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The Keto Savage Podcast

Podcast discussing fitness lifestyle, the keto diet, science, nutrition, contest prep, the fitness industry, business, and the pursuit of happiness! There will be several different podcast guests that will consist of athletes, experts in the health and nutrition industry, and other people of interest!


Training Like a Lion with Colt Milton
For this episode, we welcome back repeat guest and friend, Colt Milton. He's a fellow natural bodybuilder and joined us to share a bit about his training protocols, nutrition, and his experience with the Lion Diet. It was a pleasure to welcome him back and I know you'll enjoy this episode.    What you'll hear:   His strength training protocol as of late (2:16) Body fat percentage, macronutrient ratios, and weight loss strategies for a bodybuilding competition (5:58) Macronutrient ratios and their impact on weight loss and muscle gain (12:10) Keto and its effects on a bodybuilder's health and performance and his experience with the Lion Diet (15:53) Treats and simplicity in nutrition (21:14) Incorporating vegetables (25:29) Entrepreneurship and podcasting (30:50) Bodybuilding prep, consistency, and mindset (35:59) Bodybuilding divisions and the appeal of classic physique (40:56) The use of performance-enhancing drugs in bodybuilding, including the risks and nuances of TRT (45:43) The use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in bodybuilding and the ethical implications of competing against natural and TRT (50:08) Weightlifting workout routine and progress tracking (53:20) The importance of having a goal (57:57) Incorporating music (1:01:45)   Where to find Colt:   Instagram YouTube If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!  
67:40 5/27/24
Getting an Upgrade with Barton Scott
If you're curious about supplements, this is the episode for you.  Barton Scott, a chemical engineer, is the founder of Upgraded Formulas. After watching loved ones suffer and die from illness, and struggling with his own health issues, he knew something had to be done.  Thus, Upgraded Formulas was born.  I love their products, and it was a pleasure to pick Barton's brain. I know you'll take something from this episode.   What we discussed:   Sodium and iron levels in the body, with a focus on their importance for physical energy and emotional health (4:23) Sodium manipulation in bodybuilding and its effects on physiology and performance (10:59) Electrolyte balance and supplementation (15:15) The importance of magnesium and copper for energy and overall health, with references to electrolyte supplements and the effects of COVID (21:40) Iron recycling in the body and its impact on mood and health (28:50) Nutrition and mineral deficiencies during pregnancy and postpartum, with a focus on iron and magnesium (34:35) Iron levels, COVID vaccine, and heart health (39:38) Hair analysis and its impact on mineral levels and energy (45:04) Nutrient deficiencies and toxicity in modern society, with a focus on soil depletion and the importance of regular testing (48:47) Supplements for sleep and fertility, with a focus on magnesium (53:27) Supplements for testosterone boosting and overall health (57:46) Supplementation for mental health (1:03:06)   Where to learn more:   Upgraded Formulas (use code Barton10 for a discount!)   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!   
69:33 5/24/24
Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Exogenous Ketones with Dr. Latt Mansor
Are you curious about the benefits of exogenous ketones? For this episode, we welcomed Dr. Latt Mansor to the podcast. He is the lead researcher for Ketone-IQ and consultant to the world's top performers. He has a wealth of information about anything and everything you could ever want to know about metabolism, ketones, intermittent fasting, and much more.  It was a pleasure to chat with him and I know you'll enjoy this episode.   What you'll hear:   His research into nutrition and exogenous ketones (1:21) Heart metabolism in hypoxia, with a focus on diabetic rats, and the details of that study (3:52) Exogenous ketones for military and athletic performance, with a focus on ketone IQ as a more affordable and easier option(13:51) Ketone supplements for cognitive function and athletic performance (20:08) Exogenous ketones for exercise and cognitive performance, with a focus on individual response and optimal use (26:26) Ketones' effects on brain function and potential for use in treating PTSD (31:22) Ketones and their effects on sleep and recovery in athletes (37:00) Ketone supplements, their effects on blood sugar and electrolytes, and potential risks for certain individuals (43:01) Ketone IQ and its potential uses for weight loss, appetite suppression, and improving overall health (49:41) The benefits of exogenous ketone supplementation for improving health and reducing chronic disease risks (55:49)   Where to learn more:   Podcast Instagram Visit to get 30% off your first subscription order of Ketone-IQ If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!   
