Aug 26, 2014
In today’s episode, we talk to NYT-bestselling author Sarah Ballantyne about her new book, “The Paleo Approach Cookbook.”
The cookbook teaches readers to incorporate seemingly exotic ingredients like cricket flour, fish heads and cow liver into their diets to reduce inflammation, calm their immune system and help their bodies heal themselves.
Sarah, who has a Ph.D. in medical biophysics, ate fish eyes as a child. (Sarah: “How do you KNOW this about me?” Rob: “You wrote it in your book. You have written a book.”). She learned from an early age that there were nutritious foods that nobody knew about.
“I was exposed to foods that people usually ignore,” she explained. “Clearly this has translated to my adult life.”
Sarah and Rob also talk about:
-How the exoskeleton of shellfish and insects contains a fiber unique in the animal kingdom.
-Why grass-fed meat has different nutrients in it, like Omega 3’s, that aren’t inflammatory. (Meat is only inflammatory when you eat it processed or cured and don’t eat enough vegetables.)
-Why Breakfast is a construct! You can eat whatever you want for breakfast. Chicken soup instead of waffles; whatever you want! Your body will thank you later.
“The Paleo Approach Cookbook,” which is available starting TODAY on Amazon.com, also contains “normal” dishes like garlic rosemary roast beef, burgers with portabello mushrooms buns and mediterranean mahi mahi.
If your head is buzzing after this interview, please tweet questions to #askopensky or go to OpenSkyFitness.com and click the tab labeled “send a voicemail.”
Aug 19, 2014
Most nutritionists would agree that if you want to lose weight, you should try cutting out carbs and sugar. But what you replace them with — lean meats, tofu, steak, beans, etc. — remains an area of controversy.
On today’s show, we talk to Columbia-trained nutritionist Kristen Mancinelli about an ultra, ultra low-carb diet that hacks your body into using fat, instead of carbs, as fuel.
“The word ‘fat’ has an image problem,” Mancinelli says. “Fat the nutrient and fat the condition are two separate things.”
The fat-as-fuel diet Mancinelli champions is something called the Ketogenic diet. Somewhat similar to a Paleo diet, a Ketogenic diet emphasizes foods rich in natural fats and adequate in protein, and restricts foods high in carbohydrates (sugar and starches).
“Carbs don’t seem to be essential,” Mancinelli says.”You can train your body to use fat instead.”
In a Ketogenic diet, your body uses the fats you’ve stored for energy, instead of all the empty carbs you eat before working out. The diet recommends 20% protein, 5% carbs and 75% fat.
“How much fat you use is based on a complex hormonal system that is influenced by the foods you eat,” she says. “Even your gene expression is influenced by the foods you eat.”
Rob Dionne told Kristen he’s still eating Ketogenic to maintain his physique after winning first place in a national physique competition last year. “It’s not that hard; it’s an easy lifestyle that’s totally manageable.”
In the podcast, Kristen also discusses how the Ketogenic diet has been used to treat epilepsy and to help Navy Seals avoid seizures, and she talks about how the indigenous Masaai tribe, who have only eaten meat with saturated fat, haven’t had a recorded case of heart disease in their history.
Definitely a lot of fatty food for thought!
Aug 12, 2014
Today we talked to Shawn Stevenson, author of the Amazon best-seller “Sleep Smarter,” to find out why sleep is so important to health.
If you’ve been waking up tired and you don’t know why, or you’ve tried but failed to curb your TV habits before bedtime, you’re definitely going to want to check out this episode.
-We found out about a study by Appalachian University that showed folks who work out in the morning get up to 70% more time in the deep, rejuvenating stages of sleep.
-On the flip side, night-time iPad users were shown to decrease their deep sleep by up to two hours!
-If you’re eating before bed, Shawn says it’s important to choose fattier foods that won’t spike your blood sugar levels.
-It's also important to create healthy night time rituals, like visualizing what you’ll be doing tomorrow, rather than watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
-The goal is to regulate hormones like cortisol, which is helpful for working out, and melatonin, which is helpful for sleep. Too much of one or the other at different times of the day can negatively impact your health.
Sean also told us how he was able to heal himself after a traumatic hip injury by embracing a new outlook on nutrition. “Your body requires raw materials to rebuild you,” he explained. “For me that meant eating whole foods."
Find out more about Shawn below!
Aug 2, 2014
At age 27, Quentin Vennie was working out when he suddenly felt a pain in his chest, a tingly left arm and dizziness. He drove to the hospital, where a doctor diagnosed him with anxiety and gave him a prescription for lorazepam.
"When you're in a vulnerable position, you turn to these people, but most doctors don't inquire. They don't ask what's really going on," he said.
Quentin quickly became addicted to the lorazepam -- doubling, then tripling, his dose. After a combination of vicodin and lorazepam resulted in a collapsed lung and trip to the ER, Quentin realized his coping mechanism wasn't only ineffective, but could actually kill him.
Over the next few years, Quentin began down a road of healing, starting with a daily practice of yoga, juicing, and meditation. "I didn't share anything with anyone because I didn't know if it was going to work," he said. Juicing became his "healthiest addiction," but he also cut out dairy, stopped smoking and worked towards accepting his inner demons.
Today, Quentin is a writer, speaker and integrative wellness coach whose byline has appeared in Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and Positively Positive. On the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, he shares his inspiring story and the changes he's made to stop feeling anxious and start enjoying life.
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