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Guest Heretic Laura Fenamore author of Skinny, Fat, Perfect

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Laura Fenamore on The Nutrition Heretic Podcast By age 24, Laura Fenamore had tried everything to lose weight; she hated her body. When she finally stopped dieting and started loving herself she lost 100 lbs. Now, more than 27 years later she’s kept the weight off and works with clients to help them do the same. Laura reveals her secrets for shedding old beliefs and developing a positive body image.

Stop chasing weight loss. Let it come to you.

As a body image expert, coach, public speaker and acclaimed author, Laura Fenamore is on a mission to help women around the world finally end the constant battle with their bodies and start adoring who they see in the mirror. Her approach walks students and readers through the heartfelt journey to self-love at any size or age, unlocking the secrets of the path to lasting physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

For the past 12 years, Laura has worked alongside hundreds of women through her Body Image Mastery programs and public speaking engagements. She has inspired thousands more to release excess pounds, reclaim their self-esteem, and live bold, beautiful lives through her global online community at SkinnyFatPerfect. She also conducts classes and consultations from her office in Marin County, CA.

You can also join Laura on Facebook (also her Love Who You See in the Mirror. group for helpful information and compassionate support), Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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Highlights from today's episode:

04:46 ~ Laura's story.

11:49 ~ How Laura classifies her book, Skinny, Fat, Perfect: Although weight loss may be the result, that’s not what it’s about.

18:56 ~ Shedding old beliefs is your body betraying you or are you betraying your body?

26:48 ~ How responsibility plays a role in positive body image.

31:14 ~ How you can begin the process of taking responsibility.

34:49 ~ How not to lose your self-identity.

38:11 ~ Productive discomfort.

40:28 ~ Loving the food you choose to eat.

50:14 ~ How a course in Miracles changed Laura.

58:59 ~ How Laura guides others to loving their bodies.

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Don't Fear Fats! Why You Need Them on This Week's Q&A

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Don't Fear Fats! Why You Need Them on This Week's Q&A with The Nutrition HereticLard. Butter. Goose fat. Why is there such a fear of fats, and why isn't it warranted?  Why are more people turning back to traditional animal fats and turning away from the trendy vegetable oils? This week Adrienne and Nikola explore the ins and outs of fats and oils.  Why they're needed for health, as well as how best to use them.  What is the best fat to use when high-heat frying?  These questions and more, answered on this week's Q & A.

Your Questions Answered about Fats:

  • Is there a fear of fat in Croatia?
  • Are there any good oils that don't have blood money? asked by Angela
  • What are health benefits of mac nut oil?

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Each week between podcast seasons Adrienne hosts a FB Live event to answer your questions.

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How To Work With Picky Eating on This Week's Q&A

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How To Work With Picky Eating on This Week's Q&A with the Nutrition HereticDo you have a picky eater in your home?  Maybe one of the kids, or maybe it's you.  How do you deal with it?  In this week's Q&A we discuss our different family tactics to deal with picky eating, What should you steer kids away from?  How can you make food more appealing?  Should you be snacking and grazing? Also included in this session is information on fats, sugars, juicing, acne and how our body reacts to these.

Links for this episode:

What is the Weekly Q&A?

Each week between podcast seasons Adrienne hosts a FB Live event to answer your questions.

Can't make it live? Sign up for email alerts and get reminders direct to your inbox when episodes are posted on our website and YouTube channel.  And follow us on iTunes and Stitcher to listen on-the-go.  While you’re there, be sure to leave a rating and review!

How To Have Your Questions Answered

Email us at stjllc.cs@gmail.com with your questions or suggestions for upcoming Q&A events.  Be sure to use Weekly Q&A in the subject line.

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

It's a New Year and it's time to try something new and branch out!  The Nutrition Heretic podcast team is working hard behind the scenes to bring you even more awesome guests in the year ahead, as well as a few surprises!  

Get More Sleep, Mayo over Mustard, the Best Protein to Eat and Join the Heretic Family

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Get More Sleep, Mayo over Mustard, the Best Protein to Eat and Join the Heretic Family Weight loss is not as complicated as we have been led to believe. The French intuitively know how to stay slim, but not for the reasons you might think. In today’s episode Adrienne and Jim take on misconceptions about protein (where’s the beef or what’s the beef?), fat and exercise from Adrienne’s best-selling book on Amazon, Frenching Your Food.

You can purchase Adrienne's best-selling book, Frenching Your Food by clicking the link.  And if you'd like to soak yourself in the myths of drinking 8 glasses of water a day, Drowning in 8 Glasses won't leave you feeling drenched.

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What Causes Cravings: The Truth About Salt, Fat and Sugar

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For the past several months, a book called Salt, Fat, Sugar: How the Food Giants Hooked Ushas been hailed as a masterpiece of work in the fight against obesity and illness in the Western world. I haven’t read the book and quite frankly I have no intentions to after hearing the author in several interviews. While I am no fan of fast food or big food  and appreciate his effort in trying to curb the alarming rate at which people are gaining weight and getting sick, Michael Moss appears to be part of the problem instead of the solution.

Listening to Mr. Moss discuss the evils of salt, fat and sugar, one would be left to think that so long as one avoids those food components they would be in perfect health. Mr. Moss does not appear to know the difference between a real fat and those used to cook McDonald’s french fries. He also seems to think that all salts are the same. And most appalling is that he also does not seem to know that both salt and fat are actually necessary nutrients for maintaining homeostasis, heart health, joint health and more.