62:05 5/20/24
Podcasting and Parenting with Andrew Zaragoza
This episode is for anyone interested in parenting, nutrition, or starting a podcast from the ground up. Andrew is a Podcast Producer, Host and Instructor. He's a husband and father of two incredible kids, and has been a Photographer, Videographer and Podcaster creating content for over a decade. He's worked random jobs his whole life, never having a sense of fulfillment or meaning. One day he realized that if he disappeared, no one would notice. That's when he decided to go all in and do whatever it took to leave his job to pursue his passion. We've got lots of great information for you in this episode, so grab a pen and a notebook and get started.  What you'll learn: Andrew's backstory and why he got in to podcasting (1:34) Fatherhood, work-life balance, and prioritizing quality time with family (7:49) Raising children with a focus on self-sufficiency and sustainability (10:25) Raising and consuming animals with a focus on regenerative agriculture (16:07) Local food sources, quality vs. convenience, and the benefits of eating locally grown food (19:11) Diet quality's impact on body composition and performance in bodybuilding (25:17) Ketogenic diet and satiety, with a focus on macronutrient balance and calorie intake (27:57) The pros and cons of fruit consumption for metabolic health (33:11) Parenting and fostering healthy eating habits for toddlers (35:30) Personal responsibility for health and wellness (40:16) Alternative medicine and traditional healthcare (46:27) Podcasting as a medium for sharing information and connecting with experts (53:03) Podcasting journey, struggles, and lessons learned (57:40) Podcasting, its benefits, and Andrew's passion for helping others through his platform (1:01:54) The importance of active listening (1:06:53) Podcasting outlook and growth potential (1:10:58) Podcasting, equipment, and course creation (1:16:29) Where to learn more: FREE Podcast Equipment Purchasing Guide Pursue Podcasting Course Instagram All Other Social Platforms   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below! 
82:16 5/17/24
Retro Bodybuilding with Craig Toni
Craig Toni began his bodybuilding journey back in the 80's, when anabolic steroid use was the norm. He's suffered some health issues due to his experiences during that time, and it was a pleasure to welcome him to the podcast to share his story and his transition to a ketogenic way of life. I know you'll take something from this episode.   What you'll hear:   Craig's backstory and how we came to know one another (1:30) Natural bodybuilding, keto diet, and the importance of personal experience (3:44) The use of performance-enhancing drugs in bodybuilding, with a focus on the potential risks and side effects (9:00) Bodybuilding, gym culture, and drug use in the 1990s (14:51) How steroid use affected his body, including appetite muscle growth (19:33) The use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and its potential benefits and drawbacks (24:48) Diet and steroid use for muscle gain and hormone levels (30:14) Bodybuilding dieting strategies and their effects on physique (33:41) How steroid use affects strength training and gains (37:50) Joint pain and inflammation as a result of steroid use (42:56) Battling migraines and migraine-related health issues (45:15) Blood pressure and dietary changes (50:58) Kidney damage and digestive issues (59:15) Protein intake and its impact on ketosis (1:05:13)  Keto and carnivore diets for health and bodybuilding (1:10:58) The benefits of a ketogenic diet in bodybuilding, with a focus on hormone regulation and muscle growth (1:17:30)   Where to hear more:   Instagram Nutrition Hackers   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!   
88:44 5/13/24
Therapeutic Carb Restriction with Jayne Bullen
Jayne Bullen has been with her research at the Noakes Foundation in South Africa by enlightening physicians on the therapeutic benefits of a low-carb diet. She is making such a difference with the people she works with and it was a pleasure to speak with her.    What we discussed:   What brought her to South Africa initially (1:56) Indigenous health, traditional diets, and the impact of Western diets on health (5:40) The popularity and knowledge of the ketogenic diet in Africa and South Africa, with a focus on the challenges faced by physicians (7:53) Bringing commercial knowledge to nonprofit research (13:36) Nutrition education for physicians to improve patient outcomes (16:38) Using ketogenic diet as a treatment for various diseases, with a focus on medical professionals and their role in promoting this approach (23:36) Empowering patients with diabetes to reverse their condition through self-research and coaching (26:32) Protecting children from marketing and sugar addiction (30:53) Improving nutrition in low-income communities through affordable, balanced meal plans (34:07) Improving diets in Africa and the challenges with donations of unhealthy foods (40:29) Her organization's impact on global nutrition (43:42)   Where to learn more:   Nutrition Network   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!   
49:26 5/10/24
A Different Approach to Bodybuilding
  Scott Myslinski just competed in his first bodybuilding endeavor and went the enhancement route.  He pulls back the curtain and leaves everything on the table regarding nutrition, enhancement, training, and much more. His journey was a lot different than mine, but I know you'll get something out of this episode.   What you'll hear:   Digestive issues, bodybuilding prep, and nutrition (4:10) Experience with the carnivore diet and training (11:09) Bodybuilding enhancement and prep strategies (16:29) Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and its effects on body composition and mood (20:41) Using performance-enhancing drugs for bodybuilding, including testosterone and other anabolic steroids (25:01) Drug use in bodybuilding, including effects on blood markers and liver health (32:17) Using trenbolone for fat loss and muscle maintenance, side effects and precautions (36:39) Post-show supplementation (40:34) Post-show nutrition and (44:15) Competition prep experience, results, and relationship effects (49:30) The importance of a health approach to bodybuilding and not placing too much emphasis on external validation (54:08) What he's excited about in the near future (56:56)   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!   
