Just curious to see what kind of numbers we can get with a question like this.
Comparing different Hacker's time devotion to nutrition to the time spent by doctors who actually give nutrition advice will be pretty interesting me thinks.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that our numbers will be greater than our standard practitioner. Nothing against doctors whatsoever, I just think more time needs to be devoted to nutrition than doctors have to give and they're just teaching what they were taught. It might be wrong but that's not necessarily their fault. That's a WHOLE other question for a bunch of semi-anonymous folks to yell at each other about ;)
THE Q: What's your average time spent a day, week, month, year, whatever, reading and learning about nutrition?
Since this past April, so, 7 months, I figure I've averaged about 4 hours a day spent on blogs and podcasts to supply my hungry mind with brain bacon. Unemployment has its benefits. 30 days a month, 4 hours a day is 840 hours spent over the past 7 months learning about nutrition.
I'm spending at least an hour per day, usually more, reading about nutrition/health on various sites. I've also bought some books from Amazon.
Partly it's for enlarging and updating my knowledge and partly it's good reinforcement to stay away from the SAD.
That doesn't include PH time, which has been a lot lately!
I bet I spend about 1-2 hours a day including my time here.
I've read a lot of books as well.
I annoy my peeps constantly with all of my nutritional info; especially my hubs.
Probably way too much time. Just guessing, an average of 2 to 3 hours per day. Thankfully, I'm not unemployed, or it might be 15 or 16 hours per day. My "if I had it to do again" story would be that I would study nutrition and physiology instead of business and law.
I try to avoid tunneling too deeply into the subject of nutrition by focusing on information related to economics, evolutionary theory, anthropology, biology, ecology, etc.
My goal is to keep my eye on the big picture and to not lose sight of the forest for the sake of staring at one particular tree.
Nevertheless, I still spend way too much time thinking, talking, and reading about nutrition (not to mention P-Hacks).
If we're talking specific numbers, I'd say its about 2 hours a day listening to audio books during my commute to and from work. Another 2-3 hours on the computer and another hour of good old fashioned reading. So about 5 hours a day.
I probably spend a ridiculous amount of time reading about nutrition, but it has always been a passion of mine. So far this year I've read 12 complete books on some topic related to nutrition and parts of several others. I regularly listen to about five nutrition podcasts and follow about 25 nutrition blogs. I also read articles on nutrition from other blogs as they come across my radar (usually through facebook or twitter). It's hard to quantify, but I would guesstimate that I average at least 10 hours a week, not counting the time I spend on PH.
I spent even more time when I was first learning about paleo--several hours a day, at least. But it's come down a bit now that I have plenty of background knowledge built up.
Hmmm I always have PH on in the background if i'm working in the office - and then I end up reading tonnes of other stuff on the web... plus the books at home... I would say at least 2hrs a day as an average.
Right now, I'd love to spend all of my time learning about nutrition, hormones, biochemistry, exercise, human history etc. but unfortunately that's not possible. My university studies (medical physics & applied maths) take up a lot of time, so I get in maybe some 2-3 hours of hobby studying a day. That consists of mostly blogs and a biochemistry textbook, but later on I'm planning to really dive into actual scientific literature and maybe do some writing as well, to clarify the science to myself.