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Episode 06: Nutrition and The Nervous System


Randall Smitham

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  1. Ricardo Simoes Posted on November 30, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    It can be vanilla milk or any other flavour? Is that i am allergic to chocolate!

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  2. Andy Ewington Posted on December 4, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    To say nobody has thought about this before, like many of the statements in this video, is wrong.
    http://showmestrength.com/nutritionally-controlling-the-autonomic-nervous-system-by-pat-davidson/
    https://peterattiamd.com/ketones-carbohydrates-can-co-exist/

    Most of what you say in here is prescribed, just in much simpler terms. Like digestion being better in Parasympathetic state is certainly nothing new.
    Chewing your food, eating in a relaxed state – common words of advice
    Sleeping more – certainly helps pretty much everything. Nutrition is likely less important than not spending the last 5 hours of your evening in front of a screen in bright lighting.
    Fats for clarity in the morning? Bulletproof coffee craze
    Carbs only around training? Standard prescription.
    Protein and Veges? Standard.
    Losing weight? Caloric deficit, irrelevant of how in tune you are with your nervous system.

    What you're suggesting people do is good advice and will get results because it is basic guidelines. But trying to link it all back to the nervous system is just trying to sound intelligent to sell your way of thinking.

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  3. Thanasis Argi Posted on December 12, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    what would be a vegan alternative food to red meat,lentils maybe ? what about protein shakes ' i should only have them after my workouts ?
    thanks

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  4. Julien Williams Posted on December 12, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    So carbs are for when you want to be physically turned on, and fats are for when you want to be mentally turned on?

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  5. rjmlvv Posted on December 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    What would you eat before teaching a class? It’s social and need to be ”on”…? Atkins comes to mind as well. Maybe that guy was on to something after all.

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  6. Evren Sener Posted on December 12, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you fellas. I am lapping up these podcast like a 4th macro atm 😄. You have basically summed up my way of feeding that I settled into for the past year following a 5 years experimentation. It started off with Intermittent fasting where I ate whatever I wanted during my eating window. I kept track of my macros and eventually it became evident higher my fats and lower my carbs the better I felt (less cravings, more emotional stability) . At that time I was not even aware that Keto diet was a thing. I then delved into Keto info and continued playing about with variations of Keto but I was also very protective of my Intermittent fasting. Eventually I managed to break that protective anxious state of mind too and have taken to consuming fat trhough the day as and when I felt I needed it (I don't often or always need it). I eat a TON of meat (mostly beef but also chicken,pork or salmonas I fancy) at the end of my day. My man is fascinated by how I can go through the day as I do (I can go on and on and on and on at a steady upbeat pace) and I have no struggles nor any digestion problems after eating a meal of a pile of meat and I sleep like a baby. While people THINK its restrictive or that I must feel deprived, it feels far from it to me. I have never enjoyed my meals as much as I do. I feel great in my gut and mind. I rarely have cravings (emotional times or the time of the month can shake this part up a little but if and when I am aware this is reasonably easy to overcome). So far carbs have not been required and I am satisfied with the fat and the protein. However, I have taken up Dragon boat paddling about 3 months ago and I may be about to increase the intensity of my training. In this case I am.going to take note from this info and I am thinking I would add the carbs pre training in the form of honey or whisky or both.

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  7. saul Fernando montealegre diaz Posted on December 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Best part of all the podcast is when Julien Pineau mentiones Dragon Ball !! true fan, true legend.

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  8. Kanaikid619 Posted on December 12, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    I'm confused as to what you consider a protein. You seem to use meat and protein hand in hand, but most cuts of red meat (unless it's wild game) is calorically mostly fat. Basically, what criteria do you use to judge what food is considered what macro? 90/10 from a caloric perspective? Grams? Thanks!

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  9. Edward rodriguez Posted on December 12, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Julien, please let Tyler speak without interrupting him. Great topic here though, thank you guys.

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  10. L J Posted on December 13, 2018 at 2:47 am

    thank you for this. I gave up on keto because I could never get that sympathetic peak I had with carbs. As a Frenchman how do you approach wine/whiskey when it comes to dinner time/apertif/etc.?

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  11. janson1421 Posted on December 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    What if you mix fat and protein?

