Body Weight Culture

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hunting For Health #5: David Getoff -The Yoda of Health & other news

This weekend we will be interviewing David Getoff.  Besides having the coolest last name in the world, he is also a clinical nutritionist, naturopath, lecturer, educator, and the vice-president of the Pottinger-Price foundation.  He is the Yoda of health and nutrition and one of my biggest mentors!  I'm hoping to spend a lot of time busting myths about fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, heart disease, and much more.  If you have questions for David, you can email them to me or post them here, but make sure not to miss this show.  I think you can learn a bunch from David.  I know I have.

You can learn more about David Getoff here:

Also, if you didn't catch it I put up some thoughts about cereal earlier in the week here:

Our last guest, Drew Manning, was on Leno's show last night.  I thought he did a great job.  Drew has agreed to follow-up with us over the next few months on his journey back to fit.  He is encouraging others to join in on his journey back to fit so check out his site here:

Have a great and healthy weekend!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Drew Manning On The Tonight Show Tonight (10/27/11)

One of our guests from the past week will be making an appearance on the Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno tonight.  He is the trainer who is gaining weight soe he can learn what it is like to be overweight.  He also plans to show us how to lose this weight.  Drew told me this week he would be checking back in with the show down the road to let us know how the "fat 2 fit" part of his challenge is going. So look to hear some update from Drew on upcoming shows.

This is Drew's website:

Also, we will be speaking with David Getoff on the show this weekend, so if you have specific questions for David you can leave them here or email me.

We have transitioned to this new site, but you can see it is an ongoing process.  If you run in to problems with anything, please email me:

We are trying to make the show more visible to the general public, so more people can hear our message.  If you enjoy the show and the guests that we have, please subscribe to the website.  There is a link on the side bar that allows you to enter your email.  Also you can becomea follower of the show, and there is a place for that on the main page.  And if you're feeling especially frisky, you can go to itunes and leave us a review there.  Just search for hunting for health.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

20 Most Deadly Cereals?

I got an email from a listener with the following link to an article about the 20 most deadly cereals.  You can see it here:

First, after looking at this article, it appears that the author used some fairly lame information for ranking his cereals.  However, that doesn’t really matter because I would argue that there really aren’t any truly healthy cereals anywhere in your grocery store.  They are mostly sugar-loaded garbage.  Ask yourself what that cereal is giving you that you can’t get from a diet based on healthy proteins, healthy natural fats, and vegetables. The answer is “nothing.”

This article got me thinking more about cereal in general. Some people seem to crave pasta, for some people it is bread, and crackers.  For me, it was the cereal.  Cereal was my friend.  Cereal was my desert and it put me to bed every night.  I remember thinking to myself that I was using a “healthy” cereal and that is the same thing that I hear many of my clients tell me everyday.  They mention their healthy breakfast of cereal in skim milk, and I can relate because I thought the same way.

 When I try to talk people in to replacing that bowl of cereal with eggs, or that sandwich and chips with a steak-topped salad, they normally look at me with disgust and displeasure.  Over and over I find that people do not want to give up their grains.  Even if I offer up the nutritionally superior sweet potato or lentils to use as a replacement, it just isn’t good enough.  It’s not the carbs., it is the grains that seem to give people the most comfort and satisfaction.  Yes, there are studies that point to the addictive nature of these foods, and while I find that extremely interesting, that’s not something for today’s post.  The main point for today is that none of these cereals are truly “healthy.” 

Let’s look at a cereal like Kashi Go Lean.  Kashi was my crack in my former cereal-aholic days.  I loved this stuff and again, I thought of it as “healthy.”  Why? Because it says so right on the box:

It advertises 7 healthy whole grains and as much protein as an egg, but lets look at the label a bit more closely. 
You can see it sure does have those 7 healthy whole grains, but the problem there is that those 7 healthy grains don’t taste very good.  So how do they make all that hard red wheat, barley, and triticate taste good?  Sugar…..and plenty of it!  Remember when you see words like syrup, honey, cane juice they are all synonymous with sugar. 

The other thing I see on that list is canola oil.  True to form, just like other processed foods, the kashi contains a cheap highly-processed vegetable oil.  An oil that is much more likely to become oxidized or damaged, which isn’t a good thing once it enters your body ( ).  Cheap oils and sugar!  And this is one of the “healthy” cereals?

Why not just get the advertised protein from a real food? You could eat an actual egg, and along with that protein you get a great source of saturated fat that your brain needs, as well as vitamin D and choline.  Let me know if you can find a cereal that has all that.  You won’t, because there is no such thing.

So what is the moral of this story?  Eat less crap, or phrased in a nicer way “eat real food.”  That’s right, I don’t consider that healthy Kashi cereal to be real food.  So how do I know it isn’t real food?  Look at that list of ingredients.  If a food has that many ingredients, I’m going to try to avoid it, because I know it was made in a lab somewhere.  On the flip side, how many ingredients are on that egg label?  In my mind, the egg or any other real food will always win out over the fake food.  So ditch the cereal and instead eat some high quality nutrient-dense foods.

The article above displays the "20 Deadliest Cereals."  I'm here to tell you, they are all deadly, because they take the place of the nutrient-rich foods that we are supposded to be eating.

