Two years ago, Cate Shanahan came onto the podcast as a guest for the episode “How To Use Food As Your Body’s Fat Loss Language“.
During that episode, we delved into into how the way your body interprets the food you eat in a manner that can make you either lean or fat – depending on your food choice.
We also discussed Cate’s book, which is one of the nutrition books that I find myself recommending most often, Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. This month, Cate published a brand new, updated version of the book, and we take a deep dive into it on this podast.
In writing this book, Cate examined diets around the world known to help people live longer, healthier lives―diets like the Mediterranean, Okinawa, and “Blue Zone”. She identified the four common nutritional habits, developed over millennia, that unfailingly produce strong, healthy, intelligent children, and active, vital elders, generation after generation. These four nutritional strategies―fresh food, fermented and sprouted foods, meat cooked on the bone, and organ meats―form the basis of what Dr. Cate calls “The Human Diet.”
Cate is a board-certified family physician. She trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University before attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For ten years, she practiced medicine in Hawaii, where she studied ethnobotany and the culinary habits of her healthiest patients. She currently runs a metabolic health clinic in Denver, Colorado and serves as the Director of the Los Angeles Lakers PRO Nutrition Program.
Not only do the LA Lakers follower her nutritional protocol (we discuss their snacks in today’s show) but I just found out that the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team has been following a Deep Nutrition style diet for 3 years, Villanova won the college basketball championship in 2016 after adopting this diet the season prior.
Rooted in her experience as an elite athlete who used traditional foods to cure her own debilitating injuries, and combining her research with the latest discoveries in the field of epigenetics, Cate shows in this new book how all calories are not created equal; food is information that directs our cellular growth. Our family history does not determine our destiny: what you eat and how you live can alter your DNA in ways that affect your health and the health of your future children.
During our discussion, you’ll discover:
-The shocking story of what happened when Cate and her husband visited the Culinary Institute of America…[8:50]
-Why vegetable oil is your brain’s worst enemy…[14:05]
-The little-known toxin called 4HNE and the havoc it wreaks on your brain…[18:07]
-Why cutting vegetable oil from the diet potentially just as good for the gut as a fecal transplant…[24:20]
-What happened at a Filipino buffet in Kuaui that got Cate seriously thinking about dynamic symmetry…[30:55]
-What nutrition has to do with beauty and symmetry (and the fascinating reason why should women space their children out if they want to have beautiful women)…[37:30]
-Why men should take preparation for pregnancy just as seriously as women…[45:15]
-What the world’s elite and rich people eat, and why that leads them to higher amounts of beauty and success…[51:10]
-Why the total amount of LDL you possess can be practically irrelevant…[53:50]
-Why Cate says that calories don’t always count…[59:25]
-How fat cells really become something other than fat cells…[66:00]
-The dietary habits of the LA Lakers that allow them to follow these same principles…[70:50]
-Five easy ways to get started with Deep Nutrition concepts…[74:35]
-And much more!
Resources from this episode:
-Cate’s book: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food
Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Cate or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
Also published on Medium.