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The Plant Proof Podcast, hosted by Simon Hill, is about connecting with like-minded & inspirational people to share their story, advice and experience. By listening to their stories & wisdom together we can become more mindful & conscious of how we are living and the impact everyday decisions have on our health, the planets health and all of those that we share it with. Show host Simon is a Qualified Physiotherapist, Certified in Plant Based Nutrition and is currently completing a Masters in Nutrition. In addition Simon is writing a book that will be published by Penguin in 2020 - with all of his proceeds being donated to charity. To connect with Simon you can find him on Instagram @plant_proof.

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The Plant Proof Podcast, hosted by Simon Hill, is about connecting with like-minded & inspirational people to share their story, advice and experience. By listening to their stories & wisdom together we can become more mindful & conscious of how we are living and the impact everyday decisions have on our health, the planets health and all of those that we share it with. Show host Simon is a Qualified Physiotherapist, Certified in Plant Based Nutrition and is currently completing a Masters in Nutrition. In addition Simon is writing a book that will be published by Penguin in 2020 - with all of his proceeds being donated to charity. To connect with Simon you can find him on Instagram @plant_proof.

    A plant-based ketogenic diet for Diabetes

    A plant-based ketogenic diet for Diabetes

    In Episode 94 I sit down with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH for a second episode - this time for a deep dive into the Plant Based Ketogenic diet and whether or not it is a good option for patients with insulin resistance and Diabetes.

    Specifically we cover:

    • The release of their new book Mastering Diabetes
    • Why a low carbohydrate diet is popular for diabetics and frequently recommenced by Doctors
    • Philosophy of the high carbohydrate Mastering Diabetes program
    • Improving both insulin resistance and your long term health at the same time
    • Weight loss and diabetes
    • Low carbohydrate diets are good at promoting weight loss but often negatively affect biomarkers of cardiovascular risk
    • A new 2019 study looking at a traditional Ketogenic Diet
    • Definition of reversing diabetes based on certain criteria
    • Can a Ketogenic diet truly reverse diabetes?
    • Difference between saturated fats and unsaturated fats when it comes to insulin resistance
    • A plant based ketogenic diet
    • Hegsted Equation and cholesterol
    • Medium Chain Triglycerides and cholesterol
    • Who may be well suited to a plant based ketogenic diet
    • and much more

    Whether you have diabetes or not this episode I think you will still find this episode interesting. Plus, with rates of Diabetes skyrocketing, particularly pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, it's highly likely that most people listening know someone who is affected by this disease. Stick around to the end for my summary where I bring together the take home messages.

    Resources:

    • 2019 Ketogenic Study we spoke about
    • Mastering Diabetes book
    • Mastering Diabetes on Instagram
    • Mastering Diabetes Pilot Study
    • Episode with Drew Harrisberg on his journey with Type 1 Diabetes and transition from a Ketogenic Diet to a Plant Based diet

    Nutrikynd Supplement:

    From time to time I am asked what supplements I take. The only supplement I currently take is the Nutrikynd Essential 3 which combines B12, Omega 3 and Vitamin D.

    Plant Proof X Journey Retreat:

    For more information on the July 11-17, 2020 Plant Proof X Journey Retreat please visit here.The retreats are an incredible week - a mix of exercise, connecting with like-minded people, guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, delicious plant-based meals and snacks, massages and plenty of downtime to relax by the pool or explore the local area.

    As always, I hope you do enjoy the listen. If you did please share your feedback on social media and tag Robby & Cyrus using @masteringdiabetes - they would love to hear from you. And of course, share the episode link with anyone you know that has diabetes who could benefit from listening.

    You may also like to use the Plant Proof GIF's that have been added to Instagram. In your story swipe up, click GIF's and then search Plant Proof. They're free and nothing more than a bit of fun - let me know what you think.

    Finally, if you can take a minute or so to leave a review on the Apple podcast app it would be much appreciated.

    Thanks for tuning in friends. I appreciate all of you.