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  12. KEEP FIT! Juanillo y Monita Posted on December 16, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Strongfit how much time do I need to spend since I take the honey until I go to train and I enter the sympathetic system?
    Thanks.

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  13. Strength Pursuit Posted on December 18, 2018 at 12:09 am

    I’ve been following these nutrition principles for about 8 weeks and have gained some muscle and am able to train way harder. I wake up in the morning hungry, go eat a bunch of carbs (pineapple is my favorite) then I workout and I’m having the best workouts of my life.

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  14. Jack's Team Posted on December 18, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I have been playing with this for nearly 3 months now and I got a few great side effects :

    – I take way more action in my life (like fixing stuffs faster, training more, etc.)
    – I don't feel like eating sugar other than when I go train or when I feel stressed out, i can now realize it and change my response to that state
    – I lose water weight and fats almost instantly when I eat the right amount of cards pre and intra workout
    – I can go through my days of work a lot easier with fats
    – I don't feel tired during the day, almost ever where I used to "crash" 2 days out of 3 (like sleeping in the middle of the day, not willing to talk to anyone…)

    There are a lot more details to figure out but the basic guidelines just work.

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  15. Philipp Krinner Posted on December 18, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    What kind of carbs are you referring to? Starchy carbs, like grains, potatoes, etc. What's your take on grains btw.?eat it or leave it?

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  16. hans david Posted on December 25, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Merci beaucoup pour ce partage, j'essaye pendant 4semaine a partir d'aujourd'hui

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  17. HIR Test Posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Great data and spot on with my results. I've been doing Keto for over 2 years. I'm a novice triathlete and in IT so kind of data geek and monitor my blood ketone levels that usually range around 2.0 but as high as 7.0 after 3 day fast. I currently eat one meal in the evening but have some cream in espresso during the day. The last few months I've been playing with feeding my muscles during workouts with coconut water which is low glycemic and matches what you say about less intense workouts. I've had very good results with this. I've studied about type 1 and type 2 muscle fibers (slow and fast twitch) and type 2 seem to run on glucose or fat which in my case would be fat. Type 2 run on glycogen and in my opinion is what we are referring to. Have you looked into this at all yourself?

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  18. Hulk Enterprises Posted on January 1, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Absolutely agree with this. I have developed an online training and nutritional coaching service (www.theonlinegammaproject.com)
    based on this hypothesis into account along with including factors of heart rate variability. Great watch and interesting perspective. Thank you for sharing

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  19. Jillian Chacon Posted on January 1, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Great content. If we are able to relax and recover after eating protein during the day – how much time is ideal for the recovery period?

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  20. Mark Prentice Posted on January 3, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Julian,

    I am really intrigued by this approach and willing to give it ago for a month. I did my workout today with just carbs and a little bit of fat in my system, with an intra-workout snack of sweets. Trained really well and my energy and lifting ability was consistently high all the time. However i have some questions.

    Where do foods such as kidney beans, chickpeas, nuts and milk fit into all of this? They're a big part of my diet but can't quite see where to put them in if I am going to follow this through.

    Kind regards,

    Mark P

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  21. Ancsa Posted on January 5, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Julian,
    I'm interested in this idea of protein induces a shift to parasympathetic nervous system. What is this statement based on? And what is this "freeze"?
    Could someone explain please?
    Thanks!!!

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  22. Susanna Svedbergh Posted on January 7, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I really wanna do This and i think i get it, but i have questions regarding potatoes and oatmeal (my main carbs today) so i eat This before or during workouts, and after: protein?

    *My day is like This*
    Wakeup+yoga: 06.00-06.15
    Strength Workout 06.30-08
    Work: 09-13
    Conditioning: somewhere between 13-17
    Day ends: 18.00
    Sleep: 21.00

    Plz help 😂❤️👍🏽

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  23. James D Posted on January 8, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Testing this out now… for those that are teachers and coaches, do you stay fats or is this level of activity deserving carbs? Thinking the two nervous systems – feeling pretty much in a heightened state. Grateful for those with perspective

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  24. Bryce Long Posted on January 11, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    What are your thoughts on the effects of caffeine on the nervous system? I see varying results in literature regarding its ability to induce the parasympathetic vs the sympathetic NS. Generally one would take it as a stimulant to training, so in your experience do you see it as something that can push you into sympathetic NS?

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  25. lightn1ng89 Posted on January 14, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    So to be clear eggs are fine for mental focus?

