My Favourite Nutrition Articles of 2018
This is a series I hope to perpetuate here because as a nutritionist, I do a lot of reading and research in scientific journals, other nutritionist/dietician/ naturopathic blogs, and magazines. I always keep a favourites tab packed with interesting and informative bits of information and I wanted to share my absolute favourites of 2018! I hope it’s the perfect time for you to cozy up with a cup of tea and do some light (and heavy) nutrition related reading, and if not, this is a resource you can always come back to. So without further introduction, here are my favourite nutrition articles of 2018. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did, and have a wonderful New Year, friends.
I loved this comprehensive guide to seed cycling by The Chalkboard Mag. Seed cycling is a method of hormone balancing using different seeds/oils during the two phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. What I love about this article is the simple break down of both phases women go through every month, combined with the straightforward seed intake that is recommended for hormone balance and why. I couldn’t have written a better article on the subject! I’ve been trying to follow some version of seed cycling for the better part of this year. As some of you may know I was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia and have since come off contraceptive pills. It’s been a difficult journey, but this and a few other methods of hormone balance have helped me achieve a normal, 28 day cycle! It’s so impressive to me the science behind hormone balance because so many women suffer because of imbalance.
2. Knowable Magazine speaks with the genomist, Rob Knight about what we know about the human microbiome now. After the completion of the Human Microbiome Project, we have much more a wealth of knowledge about what’s going on with the bacteria that inhabit us. And this is the type of research that has really characterized the passed decade, because before that, our foundation of nutrition and biochemical research was much different. This article is a great starting point for anyone looking to learn more about the human microbiome and how it affects our health.
“The initial assumption of the Human Microbiome Project was that it would turn out kind of like the Human Genome Project, where everyone’s basically the same. But it wasn't like that at all. Different people have totally different microbiomes. It’s been very surprising to find that there isn't really a core microbiome but, rather, these very highly individualized microbiomes in different people.” Rob Knight
3. One of my favourite topics, nutrient absorption! I often refer back to this article highlighting seven food pairings that increase nutrient absorption. It might give you insight on why certain foods are often plated together. It’s interesting science like this that constantly inspire me to create recipes that follow a functional food pairing. But often, it’s innate. It makes me wonder if our ancestors already knew this stuff without the lab work and article-reading. Like many fundamentals of nutrition, when we simply go with how our ancestors ate we often end up better than over thinking and over analyzing, counting macros and forgetting about the past.
4. Two thousand eighteen: thank you for introducing us to the words “collagen” and “prebiotics”. Here’s a great article highlighting the best sources of prebiotic fibre and why it’s not a supplement: it’s all about diet! If you want more information on how prebiotic fibre, probiotics, and the gut lining coexist, this video by Rhonda Patrick is one of my favourites! One fact that truly struck me is that hundreds of years ago we used to easily take in 100 g of dietary fibre per day, according to recent findings. Now, doctors and nutritionists recommend 30 g as an upper benchmark. No wonder we are seeing so many gut-related illnesses.
5. And just in case you didn’t hear enough about collagen this year: read this. Jordan is a nutritionist and may I just say: fermentation genius. She clearly breaks down the difference between collagen and gelatin in this article, which even I have found confusing! Essentially both come from animal proteins, but are used very differently in cooking due to the fact that gelatin “gels” up.
6. As much as nutritive advice is my background and the whole of my training, getting up and moving your body (especially outside) is an undeniably healthy addition to a wholesome diet. A little off the nutrition topic, but I’m so thrilled to see doctors doing taking this type of preventative medicine into account! Take a look at this sweet little piece of writing detailing why the NHS which governs Scottish doctors are literally prescribing hiking. By the way, if you’ll see why when you see these hikes that are all in Scotland! I’m getting the adventure fever just looking at these.
Hiking, swimming, cycling—just getting outdoors and moving have been shown to have dramatically beneficial health effects, but the nature prescription program also taps into a connection with wilderness as a means to provide an easy kind of self-care.
7. And finally, I found this article so interesting! It’s a look at some of the local food in Dawson City, Yukon. I promote a local and seasonal diet on my website, but I admit it’s within the bubble of where I live, which experiences the four seasons and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetable growth. I had no idea the variety (and lackthereof) in a Northern Canadian community like the Yukon, and frankly, it’s quite fascinating what’s local and abundant in this area! I really want to try bear root!