Ep 100 – Q+A: Your Questions, Answered

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Can you believe we’re at 100 episodes?!  It’s been a slow and steady process over the past 3+ years, but consistency sure pays off! I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for listening and continuing to support me through this shift in my career from CrossFit Games athlete, to medical student, and now soon-to-be family medicine physician.

This podcast has been such a rewarding outlet for me to continue to highlight some amazing individuals in the world and share their stories and discoveries with all of you, in the hopes that their insights might positively impact your lives as well.

I wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone, and although we have had some INCREDIBLE guests on the show over the past 3 years, it just felt like this was the appropriate time to have a more intimate conversation between me and YOU with a Q+A style episode.

In this episode we discuss:

  • CrossFit Health and the CFMDL1: what it is, how I’m involved, and how you can get involved
  • My take on the change in this year’s CrossFit Games format
  • The need to work towards creative solutions so that low-income patients and patients with serious medical conditions can get involved in CrossFit
  • Functional Medicine: what it is and how I became exposed to it
  • Ways students and practitioners can get involved with Functional Medicine
  • How to incorporate Functional Medicine into a standard medical practice
  • The power of group visits to make our healthcare model work
  • How we can take control of our own health and partner with a like-minded practitioner
  • Making Functional Medicine more financially accessible
  • My take on finding the healthiest way to eat given the conflicting dietary advice out there
  • Food sensitivity tests: are they worthwhile?
  • Nutrition and the role of quality, quantity, timing, and supplements
  • My own current nutrition routine
  • Other important health factors: relationships, regular activity including restorative activity, finding your purpose, sleep, stress reduction & down-regulation of the nervous system
  • My stance on the Health at Every Size movement
  • My current training routine
  • My thoughts on returning to competition
  • My tips for staying on track and prioritizing when you’re pulled in multiple directions
  • How I plan to integrate CrossFit Health and Functional Medicine into my own future practice
  • What I would most like to change about the current healthcare system

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

Ep 13a- Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition to Create Health

Ep 13b- Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition for Athletes and Recovery from Injury

Ep 22- Brigid Titgemeier on Functional nutrition

Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

Ep 86 – James Maskell on Fight Chronic Disease with Community-based Healthcare

Ep 95 – Optimizing Your Nutrition with EC Synkowski

Ep 99 – Dr. Axel Pflueger on Fighting Chronic Disease with Fitness

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Top 10 Episodes of Pursuing Health

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We are gearing up to celebrate the 100th episode of Pursuing Health!  THANK YOU so much for your support!  Tune in next week for the BIG 100, where I’ll be answering YOUR questions, Q+A style.  In the meantime, check out some of the highlights from the past three years by listening to one of our top 10 most listened to episodes:


Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion


Ep 63 – Sara Sigmundsdottir on finding her happy place


Ep 29 – Dave Castro on applying lessons learned as a SEAL, his daily routine, and directing the CrossFit Games


Ep 84 – Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron

Ep 65 – Rory McKernan: CrossFit Games Update Show Host


Ep 72 – Finding Balance with Two-time Third Fittest Man Patrick Vellner


Ep 52b – Tia-Clair Toomey on realizing her CrossFit and Olympic dreams and finding confidence


Ep 69 – From “Obese to Beast” with John Glaude


Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”


Ep 49 – Ben Smith on why he trains and the evolution of The CrossFit Games

 

 


Ep 99 – Dr. Axel Pflueger on Fighting Chronic Disease with Fitness

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“As a nephrologist, a kidney doctor, in the Mayo Clinic, you see primarily patients with advanced kidney disease at that time.  So, these were patients who needed kidney transplants or needed dialysis.  And again, the same thinking process started to happen by me, ‘why do we see these patients late on when the damage has been irreversibly done and they need an organ transplant or dialysis when the process started decades before?’” – Dr. Axel Pflueger

Dr. Axel Pflueger serves as the Medical Director of the Center of Comprehensive & Diagnostic Medicine in New York, NY and is a Clinical Instructor at New York University Langone Medical Center.  He is a trained cardiac surgeon, board-certified internist, and board-certified nephrologist with a PhD in Pharmacology.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and is a recognized international speaker on diabetes and kidney disease, and has an extensive research background in diabetes, kidney disease, vascular function, and oxidative stress.

