How to Reset Your Health

In this inaugural episode of The Wellness Mama Podcast: Simple Answers for Healthier Families, I discus my personal journey and my reason for starting this blog and the podcast.

I also talk about what is next for the podcast and topics I’ll be covering in the future, especially my core topics on how to “RESET” your health:

Why A Podcast?

When my oldest son was just six weeks old, I was reading a magazine in the doctor’s office at my follow-up appointment and I read a line that hit me like a ton of bricks:
“For the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents.”

The article continued to talk about the coming rise in cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease and other problems. I looked down at my tiny, perfect infant and every cell in my body rebelled against the idea that he would have to suffer these problems.

I decided that a 50:50 chance of diabetes wasn’t good enough for our children. That a 1 in 3 chance of getting cancer was not going to cut it and that statistics like “95% of the US population will be obese in the next two decades,” needed to change.

That day, the mission of was born as I realized what an uphill battle we must fight to protect future generations. It started a personal journey for me to find ways to improve my own health and the health of my husband and children. It also ignited a fire in me to change these statistics.

My Story

I also realized that I was a victim of these statistics myself. I am the classic type-A first child. In high school I was senior class president, graduated with honors and was in 23 different extra curricular activities and several sports. I made the grades and was up late studying and up early for meetings at school so I didn’t sleep much.

Like most students, I figured I could eat whatever I wanted as long as i didn’t gain weight so I subsisted on fried foods, cafeteria pizza and coffee.

College was more of the same plus writing assignments that added extra hours and occasional travel. One summer, I walked across the country, literally, which was one of the best experiences of my life but also the most difficult until I had children.

I was with a group of students and we walked 15-20 miles or more a day each day, sometimes during the night. Combine that with bad food and stress and you pretty much have the breeding ground for health problems.

Fast forward a few years and I left the journalism dream to become a wife and a mom, which is definitely the best choice I’ve ever made, but five kids pretty close together also means not much sleep for about eight years.

Turns out that stress, bad food and lack of sleep are a great way to create problems like autoimmune disease, trouble losing weight and more.

Ever since that moment when I read that statistic in that doctors office, I’ve been on a search to create a better future for my children and yours but also to find answers to my own health struggles. I finally got some answers for myself lately and found out that I have autoimmune thyroid problems, likely fueled by my stress, lack of sleep and bad diet earlier in life.

I know first hand how difficult these challenges are and how hard they are to reverse once they are there, and I don’t want my children to struggle with this same fate.

My goal with this podcast and with is to address these topics and provide answers for your family. I’ll be interviewing health experts, other moms, doctors, researchers and getting their best advice to help you improve your health and the health of your family members.

The Core: RESET Your Health

When talking about health and wellness, I focus on my seven core topics that work to transform health. An easy way to remember them is with the acronym “RESET – IT”

The “R” and cornerstone of health is real food. I often say that you can’t out supplement or out exercise a bad diet and this is an area that really needs some improvement for a lot of us. The three most consumed plant foods in the US are corn, wheat and soybeans and ironically, none of those are vegetables. Some tribes throughout the world consume hundreds of different types of vegetation and we focus primarily on three.

On top of this, our food is home to hundreds of chemicals and additives that the body does not recognize and which it must filter and remove, which increases the burden of these foods on our bodies. How many children think that food actually originates in a grocery store or have never seen a local farm where their food is prepared.

If you look at the statistics for the last hundred years, especially the last four decades, you see some disturbing trends. Some interesting ones to note are:

  • rising rates of heart disease, stroke, cancer and death from those causes
  • rise in consumption of carbohydrates and decline in saturated fat consumption
  • rising rates of sugar and sweetener consumption
  • rising consumption of vegetable oils, and rising rates of obesity
  • declining rates of home-grown food, varied agriculture, home cooked meals and time spent as a family.

