It’s no secret to anyone who reads my blog or listens to my podcasts that we live in a day and age where nutritional ignorance is dominated by the belief that a low-fat, healthy whole grain diet is the best way to feed yourself. But I believe the message we talk about here on a daily basis is one of hope and encouragement that there is a better way to bring about a dramatic turnaround in the weight and health of misinformed Americans and people around the world. People are quite literally starving for quality information about this alternative message to the conventional dietary wisdom that dominates every area of our culture. It’s our responsibility as advocates of this message to take it directly to the people who need to hear it the most.
For most of the past couple of years, I’ve been putting out a call to people in the low-carb and Paleo communities (on the Low-Carb Cruise and at PaleoFX mainly) who have gifts they can use and are passionate about this miraculous way of eating that has helped us shed pounds and greatly improve our health to start using those talents to promote the cause. If you enjoy writing and can communicate well through that medium, then you should be sharing your thoughts through a blog. If you like making videos that are engaging and fun, then maybe doing a YouTube channel is up your alley. If you are blessed with the gift of gab, then why not join in on the fun of being a podcaster on iTunes. There are so many ways you can be involved and it seems more and more are taking me up on my challenge to do just that!
Back in April I shared with you how the Fitness & Nutrition iTunes podcast charts are dominated by Paleo and low-carb oriented shows accounting for upwards of 25% of the most listened-to health podcasts (we’re dominating even more than that now as this community just keeps getting bigger and bigger). In the months that have followed, we’ve seen a couple of new Paleo and low-carb podcasts showing up every month and that’s an AWESOME thing! In January 2011 I shared a blog post listing The Top 10 Health Podcasts Every Low-Carber Should Be Listening To and today I’ve got 10 more of the best of the best for you to enjoy! Check ‘em out and show ‘em some love.
I’ve been listening to this podcast from two of the biggest sweethearts in the Paleo community since they started it. Combine the lovable Diane Sanfilippo from Balanced Bites (and her amazingly awesome bestselling Victory Belt book Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle) with the delightful Liz Wolfe from Cave Girl Eats and what you get is just a little bit of everything from Zooey Deschanel to FODMAPs! It’s never a dull moment on The Balanced Bites Podcast as they two Paleo nutritional health experts answer listener-submitted questions about all sorts of topics that run the gamut from PMS to gut health to determining the appropriate amount of carbohydrate intake that is right for you. Plus you’ll get the full scoop on what happened on the latest episodes of FOX-TV’s “The New Girl” and other such non sequitur moments each week. You never know what you’re gonna hear which is what makes this podcast so much fun! Listen to my appearance on their podcast after PaleoFX this year and my interview with Diane and Liz on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast in January 2012.
One of the true gentlemen I have grown to have great respect and admiration for in the Paleo community this year has got to be my bud Abel James. Man, what an inspirational voice of sanity in such an insane world we live in. I remember the first time I ever heard Abel’s podcast, the first thing I remember was, “WOW! What a voice!” Dude has the most amazing speaking voice right up there with Angelo Coppola from the Latest in Paleo podcast. And like Angelo, Abel is more than just a cool-sounding voice. He interviews some of the top names in the biz like a seasoned professional that took me many years to develop for my podcasts. He’s a fresh voice that is sorely needed and he’s a good-looking and fit young guy who has the chance to make an influence for many years to come. I was honored to make a guest appearance on the Fat Burning Man podcast in January 2012 and look forward to returning the favor to Abel on October 15, 2012 when he will be joining me for an interview on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast.
Hot off the presses, I’m so excited to share with you the very latest addition to the Paleo podcasting tsunami that’s hit iTunes in 2012. It features two of my favorite bloggers in the whole widey widey world: Stacy Toth from Paleo Parents (and the co-author with her husband Matt on Eat Like A Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids) and Sarah Ballantyne from Paleo Mom. As you can tell from the names of their blogs, both of these ladies have a keen interest in the wonderful world of parenting and how Paleo fits into that mold. Whenever I interview somebody on one of my podcasts who I think would make a great podcaster, I let them know about it! We need articulate voices who can stand up and be heard and Stacy and Sarah both fit the bill well. I’ve interviewed both of these wonderful moms (Stacy in Episode 558 and Sarah in Episode 589 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast as well as Episode 41 of “Low-Carb Conversations”). They’re just getting started but something tells me we’re gonna be hearing from these two for a very long time!
One of my favorite new podcasts features a personal trainer with a proclivity for Paleo nutrition and health and a physician who has a keen interest in ketogenic diets as a therapeutic means for treating his patients with chronic diseases. They make up an outstanding one-two punch podcast that hits on diet, fitness, healthy living and so much more. Featuring Philadelphia, PA-based fitness professional Roger Dickerman from Relentless Fitness and medical professional Dr. Colin Champ from Caveman Doctor, there’s always something interesting happening on this podcast. As I interviewed Roger and Dr. Champ in Episode 599 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show,” I could sense their sincere desire to reach real people who may not already be engaged in the Paleo or low-carb communities to come along for the ride. They don’t assume their listeners know about some of the concepts you and I take for granted being around this stuff so much and go to great lengths to provide basic knowledge that is immediately application. Now that’s what I call a practical podcast! Take a listen for yourself!
