Chris Kresser’s ‘Your Personal Paleo Code’

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Your-Personal-Paleo-CodeThis episode, we interview Chris Kresser about his new book ‘Your Personal Paleo Code.’ All of the studies we talk about can be found at www.chriskresser.com but take a bit of searching once you’re there. Here’s the one that we talk about that attempts to mitigate some of the ‘healthy user bias’ that crops up in a lot of modern research. The full transcript of the interview follows below. Leave a comment on our Facebook page and ‘Like’ Good Guys To Know to get entered to win a signed copy of the book, along with some great online extras from Chris.  Enjoy!

Mitch: My guest today is Chris Kresser of chriskresser.com. He’s got a brand new book hot off the presses called “Your Personal Paleo Code.” It’s based on his very thorough interpretation of tons of nutrition research, as well as anecdotal examples from his own journey back to health, and his experience with his clients that he helps get healthier through diet and lifestyle change. For you crossfitters out there, if you’re not already familiar with Chris, you probably are familiar with Robb Wolf, who called Chris, “The most knowledgeable clinician in the paleo world.” Chris, welcome to good guys to know, that’s some high praise from another paleo juggernaut.

Chris: It’s great to be here mitch, I appreciate the opportunity.

Mitch: So I thought a good place to start out would be, we’ve talked about paleo on the podcast before, but it’s been a couple years; why don’t we start with just the strict definition of what paleo is, what’s the diet, what foods can we eat and not eat, before it gets the Chris Kresser treatment?

Chris: Ok, the paleo diet is based on the diet of our Paleolithic or so-called ‘caveman’ ancestors, and they ate primarily meat, fish, wild vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, and some starchy plants like sweet potatos, so the way that the paleo diet was first introduced, those were the foods that were emphasized. And eggs; which probably wouldn’t have been around during the Paleolithic because chickens weren’t domesticated at that point, but they almost certainly ate wild eggs from birds that they found and nests and things like that. So that’s the basic foods of the paleo diet, and that works really well, for a lot of people, at least for a period of time. It tends to lead to pretty spontaneous weight loss, without a lot of calorie counting, or eating bland, tasteless food. Or even counting macronutrients like fat or protein, or carbohydrates. But, I’ve found, in my work with patients, that, for many people, it’s unnecessarily restrictive, and I don’t think there’s any reason to avoid foods that modern research suggests are healthy when they’re well tolerated, just because our ancestors ate them. Out of some sort of paleo re-enactment idea.

Mitch: Let me read an excerpt from your book that kind of gets at that and then I’ll have you expand on what your structure looks like. It says “Therefore, they’d keep tomatoes, peppers, potatos, and other nightshade vegetables off your table forever. They’d have you bid a permanent farewell to dairy products, and all grains and legumes, but the science doesn’t support this stance so neither do I.” Read the rest of the transcript

2013 – A Year In Review

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Wow, another year down, another year of podcasting in the books. In this special episode, we review some of our favorite moments from the podcast in 2013. From interviews with professional gamers, to recording our first ever studio album, it has been a busy year for the Good Guys and we hope that you have enjoyed listening to us as much as we have enjoyed producing the podcast.
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To wrap up the year, we calculated the scores for all of the challanges that we have completed over the past 12 months. Just in case you have forgotten, here are the challanges that we did this year:
– Hug-a-thon challenge
– Donkey Kong challenge
– Victoria’s secret underwear challenge
– Poetry reading challenge
– Halloween costume challenge
– Wikipedia challenge
– Formal dinner challenge
– Classical music challenge
– Art challenge
– Food journal challenge
– Charity challenge
– Whittling challenge
– Paper airplane challenge
– Thrift shop challenge
– Complete nutrition challenge
– Jeopardy! challenge
– Sensory deprivation challenge
– Geochaching challenge
– Firestarting challenge
– Origami challenge
– Spa challenge
– Scary movie challenge
– Letter writing challenge
– March madness challenge
– Wobble challenge!!!!

Mitch once again is the winner with 87 points, followed by Puff with 78 points, and Perek with 77 points. Geo is left scraping the bottom of the bucket with a measly 75 points…
We also review our year long challenges and propose new challenges for 2014.

Once again, a huge thank you to all of you for listening!

Best Guys to Know – 2013 Edition

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As 2013 comes to a close, join us to remember some of the best guys to know of 2013. There are many notable GGTK who surfaced in 2013 including a number who just missed our list: Bill Nye, Peyton Manning, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Camp, just to name of few.  But the 4 gentlemen listed below represent not just what was good about 2013, but what we hope is in store for 2014.  Have a listen to our newest podcast as your favorite Good Guys to Know discuss who they think were the Best Guys to Know from 2013.  Thanks for listening!

