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#343 – Kale and Coffee

Kevin Gianni Podcast

Kevin Gianni — author of Kale and Coffee: A Renegade’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Longevity — returns to the podcast to discuss his journey from a food-obsessed, raw vegan YouTube celebrity to a healthier, happier version of himself.

Here are my notes!

5:03 – How Kevin’s time as a vegan, raw foodie YouTube celeb led him to an unhealthy obsession with food.

12:14 – The reason why good intentions don’t always equal good health, and how anything taken to the extreme will eventually make us sick.

15:14 – The one thing Kevin’s doctor told him he needed to do to save his health – and why Kevin didn’t do it right away.

18:13 – Is it helping or hurting? Kevin transitions to eating meat and deals with the thin line between helping people and hurting people in the health space.

22:51 – Kevin runs into another health challenge (by eating only organic foods!) and the most important thing he learned from not being able to button his pants.

27:45 – Kale, coffee and kids: Finding a more reasonable, realistic way to be healthy without going off the deep end.

30:38 – The health expert reality TV show: Why health studies, gurus and experts should never be the be-all, end-all for our health information.

35:05 – “If you lose the mental game, you lose the physical one.” Advice from Kevin’s 93 year old grandfather about keeping your mind and attitude in good shape.

38:57 – What we can learn from some of the longest living humans on earth and how you can apply it to your own life.

42:36 – The simple, sensible solution to how much meat, carbs and fat we should be eating.

46:38 – Keeping stress in check: Kevin’s recommendations for managing stress day-to-day and in the gym.

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#342 – Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind


David Zappasodi, author of Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind, discusses the 6 essential practices for living a healthy and fulfilling life.

Here are my notes!

3:00 – How David’s desire to get client results in the fitness industry led him down a path to meditation and mindfulness.

8:52 – The power of personal responsibility and paying careful attention to your own body, triggers and intuition.

13:59 – The two parts of every goal and which one you must focus on if you want long-term success.

18:19 – The importance of the process and how to make sure you don’t get stuck when working towards a goal.

23:02 – Are your goals generous enough? How generosity can help you get results in all areas of your life.

27:14 – How focusing on the future might be hindering your progress, and how to build a better relationship with the present.

32:04 – Thoughts vs. feelings: how to break out of the vicious cycle of aggression and avoidance to experience lasting fulfillment.

51:18 – The certainty of uncertainty and David’s best practices to have patience with our progress.

56:58 – Can you take action by taking a time-out? Creating sustainable practices to keep you inspired and moving forward.

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#341 – Critics, Controversy, and Paleo Cooking.

Pete Evans

Chef Pete Evans — author and co-star of My Kitchen Rules — discusses how and why he’s changing the food climate in Australia.

Here are my notes!

2:25 – How Pete went from being a cook at McDonalds to an influential high-profile celebrity chef.

4:51 – Why don’t people cook anymore? Why being a good cook probably isn’t as difficult as many people may think.

8:10 – The best ways to overcome your fears and controversy and why it’s so important to do so.

14:12 – The common sense approach Pete has used to find the best diet, how he was finally “outed” as paleo and why he doesn’t regret causing a stir in the media.

23:53 – How Chef Pete stays positive among all the negativity and how you can, too.

28:57 – Paleo politics: What “paleo” means to Pete and why what we call a diet doesn’t really matter.

38:50 – Why paleo doesn’t have to be perfect and the mindset to help you stress less about food and diet.

41:20 – Pete’s perpective on “paleo-fying” and the role dietary guidelines play in the world of nutrition, today and in the future.

45:38 – All about Chef Pete’s books and his paleo-packed program The Paleo Way.

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#340 – Dr. O’Bryan Responds to The Gluten Lie.

Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Gluten expert Dr. Tom O’Bryan returns to the podcast to respond to recent skepticism regarding gluten sensitivity and gluten-free diets.

This one is by popular demand. A few weeks ago, my podcast interview with Alan Levinovitz, author of The Gluten Lie, caused quite a stir.

Due to a few controversial statements made during Alan’s show, my inbox nearly blew up with requests for a rebuttal episode with Dr. Tom O’Bryan, host of The Gluten Summit.

Dr. Tom was more than happy to give his take on The Gluten Lie. In fact, he was FIRED UP!

Here are my notes:

4:13 – Do YOU need to avoid gluten? Dr. O’Bryan tells us exactly who should avoid gluten and why.

9:21 – The one test that you should take to test for gluten sensitivity, and why the other tests might not give you the results you need.

16:15 – Are ancient grains really better for you? An interesting study tells us what all gluten is doing to all humans.

17:59 – Is gluten-free just a fad? The reasons why Dr. O’Bryan thinks gluten-free is here to stay.

24:33 – What we know about what gluten does to the body, why we don’t always know what’s going on, and why we still have a lot more to learn.