I cannot tell you how excited I am that Stefani Ruper from Paleo For Women (formerly Paleo Pepper) is now podcasting. I interviewed her on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” in Episode 564 and sensed she had so much more she wanted to say about the topics she believes most deeply about in her heart of hearts. I had the privilege of being a guest in Episode 5 of her new podcast where I just spilled my guts out about weight loss, struggles, life as a fat kid, self-image as a man and so much more. And that’s the kind of podcast Stefani has created here that goes much deeper than talking about nutrition and health. It’s that mental aspect that far too often gets overlooked and where most of the “stuff” we deal with as individuals keeps us mired in self-fulfilled failure. Meeting this remarkable woman in person at #AHS12 in Boston a couple of weeks ago and realizing how much she truly lives and breathes this stuff, I’m just so glad she’s doing this show and cannot recommend it to you highly enough if you need an emotional boost for your soul!
Yo, yo, yo, it’s Dr. O in the house! No, not THAT Dr. O who’s kinda whacked out sometimes when he talks about nutrition. It’s Dr. S. Andrei Ostric from Midwest Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and I’ve been watching him team up with Chicago radio shock jock Geoff Pinkus discussing their low-carb focused “Man Diet” concept (they had me on as a guest back in June 2012) on a popular mainstream radio station there AM560 WIND on Sunday nights from 7-9PM CT. Now that Dr. O has gotten the itch to do more of this sort of thing, he created this new podcast to fit the bill. I love how soothing his vocal styling is and his desire to get the word out there about what healthy living looks like so that others can start seeing their lives start changing for the better. He’s invited me to be on as a guest in the near future and I’ll certainly be working on booking him on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” very soon as well.
I’m so grateful for naturopathic physicians because they take on the motto of looking for the root causes of disease and treating them with every possible natural modality like nutrition, supplements and lifestyle interventions first and foremost. It’s the way we wish most medical doctors would operate, but they’d rather push bad dietary advice and pharmaceutical drugs instead. That’s why seeing a podcast from an ND is so encouraging and Dr. Lauren Noel does a fantabulous job with hers. She was on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” in Episode 515 and I’ve been invited to appear on her podcast next month. If you listen to Lauren speak on her podcast or in person (I’ve seen and chatted with her face-to-face on the Low-Carb Cruise as well as at the Ancestral Health Symposium), she has a very special interest in gut health and how it impacts virtually every area of your overall health. If that sort of thing interests you while looking at things from a Paleo perspective, then give Dr. Lo a go fo sho!
A relative newcomer to the public discussion and debate of diet and health is Jonathan Bailor who released his book detailing his decade-long pursuit of scientific answers about what it takes to lose weight called The Smarter Science Of Slim: What the Actual Experts Have Proven About Weight Loss, Dieting, & Exercise, Plus, The Harvard Medical School Endorsed Program To Burn Fat Permanently. He appeared in Episode 570 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast earlier this year and had such a knack for explaining things in such a clear, concise manner than I HIGHLY encouraged him to start his own podcast expanding upon the concepts he talks about in his book. He took me up on that suggestion and is doing a really amazing job with this podcast outlining what he means by a SANE diet and what the research has shown him as the optimal way to eat. If you geek out on this stuff, then give Jonathan Bailor a try! He’ll be joining me on the “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” podcast on September 27, 2012 to discuss the topic “The Truth About Low-Carb Research” and will also be a featured guest speaker on the 2013 Low-Carb Cruise.
Not all of the great new health podcasts that every low-carber should be listening to originates from the United States. I was recently turned on to this podcast featuring three medical doctors in Australia where I’ll be visiting for a speaking tour in November. Dr. Damian Kristof, Dr. Brett Hill and Dr. Laurence Tham call themselves The Wellness Guys and they deliver a jam-packed half-hour of information about health from the vantage point of three wellness experts in Oz who have become more and more skeptical of the conventional wisdom on healthy living. I was honored to be a part of their podcast in Episode 55 in July 2012 and look forward to meeting them in person when I visit my Aussie friends later this year. This is 30 minutes a week well spent on your iPod!
And last but certainly not least is another one of the featured guest speakers who will be on the Low-Carb Cruise coming May 5-12, 2013. You may know him best as the inventor of “Bulletproof Coffee” (made with butter!) or from his Bulletproof Executive web site–Dave Asprey. Dave is certainly an interesting character as we discovered in Episode 569 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast. He spent $250,000 conducting a series of biohack n=1 experiments on himself to discover as much data as he could possibly gather taking on many of the most commonly-held beliefs about health that he could. He uses this podcast to disseminate many of those lessons he has learned while interviewing interesting people who help him make his points. Dave along with his podcast producer Armi Legge have put together a fascinating podcast that will never leave you bored. This podcast will ALWAYS make you think!
As I stated earlier, if you are nutso about this stuff and want to get the word out about it then you need to be doing SOMETHING with the talents you have been given. Not everybody can (or should!) do podcasts because it takes an incredible commitment of time, energy, research and patience (believe me, I do five of them a week and it takes an abundance of ALL of these!). But if this sounds like something you want to give a go and you’d like some assistance getting it started, then won’t you join in on the fun? It’s still my dream to see over 100 podcasts on iTunes dedicated to the subject of Paleo, low-carb, real food living and we’re getting there slowly but surely. Maybe YOU can be the one to help make that dream a reality. If this is YOUR passion, then I’d love to help you get started doing that. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll offer any advice that I can to help you get started as well as hooking you up with my professional podcast producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaien from Disc Of Light Media who does both podcast producing and web site design. Let’s change the world together!