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
- Learn more about Nora’s programs at PrimalBody-PrimalMind.com
- Nora’s Primal Restoration Certification Course
- Cyrex Labs
- The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller
- For Your Own Good by Alice Miller
- Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
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.”
More From Wellness Mama
- 30: Micronutrients & Healthy Fats
- 116: How to Reboot Your Metabolism Using the Keto Reset Diet With Mark Sisson
- 142: Is Adrenal Fatigue Real or Just Bad Science? With Ari Whitten
- 143: Thomas DeLauer on Reducing Inflammation, Curcumin, Keto for Women, & Easy Weight Loss
- 155: Thriving With Food Allergies or Intolerance and Crushing Life With the Paleo Chef
- 186: Ketosis, Carnivore Diet, Macros, and Diet Variation With Dr. Anthony Gustin
- Is Low Fat Healthy?
- Why Saturated Fat Is Not the Enemy (& Why We Need It)
- How to Do a Ketogenic Diet (& Is It Safe for Women?)
- 7 Day Keto Meal Plan for Women (Ideas + Easy Recipes)
- How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs (Keto Friendly)
Are you a paleo or ketogenic diet fan? What differences has your diet made in your life? Also, please take two minutes to leave a review on iTunes. I value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well!
Thank You to Today’s Sponsors
This episode is brought to you by Furo Health, where I recently bought a cold therapy tub and I’m absolutely loving it. We saved up and prioritized this for our home because of the many benefits of cold therapy and now we can sit in 42-58 degree water anytime we want to get the benefits. Athletes have been using cold therapy for faster recovery for years, but it has many other benefits as well, including increased circulation and lymphatic flow, immune system boost and increased focus. A 2007 study even found that cold water exposure can help alleviate depression symptoms, and if used on a routine basis, may be more beneficial than prescription medications in lifting moods. The reason is due to the stimulation of the dopaminergic transmission in the mesocorticolimbic and nigrostriatal pathway. In other words, cold water triggers an increase in mood boosting neurotransmitters and you feel happy. Ever jumped into cold water and immediately laughed outloud? That’s part of the reason why. You can check out the tub we bought and use daily at furohealth.com
This podcast is brought to you by Spar, a cool new app I found that lets you gamify behavior change to make you more likely to stick to it and here’s what I mean. You download the app for free and create an account then you can join or create a challenge to help you do anything from going for a walk every day, doing 20 push-ups each day or even reading for a certain amount of time each day. To make it fun, you can challenge friends to join you and you check in each day via video to prove that you did it. If you miss a day of the challenge you get charged a penalty and the winner takes the whole pot so you can actually win some serious cash while getting better at a habit you want to get better at anyway. People are using this from anything from flossing their teeth to reading each day or exercising or going to bed by 10pm. If you want to check it out, just download the Spar app from the App store and jump in.