Random Wednesday Thoughts

Filed under: General Health, Nutrition

I am backed up with a ton of work, school work and client work right now so I don’t have time for anything too intense. But here are a few neat little tidbits that I think you guys will enjoy.

1. So far in my Master’s program there hasn’t been anything too intellectually challenging going on yet. This semester my classes are pretty vanilla, but it will really start to pick up next semester where I have Advanced Human Nutrition and Metabolism, as well as Advanced Clinical Topics among others.

The saving grace for this semester though has been Case Study Presentations by the Senior Dietetic Interns (I am currently a Junior Dietetic Intern). We had our first presentation last Friday, with another presentation this Friday. Each Senior Intern presents a case study on a patient from their Dietetic Internship. The entire treatment process, from diagnosis to outcome, with an emphasis on Medical Nutrition Therapy.

This has been by far the most fascinating thing we have been done, and I was absolutely enthralled by the whole process. I still do not believe that I in any way want to be a clinical dietitian, but it has been interesting nonetheless. This is an area where I can grow a lot, and I am really looking forward to it.

2. There has been a recent lovefest with the newest “superfood” – black rice. Black rice is black due to its extremely high anthocyanin content, higher than even blueberries, which is a powerful anti-oxidant.

It is also a good source of iron and fiber, as well as some vitamins and minerals. One of the coolest features of black rice is that it is a good source of not only water-soluble nutrients (like anthocyanins) it is also a pretty good source of fat-soluble ones as well, which is pretty rare.

With all that in mind, it definitely seems like a fine food, but does that mean it is like the only rice you should ever eat? No. While it does have some excellent nutritional value, it is merely another healthy Real Food option, nothing more, nothing less.

3. Here is a random one. I went to the health food store near my parent’s house to get some butter and a few other things, and I noticed they had some Ezekiel wraps. Usually health food stores are more expensive, and I usually just get mine at Hannaford, but here they were $1.30+ cheaper!

Strange, but definitely awesome.

4. I wanted to ask you, my readers, what else you would like to see me blog about? Any questions, or nutritional concerns you guys want answered? Anything I currently do that you want to see more of? Just let me know!

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Posted on October 27th, 2010 by Brian St. Pierre


  1. Joe Says:

    I would love to see some in depth information about fats and specifically which ones are good for specific temperature cooking. Also, a typical guideline of the proportions of different types of fats we should be consuming would be awesome. I know Dr. Mike Roussell just wrote an article on this but I would love to see a more practical application of this knowledge from your perspective. Smoke points on the internet are all over the board! Thanks Brian! Love your site.

  2. Cory Says:

    I enjoyed your, “A Day in the Life,” because it is good to be able to compare the things I eat with a professional like yourself. The forgotten muscles foods and five things you are probably not eating are also great articles and I always love stuff like that, but everything you do here is fun to read.

  3. Brian St. Pierre Says:

    Joe and Cory,

    Thanks for the ideas, much appreciated!

  4. Jeremy Says:

    I like the profiles of a specific food accompanied with some recipes. They always dig me out of repetitive food ruts. How about one on kefir? I only saw one passing reference in the SnG guide.

    I’m also a fan of your responses to articles or studies and current trends. The energy drink entry is solid.

  5. Tim Says:

    I would love to see more recipes, particularly more snacking options. Thanks Brian.


  6. Brian St. Pierre Says:


    Thanks for the kind words. I have honestly never had kefir myself. I plan on trying it at some point and once I do I will write about it.


    I will continue to add those. I try to put in a recipe of some sort every week or so.

  7. graeme Says:

    Hi Brian,
    Loving the blog; sometimes in depth while at other times just talking about life. I’d be interested in case studies of your own; clients you have had with obstacles and how you worked round them to achieve their desired outcomes. I like to eat ‘PN’ style myself but my gut can’t handle much fibre at all so I have to make adjustments as you can imagine, and it’s always a learning process. Other people’s experiences and solutions would perhaps be interesting.

    Graeme, U.K.

  8. Derek Says:

    Hi Brian,

    First, I saw what you said about Omnivores Dilemma and agreed, one of the best books I’ve read. I’m not sure if you have every mentioned this but what do you think of the Paleo Diet and/or The Primal Blueprint Diet? I visit marksdailyapple.com once in a while and like a lot of the material. The author, Mark Sisson, preaches a diet close to Paleo but with some exceptions. Also what is your belief about Milk? Good? Bad? or indifferent? I simply find it unatural to consume milk past the age of weening nonetheless Milk from another species.

    Thanks for any info,

  9. Brian St. Pierre Says:


    Definitely something I will keep in mind.


    The Paleo Diet or the Primal Blueprint are ok as they do focus on real food, but they tend to discourage the consumption of other healthful foods.

    The fact of the matter is that there is no one single “Paleolithic” diet. Traditional hunter-gatherer societies have consumed wildly different diets, from incredibly high-carb, to high-fat to high protein.

    I don’t think they promote bad ideas, just somewhat restrictive ones. I think milk if well produced is fine in moderate quantities, especially from hard cheeses and yogurt. I dislike conventionally produced milk, but if from pasture-raised grass-fed cows, it is certainly ok.

    Many cultures have consumed large quantities of milk and been very healthy, but they were consuming milk from healthy grass-fed cows.


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