I’ve had my hands full!

2011 February 23
by Alan Aragon

Full-on brofessor mode

The above pic, taken earlier today, is of me & the nutritional counseling class of Dr. Terri Lisagor, at California State University, Northridge.  Dr. Lisagor was one of my nutrition professors in my undergrad, and she’s one of the most well-rounded, successful, big-hearted people I know. She regularly invites me to lecture to her students on a range of topics from sports nutrition, altering body composition, and counseling various client types.  The teaching sessions consist primarily of Q & A with the students, and me coming apart by the jokes & wisdom that Terri interjects as I answer the students’ questions.  Most of the students are in their final year of undergrad, and they still have fire in their eyes & the will to learn. I always get a very gratifying kick out of watching the students (& Dr. Lisagor) furiously type and scribble notes as I ramble on & off-topic.

General notes

Thanks for your feedback on the previous post about paper credentials versus the fitness industry. A lot of insight was shared, and a lot of food for thought was dished out. As evidenced by the pic above, I have an affinity towards nutrition education, and not just because the dietetics field is 95% women. Also, thanks for your feedback in general on this blog. I’m still pretty stunned that it gets the traffic it does, especially since my blogging frequency would make any social media guru wince & frown in disapproval.

I realize it’s been months since I’ve posted, and I wanted to assure all of you that I haven’t given up blogging for good. I’ve just been busy with more pressing things, the big 3 being AARR, my ongoing work with Men’s Health magazine, and of course, my rambunctious but lovable stable of clients. As soon as I can reign my projects into a more managable melee (especially pulling forward the AARR posting date), blogging will have to take a backseat. I have a post cooking right now & I’m dying to get it out, but not until I handle the first things first.

Summit alert

For now, I’d like to alert everyone that registrations are now open for the JP Fitness Summit 2011, May 13-14 in Kansas City, MO. Here is the info & registration page. If you’ve been thinking about attending for some time now but never pulled the trigger on it, listen to best-selling author/industry oracle Lou Schuler talk about it in Episode 204 of The Fitcast. He doesn’t even need to try to sell it; all he needs to do is relay facts about it and you’ll get the vibe of how great it is… And with that, I gotta go. I’ll be back after slaying a few more dragons (while eating an alarming array of non-Paleo foods).

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UPDATE: Head over to Leangains.com & check out my guest article critiquing the ISSN’s position stand on meal frequency.

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  1. RayCinLA permalink
    February 23, 2011

    Hey Alan,

    I wouldn’t be blogging either if all I did was lounge around with college girls all day. :)

    Just kidding bro. It’s good to see that you made a strong enough impression on your professors for them to invite you back to teach. Studboy.

    Great to have you back for a split second!

  2. Jess C permalink
    February 23, 2011

    Hello Alan,

    I always miss these. Did you ever announce it anywhere? When’s the next one, and do you have to be an enrolled student to attend? I think it’s fantastic that your prof invites you back, it shows that school doesn’t end even after you graduate. In your case, you wound up teaching, I think that speaks volumes. By the way, I can’t wait for the next AARR (no rush or anything, but hurry up :p)

  3. February 23, 2011

    All this time… I thought you weren’t posting because you were going through the BRICK that is 4hour body. But that picture explains everything!

    “Dietetics field is 95% women” – I wonder how many guys would enter into dietetics as their future careers knowing this little fact. I presume a shit load. Anyways, looking forward to your next post.

  4. Keith L permalink
    February 23, 2011

    @FJ,
    “Dietetics field is 95% women”
    An example of this is my current Nutrition and Dietetics undergrad at QUT, which there is approx 250 students currently studying full time.

    There are only five other guys in the degree, and we all are doing a double degree with exercise science – which is an interesting twist because it seems that a majority of the men going into the field are doing so to get into sport dietetics.

  5. February 23, 2011

    @Keith
    That’s bombtastic. 5 out of 250 is insane… that’s better than what I was in; Kenis with specialization in gymnastics. How are the parties?