So let’s look at why we crave these flavors:

Salt makes foods taste good for a reason. It is not a betrayal of your taste buds in an attempt to break your body down before its time. In fact, most any practitioner who has worked with the elderly will tell you that the loss of taste for salt will lead to loss of appetite in general as well as wasting and eventually an early death. Our drive to eat salt is a biological necessity. As I have mentioned, is a necessary nutrient. Salt plays an integral role in maintaining fluid balance throughout the cells of the body, most importantly in the kidneys where it is exchanged with potassium to keep you alive. Try drinking plain water without salt on a hot day and you are likely to faint or even go into a coma. Additionally, the chloride in salt is a necessary component in hydrochloric acid — the stomach acid that helps us to digest our food. Without it, food allergies and intolerances develop.

That said, not just any salt will do. The types of salts that are present in factory made food and regular table salt is an adulteration of the salt that is naturally occurring in the ocean. Instead, opt for natural sea salts and mined salts. These are far superior and in fact actually taste very different from conventional salts you may be accustomed to. You can read more about the right salts to consume and how to consume them in my book Drowning in 8 Glasses.

So what about fat? Fats are so important — again to every cell in your body — that it isn’t even funny. For someone like Moss to vilify fat by repeating bad science is simply irresponsible. Fats are vitally important to brain, heart, reproductive, joint skin, lung, digestive health and more. Show me someone with wrinkles and sagging skin and I’ll show you someone who avoids animal fats in favor of vegetable oils. Just like with salt, we crave fat because we need it. Our DNA demands it.

Tribal societies know that the fattiest part of an animal is the most nutrient dense and therefore will often eat the entrails and fatty parts first to ensure their own health and that of future generations. The episode of No Reservationswhere Anthony Bourdain ate the intestines and cheeks of a wart hog is a perfect example of the value of animal fats. Without adequate animal fat, many nutrients including fat soluble vitamins and minerals cannot be used and neither can the so-called good fats from foods avocados, flax and cod liver oils.

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An increasing number of researchers are realizing that the lack of fats is playing a major role in the autism epidemic, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, cancer, IBS and many other disorders including obesity. Without the kinds of fats our human bodies have thrived on since the beginning of time, our bodies perceive famine and are simply unprepared to try and make what it needs out of modern diets that are loaded with anti-Foods (canola, soy, corn and other fake oils) that were not part of our evolution into rationally thinking beings.

Although fast food is often cited as being loaded with animal fat, the opposite is true. Fast food chains and most restaurants (even expensive restaurants) use the cheapest, most rancid oils on the market in the interest of saving money. A few, like vegan restaurants, will do it under the guise of it being healthier. Unfortunately, these are much worse. An interesting fact to note is that the ill effects of these cheap vegetable oils can virtually be reversed by consuming more butter, lard and other animal fats!

So now the sugar. This is actually the one part of the equation that Moss gets right — sort of. True, sugar is actually the one flavor that we can live without, but like many, he didn’t seem to understand that eating copious amounts of fruits eventually becomes as injurious to health as refined sugar or more precisely high fructose corn syrup!

Don’t get me wrong, fruit can be very healthful, but following his confused advice and similar advice from others, many people believe that they are not consuming sugar when they eat fruit or drink fruit juice. I often see people eating 4 or 5 pieces of very sugary fruit in one day every day and chasing it with juice. When diabetes or obesity set in, they cannot figure out how they got that way and chalk it up to heredity. Sugar is the main food of cancer. Its consumption is associated with many other diseases as well including arthritis, osteoporosis, yeast overgrowth, and much, much more. Fruit just like refined sugars are best consumed in relatively small amounts next to the rest of the diet.

So why do we crave sugar if we don’t need it? Because in avoiding the other necessary foods, our body needs a way to satisfy brain chemicals. Since sugar (whether in the form of fruit or cake) gets a relative free ride in the psyche of the American public, it is really the only food group left when we are told to avoid animal foods and salt, which is typically used in the preparation of many animal foods. And the high people get from eating sugar closely mimics the good feeling your brain gets when eating animal foods. So denial of necessary foods leads to overconsumption of permitted foods even if our bodies really don’t need them.

Once we understand this phenomenon, it is easy to see how people become alcoholics and drug addicts. In fact, I would say that sugar is likely the gateway drug to harder drugs and certainly alcoholism. Former alcoholics know that their sugar consumption drastically increases if the link between sugar and alcohol isn’t recognized and nipped in the bud. If it isn’t, they are more likely to fall off the wagon. Sugar is highly addictive!

Many people believe that it is inherently built into our DNA to want sweets. Many sugar-addicted moms will talk about how sweet breast milk is. In fact, what they don’t realize is that their babies have been getting high doses of sugar in the womb and if mom eats a lot of sugar or fruit, the baby is going to taste that in the breast milk too. Additionally, many children at an early age will gravitate towards sour flavors, not sweet. But parents and grandparents remember a time in their lives when sugar was special and literally force their children to eat sugar telling them that “they’ll like it” and that they won’t like sucking on a lemon.

There is no doubt that the fast food industry has conspired against us with synthetic flavors that are made to taste like the foods we are most attached to either biologically or because we have been forced to by excluding the ones our bodies really want. But to lump all salt, fat and sugar into one category is a disservice to the public at large. A wiser approach would be to discern those created in a lab from those raised from the ground up. Only then can we make the wisest of decisions.

So there you have it. My review of an interview about a book I never intend to read and my explanations for why you crave what you do in a nutshell. What are your cravings and what do you do about them?


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.

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.