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Tuit Nutrition, LLC Your source of sanity in the sea of nutritional madness. A Paleo, Primal, low-carb, & WAPF-friendly REAL FOOD nutritionist.

12/28/2016
Stop Following a Medically Therapeutic Diet "Just 'Cuz" (a.k.a. The Keto Train to CrazyTown)

New blog post up today. It will probably be controversial and ruffle many feathers, even though I was very clear, more than once, that what I wrote might not apply to *everyone.* Be sure to have your reading comprehension skills firing on all cylinders if you choose to give this one a look.

http://www.tuitnutrition.com/2016/12/ketogenic-diet-rant.html

This is a very long post (even for me). Take it or leave it. You have been warned. Comments have been disabled for this one. Love this p...

New blog post up today. Is obesity really just a matter of "calories?" If you've ever tried to lose body fat, you've pro...
11/16/2016
Obesity is (mostly) a Hormonal Issue: Let's Stop Pretending it's Solely About Calories

New blog post up today. Is obesity really just a matter of "calories?" If you've ever tried to lose body fat, you've probably come to the conclusion that the answer is NO. Or, if it *is* about calories, then it's not *only* about calories. There's a lot more going on. The human body is not a cardboard box, where you put things in, you take things out, and nothing happens to those things while they're *inside* the box. If you have struggled to lose body fat, particularly if you have tried to do so by following a high-carbohydrate diet, this is for you.

http://www.tuitnutrition.com/2016/11/obesity-is-hormonal.html

When doctors or nutritionists see someone with gigantism or acromegaly , is their first thought, “Clearly, that person just need...

New blog post up today!RIDICULOUSLY EASY low carb cooking. If you are someone who feels like you have no idea what or ho...
10/18/2016
Low Carb Cooking Class! (LC3) -- Meat, Veg, Bake, Done!

New blog post up today!
RIDICULOUSLY EASY low carb cooking. If you are someone who feels like you have no idea what or how to cook to make staying low carb easy, pleasant, and *delicious,* this is for you. You could have fabulous food on the table in less time than you'd spend waiting for pizza or Chinese to be delivered.

http://www.tuitnutrition.com/2016/10/lowcarb-cooking-class-bake.html

Welcome back to class! Last time, we covered a ridiculously easy way to make delicious low carb meals using ground meat, vegeta...

Check out the podcast I recorded this week with my friend and fellow Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Christine Lehmann...
10/15/2016
Will resistant starch work for you?

Check out the podcast I recorded this week with my friend and fellow Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Christine Lehmann. We talked about resistant starch and its role in modulating blood sugar and feeding bacterial populations in the large intestine. I'm a bit skeptical about this stuff. I think everyone's gotten *way* ahead of themselves on the gut biome "thing." Is it important? Yes. Do we know enough about which bugs are "good" and which are "bad" to be loading people up on pre- and probiotics? I very much doubt it.

Still, lots of people in PaleoLand(tm) were very excited about resistant starch a while back, so it's worth exploring, even if we were a little late to the party, so to speak. (But I have to say, I'm glad the fascination has died down.) Podcast gets off to maybe a slow start, but hang in there and listen to me question some of the studies and express doubt about this stuff being some kind of panacea.

http://www.reversediabetescoach.com/will-resistant-starch-work-for-you/

Ketogenic diet for Parkinson's disease...something I wrote for Designs for Health...http://blog.designsforhealth.com/blo...
10/13/2016
Ketogenic Diet & Parkinson’s Disease

Ketogenic diet for Parkinson's disease...something I wrote for Designs for Health...
http://blog.designsforhealth.com/blog/ketogenic-diet-parkinsons-disease

Neuromuscular and neurodegenerative illnesses are devastating for obvious reasons: loss of independence, reduced quality of life, financial strain, emotional effects (such as depression), and the toll these conditions take on loved ones, particularly if one or more of them assume a caregiving role.…

A little something I wrote for DFH.  :)
10/07/2016
Designs for Health

A little something I wrote for DFH. :)

The Insulin/Dopamine Connection

10/01/2016

Check out my latest podcast interview!
Paul and I talked about low carb and ketogenic diets, fasting, helping people in the real world, and how to maintain sanity in ourselves and our clients in a health and nutrition community that is becoming increasingly INsane with the minutia.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/athletic-fitness-nutrition/id930619627