62:09 5/6/24
BIOptimization with Wade Lightheart and Matt Gallant
Wade Lightheart and Matt Galant are the head honchos behind BIOptimizers supplements, but they are also both big into the nutrition and bodybuilding space. Wade and Matt were both trainers working with pro athletes and other high performers. They both spent a decade in the gym helping people transform their health. Wade and Matt met in the gym, struck a friendship, and then started a business partnership that has been going strong since 2004. ( We discussed everything from veganism to bodybuilding, so I'm sure you'll take something from this episode.    What you'll hear:   Their backstory and how they became interested in the supplement industry (4:30) Protein absorption and digestive health in bodybuilding (8:06) Enzymes for digestive health in the sports industry, with a focus on keto diets and their benefits (12:04) The importance of lipase enzymes for fat digestion and energy production (16:08) The importance of enzymes to aid in digestion, especially given the modern nutritional protocols (21:06) Dietary choices and their impact on gut health, with a focus on enzymes and probiotics (27:29) Ketogenic diet and fat metabolism, with tips for optimizing protein and fiber intake (32:51) Diet approaches for weight loss, including keto, intermittent fasting, and macronutrient ratios (38:52) Nutrition and exercise for optimal body composition and muscle gain (42:17) Dieting for bodybuilding competitions and their effects on metabolism (46:36) Nutrition and dietary choices as a bodybuilder (51:40) Dietary choices and their impact on health, with a focus on plant-based and carnivore diets (58:09) Supplement recommendations for optimal health benefits (1:03:03) Biggest frustrations with the supplement industry (1:10:59)   Where to learn more:   BIOptimizers   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!   
74:40 5/3/24
Living Life to the Fullest with Eric Edmeades
There's something for everyone in this episode. Eric Edmeades is a serial entrepreneur with experience including wireless networking, military research, Hollywood film production, and award-winning and life-saving medical simulation. Today, Eric is a leading authority in Behavioral Change Dynamics. Eric has created and consulted on some of the most effective, transformative, and highly rated educational products and live events in the world. His dedication and passion for improving the quality of human lives all across the world was the inspiration behind his flagship program, WILDFIT®, globally recognized as the most effective health transformation program on the market. ( I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and I've got no doubt you'll take something from it.  What we discussed:   His fascination with African conservation and early human history (1:25) Traditional hunting practices and daily life in a remote tribe (5:00) Indigenous people's health and lifestyle (8:34) The term "pre-diabetic" and its implications for medical advice (12:37) Diabetes diagnosis, lifestyle intervention, and food industry impact (16:15) Permanent psychological change in people for healthier habits (20:05) Nutrition, health, and personal transformation (24:34) The effectiveness of a nutrition program that incorporates seasonality, behavioral change, and storytelling (28:28) Ketosis and nutrition, with a focus on human history and evolutionary biology (32:38) Entrepreneurship and leadership (39:58) Parental involvement in children's education, including school choice and homeschooling (43:26) Psychology of food choices and their impact on health, with references to evolutionary biology and the manipulation of the food industry (47:57) Evolution, diet, and culture with a focus on the Garden of Eden and the Hadza people (51:57) What Eric has in store in the near future (55:22)   Where to learn more:   Eric Edmeades Postdiabetic   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!   
63:16 4/29/24
Your Thyroid and Autoimmune System with Risa Groux
Are you aware of how environmental toxins and poor nutrition can affect your thyroid function? Risa Groux is a functional nutritionist and is an expert in all things thyroid health. It was a very interesting conversation and I know you'll learn a lot.    What we discussed:   Why Risa became so interested in thyroid function initially (1:18) The impact of social media and processed foods on mental and physical health (4:43) Childhood obesity, insulin resistance, and poor nutrition (11:25) Healthy eating, focusing on fiber, fats, and proteins (17:13) Diet, genetics, and health (24:57) Genetic testing and blood/stool analysis for personalized health insights (30:33) Functional medicine approach to nutrition and health, with emphasis on personalized dietary plans based on individual health status (34:40) Functional medicine certification programs and their acceptance in conventional Western medicine (39:28) Insurance issues (43:27) The growth of functional medicine (45:31)   Where to learn more:   Risa Groux Nutrition   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!   
51:11 4/26/24
How the Cacao Butter Crisis Will Affect You with Robert Sikes
If you weren't aware, we're going through a bit of a crisis in the cacao butter market. I recorded a quick podcast to bring you up to speed on what this means for you as the consumer and our business practices because we value transparency.    What you'll hear:   Why we avoid raising prices (1:40) The details behind the cacao butter crisis (2:20) The devastating increase in price (2:58) How we're mitigating the loss (5:07) Possible solutions if the price continues to increase (6:02) Our pledge to maintain the quality of the product (9:02)   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!   
11:18 4/22/24
The Detrimental Effects of Environmental Toxins with Dr. Tom O’Bryan
If you've been following us for a while, you know that we've made an effort to evaluate the products that we use in our home and on our bodies in order to avoid environmental toxins. Dr. Tom O'Bryan is a recognized world expert on gluten and its impact on health. He is an internationally recognized and sought after speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease, and the development of Autoimmune Diseases, as they occur inside and outside of the intestines. ( He has a vast knowledge of how our everyday products can impact our hormones and everyday health, and it was a pleasure to learn from him.    What we discussed:   Why he became interested in environmental toxins (2:58) Fertility and the impact of diet on reproductive health (3:45) Toxic chemicals in environment affecting fetal brain development (9:33) Epigenetics and how lifestyle choices impact health, with a focus on toxins and inflammation (14:34) Reducing inflammation through air purification and simple lifestyle changes (18:42) Importance of clean water and air for overall health (24:44) Plastic contamination in bottled water and its impact on brain health (29:54) Toxic chemicals in everyday products and their impact on hormones and overall health (31:40) Gluten sensitivity and its impact on health (37:15) Immune system and food sensitivities (43:42) Inflammation, seed oils, and holistic health (50:24) Tips for reducing exposure and improving overall well-being (55:50) Where to learn more:   The Dr.   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!   