33:54 – The one thing guaranteed to damage your gut, a few other culprits to watch out for and why positive results of going gluten-free are probably NOT from the gluten.

39:27 – What Dr. O’Bryan thinks is really behind the nocebo effect. Plus, his beef with sensationalism and bunk studies.

47:30 – Weighing the benefits of wheat: why indigestible fiber doesn’t do damage like gluten does.

49:47 – The European wheat myth that could be harming you – even if you don’t feel it!

52:57 – Why you can’t avoid gluten 100%, what you can do to protect yourself from gluten contamination, and why it’s so important.

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#339 – Molds, Mycotoxins, and Sick Building Syndrome.



Functional medicine practitioner Dr. Jill Carnahan reveals how molds and their mycotoxins can trigger common conditions including asthma, allergies, fatigue, neurological conditions, and sick building syndrome.

Here are my notes!

4:06 – Dr. Carnahan’s remarkable story of overcoming serious illness and how it has influenced her outlook on her life and her work.

16:28 – The importance of mindset, curiosity and taking responsibility when it comes to your own health.

17:41 – Why molds and mycotoxins aren’t being learned in med school and why doctors can be so far behind the times.

18:32 – How Dr. Carnahan’s most recent run in with health issues left her literally breathless and what she had to do to figure out what was really going on.

21:56 – The key to recovering from mold exposure and why some people might be suffering more than others.

24:56 – How water damage can make a building “sick” and the sneaky way molds can make you sick, too. Plus, exactly what NOT to do to get rid of mold.

28:37 – Survival of the fittest: find out why (and where!) molds and fungus are becoming stronger and more toxic to our bodies.

31:36 – Some of the crazy effects molds can have on your immune system and the specific immune biomarkers you can look at to check for mold exposure.

37:09 – What your genetics have to do with molds and mycotoxins and what you can use to help your body detox.

42:01 – How to have a healthy home: the most common sources of mold, the best ways to keep your air clean, and what to do if you’re feeling sick.

50:34 – Where Dr. Carnahan thinks the success of the paleo diet really comes from, and exactly what foods to avoid to stay safe from mold.

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#338 – The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth

Jim Rendon

Jim Rendon — author of Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth — discusses exciting, new research on how traumatic experiences can be opportunities for personal transformation.

Here are my notes!

2:15 – The amazing story of Jim’s father and how it got him interested in what happens to us after we survive trauma.

11:37 – The surprising responses from prisoners of war and combat veterans that started the study of post-traumatic growth, and why it hadn’t really been studied before.

15:46 – The 5 distinct areas of post-traumatic growth, why they’re so hard to measure and the ways we try to measure them anyway.

20:29 – PTSD: what goes on in the brain and the body after trauma, and how we can manage it to help post-traumatic growth.

25:47 – What is trauma? The complicated nature of trauma and why we never think it’s going to happen to us.

29:31 – Deliberate rumination: how to turn a traumatic ordeal into an opportunity for transformation.

36:13 – The importance of social support in healing, what to do if you aren’t getting the kind of support you need and how to give better support to loved ones.

40:35 – Alternative therapies: the many different paths to healing and understanding trauma.

44:05 – A real life story about the power of perseverance and a positive attitude in post-traumatic growth.

55:32 – Your life story: why who we are has changed and will change again over time…whether it’s with trauma or without.

57:49 – Do we need post-traumatic growth to be happy? How trauma gives our lives more meaning, even when it doesn’t happen directly to us.

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#337 – Hacking Your Heart Health



Heart attack prevention specialist Joel Kahn, M.D. — author of Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses — reveals the truth about standard heart-specific lab tests and bloodwork.

Here are my notes!

2:21 – Why heart disease is know as “the silent killer”, and just how many Americans are affected by it (many unknowingly).

6:32 – Coronary heart disease defined. How the heart takes care itself first and why that means you should take care of it, too.

10:44 – Surprising signs and symptoms of heart disease. Check those earlobes!

14:02 – Testing vs. common sense: why you might be getting a inaccurate clean bill of health with commonly ordered lab tests – and what you should be looking for instead.

18:14 – The calcium connection: when scoring a zero on a test is a GOOD thing!

23:32 – Why the best heart care tests are NOT covered by insurance?

25:44 – How old are your arteries? THIS test will tell you.

31:22 – The best way to eat for heart health.

39:21 – Why the American Heart Association isn’t making more aggressive recommendations to heart patients … and why Dr. Kahn IS.

41:17 – What “moderate” exercise really means and the reasons we need to stop thinking that if a little bit is good then a lot must be better.

44:51 – The many benefits of meditation and mind-body practices – in just 12 minutes a day!

48:09 – An unexpected effective therapy for your heart – and how you can do it on your own.

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