EP36 Interview with Patrick Owen

Pat Owen ImageEP36 Interview with Patrick Owen On today’s show, I interview my friend and colleague Pat Owen, a truly great Canadian Mind on Health.

Be sure to let me know your opinions & questions in the comments section. Be sure to keep posted for more awesome interviews and contests in the near future. Please share this PODCAST and site with your friends.

Enjoy the show!

Talk to you next week!

Dan T

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

Pat’s Facebook page – be sure to like him and follow for updates (here).

Pat’s LinkedIn page with links to his publications (here).

Prior rants on the health care system (here) and (here).

Interview with Vinnie Tortorich on CMOH (here) and on the Angriest Trainer (here).

Dietitians for integrity in practice (here).

Nutritionism coined by Michael Pollan (here).

Prior post on importance of sleep (here) and podcast on same (here).

Flux app for PC (here).

Twilight app for android (here).

Pat’s article on Stress and Cortisol management (here) and his Thrive video on Mindfulness (here).

Club Atwater in Montreal (here).

Pat’s articles for Askmen.com (here).

Pat’s videos for Thrive (Askmen.com) (here).

Pat’s Publications (Scientific and NON):

SuperFoods Cookbook (here).

Edible and Medicinal Plants of Canada (here).

Eating and Healing Traditional Foods as Medicine (here).

Pat’s websites (coming soon) (here) and (here).

EP35 Great Grilling Tips for an AWESOME summer

Paleo GrillingEP35 Great Grilling Tips for an AWESOME summer

On today’s show, I’ll talk about some tips for you to make your grilling healthy and awesome this summer!

Be sure to let me know your opinions & questions in the comments section.

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Dan T

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

Clean-eating meat rubs (here), (here) and (here).  The last one can be turned into a clean-eating BBQ sauce.

EP34 Forgetful Trans Fats and Non Cooking Kids

EP34 Forgetful Trans Fats and Non Cooking Kids

On today’s quickie show, I’ll be discussing a couple of recent studies that range from how trans fats could impair our cognitive function to how kids today don’t even know how to cook.

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Dan T

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

How things will be changing on CMOH moving forward.

Please comment to wish Dave luck with his ventures in the comment section.

Study on Trans Fatty Acid intake and memory (here).

Study on kids today not being trusted or competent in the kitchen (here).

EP33 If you’re bugging out do it right

probioticsEP33 If you’re bugging out do it right

Today I’m flying solo, while trying not to wake the kids and together we’ll discuss why you might benefit from resetting your gut microbiome and also how to do it cost effectively.

Be sure to let me know your opinions & questions in the comments section.

Be sure to keep posted for more awesome interviews and contests in the near future.

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Dan T

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Dan T & Dave B

Things talked about in this PODCAST

Prior Podcast in which Dave and Dan discuss Dr. Perlmutter’s Brain Maker Book (here).

Dr. David Perlmutter’s Website (here).

Brain Maker Book (here).

Brain Maker Audiobook (here).

Fermicutes and Obesity (here).

Loads of info on Bacterioides (here).

Study on inflammation, leaky gut and depression (here).

Leaky gut and depression (here).

Prior post on healing your gut (here).

Prior Podcast in which Dan and Dave give tips to optimize your brain function and health (here).

EP32 Brain Maker Book Review and Beyond

EP32 Brain Maker Book Review and BeyondBrainMakercover

Today Dave and I talk briefly about Dr. David Perlmutter’s new book Brain Maker and also discuss some of the awesome research that he presents in the book.

Be sure to let us know your opinions & questions in the comments section.

CONTEST UPDATE:

Thank you to everyone who took part.

The winner has been drawn and they are being contacted.

Once we get permission from them, we will post their name on our site.

Be sure to keep posted for more awesome interviews and contests in the near future.

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Dan T & Dave B

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

Dr. David Perlmutter’s Website (here).

Brain Maker Book (here).

Brain Maker Audiobook (here).

Prior Podcast on Gastric Bypass (here).