    Simon Hill
    Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource for plant based nutrition information
    If you want to receive FREE nutritional information to your inbox subscribe to the Plant Proof Newsletter. When my book comes out I am going to use this newsletter a lot more with loads of free information each month to help you better optimise your diet.
    Book coming out later this year published with Penguin that I cannot wait to share with you (all proceeds being donated to charity)

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Why your blood cholesterol levels are important with Sean Ryan

    Why your blood cholesterol levels are important with Sean Ryan

    In Episode 93 I sit back down with Sean Ryan to check in and see how he's been going with his transition to a plant based lifestyle. We pick up from where we left things in Episode 88, review his pre-transition baseline blood work and then spend the majority of the episode dedicated to the walking through cholesterol and how we can use diet to effect our cholesterol levels. At the end we also touch on meal prep, handling social conversations and a few other questions that Sean had since our last episode together.

    Whether you are thinking about transitioning to a plant-based diet, are currently transitioning or already eat a plant-based diet I think you will take something away from both today's episode and Episode 88.

    Episode Resources:

    1 - 2019 ESC/EAS Guidelines for the management of dyslipidaemias: lipid modification to reduce cardiovascular risk

    2 - 2020 Consensus paper from European Atherosclerosis Society Consensus Panel stating that LDL lipoproteins cause atherosclerosis (narrowing of the artery)

    3 - ACC guidelines - 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Recommends people adopt a Mediterranean or Plant-based diet for cardiovascular health.

    4 - Garden of Vegan Meal Delivery Service (Australian based)


    Nutrikynd Supplement

    From time to time I am asked what supplements I take. The only supplement I currently take is the Nutrikynd Essential 3 which combines B12, Omega 3 and Vitamin D.

    Plant Proof X Journey Retreat

    For more information on the July 11-17, 2020 Plant Proof X Journey Retreat please visit here.The retreats are an incredible week - a mix of exercise, connecting with like-minded people, guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, delicious plant-based meals and snacks, massages and plenty of downtime to relax by the pool or explore the local area.

    As always, I hope you do enjoy the listen. If you did please share your feedback on social media, both Sean and I would love to hear from you. And of course, share the episode link with anyone you know that could benefit from listening.

    Finally, if you can take a minute or so to leave a review on the Apple podcast app it would be much appreciated.

    Thank you for tuning in friends. I appreciate all of you. See you next week.

    Simon

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The lungs of our planet urgently need our help with Jimmy Halfcut

    The lungs of our planet urgently need our help with Jimmy Halfcut

    In Episode 92 I sit down with Australian Environmentalist James Stanton Cooke, or 'Jimmy Halfcut', to talk about the role that our rainforests play in keeping our climate cool. I met James a few months back at a charity night in Bondi and with the fires currently burning across Australia I couldn't help but think this was the perfect time to sit down and talk about mother nature.

    In this episode we discuss:

    • The role of rainforests in keeping the climate cool
    • Preserving rainforests
    • Australian wildfires
    • Controlled burning, hazard reduction and circulation burning
    • Regenerative Agriculture
    • Australia's energy situation - coal and renewables
    • Animal agriculture and environmental considerations
    • Beeganism
    • Being an environmentalist
    • Practical things people can do to lower their environmental footprint
    • and much much more

    Resources/References:

    • Enova.com - Use promo code Halfcut50 will save 20sqm of Daintree Rainforest
    • Divesting - Bank Australia is the most ethical bank in Australia in terms of where they are investing your money. If you are from overseas try and find a bank that is doing good with your money.
    • Australian Ethical - Superannuation that invests your money in ethical and sustainable companies.
    • $25,000 fundraiser for land in the Daintree. 100% of donation goes towards purchasing land minus credit card transaction (1.2%)
    • Want to be offset your environmental footprint? Visit the Half Cut website


    Plant Proof X Journey Retreat
    For more information on the July 11-17, 2020 Plant Proof X Journey Retreat please visit here.The retreats are an incredible week - a mix of exercise, connecting with like-minded people, guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, delicious plant-based meals and snacks, massages and plenty of downtime to relax by the pool or explore the local area.

    Hope you enjoy the episode friends. If you do get time & are an Apple phone user - you can leave a review here. And of course be sure connect with Jimmy and I know and let us know what you thought of the episode.

