We spend a lot of time focusing on what we eat, how we move, and how we sleep, but rarely do we discuss who is doing the eating, moving, and sleeping. In other words, we talk about actions, things we do, but not so much about being, who we are. Turning our attention within to the complex and mysterious realm of mind, emotion, and spirit can be challenging, but there is a reason why so many of the great thinkers, entrepreneurs, athletes, and high performers of the world make exploration of their inner world a priority.
In this episode of Paleo Magazine Radio, we’re joined by Chris Kresser. You probably know him best for his uber-popular website chriskresser.com, top-rated podcast Revolution Health Radio, and bestselling book The Paleo Cure, but what you might not know is that Chris is a long-time practitioner of Zen meditation, and he's someone who understands the role that the mind can play in both health and disease.
Tony and Chris discuss:
Host Tony Federico discusses the Women's Strength Summit online event with Stephanie Gaudreau.
Everyone has heard of The Biggest Loser TV show. It's where they take a group of overweight people, move them out to an isolated compound, pair them with a trainer, and see who can lose the most amount of weight in the shortest amount of time. The show consistently gets huge ratings and it's made a star out of the program's biggest personality, Jillian Michaels.
Unfortunately, we see the damage shows like this have done. Losing weight at all cost, only to gain it back, and then some, as many Biggest Loser contestants have, only serves to perpetuate the good and the bad, black and white, binge and purge mentality that so many people suffer from, but what if there was a different way to do a TV show about weight loss? What if the contestants were able to pick their own trainers, work out and cook in their own homes, and had to show that they could sustain change even when their trainer wasn't yelling at them?
Well, that show does exist. It's called My Diet is Better Than Yours. The whole season is available now on demand and on streaming services like Hulu. What's even more amazing about My Diet is Better Than Yours is that Paleo Magazine Radio alumni Abel James was one of the coaches on the show, and his client, despite being the oldest, unhealthiest, and perhaps most unlikely contestant, gave the standout performance of the season.
In this episode of PMR, we’re joined first by Abel, and then in the second half of the show, by his client Kurt. In our conversations, we discuss -
Spoiler alert! During the interviews, we discuss the outcome of the show, so if you haven't seen My Diet is Better Than Yours yet, go watch it and then come back to this podcast!
Host Tony Federico plays an excerpt from the new feature length documentary Love Paleo.
You've gone Paleo and cut out grains, beans, dairy, industrial seed oils, refined sugar, processed food and crappy animal products. You're eating grass-fed beef, drinking almond milk, and cooking with more herbs and spices, but despite all these changes, you're still not feeling one hundred percent. For most people, going Paleo is enough. For others, it isn't. Years of eating the sad, standard American diet can sometimes cause more damage than standard Paleo can fix, but this doesn't mean all hope is lost. This is where the autoimmune protocol comes in.
Our guest, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, AKA the Paleo mom, is one of the foremost experts in the autoimmune protocol. Her two books on the subject, "The Paleo Approach" and "The Paleo Approach Cookbook" have both been New York Times best sellers. Sarah recently released her third book, The Healing Kitchen, co-authored by Alaena Haber. In this episode, Sarah and Tony discuss what makes the autoimmune protocol different from your standard Paleo diet, why paleo foods like nightshades and nuts might not be a good idea for some individuals, her favorite AIP super-foods, how quitting diet soda quick-started her own paleo transformation, what she did to make The Healing Kitchen an invaluable resource for those trying to go AIP, and the super exciting, not-so-secret secret project that she's been working on for the past year.
Today's guest, Dr. Kelly Petrucci is a board certified naturopathic doctor, who built a practice that caters to celebrities and everyday folks alike by offering alternatives to pharmaceutical pills and surgeries. Instead of drugs, she prescribes anti-aging foods, bio-identical hormones, and nutritional supplements. She's the author of the Paleo Cookbook for Dummies series and co-authored Living Paleo for Dummies with Melissa Joulwan and Paleo Workouts for Dummies with Patrick Flynn. Her latest book is The Bone Broth Diet, which promotes a 21-day plan focused on nutrient-dense whole foods as well as plenty of bone broth.
In this episode Tony and Dr. Kellyann discuss:
Sue Hitzmann is the New York Times best-selling author of the Melt Method, and a former massage therapist who realized that she needed to teach her clients to take better care of themselves between sessions. Sue used her knowledge of the body’s connective tissue to develop the MELT Method®, a simple self-treatment technique that helps people get out, and stay out, of chronic pain by getting out of "fight or flight" and into "rest and digest".
In this episode, Tony and Sue discuss:
+ What connective tissue is and why it's so important
+ The Aha moment when she made the connection between bodywork and total body wellness
+ How her practice went from treating 30 people a year to 500 people a year
+ Why she believes a soft foam roller is best
+ Why she is so passionate about training other practitioners in her MELT techniques
It's hard to imagine that in a society obsessed with diet soda, reduced fat milk, and lean cuisines that anyone would intentionally try to eat more. Of course many people do overeat, but typically overeating is framed as a failure of self-control, a food addiction, or some other negative psychological or behavioral state.
Whether this perspective is valid or not is fodder for a future podcast episode, but the bottom line is that most of us live in a world defined by a level of caloric abundance never before seen in human history, therefore, it's logical that our challenge would be to willfully impose scarcity, aka calorie restriction in some form or another, in order to maintain our health.
But, there is one group in particular who has consistently bucked this trend without earning the social stigma typically attached to a overly hearty appetite. We're talking about athletes, and whether it's your local high school football team's epic pre-game meal or Michael Phelps’ olympic breakfasts, calories, pure and simple, are the name of the game.
Today's guest, Everett Rosette, is the son of an NFL defensive lineman and all he knew growing up was football and food. Filling out a linebackers frame required a serious dedication to eating, but years of ice cream infused protein shakes, taco bell, and McDonalds took their toll. He would be so tired from the pasta, pancakes, and pizza that he would need to chug red bull to get through games. He played in college ball for Alabama State, but even though he wasn't picked up by the NFL, his athlete eating habits continued.
On today's show, Everett and Tony discuss:
In this episode of Paleo Magazine Radio, host Tony Federico talks with Dan Pardi about how his father's battle with cancer taught him that information isn't everything. What he learned by talking to low-fat proponent Dr. Dean Ornish what a behavior model is, and how it can explain we make the choices we do. Why failure and hard work are essential ingredients in changing behavior. How he hopes to create a system that will serve up long term sustainable change to the masses. This conversation goes a little long - good news for those of you who are eager to get equipped with some knowledge bombs and start blowing up old habits and negative behaviors ASAP.