Paul Chek’s Website (here).

Fermicutes and Obesity (here).

Loads of info on Bacterioides (here).

Study on Elimination diet and ADHD (here).

Study on inflammation, leaky gut and depression (here).

Leaky gut and depression (here).

Prior post on healing your gut (here).

Prior Podcast in which Dan and Dave give tips to optimize your brain function and health (here).

EP31 DAD BODS or Man Boobs

EP31 DAD BODS or Man Boobs

Today Dave and I talk about DAD bod phenomena and just how ridiculous it is!!

Be sure to let us know your opinions & questions in the comments section.

CONTEST UPDATE:

Thank you to everyone who took part.

Dave and I are in the process of randomizing all eligible entries for the free Spartan Race entry for Canadian Race Dates.  We will share that with you in next week’s PODCAST post.

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T & Dave B

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

The DAD BOD (here).

Oprah Winfrey’s struggles with weight (here).

Fat Chance the documentary (here).

America’s Next Top Model (here).

Prior post on metabolic issues (here).

Tess Holiday (here).

 

EP30 Healthiest and Fittest Summer Ever

EP30 Healthiest and Fittest Summer Ever

Today Dave and I talk about strategies to make this your healthiest and fittest summer ever!!

Be sure to let us know your opinions & questions in the comments section.

Also, be sure to share this on social media & Itunes as well.

CONTEST REMINDER (Please use this written contest reminder as the real deal (left out some parts in the audio)):

A quick reminder that until 11:59 pm on May 31st, anyone who subscribes to our site, likes us on Facebook or gives us a 5-star rating on ITUNES between May 19th and May 31st, 2015 (when this post goes live) at 11:59 pm will receive 1 entry (for each method).  We will draw from those entries.

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T & Dave B

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

The Origin of Gatorade (here).

Hyponatremia (low sodium in the blood) (here).

Prior post including Urine Hydration color chart (here).

Some of the recorded problems with sunscreen itself (here).

Tanning increases serum Vitamin D (here).

Review of Tanning beds, Skin Cancer and Vitamin D (here).

Seasonal Light/Dark Cycles from prior posts (here).

Hibernation in Bears as Metabolic Syndrome (here).

Prior post on Seasonal Food Availability (here).

Prior post on Metabolism and Mental Health (here).

Prior PODCAST episode on locally grown foods (here).

Prior PODCAST episode on avoiding the pitfalls of the warmer weather lifestyles (here).

The Darwin Awards (here).

EP29 Joe De Sena wants everyone to Spartan the F up

EP29 Joe De Sena wants everyone to Spartan the F up

Today we talk with Joe De Sena founder & CEO of the Spartan Race.

It was an awesome interview with an amazing guy!  He’s looking to revolutionize health & fitness and we think he’s doing an amazing job, don’t you?  You’ll be floored at how insightful he is!

Be sure to chime in with your thoughts, opinions & questions in the comments section.

Also, be sure to share this on social media & Itunes as well.

CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT:

Joe was kind enough to offer us 1 free entry to any of the Canadian Spartan Race tour dates.

Anyone who subscribes to our site, likes us on Facebook or gives us a 5-star rating on ITUNES between May 19th and May 31st, 2015 (when this post goes live) at 11:59 pm will receive 1 entry (for each method).  We will draw from those entries.

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T & Dave B

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

Joe De Sena’s book Spartan Up (here).

The Reebok Spartan Race Canada Site (here).

Joe De Sena’s Spartan Up Podcast (here).

EP28 Maximize your Brain Function

EP28 Maximize your Brain Function

Today we discuss some strategies that you can start using today to maximize your brain function.

We focus on the nutrition and exercise strategies you start NOW, but there are also other strategies like sleep, stress management and lifelong learning.

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

Dave Perlmutter’s new book Brain Maker (here).

Dr. Perlmutter’s Web Site – loads of great info (here).

Normal, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Brain Scans (here).

Type 3 Diabetes (here).

