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155: Seasons, hormones, and your health

by | May 10, 2021 | 1 comment

I talk all the time about the importance of eating with the seasons. 

But modern life means living in tune with the seasons can be extremely difficult for many people. 

However… there IS a way to do it without “going off the grid” and my guest today literally wrote the book on it. 

He’s Dallas Hartwig, co-creator of the Whole30 program, and the author of the 2020 book The Four Seasons Solution: The Groundbreaking New Plan for Feeling Better, Living Well, and Powering Down Our Always-On Lives.

On today’s episode, Dallas and I are going to discuss the importance of “hibernating” in winter, the most important thing you can do first thing every morning, and the food you absolutely NEED to cut from your diet if you want to reduce inflammation. 

It’s a wide-ranging conversation that touches on many of the things I outline in my latest book The Energy Paradox, and I think you’re going to love it — so don’t miss it!

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The #1 mistake we’ve made in the modern world (and how that can dramatically impact your health) (1:15)
  • What’s really going on inside your body when winter changes into spring (5:00)
  • How to “hibernate” in the winter (no matter what your schedule looks like) (9:45)
  • What your phone (yes, your phone) has in common with a cup of coffee (and what that means for your health) (13:15)
  • Why gray skies can be GREAT for your health (good news for all my friends in the Pacific Northwest) (16:45)
  • The “forest fix” for powering up your mental and physical health (plus — how to do it even if you live in a big city)
  • When you should actually be eating MORE fruit (yes, I said it) (26:50)
  • The #1 thing causing low energy levels (and no, it’s NOT the food you eat) (33:15)
  • How cutting THIS from your diet can dramatically affect your levels of inflammation (hint: it’s not sugar…) (35:00)
  • Who can “cheat” on a diet — and who should NEVER sneak food from the “no no” list (37:00)
  • Why you should workout LESS in the winter (but do THIS instead to maintain your figure) (40:00)
  • Why you should stop doing THIS every December (and what to do instead) (44:45)
  • The vitamin that you should start using immediately if you already take Vitamin D (you need to hear this) (47:30)

Mentioned on this episode:

The Four Seasons Solution: The Groundbreaking New Plan for Feeling Better, Living Well, and Powering Down Our Always-On Lives 

The Longevity Paradox

The Energy Paradox (order your copy today)

My paper for the American Heart Association on lectins and gluten-sensitivity 

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Episode Transcript:

Dallas Hartwig Transcript

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About Dr. Gundry

Dr. Steven Gundry is a renowned heart surgeon and New York Times bestselling author of “The Plant Paradox” and “The Plant Paradox Cookbook.”