As always,my friend and colleague Kelley Pounds, a.k.a. the "Low Carb RN," has knocked it out of the park. She's left no...
09/26/2016
Troubleshooting Weight Loss

As always,my friend and colleague Kelley Pounds, a.k.a. the "Low Carb RN," has knocked it out of the park. She's left no stone unturned on this post about stubborn fat loss. This is quite literally one of the best pieces I've ever read on this. *ESPECIALLY* the section that starts with "Now, let’s talk about FAT." I COULD NOT HAVE SAID THIS BETTER, MYSELF.

Beyond that: Is it stress? Too little exercise -- or too MUCH? (Yes, there is such a thing!) Are you eating too much carbohydrate? Maybe you actually need *more* carbohydrate! If you've "tried everything" but are still banging your head against the wall in frustration over your weight not budging -- even on a solid low carb diet, this is for you. Listen this lady -- Kelley knows what she's talking about!

https://lowcarbrn.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/troubleshooting-weight-loss/

This article is the second article in my Troubleshooting series. The first article contains some similar information about general health (exercise, sleep, stress, etc.) but is specific to blood g…

I love when Designs Health lets me write about low carb! I had a lot of fun writing this one, and they even let me keep ...
09/21/2016
Low Carb in the Limelight

I love when Designs Health lets me write about low carb! I had a lot of fun writing this one, and they even let me keep my angry-ish time, hehheh. We're reaching the tipping point where the efficacy of low carb strategies for obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes can no longer be ignored or downplayed. In a matter of years, this will be the standard of care.
http://blog.designsforhealth.com/blog/low-carb-in-the-limelight

. It’s hard to believe more doctors and mainstream nutrition and dietetics organizations have not embraced the therapeutic potential of low-carbohydrate diets, particularly when one takes into consideration the cost and side-effects of medication commonly prescribed to help manage many of the condit...

Emily Maguire- Low Carb Genesis
09/17/2016
Emily Maguire- Low Carb Genesis

Emily Maguire- Low Carb Genesis

Fabulous, evidence based article from my amazing friend Franziska Spritzler looking at the health conditions that may benefit from utilising the ketogenic diet. The whole article really is amazing and I especially love the take home message. Whilst we are now generating a lot of positive data on the benefits of keto for specific health conditions, we still do need a lot more scientific data on all of the disease states mentioned. It is exciting to see how much work and therefore funding that is going into this kind of research. Thank you again Franziska for writing this.

09/14/2016
Not So ... Fast ... (A Rant)

New rant...um, I mean, blog post...up today! What's the deal with intermittent fasting? Is it right for everyone? Why do some people (usually women) not do so well with it? Come read my two cents (which are maybe only worth one cent). ;-)

http://www.tuitnutrition.com/2016/09/not-so-fast.html

Hammers are great. Except for when you need a wrench. Wrenches are great. Except for when you need a drill. Drills are grea...

08/16/2016

New blog post up today: Things I didn't learn in nutrition school! (Big, important, *helpful* things! Things that have made a huge difference in my mental and emotional health the past few weeks.)

Nutshell version: How many of our nagging, unpleasant symptoms are really just manifestations of sub-clinical micronutrient insufficiencies? You don't have to have full-blown pellagra to be low in niacin, and a gigantic goiter isn't the only sign you might benefit from more iodine. Come read what I've learned about iron and potassium, and why I'm feeling SO MUCH BETTER than I was several months ago.

http://www.tuitnutrition.com/2016/08/back-to-basics.html

VERY NICE story from a longtime vegetarian and fastidious avoider of dietary saturated fat & cholesterol who experienced...
08/15/2016
Food: Serious as a Heart Attack | Carmine Leo

VERY NICE story from a longtime vegetarian and fastidious avoider of dietary saturated fat & cholesterol who experienced a massive heart attack, lived to tell the tale, and then discovered that everything he thought he knew about a "healthy diet" was wrong. In his case, darn near *dead* wrong. Really fascinating to see someone have this kind of transformation.

