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Guest Heretic Jason Prall of The Human Longevity Project ~ Part 2

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Jason Prall is on the Nutrition Heretic with the Human Longevity Project

Jason Prall is on the Nutrition Heretic with the Human Longevity Project

Welcome back to the second part of our interview with Jason Prall of the Human Longevity Project. Last week Jason shared the dietary wisdom we can glean from the world’s oldest inhabitants. Today, he’ll tell us about the meaning of life for people living in the Blue Zones and the most surprising takeaways from his film. You can go watch his film for free starting May 7th click here to sign up.

Jason has traveled the world for the last 15 months, to all the Blue Zones (Costa Rica, Greece, Italy, Okinawa) - and interviewed the world's leading researchers, doctors, experts, authors, etc... on building true health, healthy aging, and longevity.

Jason Prall is a Longevity and Optimal Health Practitioner who works remotely with individuals around world to provide solutions for those struggling with weight loss or suffering from complex health issues that their doctors have been unable to resolve.

You can learn more about the Human Longevity Project through their website.

Great Resources From Jason Prall:

The Human Longevity Project

The Human Longevity Project

Highlights from today's episode:

09:25 ~ Parallels between the Frenching Your Food summit and the Blue Zones.

10:48 ~  What people will find most surprising about the Human Longevity Project.

17:16 ~ How people can start applying the principles they learn in the film without getting neurotic and setting up the very stressors that they want to avoid.

20:39 ~ In Praise of Slowness.

25:12 ~ Steps to creating community for those who don't have one.

36:12 ~ How American culture has made it difficult to reach out to others.

44:11 ~ The role technology will take in longevity.

Thanks for listening! Please share this episode to help spread the word. You can also subscribe to get updates about new episodes and get a copy of The Nutrition Heretic's S#IT List: 7 Health Food To Avoid Like The Plague in your inbox by clicking here.

Guest Heretic Jason Prall of The Human Longevity Project ~ Part 1

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Jason Prall is on the Nutrition Heretic with the Human Longevity Project Jason Prall is not only a Longevity and Optimal Health Practitioner, he is the writer, director and producer of The Human Longevity Project. We talk about why Cuba should be the next Blue Zone despite the fact that Cubans eat a diet high in pork fat. You can watch his film for free starting May 7th, click here to sign up.

Don't miss part 2 of the interview where Jason tells us about the lifestyle  and mindset of the world’s oldest inhabitants.

Jason has traveled the world for the last 15 months, to all the Blue Zones (Costa Rica, Greece, Italy, Okinawa) - and interviewed the world's leading researchers, doctors, experts, authors, etc... on building true health, healthy aging, and longevity.

Jason Prall is a Longevity and Optimal Health Practitioner who works remotely with individuals around world to provide solutions for those struggling with weight loss or suffering from complex health issues that their doctors have been unable to resolve.

You can learn more about the Human Longevity Project through their website.

Great Resources From Jason Prall:

The Human Longevity Project

Highlights from today's episode:

03:50 ~ Historical context of the Blue Zones.

08:20 ~ The role of animal protein in traditional cultures.

16:07 ~ Why  Cuba is not a Blue Zone.

18:45 ~ Cultural culinary traditions and adapting to the environment.

41:45 ~ The role of microbiota and why you can't take the moral high ground.

48:32 ~ How context, lifestyle, and community build a framework that exists around the world.

Thanks for listening! Please share this episode to help spread the word. You can also subscribe to get updates about new episodes and get a copy of The Nutrition Heretic's S#IT List: 7 Health Food To Avoid Like The Plague in your inbox by clicking here.

Modern Eating Disorders Part Five: Finding Your Salvation

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At the end of Part Four of this series, I commented about finding a solution to the myriad of eating disorders that are plaguing our society. I also suggested that moderation is a farce…and I maintain that it is. In a previous article from a few years back I looked at how most people today view moderation when it comes to their diet. In short, the moderation lecture is usually given just before someone is about to stuff their face with an anti-Food item that does little more than temporarily satisfy a sugar, alcohol or caffeine craving.

To my mind, the only way that we can really tackle this issue of eating disorders is to surround ourselves with more Food, not less and to revere and respect it for the many virtues it has and all that it enables us to do. Think about it. Until a little over 100 years ago, for all of humankind’s existence the only food were those things that came out of the ground or otherwise were raised in nature. These foods have kept our species thriving on the planet — and healthfully so — for millenia.

However today, we are wooed by fancy packaging and guys and gals in lab coats telling us that many of those things were responsible for early death. Meanwhile, they urge us to trust some other packaged good that has only been on the scene for a few decades and, in more cases than not, have not been tested for it’s impact on health. While my vegetarian friends have bought this falsified information hook, line and sinker, my paleo friends take the opposite extreme unwilling to acknowledge the role that grains and dairy have served man over the past 10,000 years thus throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

To my mind, the best models we can follow are those of successful societies. When we do so, it is important do it with an open mind and be careful not to impose our own desires and expectations upon the information they still hold.

For example, the tiny island nation of Cuba boasts one of the largest numbers of centenarians on the planet despite having a diet high in pork (especially the fat), grains and alcohol — they smoke a lot more than most people too. However, when this info is shared by government dietitians, the recommendation is always to reduce the fat and meat intake in favor of beans which are “healthier” even though Cubans have proven that eating a lot of pork with its fat can be quite healthful! Same goes, coincidentally for the traditional diets of the French, Italians, Cretans and even the Japanese! Where the diet differs from the official government recommendations, the diet is altered to be more politically correct.

I, too, was guilty of this at one time. Having lived in France and working in a French newspaper, I have long had a relationship with French culture. Over the years, my female French friends have shared with me their diet tips. Twenty plus years ago when they were telling me how they stay slim, I thought they were nuts. After all, my government sources told me that fat wasn’t good, drinking unlimited amounts of water was good and exercise would cure all. But what I found in these women is that they all did the exact opposite and easily weighed about 20-30 lbs less than I did on average. How could I have been so blind??

The sad part is that with the speed of information and different pacts being made between governments, people around the world are slowly but surely adopting the American disdain for food. And with it comes disease and dysfunction. My hope is that these people will wake up sooner to recognize their heritage and embrace the wisdom of their forebears.

Thank you so much for coming along with me on this ride. I apologize for taking so long to get it out there. If you have any reflections on this series, I’d love to hear your input on it. Please leave your comments below


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.