I will focus a lot on how to make a real food diet manageable and especially topics like finding good sources of locally grown food, avoiding chemicals and additives in foods, home cooking when possible and focusing on nutrient dense foods and not calories.

The second part of my RESET IT challenge is E for Eliminate stress.

While stress is often thought of as a strictly emotional and mental problem, there is a growing amount of evidence that is has a host of physiological effects as well. One study found that a chemical released when the body is in a stressed state, Neuropeptide Y, causes fat cells to open and store fat rather than burn it. Another study found that, especially in women, higher cortisol (stress hormone) leads to weight gain around the waist, even in otherwise slender women.

Another study found that stress shortens telomeres in cells at a faster rate, leading to premature aging and the increased risk of diseases that accompanies it.

Stress can impact hormones and fertility as well. When cortisol is high in the body, progesterone is often low because the body uses progesterone to manufacture cortisol. This is often why stress and elevated cortisol levels correlate with trouble conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy. While natural progesterone cream can be helpful, it is important to address the causes as well.

Other physical reactions associated with high stress levels are:

  • Hair loss (from prolonged stress)
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased incidence of heart disease and stroke
  • Higher incidence of allergy
  • Muscle pain or twitching
  • Hormonal and menstrual troubles
  • Increased incidence of eczema and psoriasis
  • Slower healing from all illness

Effectively dealing with stress requires an integrative approach that not only addresses the causes of stress (mental, emotional, physical) but also works to actively reverse the damage that has already been done. For me personally, this is one of my toughest health challenges to address, since even though I know what I should be doing, I don’t always have time to fit it all in.

To start, we definitely must address the basics:

Physical Stress: While some physical stress is good (sprinting, lifting weights, etc.) other types can be harmful (chronic cardio, lack of sleep, etc.) and dietary causes also create a physical stress. A poor diet, especially one that includes any foods you are intolerant or allergic too can create a stress reaction in your body, even if you minimize other types of stresses. To help reduce physical stress, eat a solid real-food diet, get enough sleep and avoid toxins when you can. See the supplement and sleep info below for some practical tips.

Emotional Stress: This one can obviously have many causes, but can often be addressed by working through tough relationships, making time for prayer and meditation, keeping a gratitude journal to focus on the positive, and making time to unwind.

Mental Stress: Similar to emotional stress, this type of stress is often helped my meditation, time management, and organization to only need to focus on one task at a time.

Since this is one of my biggest struggles personally,I’ll be sharing tips that have worked for me and interviewing experts to help find answers for dealing with stress effectively

The third factor of RESETing IT is SLEEP

We all know we should, but most of us aren’t getting enough sleep!

For some (including me) the idea of ever getting a solid night of uninterrupted sleep again may sound wonderful, but unrealistic. My excuse is the constant presence of a child under 18 months in my house but for many others it is insomnia, sleep disturbances, or simply not enough time.

When my husband and I met walking across America, we didn’t have much time to sleep. “We’ll sleep when we’re dead” we often thought. Turns out, not getting enough sleep can make that day come sooner that we expect! Lack of adequate sleep (6-8 hours per night) has been linked to:

Poor memory function, lowered immune function, increased risk of disease, decreased cell regeneration, behavioral problems, skewed insulin and blood sugar numbers and more. In fact, one night of missed or severely impaired sleep can give you the blood sugar numbers of a diabetic the next day, even if you are otherwise healthy!

I admit that I’m not the best at sleep, but it has been a journey for me and I’ve learned some tips along the way about sleep environment, optimizing diet and lifestyle for better sleep and how to get kids to sleep, so I’ll be sharing those and interviewing some sleep experts as well.

The next part of RESET IT is Exercise-

It can be hard to make time for exercise. I get it. With family, a household to maintain, meals to cook and work to do, it isn’t always at the top of the priority list. I’ve found that if I concentrate on fast workouts that provide maximum benefit, I’m more likely to stick to them.