*Note especially his "normal" cholesterol level, but his sky-high A1c and elevated blood pressure. Who's with me and wants to go ahead and assume his *insulin* was in the stratosphere, and probably was for several years before the heart attack?

http://carmineleo.com/blog/food-serious-as-a-heart-attack/

Food: Serious as a Heart Attack At 9:15 PM on Tuesday April 2, 2007, just as the opening credits for that evening’s episode of Star Trek Enterprise started rolling, I had a massive heart attack and died. Three times in fact. I died on my living room floor, in the ambulance and once again in the ER.…

New blog post up today!The next installment in my Low Carb Cooking Class series.  :)http://www.tuitnutrition.com/2016/08...
08/09/2016
Tuit Nutrition: Low Carb Cooking Class! (LC3) -- Bulk & Advance Cooking

New blog post up today!
The next installment in my Low Carb Cooking Class series. :)

http://www.tuitnutrition.com/2016/08/lowcarb-cooking-class-bulk-cooking.html

Amy Berger, M.S., NTP, is not a physician and Tuit Nutrition, LLC, is not a medical practice. The information contained on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical condition. Links in posts and pages on this site may direct you to Amazon.com where the TuitNutrition…

TOO TRUE!!
08/07/2016

TOO TRUE!!

Better yet: Know your farmer.

Great podcast with Robb Wolf and my friend & colleague Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, with a shout-out to the woman with a low car...
08/02/2016
Episode 329 – Dr. Mark Cucuzzella – A Doctor’s Perspective On Treating Diabetes

Great podcast with Robb Wolf and my friend & colleague Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, with a shout-out to the woman with a low carb heart of gold, who dedicates more time than is humanly possible to helping others, Melanie Miller. (https://www.facebook.com/Melanieslowcarbjourney/) This is the real deal, folks. The low carb revolution is happening. If you or a loved one is debilitated with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver, obesity, "diabesity," or any of the myriad conditions stemming from insulin resistance, please give this a listen. You could very well save your life. (And several thousand dollars of your savings that you won't have to put toward medical bills anymore!) This is directly from an MD who helps patients with this daily. I understand if you don't believe *me,* just some no-name nutritionist. Don't take my word from it. Hear it from a physician who is in the hospital trenches, happily getting people *off* medication, rather than increasing the dose.

(And he's an Air Force guy, no less! A flight doc! My airborne linguist/1A8 heart couldn't be happier!)

http://robbwolf.com/2016/07/26/episode-329-dr-mark-cucuzzella-a-doctors-perspective-on-treating-diabetes/

by Robb Wolf | 0 commentsEpisode 329 – Dr. Mark Cucuzzella – A Doctor’s Perspective On Treating Diabetes On this important episode we have guest Dr. Mark Cucuzzella. Dr. Cucuzzella is a Professor of medicine at West Virginia University medical school, Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physici...

Fabulously educational podcast from Chris Masterjohn a few days ago. Really insightful on ketosis, insulin, protein, MCT...
07/31/2016
Ketogenesis Isn’t All About Carbs and Insulin

Fabulously educational podcast from Chris Masterjohn a few days ago. Really insightful on ketosis, insulin, protein, MCTs, and more. I highly recommend listening!! (And/or watch the video if you have trouble following the biochem in the audio recording.) Seriously -- fantastic stuff. I see too many people following super-strict ketogenic diets without even really understanding *why,* or what they're trying to accomplish.

When I have *healthy,* lean, non-diabetic, non-insulin resistant clients tell me they avoid Brussels sprouts and red bell peppers "because of the carbs," WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

Believe me, I am all for ketosis, ketogenic diets, and judicious use of MCT oils, but what should probably come first is identification of one's *goals.* And once those have been elucidated, the proper course of action -- be it a nutritional strategy, a particular exercise program, more sleep, targeted supplementation, or all of these -- can be determined.

http://chrismasterjohnphd.com/2016/07/28/ketogenesis-isnt-all-about-carbs-and-insulin/

July 28, 2016Ketogenesis Isn’t All About Carbs and Insulin Follow Did you know that adding MCT oil to your pasta is more ketogenic than restricting your carbohydrates to ten percent of calories? Many people think of carbohydrate and insulin as central to ketogenesis, but the direct biochemical event...

