Firstly, a bit about myself and why I am interested in health and fitness- and why I am writing this in light of the fact you can pretty much find any information you want on the internet on health and nutrition.
That, in fact, is precisely WHY I am writing this blog. There is a plethora of information out there which we can all easily access. The problem is deciphering what to believe and who to trust. Fad diets, miracle cures and supplements are dominating the nutrition field right now with anyone who has taken an online course in nutrition calling themselves a ‘nutritionist’.
My aim is to address some of the most topical issues in nutrition that is plaguing the field today. I do not claim to have all the answers but I can and will do my best to discuss the issues using scientific evidence backed by good solid science.
As for me, I am a mother of 3 young children (all under the age of 5) who has had an interest in health and fitness for as long as I can remember. Growing up a dancer, I very early on learned the benefits (physical and psychological) of living a healthy lifestyle. I did my Bachelors of Kinesiology (Honours) at Acadia University, my Masters of Science (MSc) in Exercise Science at UMass (Amherst), then went on to do a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry at Tufts University.
The most important thing I learned while studying Nutrition is that there is alot about food we still do not understand and we may never fully comprehend. Having spent the first part of my education focusing primarily on energy metabolism, it was quite enlightening to study nutrition from a different perspective; the idea that food is MUCH more than just calories. I learned to look at my plate differently; not just calories, but a plethora of potentially disease fighting vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and unknown compounds.
At TOVI, we do not believe in quick fixes. There is no miracle diet. Everyone has an opinion on what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ with regard to diet. The reality is, there is no simple prescription for the best diet (for weight loss, muscle gain, cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, etc, etc). All we can do is examine the evidence and do the best we can. The field of nutrition is ever evolving and we have to be willing to accept that suggestions and recommendations for optimal health will change as more research is conducted. However, this research must be examined with a critical eye and interpreted appropriately.
In the follow-up, I will attack a number of current topics in nutrition. I will try to provide some clarity on controversial topics and also provide some practical suggestions for incorporating healthy changes into your diet.
Please feel free to comment with suggested topics to cover (or anything else you want to say!) and keep reading!
I look forward to navigating this increasingly complicated topic and sharing my views with you.
Tara D’Eon PhD
Written by Dr. Tara Coletta, PhD
Tara's research focused on obesity and metabolism. She studied exercise science (MS, UMass Amherst) before earning a PhD in nutritional biochemistry (Tufts University). Wellness remains an integral part of Tara’s life as she works to balance being a mother of three.