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Who are your greatest nutritional influences?

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Created October 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

The reason I ask is because I'm hoping to see some names I haven't heard before, and then go do some research. So, who have been your greatest influences when it comes to nutrition and how you model your diet?

I'll start. For me, I probably have to go with Mark Sisson from reading the Primal Blueprint. That book just rocked!

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on November 04, 2012
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I got the audiobook for that 700 page book for a class once. How about The worst mistake in the history of the human Race though? Where Jared Diamond argues that agriculture led to increased degenerative bone diseases, gender inequality and socio-economic divisions in populations around the world for the last 12,000 years. http://www.ditext.com/diamond/mistake.html

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on November 04, 2012
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Jack Lalane was the greatest.

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on November 03, 2012
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-1 for even considering primal toad.

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on November 01, 2012
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Peter at Hyperlipid.

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on November 01, 2012
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I have a Jack LaLanne juicer 8) I love it

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on November 01, 2012
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+1 for Anthony Colpo

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on October 29, 2012
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I was particularly impressed with Dr. Cate's presentation during one of Sean Croxton's internet summits - paleo or JERF I don't remember which.

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on October 29, 2012
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Well thanks VB, I take that as a serious compliment.

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on October 29, 2012
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I actually am influenced by reading some of your answers/questions more than I am influenced by some of the people you have mentioned.

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on October 29, 2012
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Definitely Weston Price, Sally Fallon and Dr. Cate.

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Weston A Price. Read his book on the subject.

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Definitely Weston Price, Sally Fallon and Dr. Cate.

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on October 29, 2012
at 09:50 PM

I'm a fan of Chris Kresser myself.

And on the production side of things, who doesn't like Joel Salatin?

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:17 PM

While agreeing with many mentioned above, I'd add J Stanton, gnolls.org.

Another major influence for me, since I am 65, is memories of how people ate before mass marketing changed everything.

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:50 PM

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The woman is a fucking genius.

Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig & Dr. Weston A. Price are tied for 2nd place. They're all superheroes in my book.

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on November 03, 2012
at 11:36 PM

No mentions of Peter from Hyperlipid... am I the only one?

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on October 30, 2012
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Dr. Mike Eades ??? not a paleo figure, but The Protein Power Lifeplan got me started on my nutrition journey in 2003 and has given me ammunition against the "statinators" in my life

Paul Jaminet ??? I eat sweet potatoes because of him

Gary Taubes ??? also not a paleo figure, but a rock-star intellect and an arrow-taker for the cause

Chris Kresser ??? not the best bedside manner (according to client reviews), nor a strictly paleo advocate, but he digs up a lot of good information (like why Lustig's wrong and why tuna's safe to eat), and I'm more mindful of my O6 fat intake because of him.

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on October 29, 2012
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I'm old school. My greatest influence has been Jack LaLanne. Jack has served as the "gatekeeper" toward expanding my impression of what I can do, and how I should think about feeding myself properly: "Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you???ve got a kingdom" was a saying of his. I'm not talking about the Jack LaLanne Juicer, or the swimming stunts, or any of that other stuff younger people are familiar with in his later years - I'm talking about the man who actually had my mother working out at home with weights in the Sixties via his ground-breaking national television show, and encouraged a healthy diet free of processed foods (this was based on his study of Paul Bragg's work - another healthy foods pioneer). Check Jack out - I think you'll like him - you'll see the direct influence he had on today's philosophy toward exercise and nutrition. And look up his quotes - for starters, referring to refined products: "If man makes it, don???t eat it."

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on November 01, 2012
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I have a Jack LaLanne juicer 8) I love it

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on November 04, 2012
at 12:24 AM

Jack Lalane was the greatest.

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Biggest influence: Stephen Guyenet (Whole Health Source). After that, Kurt Harris of Archevore, Chris Masterjohn of Daily Lipid, Paul Jaminet of Perfect Health.

None of whom are really "paleo", though, if that's what you're after.

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on October 29, 2012
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on November 20, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Chronological order:

  1. Ran Prieur
  2. Julia Ross (The Mood Cure)
  3. Weston Price
  4. Sally Fallon
  5. Chris Kresser

Kresser is spot-on with everything I respond well to.

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Aside from the big names already mentioned--

Todd of Primal Toad has a light and entertaining writing style and is fairly engaged with his readership. I don't so much learn new things from his blog as I do to see "applied primal living" in action. He's also got some great recipes books, I really recommend the smoothie one!

Stefani Ruper of Paleo for Women. I like her for her rigorous attention to the science of how female hormones make our bodies' needs different, and I like her holistic approach that addresses the emotional and mental aspects of diet.

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on November 03, 2012
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-1 for even considering primal toad.

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on November 01, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Tom Naughton deserves a shout-out for his Fat Head movie and related blog: http://www.fathead-movie.com/. This is what introduced me to paleo/primal ideas, and his willingness to continue publishing his recent findings helps me learn along with him. He is a master of n=1 experimentation. Plus he's pretty funny.

