Nutrition: My Internet Traffic Loves La Poutine


Hi folks,

When it comes to nutrition you have to take what the experts say with a grain of salt, and listen to your body.

I have been blogging for almost a year, putting out 220 posts to date, with only one of them mentioning la poutine, in reference to carboloading. However, ‘poutine’ is the most common keyword used to find my site. Just type ‘la poutine ironman’ into Google and I’m number one. Now, I like la poutine, especially on a cold day or after a long wet run, but is this traffic going to help me to find my target audience, older guys who need to work out safely for better health?

Here is a nice little video, one of many, that shows you how to cook la poutine, which I first encountered in a diner in the French Canadian countryside about 20 years ago.

I am not sure la poutine should be part of a balanced diet if you are undertaking exercise for better health, but I recommend that you give it a try. There appears to be some debate about the origin of la poutine, but it was probably first created in Quebec as a kind of fast food.

Fads are a big deal when it comes to food, including la poutine I suspect. We are migrating from enthusiasm for nonfat to lots of fat right now, with carbs, and thus la poutine, being enemy number one.

But remember the movie Sleeper?

The message here is that food fads come and go. What is considered bad today is the cure-all tomorrow. Read the books, talk to the ‘experts,’ look around and see which body types eat what in which countries, and then decide for yourself what is good for you. Then listen to your body, and how it responds to different nutrients, because we are all slightly different in the way that we handle foodstuffs.

-k Your Medical Mind



  1. Those chips look cold. It would taste better with fresh chips and not so overdone and dark

  2. Nicholas Culpeper in his “Complete Herbal” publishe c.1650 first coined the phrase:
    “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”
    This it seems remains true.
    (NB the 16th century meaning of “meat” was “food” not just animal flesh).

  3. I mean 17th century

    • Hi Trevor,

      It is absolutely true, and the extended phenotype could well account for it.

      Hope you are having a lovely day in Wellington, as here the fall is as beautiful as every. Walking Scooter yesterday reminded me that life is not on the Internet it is out of my window.


      Kevin aka @FitOldDog

  4. Hi Trevor,
    I am a real fan of Richard Dawkins, as his thoughts make me think.
    Here is the Wikipedia reference to the extended phenotype.
    The Extended Phenotype is a biological concept introduced by Richard Dawkins in a 1982 book with the same title. The main idea is that phenotype should not be limited to biological processes such as protein biosynthesis or tissue growth, but extended to include all effects that a gene has on its environment, inside or outside of the body of the individual organism.

    I think of the gene-environment interaction as a way in which we become increasingly diverse, molding each other, which causes our genomes to reflect the local environment. As environments come and go, there is always a group ready to take over or dominate as change occurs. If the climate becomes hotter, those adapted to heat will migrate out from the hot (now very hot) areas, and take over the used-to-be-colder regions, bringing their food crops, animals and metabolic abilities with them, and thus rapidly adapting the environment to their way of life. The local people will not have the mental, physical, and nutritional (metabolic) strategies in place, and will be displaced or subsumed by the new (hot) people, unless they can find a colder place, of course. Thus, metabolic differences represent one of the underlying variables that will determine the success or failure of the groups and individuals, under which lie the respectively different gene pools. That is how I think about it, anyway. Genetic diversity, which results in ‘nutritional ability diversity’ (including the ability to bioenergetically or otherwise handle hot or cold, wet or dry, conditions), then allows some groups or individuals to adapt to a change, whilst others ‘go to the wall.’ Along with these differences come many of our metabolic diseases, such as sickle cell anemia (malaria resistance) and cystic fibrosis (resistance to cholera), which are also genetically determined, environment-related adaptability genes.
    -kevin aka @FitOldDog

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