Statistically, getting regular exercise is one area that many of us are not doing, and despite the multi-billion dollar gym and training industry, it isn’t always something that requires a gym membership or expensive equipment. I have a couple pairs of minimalist/barefoot shoes and a kettlebell, and these have served me better than a gym membership ever did because it isn’t about the equipment as much as it is about actually just doing it and learning to enjoy it!

The good news is that exercise can be incorporated into daily life rather than being something for which you must set aside time. Things like kettlebells can make a fast 5-minute home workout easy to sneak in while cooking dinner, or you can do a full set of Tabata sprints in 4 minutes (and they’ve been found more effective than long distance running for both weight loss and increasing fitness level!).

We can all manage to find 5 minutes a day to sneak in some kind of movement, and it doesn’t have to be daunting. I’ll be talking more about ways to incorporate effective exercise in less time.

The T stands for Toxin removal.

We are exposed to a wide variety of toxins every day. in fact, recent studies show that babies are born with an average of over 200 chemicals in their umbilical cord blood.

Indoor air is often a source of more pollutants than outdoor air and many household cleaning and beauty products contain harmful chemicals and endocrine disruptors. One of my favorite topics to write about is making natural alternatives to conventional products so you can avoid the toxins. I share many of these on my blog but I’ll also be sharing my favorites with you here.

The IT in RESET IT is Important Supplements and Togetherness. After all of the other factors are in place, I think there is a time and a place for certain supplements but only after diet and lifestyle have been addressed. I’ll be interviewing doctors and top experts in different areas of health like hormone health, thyroid problems, pediatric health and more to help you learn when supplements can play a role and which ones should be avoided.

Togetherness, the final part of my system, is last but not least. It is also part of my motivation in starting my blog and in having this podcast. Making health changes and living in a way that is sometimes counter cultural isn’t always easy but it is a lot easier with a friend or a few for advice and help.

I know how important my personal and blog communities have been in my own health journey and I wanted to create outlets for this sense of community for others. I’ll be sharing resources for finding both local and online communities to help you in your health journey.

We’ll also be talking about some random and fun topics like:

  • why I use coconut oil for mouthwash
  • the weird foods I use to wash my face
  • The easiest way I’ve ever found to whiten teeth and it is natural
  • my best tip for helping children sleep better naturally
  • the weird ingredients I add to coffee and tea.

My hope is that you will join me on this podcast each week while you are driving the kids around, cooking dinner, or working out and that together we can make some lasting health changes for our families.

Some episodes I’ll be speaking alone about various topics and I’ve already lined up a few amazing guests who you probably already know but who I can’t wait to share with you.

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Until next time- have a healthy week!

How to Buy Real Food on a Budget

In this Episode, I talk about how to prepare real food on a real budget.

It seems like “real food” is one of those terms that has a hundred meanings on the internet. For the most part, I think all of the “real food” definitions are an improvement of the standard american diet, but I also think it is important to define that term these days.

For me, real food simply means un-processed, non-modified foods in as close to their natural state as possible with a focus on nutrient dense foods. At our house, the bulk of our diet is made up of proteins like grassfed meats and pastured poultry, vegetables, fruit and lots of healthy fats.

In this episode, I cover:

  • Why fat is a more efficient fuel than carbohydrates or proteins
  • Why counting calories is not effective
  • What my typical daily and weekly meal plan template looks like
  • Foods I prioritize when budget is tight
  • Specific foods I consume when pregnant or nursing
  • First foods for baby
  • Foods to avoid during pre-conception, pregnancy and nursing
  • The one food I avoid at all costs – it might not be the one you’d think
  • Supplements I take daily
  • Foods I make sure my children get each day
  • How I get my kids to eat real food without a fight
  • My five tips for eating healthy on a tight budget

How to Improve Your Oral Health

I’ve written a lot about oral health and how it affects the health of the entire body. This episode is a replay from the Heal Thy Mouth World Summit where I had the privilege of speaking alongside top dental experts from around the world about how to improve your oral health.