While working at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Pflueger conducted multiple treatment trials and gained significant insights into treating patients with chronic diseases.  Through his clinical practice, Dr. Pflueger found that the most effective treatment protocols for chronic diseases involved early diagnosis and lifestyle therapy including exercise, diet, and sleep.  In 2016, Dr. Pflueger joined CrossFit, Inc. as they launched a global health initiative to fight chronic disease worldwide.

I caught up with Dr. Pflueger at the 2018 CrossFit Health Conference to learn more about his research and clinical findings supporting early intervention as the preferred treatment for chronic diseases, and how he believes conventional medicine and lifestyle therapy can work together to end this global epidemic.

(bio adapted from Center for Comprehensive & Diagnostic Medicine)

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Pflueger’s diverse medical background and how his residency in cardiovascular surgery led to an interest in early intervention for chronic disease
  • What prompted him to specialize in nephrology
  • His preference to treat kidney disease with lifestyle therapy versus dialysis and transplants
  • The Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic at the Mayo Clinic which Dr. Pflueger founded
  • The effect of standard medications versus the effects of using exercise and lifestyle therapy in treating kidney disease
  • His search for an appropriate type of exercise for his patients, and how that led to his involvement with CrossFit
  • How Dr. Pflueger initiates the conversation on lifestyle therapy with his patients
  • How Dr. Pflueger partners with CrossFit affiliates to give coaches guidance for his patients
  • The importance of establishing a relationship with patients and the challenge of implementing this under the current insurance structure
  • Pflueger’s vision for how conventional medicine and lifestyle therapy can work together
  • Where he sees the CrossFit Health movement heading
  • How his own approach to health and fitness has changed since learning about CrossFit
  • His recommendations for affiliate owners and doctors who are interested implementing his approach
  • Three things Dr. Pflueger does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Dr. Pflueger

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

Ep 86 – James Maskell on Fight Chronic Disease with Community-based Healthcare

Ep 93 – Debunking Nutrition Myths with Gary Taubes

Ep 96 – A Hospital Affiliate: Kirby Medical Center and CrossFit KMC

Ep 97 – Challenging Conventional Cancer Care with Dr. Thomas Seyfried

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 98 – Fittest Teen to Thriving Post Liver Transplant: Sydney Sullivan

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It just got really bad.  I honestly don’t really remember that much, but looking back, it’s like ‘man I was sick’… and I can’t say it [competing at the 2016 CrossFit Games] was the healthiest thing to do, but it… CrossFit is what got me through this disease and this transplant, and I couldn’t live without it.  So, I just did what I could, of course lighter weights because I weighed 115 pounds.  So, lighter weight, I did what I could, and it was definitely hard.   There was a lot of crying, a lot of emotions just because I was so used to lifting these weights and going this fast but I couldn’t do that anymore.  So that’s when I realized somethings wrong.  It’s progressing fast.  And it’s a slow disease, but in that last year, it was fast. – Sydney Sullivan

At the 2015 CrossFit Games, Sydney Sullivan dominated the competition, winning 1st place in 5 out of 6 events in the Girls 14-15 Division, and was crowned the Fittest Teen on Earth.  She was also struggling with a serious chronic disease: Type 2 juvenile autoimmune hepatitis.

Diagnosed at age 12, Sydney managed her condition through a combination of healthy diet, CrossFit, and medical care.  However, as the  2016 CrossFit Games drew closer, Sydney began losing weight and feeling fatigued as the symptoms of her illness worsened.  That year, she would finish a highly respectable 6th place, but Sydney could feel her health declining.

Caught in a catch-22 situation, her health markers were still far “too healthy” to be considered for a traditional deceased-donor liver transplant.  At the suggestion of her doctor, her family began the process of finding a donor and a facility for a live-donor transplant.  Ultimately, her brother, Tommy, was able to give 60% of his liver to Sydney, and together the two embarked on a slow path to recovery.  Today, they work together at his affiliate, Koda Crossfit Tulsa where Sydney is a coach.

