Part 42 - Abel James the Fat Burning Man on Ancestral Eating, Optimal Living, and Diet Wars

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Hello again, my friends. Welcome back, I’m Brian Sanders and this the podcast that you just turned on and don’t need a reminder on what it’s called. But maybe you need a reminder of my name because I didn't put it on the cover art and I didn’t put a picture of myself with my shirt off… yet. That’s how you’ll know it’s a real podcast in the Fitness & Nutrition section of iTunes. Until then, I’ll just say hello again to return listeners and if this is your first episode make sure to start back at episode one. Every episode is important and a valuable piece of this elaborate web we call nutrition and health.

I had a great time kicking back with the Fat Burning Man Abel James in this episode today. We are on a really similar paths and believe in a lot of the same things. He has a degree from Dartmouth in Psychological and Brain Sciences, he’s the author of The Wild Diet, he’s a radio show host, musician, and was also featured on the ABC show Diet Wars where he helped his contestant Kurt lose 50 pounds in 6 weeks using, you guessed it, a high fat diet.

He’s a great resource for everyday living and tips and an awesome member of the community. Let’s get to the episode after a few brief updates of what’s going on lately.

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I’m about to put in another Eat Meat shirt order so grab one on Indiegogo quick. This really is a tribe and the whole community is involved in making it work. Thanks so much, I really can’t express how appreciative I am of everyone. Let’s hear from the fat burning fella himself, Abel James.

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SHOW NOTES

  • Travelling opened his eyes to other ideas around food and the culture around foods
  • There is a lot of tradition around food that people in the US are not aware of
  • Fast food and institutions changed the traditions in the Western world
  • Our ancestors had the right instincts around food, our grandparents never ate like we do now
  • It just takes a little bit of common sense to realize why our current nutrition climate is flawed
  • quote from Nina Teicholz “but like lost languages, lost skills, and lost songs, it takes only a few generations to forget”
  • We live in this world where things are supposed to be getting better and improving yet we have so many problems
  • Abel’s technology detox went as long as 8 months
  • If you believe in fasting than you should believe in taking breaks from technology
  • We should be eating seasonally
  • How he turned to a minimalist lifestyle, sold all his belongings, and travelled around with his wife
  • His “Wild Diet” is based on eating whole foods, primarily seasonal vegetables and meat
  • Most of your energy will come from fat if you are eating an ancestral diet
  • You can abuse anything that starts out as healthy, so eat seasonally
  • The American diet has extremely low diversity, ancestrally we had a lot of diversity in the diet
  • Eating intuitively
  • On a day to day basis he incorporates fasting, he started with 16/8 but now he prefers to eat only one meal a day which comes naturally for him
  • He breaks his fast with some raw vegetables and bone broth, and for dinner he will have a home-made meal
  • Eating out all the time likely leads to eating poor quality food
  • He packs his own food when he travels
  • When you prepare your own food, you know what’s in it, you have confidence in it and you won’t be blindsided by foods that set off cravings for days
  • It’s important to recognize your “trigger foods”
  • Are the foods you are eating making you hungrier or satiating? This is a good compass and very telling of if you are eating the right foods
  • The words “paleo” and “keto” are misleading people to think these are health foods when they are still hyper-palatable processed foods
  • If he wants to celebrate with food he will make a healthier alternative
  • He was featured on the TV show: ABC TV called Diet Wars, a fitness and weight loss competition where trainers/coaches compete to get their clients to lose weight
  • His client lost 82 pounds and has kept the weight off after a few years
  • During the Biggest Loser, everyone regained all their weight or more, it’s not healthy to lose weight extremely quickly or in unhealthy ways there are ways to do it healthy
  • His strategy was to eat whole foods, embracting fat, and utilizing intermittent fasting
  • Nutrition is blown out of proportion in the media with names like vegan, paleo, and keto, everyone is looking for the new next diet but the truths lie in these simple principles and there’s no one diet fits all
  • His show was almost 10 years ago and he still believes in the same principles
  • Where to find Abel James:
  • www.fatburningman.com for health and food related content
  • www.abeljames.com for music related content

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