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Amber O’Hearn part II

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March 9, 2018

Amber returns for Part 2 of all things Carnivore and continues to answer listener questions.

Amber O’Hearn, M.Sc., is a data scientist by profession with a background in math, computer science, linguistics, and psychology. She has been studying and experimenting with ketogenic diets since 1997, and more recently writing and speaking about her findings. Her review on the evolutionary appropriateness and benefit of weaning babies onto a meat-based, high fat, low carb diet, was included as testimony defending Tim Noakes in his recent trial.  Amber has been eating a carnivorous diet for over 8 years.

 

Articles mentioned:

Intermittent metabolic switching, neuroplasticity and brain health
Mark P. Mattson, Keelin Moehl, Nathaniel Ghena, Maggie Schmaedick& Aiwu Cheng
Nature Reviews Neuroscience volume 19, pages 63–80 (2018)
https://www.nature.com/articles/nrn.2017.156

Sodium, Nutritional Ketosis, and Adrenal Function
Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD  Jeff Volek, PhD, RD on December 14, 2017
https://blog.virtahealth.com/sodium-nutritional-ketosis-keto-flu-adrenal-function/

Amber’s lecture at Breckenridge:

https://lcb18.sched.com/event/D7Im/ketosis-without-starvation-the-human-advantage

 

Ketosis without starvation: the human advantage

Ketosis is a natural physiological state when fasting. Many species make use of a ketogenic metabolism under conditions of food shortage, and because of this, some researchers call a ketogenic diet a “fasting mimicking diet”. What is less often appreciated is that ketosis naturally arises in other contexts. Many mammals use ketones during gestation and suckling, breastfeeding human infants among them. The reason appears to be connected to brain growth; ketone bodies provide both fuel and raw material for growing brains. Humans have exceptionally large and complex brains, and our brains continue to grow long past weaning, with structural changes continuing into adulthood. Interestingly, we also have an unparalleled ability to achieve and maintain ketosis even when energy and protein needs are met and greatly exceeded, so long as carbohydrate intake is minimised. This ability is particularly pronounced in childhood. For this unusual trait to have developed, there must have been a selective advantage and pressure to maintain ketosis even when gluconeogenic substrate was available. In this presentation, I will review evidence for this trait and its uniqueness, its connection to brain evolution and health, and implications for ketogenic diets.

The end quote from this week’s show is from Fran Lebowitz:

“My favourite animal is steak.”

 

Amber O’Hearn part I

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March 9, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Amber, discusses all things Carnivore.

Amber O’Hearn, M.Sc., is a data scientist by profession with a background in math, computer science, linguistics, and psychology. She has been studying and experimenting with ketogenic diets since 1997, and more recently writing and speaking about her findings. Her review on the evolutionary appropriateness and benefit of weaning babies onto a meat-based, high fat, low carb diet, was included as testimony defending Tim Noakes in his recent trial.  Amber has been eating a carnivorous diet for over 8 years.

Articles mentioned:

Intermittent metabolic switching, neuroplasticity and brain health
Mark P. Mattson, Keelin Moehl, Nathaniel Ghena, Maggie Schmaedick& Aiwu Cheng
Nature Reviews Neuroscience volume 19, pages 63–80 (2018)
https://www.nature.com/articles/nrn.2017.156

Sodium, Nutritional Ketosis, and Adrenal Function
Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD  Jeff Volek, PhD, RD on December 14, 2017
https://blog.virtahealth.com/sodium-nutritional-ketosis-keto-flu-adrenal-function/

Amber’s lecture at Breckenridge:

https://lcb18.sched.com/event/D7Im/ketosis-without-starvation-the-human-advantage

 

Ketosis without starvation: the human advantage

Ketosis is a natural physiological state when fasting. Many species make use of a ketogenic metabolism under conditions of food shortage, and because of this, some researchers call a ketogenic diet a “fasting mimicking diet”. What is less often appreciated is that ketosis naturally arises in other contexts. Many mammals use ketones during gestation and suckling, breastfeeding human infants among them. The reason appears to be connected to brain growth; ketone bodies provide both fuel and raw material for growing brains. Humans have exceptionally large and complex brains, and our brains continue to grow long past weaning, with structural changes continuing into adulthood. Interestingly, we also have an unparalleled ability to achieve and maintain ketosis even when energy and protein needs are met and greatly exceeded, so long as carbohydrate intake is minimised. This ability is particularly pronounced in childhood. For this unusual trait to have developed, there must have been a selective advantage and pressure to maintain ketosis even when gluconeogenic substrate was available. In this presentation, I will review evidence for this trait and its uniqueness, its connection to brain evolution and health, and implications for ketogenic diets.

The end quote from this week’s show is from Robert Breault:

“For the most part, we carnivores do not eat other carnivores. We prefer to eat our vegetarian friends.”

 

Barb Easter

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February 23, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Barb, shows us how to budget our lives to maximise happiness.

Barb – in her own words!