I caught up with Sydney at the 2018 CrossFit Games to hear how she managed a chronic illness while being among the world’s fittest and the lessons she learned through her experience that she hopes to share with others.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Sydney’s childhood before her Type 2 juvenile autoimmune hepatitis diagnosis
  • How she got into CrossFit
  • The diagnostic process and how Sydney learned she was sick
  • How Sydney changed her lifestyle following her diagnosis
  • Her the difference between her 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games experiences
  • Sydney’s realization that she was getting sicker and in need of a transplant
  • The decision to use a live donor, and the process to find a medical team to support that
  • The surgical process for the liver transplant
  • Sydney’s recovery process
  • Her future competitive aspirations
  • Sydney’s current medication regimen and how that impacts her training
  • The precautions she takes in her day-to-day life to protect her health
  • The lessons Sydney has learned through her experience and the knowledge she hopes to impart to others
  • Her current approach to nutrition
  • Three things Sydney does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Sydney

You can follow Sydney on Instagram.

Links:

Related episodes:

Ep 46 – Living and training with Type 1 Diabetes with Brendan Snyder

Ep 53 – Amelia Boone on achievement and growing through obstacles

Ep 55 – Lindy Barber on Overcoming a Life-Changing Injury and Finding Her Flow on Team CrossFit Mayhem

Ep 64 – Haley Adams: A CrossFit Games Teen with Talent

Ep 79 – Sam Briggs on Going Back to Basics and Training for Longevity

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

 


Ep 97 – Challenging Conventional Cancer Care with Dr. Thomas Seyfried

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“I think the biggest thing is that you’ve got to convince people that this is a metabolic disease, it’s a mitochondrial metabolic disease. Ok, so that changes the whole ground– the whole playing field of how are you gonna treat the disease. Because if it’s a metabolic disease, why are you irradiating? Because I gotta stop the tumor growth. Oh, but if I can stop it by taking away the fuels then I don’t need to do that. Now, of course… Ok, so you’re re-labeling what the disease is. And by re-labeling and providing the evidence that this is different than what we thought, and that the gene mutations are really red herrings- they’re epi-phenomena, they’re very little related to what’s going on- well, that’s a difficult pill to swallow. – Dr. Thomas Seyfried

Thomas Seyfried, PhD is a biochemical geneticist, scientist, and professor at Boston College.  For more than 25 years he has taught and conducted research in the fields of neurochemistry, neurogenetics, and cancer.  Through his extensive research, Thomas has found evidence that supports the hypothesis that cancer is a metabolic disease as opposed to the mainstream belief that it is genetic in origin.  He believes that this fundamental misunderstanding has led to failed treatment and prevention strategies.  In his groundbreaking text, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, Thomas explains the mechanism behind cancer development and metastasis, and he shares the scientific and clinical studies that support this unconventional theory.

I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Seyfried at the 2018 CrossFit Health Conference in Madison, WI.  In one of the most controversial episodes of Pursing Health yet, we discussed his research findings that point to metabolic therapies, including the ketogenic diet, as being an effective way to prevent, manage, and treat cancer.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Tom met Greg Glassman and became involved with CrossFit Health
  • What led Tom to become a scientist, and how he got into his field of research
  • His realization that the fundamental understanding of the origins of cancer may be wrong
  • Why he believes the gene therapy approach of treating cancer is wrong
  • How Tom is challenging others’ views on which cancer therapies are most effective
  • His belief that eliminating glucose and glutamine are a more effective cancer therapy
  • The types of cancer that are most metabolically responsive
  • The concept of press-pulse therapy to treat tumors
  • Tom’s excitement over the various mechanisms that can be employed to not only treat tumors but chronic diseases as well
  • The challenge of creating a clinical trial that compares metabolic therapy to traditional cancer therapy
  • How Tom believes patients can work with their doctors to drive change
  • An overview of where the field of metabolic research is, and where it’s headed
  • Three things Tom does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Tom

Links:

