Links

Here is a selection of links to websites / webpages / blogs classified by their main topic, that I regularly visit, which have inspired or still inspire my interest and have helped me know and understand what I now try to share with you. I do attach links to these websites inside my posts where relevant, but this is an easier way to find them and invest some of your time. I hope you will find them as interesting and useful as I did.

With this page, I also wish to express my most sincere gratitude to the people behind all these websites. I emphasize once again, I have no direct connection with any of those links / companies / websites. If some companies have “affiliate programs” I will state it clearly next to the link but otherwise your click on their web address will only provide you with something I think is worth spreading. Nothing else. Only by starting my own blog I realized how much work (and often even money) needs to be put in order to develop something worth reading. Enjoy.

NUTRITION & NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

Cholesterol and Health Blog by Dr Chris Masterjohn, nutritional scientist, great writer and public speaker, whom I started to follow in his writings about LCHF diet around 2010. At the time he was advocating the opposite of my beliefs about essential fatty acids and the importance of n-6 vs n-3 (my initial love with nutrition, thanks to the Zone diet, where a low n-6:n-3 ratio is a key parameter to follow), so it sparked my attention and I have been following him with great interest ever since. His website is also online here, with in my opinion easier to find articles bu less updated that his blog.

The Zone Diet by Dr Barry Sears, research scientist and creator of the Zone Diet concept. If there is one source I have to mention for my profound interest in nutritional sciences, it is Dr Sears first book “The Zone Diet” on the hormonal control and anti-inflammatory properties of his approach. The website offers a number of interesting readings on the topic and links to Dr Sears blog.

Eating Academy Blog by Dr Peter Attia, MD with an interesting nutritional background, a bright mind and excellent writing skills. Dr Attia discusses about lipidology and his personal journey into nutritional ketosis in a relatively simple and very passionate way.

Docs Opinion Blog by Dr Sigurdsson, a cardiologist sharing vast knowledge on heart conditions, health and nutrition

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES – About sugars and addiction…

Obesity, Food, and Addiction: Emerging Neuroscience and Clinical and Public Health Implications (Potenza, 2014) – full text –

Intense Sweetness Surpasses Cocaine Reward (Lenoir et al 2007) – full text-

Can Food be Addictive? Public Health and Policy Implications (Gearhardt et al 2011) – full text –

Neurobiologic basis of craving for carbohydrates (Ventura et al 2014) – abstract –

Sugar addiction: pushing the drug-sugar analogy to the limit (Ahmed et al 2013) – abstract –

FITNESS

TACFIT. A workout protocol developed by coach Scott Sonnon which I came to know about one year ago and have been glued to ever since. Based on a combination of free body workouts, use of kettlebells, clubbells (if you are wondering what they are, click on the link and you will find out!) and med balls, using recovery strategies as much as hard core training sessions and mixing different training protocols, I found it a very complete approach to training. I even obtained certification in TACFIT and Clubbell training in 2013 and would recommend the system to anyone.

Yogalates Bliss Dubai. The webpage of Noura El-Imam and her venture in yoga and pilates.  I have met Noura during the summer of 2013 and her drive and inspiration have surely contributed to some extent to the creation of this blog. In her webpage she presents her yoga courses and shares her inspiring healthy recipes in a more structured way than in her blog.

GENERAL HEALTH

Docs Opinion Blog by Dr Sigurdsson, a cardiologist sharing vast knowledge on heart conditions, health and nutrition

RECIPES

Modernist Cuisine website. Much more than the best recipe resource on the web. The connection between science and food, beautifully explained and showed with cutting edge pictures and videos. A must read for anyone interested in molecular cuisine.

Chef Steps website. Another inspiring resource on the art and science of cooking, with more focus on sous vide cooking (never heard of it? You don’t know what you’re missing…!), video tutorials and recipes presented with a simple and entertaining style.

COMPANIES

Diagnostika Medlabs. Dubai-based laboratory tor functional testing, which I first contacted to perform blood fatty acids tests shortly after arriving in Dubai and have been using for more assessments since. Highly professional, they offer some of the highest quality tests and reports in the market.

Metametrix. International laboratory that has developed and carries out a number of unconventional lab tests. I first heard about them in my early Zone diet days (early 2000s) and I was glad to find out that Diagnostika in Dubai are their partners.

Spectracell. Another international laboratory which I only recently heard about when testing for blood cholesterol with the inclusion of LDL particle numbers and subclasses. They have other functional tests and again Diagnostika are their partners in Dubai.

Detox Delight Middle East. If you are on this blog, chances are you already know about them. If not, please read my first posts, about my detox diet program, provided by the amazing Claudia and Nicole from Detox Delight Middle East. They offer a number of plant-based, raw detox programs with different targets and their concept is based on delivering all the food at your doorstep, to let you just follow with no fuss. The service and support they offer are second to none.

COSMED Company selling high level commercial physiological testing equipment. In our club their tools allow us to measure accurately body composition, VO2Max and other relevant physiological parameters for elite athletes and passionates alike.

Zone Diet. This is the commercial website of the Zone Diet, where you can find resources, foods and supplement developed with the Zone-diet concept in mind. I do not fully agree with the commercialization of a diet, but I guess after many years of research and writing, people have the right to try to bank in…

INTERESTING BLOGS

Cholesterol and Health Blog by Dr Chris Masterjohn, nutritional scientist, great writer and public speaker, whom I started to follow in his writings about LCHF diet around 2010. At the time he was advocating the opposite of my beliefs about essential fatty acids and the importance of n-6 vs n-3 (my initial love with nutrition, thanks to the Zone diet, where a low n-6:n-3 ratio is a key parameter to follow), so it sparked my attention and I have been following him with great interest ever since.

Eating Academy Blog by Dr Peter Attia, MD with an interesting nutritional background, a bright mind and excellent writing skills. Dr Attia discusses about lipidology and his personal journey into nutritional ketosis in a relatively simple and very passionate way.

Docs Opinion Blog by Dr Sigurdsson, a cardiologist sharing vast knowledge on heart conditions, health and nutrition

Yogalates Bliss Dubai by Noura El-Imam. Differently from the above mentioned, Noura does not get into great nutritional science details, but she is a very passionate yoga practitioner (mixing Yoga and Pilates) and studio owner. I have met Noura during the summer of 2013 and her drive and inspiration have surely contributed to some extent to the creation of this blog. In her blog she presents her yoga courses and shares her inspiring healthy recipes.

VIDEO RESOURCES

Cereal Killers The 60min film follows Donal – a lean, fit, seemingly healthy 41 year old man – on a quest to hack his genes and drop dead healthy by avoiding the heart disease and diabetes that has afflicted his family. Can a controversial diet consisting of 70% fat provide the answers? AFFILIATE LINK to watch the movie.

OTHERS

Choose My Plate – USDA Website on Healthy Eating. Despite not agreeing with 100% of their content, it would surely be a good starting point into understanding the basics of nutrition. Very simple to understand and many interactive resources.

Change For Life, the UK version of the Choose My Plate website. Again, I do not fully agree on the content, but I believe if everyone followed their recommendations, it would already be a good starting point…

 

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