Those are my thoughts on cereal.  Thanks for reading, and here is my vote for picture of the day:

Also, if you think of canola oil or any other processed oils as a good fat, watch this and tell me if you want that in your body:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hunting For Health #4: Drew Manning (Fit2Fat2Fit)

Why would a personal trainer set out to gain weight?  Check out our interview with personal trainer Drew Manning to find the answer.  He will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno later this week, but you can meet him first here.
Remember to become a follower of this website, and you can help us out by adding a review in Itunes where this show is also available. 

Here is Drew's website:

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Hunting For Health #3: Chef Todd Mohr (Web Cooking Classes)

Cooking your own food is one of the best ways to improve your health, and is doesn't have to be hard.  Check out our interview with Chef Todd Mohr as he explains how he wants to make cooking easier for everyone.

Check out his website for a free video lesson:

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Episode 3 of Hunting For Health: Chef Todd Mohr

We will post the 3rd episode of Hunting For Health this weekend.  We will be talking with Chef Todd Mohr about his non-recipe style of cooking.  Chef Todd is aiming to let people know they can cook, and that cooking doesn't have to take lots of time or involve complicated recipes.

We also got to find out what he thinks about all the network cooking shows and he also gave us some insight in to what he eats and how he has transformed his own diet over the past year.  I think you guys will love what he has to say!

Check out Chef Todd's online cooking classes and  dvd series at thebelow links.  He really is making cooking in to something that anyone can do.  You can take a free online cooking less if you choose, and you can also find him on youtube.

Also, we are gradually moving to a new website, so when you click on the old one you will automatically directed to the new one.  Eventually the old one will disappear.

If you have time stop by Itunes and review "Hunting For Helath."  THe more reviews we get, the more visible we become.

Someone emailed me to say they were enjoying the shows and wanted to know if they would appear weekly, biweekly, or once per month.  That all depends on what people want.  We are trying to do one/week for now.  I'm really excited with the people we have lined up to talk with over the next couple months.  I think we will all be able to learn a bunch from these people.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Hunting For Health-Episode 2- Lierre Keith

Our second podcast is now available at the following link:

It is also available on itunes:

If you are getting the show via Itunes, take a minute and leave us a review there.  It helps other people find the show.

Hope you enjoy our discussion with Lierre Keith.  We discussed why vegan/vegetarian diets may not be more sustainable, more nutritionally adequate, and why death is necessary for life.

You can find out more about Lierre here:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hunting For Health #2: Lierre Keith (The Vegetarian Myth)

Today we will be talking with Lierre Keith. She was a vegan for 20 years and now endorses a diet that includes animal products. Her book “The Vegetarian Myth” challenges the ideas that a vegetarian diet is a morally-superior diet that is more sustainable and more earth-friendly.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hunting For Health-Episode 2 -Lierre Keith

Just a reminded that we will record the second show this Sunday.

We will be talking with Lierre Keith.  She was a vegan for 20 years and now endorses a diet that includes animal products.  Her book "The Vegetarian Myth"  challenges the ideas that a vegetarian diet is a morally-superior diet that is more sustainable and more earth-friendly.

I would encourage you to read this book and evne if you aren't interested in the diet part, the issue of sustainability is important to us all.  You can purchase the book for the Hunting For Health Amazon store that is listed on the main page.

Also visit Lierre's website to learn more about her:

The show is now available in itunes.  All you have to do is search for "Hunting For Health."  You can subscribe there for free.  Also, if you like what you hear, leave us a review on Itunes.  It helps us to spread the word and to be more visible.

You can also download the show from the main page here, or you can listen/watch live here:

Hope you enjoy!


Thursday, October 6, 2011

NEW PODCAST: Hunting For Health -Lierre Keith

For those that hadven't noticed, we have started a new podcast radio show.  Our goal is to provide health-related information that you can't get from mainstream.  We want to spread the truth about health. 

You can hear the show via this website, or you can get it via itunes by seraching for "Hunting for Health"

Tom Naughton was nice enough to let us talk with him last week, and we have got nothing but positive feedback. Lots of downloads of the show.  Thank you Tom!  Visit his site and buy his movie:

We are going to try and get a show out every week or every other week.  Next week we will be talking with Lierre Keith who wrote "The Vegetarian Myth."  I personally love her writing style as well as the information she presents.  She was a vegetarian for 20 years that changed her diet after experiencing health issues.  She presents what she considers to be myths about the vegetarin diet, and I can't wait to speak with her.  Please visit her site here:

If you have questions for Lierre, you can post them here in the comments,  on my Facebook page, or you can email me at

Thanks for listening!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hunting for Health #1: FATHEAD

Hunting For Health is here to provide you with cutting edge health information that you won't get from you typical media sources. Today we interviewed Tom Naughton, the creator of the successful documentary "Fathead." We discuss with Tom the roles of saturated fat in the diet and how false science has turned us in to a fat-phobic nation.

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Hunting For Health #1: Tom Naughton (Fat Head)

Hunting For Health is here to provide you with cutting edge health information that you won't get from you typical media sources. Today we interviewed Tom Naughton, the creator of the successful documentary "Fathead." We discuss with Tom the roles of saturated fat in the diet and how false science has turned us in to a fat-phobic nation.

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