Related episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

Ep 78 – Lifestyle and Brain Health with Dr. David Perlmutter

Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

Ep 93 – Debunking Nutrition Myths with Gary Taubes

Ep 96 – A Hospital Affiliate: Kirby Medical Center and CrossFit KMC

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 96 – A Hospital Affiliate: Kirby Medical Center and CrossFit KMC

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“I really think there is an opportunity for the CrossFit affiliates to work with the hospitals, and to say, ‘We have a big piece of this puzzle that we can help with.  We have the programming, we have the coaches, we have the culture.’ And, my hope is that those gyms can partner with the doctors and they can partner with some of the other larger employers and also with the hospitals that can handle the biometric testing, and just put together that same plan that we’ve already done.  And I think it’s not gonna be just one solution and it’s not gonna be just one player that’s gonna make the difference, but I think collectively we all can make a big difference.” – Steve Tenhouse, Kirby Medical Center CEO & owner of CrossFit KMC

As part of an innovative partnership, Kirby Medical Center and CrossFit KMC are working as a team to promote wellness for their employees, their patients, and their local Monticello, Illinois community.  Together they are setting an example for how health care can focus on disease prevention rather than just disease treatment.

Kirby Medical Center is a 16-bed acute care hospital and physician group that consistently scores in the top 5% of rural hospitals nationwide for patient satisfaction and employee engagement.  They offer a wide variety of wellness services, including food and nutrition services, a wellness trail, and a range of exercise classes through CrossFit KMC.

CrossFit KMC is one of the first CrossFit affiliates to open on a medical center campus.  Open to both employees and the community, they play an instrumental role in helping Kirby Medical Center achieve its vision of making their community a healthier place to live.

At the 2018 CrossFit Health Conference, I had the opportunity to sit down with Steve Tenhouse, Kirby Medical Center CEO and affiliate owner of CrossFit KMC, and Josh Newton, the Director of Health and Wellness at Kirby Medical Center and Head Coach of CrossFit KMC.  I was excited to learn more about how their partnership began, the lessons they have learned along the way as they’ve built a successful employee wellness program, and how other affiliate owners can partner with local healthcare organizations to promote the shift from sick care to health care.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Steve & Josh got into CrossFit
  • Background information about KMC and the community they serve
  • How changing KMC’s vision statement to include a focus on preventative healthcare changed the hospital campus and outlook
  • The process of opening an affiliate on a hospital campus
  • The impact of the affiliate on employees and the hospital system as a whole
  • The trickle-down effect of doctors sharing their passion for exercise with their patients
  • The framework for KMC’s employee wellness program, and how it has changed over time
  • The nutritional message KMC dieticians are sharing with participants
  • How the affiliate works financially within the healthcare system
  • Their vision for turning their hospital into a place where people can go to become healthier
  • The data and outcomes they are tracking
  • Interest from other health care systems
  • Steve’s personal experience with using CrossFit to help recover from heart surgery, and the importance of prehab
  • What Steve & Josh think it will take to make the change from sick-care to healthcare
  • Their advice for affiliate owners in approaching partnerships with healthcare organizations
  • Three things Steve & Josh do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Steve and Josh

You can follow Kirby Medical Center on Facebook and Twitter.  CrossFit KMC can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Links:

Related episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

Ep 16 – Pete Katz and his physician on using CrossFit and Paleo to overcome chronic disease

Ep 22 – Brigid Titgemeier on Functional Nutrition

Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence

Ep 69 – From “Obese to Beast” with John Glaude

Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 95 – Optimizing Your Nutrition with EC Synkowski

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EC Synkowski started CrossFit in 2006 to break out of a globo-gym rut, and shortly thereafter she completed her CrossFit Level 1.  Her enthusiasm and hard work eventually led to seminar staff and flowmaster positions for the Level 1 and CrossFit Weightlifting courses, a CF-L4 certification, and a career as Training Program Manager with CrossFit, Inc.

