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Hosted by health coach, writer, and food and fitness adventurer Ashleigh VanHouten (aka The Muscle Maven), Muscle Maven Radio aims to expand our knowledge and competence around wellness, fitness and living a happy, healthy life. It’s all about taking our health into our own hands through research, experimentation, and curiosity, learning with an open mind and avoiding dogma and quick fixes. Through Muscle Maven Radio, we aim to approach the health journey as a fun and exciting experience, rather than a daunting and overwhelming chore. Join Ashleigh as she interviews athletes, coaches, doctors, nutritionists, and experts in all areas of health and wellness, and have fun with your health journey!
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Jun 16, 2020

Covering all aspects of the carnivore movement, today’s episode is flipped on its head with Muscle Maven Radio host Ashleigh Vanhouten as today’s guest! Beth Lipton, chef, recipe developer, and wellness writer is today’s host and asks Ashleigh all the questions you’ve ever wanted to ask about a carnivorous diet. We cover health, safety, and sustainability, especially for women interested in following this lifestyle, and Ashleigh shares how a carnivorous diet can work as a tool for building muscle and living a longer, healthier life. We also talk about convenience and where to source what some would consider unusual animal proteins, including organ meat, which Ashleigh endorses as a delicious and nutrient-rich source of protein, as well as some personal stories about cooking with animal protein and recipe development from both Ashleigh and Beth. For all you’ve ever wanted to know about the carnivore movement, and to find out more about Ashleigh’s upcoming book, Nose-to-Tail, tune in today!

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Key Points From This Episode:

  • What the carnivore movement means to Ashleigh.
  • Whether a carnivorous diet is safe and sustainable for women.
  • Beth’s experience of a carnivorous diet as a reset method, not something permanent.
  • Ashleigh explains how and why a carnivorous diet can work as a tool for women specifically.
  • Beth weighs in on why stressing about food is unhealthy and counterproductive.
  • Protein in meat as the most satiating macronutrient for Ashleigh, preventing overeating.
  • How a carnivorous diet can be simpler and easier while traveling.
  • Women, muscle, body composition, and a protein first approach on a carnivorous diet.
  • Losing fat versus building muscle and the importance of muscle for health and longevity.
  • What Ashleigh’s process is for recipe development, prioritizing health and familiarity.
  • Ashleigh relates to how scary working with new ingredients can be, especially organ meat.
  • Where Ashleigh’s interest in organ meat and a carnivorous diet came from.
  • Ashleigh’s advice for someone interested in this lifestyle but is struggling to get started.
  • Beth suggests asking your butcher to integrate organ meat into your regular order.
  • Ashleigh describes the process of sourcing ingredients for her recipes.
  • Ashleigh’s experience of having difficulty with organ meats and how she got through it.
  • Beth’s experience of cooking with organ meats or unusual animal proteins.
  • Why Ashleigh will or won’t eat specific animal proteins, focused on safety and ethics.
  • Ashleigh summarizes what she wants to impart about animal protein and organ meat.



“For me, the carnivore approach is someone who is deciding to eat animal products only” — @Ashleigh_VH [0:07:47]

“The point is to find an approach to diet that best suits your goals, your physiology, how you want to live” — @Ashleigh_VH [0:18:42]


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Bubs Naturals Website

Ashleigh Vanhouten on Twitter

Ashleigh Vanhouten Website

Ashleigh Vanhouten Instagram

Beth Lipton Website

Beth Lipton on Twitter

Beth Lipton on Instagram

Michaela Petersen Website
Mark Bell Website

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon Website

Paul Saladino Website

Diana Rodgers: Sustainable Dish Website

Tara Couture: Slow Down Farmstead

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