Sep 30, 2014
Our society’s methods for losing weight are bonkers. Starvation diets, low-fat diets — none of them really work on an extended basis, and some of them could be making us sicker.
Our guest today, Jonathan Bailor, spent 10 years doing intensively researching the diets we try and why they tend not to work.
“We’ve all been schooled in the paradigm that quantity matters, and that it’s all about the calories, but calories tell us little to nothing. It’s really about the quality of the foods we’re eating,” he told us.
According to Jonathan, we should be eating foods that are high in water, fiber and nutrients. Anything that grows in the ground = good. Anything else = potentially bad.
Bailor worked as a personal trainer before he became an engineer at Microsoft and it was through his experiences as a trainer that he came to his realizations.
“I’d put people on 1,200 calorie diets and strenuous exercise regimes and they wouldn’t get thinner, they’d just get sick and sad,” he told us. “I decided to retire and find out why the calorie math wasn’t working.”
Through his studies, he learned a lot about what happens to your body when you’re overweight.
“Obesity is like a metabolic fever, he said. “Starvation puts your metabolism in an ice bath and you may lose weight but what we really need to do is cure that metabolic fever.”
“Eating more sane foods and getting less but higher quality exercise can reverse inflammation in your brain, heal your gut and re-regulate your hormones.”
A good strategy is to eat so much sane food — like vegetables and high-quality meats and seafood — that you have no appetite for insane foods like processed carbs.
But it's not about willpower and starving yourself. “Naturally thin people show that the human body can automatically burn calories when they’re on the right diet.”
Sep 24, 2014
Our latest episode, with holistic nutritionist Christy Meyers, is a veritable treasure trove of nutrition advice. When you boil down healthy eating advice to a few concise— but very valuable — tenants, you get this podcast. Here are a few pearls of wisdom we learned from Christy:
-The single best thing you can do for your body is to cut out all processed foods. This is the basis for every single healthy diet. It could be as simple as making your own sweet potato fries instead of buying them in a pack, or making your own chicken breast instead of buying chicken strips. The important thing is to make whole foods a priority.
-Equally important is making green starchy vegetables a major part of every meal. They have to be green, people. Carrots don’t count. Think: kale, spinach, lettuce.
-To control cravings, drink a cup of water every time you’re hungry, eat whole foods first and be sure to eat healthy snacks throughout the day. Eat / drink all the healthy things, and see if your cravings go away. If they don’t, eat the cookie.
-Don’t ever feel like it’s healthy to be hungry. You should be satiating yourself throughout the entire day. Eat as many greens as you’d like (with a dash of moderation, of course). If you starve yourself, you’ll binge later.
-If you’re eating something because of the comfort factor, it’s worth it to analyze “what is it about the act of eating that’s bringing me comfort?” In holistic nutrition, the goal is to wean clients off their unhealthy eating habits and replace them with healthier habits. But if you don’t self-analyze, you’ll never change.
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Sep 17, 2014
Many people suffer for years (even decades) from symptoms like depression, heartburn, fatigue and diarrhea that can be traced back to the foods they’re eating. On today’s podcast with Dr. Michael Ruscio, a practitioner of functional medicine, we talk about how elimination diets and natural medicine can knock out these symptoms as well as serious infections, while helping restore balance to your body.
Consuming foods you’re intolerant to can cause inflammation and damage to the lining of your intestines. “If you damage that lining, then you wipe out the army that protects your body from parasites and other types of infections,” Dr. Ruscio says.
Thankfully, the intestine lining can be rebuilt after just a few days. But the rest of the body can take months to heal. "Additionally, your immune system in the gut has been in red alert for so long that it ends up attacking everything, which can make you hyper sensitive and can lead to an autoimmune disease,” Dr. Ruscio says.
What Foods You Should Avoid
Dr. Ruscio likes to put his patients on restricted diets to see which foods are causing trouble. He typically starts with telling patients to restrict these foods:
-buckwheat, millet, rice.
-nuts and seeds.
-nut shaped vegetables
-high sugar foods, high processed foods.
While encouraging them to eat more:
-Meats + fish (that are low on the mercury chain)
“Dietary interventions should always come first,” Dr. Ruscio says. “If the symptoms are still present after 30 days, then it’s the right time to do some testing and find out if the infection is being adequately treated.”