In 2017, EC stepped down from her position at CrossFit to focus on finishing her second master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.  From there, she founded her company, OptimizeMe Nutrition, where she focuses on helping individuals understand nutrition physiology and it’s day-to-day application.  Her website provides educational resources and tools so that individuals may find their own ideal nutrition program. She is also the founder of the #800gChallenge, an inclusive eating plan that encourages participants to maximize their fruit and vegetable intake and encourages the consumption of whole, unprocessed foods.

EC and I met up in Cleveland to chat about the importance of food quality and quantity, the tips she has to offer to the majority of the population for better nutrition, and to answer listener questions about trending nutrition topics.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • EC’s background and how she became interested in fitness and nutrition
  • Her transition to working for CrossFit Seminar Staff
  • How EC built her nutrition knowledge and experience
  • The founding of OptimizeMe Nutrition
  • The best approach to nutrition for 99% of the population
  • The process EC uses to get clients on the right track
  • Her thoughts on elimination diets
  • The importance of food quality, and her approach to the plant vs. animal debate
  • Tracking macros and finding balance in measuring food quantity
  • EC’s advice for getting your diet back on track after a setback
  • Her take on the ketogenic diet trend
  • The importance of self-experimentation
  • The #800gChallenge
  • The role of supplements in a healthy, whole foods diet
  • Nutrient timing, fasting, and post-workout nutrition
  • EC’s thoughts on sweeteners
  • Her thoughts on how cuts can affect hormones
  • The approach EC recommends for individuals who want to gain mass
  • Her thoughts on eating late at night
  • Her favorite resources to learn more
  • EC’s daily routine
  • The three things EC does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she thinks could have a big impact on her health, but that she struggles to implement
  • What a healthy life looks like to EC

You can follow EC on Instagram,  and you can follow OptimizeMe Nutrition on Instagram and Facebook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

13a – Umahro Cadogan on using functional nutrition to create health
13b – Umahro Cadogan on functional nutrition for athletes and recovery from injury
Ep 22 – Brigid Titgemeier on functional nutrition
Ep 39 – Nutrition challenges and Practical Paleo with Diane Sanfilippo
Ep 48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough
Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson
Ep 76 – Working Against Gravity with Adee Cazayoux

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 94 – Danica Patrick on Trailblazing and Shifting Gears

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From a young age, I was never put… I wasn’t put on the same platform as just girls, it was everyone.  It wasn’t like, ‘Oh you’re the best girl out there,’ it was, ‘How do you be the best, period,’ and stop worrying about the differences, the small differences or the obvious differences, it’s about how to be the best.  And so, I just feel like that was just kind of ingrained from a young age…  And also, not even just be the best, but, forget it, YOUR best, which could be excessively better than everyone else.  You know what I mean?  Take it to the limit.  Your limit, not someone else’s limit.” – Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick is an athlete, author, television personality, and former professional race car driver who made headlines as the first woman to achieve several landmark victories on the IndyCar circuit and NASCAR.  Over the course of her career, she broke gender barriers and was a vocal proponent of pushing her limits to be the best.

Despite her May 2018 retirement from racing, Danica shows no signs of slowing down.  A long-time CrossFitter, she is shifting her focus to promoting health and wellness, starting with her recently published book Pretty Intense: The 90-Day Mind, Body and Food Plan that will absolutely Change your Life.  Danica is also heavily involved with her wine business, Somnium Wine, and her clothing line, Warrior by Danica Patrick.

I sat down with Danica at the 2018 CrossFit Games to chat about setting new goals after retirement, her experience as a trailblazer, and how she uses a holistic approach to constantly push herself to be her very best.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Danica’s CrossFit Games experience
  • Her retirement from racing
  • The evolution of Danica’s personal fitness and nutrition
  • How CrossFit impacted her racing career
  • Training for longevity and the importance of rest days
  • The importance of personal experimentation
  • The role sleep can play in weight loss
  • Highlights of her racing career and things she looks forward to in retirement
  • The qualities within herself that have allowed her to be a trailblazer
  • Using positive self-talk, and how Danica prevents doubt from creeping in
  • Three things Danica does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she thinks could have a big impact on her health, but that she struggles to implement
  • What a healthy life looks like to Danica

