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March 24, 2021 61 min
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"I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Well, I don’t think we realize just how true that is. Unfortunately, our society has made it nearly impossible to focus on whole, clean foods. Instead, cheap, processed, empty-calorie foods are plentiful. But when you understand that, literally, every bite you take becomes your body, it’s easier to make the necessary changes for optimal health.
WELCOME TO THE DARIN OLIEN SHOW. I’m Darin Olien, the “superfood hunter.” On this podcast, you’ll hear honest conversations with extraordinary people that inspire me. I hope that through their knowledge and unique perspectives, they’ll inspire you, too.
Although our ideas and approaches to life may differ, our ultimate goal is the same. We want to save the planet. So we’re going to try, one conversation at a time. If you’re interested in expanding your view of the world while learning new angles on health and nutrition, you’re at the right place.
Shawn Stevenson was told at 20 years old that he had an incurable bone disease. Shawn Stevenson is the author of the international bestselling book Sleep Smarter, and the newly released book Eat Smarter. He’s also the creator and host of The Model Health Show, one of the top Health podcasts in the United States. Shawn graduated from the University of Missouri- St. Louis after studying business, biology and nutritional science. He went on to found Advanced Integrative Health Alliance. This amazing company provides health and wellness services for people and organizations all over the world. Shawn’s work in the wellness sector has led to features in Forbes, The New York Times, Muscle & Fitness, ABC, ESPN and many more.
But before all this success, Shawn was just a kid growing up in Missouri with little access to healthy food. Surrounded by every fast food franchise you can imagine, and a hardworking mom that had to work night shifts to keep him fed on whatever they could afford, he just didn’t know any other way. That’s why when he was diagnosed with Degenerative Bone Disease at 20 years old, he believed the doctor when he said there was nothing he could do. He had no idea his poor diet was inhibiting his body’s ability to heal. How would he? This isn’t something they teach in school.
After popping pills, losing sleep night after night and just feeling incredibly defeated, he finally asked himself the question that changed everything. “What can I do to get better?” Suddenly, his entire attitude and perspective shifted. His health wasn’t in the doctors’ hands anymore. It was in his. That was the beginning of his journey into discovering the amazing healing power of whole foods.
In this conversation, Shawn breaks down how everything we eat shapes how our body functions. In his straightforward, sometimes sarcastic, always genuine way, he gets to the very heart of why every single person should care more about how we think about food in this country. We get into how government subsidies have made cheap processed food affordable, while the good healthy stuff remains out of reach to those that need it most. And Shawn tells us all about his new book and the amazing campaigns he has planned for it. This is a great episode for anyone looking to dig a little deeper into healing their bodies with food.
Other topics in this episode: The intelligence of food
Shawn’s struggles with bone pain
The “nocebo effect”
How switching the narrative retrains our brain
Shawn’s first experience with Wild Oats
Sleep and nutrition
How the food we eat becomes our bodies
The link between diet and chronic disease
Why in the world is a happy meal the same price as an avocado??
The role of NK cells in the body
The magic of melatonin
What the heck is HEC?
Links & Resources: Shawn on Instagram
The Model Health Show on Facebook
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