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Sep 10, 2014
In this episode, we talk to the delightful Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby from"How I Met Your Mother") about how meditation saved him from depression after a break-up and has helped him handle the ups-and-downs of life as an actor.
"When actors ask me for my one piece of advice, I always tell them to meditate," Josh says. “The thing that will take you down, personally and professionally, is your mind."
Josh meditates with a mantra in mind but says even just shutting your eyes for 20 minutes a day can be profoundly helpful.
“The mind is designed to think the way the heart is designed to beat and the lungs are designed to breathe…but it does a lot of lousy thinking. Even if you don’t have a mantra, the very act of closing your eyes for 10 - 20 minutes and not doing anything brings your mind to a subtle strata, the place where all thoughts and feelings originate.”
Josh first became interested in meditation after a relationship fell apart.
"I had a bout of depression one summer after a break up and I haven’t had that level of melancholy or that long a spell since I’ve been meditating."
"I'm not saying meditation makes you immune to the human experience," he continues. "It’s not a narcotizing thing. I actually think it makes you more sensitive, but you can process things a little quicker. If you grieve, you grieve hard, and it moves through you. There’s a fluidity to feelings and thoughts and you don’t get hooked."
It’s fitting that we talk about meditation in the second half of the podcast because the first half is pure stream-of-conscious silliness.
We discuss the high-class, low-class ways of presenting toilet paper to guests, Jeff’s uncanny ability to sense the presence of cookies from dozens of feet away, and how Alek consistently fails to resist the foods his kids are eating.
Oh, and we also talk about what’s been the most meaningful, transformative advice we’ve heard thus far on the podcast.
You’re not going to want to miss this one!
Sep 3, 2014
When Andy Bellatti completed his graduate degree in nutrition studies at NYU, he was shocked to find that the “continuing education” credits he was required to take every year were sponsored by Cocoa Cola and the Corn Refiners Association.
“I could earn one credit by hearing about how Sun Chips are good source of whole grains and why I should recommend them to clients,” he tells Rob. “What makes it most infuriating is that these presentations are looked at as so-called ‘sound science.’ If you stand against them, you’re stigmatized.”
Disturbed by the food industry’s control over the continuing education of dietitians, Andy decided to co-found the organization “Dietitians for Professional Integrity,” which seeks to expose the cosy relationships between the food industry and front organizations like the “American Society for Nutrition.” These “societies” purport to research nutrition while receiving generous funds from McDonald’s and pharmaceutical companies.
“I studied nutrition to learn about health, and to help people achieve better living through food,” he says. “If I wanted to advertise for the food industry, I would have sought out an MBA.”
With so much dietary tribalism out there, it’s easy to get confused about the real cause of the obesity epidemic: the food industry. By lobbying the U.S. government to subsidize foods that are unhealthy, funding sham studies to confuse the public and misinforming via social media, the industry wants to ensure that the average consumer can’t tell the difference between a pop tart and a Kale salad.
“Why are we debating garbanzo beans when we could redirect that energy to taking on the food industry?” Andy asks. “The truth is that the industry thrives on misinformation. People are terrified of dietary fat and think a Nutrigrain bar is healthier than a handful of almonds or an avocado."
"[The industry] wants the consumer to think that cooking is hard and, instead, they should pick up Rice-a-Roni, Hamburger Helper or Betty Crocker mashed potatoes. People don’t realize you can make a home-cooked meal in 15-20 minutes.”
Bellatti is also exposing the food industry’s influence on government-sponsored healthy eating programs:
“Even in Michelle Obama’s “My Plate” campaign, you still see how powerful the dairy lobby is because people are encouraged to have three servings of dairy a day and drink milk with every meal. This isn’t necessary. What should be next to that plate is a glass of water.”
Bellatti encourages folks to look up the organizations that fund studies through sites like Source Watch before believing the health claims they see in news stories.
To find out more about the industry’s dirty tactics, check out the podcast! If you have any questions about what you’ve heard, tweet us at #askopensky or record a voicemail on OpenSkyFitness.com by pressing on the “send voicemail” tab.