62:42 4/19/24
The Healing Power of Mushrooms with Stephanie Moyal
If you've ever wondered how mushrooms can help you from a neurological and performance standpoint, you'll want to listen to this episode. Stephanie founded Try Troop with her cousin Jake. They are on a mission to demystify mushrooms and make them approachable. By turning to preventative rather than curative health measures, they believe we can walk a path to a healthier life. It was a pleasure to learn from her and I know you'll take something from this episode.   What we discussed:   Her backstory and what got her into the mushroom business (1:46) What exactly mushrooms are, how they can be beneficial, and their different uses (4:04) Conditions required to grow mushrooms (6:30) Avoiding poisonous mushrooms (7:22) The mushroom growing process from start to finish (9:22) Making sure you get a quality product (11:52) Delivery options (15:44) Deep dive into the different types of mushrooms (18:09) What Stephanie and her cousin consume on a daily basis (21:48) Her stance on psilocybin and how they're used for mental health treatment (24:14) Microdosing (30:52) Holistic approach to medicine using natural compounds like mushrooms (39:05) What she's excited about in the future (41:05)   Where to learn more:   Try Troop   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!  
45:46 4/15/24
Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Western Medicine and Functional Medicine with Matt Calkins
Matt was born in Florida and went to the University of Florida for undergrad and medical school (Go Gators!). He got tired of the flatlands of Florida and hiked the Appalachian Trail before medical school, which started his love of hiking.  His wife, the great Laura Buchanan, is also a family medicine resident at Wake. They share a passion for metabolic health and wellness. When not checking their blood sugar by their continuous glucose monitors, they can be seen lifting weights, cycling, playing tennis, hiking, and walking around town. They also enjoy experimenting with their diets and seeing how their metabolic markers change - so far Matt has done 3 months of ketogenic diet and 10 days of whole food plant-based diet. But most of all, they enjoy spending time with their co-residents in the wonderful city that is Winston-Salem! (   It was wonderful to gain some insight from Matt and learn from him, and I know you'll enjoy this conversation, too.   What you'll hear:   Will's background and passion for family medicine (4:53) Bridging the gap between traditional and functional medicine (9:37) Healthcare system incentives and profit margins (11:16) Medical billing and compensation for physicians (17:02) Nutrition and lifestyle design for diabetes management (19:57) Lifestyle changes for improving metabolic health in urgent care settings (21:39) Nutritional interventions and food addiction (31:31)  Food addiction and its application in medicine and the Yale food addiction scale (32:03) The acceptance of low-carb diets in medicine, with a focus on patient education and practitioner pushback (35:45) Using lifestyle interventions for weight loss and improving health outcomes (41:42) Benefits and risks of a ketogenic diet to treat mental illness (47:09) Healthcare system challenges and the importance of patient advocacy (49:45) Diabetes management and the importance of low-carb diets (52:17) Incentivizing doctors to have longer patient conversations for better health outcomes (58:01)   Where to learn more:   Twitter
71:17 4/12/24
The Science of Nutrition with Kristi Storoschuk
Kristi Storoschuk is a PhD candidate in the Muscle Physiology Lab at Queen's University studying exercise, metabolic health, and mitochondrial function. She's had the privilege to work with some of the top scientists in her field and is a wealth of information on all things keto, fasting, and metabolic therapies. I learned a ton from this episode and I know you will as well.   What we discussed:   Kristi's background and what is entailed with her PhD program (2:33) Fasted exercise and skeletal muscle adaptations (5:45) How fasting can improve insulin (11:24) Lactate threshold and its relationship to ketogenic diet and exercise (17:51) Keto diet and exercise performance with a focus on skeletal muscle metabolism (24:11) Exercise and metabolism during weight loss (33:28) Muscle glycogen depletion and resynthesis in resistance-trained athletes (42:49) Muscle glycogen supercompensation and ketogenic diets (46:42) Fitness and nutrition habits and strategies (52:33) How small changes can affect metabolic health (59:03)   Where to learn more:   Website Instagram   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!