You can follow Danica via her website, InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:
Ep 02b – Dr. Michael Canales on my Achilles injury and pursuing excellence
Ep 15 – Lewis Howes on chasing greatness
Ep 18 – Scott Panchik and his father on running an affiliate, competition, and recovering from injury
Ep 51 – Dick Costolo on Taking Risks and Finding Fitness
Ep 57 – Annie Thorisdottir and Fred Aegidius on Team Work and Individual Performance
Ep 62 – Becca Voigt: The Woman, The Myth, The Legend
Ep 70 – USA Track & Field Heptathlete Tiffeny Parker on Beating the Odds
Ep 91 – Mind Over Matter: Improving Performance in Athletics and Beyond with Sports Psychiatrist Dr. MaryEllen Eller

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 93 – Debunking Nutrition Myths with Gary Taubes

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“You spend your whole life sort of cycling in and out of diets.  I was a football player, I’m the kind of guy who gains weight easily.  I know what it’s like to have to lose weight and be hungry all the time and to eat small portions of food, and now I’m eating enormous portions… and I’m losing weight.  It’s a different phenomenon- trust me…  And it doesn’t seem… There’s no sense of restriction, there’s never any time when I’m hungry.  There’s never any time when I’m not eating large portions of food.  It’s an entirely different phenomenon.  It’s as though my body without carbs, and now with intermittent fasting, works like my lean friends’ bodies work all the time.  It’s just- you take away the carbs… we’re now kind of similar people.” – Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSci.org).  With a background in physics, Taubes brings a unique perspective to scientific journalism, and takes a special interest in investigating so-called “bad science.”  Taubes is the author of several books, including The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It, and Good Calories, Bad Calories.  He is also a contributor to publications such as the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has won numerous awards for his journalism.  He lectures extensively about why we get fat, sharing his knowledge about the myths surrounding nutrition and how faulty research has led to poor food choices and an obesity epidemic.

I caught up with Gary at the 2018 CrossFit Health Conference to talk about investigating bad science, nutrition misconceptions, and the importance of self-experimentation to determine which type of diet is healthiest for your body.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Gary’s relationship with the CrossFit community
  • The importance of critical thinking and skepticism
  • Gary’s educational background in physics and how he became a journalist investigating bad science
  • How he came to be involved in nutrition
  • The research and writing process for his book, Good Calories, Bad Calories
  • The shift in conventional nutrition wisdom that he’s witnessed over the past 15 years
  • How his Nutrition Science Initiative is working to dispel the misconceptions about by years of faulty research methods
  • Bad science in nutrition and the importance of approaching obesity research without preconceptions
  • How he’s now witnessing that health information is now flowing from the bottom up- patients toward doctors
  • How Gary’s diet has changed over the years
  • Gary’s hypothesis that people physiologically respond to food differently due to different hormonal responses
  • The healthiest way to eat for the general population and the need for self-experimentation
  • The role of carbohydrates for athletes
  • Three things Gary does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he thinks could have a big impact on his health, but that he struggles to implement
  • What a healthy life looks like to Gary

You can follow Gary via his website, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Links:

Related Episodes:
Ep 13a- Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition to Create Health
Ep 13b- Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition for Athletes and Recovery from Injury
Ep 16- Pete Katz and his Physician on Using CrossFit and Paleo to Overcome Chronic Disease
Ep 22- Brigid Titgemeier on Functional nutrition
Ep 39- Nutrition challenges and Practical Paleo with Diane Sanfilippo
Ep 44- 5 Tips for New Year Nutrition and The HealthySelf Reset with BeingBrigid
Ep 80- Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease
Ep 88- From Hypocrite to Advocate: Dr. Rebecca Blonsky

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 92 – Bob Harper on Surviving a Heart Attack

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“But I really think one thing I’ve learned during this situation is to not sweat the big things or the little things.  How important it is.  We are so lucky to be here right now.  We are fortunate we have our health.  We’re here.  Don’t get so wrapped up in all the crap.  You know when you look at yourself in the mirror, and you’re like, “oh, if I could lose five more pounds,” or “if I could look more like…” or “if I had Julie’s arms…” Or whatever the case.  Who cares.  None of it, none of it matters. What matters is your friends, your family, the love and support that this community gives us.  I relish it.  That’s why I was so excited to be here because all I want to do is be around CrossFitters because they’re the best people in the world.” -Bob Harper