Leptin as biomarker for Type 3 Diabetes (here).

Gut microbiota and Mental Health (here).

Leaky Gut and Inflammatory Conditions (here).

Online Sources for Probioitics for Canada (here) and USA (here) and UK (here).

Prior post on gut health (here).

Exercise and Mental Health (here) and (here).

Prior posts on Hormesis (here) and (here).

Exercise and BDNF (here).

Prior Podcast Interview with Yoga’s Ann Green (here).

Prior posts on Sleep (here), (here) and (here).

Brain Games and Mental Function (here).

Some resources with free online courses (here), (here), (here), (here) and (here).

Meditation/Mindfulness tutorials online (here), (here), (here), (here) and (here).

Being Social and Mental Function (here) and (here).

Lifelong learning and Mental Function (here), (here) and (here).

 

Kale Chips

Local Curly KaleKale Chips

This week’s recipe is for a great snacky-good but healthy treat!

Kale is an awesome low-carb, nutrient-dense vegetable that is full of nutritional benefits (here).

My wife was keen on working these into our rotation to replace higher carb snack treats.  We had tried to make them in the past, but often we couldn’t get the right crispiness.

Last night, we got it right!

The options for this dish are how you want to flavor them.

For this recipe you will need:

1/2 -1 bunch of Kale (preferably curly Kale) – washed and dried.

Olive oil/Coconut oil – 1-3 Tbsp.

Your seasonings of choice.  Some examples (possibilities are limited only by your creativity) include: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, Cayenne Pepper sauce, Cinnamon, Currey, Ginger, Cumin, Creating your own All-Dressed seasoning, etc…)

Preparation & Cooking Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 300°F.
  2. Remove Kale leaves from the spiny stems.
  3. Break Kale leaves apart/chop into med-sized pieces (think larger-sized chips, as they will shrivel a bit when cooking).
  4. In a bowl, drizzle Olive/Coconut (melted) oil over the Kale pieces.
  5. Add your seasoning (i.e. Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, Cayenne Pepper sauce, etc…) and mix well with your hand.
  6. Bake at 300°F for 15-25 mins until Kale is crispy.  The edges may turn light brown, but you don’t want them burnt.

Enjoy in a big bowl like you used to your favorite chips, popcorn.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

As always, please share it with your friends & leave your comments below with any tweaks that you found useful!

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Have a great day!

Till next time!

Dan T

EP27 May the Fourth Be With YOU The Dan Solo Episode

EP27 May the Fourth Be With YOU The Dan Solo Episode

Happy belated Star Wars Day everyone!  I’m a Geek, but I have to admit, I’m more Trekkie than Starwoid… BUT I don’t discriminate against Geeks!  All nerds are welcome!  LOL!

Dave is away dealing with moving and catching up in his training practice.  He will be back next week as usual.

Bear with me on this one, as I’m solo parenting today and exhausted from dealing with a 1 and 3 year old!

Today, I will do a quick review of the recent documentary “Cereal Killers”.  It’s awesome!  I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the low carb, high fat lifestyle & highly efficient exercise, and how the current system here in North America is completely broken & why we need to open our minds & change our protocols when it comes to promoting health, performance & longevity!  Remember, disease is illness, not wellness!  More on that later.

You can check out the movie here.

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

Joe De Sena the founder & CEO of The Spartan Race (here).

Cereal Killers the Documentary (here).

Dr. Timothy Noakes – One of the Research Leaders in Low Carb/High Fat (here).

A sampling of just a few studies showing  benefits of Low Carb/High Fat nutrition (here, here, here and here).

EP26 Yet Another Health Care Rant

EP26 Yet Another Health Care Rant

Dr Oz
Yet Another Health Care Rant

First off, Dave overcomes his sad heart at the fact that the Senators were eliminated by Montreal this past weekend and then Dan & Dave rant about the recent Dr. Oz issue and then tie it all into the current state of the Canadian Health Care System.

Obviously, there are a lot of issues, but we riff on a few of them here.

