883: Dr. Kirk Parsley Implores People To Put The Proper Emphasis Back On Sleep

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Former Navy SEAL, medical doctor and sleep medicine specialist Dr. Kirk Parsley is our interview guest today in Episode 883 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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Sleep (along with stress) is perhaps one of the biggest non-dietary factors that plays such an instrumental part in the weight and health success or failure that people tend to have. If you get an adequate amount of restful, rejuvenating sleep in bed at night, then your health will be rewarded for giving it what it wants. But for most people, they are living their lives on a significant sleep deficit and that is taking a major toll on their quality of living that cannot be ignored any long according to Dr. Kirk Parsley, MD, who served as the Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine and is certified in hormonal modulation lecturing extensively on sleep, wellness, and hormonal optimization. He is working on a book on sleep optimization, but caught the attention of people like Robb Wolf because of a TEDxReno talk he gave on the subject of sleep last month called America’s biggest problem.

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Listen in to hear Jimmy and Dr. Parsley discuss his story being an active member of the Navy SEALS team and how he shifted his career to the healthcare industry, how he developed a good rapport with the Navy SEALS who he encountered, how sleep came on his radar screen and why medical school didn’t help him understand the importance of it, why sleep is such a major factor in optimizing your health, the insulin connection to sleep deprivation, when you are broken a lack of sleep breaks you even more, how he ran into Robb Wolf at an event that got him to turn his career into the sleep guy who talks about nutrition, the main reasons why people don’t tend to get enough sleep, the cultural norm of sleep being less important than work, how some people have a genetically higher tolerance for lack of sleep just like variances in carbohydrate tolerance, how his own sleep deprivation wrecked his fitness and health, what “sleeping adequately” is defined as, how being in a pitch black room can help you get caught up on your sleep debt, how a high percentage of Navy SEALS are taking Ambien and drinking alcohol to get to sleep, the value of getting bright light therapy during the daytime to get your circadian rhythm and health back in line again, his sleep cocktail of a variety of sleep-inducing supplements, why you should start to value sleep more in your life, the New York Times column featuring Nom Nom Paleo wearing yellow glasses at night, the purpose of a completely dark room for sleep, whether melatonin supplementation can help with sleep, the value of doing a to-do list and a to-worry list, and a whole lot more! You’ll quickly notice Dr. Parsley is 100% committed to helping people live the highest quality of life possible, and achieve their health, performance, and longevity goals. ENJOY!

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– VIDEO: Dr. Parsley’s TEDxReno talk: America’s Biggest Problem
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Dr. Parsley’s Sleep Cocktail

882: Ray Audette Was Paleo With ‘Neanderthin’ When Paleo Wasn’t Cool

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A legendary founding member of the modern Paleo movement Ray Audette is our interview guest today in Episode 882 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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When you think about the Paleo movement these days, so many great names come to mind–Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Sarah Fragoso, Nora Gedgaudas, and more. But two decades ago, there were very few people sharing about how our ancestors ate and lived in pursuing and maintaining optimal health. It was the very infancy of the modern Paleolithic diet advocacy with names like Dr. Boyd Eaton, Dr. Mike Eades, and Dr. Loren Cordain. But one man who helped merge the message of Paleo with low-carb, high-fat diets was a self-professed “computer nerd” named Ray Audette who researched and studied the Paleo lifestyle to help him with his own health issues which all got considerably better once he made the switch over to a concept he refers to in the title of his book about it called Neanderthin: Eat Like a Caveman to Achieve a Lean, Strong, Healthy Body. This is now considered a classic Paleo book and the Kindle version is now available with new information if you have never read it before.

