Why the People's Nutritionist
Sent by JUDY CHO | January 22, 2022
I hope you’re staying warm this winter. It’s been very cold in Austin, Texas this week and I am not used to the cold, especially being born and raised in Los Angeles, California. For the data people, we started the week off in the 70s and it dipped into the 30s, overnight. If you saw my Instagram and Facebook stories, that’s why our family has been nourishing with bone broth and oxtail soup.
STUDY OF THE WEEK — The People’s Nutritionist and the Power of Meat-Based Diets
I humbly consider myself the people’s nutritionist because I advocate for every single person to get to root-cause healing. The thing is that we are all different and our healing will differ. I really try to explain nutrition and healing holistically on social media but it’s not always easy when healing can get so nuanced.
But given that, I will always bring up newer science and new root-cause healing levers that I learn along the way. If one or two people can possibly heal, then I’m all for sharing, even if it’s not quite the popular opinion (and why I brought up difficult topics like liver and hypervitaminosis A, iodine, supplementation on a carnivore diet and lately the risks of uric acid and fructose with a meat-based (purine) diet. More to come on the uric acid topic.
I will continue to share nuanced health so the individuals that never fully healed from standard care or from a basic carnivore diet can still have hope. Because there is always hope.
I am here because I healed and got my life back with a meat-only diet. And I will continue to share so that others get this same opportunity. We all don’t have to do meat-only forever but it’s truly the ultimate elimination diet to begin healing.
I’m not sure why we are trying to fix Carnivore or make Carnivore better with recent ideologies or additions to the diet. Sometimes we should leave things as they are. Instead of sharing studies today, I share three powerful books. As they say, if we don’t learn from history, we are bound to repeat the mistakes.
So let’s read some older books. The links are to the full book.
- Walter McClellan and Eugene Du Bois: Prolonged Meat Diets With A Study Of Kidney Function And Ketosis
- Walter Voegtlin, MD: The Stone Age Diet (you can pick the format you want on this page)
- Vilhjalmur Stefansson: The Fat of the Land
- William Holston: The Diet of Mountain Men (short excerpt). Notice that these mountain men couldn’t do well on lean meats long term but did well on raw meats with substantial fat.
So if you hear notions that ketogenic diets are harmful or that meat-only is dangerous, it’s just not true. Sometimes it’s really that simple.
SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
It’s easy to blame a diet. Any diet.
😤I blamed a plant-based diet for ruining my health after following it for 12 years.
🍃But the reality is that there are some people that do well on it IF they supplement smartly AND have good gut health.
🌱It’s a hard way to eat for proper nutrition but some people do well on it.
⚠️Not a lot but some.
❗️At a certain point, we have to be honest, stop blaming the diet, and see where the individual roles are in the cause of less than ideal outcomes.
Things I can agree that benefit carnivores:
🔅the inclusion of more minerals
🔅the inclusion of more calories
❗️We must fuel the body well for the body to heal. Well, as in sufficient calories from proteins AND fats.
🔁The consistent theme I see is that on Carnivore, people undereat and on sugar-rich diets, people start to overeat.
🌟If you allow your body to eat sufficiently on a meat-based/keto diet, a lot of healing happens.
🍗Most people can’t be honest with themselves and instead blame the diet.
⛑I don’t care what exact diet you follow. I just want our communities to heal. And at a certain point, we need to take a look within and be honest with our own selves.
💣Because if you keep only blaming the diet, you will chase your tail and end up back at square one. Every. Single. Time. And I don’t wish that for anyone.
CATG PODCAST: When Dieting Gets Hard, How to Stay on Track
In this week’s Cutting Against the Grain podcast, Laura and I talk about when dieting gets hard.
- When things get hard
- What Laura does when things get hard
- Tracking for motivation
- Why tracking might be ideal (for some) initially
- Physical hunger vs emotional hunger
- Gauging hunger levels with one food
- When diet excitement starts waning and real life kicks in
- Pros and cons list
- Break the day into quadrants
- Starting is hard
- Planning cheat days
- Abstainers vs moderators (bridge foods)
- Find motivational resources and community
- Delay and distract
- Temporary priority shift
- Healing when you stay consistent
PODCAST SPONSOR: Carnivore Cure
Carnivore Cure is the first elimination protocol to explain how to adopt a meat-based diet to bring about healing. Get back to optimal health by finding the perfect foods to fuel your individual body.