Sadly, this is so, so, so common.  I get many inquiries from potential clients who are either already at a perfectly hea...
07/28/2016
Designs for Health

Sadly, this is so, so, so common. I get many inquiries from potential clients who are either already at a perfectly healthy weight, or even *underweight,* who want to lose more.

(I usually decline to work with them.)

Body Dysmorphia

New blog post up today!The second installment in Low Carb Cooking Class. How to stock your freezer, fridge, and pantry s...
07/25/2016
Tuit Nutrition: Low Carb Cooking Class! (LC3) - Kitchen Prep

New blog post up today!
The second installment in Low Carb Cooking Class.
How to stock your freezer, fridge, and pantry so that a delicious and easy low carb meal is ready in less time than it would take you to call for pizza or Chinese and wait for delivery.

http://www.tuitnutrition.com/2016/07/lowcarb-cooking-class-kitchen.html

Amy Berger, M.S., NTP, is not a physician and Tuit Nutrition, LLC, is not a medical practice. The information contained on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical condition. Links in posts and pages on this site may direct you to Amazon.com where the TuitNutrition…

New blog post up today!Are you totally mystified by how to cook low carb meals? Find yourself calling for takeout or del...
07/18/2016

New blog post up today!
Are you totally mystified by how to cook low carb meals? Find yourself calling for takeout or delivery when you get home after a long day and you're "hangry? This is for you! Real low carb for the real world - so much easier than you think it is!

http://www.tuitnutrition.com/2016/07/lowcarb-cooking-class-intro.html

Burn Fat Not Sugar
07/17/2016
Burn Fat Not Sugar

Burn Fat Not Sugar

Coach Mike Sheridan likes protein.

I'm sharing two excellent posts of his.

First of all, a low carb diet is probably going to be higher in protein than a standard American diet, and if not it should be. I've mentioned before that the average American only eats 80 grams of protein a day, and most of that is low quality (processed meat, processed plant protein, etc). Check out his wise comments here:

http://coachmikeblogs.com/of-calories-or-not-its-a-high-protein-diet-or-it-should-be/

Secondly, vegetarians get a lot of things wrong. These myths need to be exposed. Check it out:

https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/10-things-vegetarians-get-wrong

FRIGGIN' LOVE DR. TED NAIMAN!!
07/17/2016

FRIGGIN' LOVE DR. TED NAIMAN!!

Caloric vs. Hormonal Weight Loss

You can lose weight with a calorie-focused approach. For example, just stop eating entirely and you will lose a lot of weight. Expend calories all day on the treadmill and you will accelerate this weight loss.

The problem is, this weight loss is indiscriminate and is just as likely to result in the loss of lean mass (muscle and bone) rather than body fat.

What we are looking for is hormone-focused weight loss, which will reduce body fat while sparing or even improving lean mass!

Let's look at how this works with both diet and exercise.

Diet:

On a calorie-focused diet you restrict overall calories, maybe even restricting fat more severely as it has the highest caloric energy density of the three macronutrients. Hunger, a slowed metabolism, and a lower desire to exercise and expend energy are the natural outcomes. Weight loss could be lean mass just as easily as fat loss. Sustainability is difficult.

On a hormone-focused diet, the goals are adequate protein and fat and micronutrients, with minimal carbohydrates to keep insulin low and allow access to lipolysis for the burning of stored body fat for energy. With adequate caloric intake, metabolism is increased and hunger is decreased. Access to stored body fat is maximized. Sustainability is improved.

Exercise:

With a calorie focus, the goal is a high volume of steady-state cardio which will in fact burn more calories in the immediate term if performed for long periods of time. Again, weight loss is indiscriminate and could come from lean mass as easily as fat stores. Appetite is increased to compensate for caloric expenditure. This is very time consuming.

With a hormonal focus, exercise consists of brief bouts of high intensity cardio to metabolic failure as well as brief bouts of resistance training to mechanical failure. More testosterone, HGH, and myokines are released, leading to considerable downstream body recomposition with the burning of fat AND the addition of muscle.

In the photo, both athletes are lean. The distance runner expends far more calories than the sprinter, but is more likely to lose weight indiscriminately as both fat and muscle, while the sprinter has improved body composition with fat loss AND improvement of lean mass.

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