Listen in to hear Jimmy and Ray discuss how he was talking about Paleo long ago, how his Type 2 diabetes diagnosis turned him to nutrition to heal his body, the ten commandments of his program (5 do eats, 5 don’t eats), how he sold 10,000 copies of his self-published book before a major publisher picked it up, how his book is more for the masses compared to Dr. Eaton’s book, the focus on his diet being a high-fat diet vs. Dr. Cordain’s original lean proteins thinking, why orangutans get into ketosis for six months out of the year, Paleo simply means eating what a primate eats, why he thinks Paleo has made such a huge comeback in recent years, how he was talking about high-fat diets (with the late Dr. Mary Enig) when it wasn’t even close to being accepted, how traditional cultures have done quite well without starchy foods, the problem with acrylamide and carcinogens, how the conventional wisdom on nutrition and fitness seems to have run its course, why eating a low-carb Paleo diet isn’t as profitable as a grain-based diet, how we’ve long known the connection between grains and cancer, how the low-fat diet has been proven as a hoax (if you’re doctor is telling you to cut your fat, you need to call your attorney!), we’ve long known of the therapeutic effects of ketogenic diets and cancer, why it’s problematic on your brain health to own cats, how Dr. Mike Eades mentioned Ray’s book in Protein Power, why he has decided to make a comeback of sorts after all the new voices have been on the scene, how healthy his son is today after his wife was pregnant with him when Ray was writing his book two decades ago, and so much more! Ray is one-of-a-kind and you’ll find that out very quickly in today’s interview.

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Ray Audette bio
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Ray’s extensive bibliography list

881: Dr. Eric Thorn And Marylou VanHintum Using Low-Carb Diets To Optimize Health

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Cardiologist Dr. Eric Thorn and registered nurse Marylou Van Hintum are our interview guests today in Episode 881 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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One of the most exciting developments that has been happening within the medical community over the past few years is a growing tide of healthcare providers who have become frustrated by the failure of the traditional model for medicine and are willing to look outside the box in treating their patients through nutrition and lifestyle modalities as the first option rather than so quickly turning to a prescription medication. Today’s podcast interview guests certainly fit that mold. They are an Arlington, Virginia-based cardiologist and obesity medicine physician named Dr. Eric Thorn and a real food-based registered nurse named Marylou VanHintum. Together they joined forces to open the Center for Cardio-Metabolic Health and Weight Loss in September 2012 providing medically-supervised, nutritional rehabilitation to treat metabolic syndrome, promote weight loss, reduce risk for heart disease, and improve overall quality of life. The nutritional plan they incorporated with their patients is a low-carb, high-fat diet with real, whole foods that help heal the damage that has accumulated over years, even decades, and the patients receive personalized follow-up to help them with their specific individualized needs to lose weight and get healthy.

Listen in to hear Jimmy, Dr. Thorn, and Marylou share about how they came to low-carb nutrition from within the traditional medical establishment, how they came to realize how low-carb nutrition could be used as a powerful tool for promoting optimal health, why weight loss isn’t really the primary focus of their work with patients, how a cardiologist is able to talk about eating high-fat foods like bacon without getting ostracized by his colleagues, the impact of stress on your health during transitional periods in our lives (as Dr. Thorn and Marylou are currently going through parting ways but continuing their work with patients), and a whole lot more! Jimmy met these two at the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) meeting a couple of years ago and this was such an intriguing discussion about the future of health and the intricate role nutrition will have to play in patient health in the coming years.

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– RELATED PODCAST: Low-Carb Conversations #111: Dr. Eric Thorn And Marylou Van Hintum Examine Saturated Fat And Heart Disease

880: Dr. Spencer Nadolsky Does His Own Low-Carb To High-Carb N=1 Experiment

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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and medical bariatrician Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is our interview guest today in Episode 880 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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Self-experimentation when it comes to the subject of nutrition and health is an absolute must. The quantified self movement is growing by leaps and bounds because patients are so fed up with the failure of the current model for healthy living being used by conventional medicine that they’ve grabbed back control of their own health and doing their own n=1 experiments to test how their body responds to any given stimuli. But today’s podcast interview guest isn’t just some patient–he was traditionally trained in medical school and has been treating patients himself as their medical doctor. His name is Dr. Spencer Nadolsky (listen to his previous interview on the show in Episode 552), an osteopath and obesity medicine specialist in Virginia, who decided to test the controversial dietary waters by shifting his meals over from low-carb to high-carb to see what would happen.