I like Mark Sisson for a similar reason: he keeps his texts humorous as well as informational.

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on October 30, 2012
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Chris Kresser, Lierre Keith, Joel Salatin, Anthony Colpo, Mark Sisson, and Robb Wolf.

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on November 01, 2012
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+1 for Anthony Colpo

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on October 29, 2012
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Jared Diamond, and his Pulitzer Prize winning book:

Guns, Germs and Steel

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on November 04, 2012
at 12:28 AM

I got the audiobook for that 700 page book for a class once. How about The worst mistake in the history of the human Race though? Where Jared Diamond argues that agriculture led to increased degenerative bone diseases, gender inequality and socio-economic divisions in populations around the world for the last 12,000 years. http://www.ditext.com/diamond/mistake.html

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:25 PM

I am adding Dr. Cate and Dr. Daphne Miller. And Sally Fallon, of course. And many Paleohackers. Where is Korion? I learned about Ray Peat from him.

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on October 29, 2012
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I was particularly impressed with Dr. Cate's presentation during one of Sean Croxton's internet summits - paleo or JERF I don't remember which.

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:55 PM

The blogs of Stephan Guyenet, Chris Masterjohn, Melissa McEwan, and Kurt Harris among others have strongly influenced how I eat.

There are also number of scientists whose work has influenced my diet and how I approach nutrition. This includes Linus Pauling, Uffe Ravnskov, Leonard A. Cohen, Bernard L. Cohen, Allesio Fasano, Anthony Sebastian, Lynda Frasseto, David Horrobin, Graham Rook, Jane Kerstetter, Ancel Keys (some of his experiments were really fascinating), Jeffery Friedman, Robert F. Grimble. There are many others which I'm sure I'm forgetting, but those are some big ones.

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on October 29, 2012
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Well thanks VB, I take that as a serious compliment.

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:23 PM

I actually am influenced by reading some of your answers/questions more than I am influenced by some of the people you have mentioned.

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on October 29, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Michael Pollan. Not paleo, not even strictly nutrionalist, but his work on the food system is thought-provoking. Probably not new, in this crowd.

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on November 04, 2012
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Peter Attia, http://eatingacademy.com/

Agree with all of the above

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on November 03, 2012
at 11:18 PM

Jack Kruse *8 (Epi-Paleo)

Gary Taubes *3 (Fat isn't the bad guy)

Chris Kresser *3 (smart)

Chris Masterjohn *4 (Cholesterol and Health)

Ori Hofmekler *3 (Warrior Diet)

Weston Price *6 (Genius Dentist)

Robert Lustig *3 (Bitter Truth of sugar)

Underground Wellness *4 (smart smart)

Ray Peat *5 (Eat more Gelatin!)

Lierre Keith/Jared Diamond (agriculture and grains are BS)


DurianRider *100000000 (lmfao, forget everything you know about science/logic and eat 20,000 bananas a day for some reason)

who-are-your-greatest-nutritional-influences?

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:00 AM

Weston A. Price, Stephan Guyenet and Chris Masterjohn.

I am also greatly informed by Melissa McEwen's anthropological approach (which has reshaped my thoughts on 'paleo') and entertained by Mat Lalonde's haughty skepticism.

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on November 01, 2012
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Kurt Harris, hands down.

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on October 30, 2012
at 01:27 AM

Okay people. Read some blogs and wait...wait...wait to get into the meat of the comments section. Here are some commentors with their own blogs who I really like:

Stabby Raccoon

PKlopp

Danny Roddy

Kamal Paindatabase

PROFESSOR DR. ANDRO!

Wooooooo

Kindke

Carb (WHO?) Carbsane that's who.

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on October 29, 2012
at 09:47 PM

Ditto on J Stanton. His website is what got me into Paleo in the first place.

Denise Minger ( http://rawfoodsos.com/ ) is another great food writer. I can't wait to see her book.

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Dr. Loren Cordain. He is the top researcher in the paleo field. You know how there are math professors and physics professors and english literature professors, etc.? Well he is a professor in the Department of Health & Exercise Science at Colorado State, and his field of study is paleolithic nutrition. Not only has he reviewed nearly every scientific study on the topic (hundreds), but he has also published many studies himself. If you want true scientific backing for the paleo way, read his books.

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Michael Pollan, Mark Sisson, Weston A. Price, Chris Masterjohn, Melissa McEwen

None strictly paleo, but that's sort of my thing. I prefer the let's-be-real, educate-and-decide-for-yourself, diet-isn't-everything approach.

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Not that this should be a new name...

Mark Sisson

after that Stephen Guyenet -- its actually helps to have someone who is willing to share the research behind his opinions!

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Gregg Avedon @ www.Greggavedon.com

I first stumbled upon his (old) site in 2005, and then bought Muscle Chow and some of his personalized programs. The man is incredible and is never going to grow old. Definitely the most influential for me.

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