I am a final year medical student and I have a confession: I know precious little about health.
I have been taught about the mechanisms of heart attacks. I know how to diagnose one, what medications to prescribe, what complications to expect and how to look after my patient on the cardiac ward. The patient gets better, I discharge them home with a list of medications, a referral to a cardiologist and strong advice to “address lifestyle factors”. This is where things get a bit tricky.
I used to know what to say: avoid saturated fat, exercise up to 150 minutes a week, reduce your cholesterol, avoid salt, eat plenty of whole grains… But somehow “lifestyle modification” remained this vague elusive concept. Doubt made me get off my butt and do my own research.
My partner says that after I read Gary Taubes “Diet Delusion” (“Good Calories Bad Calories” as it is published in the US) I went quiet for a week. I hated the way that book made me question everything I thought I knew. I struggled through it and then promptly read it again. I began ferociously searching for information on nutrition and exercise. I still am.
There are people out there who are much smarter than me. They refuse to accept the nutritional dogma of the last 50-100 years which led us to be the fattest and unhealthiest generation yet. I will endeavour to follow their example and take charge of my medical education.
This blog is to share my ideas with you: my friends, family and anybody else who is tired of the latest gimmick and the newest fad. And to put my money where my mouth is, I promise to share my personal journey to health and fitness. Please do not expect “before and after” bikini shots, it ain’t gonna happen.
Drop me a line if you like what you see, or maybe two lines if you hate it.