    Simon Hill
    Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource for plant based nutrition information
    If you want to receive FREE nutritional information to your inbox subscribe to the Plant Proof Newsletter
    Book coming out 2020 published with Penguin that I cannot wait to share with you (all proceeds being donated to charity)

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Healthy weight loss is not a diet

    Healthy weight loss is not a diet

    In Episode 91 it's you and me again for another Solo Episode of the Plant Proof Podcast. As usual this episode, focussed on weight loss, is about clearing confusion, breaking down the science and giving you practical tips to walk away with that hopefully allow you to lead a healthier, more sustainable & happier lifestyle.

    In this episode I cover:

    • Fat shaming versus educating about reducing disease risk
    • Social media and body image
    • What factors control weight gain or weight loss?
    • What dietary patterns are best for weight loss?
    • Why ultra-processed foods may affect your results?
    • Are high fat or low fat diets best for weight loss?
    • Ketogenic diets and weight loss - a few things to consider
    • Do carbohydrates promote weight gain?
    • How does exercise affect weight loss?
    • Is intermittent fasting useful for weight loss?
    • How quickly should we lose weight?
    • How to stay fuller for longer?
    • Importance of adherence
    • and much much more including plenty of what I hope are helpful tips

    All in all friends this episode is not about obsessing over belly rolls or cellulite. My aim was to bring you the science minus any fads, quick fixes or any other strategies that get you reaching for your wallet - I simply want you to understand what factors affect your body weight so you can be empowered to take control of your health. I do need to acknowledge that there is an element of privilege associated with being able to implement the information I am sharing. I understand our food system is set up in a way that makes it hard to lose weight - it's called the obesogenic environment after all. Cheap, convenient foods are usually the most unhealthiest. With that said, you can only do the best in your circumstances and by no means do I want you to feel any less about yourself if you are simply doing your best and run off your feet with multiple kids, lots of bills etc, I totally get it - it's the thought and effort that matters most.

    After recording this I realised that I could almost do a Part 2 episode on weight loss and then another on weight gain for those wanting to add more muscle. I've added that to my list and will use feedback from this episode to dictate the direction of these future episodes.

    Resources/References:

    Kevin Hall's study on Ultra-processed foods versus unprocessed
    Low Fat vs High fat diets in metabolic ward setting - a systematic review of 32 controlled feeding studies
    Plant Proof healthy plant based food pyramid
    Go Fund Me Page for Australian wildfire donations



    Plant Proof X Journey Retreat
    For more information on the July 11-17, 2020 Plant Proof X Journey Retreat please visit here.The retreats are an incredible week - a mix of exercise, connecting with like-minded people, guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, delicious plant-based meals and snacks, massages and plenty of downtime to relax by the pool or explore the local area.

    Hope you enjoy the episode friends. If you do get time & are an Apple phone user - you can leave a review here

    Simon Hill
    Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource for plant based nutrition information
    If you want to receive FREE nutritional information to your inbox subscribe to the Plant Proof Newsletter
    Book coming out 2020 published with Penguin that I cannot wait to share with you (all proceeds being donated to charity)

    • 1 hr 30 min
    The food we eat is killing us with Cardiologist Dr Kim Williams

    The food we eat is killing us with Cardiologist Dr Kim Williams

    In Episode 90 I sit down with former President of the American College of Cardiology Dr Kim Williams to discuss the role that our diet plays in the preventing, suspending and reversing cardiovascular disease. If you want to know what foods are causing your arteries to 'clog' and how to avoid this then I highly recommend listening to this exchange. Kim is an absolute wealth of knowledge and unlike so much of what you see on social media these days, his stance is based on the totality of evidence - not anecdotes and not theories but hard evidence from all different levels of scientific investigation.

    The simple fact is that many of us see heart attacks and strokes as 'inevitable' and a 'normal' part of getting old but this couldn't be further from the truth. Many populations who choose to eat differently to us are significantly less likely to develop cardiovascular disease. And it's not just observational science that points to a plant exclusive or predominant diet as the ultimate way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, with several controlled trials reaching the same conclusion. Some of which we talk about in this episode.

    Born and trained in Chicago, Dr Williams was a professional level tennis player and coach before choosing rather to pursue a career in cardiology. Since 2013, he has headed up the cardiology department of Rush University Medical Center - where many of his colleagues have also found their way to adopting a plant-based diet.