65:35 4/8/24
The Art of Hunting with Bruce McGlenn
If you've followed our content for a while, you know that hunting and eating nose-to-tail is a big part of my life. Founder and lead instructor of Human Nature Hunting, Bruce McGlenn has nearly 40 years of bird and big game hunting experience in the Pacific Northwest. Passed down from his father, hunting has been a way of life for Bruce from the beginning. He sees as much importance in the experiences and personal growth gained from hunting as he does as a source of healthy food and connection to nature. A third-generation hunter/gatherer of the Northwest, Bruce has been helping people reclaim their hunting heritage since the 1990s, officially with the Awaken the Hunter course in 2016. He has taught introductory hunting and shooting classes with the non-profit Washington Outdoor Women since 2001 and guided fly fishing and whitewater rafting. He is a certified Master Hunter and shooting instructor, holds a Master's degree in sustainable business, and is a licensed professional engineer in Washington. Bruce is a committed steward of the land and wildlife, primarily due to his understanding and appreciation of our ecosystem from engaging in it as a participant - a hunter. His desire to help heal and strengthen the human connection to nature inspires him to teach and pass on his skills so others can confidently experience the journey of the hunt. ( It was a joy to speak with him and I know you'll enjoy this conversation, too. What you'll hear: Bruce's background and hunting as a way of life (2:07) Hunting in the western US, with a focus on physical fitness and outdoor adventure (6:07) The mental and physical challenges of hunting in Montana (10:59) Hunting risks and how it leads to self-sufficiency (17:08) Hunting is a spiritual practice, connecting one to nature and what you consume (21:11) Honoring and appreciating the animals, ethics, and personal growth as a hunter (28:35) Hunting and outdoor skills with a focus on reconnecting with nature (36:24) Human Nature Hunting, his program that teaches women outdoor skills and introduces them to hunting (37:38) Advocating for the need for more hunters to address the declining hunting community and funding for wildlife management (41:53) Conservation and community (45:51) The details of his hunting course, which focuses on practical training, safety, and skill-building (54:04) Hunting as a metaphor for life and sharing the experience with others (1:01:59) Wilderness survival skills and hunting practices (1:05:40) Where to learn more: Human Nature Hunting If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!
71:09 4/5/24
Hormone Optimization with Dr. Jacey Folkers
Did you know that hormone imbalances can wreak havoc on your health? Dr. Jacey Folkers is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine studies. Dr. Folkers has completed his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College and is a licensed doctor of chiropractic in the states of Nebraska and Colorado. He has completed postgraduate study in clinical nutrition, rehabilitative exercise, and functional medicine so he can offer the most cutting-edge techniques to help address his patient's growing healthcare needs. He has owned or managed 8 clinics. Dr Folkers' clinics have emphasized areas of treatment that include hormone testing and treatment therapies, regenerative medicine, weight loss, cognitive therapies, thyroid conditions, autoimmunity, diabetes, functional testing, DNA testing. Dr. Folkers has worked with a wide variety of patients from professional athletes trying to increase performance and heal from injuries to the everyday person with chronic health challenges. Using a holistic and root cause approach, Dr. Folkers addresses core underlying barriers to health, allowing his patients to thrive and live their best lives. We covered a ton of information in this episode, and I'm looking forward to welcoming him back in the future. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.   What you'll hear:   Hormone optimization for men with a focus on natural methods (1:19) Functional medicine, nutrition, and hormone optimization (5:48) Testosterone levels and their impact on men's health (12:53) Low testosterone levels in young men and potential treatments (18:06) Natural ways to boost testosterone for bodybuilding (23:25) Hormone health, cortisol, and dietary interventions (30:44) Sleep, hormones, and supplements for optimal health (35:02) Hormonal health and its relationship with lifestyle factors (40:26) Hormone optimization for men, including customized approaches and potential risks (47:35) Testosterone replacement therapy and optimal levels for men of different ages (52:34) Clomiphene for testosterone optimization (58:34) Testosterone replacement therapy for men and women (1:02:29)   Where to learn more:   Instagram Blokes   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!    
66:08 4/1/24
A Carnivorous Transformation with Dani Conway
Have you considered a carnivore diet to help with health issues? Dani Conway is a Board Certified Functional Nutrition Practitioner, Functional Bloodwork Specialist and holds various certifications in other modalities of holistic health. She has been in practice almost two decades helping midlife women to ditch the diet mentality, lose weight and gain the energy and confidence they need to stop starving and start living! She specializes in a customized Macro approach to nutrition varying from Low Carb to Carnivore, along with a focus on root cause healing of hormone and gut issues to truly rebalance the body from the inside out. Dani has worked with thousands of women over 40 in both her one on one practice as well as her group programs, where she truly focuses on a client's individual needs. Dani does not believe in dogma, and does believe that one size *never* fits all! Dani got into this line of work because of her own health journey, which she shares more about. And, she has been featured in multiple morning news segments over the years on the Keto Diet, the Carnivore Diet, Intermittent Fasting, her "UNdiet" approach, along with multiple delicious low-carb recipes. What you'll hear:   Her backstory and why she became interested in hormones and women's health (1:45) Caloric intake, metabolic health, and hormone level management through a keto-carnivore approach (7:07) Breast implant toxicity and what led her to try a carnivore diet (13:20) The importance of personalization in carnivore and keto diets (18:58) Electrolyte balance while following a carnivore diet (22:50) Hormonal imbalances and nutrient deficiencies in women (27:22) Hormone replacement therapy (32:09) Macronutrient distribution (37:13) Consistency, macro distribution, and digestive issues when switching to a high-fat diet (41:52) The key to achieving body composition changes (46:19) Weight loss group coaching and its benefits (49:48) The importance of individualization in nutrition (55:07) Carnivore diet preferences and cooking methods (1:02:23)   Where to learn more:   Nutrition the Natural Way Instagram   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!  