I’m Barb –a Canadian woman who is a bomb-ass wife and mother of two. I feed my people mostly keto on a hardcore budget. I get to chat with Daisy about doing budget keto in Canada, firmly parenting small people who only want candy and boogers as sources of nutrition, and how I found the best that Hawaii had to offer without ever visiting the islands. Daisy let me write this bio myself!

Budgeting
Grandmas Jars Budget Coaching
Dryrun for Businesses

Capsule wardrobe
The Vivienne Files

This week’s end quote is from Florence Griffith Joyner-

When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore.

Barb’s top tip – “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” – was popularised by Voltaire but goes back a lot further. This is from Wikipedia

The phrase is found in Italian as Il meglio è nemico del bene (The better is enemy of the good), attested since the 1603 Proverbi italiani (Italian Proverbs), by Orlando Pescetti.

The phrase was popularized by Voltaire. He first used the saying in Italian in the article “Art Dramatique” in the 1770 edition of the Dictionnaire philosophique. It subsequently appeared in French in his moral poem, “La Bégueule”, in Contes (Tales), 1772, which starts, ascribing it to an unnamed “Italian sage” or “wise Italian”:

Dans ses écrits, un sage Italien
Dit que le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.
(In his writings, a wise Italian
says that the better is the enemy of good.)

This sentiment in English literature can be traced back to Shakespeare. In his tragedy King Lear, the Duke of Albany warns of “striving to better, oft we mar what’s well” and in Sonnet 103:

Were it not sinful then, striving to mend,
To mar the subject that before was well?

See also an article about it from Gretchen Rubin.

Ho’oponpono

This is Barb’s simple language sheet that she put together for Ho’oponopono. See also Joe Vitali, and Dr. Hew Len, as well as Wikipedia of course.

Hoʻoponopono is a Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. The Hawaiian word translates into English simply as correction, with the synonyms manage or supervise.

“Hoʻoponopono” is defined in the Hawaiian Dictionary as:

(a) “To put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up make orderly or neat, administer, superintend, supervise, manage, edit, work carefully or neatly; to make ready, as canoemen preparing to catch a wave.”
(b) “Mental cleansing: family conferences in which relationships were set right (hoʻoponopono) through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.” [13]

The process begins with prayer.
A statement of the problem is made.
The transgression is discussed.
Family members are expected to work problems through and cooperate, and to not “hold fast to the fault”.
One or more periods of silence may be taken for reflection on the entanglement of emotions and injuries.
Everyone’s feelings are acknowledged.
Confession, repentance and forgiveness take place with the following words spoken by all:
I love you
I’m sorry
Please forgive me
Thank you

Everyone releases (kala) each other, letting go
We cut off the past (ʻoki)
Together we close the event with food to symbolize the letting go and new beginning.

Brooke Shumaker

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February 23, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Brooke, shares her passion for walking and restorative exercise.

Brooke is a movement teacher and personal trainer who lives in Kirkland, Washington, just outside Seattle. When she’s not homeschooling her 2 boys, she can be found walking dogs and walking with friends. She enjoys inspiring others to value walking, and teaches Restorative Exercise to help her clients get better and keep moving as they age. She can be found on Facebook at Coach Brooke and she blogs at Go Walk the Talk.

The book Brooke mentioned was Move your DNA by Katy Bowman and the website is Nutritious Movement.

This week’s end quote is from Olivia Newton-John-

“I don’t know what my path is yet. I’m just walking on it.”

Chef Taffiny Elrod

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February 9, 2018

Daisy and Taffiny concoct and share some delicious keto treats to romance your partner (or yourself!) on St Valentine’s Day.

 

Taffiny Elrod is a professional chef and culinary instructor located in New York City and New York’s Hudson Valley. With over 15 years of professional culinary experience, she has cooked and taught many culinary styles with a special interest in food for health and culinary traditions. Most recently, she taught professional cooking for veterans returning to the work force in New York City before opening a small restaurant with her husband in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Inspired by her success with her own ketogenic/Low Carb High Fat diet, she launched a cooking website called Keto Cooking School where she shares recipes and techniques, and plans to explore the connection between traditional, classical and the ketogenic way of eating.

Taffiny’s website is ketocookingschool.com

If you want to get in touch with Taffiny, her contact details are:-

Recipes!

Daisy

  • Chocolate Truffle Tarts
    The Miss Rudy Cocktail

Taffiny

Clotted Cream video

This week’s end quote is from Shakespeare –

If music be the food of love, play on.

Chrissie Bowie

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February 2, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Chrissie, shares her incredible feats of endurance as an Ironman triathlete.

Chrissie is a 51 year old triathlete successfully competing within her age group and specialising in the longer course events.  She is a high school teacher as well as teaching taekwondo and also trains in hapkido and kumdo. She has two beautiful, grown up daughters.

She loves to grow and ferment her own food, as well as foraging and discovering new foods. Since removing most of the carbs from her diet, Chrissie has enjoyed success in numerous endurance events and has found that post race and training recovery have improved dramatically. The highlight for her so far was qualifying for, and then participating in the World Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii 2016. She constantly seeks to improve her performance and find ways to tweak her nutrition strategy for training and racing. Her goal is to maximise her health potential in order to prolong physical and mental longevity.

