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How much time do you spend researching nutrition?

Commented on February 03, 2015
Created November 09, 2011 at 2:19 AM

Just curious to see what kind of numbers we can get with a question like this.

Comparing different Hacker's time devotion to nutrition to the time spent by doctors who actually give nutrition advice will be pretty interesting me thinks.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that our numbers will be greater than our standard practitioner. Nothing against doctors whatsoever, I just think more time needs to be devoted to nutrition than doctors have to give and they're just teaching what they were taught. It might be wrong but that's not necessarily their fault. That's a WHOLE other question for a bunch of semi-anonymous folks to yell at each other about ;)

THE Q: What's your average time spent a day, week, month, year, whatever, reading and learning about nutrition?

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on November 09, 2011
at 04:15 PM

Same here. Gotta take your health into your own hands. My husband still sides with his western medicine mom though -because she has a nursing masters. I have tried to tell him that she probably didn't even have any nutrition classes and I am constantly reading and learning, but alas...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 09, 2011
at 01:59 PM

All day. Every Day. But mostly in a random, non-useful fashion... Seriously, 4-6 hours per day. I'm including background study (browsing) in biochemistry, anthropology, etc. I'm actually reading a college textbook on biochem, which I only comprehend 5-10% of. but it's fun to find things in it that I disagree with.

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on November 09, 2011
at 01:21 PM

Aaaaah Kenzie! So funny - I can tell I've gone too far when the person's eyes that I'm talking too start to glaze over. My hubby gets the brunt though. He deserves it though since his four food groups are toast, waffles, Oreos, and Hershey bars. :) No hope for him I'm afraid.

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

(753)

on November 09, 2011
at 06:53 AM

Then maybe like... Six? Hah. I'm currently not in conventional schooling currently, but screw those who say I'm not learning.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on November 09, 2011
at 06:17 AM

That counts for sure Kenzie!

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

(1074)

on November 09, 2011
at 05:49 AM

a good 2hrs a day, often more. has done so for the past 3yrs. I'm only 23yrs old, got alot more to do! :D

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

(753)

on November 09, 2011
at 04:54 AM

I annoy almost everyone too! I was talking to my dad about fat cell efficiency in the post office today, and not only did he tell me to shut up, but all the random bystanders were scoffing/looking at me weirdly.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on November 09, 2011
at 04:06 AM

+1 for making the best use of some downtime

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on November 09, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Much appreciated.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 09, 2011
at 03:26 AM

(1) I know; and (2) I really know. Maybe some day. Great question by the way.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 09, 2011
at 03:25 AM

(1) I know; and (2) I REALLY know. Maybe some day.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on November 09, 2011
at 03:14 AM

Never too late + Easier said than done

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 09, 2011
at 02:33 AM

+1 for brain bacon!

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Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

on November 09, 2011
at 02:30 AM

Since this past April, so, 7 months, I figure I've averaged about 4 hours a day spent on blogs and podcasts to supply my hungry mind with brain bacon. Unemployment has its benefits. 30 days a month, 4 hours a day is 840 hours spent over the past 7 months learning about nutrition.

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on February 03, 2015
at 03:40 AM

Unemployment does have it's benefits for sure, my favorite one is the freedom to do whatever you want to do and if that means acquiring knowledge in your free time than more power to you!

I spent 4 years on a mini retirement in Peru studying nutrition and general health as an autodidact online, averaging 3-12 hours a day every day.

That mini retirement was the best, most pivotal decision in helping to clarify my direction in life.

Knowledge is Power! 

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on November 09, 2011
at 04:06 AM

+1 for making the best use of some downtime

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 09, 2011
at 02:33 AM

+1 for brain bacon!

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 09, 2011
at 02:26 AM

I'm spending at least an hour per day, usually more, reading about nutrition/health on various sites. I've also bought some books from Amazon.

Partly it's for enlarging and updating my knowledge and partly it's good reinforcement to stay away from the SAD.

That doesn't include PH time, which has been a lot lately!

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Medium avatar

on November 09, 2011
at 02:37 AM

I bet I spend about 1-2 hours a day including my time here.

I've read a lot of books as well.

I annoy my peeps constantly with all of my nutritional info; especially my hubs.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on November 09, 2011
at 04:15 PM

Same here. Gotta take your health into your own hands. My husband still sides with his western medicine mom though -because she has a nursing masters. I have tried to tell him that she probably didn't even have any nutrition classes and I am constantly reading and learning, but alas...