#1: Pope Francis: 

Photo from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis
Photo from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis

Esquire voted Pope Francis the “Best Dressed Man of the Year.” Some quickly scoff at the notion that His Excellency could garner such credit.  However, his choice in garb has made more significant contributions to the Catholic Church than most realize.  The most notable aspect of his fashion statement is its simplicity. Commonly, you will see this pope donning a white robe and white skullcap, a distant cry from the more ornate costumes of his predecessors.  He also opted out of the traditional red leather Prada shoes that were previously a staple of papal dress, and chose the simplest ring to round out his ensemble.  This fashion statement has lead some to say that “this Holy Roman Emperor really does have new clothes!” http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/pope-francis-style-2013

For Christmas this year, the Pope gave presents to 2,000 immigrants living at a shelter near the Vatican.  The purpose of the presents was to allow the immigrants to connect with family over the holiday season.  He provided them with postage for letters, a prepaid calling card, a free metro transit card, and a signed Christmas card.  Take that Santa! Additionally, he is regularly known to sneak out at night dressed as a regular priest, to serve the homeless.  All of these actions have gained him the nickname “The Pope of the Poor.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/19/pope-francis-christmas-immigrants-_n_4473273.html

Continuing to break tradition, instead of shacking up in the papal apartment, a 12-room luxury suite on the top floor of Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis chose to live in a small studio apartment in the Vatican.  Plus, instead of the glistening bulletproof Pope-mobile. Pope Francis drives a 20-year-old car with over 180,000 miles on it. All of these actions recently landed Pope Francis the title of Time’s Person of the Year.

The Pontiff also was more involved in pop culture and social media than any of his predecessors.  For one, HE TWEETS! His often-poignant tweets have gained him more than 3.4 million Twitter followers.  Follow him @pontifex.  He also has taken the only Papal “selfie” which is quite timely considering “selfie” is the 2013 Word of the Year.  As if all that weren’t enough, he was also the most talked about topic on Facebook and the most searched term on the Internet in 2013 (http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20755963_20764775,00.html

 

#2: Elon Musk:

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Reason #1: He is the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

Reason #2: He is the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

Seriously, it’s hard to argue against the powerful odor that Elon Musk left on 2013.  Our most loyal listeners would be sharp to remember that we have previously done podcast main pillars on both of Mr. Musk’s remarkable companies (We also highlighted his “Hyperloop” concept in our Future Transportation podcast.)  Did we mention that he also co-founded PayPal?  I think instead of referring to Elon as the Best GGTK of 2013, we might just crown him the Best GGTK of ever.  Let’s all pray he continues his life-altering ways in 2014!

In fact, Elon Musk may just warrant his own pillar someday.  Literally every fact I read about this guy is more impressive than the last.  Don’t believe me?  Dabble in his Wikipedia entry (I bet you read the whole thing.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk

 

#3: Jimmy Kimmel:

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Since launching Jimmy Kimmel Live! In 2003, Mr. Kimmel has methodically carved out a niche for himself in late-night TV.  Moving stride-for-stride with Jimmy Fallon, Kimmel is helping to usher in the next generation of late-night talk shows. What makes him a GGTK?  First, he’s funny and he has a knack for finding and creating some of the best viral videos on the Internet.  In 2013 Kimmel continued his annual challenge for parents to tell their kids that they had eaten all of their Halloween candy.  The uploaded videos creatively depict everything that is right and wrong with kids today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK-oQfFToVg

And then there is the “Worst twerk fail EVER” video.  What Kimmel did was create a video of a girl twerking and accidently setting her pants on fire!  With no promotional fanfare this video went completely viral! It currently has over 15 million views on YouTube and was featured on local news stations across the nation.  Two months after it ravaged the Internet, Jimmy came clean, announcing that the video was a hoax; a prank aimed at news outlets who will show just about anything to get more viewers.  Well played Jimmy, well played. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSJMoH7tnvw#t=145

Warning: these videos are addicting and completely hilarious.  Thank you Jimmy to your contributions to 2013!

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#4: Nelson Mandela:

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2013 was the year the world said ‘goodbye’ to Nelson Mandela.  His life was remarkable (both good and bad) in every way.  After serving more than 27 years in prison for defending his political beliefs, he was elected President of South Africa, the country’s first black president.  His life work centered on overcoming apartheid and fostering racial reconciliation.  One of the most influential South African men to ever live, he was their founding father of democracy; “Washington and Lincoln rolled into one.”  Among his many accolades, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work for “the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa” in 1993.  He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President Bush in 2002.  Some people quickly admonish Mandela for his socialistic (bordering on communistic) beliefs, and his relationships with some of the world’s most brutal dictators, but a complete view of his life confirms that he was a truly a GGTK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela

 

And there you have it!  The Best Guys to Know of 2013.  Let us know what you think of our choices and add your own in the comments below! And Happy New Years!!!