Realfoodology

Welcome to the Realfoodology podcast with your host me, Courtney Swan! I’m an Integrative Nutritionist living in LA on a mission to change the way we eat in America.  Each week I’ll be talking to doctors, food experts and health professionals to bring you the best info so you can thrive. Somewhere along the way, we lost sight of how powerful our food choices are. But it’s never too late to start.  You’d be so surprised how resilient our bodies are when we start taking care of them.  Trust me, I know it’s overwhelming.  Thats why I’m here.  I’m going to break it down with you, make it more digestible and easier to navigate.  Let’s get back to real food! For more info, visit www.realfoodology.com (http://www.realfoodology.com/) and follow me on ig @realfoodology

  • 43 minutes 58 seconds
    200: No Such Thing As Vegan Food, Regenerative Meals + Adding Meat Back To Your Plate | Mollie Engelhart

    Welcome to a milestone episode of the Realfoodology Podcast! After four years of dedicated work and your unwavering support, we've reached our 200th episode. Today, I'm thrilled to have Chef Mollie join us once again. Many of you know her from Instagram, and she's been a beloved guest on the show before. This time, we’re covering her latest bold move: transitioning her vegan restaurants away from exclusively vegan fare. We explore topics ranging from the history of her restaurant Sage to the importance of regenerative agriculture, carbon sequestration, and the nuanced perspective that "there’s no such thing as vegan food." Join us as we discuss the evolution of food consciousness, the nose-to-tail movement, and the crucial role of aligning ourselves with nature. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or just embarking on your culinary journey, this episode offers insights, reflections, and perhaps a new perspective on the plate. Don't miss out on this enriching conversation and the chance to support Chef Mollie's innovative endeavors!


    Topics Discussed

    • 04:59 - The history of Sage 
    • 05:50 - There’s no such thing as vegan food
    • 11:55 - The nose to tail movement 
    • 12:58 - Regenerative meats 
    • 14:46 - The struggles of eating out 
    • 16:48 - The thought process behind adding meat to the menu 
    • 22:24 - Menu changes 
    • 26:04 - Opinions on instagram 
    • 27:24 - We cannot remove ourselves from nature 
    • 32:21 - You’re allowed to change your mind 
    • 36:26 - Carbon Sequestration 
    • 39:33 - Film recommendations to learn more
    • 40:49 - Supporting Chef Mollie 


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    Produced By: Drake Peterson

    Edited By: Mike Frey

    28 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 41 minutes 43 seconds
    199: Ozempic, Healing Brain Fog + Psoriasis, + Falling In Love | Q+A Episode

    Welcome back to the Realfoodology Podcast! It's been a while since I've done a solo episode, but I'm excited to chat with you all and share some updates. In this episode, I dish all about my love story with Hector and the exciting news of my upcoming move to Colorado. Plus, I'll be addressing your questions on a variety of topics, including freezing eggs, combating brain fog, and offering practical tips on nutrition and health. Additionally, I'll be discussing Hector's journey with psoriasis treatment and sharing my thoughts on Ozempic. If you enjoy solo episodes, don't hesitate to reach out to me on Instagram and send in your questions. Or you can LEAVE US A VOICE MESSAGE!



    Topics Discussed

    • 03:53 - I’m moving to Colorado! 
    • 05:18 - The story of Hector & I meeting  
    • 08:53 - Our second date 
    • 11:26 - Tips for freezing your eggs 
    • 14:32 - Adding salt to reverse osmosis water 
    • 15:18 - Certified health coaches 
    • 16:59 - Tips for starting on your nutrition journey 
    • 18:43 - Advice for brain fog 
    • 23:50 - Accounts giving bad nutrition advice 
    • 29:52 - Psoriasis treatment
    • 35:42 - Thoughts on Ozempic




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    Produced By: Drake Peterson

    Edited By: Mike Frey

    21 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    198: Eating To Beat Cancer | Elissa Goodman

    I am thrilled to welcome Elissa Goodman, renowned for her transformative cleanses and holistic approach to nutrition, to the RealFoodology podcast. I’ve been using Elissa’s cleanses for years and greatly admire her approach to diet and nutrition. On today’s episode, we delve into the crucial role of cleansing the body, particularly in the face of insufficient support from our healthcare system, as Elissa shares her personal journey of resilience post-cancer diagnosis. From advocating for plant-based diets and the healing power of juicing to navigating essential nutrients like protein and the impact of sugar on cancer, this episode explores the intersection of diet, wellness, and disease prevention.


    Topics Discussed 

    • 07:25 - Elissa’s cleanses 
    • 08:55 - The importance of cleansing your body 
    • 13:27 - Lack of support from our health care system
    • 16:07 - Elissa’s backstory + cancer diagnosis
    • 20:54 - Plant based dieting, juicing, + healing 
    • 23:10 - Plant based vs plant first diet
    • 24:52 - Getting enough protein  
    • 32:36 - Sugar feeds cancer
    • 34:32 - CRP, your gut + cancer risk 
    • 38:35 - Arsenic, Mold, + Lead
    • 42:10 - Ozone therapy 
    • 43:26 - Diet protocol for cancer 
    • 46:55 - The importance of self love 
    • 49:14 - Healing through a positive outlook 
    • 51:43 - Options for nutrient dense food 
    • 55:47 - Aging gracefully 
    • 57:31 - Blood work, GI maps, nutrient deficiency test 
    • 01:01:56 - Elissa’s health non negotiables


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    14 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 54 minutes 27 seconds
    197: The Corporations Corrupting Our Health Pt. II | Calley + Casey Means

    On this episode of the RealFoodology podcast, we’re back with power siblings Calley and Casey Means to continue our conversation on the healthcare industry and its devastating impact on our metabolic health. Today we’re talking about the hidden impacts of crop subsidization in the United States. From unraveling the true costs of these subsidies to exploring the systems that perpetuate our addiction to sugar, we’re covering it all. Join the conversation as we challenge the status quo, question scientific narratives, and advocate for accessible, nutritious food options. With insights on policy solutions, trusting your intuition, and reevaluating institutional norms, you’ll leave this episode feeling empowered to take control of your metabolic health.