Topics I Cover in this Episode

  • Why I think oral health is so crucial
  • The oral health problems I’ve personally struggled with
  • The fascinating research between diet and oral health
  • My favorite resources for improving oral health
  • How I’m helping to ensure that my kids have strong teeth and (hopefully) won’t need braces
  • What foods and supplements help support tooth and gum health
  • Factors that harm teeth and gums
  • Other factors that affect oral health: hormones, saliva quality, sleep, stress, etc.

Posts I Mention

  • How to Remineralize Teeth Naturally
  • Oral Affects the Health of the Whole Body
  • How to Whiten Teeth Naturally (and Prevent Poisoning)
  • Should I Take Supplements?
  • Are You Low on Magnesium?
  • Why I Drink Green Jello
  • Supplements for Children
  • Supplements forPregnancy and Nursing

Recommended Books

Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel
Oil Pulling Therapy by Dr. Bruce Fife
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price
Deep Nutrition by Dr. Catherine Shanahan

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Have a healthy week!

Canola Oil, Gelatin, & Balancing Hormones

It was wonderful to interview Lauren of who is a rising star in the blogging world and a featured contributor for Wellness Media.

Lauren and I talk about several topics that we are both passionate about, including the problems with canola oil, the benefits of gelatin and the importance of balancing hormones.

In This Episode, We Cover

  • Why canola oil is so dangerous and how we are both working to spread the word. (Read my full explanation here and check out Lauren’s campaign to get Whole Foods to remove it from pre-made foods)
  • What foods are a “freak of nature” in both good and bad ways
  • Why gelatin is an amazing superfood and how to consume enough
  • Lauren’s own journey with debilitating autoimmune disease and how she overcame it
  • Natural beauty care options and why it is important to avoid many conventional beauty products
  • The unexpected factors that contribute to hormone balance
  • How you can “Quit PMS“
  • Lauren’s simple step for better health
  • The advice she wishes she had gotten about health
  • Her favorite health resources

Posts we Mention

  • Why to avoid vegetable oil and margarine (Wellness Mama)
  • The health benefits of near infrared saunas (Lauren)
  • Natural hair care ideas (Lauren)
  • Balance hormones with gelatin (Lauren)
  • 12 uses for Gelatin (Wellness Mama)

Quitting Sugar, Natural Parenting, & Pregnancy Tips

I’m so happy to introduce Genevieve from Genevieve is mom to two children and she and her husband Mike work together to run the Mama Natural blog and their wildly popular YouTube channel. She’s a also a Wellness Media featured contribute.

As her name suggests, Mama Natural is an expert at all things natural parenting, natural pregnancy and breastfeeding. She is also the mind behind the hilarious video Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say:

In this episode, Genevieve and I discus:

1:28 Her health struggle and how she came to real food
2:25 Her lightening bolt moment and how she made lasting changes
3:15 Her “last supper”
5:23 The factors that helped her with quitting sugar, lose 60lbs, and keep it off for over 15 years
6:16 How accountability helped her
7:23 How long it takes to detox from sugar and how to do it
8:20 Why she has hope for the health of future generations
10:45 Natural pregnancy, parenting, and birthing tips
16:00 The crunchy thing she can’t do and the crunchiest thing she’s ever done
16:45 The thing she recommends to help have a natural birth – Hint: it starts in the 2nd trimester
17:46 Why Fermented Cod Liver Oil & exercise can improve birth
18:00 Tips to help baby’s position before birth
19:00 Crunchyest thing she’s ever tried, and what weird foods she ate after she gave birth
21:28 Her best advice for listening to your body
23:00 Number one health step to take now
24:07 The book she recommends everyone should read

Posts we Reference

  • Learn more about Genevieve and MamaNatural here
  • Genevieve’s special page for Wellness Mama Readers with resources for healthy pregnancy and birth
  • How to stay in touch with Genevieve
  • My (super long) birth saga
  • Top ten books for pregnancy (Wellness Mama)
  • Pregnancy and prenatal care options (Wellness Mama)
  • My Natural Pregnancy Guide (Wellness Mama)

Tongue Ties, Eating Dirt, & Natural Beauty

This week, I am so excited to welcome Heather Dessinger from She is a featured contributor to Wellness Media, author of several e-books and mom to three little ones. She and her husband Daniel recently moved to a farm and are working toward raising their own food.

