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May 31, 2017

Laura Schoenfeld, in addition to officially being the individual who introduced me to "fried pickles" at a recent Weston A. Price Foundation conference, is a registered dietitian trained in functional medical nutrition therapy.

Her philosophy on nutrition is influenced by ancestral diets, principles of biochemistry, current research, and clinical experience. Through working with hundreds of clients, she has found that under-eating, overly restrictive dieting, inappropriate exercise, and inadequate attention to sleep and stress management is rampant in those trying to solve their health concerns through functional medicine and real food. Addressing these common but overlooked diet and lifestyle issues allows her clients to live their healthiest, fittest, symptom-free life, without being consumed by thoughts of food and exercise. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Prevention, Women's Health, and Reader's Digest. You can find her at or listen to her podcast, "The Ancestral RDs", over on iTunes.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why you shouldn't want "abs"...[8:35]

-How Laura completely changed her training routine from "burning calories" to "lifting heavy stuff"...[18:00]

-Why it's silly for people to be afraid of fruit and fructose...[24:45]

-Why Ben personally moderates his red meat intake to just once every 2-3 days...[33:30]

-What populations benefit from keeping red meat to a minimum and switching to a high-carb, high-fiber diet...[36:45]

-What Laura learned from eating a Biblical "Daniel Fast" (and why the modern Mediterranean Diet is flawed)...[45:50 & 55:10]

-The tool Laura uses to choose supplements and medications based on personal genetics...[63:13]

-The one vitamin most people tend to be deficient in...[70:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -The TianChi Chinese adaptogenic herbs Ben mentions -Mastering Nutrition Episode 16: Dietary Management of Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) -AJ Jacobs "Year Of Living Biblically" book -Colin Champ's article on how the modern Mediterranean Diet is flawed -Lavender oil -The Thorne multivitamin Ben talks about

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Laura or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!