, to large organisations that receive funding from the food industry who may be feeling the pinch of decreased sales. (more…)

Is sitting the new smoking?

Is sitting the new smoking?

Unhealthy behaviorWe don’t think much about the amount of time we sit on our butts, in fact we’ve geared sitting into pretty much every aspect of our lives.

We only need to look at US data to see that TV viewing time and low activity jobs have doubled,  and miles spent in a vehicle has triple in the last 50 years to know that things are profoundly changing.

Unfortunately though we’re built on a biology that was meant to move,  not to stare at a screen all day, and now we’re paying for it. (more…)

To Exercise or not, is it worth the risk?

To Exercise or not, is it worth the risk?

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As an Exercise Physiologist I am thinking about the risk of exercise daily. Particularly with clients that may have pre-existing chronic conditions, and my goal is to make it as safe as possible. However, I have to admit, that when I exercise I put no thought into it’s inherent risk.

Many of us hear stories about people suddenly dropping dead while on the treadmill or out running, and I know some that can use this as a reason not to exercise at all.

Exercise does carry risk, not only do you have a chance of death but also injury. So is it worth it? (more…)

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