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T & Dave B

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

Ottawa Senators hockey (here).

The Dr. Oz issue (here).

Changes for Naturopatic Practitioners in Ontario, Canada as of June 1st, 2015 (here).

EP25 Five ways to Start Burning Fat Fast

Burn FatEP25 Five ways to Start Burning Fat Fast

Today the boys chat on the topic of Playoff Hockey & the NHL Lottery debacle!  Oh wait, well maybe for a few minutes, but then they get back on track & chat about Five strategies that you can use to start burning body fat fast!

 

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T & Dave B

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

Prior post on Ketosis does not equal Ketoacidosis (here).

Positive Metabolic effects of Very-Low Carbohydrate diets (here).

Prior post on Intermittent Fasting (here).

One perspective on Intermittent Fasting by Brad Pilon (here).

Prior post on Making a Bone Broth (here).

Ori Hoefmakler (here).

Chris Rock (here).

HIIT (here) and TABATA (here).

Strength Training and Fat Loss with Muscle Mass preservation (here).

EP24 Getting Back into Outdoor Activities

EP24  Getting Back into Outdoor ActivitiesOutdoor activities

Dave & Dan talk about 4 common problems they encounter in people trying to get back into active life in the warmer weather (for those of us in Canada an the Northern US).

1) People tend to dive in too hard too soon, when first getting back into things!!  Must recondition yourself to these activities, since you haven’t done them in quite some time!

2) Trying to rush fat loss or going on a full blown crash diet vs. trying to establish a maintainable lifestyle change!

3) Be creative in your outdoor activities.  Sign up for activities that commit you to a group or team & that you enjoy, so you will do them CONSISTENTLY!!  Also, dangerous traps to WATCH OUT FOR!

4) Patio parties – BBQ, outdoor eating, the booze flows easier when it’s not frozen!!

Dave & Dan give tips to help you avoid these pitfalls!

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T & Dave B

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Things talked about in this PODCAST

Prior podcast on Wacky ways people try to lose weight (the April Fools episode) (here).

Meetup.com (here).

The Running Room for weekly (free) runs (here).

(Future) post on tips to survive Road Trips (here).

Prior post on BBQ (here).

EP23 Get the best food for your Dollars

EP23 Get the best food for your Dollars

Today the guys talk about how to get the absolute best quality foods for your dollars!

Briefly

From CSAs, Farmer’s Markets to people with chickens in their back yards, it is a great time to seek out and be able to get the best food for your dollars.

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T & Dave B

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Things discussed during this PODCAST

Website for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Canada (here).

Website to find locally produced grass-fed and healthy-raised meats & animal products (here).

Prior post on Green Smoothies (here).

EP22 The Truth in the Fools

EP22 The Truth in the Fools

Today’s show is a tribute to April Fools Day!  We hope you enjoy our “twisted humor” look at some of the wacky ways that people have tried to battle the bulge throughout time!

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T & Dave B

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Things discussed during this PODCAST

KETOSIS WILL KILL YOU – Dan’s prior post on Ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis (here).

Prior PODCAST Episode on the (here).

The Cabbage soup diet (here).

Tapeworm diet (here); YouTube video about Tapeworm extraction (WARNING GRAPHIC) (here).

Colonic Hydrotherapy (here).

Vomitoriums (here).

Foot Cleansing Pads (here).

Tongue Patch (here).

Prior Podcast Episode on Bariatric Surgery (here).

Ear Stapling (here).

Weight Loss Balloon (here).

Montreal Coffee & Cigarette Diet (here).

Crack Pipe Diet (here) and the CART mechanism (here).

You on a Diet book (here).

Fen Phen diet pills (here).

Starvation diets (here).

Baby Food diet (here).

Juice Cleanses (here).

Ineffectiveness of Colon + Liver Cleanses (here).

Prior post on Green Smoothies (here).

CBC Marketplace on Natural Products (here) and on Homeopathy Part I (here) and Part II (here).

Health Canada Advisories, Warning & Recall list (here).