Bob Harper has an extensive background as fitness trainer and health expert, 3-time New York Times #1 Best Selling Author, and is perhaps best known for his role as the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. In February 2017, Bob suffered a shocking and near-fatal heart attack while exercising, and has since used his experience as a platform to educate others and to advocate for CPR training and AEDs. Following a slow, physician-supervised recovery process, Bob is back to doing CrossFit workouts with the community he loves. You can find him working out, taking black and white photos, or hanging out with his dogs, Karl and Vivian.

For his second LIVE visit to the Pursuing Health podcast, Bob and I sat down at the 2018 CrossFit Games.  We discussed how his experiences surrounding his heart attack have changed his life, and how he hopes his story can help others.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What it’s like to be a well-known trainer, the picture of health, and suffer a heart attack
  • The symptoms he had leading up to his heart attack
  • His family history and the Lp(a) cholesterol condition that contributed to his attack
  • Bob’s memories from the day of his heart attack
  • The emotions he experienced as he processed the event
  • The support he’s received from the CrossFit community
  • Bob’s physical recovery process and the panic he felt surrounding elevating his heart rate again
  • The changes he’s made to his diet
  • What Bob’s doctors are monitoring post-heart attack
  • The importance of having an established, trusting relationship with your physician
  • How he’s advocating that all gyms have AEDs and CPR certified coaches and members
  • How Bob hopes his story can influence others
  • The importance of knowing your family history
  • The tools Bob used overcome the depression he suffered following his heart attack
  • How he’s currently modifying his workouts
  • Bob’s stance on eating meat vs. veganism
  • The parts of his identity that he’s been able to focus on since his heart attack

You can follow Bob on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 33 – Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser, and Prioritizing Health

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

 


Ep 91 – Mind Over Matter: Improving Performance in Athletics and Beyond with Sports Psychiatrist Dr. MaryEllen Eller

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“And when it comes to mental preparation, it requires the same level of intention as any other training program.  It’s not gonna happen overnight. Being able to shift to that more internal motivation where you’re able to harness that energy when you’re having those bad days- that takes practice.  And it’s not gonna happen naturally.  And so, it’s incredibly important that people… that people develop a plan, that they invest in being intentional, and that they put as much focus on their mental training as they would for their physical training.” – Dr. MaryEllen Eller

A former gymnast-turned sports psychiatrist, MaryEllen Eller, MD, works with athletes to optimize their performance through the development of athlete-specific mental skills training.  Dr. Eller completed her undergraduate education at Andrews University in Michigan prior to attending Loma Linda University for both medical school and residency training in psychiatry. She enjoys specializing in high performance medicine and finds that the principles utilized to improve athletic performance can carry over into day-to-day life, helping individuals excel at work and at home.

I recently caught up with Dr. Eller to talk about how athletes can use a positive mindset to improve their performance, the impact of perfectionism, and the importance of being intentional.

Bio adapted from RxPerfomanceTherapy.com

In this episode we discuss:

  • How MaryEllen’s experiences growing up as a gymnast led to her interest in medicine
  • Her perspective on how the combination of young athletes and a focus on perfection can lead to a culture of fear and anxiety within the sport of gymnastics
  • How negative self-talk impacts our workouts and our daily lives and how one can address that
  • How automatic thoughts are formed and how to become aware of them and re-shape them in a positive way
  • The importance of writing daily goals and praising yourself for small accomplishments
  • How approaching life like a sports performance can lead to excellence
  • The stigma around depression and anxiety, and ways to recognize and actively manage these conditions
  • How to find motivation in day-to-day life and work towards being better every day
  • The importance of investing time and effort into becoming mentally tough and prepared
  • Three things MaryEllen does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to MaryEllen

You can follow MaryEllen via her website, Rx Performance Therapy, on Instagram, and on Facebook.

