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Eat Smarter | Shawn Stevenson & Mikhaila Peterson Podcast

Mikhaila Peterson and Shawn Stevenson discuss a variety of diet and health-related topics. Shawn’s own struggles as a young man lead to a passion for nutrition and helping others in pain have the confidence to make decisions that bring hope and progress into recovery. They also touch on mindset in the healing process, Epi-caloric controls on metabolism, getting second opinions in the world of medicine, increasing rates of health problems in health professionals, microbiome, taking responsibility for your own health decisions, and much more.

Shawn Stevenson is an author and nutritionist. He wrote the best-selling books Sleep Smarter, and Eat Smarter. Shawn was able through diet, research, and lifestyle choices to overcome a debilitating diagnosis of degenerative disc disease as a young adult. He has a whole philosophy of work that can be explored on his website

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Show Notes:
[2:30] Mikhaila Peterson introduces this episode’s guest Shawn Stevenson. Shawn talks about his background and new book Eat Smarter.
[7:30] Shawn delves into his rare medical diagnosis of degenerative disc disease as a young athlete, the disruption and pain that caused his life, and the side effect of the disease.
[10:00] Mikhaila relates to Shawn’s health struggles; sharing her own story.
[13:30] Discussing the importance of mindset and the effect of mindset on starting the healing journey. changing your environment and mind leads to thinking about the good in the world.
[18:30] Shawn goes into epicaloric controllers and how they relate to metabolism.
[22:30] Mikhaila and Shawn both emphasize the importance of getting second opinions when seeking advice in the medical world and the problems that come from outsourcing decisions about your health to anyone other than yourself.
[26:30] Example offered by Shawn of studies involving racehorses, mice, and humans using supplemental nutrients. Stevenson espouses why he believes that supplements shouldn’t become a replacement for real food if at all possible.
[32:00] Looking at the trend of individuals in medical professions having steadily higher rates of illness and poor health from lifestyle. Shawn espouses the importance of the unique metabolism and need of every individual reflected through their diet, no two people will be exactly the same.
[40:00] Mikhaila makes the point that one diet might work for a while and then not get good results anymore, we need to be willing to adapt when this happens.
[45:30] Shawn covers the Microbiome effect on the human body, the effect of neuroinflammation on metabolism and caloric consumption, and more.
[52:00] Touching again briefly on the terrible highly refined toxic food oils in almost every processed food product available to buy.
[54:30] Mikhaila wraps up the episode with Shawn Stevenson, Check out Shawn’s new all-encompassing nutrition book Eat Smarter.