Carnivore Cure starts with meats that have the least number of allergens and sensitivities. Once you reach a baseline of health, then you can incorporate other meats that may have previously caused a sensitivity. As you heal the gut, if you choose to, you can slowly add back plant-based foods.
This book provides you a step-by-step protocol to optimal health while also providing you extensive nutritional information and support for a meat-based diet, including debunking nutrition misinformation and providing lifestyle support through the lens of holistic health.
YOU CAN HEAL. Because the right food is medicine.
Eliminate the wrong foods and eat the right foods for you, and you alone. Take your life back with the Carnivore Cure.
NwJ PODCAST: Healing with Real Food | Liver, Iodine, Thyroid, Testosterone with Mary Ruddick Part 1
Many people have asked me to interview Mary Ruddick. We finally had a chance to sit down and we became instant friends. We had so much chatting about nuances in healing our clients and what we’ve seen with some of our hardest cases.
We hope you enjoy the energy and information we share in this two-part interview!
- At what point should we decide that the diet is not working
- Mary’s healing journey
- Example of markers
- Oxalate issues
- Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) on a carnivore diet
- Consuming organ meat
- Thoughts on folate
- Thoughts on a carnivore diet being dangerous to thyroid health
- Hypothyroid symptoms
- Supplementing iodine
- Fasting and hypothyroid on a ketogenic diet
- Cori cycle and ATP energy cycle
- Slow metabolism
- Supplemental version of melatonin
- Thoughts on fruits
A lot of people asked about iodine, so you can find my handout about iodine. I have many, many interviews on iodine so you can search through old NwJ podcast episodes. In regards to thiamine, I recommend this supplement to most of my clients (depending on their situation!) and they take about 150–350 mg. Always work with your practitioner.
NwJ INSIDER TIPS
Next week Mary and I chat about the microbiome, mindset, histamines and much more. Make sure to watch part two!
The Low Carb Boca Raton conference was so much fun! I took copious notes and learned so many things to support my clients and our community. Over the months, I’m sure I will share some things I’ve learned.
Laura and I will chat about some of the topics in next week’s CATG episode, so make sure to check it out.
These conferences are not only great to learn deeper knowledge of the benefits of a low-carb diet, but you also immerse yourself around like-minded community. You realize you’re not alone in your thoughts of the powers of a meat-based diet.
I had some long conversations with Dave Feldman and Siobhan Huggins on LDL and a friendly debate with Dr. Robert Cywes. It’s always a pleasure chatting with Amber O’hearn and Dr. Ken Berry, and meeting friends in our community.
My favorite was meeting the creator of the CAC score, Dr. Arthur Agatston. He has such great humor and what I respected most was his honest humility with his struggles with sugar. (He’s an abstainer). The struggle is real. I’m grateful for his openness.
Dr. Agatston will be on my NwJ podcast in the coming months, and we’ll talk about the CAC score and the Kraft test. If you think of any questions, let me know!
This week I also interviewed Dr. Richard Johnson and Dr. Anthony Chaffee. Both are very fun and fascinating interviews. Dr. Johnson’s interview has me never wanting to give my kids fruit drinks. I honestly don’t know if (once) gout sufferers should eat much liver or beer (and definitely not high-fructose fruit or honey).
Dr. Chaffee talks about the symbiotic relationship between a bird and a specific plant. I always hear the argument that some animals are omnivores or herbivores. Okay. But even then, they can only eat very specific plants. Of 400,000 plant species, we probably eat about 200 species. (I know from the food toxin database!)
So humans have figured out we can eat a select few plants. But is it ideal? We also get into the thick of the honey and fruit debate.
Stay tuned for these fun and inciteful interviews!
When I had COVID, I stopped drinking my one cup of coffee. I now seem to have more energy without it and why this section is extra chatty 😂. If you haven’t read my caffeine post, make sure to check it out. It’s a bit fear-mongering but all unfortunately true.
Until next week, stay warm! If you read one of the books, I’d love to hear your thoughts!!
While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner and provide nutritional support, I am not providing medical advice. Any information provided in regards to nutritional therapy should not be considered medical advice or treatment. Always consult your primary care physician or medical team.
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