“Drunken” Banter, Unplugging From Wearables, Ketogenic Mistakes In Exercisers & Athletes, Carb Refeeds, Alcohol Hacks & Much More With Brian Sanders.

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On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, I had the pleasure of sitting down with my new friend Brian Sanders.

Brian is the filmmaker behind the feature-length documentary Food Lies and host of the Peak Human podcast. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Mechanical Engineering before turning to technology and selling an app company. Brian has used his technical background and love for fitness and nutrition to also work as a health coach and co-found the health, media, and technology company SAPIEN

Brian is also a speaker and the owner of Nose to Tail, which provides premium grass-finished meat to the 48 contiguous states.

Prior to this podcast, both Brian and I did a “shot” of a kratom/kava euphoric-inducing blend called Feel Free, so the podcast got a bit crazy! If you want to try a shot of this stuff for yourself, click here and use code BEN40 for a 40% discount.

In this episode, you'll discover:

– Brian Sanders and Ben's “drunken banter” over some new products…03:05

– The difference between ancestral hacking and biohacking…06:30

– Why it’s important to track your metrics naturally, without wearables…10:05

– The most ideal state to consume food and how to stabilize blood glucose spikes…13:20


– Ben’s biggest takeaways from the Faster Study and what it involved…26:10

  • Study on the effects of ketogenic diet in ultra-endurance athletes
  • Muscle biopsies for muscle composition
  • Blood drawings every 15 minutes
  • VO2 Max test
  • Stool microbiome testing
  • Both groups were equivalent with VO2 max
  • One group was given a traditional diet, the other group with ketogenic diet
  • The findings:
    • Ketogenic diet group did not offer any substantial improvements in performance than the traditional diet group
    • No average decrement in performance either
  • Endurance athletes on ketogenic diet had better glycogen conservation mechanisms, based on muscle biopsies
  • Highly glycolytic athletes, like CrossFitters, the ketogenic diet does not offer as good performance because you’re burning a lot of carbohydrates
  • Low carb vs. traditional keto diet for CrossFit athletes should be tried

– What Ben carb-loaded before Spartan race days…31:00

– The best way to adapt your diet for improved longevity…41:00

– Ben’s best tips for including alcohol into your “healthy” diet…45:10

– Why Ben says it’s okay to be weird for the sake of being metabolically well…57:05

  • Prevailing fault, especially in parenting on “classic” American must-have foods
  • Societal pressure enabling people to eat junk food
  • Educating our children about the metabolic food consequences
  • Knowing vs. doing
  • Growing your “healthy” community
  • Spreading the word on sustainable healthy eating
  • Ben’s Boundless Cookbook
  • Biltong jerky

– And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

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2 thoughts on ““Drunken” Banter, Unplugging From Wearables, Ketogenic Mistakes In Exercisers & Athletes, Carb Refeeds, Alcohol Hacks & Much More With Brian Sanders.

  1. Techno Mack says:

    Whoa! Do you really mean 3 grams Dihydromyricetin? In the podcast you say three capsules of 300mg a piece. 3g would be 10 capsules.

    1. Nick says:

      That’s a huge dose. I’ve been taking it for 7 years at about 300mg -700mg based on the research I saw when I first came across it.

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