65:50 3/29/24
Bonding Over Bodybuilding with Ryan Young
I met Ryan Young at my first competition of 2023 in Utah where he was helping a client backstage. We made a connection, and I thought it would be wonderful to invite him to the podcast to share a bit about his competitive journey, including fitness, nutrition, and lessons he's learned. If bodybuilding is in your wheelhouse, this is the episode for you.   What we discussed:   The variations in standards across bodybuilding federations and competitions (1:35) His personal experience with natural bodybuilding and the benefits of having a balanced approach to fitness (8:13) Sacrificing fullness for a lean physique (12:28) Following a ketogenic diet during a competition prep (17:26) The enjoyment he gets from helping clients and being backstage (22:10) Struggling with posing and stage presence in his first few competitions (26:18) Natural bodybuilding and its challenges (34:16) Training strategies (38:57) Digestive issues and his client demographics (44:15) The differences in our competition prep strategies and recovery (51:29) Professional bodybuilding logistics and rules (1:00:13)   Where to follow Ryan:   Instagram   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!
64:57 3/25/24
Bodybuilding and Heart Health with Cody Watkins
How do you handle adversity? Cody Watkins has been training for over 20 years and has had to overcome some significant health issues during that time. It was a great conversation about training, resiliency, and bouncing back, so I know you'll find it relevant.   What we discussed:   Cody's fitness journey, open heart surgery, and bouncing back (1:09) Overcoming health challenges and maintaining mental toughness in bodybuilding (4:54) Mindset and nutrition for fitness competitions (9:22) Competition judging and placement (13:47) Ketogenic diets and carbohydrate intake for muscle gain and fat loss (21:10) Muscle loss during bodybuilding prep (25:00) His nutritional protocol for competition prep (27:30) Fitness misconceptions and effective training methods (31:21) Recovery and injury prevention (36:57) Preventing injuries and choosing equipment (42:36) Recovery from injury (45:34) Instagram marketing strategies for fitness professionals (48:19) Fitness culture and gym etiquette (51:12) Proper form and range of motion in weightlifting (54:24)   Where to follow Cody:   Instagram   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!  
62:13 3/22/24
Setting a Good Example with Bryan Scudiere
Are you a healthy role model for your children? Bryan Scudiere shares his journey from overweight to bodybuilding coach to become a better father and role model for his 20-month-old daughter. He left his high-paying sales job to pursue his passion for helping others reach their fitness goals, and his story is so inspirational. I've got no doubt that you'll take something from this episode.   What you'll hear:   Bryan's reflection on his career and fitness journey (1:08) His unhealthy relationship with food and the factors that contributed to this (4:28) The impact of parenthood on men's health and fitness (8:52) Prioritizing health, fitness, and well-being for the benefit of the family and quality of life (13:44) Fostering healthy habits for our children and how to avoid teaching disordered eating (17:54) Fitness goals, his bodybuilding journey, and eating real food (24:22) Bodybuilding as a mental sport and also a self-imposed hardship (30:36) The importance of taking risks to pursue personal growth (34:32) Entrepreneurship, financial struggles, and perseverance (39:08) His business model and fitness coaching habits (42:16) Using community and accountability to achieve fitness goals (50:43) Balancing work and family life (59:45)   Where to learn more:   Instagram   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!
63:15 3/18/24
A Transformative Journey with Elana Rheinhart
Do questionable choices and an unhealthy lifestyle keep you from achieving your goals? Elana Rheinhart is a new competitor in the bodybuilding circuit and recently performed in her first competition. Her story of transformation is incredibly inspiring, and I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did.   What we discussed:   Her struggles with a partying lifestyle and the difficulty in finding the motivation to make a change (1:21) Weight gain due to alcohol consumption and disordered eating (5:50) Protein intake, fitness goals, and grief coaching after losing her husband in 2020 (11:15) Body image and weight loss (15:00) The mental challenges of a bodybuilding prep (20:49) Competition prep and nutritional strategies she employed to combat bloating and constipation (27:14) Bodybuilding prep, posing, and reverse dieting (32:33) Tracking macros (37:36) The importance of nutritional tracking, particularly for those struggling with eating disorders (44:54) Her fitness goals and how to handle her limitations (50:26) Using pain and hardship as fuel to push through difficult times (56:04)   Where to follow Elana's journey:   Instagram   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!