Fake meal in a pill (Fexaramine) (here).

YouTube video on the Shake Weight (here).

STAY OUT OF KETOSIS… signed the weight loss industry!

 STAY OUT OF KETOSIS!!!

Yes. That’s right.  The weight loss industry wants you to be afraid of ketosis so you will stay heavy and need to buy more crap to try to get lean!  Oh yeah. And grain producers & food companies want this too, because then you will be a “heavy user”. – YES.  That’s what people who consume high amounts of their food products are called!  This was first revealed in 2004’s Super Size Me (here).

No conspiracy theories here, just unfortunate, economic reality!

low_carb_t_shirt_ketosis_isnt_ketoacidosis_tshirt-re616c6b7d5e049fe862ad0933073c80f_804gs_324The sad thing is that many of my medical & health professional colleagues truly misunderstand KETOSIS and often confuse it with the similar-sounding, but completely different metabolic state  KETOACIDOSIS.  And so goes the story… you read somewhere that ketosis is a necessary part of losing body fat (inaccurately called weight amongst health professionals) and you discuss this with your well-meaning, but completely ignorant medical or health professional and they say…

“STOP!  Don’t go into Ketosis!  That could kill you!”  Your heart skips a beat.  Thank GOD this person was here to save you.  Next you ask them, “What should I do instead?” They proceed to let you know about how many calories you will need to consume to lose 1-2 lbs per week.  You grimace.  Next, they start telling about how you can eat pretty much anything as long as the calorie amounts are right!  Excitedly, this includes “healthy” whole grains, so hey, as long as you can eat your pasta, breads, cereals & occasional treats, and still lose weight, life is very very good!  The part that’s left out is that you won’t eat much fat at all, and so you’ll be super-hungry & you will likely cause constant insulin spikes every time you eat, so that will shut down any fat burning that would have occurred!

They then they proceed to map out an example of a food-wise day in the life of a good client according to the nutrition guidelines that this health professional is following, which are usually from research based in the 1970’s (most recent) and completely ignores research for the last 6 decades.  But, again, it’s not the health professionals’ duty to stay up to date, except for just checking the latest version of the guidelines by the expert authority on that nutrition topic (i.e. weight loss in this case).  Eventhough, these guidelines continue to be based on wrong assumptions and NEVER EVER ask the fundamental unifying theory of biology question… does this approach make any sense when we consider human evolutionary theory?  And that, of course is where they fail (miserably)!  Unfortunately, you continue to follow that health professionals’ advice & go back for follow up appointments (often regularly) with little to no progress being made.  Usually, there is some short term success (as is ALWAYS the case with calorie restriction), but then your body adapts to the calorie restriction and puts a stop to the weight loss.

Of course, the health professional gives many a reason why this is happening including but not limited to, you must be under reporting, you need to exercise more, we need to cut your calories more, which means even less fats… and the list goes on and on.  They use every ounce of energy they have determining how this strategy is NOT working for you, but they ASSUME that it NORMALLY works, which is completely false!

I found this review article from 2004 (here) that does a good job explaining much of the confusion around the metabolic effects of low carb diets including Ketosis and fat loss.

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Alright, let’s compare Ketosis and Ketoacidosis.

KetosiKetone-figures-1-645x230s

A metabolic state in which the body is able to use both exogenous (eaten) and indogenous (stored) fats as it’s primary energy for the cells of the body including muscles, organs and YES even the brain.  Ketone bodies are how the body gets fat out of the body’s stores to use as a fuel.  There are 3 main ones, acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone, the first 2 of which can be primary fuel for most cells in the body (here).

Ketoacidosis

A metabolic state that occurs mainly in people who don’t produce enough insulin to stop ketone production (i.e. Type 1 diabetes).  It is characterized by OUT OF CONTROL Ketone production (again because there is no biochemical feedback loop to stop the process).  The resulting severe accumulation of keto acids significantly decreases the pH of the blood (as acids do) and when this pH falls out of the biological range, many proteins, enzymes, hormones and organs, stop working causing the body to shut down, essentially leading to a state of metabolic acidosis and possibly death.  If you have type I Diabetes and aren’t sure about Diabetic Keto Acidosis (DKA) you can learn more here.

