194: Longevity, Autoimmunity, and Plant-Based Diets With Nora Gedgaudas
I could not be more excited about today’s conversation and today’s guest because I am here with Nora Gedgaudas who is by and large one of the early leaders in the ancestral health and healthy living movement. Her work is brilliant and she is one of the best researchers I know.
Here’s just a short intro to her long list of accomplishments: Nora Gedgaudas is a board-certified nutritional consultant and a board-certified clinical neurofeedback specialist with over 20 years of clinical experience solving the toughest health cases. She’s a world-recognized authority on ketogenic diets, ancestrally based nutrition, and has best-selling books including Primal Body, Primal Mind, Rethinking Fatigue, and her newest book, Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, and Super-Power Your Brain and Save Your Life With a High Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet. (That’s a mouthful!)
Nora offers a Primalgenic health certification program, one of the best out there, called Primal Restoration. It’s a unique and invaluable source of unique cutting-edge information. If you can’t tell, I really respect her research and I’ll link to as much of it as possible in the resources below.
Let’s get into it!
Episode Highlights With Nora Gedgaudas
- how Nora’s health career came out of her personal fight against chronic depression
- why she resists the labels “paleo” and “ketogenic” and came up with a new approach
- how much protein we really need and why we shouldn’t eat too much
- the reason our diet should be high in vegetables by volume and fat by calories
- why the vast majority of people with autoimmune disease may never know it
- the new metabolic pathway science just discovered and what it could explain about cancer growth
- how gluten sensitivity may not be something you can heal (sad)
- “oral tolerance” — what it is and how it’s just as important as healing your gut
- the surprising reason we actually don’t need dietary carbohydrates
- if women can handle a keto diet for the long-term
- Nora’s take on longevity (it’s fascinating!)
- so much more!
Resources We Mention
Books by Nora Gedgaudas
Episode Quotables From Nora Gedgaudas
“And I’ve grown very weary of trying to fit myself like a square peg into a round hole, into either the so-called paleo thing or the so-called ketogenic thing, there’s a lot going on that I have a really hard time with. So what I’ve done is I’ve kind of decided to sort of set up my own terminology, something that divests itself a little bit of the stigmas and baggage associated with these other highly commercialized terms now, and I referred to it as ‘Primalgenic.’”
“Fat is naturally meant to be our primary source of fuel as a species in the form of free fatty acids and ketones. Glucose instead is meant to serve strictly an auxiliary or secondary role.”
“I believe we’re living in a more hostile environment that anything our prehistoric ancestors could wrap themselves around. But what’s most threatening to us today are those things that are actually invisible to us, and we’re not wired for that.”
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