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.

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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.

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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.