If you want more in depth geekification, more than I have time to provide for this post, be sure to check out Dr. Peter Attia’s blog for an awesome, in depth comparison (here).

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stairs-upketosis gradientOkay, wait a minute, I’m not here to scare you into a low fat, high carb diet that will undoubtedly fail you, as it has millions before you!  The most important way to think of Ketosis is that there is a gradient/scale.  Having some ketones is perfectly normal (albeit highly uncommon in today’s world) & indicates that you are primed to burn fat, which means lose weight & specifically body fat, as well as providing a much more sustainable fuel for muscles and the brain!  However, if you are someone who does NOT produce enough insulin anymore because of pancreatic beta-cell failure (i.e. Type 1 diabetes), then it is risky for you to try to actively pursue ketosis. I’m not saying that you can’t do it, and have insulin on hand in case things get out of hand, but it will always be risky because you lack the innate mechanism for controlling the level of ketones in your blood.

If you’re not sure about all this, then by all means, discuss it with your health professional, who knows your specific case & history, of which I am clueless.  Be sure to explain the difference to them (you can even use this post to help you) and your goal for using ketosis, because as I mentioned before, it’s quite common for these states to be blurred or confused by many, if not most health professionals.

I hope you find this post useful!  Please share it with your friends & family or even your health care professional.

Have an awesome weekend!

Take care,

Dan T

EP21 The Madness of March

Jason Statham 1 March MadnessEP21 The Madness of March

March is here & there is definitely madness in the air.  Not just bracetology, but now is the time when we might start thinking about how to shed that excess winter weight (body fat) so that we can look better/good naked!

In today’s show, we discuss how this time of year brings with it tonnes of people who while striving to “look better (almost) naked” will purchase training programs designed for high performance athletes or amazing actors/actresses and follow them as religiously as a new inductee into a cult who believes that their doctrine is the ultimate truth!

Now, we are all for motivation to get people up and moving, but unfortunately, not only is this a waste of money, but it’s more often than not a waste of time & actually dangerous or unhealthy for the person, other than the person for whom the program was designed!!!

Dan’s Experience with this:

Case in point, I really like Jason Statham, and not just because he’s got the same hairline as me, because he a cool older dude who is absolutely ripped!  And I’ve bought countless magazines over the years because I wanted to look more like him physically, so I followed the workout that was designed for him. Obviously, I know better now, but you know what’s interesting?  While I was doing this, I was definitely more fit, but I was not very healthy, because I was burning out a lot, and completely wiped out!  Fortunately, I had a decent baseline of fitness to start with, otherwise, I might have also been injured, which definitely would have put a damper on my fitness goals!  Right?  The challenge is that the program that I was using was designed for Jason Statham, his life, body type, fitness & asthetic goals, as well as his time availability for exercise daily; which without knowing every detail, I think it’s safe to say is much more than mine, given that I work a full time job, take care of 2 young girls & run a private nutrition counseling practice & this online business!!!  All in addition to pursuing my PhD in Human Nutrition Science!  Anyway, you get the point, much of jobs & business require hours of sitting!  So killing it in the gym for prolonged periods of time is not a good idea when that’s your reality!  Shorter times (like HIIT & TABATA), well that’s a different story and we’ll save that for another episode!  I just wanted to share my experience with you so you know that this phenomenon is a very common occurrence & how a lot of fitness magazines stay in business!

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T & Dave B

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Things discussed during this PODCAST

Prior PODCAST Episode on the Biggest Loser (here).

Dave’s prior post on the Biggest Loser (here).

Jason Statham & why Dan has a man-crush on him (here), (here) and (here).

Cate Shanahan and the LA Lakers diets (here) and Dr. Cate Shanahan’s book (here).