  6. February 23, 2011

    …Err… that would be “KINESiology”

  7. February 23, 2011

    FJ — Nice Freudian slip there :)

    Keith — Yup, that’s exactly how it was when I was in school 10-15 years ago.

    Jess — I didn’t announce it, but perhaps next time I will; it’s just that there’s limited classroom space.

    Ray — Yes, it’s quite the intrinsic gratification to be able to give back, and help properly arm the next generation of nutrition professionals.

  8. Xochitl permalink
    February 23, 2011

    Hi Alan!

    Thanks for coming out today to CSUN, it’s always fun to hear you present. Honest, knowledgable and to the point :)

    Looking forward to seeing you present again someday!

  9. BMJ permalink
    February 23, 2011

    Way to represent CSUN, Alan! Graduated from there in 2003 myself in the FCS/dietetics/food science majors.

    Alan, what year did you finish your Masters from there?

    Yes, I think there were maybe 5 other guys at most when I was there, those were fun days. Some of my best friends ever were from there. A lot of the teachers from that time have left….Blyler, Kaprowski, Heiss, Chan, etc. I was just glad we got to graduate and be the one of the first classes to graduate in their new(er) building…from the bungalos…lol.

    I really have the itch to go back and further my education right now, finally. I just finished my dietetic internship in 2010…maxed out my eligibility to it’s max.

  10. S. Harding permalink
    February 23, 2011

    Alan,

    That’s so wonderful to see that you don’t just sit in front of Pubmed 20 hours a day, you actually get out there and make an impact on the community. Great pic, love your lecturing “uniform”. I guess the rebel movement has made it into the university gates!

  11. Boomtown permalink
    February 24, 2011

    Just one question for you Alan, since you are one of the last honest men standing. Did you preach to the class the virtues of the Paleo Diet? Did you let the students know that the minute they log on the net or turn the ignition key, and are NOT wearing Vibram Fives, they are violating Paleo?

  12. YYZ permalink
    February 24, 2011

    This might be the one thing that makes me decide to finish my degree. I can only hope my class has that many cute girls. Not that I would go back to school just for the girls. GO ALAN.

  13. Ming permalink
    February 24, 2011

    That’s great you are invited back for Q&A, I’m sure you definitely help with students who are considering options besides becoming a clinical dietitian (because that’s not all there is).

    I’m a 4th year nutrition student and out of all the undergrads nutrition students I’m the only guy. Of course, our major is small, but yea it’s primarily women.

  14. Jack permalink
    February 24, 2011

    Nice, bro!

  15. February 24, 2011

    “rambunctious stable”! Proud to resemble that remark.

    Great job staging that photo so you look so brotastically HUGE and muscular next to the ‘trim’ college girls . :-)

  16. February 24, 2011

    Vickie — Nice of you to stop in! You are rambunctious but I can handle you.

    Jack — *brofist*

    Ming — It’s kinds surreal, huh? I’m sure you’re used to it by now though. I really enjoyed it for some reason.

    YYZ — Go for the education. Completely ignore that fact that you’re constantly surrounded by zeh wimmenz. This might interfere with your focus and concentration.

    Boomtown — Yes, in fact I did get a question about the Paleo diet, but it was toward the end of class so I just gave a quick rundown of why it’s nothing to hang your jewels on.

    S. Harding — I decided to copy Lyle McDonald’s lecturing dresscode, which is basically, “screw dressing up”.

    BMJ — Congrats on finishing the internship. The world is yours now! I think it was 2001 that I finished my MS. I had Blyler in my undergrad, and she asked me what the heck I was doing in the major without any plans of becoming an RD, lol.

    Xochitl — Glad you liked the talk. I’ll present at the career symposium, & I’ll be back for the class session as well. Dr. Lisagor (or the department) will keep you posted.