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Listen in to hear Dr. Nadolsky and I discuss his recent bodybuilding show, how his testosterone went to pot doing the competition, why counting macronutrients and calories were a critical element in helping him reach his body composition goals while maintaining excellent metabolic health, why he no longer worries about his macronutrients and calories anymore, how a lower-carb, higher-fat diet tends to help him keep his calories in check best, his foray into wanting to experiment with a high-carb diet to see what would happen, the reaction he received from the low-carb community to his n=1, why cravings and hunger are under control very well despite how palatable the food is on a low-carb, high-fat diet, what his experience has been with intermittent fasting, why some people thrive and others don’t do as well fasting, why he’s still eating 200-300g of carbohydrates because he’s doing well right now, how his LDL particles dropped dramatically when he cut the fat in his diet, what happened to his thyroid eating higher-carb (and his problem with people who talk bad about low-carb diets negatively impacting thyroid), how he wants to “have a baby” again doing another bodybuilding show, why he’s not personally a fan of using calorie-tracking websites like FitDay, what his diet looks like nowadays, how he was laughing at a vegan doctor who was mocking meat-eaters on Facebook, why the diet wars online are just silly, how he’s become enamored by lipidology, and a whole lot more. It’s an interesting chat about keeping an open mind and never getting too dogmatic about what you believe regarding nutritional health. ENJOY!

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– RELATED PODCAST: The LLVLC Show #552: Dr. Spencer Nadolsky Is A Physician Who Practices What He Preaches To Patients
– RELATED PODCAST: The LLVLC Show #729: Madelyn Moon Says Love Your Body And Become Who You Want To Become
– RELATED PODCAST: The LLVLC Show #782: Guest Host Ameer Rosic With Dr. Karl Nadolsky On The Benefits Of Vitamin K2

879: Mike Sheridan Bucking The Common Wisdom On Diet And Fitness

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Nutrition and personal fitness training expert Mike Sheridan is our interview guest today in Episode 879 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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In this day and age of instant information at your fingertips with the click of a mouse searching the Internet on virtually any topic you want to learn more about, it can be a bit daunting trying to sift through it all to know what to believe about any given subject. The challenge in the world of diet, fitness, and health is the fact that there are so many cultural norms that people simply believe at face value that have never been proven by any research–and yet people buy into them hook, line, and sinker. This doesn’t sit well with a nutrition and fitness expert named Mike Sheridan who believes the public deserves to hear the truth about what we REALLY know about nutrition rather than the propaganda that has been put out there in the mainstream of our culture regarding this subject. He does this regularly through his Huffington Post columns. Additionally, he’s written a couple of books that take on the common wisdom on diet and fitness and turn them on their head with Eat Meat And Stop Jogging: ‘Common’ Advice On How To Get Fit Is Keeping You Fat And Making You Sick and Live It, NOT Diet!: Forget Cardio. Forget Calories.

Listen in to hear Jimmy and Mike have an in-depth conversation about how he learned about low-carb as a high school football player, why elite athletes are starting to embrace low-carb and ketogenic diets, how the parents of young student athletes are the major roadblock in making low-carb, high-fat nutritional changes, the challenge he faces trying to buck the trend of the right diet for athletics, the role of saturated fat in the diet in keeping us sated and free from cravings, what it will take to bring about cultural change regarding nutrition, the obsession about calories and fat in our health culture, why carbohydrates really aren’t necessary for human health, the nonsensical nature of the calories in/calories out message, how people are causing more harm than good engaging in cardio exercise, his passion for helping people realize how easy it is to get and stay fit, why he believes conventional wisdom has people “overworked and underfed,” and his driving philosophy to enjoy what he is doing so that it never feels like work. You’ll get to hear all of this and a whole lot more in today’s fun and encouraging interview!

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Eat Meat And Stop Jogging: ‘Common’ Advice On How To Get Fit Is Keeping You Fat And Making You Sick
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