Stephanie Edwards Compton Has Surprising News About Your Metabolism

by Monica Hoel
She’s a bit of a social media star, totally a scientist, and mostly a nutritionist. Stephanie Edwards Compton isn’t the easiest person to explain.

Steph.compton.phd is Stephanie’s Instagram handle where she gives sage advice about food, metabolism, exercise, and bogus nutrition claims.

She offers classes to health and science professionals on how to be better communicators.

She’s also a cancer and metabolism researcher at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana.

And really, metabolism is what got her started on this interesting professional road. “My biology classes at Emory & Henry introduced me to the work metabolism does for our bodies, and I was completely fascinated! I had so many more questions!” Learning about the effect of metabolism on a “normal” cell was just the beginning for Stephanie; she wanted to know more about how it affected cancer cells.

After E&H she went to Virginia Tech and completed a master’s degree in community nutrition and dietetics and Ph.D. in cellular and molecular nutrition studying ovarian cancer metabolism (human nutrition foods and exercise), and she is also a registered dietician.

All those degrees served to feed and satisfy her passion for metabolism. She laughs and admits, “Honestly, I was hoping to find the secret.” Any of us who have ever struggled to lose a few pounds have surely shaken our fist while trying to understand our personal metabolism, but Stephanie has some insider information: there’s no secret.

She says the trick to good metabolism is much more like common sense than a secret. “It’s easy to blame our metabolism for everything: but our metabolism doesn’t break…it’s adaptive. So it takes into account what you’re giving yourself: you need to treat yourself like a plant and give yourself what you need: be active, sleep enough, and eat to support your health and activity.” She thinks nutrition classes ought to be part of the basic curriculum for young people in high school and college, because it would give all of us a better understanding of how nutrition works.

Much of Stephanie’s work is about setting the record straight for those who want to better understand health and nutrition. So get to know Stephanie and get to know yourself better. You can enjoy a fast-pace, information-filled conversation with Stephanie on the Duck Pond Wall podcast – where you’ll hear about her favorite health sites on social media and her favorite snack of late. It’s not what you’d expect.

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