Links:

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by Dr. David Burns
Performance Enhancement with Dr. MaryEllen Eller

Related Episodes:

Ep 15 – Lewis Howes on chasing greatness
Ep 51 – Dick Costolo on Taking Risks and Finding Fitness
Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion
Ep 73 – RISEing to the Occasion with Olympic Swimmers Caroline Burckle and Rebecca Soni
Ep 84 – Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

 

 


Ep 90 – CrossFit Games GM Justin Bergh: The Man Behind the Magic

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“But I’m really happy that I had that experience of being at the Ranch and understanding culturally what that was.  And it wasn’t lost on me.  I think for a lot of people it was like, ‘Hey, this is fun and exciting,’ and for me, my whole background had been working in sport, in professional sport, and watching these little touring sports get big, watching big touring sports get organized, and going oh my gosh, this thing is…I mean, I used to joke, I was talking to Tony [Budding] a long time ago, and he was like ‘Hey the Games are gonna be really big, they’re gonna have a video display there.’  And I was like, man you guys are sitting on the top of a rocket going, ‘Hey, look at how high we are!’ and I was like, you haven’t even hit the ignition switch yet. I was like, once this starts taking off, it has unlimited potential.” – Justin Bergh

As the General Manager of the CrossFit Games, Justin Bergh is the man behind the scenes, overseeing details large and small to ensure everything comes together at just the right moment to create a phenomenal global fitness festival.  With the help of his CrossFit HQ team and over 800 volunteers, Justin plays an instrumental role in setting the stage to find and crown the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth each year.

A former aspiring major league baseball player, Justin suffered career ending injuries and used that challenge as an opportunity for growth.  After graduating from a sports management program, he found success working for a sports technology company, but ultimately took a leap of faith and opened his own affiliate, CrossFit Southside, in order to pursue his passion of helping others become more fit.

Now a prominent leader within CrossFit HQ, Justin has literally worked his way to the top.  After starting as an affiliate owner, Justin found his way to a role as an intern eventually a member and Flowmaster on the CrossFit Seminar Staff.  As the CrossFit Games grew, Justin was also able to draw on his sports management experience, leading him to his current role as General Manager of the Games.

I recently caught up with Justin to chat about his role as General Manager and to get a peek behind the curtains at what it takes to produce the most anticipated CrossFit event of the year.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What Justin’s day-to-day schedule is like as the CrossFit Games event approaches
  • His athletic background and how he found CrossFit
  • The lessons Justin learned from multiple injuries as he pursued a dream of playing professional baseball
  • The path to opening his own affiliate
  • How Justin came to be involved with CrossFit HQ and the CrossFit Games
  • The growth and evolution of the CrossFit Games
  • The challenges of planning a competition for a constantly varied sport
  • How fantastic it is that a broad awareness of CrossFit is spreading, especially in a world dominated by screens
  • The structure of the Games production team
  • The scope of the volunteer component of the Games
  • The rehearsal process for preparing for events
  • The role of the CrossFit Demo team
  • What it’s like to work with Dave Castro on creating the Games
  • The most challenging and rewarding parts of Justin’s job
  • His excitement to be presenting the Games in Madison
  • How the CrossFit Games team decides which companies to partner with
  • The process to ensure a fair competition by testing for banned substances
  • Justin’s daily routine
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing that Justin thinks would have a big impact on his health but he struggles to implement
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Justin on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Links:

Related Episodes:
Ep 21 – Pat Sherwood on CrossFit, the Games and quality of life and longevity
Ep 27 – Adrian Bozman on teaching CrossFit, judging at the CrossFit Games, and garage gym training
Ep 29 – Dave Castro on applying lessons learned as a SEAL, his daily routine, and directing the CrossFit Games
Ep 62 – Becca Voigt: The Woman, The Myth, The Legend
Ep 65 – Rory McKernan: CrossFit Games Update Show Host
Ep 85 – Back on Track with Carleen Mathews
Ep 87 – Stacie Tovar: From Legendary Competitor to Thriving Coach

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to recieve an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.