  • You can find out more about the Kokoda challenge event here
  • The Port Mac triathlon is in NSW Australia. The Ironman Australia is held in Port Mac, NSW Australia. You can see details of the event here
  • The book Chrissie mentioned was David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain
This week’s end quote is from Shalane Flannagan – a US Olympic marathoner.

Don’t be afraid to dream of achieving the impossible.

Debbie Wagner

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January 26, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Debbie, has used keto and fasting to resolve her disordered eating and essential tremor, as well as easing menopausal symptoms.

 

Debbie is a 52 year old mother of two. She is a physician’s assistant and really enjoys the science behind Keto and fasting. She suffered from disordered eating, and an essential tremor. Keto, she says, has healed her and has also helped with menopausal symptoms. Her body composition improves with each fast and she certainly doesn’t miss her tremor.

Debbie has learned much from her keto journey and is keen to share her knowledge with others. She started a website – FatFueledAt50 – to help people feel great as they get older –  no more diets. It’s time to become fat fueled.

If you are struggling with bulimia or are worried about someone else, find out more about the disorder and get tips about where and how to start the healing process here.

The recipe for the mushroom bread Debbie talks about on this week’s podcast can be found here.

 

My recipe for seed and nut loaf can be found on the Ketogenic Forums. It is pretty pricey to make but goes a long way, is really dense and filling – and delicious of course!

 

This week’s end quote is from Karen Whitaker

“When receiving intuitive information through your body, the more you listen, the more you hear.”

Karen Parrott

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January 19, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Karen, talks about how keto and IF have helped her resolve her binge eating issues and obesity, and maintain a healthy weight for nearly 6 years.

Karen lives in Carlsbad California with her teenage daughter and two tortoiseshell cats. She is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and, when she’s not commuting and cooking her own food she likes to practice her photography and also enjoys coastal walking and beach combing.

She was obese or yo-yo dieting from the age of 6 to 46. In 2012 Karen combined an abstaining plan with a Paleo food template, progressing to low-carb and finally to Keto with time restricted eating. It was that combination where she was able to find a stable weight, normal blood glucose readings, and put binge eating into remission.   She was also able to apply her DNA results to real life to take advantage of health insurance discounts and reducing joint pain. She has maintained a normal weight for almost 6 years. 

Karen has a non-commercial blog, Twitter, IG, FB page, Google plus and Pinterest

The books Karen mentioned were…

  • Refuse to Regain Barbara Berkeley
  • The Paleo Solution Robb Wolf
  • The Whole 30 Melissa & Dallas Hartwig
  • Found my Fitness Rhonda Patrick
  • The Hunger Fix Pamela Peeke
  • Food Junkies Vera Tarman & Philip Werdell
  • The Circadian Code Dr Satchidananda Panda (pre-order)

YouTube videos

This week’s end quote was from Gretchen Rubin –

Never start a sentence with the words “No offence”.

Siobhan Huggins

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January 12, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary woman, Siobhan, talks about the woman behind the lipid geek online persona.

 

After meeting Dave Feldman at Ketofest 2017, Siobhan’s passion for lipidology was ignited and she was driven to research all she could in a mad attempt to figure out how lipids were involved in the immune system and chronic diseases. She has since written two articles that have been published on cholesterolcode.com – on plaque development and LDL
modification, with many more posts planned.

Siobhan has been keto for 15 months ,in which time she has lost over 65 pounds, reversed her hypertension and stopped her blood sugars from going out of control.

Siobhan has dedicated herself to decoding the mysteries​ of cholesterol and is just getting started on that epic adventure.

Siobhan’s top tip was inspired by a quote from Tripping over the Truth by Travis Christofferson –

Any scientist will tell you that theories are anything but permanent…. They are only our closest approximation of the truth at a fleeting moment in an otherwise infinite continuum of discovery.

The series about cholesterol that Siobhan mentioned was by Peter Attia on his website

You can read Siobhan’s articles here…

You can contact Siobhan here…

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The end quote to the show this week comes from Marie Curie –

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.

Danielle Coonerty and Erika Burt

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January 5, 2018

Daisy’s latest extraordinary women, Danielle and Erika, talk about their shared passion for keto and travel.

Dan grew up in a family of 6 with a tight budget and bread as part of every meal. She played soccer up to the age of 30 but started to find playing much more difficult after puberty and gaining weight. She has now found a new venture in crossfit and loves the community aspect of it. 

Erika had a focus on her weight and diet from a very early age. This had an ongoing effect on her health, confidence and self worth. Erika loves to cook and travel. She started her travel adventures from the age 19 and is always planning the next big trip. 

Dan and Erika live in Melbourne Australia with their 2 rescue cats. They have been together for 11 years and recently married. They have both struggled with losing weight in the past and tried many different options. Keto is what has worked for them and they have lost over 90kg between them. They are currently working together on their blog Have Butter will Travel, sharing their favourite keto meals and travel adventures. 

Dan and Erika’s blog is Have Butter Will Travel

The end quote was from Susan Sontag –

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.