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Avoiding the post-breakfast energy slump

February 11, 2008

I eat a nice breakfast, comprised of Irish oatmeal with a sliced banana, raisins, prunes, and walnuts.  However, I have noticed that about 30 minutes after breakfast my energy slumps.

It dawned on me that my breakfast is primarily carbohydrates, with a small amount of fat from the walnuts.  No protein.

A week ago I decided to hard boil three eggs (boil for 5 minutes), and eat the egg whites before eating the oatmeal.  The result: no post-breakfast energy slump!  I’ve been doing this for a week – 3 egg whites then oatmeal – and am amazed at how steady my energy is after breakfast.

“Anecdotal evidence” is an oxymoron

September 17, 2007

[Definition] Oxymoron: two terms that contradict each other; a contradiction in terms.

Interesting stories (i.e. anecdotes) don’t prove anything.  They could be far from the typical. Anecdotes are not evidence.

Example: a person saw a crow drop walnuts onto a street as a car was approaching.  The car ran over the walnut, breaking it apart.  The crow then flew down and ate the contents of the walnut.

This is an interesting story, but in no way does it prove that crows are clever enough to learn such a neat trick as using human drivers to prepare their meals for them.  In fact, a scientific study was done and it concluded that crows do not possess this ability.

Lesson learned: an anecdote is just that – an interesting story.  It doesn’t prove anything.

— Extracted from Unspun by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson