How happy are you? How well are you doing in your life? How happy are New Zealanders, and how do they compare with other countries? All big questions. You can find out how you compare with the average New Zealander of your age and sex here. You can access the Sovereign New Zealand Wellbeing Index here. You can view TVNZ’s Sunday episode aired on the topic here. I am very proud to announce the public release of this Sovereign New Zealand Wellbeing Index. It’s the first survey point in a six-year research… Read More
Some great truths in this! Twelve Habits of Happy, Healthy People Who Don’t Give a Shit About Your Inner Peace.
Recent high profile athlete cases of heart problems, especially arrhythmias, has had many of us asking several questions about the endurance exercise we do on a regular basis. These include: What’s the risk? Is it linked to the actual exercise or something else? What might you do to mitigate the risk, but still get the benefits of being fit? It really seems that the evidence is starting to stack up from case studies, to epidemiology, to mechanisms. Let’s explore the issues. 1. What’s the risk? A recent study published in the European… Read More
Now here’s a very controversial topic: aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. My conversations with (usually) men on sugar and substitutes usually go something like this: Me: ‘Have you thought about replacing your fizzy drinks with diet drinks like Coke Zero or Diet Coke?’ ‘No.’ Me: ‘Why not?’ ‘I don’t drink that shit.’ Me: ‘What do you mean?’ ‘It’s full of that artificial crap, like those sweeteners and other chemicals. They cause cancer. Diet Coke is a girls’ drink, as well.’ Me: ‘So you’d rather drink that 500 ml of Coke, which has… Read More
This blog was inspired by a question/objection to LCHF from my friend Stuart: “Don’t growing kids need a rich and varied diet when they are growing?” I couldn’t agree with you more Stuart. Let’s cover this in two parts, the rich and the varied separately. Rich: Yes, kids like all humans respond well to a nutrient dense diet. I am advocating a nutrient dense diet full of fibre, and whole foods full of micronutrients. Children, like adults, should eat until they are satisfied. Their food should be based, like adults, on primal principles. In… Read More
Traditional village life still exists somewhere in the world – Anetytum, Vanuatu I’ve been lucky enough to contract to the World Health Organization in the South and North Pacific to take on work in the daunting area of non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc). It’s been a privilege, but a task which has no easy solution. Here’s a tale of paradise and paradise lost. The two extremes of what I’ve seen in the Pacific. The happiest place in the world? Aneityum is a small island in Southern Vanuatu. It… Read More