  17. darkseeker permalink
    February 24, 2011

    Good to see you back on the blog, Alan. Although I see you every month in AARR. Awesome last issue, by the way. That pic is worth a thousand words, maybe even a million. ;)

  18. Elizabeth Vaccaro permalink
    February 24, 2011

    Hi Alan, thank you for visiting with us yesterday. It’s always a breath of fresh air to speak to folks with real life experience. Thank heavens for Dr. Lisagor and her pool of former students! :-)

  19. February 24, 2011

    Elizabeth — Glad you enjoyed it, all the best to you in your nutrition career.

    darkseeker — Thanks & yeah, I felt that the last issue was pretty strong too. Been chipping away at the forthcoming issue, I may include a guest article from someone that you’ll appreciate (ooh the suspense).

  20. Tim Currie permalink
    February 25, 2011

    Alan,

    It is always a pleasure to view your blogs. In fact, your book was the very first book (minus the mandatory text that are required for college classes) that I purchased when I realized that I was very passionate about ‘fitness’ (such a broad term, I know) and wanting to venture (somewhere!) into that particular field.

    …but I digress, keep up the amazing work. You’ve become a huge role model. Thank you.

  21. fulmen permalink
    February 26, 2011

    was expecting porn

    son

    i am dissapoint

  22. February 26, 2011

    Fulmen — I run a clean, child-safe ship here :D

    Tim — Thanks for the acknowledgment! The fitness field is so very diverse & often, quite unpredictable. But that’s part of what makes it so interesting.

  23. Tom permalink
    February 28, 2011

    Alan:

    Thanks for posting something like this. After our emails back and forth about issues in our industry with folks credentials, issues with good ol’ JB, and sharing our thoughts about differences between CN’s and RD’s, it’s nice to see this.

    This is what I call “paying it forward” that seems to be the buzz word in all the fitness marketing seminars and from all the so called fitness experts or nutrition experts who talk out of their backsides.

    Rarely do you see someone who has the academic background go back to their alma mater or give talks at academic conferences or seminars like you have.

    I always believe that our youth or folks going back for a second career should do academics first, then certs or internships, etc… I know many disagree, but this is how it should always be. The folks from the past like you and your fromer Prof – Dr. Lisagor giving back to the minds of the future to carry the old and new philosophies of dietetics, nutrition, exercise sciences, etc… into the next century making us better coaches, trainers, counselors, scholars, etc…

    Thanks man for sharing this post and maybe other folks in our industry will see this post and learn from you and not only see it as what you can do with your education, but what you “should” do with your education.

    Take care,

    Tom

  24. Shoua permalink
    March 1, 2011

    Alan, any chance of you coming up north to CSUS to do a lecture? Slim chance but just thought I’d asked. It would be nice to hear from someone who won’t always tell me to refer to MyPyramid.

  25. BMJ permalink
    March 1, 2011

    When is CSUN’s Career Symposium? That should be coming up if i’m not mistaken?

  26. March 2, 2011

    How do I get a class list so I can Facebook stalk those girls? ;)

    In all seriousness, I think that the fact that you still get a lot of traffic despite not blogging regularly speaks volumes for what people think of you and your work. People respect honesty, even if it isn’t what they want to hear.

    Can’t wait for a REAL blog post.

  27. t1ger permalink
    March 2, 2011

    I visit your site several times a day, just in case you have updated with some brotastic information. ;)

    *brothumb*

  28. March 2, 2011

    T1ger — Perhaps after the next issue. *bro-wink*

    Nick — Aren’t they just precious? And yes, honesty isn’t always served on a welcomed plate – but it must be served nonetheless. I see you started a blog yourself. Have fun with it!

    BMJ — I’ll find out & email you or post it here.

    Shoua — I don’t have any contacts at CSUS, but if you want to petition for your department to fly me in & put me up in a room for the night, I’ll gladly present.

    Tom — You’re welcome! And, great point about what you “can” do versus what you “should” do with your education.

  29. March 10, 2011

    Hello Alan,

    I have searched some of your website and only noticed mentions and a tone that you are not a proponent of The Paleo Diet. However, did not find your reasons why. Any explanation would be appreciated.

    Cordially,
    Dr. Thad Gala

  30. March 12, 2011

    Dr. Thad — I’m not a propoent of ideologies that needlessly exacerbate people’s neurosis toward food. I’ve written extensively on the Paleo diet in my research review, if you’re interested in all the minute details.

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