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

(753)

on November 09, 2011
at 04:54 AM

I annoy almost everyone too! I was talking to my dad about fat cell efficiency in the post office today, and not only did he tell me to shut up, but all the random bystanders were scoffing/looking at me weirdly.

Medium avatar

(572)

on November 09, 2011
at 01:21 PM

Aaaaah Kenzie! So funny - I can tell I've gone too far when the person's eyes that I'm talking too start to glaze over. My hubby gets the brunt though. He deserves it though since his four food groups are toast, waffles, Oreos, and Hershey bars. :) No hope for him I'm afraid.

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Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

on November 09, 2011
at 04:51 AM

3 or 4 hours. But I often times walk away to do other things, while listening to podcasts. Does that count?

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

(753)

on November 09, 2011
at 06:53 AM

Then maybe like... Six? Hah. I'm currently not in conventional schooling currently, but screw those who say I'm not learning.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on November 09, 2011
at 06:17 AM

That counts for sure Kenzie!

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on November 09, 2011
at 03:51 AM

I try to avoid tunneling too deeply into the subject of nutrition by focusing on information related to economics, evolutionary theory, anthropology, biology, ecology, etc.

My goal is to keep my eye on the big picture and to not lose sight of the forest for the sake of staring at one particular tree.

Nevertheless, I still spend way too much time thinking, talking, and reading about nutrition (not to mention P-Hacks).

If we're talking specific numbers, I'd say its about 2 hours a day listening to audio books during my commute to and from work. Another 2-3 hours on the computer and another hour of good old fashioned reading. So about 5 hours a day.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 09, 2011
at 03:12 AM

Probably way too much time. Just guessing, an average of 2 to 3 hours per day. Thankfully, I'm not unemployed, or it might be 15 or 16 hours per day. My "if I had it to do again" story would be that I would study nutrition and physiology instead of business and law.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on November 09, 2011
at 03:14 AM

Never too late + Easier said than done

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 09, 2011
at 03:25 AM

(1) I know; and (2) I REALLY know. Maybe some day.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 09, 2011
at 03:26 AM

(1) I know; and (2) I really know. Maybe some day. Great question by the way.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on November 09, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Much appreciated.

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(7223)

on November 09, 2011
at 02:32 AM

I probably spend a ridiculous amount of time reading about nutrition, but it has always been a passion of mine. So far this year I've read 12 complete books on some topic related to nutrition and parts of several others. I regularly listen to about five nutrition podcasts and follow about 25 nutrition blogs. I also read articles on nutrition from other blogs as they come across my radar (usually through facebook or twitter). It's hard to quantify, but I would guesstimate that I average at least 10 hours a week, not counting the time I spend on PH.

I spent even more time when I was first learning about paleo--several hours a day, at least. But it's come down a bit now that I have plenty of background knowledge built up.

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on November 09, 2011
at 10:55 AM

Right now, I'd love to spend all of my time learning about nutrition, hormones, biochemistry, exercise, human history etc. but unfortunately that's not possible. My university studies (medical physics & applied maths) take up a lot of time, so I get in maybe some 2-3 hours of hobby studying a day. That consists of mostly blogs and a biochemistry textbook, but later on I'm planning to really dive into actual scientific literature and maybe do some writing as well, to clarify the science to myself.

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94a4a87e3d2e1e9160b6ed77678b4bea

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on November 09, 2011
at 02:29 AM

Hmmm I always have PH on in the background if i'm working in the office - and then I end up reading tonnes of other stuff on the web... plus the books at home... I would say at least 2hrs a day as an average.

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on November 09, 2011
at 07:24 AM

A couple of hours a day.

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8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on November 09, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Depends on how busy I am. It could be anywhere from 0 min to 3 hours a day totaling online and offline. I would say averaging about 5 hours a week.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 09, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Now? Not very much. I see what tidbits are picked up by the blogo-/twitter-spheres and skim what I find interesting. Big picture-wise, paleo is largely known. It's the details that are in question and out of focus. I could geek it up and go after the details, but I don't. The big picture gets the job done. Back when I was actively learning about paleo and trying to get the big picture understood, I did quite a bit of reading on the subject.

I, however, do try to keep up with what is being actively discussed. For example, there seems to have been a radical shift from a VLC emphasis on paleo to a much broader tolerable carbohydrate intake. Even 6 months ago, rice/potatoes seemed to be a big no-no by the entire paleo community, now you see a sizable portion of the community consuming these foods on a regular basis.

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on November 09, 2011
at 03:11 AM

I probably spend around 4-6 hrs/day, but I am a grad student in nutritional science so....

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