Are you a podcast fan?
I have to admit that I’ve been a bit slow to get on board with them – mostly because I adore audiobooks, and I generally like my books so much that I don’t want to pause and listen to anything else.
That said, I’ve been trying to make a point of listening to more of them recently. And I’ve been loving it! It’s a fantastic way to learn and move at the same time.
Ideally you should be walking 5-6 miles every day, so you might as well be learning as you do it! In other words, podcasts are another great way to #stackyourlife. As much as I love fiction on my walks, it’s been really great getting my mind blown with awesome new information.
Today, I’m going to share a few of the most fantastic, head-exploding, incredibly worthwhile health & body related podcasts I’ve heard over the last few weeks. I hope you love them as much as I do!
But first, a tip – although you can listen to podcasts directly from your computer or your phone’s native podcast app, you may enjoy the experience more if you download an app. I’m using Overcast and I recommend it – it makes the tech side of this really simple and fast.
Living in Toronto, many of us use cycling as our main method of transport whenever it’s not too cold and wet. And I know many of my clients HATE to hear that cycling may not be an ideal form of movement if what you want is pain-free whole body health. Sometimes the truth hurts… but this doesn’t mean ‘never cycle again’. It means you should understand what your choices are and make them with care. Also, amazing info in this one about kids, bikes & bone density – essential if you’re a parent – and a really good discussion about what ‘efficient’ really means.
Sooooooo many people believe that their lack of core strength is the reason for their pain, and there are entire schools of movement that will teach you to maintain a constant contraction of your deep abdominal muscles in order to ‘stabilize’. In this podcast, Dr. Eyal Lederman discusses how this approach is based on a misunderstanding of how the body protects itself after an injury, and goes on to share a lot of insightful thoughts on how our approach to the body often fails to recognize how the body actually works. All I could think after listening was that it’s not core strength that’s missing – it’s full body, all day natural movement!
I really can’t say enough good things about this podcast. That’s probably why I’m including three separate episodes under a single heading! But also because all three are really one super long but completely fascinating conversation about nutrition between Daniel Vitalis (podcaster & re-wilding guru) and Arthur Haines (botanist, taxonomist & neo-aboriginal).
I thought that our diet was pretty good before – I eat real food, mostly plants, mostly organic, much of it local, with grass fed animal proteins, and I soak my nuts and occasionally make kombucha. But wow. Just, wow. I learned so much and I’ve got some serious upgrades planned for the way we eat (oysters! liver! seaweed! wild plants!).
One of my favourite parts? This podcast redefines ‘diet’ as ‘all the inputs you need in order to thrive’. Their new food guide includes inputs from the animal, plant, fungal and kingdoms (including the need to pay attention to the enormous nutritional differences between wild foods and domesticated foods), as well as elemental inputs (spring water, fresh air, soil) and experiential inputs (MOVEMENT! Temperature. Being in nature). So much more complete and thoughtful than the good old Canada Food Guide.
I finished the series inspired to take some exciting actions (I’m finally going to do some foraging courses!), to do way more research so I can incorporate their advice into our lives, and entirely ready to re-listen immediately because it’s so rich in crazy cool information. Loved it!
3 different sections, 3 different takes on guts. This is more crazy stories than the other podcasts here, which are basically info-dumps, and these stories are definitely crazy. Including some horrible things they do to cows (which the cows don’t seem to mind); the incredible tale of William Beaumont and how we learned about human digestion; gut bacteria & the brain (especially anxiety); and about how eating might just be one of the fundamental experiences that makes us human.
So there you have it – I hope you get a chance to listen and enjoy these shows – and if you do, I’d love to hear what you think! Let me know in the comments below or over on my Facebook page.