Dave’s Instagram video on plyo box jumps (here).

EP20 What lies beneath common Thyroid issues?

thyroid1EP20 What liWhatLiesBeneathCoverArtes beneath common Thyroid issues?

What lies beneath sounds like an awesome spine-tingling thriller movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford (here), and in one way that’s how we mean it too!

In today’s show, we discuss the Thyroid.  Particularly, Hypothyroidism & how very common it is in the world of weight gain.

Importantly, we discuss a newer (but actually not that new) & very interesting underlying cause for hypothyroidism in the developed world.

We also discuss what can we do to help improve the function of your thyroid, as well as to prevent a decline in its function.

Enjoy the show! Talk to you next week!

Dan T & Dave B

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Things discussed during this PODCAST

The Thyroid an introduction (here).

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (here).

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (here).

List of Goitrogens (here).

Prior episode on Hormesis (here) and post on Hormesis (here).

Leaky gut and autoimmune disease (here) and (here).

Kelp supplements for Thyroid Function (here).

Prior CMOH post on Leaky Gut (here).

Prior CMOH episode on Gluten Free and the role of Zonulin in leaky gut (here).

The Wahl’s Protocol (Paleo diet for Multiple Sclerosis) (here).

Sub-threshold aerobic activity and increased thyroid function (here).

Pastured Beef Liver

Hannibal LecterThis week’s recipe is for an incredible old-school dish – LIVER!  Cue Hannibal Lecter & his creepy lip sucking sound & the classic quote: “I’ll eat your liver with a side of onions & fava beans”

Cannibal circles aside, most of us don’t hear or talk much about eating liver currently, because as you will see you need to be super-selective about the source of your animal liver.

Why?  First some basics about the role of the liver.

The role of the liver in most animals (including us) is to create, break down, store and process many of the nutrients that are eaten.  It also has a role in detoxification of many of the pharmaceutical (& non-pharma) drugs that are taken in.

So, as a result, many of the nasty substances (i.e. poor quality animal chow, pesticides, GMO components, as well as medications fed to animals) all end up at concentrated levels in the liver, or at least some metabolic breakdown products do.  Therefore, I would (and do) avoid buying my animal livers from a source that I am not 100% that it is traditionally raised (i.e. farm fresh, grass-fed, pastured, etc…).  When items are sold in the supermarket and do NOT specify, assume that they are commercially, mass-produced and therefore assume the livers are full of junk that you don’t want to eat concentrated amounts of.

grass-fed-beef-liver-710Relax though, if you get your animal liver from a nearby farm that obviously lets its animals graze on the hillsides & move around the fields, then you are getting a liver that will be chalked full of nutritional goodness!  Not to mention be an absolutely YUMMY!

As usual, I will provide options, but I will assume that you will be slow-cooking for the main dish prep.

Pastured Beef Liver

For this recipe you will need the following.

  • 1.5 – 3 lbs of pastured beef liver lobes – whole (or chopped);
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil.
  • 1 medium to large onion chopped or diced.
  • 2-4 cloves garlic pressed or diced.

Optional

  • 3-4 pastured eggs (whole or at least the yolks) beat lightly
  • 3-4 Tbsp of Almond flour.

Preparation & Cooking Instructions:

  1. Melt 2 Tbsp coconut oil in frying pan.  Add in onion, garlic & celery – sautee until softened & fragrant.
  2. Optional – If you are breading – cover the liver pieces with beaten egg & coat with bread crumbs.
  3. Lay your coated or plain liver pieces in the pan and saute over med high heat in a pan.
  4. Season to taste with salt & pepper, cinnamon, chili peppers & anything else you like, then cook it.

Cook over medium-high heat in a frying pan (preferably cast iron).  Serve with your favorite hot or cold veggies.  It goes great with my Hearty Yuca Root (here).

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

As always, please share it with your friends & leave your comments below with any tweaks that you found useful!

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Till next time!

Dan T

Things referred to in this post:

The role of the liver (here).