I was excited to talk to Heather because we both read each others blogs and I feel like we have a lot in common and I think she is an incredible resource for health and natural living.

In This Episode, We Discus

1:50 – Why the name Mommypotamus?
2:20 – Heather’s own health struggles
3:20 – Her life-changing moment at her wedding
3:55 – How her honeymoon was a catalyst for realizing the connection of food and health
4:45 – Heather’s turning point
6:28 – And YES to the hippopotamus!
7:00 – How and why she started
7:20 – What are lip and tongue ties?
7:50 – Why we are seeing more tongue and lip ties
9:00 – Different symptoms related to tongue/lip ties and how they present
9:45 – Heather’s own struggle with her son’s lip and tongue ties
11:15 – How tongue ties are typically treated
11:27 – When fixing a tongue ties can cause more problems
12:03 – The solution that finally worked for them
12:20 – How to tell if your child has a tongue or lip tie
14:17 – Symptoms mom may see while nursing a tongue tied baby
14:55 – Symptoms baby can have with tongue and lip ties
16:03 – Long term problems associated with uncorrected tongue and lip ties
17:10 – How lip ties can affect oral health
18:00 – Why we should eat dirt
18:30 – The fascinating research between bacteria and belly buttons
19:30 – The “Chuck Norris” of beneficial bacteria and how to get them
21:12 – What they take to keep their gut bacteria healthy
22:15 – Heather’s favorite natural beauty care recipes
22:35 – Why natural personal care products are so important
23:41 – Heather’s simple homemade makeup that doubles as dry shampoo
24:11 – Heather’s own beauty routine
24:20 – The unusual ingredient she uses every day
25:50 – Heather’s typical day on the farm
29:25 – The most crunchy thing Heather has ever done and the weird things that have gone mainstream
31:45 – The advice she wishes someone had told her
33:06 – One step to start doing right away
34:15 – Heather’s top health resources

Resources We Mentioned

  • Heather’s post on  how to diagnose Tongue and Lip Ties
  • How Heather remineralized her daughter’s teeth
  • Homemade Tallow Balm Recipe
  • Dirt: The Superfood that Makes You Happier and Healthier
  • Flux app for using computers at night
  • Sleep Tips (Wellness Mama)
  • Book: Nourished Kitchen

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Reducing Stress, Chronic Pain, & Talking to Doctors

In this episode, I talk to Dr. Kevin Cuccaro of I met him a few months ago at a conference and was impressed with his research on stress and dealing with chronic pain.

Many people struggle with chronic pain and Kevin has some valuable strategies for helping recover from it. Kevin is a doctor who left his private practice to pursue patient education and to help address some of the (major) problems in the health care system.

As a doctor, he also provides some valuable insight in how to understand and talk to your doctor so that you can get real answers.