60:53 3/15/24
Living the Psychedelic Life with Paul Austin
Many episodes on this podcast discuss alternative methods for healing and wellness, and this episode is no exception. Paul F. Austin, a prominent figure in psychedelics, has guided millions to safe and meaningful psychedelic experiences through his work as the founder of Third Wave. Featured in Bloomberg, Rolling Stone, Inc., and the BBC's Worklife, to name a few, he's curious about the convergence of psychedelics, personal transformation, and professional success and how they weave together to help form a meaningful existence.   Paul empowers leaders, creatives, and pioneers to leverage psychedelics for profound personal and professional growth. He views utilizing psychedelics as a refined skill cultivated through mentorship, exploration, and purposeful use—critical for humanity's ongoing evolution. ( I know nothing about this topic from personal experience, so it was a pleasure to have this discussion and learn from his expertise. I know you'll find it interesting as well.    What we discussed:    The benefits of taking psychedelics as an alternative to traditional medicine, especially when treating mental health issues (1:28) Psychedelics, personal growth, and responsible use (4:42) The stigma surrounding psychedelic usage and promoting legalization around the world (9:37) The progressive attitudes towards psychedelics in other countries (15:00) Legal availability of some psychedelics in the United States, and the importance of education and professional medical support when working with psychedelics (17:37) Microdosing for personal growth and healing (23:24) Using psychedelics to facilitate a deconditioning process, allowing individuals to remove external influences and discover their true desires and what they're passionate about (29:38) Work-life balance and the impact of societal expectation on personal fulfillment (32:10) Setting aside time for oneself for meditation, breathwork, prayer, etc. (38:06) How psychedelics affect the brain and body (44:10) Potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelics (47:21) Mental health benefits of using psychedelics and how cannabis is different (53:58) Paul's upcoming book release (1:00:17)   Where to learn more:    Third Wave   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below! 
65:56 3/11/24
Lipids, Cholesterol, and Heart Health with Dave Feldman
Do you, like so many others, worry about your heart health? Dave Feldman began a low-carb, high-fat diet in April 2015 and has since learned everything he could about it, with special emphasis on cholesterol. As an engineer, he spotted a pattern in the lipid system similar to distributed objects in networks. He has since learned quite a bit on the subject, both through research and experimentation, which has revealed some compelling data. With this new general theory, he's shifted his cholesterol substantially without any drugs or special supplements. (   I am so grateful to him for his research and for bringing information to light regarding cholesterol and a ketogenic diet. I learned so much during this conversation and I know you will as well. What you'll hear:   Our history together (2:09) Dave's background and lean mass hyper responder 6:03) Cholesterol levels and statin use (11:37) Lipid energy model and LDL cholesterol (15:53) LDL levels, bodybuilding, and recovery (22:25) Lowering cholesterol through strength training and experimentation (27:46) Using Oreo cookies to drop LDL levels and the results compared to statin use (32:14) Liver glycogen levels on a ketogenic diet (36:37) Comparing LDL levels in lean mass hyper responders and a matched control group (41:24) Heart health and plaque buildup in coronary arteries (43:54) Diet and nutrition's impact on heart health (49:36) CT angiogram and cardiovascular disease risk assessment (54:43) Affordable and accessible blood testing (59:04) Grassroots research and fundraising (1:04:32) Designing a medical study (1:10:25)   Where to learn more:   Cholesterol Code Citizen Science Foundation   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!  
75:50 3/8/24
Happy Anniversary to the Keto Brick!
March marks the sixth anniversary of the launch of the keto brick, and what better way to celebrate than with a discount? Despite new business failure rates, the keto brick is still around thanks to our wonderful supporters.   What you'll hear in this episode:   The backstory of the business and why it was created (1:47) Building a business from scratch focusing on a quality product (3:03) Gratitude for our supporters for our success, despite small business failure rates (4:18) Discount details (5:58)   To receive a 15% off your order of keto bricks from March 3-10, simply enter the code sixyears at checkout on   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!
08:46 3/4/24
Trusting Your Gut with Dane Johnson
Do you suffer from poor gut health? Dane Johnson has battled Crohn's colitis and ulcerative colitis for a good portion of his life. Through experimentation, he has found the proper protocol for his body to help control these ailments and improve his life. We had a great conversation about this and also mindset, and I know you'll enjoy it as well.   What you'll hear:   What ailments Dane struggles with and how it affects daily life (2:15) Living with ulcerative colitis and the benefits of functional medicine (6:37) His near-death experience due to gluten intolerance and recovery with an antiviral treatment (11:25) Root causes of IBD and the limits of traditional medicine (15:37) Personal responsibility for health and self-empowerment through nutrition and wellness (21:36) Overcoming obstacles and achieving goals through mindset and consistency (26:57) Finding ways to stay optimistic (30:33) Health and wellness trends, including keto and intermittent fasting (34:30) The importance of positivity and community to overcome obstacles (37:42) Life balance, self-improvement, and success (43:42) Simplifying daily routines for better consistency and success (47:29) Probiotics and digestive health (51:18) Personalized gut health and treatment (57:34) Natural remedies for children's gut health issues (59:30) Gut health and disease prevention through diet and lifestyle changes (1:02:31) Functional lab tests for checking gut health and mold exposure (1:07:12) Carnivore diet benefits and limitations (1:14:38) Dietary approaches for colon health and cancer prevention (1:17:31) Dogmatic thinking and the importance of seeing the whole picture when it comes to health and nutrition (1:20:08) Personalized nutrition and dietary approaches (1:27:11) The importance of listening to one's body (1:30:27)   Where to learn more about Dane's story:   Crohn's Colitis Lifestyle Instagram   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!  