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  26. Daniel Posted on January 14, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    When would BCAA fit in here? Duing workout or after?

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  27. BOUTELET Sébastien Posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    So interesting !
    I have been trying for two weeks, but in my work i carry moderate weight all day and don't stop walking. Fats is enough or should i take carbs ?

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  28. Chris Morales Posted on January 28, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Amazing podcast. So much insight from insightful people. I learned so much in this episode.

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  29. Balázs Bácskai Posted on January 31, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Hello! Sound great, so started to try it, but Im not sure if 15gr ch is too much in my evening cottage cheese? Beside 28 gr of protein and minimal fat. Thx!

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  30. David Shouldice Posted on February 8, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Great content and ideas. I’m going to get into this type of eating style! Just curious if this is what Chris Moore was doing when he dropped a good amount of weight a few years back?

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  31. joao Camões Posted on February 20, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    So what should one eat? carbs before activities when we need energy like a workout and protein before bed?

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  32. Richard de Villiers Posted on February 26, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Hi Julien. I finally decided to take the plunge and try some of this. I had 1/4 teaspoon of honey about 8 times during my workout. Definitely seemed to help, I just felt better. I know you don't like simply telling people what to do, but how much honey is too much? I don't feel like 2 teaspoons total is a lot, but yeah.

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  33. Torin Subin Posted on February 27, 2019 at 4:41 am

    What would this look like on a day you have something like a powerlifting meet? Would this be a day where you have nothing but high glycemic foods through out the whole meet to stay in that sympathetic state for the duration of the meet, and then have your proteins after? Or would there be a time to throw in protein during the meet? I guess my question is how would you go about this style of eating to optimize your energy levels for a long period of time like that?

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  34. seth baranoski Posted on March 1, 2019 at 2:27 am

    I'd love to know what you would eat during the day if you spend most of your time in an office at the keyboard and then plan on working out at 7 PM every evening. Would you just eat nuts, other fats and maybe greens all day long and then some carbs at 6 before you hit the WOD? And having done that, would you still load up on proteins before bedtime? (I do not sleep well and I'm attracted to this advice of yours based on what you have claimed about the sleep improvements.)

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  35. Terrina Bailey Posted on March 12, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Hi, I am interested in trying this. But I can't do dairy. What would you suggest? Chocolate Almond milk with honey durning my workout? I ususally workout early am before work, fasted. I usally have my carbs after which consists of: soaked gluten free oats, that have been cooked with a little whey isolate protein powder,1 date, part of banana, and blueberries. So if I change this, would the Almond milk and honey be enough carbs? I also usualy drink electrolytes during my workout becasue I sweat alot and loose alot through sweat. So I would replace this with the almond milk?

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  36. Michael Perkins Posted on March 29, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Great video gentlemen!

    Any thoughts on how much protein to shoot for in the evening meal (besides “pounding protein”…lol)? 1g per lb of goal body weight for example?

    What about amount of daily calories? I realize it depends on amount of carbs fueling workout but should remaining fat calories keep daily calories more or less constant (say 3,000 calories per day) or will daily calories vary based on workout, how you “feel” and/or how the scale is moving?

    Cheers

    Edit: realizing I’m playing catch-up on this info, diving into episode 15 and the Q&A right now so I retract my questions about protein and calories. Loving the Podcast. Heading to Europe with my family this fall and going to figure out how to swing by and lift something heavy…

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  37. Nicky Nielsen Posted on April 1, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Wauuu Iam ready… this makes sense

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  38. Joaquin Rivero Posted on April 5, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Siempre me gusta ver el proceso de armar un pensamiento tan profundo y tan conectado

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  39. generalginollo Posted on April 13, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Thank you!
    What is it with Coffee?
    I drink a lot and like it but i think it keeps me in sympatic state long time even after training. When is the best moment and how much?

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  40. zedIsDead Posted on May 20, 2019 at 11:59 am

    53:25 my 5 year old son litterarly jumps up from his chair and starts dancing when he starts eating

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  41. tdreamgmail Posted on June 29, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Great stuff! One question, why can’t the body pull fat stores as energy to use during training?

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  42. Tophe Posted on July 3, 2019 at 9:12 am

    merci d'avoir traduit en français pour le pauvre français que je suis

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