In This Episode, We Discus

3:20 – Why as a doctor, he doesn’t want to see his patients all the time
4:30 – The frustration that doctors face
5:20 – Why stress can be good and why we need it
5:45 – The physiological effects of too much stress
6:30 – How stress impacts fertility and memory
6:55 – The continued effects of stress on the body
7:50 – How to become more resilient to stress and how stress is like a light switch
8:28 – How to turn stress on and off
9:02 – Tips to Practically reduce stress (Book: The Relaxation Revolution)
9:45 – What is the relaxation response
10:20 – How to activate your relaxation response to deal with stress
12:45 – What happens when your body doesn’t recognize stress
16:15 – What causes chronic pain
17:10 – Pain is all in the brain
17:45 – The biology of pain vs. the mental side of pain
20:00 – The core four for reducing stress and pain: Movement, Eating Right, Mindset, Avoiding Problems
24:00 – Understanding the mindset of doctors
28:00 – The frustration of the current medical system
32:00 – The shocking statistic on how a small percentage of the population is using 95% of healthcare resources
35:00 – The seven questions you should know the answers to before you see your doctor
38:00 – Health advice Kevin wishes he had gotten earlier in life
41:15 – Kevin’s recommended books and resources (and see below)

Resources We Mention

  • Book: Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
  • Book: The Relaxation Revolution
  • Book: Unlearning Pain
  • Book: Back in Control by David Hanscom
  • Kevin’s online videos and lectures about dealing with chronic pain
  • Straight Shot Health Podcast
  • Podcast: Seven Questions to Ask Before Seeing Your Doctor
  • Podcast: Understanding Pain
  • Tips to Reduce Stress (Wellness Mama)
  • Importance of Balancing Stress Hormones (Wellness Mama)
  • Stress and Sleep (Wellness Mama)

Real Food & Killing Ants Naturally

I had so much fun on this interview with Katie Kimball of She is a fantastic writer and researcher, pregnant with her fourth child, and manages a household and her popular blog (and makes it all look easy). We recorded at 9 PM after our collective 8.5 children were sleeping and she provided a lot of great tips for cooking real food for a family. My apologies in advance for the little bit of audio feedback in this episode. The problem has been fixed for the future episodes.

Katie shared some of her best tips for getting rid of pests like ants and wasps naturally without chemicals that can harm your children.

Other Fun Topics We Talked About

0:30- Random brain facts like why you can’t tickle yourself
1:40- Katie’s ten foundational habits for a healthier family
2:00- The struggle to balance it all
2:20- Katie’s “Core Four” = Environment, Nutrition, Time and Budget
3:00- One thing at a time approach- Monday missions
3:40- One simple switch that makes a big difference
4:15- Katie’s three budget friendly real foods that she makes daily
5:00- The super inexpensive way her family gets probiotics
6:15- 3 foods that seem scary but aren’t
8:00- The simple way to make homemade yogurt
11:00- Real food really does cost more
11:45- How to stretch an organic chicken and make multiple batches of broth
15:35- How to prepare beans if you are going to eat them
18:45- A tip to fix crunchy beans
20:20- Her quick and easy natural way to get rid of sugar ants
22:20- Lines that insects can’t cross
22:38- Katie’s natural tip to get rid of wasps
23:53- The biggest struggle Katie thinks the next generation will face
24:30- Battling the sugar giant
26:50- My battle cry
27:30- The advice she wishes she’d gotten earlier in life
29:20- Easy action steps to take right now
31:11- The two books she can’t live without

Resources Mentioned

  • Katie’s start here page with her foundational habits
  • Homemade yogurt recipe
  • Natural tips for killing ants naturally
  • Natural ways to deal with wasps
  • How to cook dried beans
  • Book: Crock On
  • Website:
  • Katie’s Kindle Books on Amazon

Leaky Gut, Heartburn, & Digestion

In this episode, I welcome special guest Steve Wright from to talk about all things digestion.

Steve is the co-creator of SCD Lifestyle and the Solving Leaky Gut System. He is a featured contributor for Wellness Media, and has worked with hundreds of people to help them improve digestive health. helps readers find answers to problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, and other digestive problems.

In this episode we talk about finding real solutions for digestive problems and how to know what your body needs to improve digestion. Steve shares why conventional treatments often don’t work and how sometimes the “cure” can be like throwing fuel on the fire.

He shares the two supplements that often make a night and day difference for digestive health and tells his own story of recovery.

