What to eat

Pee All That You Can Pee? How Much Should You Drink?

July 14th, 2013 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Pee All That You Can Pee? How Much Should You Drink?

In the quest for optimal health, it’s easy to go overboard and drown yourself. But urine luck today: Guest author and whiz kid Matt Stone argues in favour of “If it’s yellow, let it mellow” and against over-hydration. Are you peeing your brains out?


Hormones, Homeostasis, and Why You (Probably) Need Carbs

April 30th, 2013 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Hormones, Homeostasis, and Why You (Probably) Need Carbs

It’s fashionable to watch our carb intake these days. But could you be doing yourself a hormonal disservice by being a carb fascist? In this article, I explore the concept of homeostasis; the role of the stress-survival response in hormonal health, particularly growth hormone (GH); and why most women probably need a carbohydrate intake that’s higher than commonly recommended in low-carb advice.


Sweet Potato Power: An Interview with Ashley Tudor

December 16th, 2012 by Mistress Krista | 4 Comments

Sweet Potato Power: An Interview with Ashley Tudor

Ashley Tudor’s ode to the sweet potato encompasses self-experimentation, lessons in hormones, and delicious recipes. I interview Ashley about her book and her sweet potato project.


Waterlogged: Interview with Dr. Tim Noakes

March 5th, 2012 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Waterlogged: Interview with Dr. Tim Noakes

Why sports scientist Tim Noakes wants you to quit the Gatorade guzzle, especially if you’re female.


Mainly because of the meat?

February 8th, 2012 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off

Mainly because of the meat?

Are we still, as a species, who we are “mainly because of the meat”? Some evolutionary evidence says yes.


Eat quality protein, get lean?

January 28th, 2012 by Mistress Krista | 18 Comments

An interesting, albeit small, recent study correlates protein quality to waist size. What is interesting here is that the researchers stipulate “quality protein”. What the heck does that mean? Read on…


How To Go Primal (without really trying)

August 16th, 2011 by Mistress Krista | 34 Comments

From a reader comment — “I’m interested in trying Paleo/primal-style eating. How do I start?”

Good question. Here’s my advice: Start small — one step at a time.

Above all: HAVE FUN! Don’t make this about restricting or controlling or being “perfect”; make it into a fun game and self-experiment.


Tofu makes you dumn?

May 7th, 2011 by Mistress Krista | 29 Comments

I am often asked why I do not recommend soy protein for vegetarians. The aggregate data suggest that whatever benefit soy may offer is vastly outweighed by its many liabilities — especially when it is processed. (Really guys — did you honestly think that Tofurkey was healthy?) One key problem with soy appears to be its effects on brain health with aging.


Krista’s Kalorietastic Konfabulator

February 14th, 2009 by Mistress Krista | 58 Comments

Now that you’ve read all about the major macronutrients — fat, carbs, and protein — you’re probably wondering how the heck you make, like, meals and stuff. After all, foods aren’t just “nutrients”.

Here’s a little chart that might be helpful. Here are common foods that are good sources of the major nutrients.


The cottage cheese page

June 21st, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 44 Comments

Many weightlifters badmouth cottage cheese, whining that it tastes bad and can’t be used in any recipes. I henceforth declare them crybabies. To overlook cottage cheese is to do without a great source of lean protein and a versatile food.

Thus, I have made it my mission to convert the heathen.


Some comments on the current state of sports nutrition products

June 21st, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 8 Comments

Food is generally regarded by bodybuilders not as an experience of organic and sensual enjoyment, but as fuel or a substance which contributes to the achievement of a particular physical goal. Bodyfat, in “fitness culture”, is the physical manifestation of overindulgence. Eating, for many people in this culture, is something to be brought under control, and to be done within a clearly defined regimen of bodily discipline.

Enjoyment of food and control of the body are thought to be incompatible; after all, who gets brown rice and lentil cravings? Thus, if the pleasure of eating is antithetical to control of the body, it stands to reason that foods deemed appropriate for “health” goals must be-symbolically or actually-separate from those kinds of foods which are enjoyable.


Make your own protein bars

June 21st, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 14 Comments

Prefab protein bars are expensive crap. Make your own instead!


Grains! Graaaaainnss!!

June 21st, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 16 Comments

Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof… –Ezekiel 4:9

Hey, those Old Testament chefs were on to something.


Fat

June 21st, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 5 Comments

Fat

Fat has become an obsession in North American society. As a society, we revile fat people, we eat too much fat but profess adherence to low-fat diets, we say some fats are bad but others are good (and this designation changes regularly), and we buy products that are fake fat or supposed to absorb fat (or suck the fat out of our bodies… as if). Many people, especially women, fear and avoid all fat in hopes of staying slim. In other words, we don’t have a clue about fat. There is so much confusion about fat that I could write 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia Fatannica about it.

Consider this your helpful Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Fat Galaxy. And, just like Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the words “DON’T PANIC” are written on the front.



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