98:43 3/1/24
Epilepsy, Keto, and Endurance Running with Michael Leddy
Did you know that a ketogenic diet can be an effective treatment for epilepsy? Michael Leddy has lived with epilepsy from a young age, dealing with seizures regularly. Having tried surgery in 2012 with short-lived effects, he began a ketogenic diet in 2017 and has found it to be a more effective treatment than other options. It was a pleasure to have him on the podcast and learn from him and I know you'll also enjoy this episode.   What you'll hear:   His recent running events (1:00) The mental challenges involved with endurance running (3:13) Living with epilepsy, his experience with brain surgery, and his discovery of the keto diet (8:33) Seizure triggers and its unpredictability (13:54) Managing epilepsy through diet and lifestyle changes (20:06) Macronutrient tracking and fluctuating ketone levels (25:10) Running as a way to cope with the emotional effects of epilepsy (30:51) Experimentation with nutrition and his experience with disordered eating (35:27) The importance of electrolyte consumption (40:59) The benefits of a ketogenic diet on mental health (45:40) Mental discipline (49:52) Weight training and keto (53:51) Adhering to the ketogenic lifestyle while traveling (58:08) Adapting to life with epilepsy and the importance of being aware of the body's needs (1:01:54)   Look for Michael on Strava to follow his running journey!   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!
69:00 2/26/24
All About Sprouts with Doug Evans
Have you ever considered incorporating sprouts into your diet? Doug Evans is the sprout guru and has been sprouting his own greens for quite some time. As you may know, Crystal and I have been getting into homesteading, and I wanted to pick Doug's brain about what exactly sprouts are, their nutritional benefits, and how to get into growing my own. It was a pleasure to learn from him and I know you'll enjoy this conversation as much as I did.   What you'll hear:   Doug's backstory and what got him interested in sprouting his own food to begin with (1:27) Sprouting for healthy eating and self-sufficiency, and Doug's fitness journey (10:19) The nutritional benefits of sprouted legumes and plant-based protein sources (19:05) Taking the microbiome into consideration when looking at diet (23:47) My nutritional and fitness protocol (24:50) Business and entrepreneurship (30:18) Ketosis, sprouting, and tracking caloric intake (36:05) Sprouting on your own at home and how to get started (43:02) The overall benefits of sprouting and being self-reliant (51:53) Incorporating sprouting into a natural bodybuilding protocol (58:34)   Where to learn more about Doug and the sprouting lifestyle:   Instagram Sprout Man   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!
62:24 2/23/24
Battling Demons with a Ketogenic Diet with Valerie Smith
Do you struggle with mental illness? Valerie Smith healed her mind and body through a well-formulated ketogenic diet. Her story is honest, raw, and inspiring, and I know you'll take something from our conversation.   What you'll hear:   Valerie's list of diagnoses over the past 40 years, including mental illness and eating disorders (1:55) Childhood trauma and disordered eating (7:26) Her struggle with anorexia and body dysmorphia, which led to a feeling of guilt and shame (13:31) The various health complications she suffered as a result of anorexia (23:18) Long recovery after organ prolapse surgery and the role of nutrition in her recovery (27:18) Struggling with multiple mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, OCD, self-harm, and hair pulling, and the shame she felt as a result (32:24) Overcoming her mental struggles through nutrition and an animal-based diet (39:53) The improvements she felt by increasing her daily intake of protein (45:57) How her symptoms diminished and eventually completely resolved as a result of a high-fat diet (50:47) Her participation in a case-study on using an animal-based diet to treat anorexia (58:22) Implementing a high protein diet to reverse her symptoms of osteoporosis (1:02:56) Overcoming the stigma surrounding mental health disorders and seeking help (1:10:57) Weight lifting and body transformation (1:19:19)   Where to read more of Valerie's story:   Twitter Instagram   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!
80:52 2/19/24
What a Long, Strange Trip it has Been with Robert Johnson
If you're like me, you don't know much about mushrooms other than the strains we're all familiar with. Robert Johnson is a mushroom aficionado and has been since he was a teenager. He founded the premium mushroom product line Mycroboost as well as Custom Capsule Consultants, where he is CEO. His work in the cannabinoid, health, and supplement space since 2008 has given him deep expertise around cannabinoids, hemp, mushrooms, supplements, product development, business development, market demands, and consumer trends. ( I was excited to dive deeper into the world of mushrooms and can't wait to hear what you think of this episode.   What you'll learn:   Why he became interested in mushrooms originally (1:44) Nootropics, mushrooms, and their cognitive benefits (4:28) Various mushrooms and supplements and the importance of the proper dosage (9:32) Mushroom cultivation and industry transparency (15:55) The legal and scientific aspects of psychedelics and cannabis (22:12) Cannabis legalization and its effects on society (27:45) Microdosing psilocybin mushrooms for mental health benefits (33:58) The use of psychedelics for spiritual and therapeutic purposes (39:38) Risks vs. benefits and when to take caution (45:30) The potential for psychedelics and marijuana to treat mental health issues (52:40) How to ensure you're purchasing a quality product (1:00:14)   Where to learn more about Robert and Mycroboost:   Mycroboost Instagram   If you loved this episode and our podcast, please take some time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, or drop us a comment below!
64:31 2/16/24

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