Steve talks about three things you must do everyday for optimal health and gives practical tips that you can do to give your family better health everyday.

Notes From This Episode

2:02- Steve’s own health problems
2:52- Why his family called him “the gas man”
4:07- Why Steve got in trouble with his boxx
4:37- The pivotal moment for him
5:37- How he got in to health education
6:35- The Leaky Gut- Is Poop Leaking in to the body
6:52- The small intestine is only one cell thick
7:55- How food and toxins can escape into the body
8:52- What causes heartburn and indigestion
11:22- Why antacids and PPIs are dangerous
12:37- The underlying causes of stomach problems and how to find your cause
13:22- Two Supplements to help increase stomach acid
14:31- The supplement turned his life around.
15:33- Other symptoms that can be caused by digestive problems (skin problems, fatigue, etc)
16:00- How every disease can be traced back to the gut
16:16- How intestinal permeability (leaky gut) leads to disease
18:22- How gut problems manifest differently in different people
19:22- What causes diarrhea
20:00- The fastest way to stop diarrhea
20:42- Why you might not be absorbing your food
21:10- What causes constipation
21:20- How gut infections lead to constipation and diarrhea
22:02- How to poop more easily
22:32- The hormonal component of digestion
23:22- Three things you MUST do everyday
24:03- The major factors that harm gut health
24:32- Why stress is so important
24:30- The triggers of leaky gut
25:02- Head injuries and gut health
25:32- SIBO
25:52- Two things to improve gut health fast
26:52- Things to do to help your gut- paleo autoimmune diet
27:22- One reason to binge on gluten
29:22- Another reason to eat healthy fats
30:07- Tips to help kids with digestive issues
30:52- Interesting study about feeding kids candy
32:37- The advice he wishes he’d gotten
33:22- One action step to take now
24:55- Resources he likes

Resources We Mentioned

Book: Why Stomach Acid is Good for You by Jonathan Wright
Supplement: Betaine HCL with herbal bitters
Supplement: Natural Calm
Supplement: Vitamin C
Article: The triggers that can cause leaky gut
Supplement: Prescript Assist Probiotics
Article: Health Benefits of fermented foods
Blog: Dr. Kalish
Blog: Tim Ferriss
Solving Leaky Gut System

Don’t Count Calories & Why Diets Don’t Work

In this episode, Jonathan Bailor, author of The Calorie Myth breaks down the problems with the calorie theory of weight loss. Jonathan covers topics like why eating less or exercising more won’t ever truly solve a weight problem, how stress affects weight and clears up confusion with the often-misquoted Law of Thermodynamics.

Jonathan and I Discuss

1:45- The disconnect between technology and science
3:00- Why Calories don’t count the way we think they do
3:30- Weight isn’t a moral issue. People who weigh more aren’t lazy
4:29- The idea of “just eat fewer calories” is akin to telling those with depression to just frown less and smile more
6:45- How calories can count, we just don’t need to count them
7:15- The “Calorie Myth”
7:29- Calories in/calories out and why it doesn’t work
7:44- The role of the hypothalamus
10:55- The four laws of thermodynamics and why it isn’t as simple as eating less and burning more
11:31- Why most interpretations of the laws of thermodynamics are completely wrong
12:31- the problems with eating less
13:46- Why you’ll lose muscle and fat if you just eat less
14:16- How calories are different
15:00- The four factors of quality food: satiety, Agression, Nutrition, Efficiency
15:48- Foods that the more you eat, the healthier you get
16:05- Foods to avoid
16:38- How foods manipulate hormones
17:13- How to get your brain to tell your body to do something
19:44- How hormones signal the body to build muscle or gain fat
18:55- Why exercise alone won’t help you lose weight
19:45- Where “exercise” comes from
21:15- One step to be healthier

Resources Mentioned

  • Book: The Calorie Myth
  • Website:
  • Article: Wellness Mama on Calories

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