    Dr Williams has served on numerous committees and boards at the United States national level, including - but certainly not limited to - the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the American Medical Association. Among other presidencies throughout his distinguished career, Dr Williams was the 2016 President of American College of Cardiology.

    Kim is the inaugural Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention (IJDRP). This new journal has been created to document the science of nutrition and lifestyle to prevent, suspend and reverse disease.

    Kim is also on the 'International ​Advisory Council​' for Doctors For Nutrition - a wonderful Australian organisation dedicated to helping equip healthcare practitioners, institutions and the public with evidence-based information and education on optimum human nutrition. As mentioned during this episode if you are from Adelaide or can get to Adelaide on Feb 2nd 2020 to listen to Dr Kim Williams, along with a host of other speakers, at the Doctors for Nutrition Symposium I highly recommend it - you can get tickets here.

    Specifically we cover:

    • The prevalence of cardiovascular disease
    • Kim's path to Medicine
    • Nutrition training during Medical School
    • Being elected President of the American College of Cardiology
    • The difference between the ACC/AHA guidelines and the USDA dietary guidelines
    • The role of industry in effecting guidelines
    • How he explains to patients the importance of changing their diet
    • What dietary components increase your risk of developing atherosclerosis (narrowing of the artery with plaque build up)
    • Why LDL cholesterol is an independent risk factor
    • What a heart healthy diet looks like
    • Changes he would like to see in the 2020 USDA dietary guidelines
    • Government policy changes he would like to see
    • The types of foods he likes to eat in his own diet
    • and much much more

    RESOURCES:

    1 - Jupiter study - we spoke about this when discussing LDL cholesterol and inflammation
    2 - A second study to look at on LDL cholesterol as an independent risk factor
    3 - The ACC/AHA 2019 guidelines - The Predimed Trial we spoke about is discussed within these guidelines. Pay special attention to the PRO-Vegetarian aspect of that paragraph. Essentially, those within the Mediterranean Diet group who ate les

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Adopting a new lifestyle to reduce the risk of heart disease with Sean Ryan

    Adopting a new lifestyle to reduce the risk of heart disease with Sean Ryan

    In Episode 89 I sit down with a long time friend of mine, Sean Ryan. Sean and I recently caught up for dinner and he expressed interest in changing his lifestyle. Particularly given that cardiovascular disease runs in his family and he is ticking quite a few of the boxes when it comes to modifiable risk factors for having a heart attack or stroke.

    In fact lifestyle changes are something that Sean has been embarking on for the better part of a year with mixed results. He cannot help but feel confused by all of the mixed messages that that exist across the internet and among health professionals in his community and in many respects has been left feeling disempowered and unsure what to do. As Sean and I got talking during our dinner I realised how valid his questions were and suggested we shared our conversations, and his journey to better health, as a series on this show to hopefully inspire others. He generously agreed and here we are - the first of a handful of episodes with Sean.

    In this episode we cover:

    1 - Why Sean wants to change his lifestyle
    2 - We hear bit's and pieces about Sean's past and life growing up
    3 - Why he is confused about what to eat
    4 - Why some of the things I say are evidence based are different to what the Heart Association recommend
    5 - Answers to questions he has about a plant-based diet
    6 - A plan from here

    Over the course of the next few months I will upload follow up conversations with Sean where we check back in, get an update, go through any questions he has and make plans for the next period. In the next episode we will be discussing his baseline blood tests, his first grocery experience, how he is feeling physically and mentally, what it's been like creating meals without animal products and of course any new questions that he has.

    Slightly different format that I hope you enjoy. If you do, please share the episode on social media (I know Sean would love your support) and leave a review on the Apple Podcast app. Either or both would be greatly appreciated!

    Happy listening friends,

    Simon Hill
    Instagram - @plant_proof
    Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource for plant based nutrition information
    If you want to receive FREE nutritional information to your inbox subscribe to the Plant Proof Newsletter
    Book coming out 2020 published with Penguin that I cannot wait to share with you (all proceeds being donated to charity)

    • 1 hr 42 min

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