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    Topics Discussed:

    • 04:54 - The true costs of crop subsidization 
    • 10:24 - The various systems keeping us addicted to sugar
    • 14:45 - Questioning the science 
    • 25:18 - There’s nothing extreme about eating healthy
    • 30:08 - The Importance of Affordable Food 
    • 35:01 - Policy Solutions 
    • 38:20 - Trusting your intuition 
    • 45:14 - Questioning institutions 
    • 47:57 - Good Energy by Calley + Casey Means 
    • 49:57 - Healthcare nonnegotiables


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    7 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 52 minutes 44 seconds
    196: The Corporations Corrupting our Health | Calley & Casey Means Pt. I

    Today we have part one of an eye-opening two-part series as I sit down with Calley and Casey Means to talk about the dark underbelly of the healthcare industry and its devastating impact on our metabolic health. Calley, an industry insider with political experience, exposes the corruption within the food industry, while his sister Casey, a disillusioned doctor turned co-founder of Levels, reveals the systemic flaws driving her away from medicine. Together, they uncover how healthcare, the fastest-growing industry, paradoxically leaves Americans sicker than ever, with 9 out of 10 leading causes of death linked to food. From the manipulation of media and politics to the insidious influence of big food, they dissect the intricate web of interests perpetuating our nation's health crisis. Tune in for an insightful discussion on metabolic dysfunction, policy roadblocks, and the urgent need for change.

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    Topics Discussed

    • 8:21 - The unsustainability of the current healthcare industry 
    • 12:55  - Corrupting influence of Big Food 
    • 16:38 - The silence of medical leaders & the impacts of cancel culture 
    • 21:08 - The troubling metabolic health statistics
    • 28:53 - The biggest issues in our political and healthcare system
    • 33:44 - Stagnant life expectancy & when to trust your doctor  
    • 40:16 - We’re poisoning our kids 
    • 42:51 - The overcomplication of nutritional science 
    • 47:01 - Big Pharma lobbying


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    30 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 13 minutes
    195: Fake Amazon Supplements, Clinical Trials + Natural Medicine | Jeff Chen of Radical Science

    Join us for a thought-provoking journey into the world of natural medicine with Dr. Jeff Chen, founder of Radical Science. As an MD with a passion for exploring alternative treatments, Jeff discusses the critical need for scientific validation in natural medicine. We discuss the challenges of conducting trials, the influence of Big Pharma, and the complexities of FDA regulations. From the benefits of alternative models to the importance of informed decision-making, this episode challenges conventional notions of healthcare and will leave you feeling empowered and ready to take control of your wellness journey.


    Topics Discussed

    • 05:52 - Introduction to Jeff Chen and Radical Science
    • 09:06 - Studies around natural medicine
    • 13:14 - Finding volunteers for studies and trials
    • 17:50 - Conflicts with Big Pharma studies
    • 22:33 - Shortcomings of clinical trials
    • 25:32 - Side effects of natural products
    • 30:48 - Model of modern trials
    • 41:04 - Reasoning behind lack of natural medicine studies
    • 44:21 - FDA and compounds
    • 47:59 - Patent expirations
    • 49:49 - Allopathic vs Alternative models
    • 55:08 - Jeff’s TED Talk
    • 57:16 - Alternative models have less side effects
    • 59:49 - Getting involved in trials
    • 01:01:01 - Importance of doing your own research
    • 01:09:52 - Jeff’s non-negotiables


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    23 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 48 minutes
    194: What Water to Drink, Hydrogen Water, Reverse Osmosis + Best Water Purifiers | Martin Riese

    Today we're delving into the fascinating world of water with the renowned water sommelier, Martin Reese. With his infectious humor and profound insights, Martin guides us through the complexities of water, covering everything from the contents of our tap to what to look for at the grocery store. Tune in for an eye-opening discussion on what belongs in our water and what doesn't. Explore topics like TDS monitoring, the prevalence of microplastics, and even uncover the surprising medicinal properties of water. With a special water-tasting session and a look at the laws and innovations shaping our consumption, this episode is a must-listen for anyone curious about the journey from faucet to glass.


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    Topics Discussed:

    • 06:54 - Meet Martin, the water sommelier 
    • 10:55 - Tap water in the US
    • 15:39 - TDS Monitoring
    • 18:26 - The pros and cons of reverse osmosis
    • 20:02 - Microplastics
    • 27:20 - Staying hydrated & the contents of our tap water
    • 31:31- Water filters
    • 36:23 - LifeStraw & emergency preparedness
    • 38:36 - Finding the right water for you
    • 42:17 - Types of bottled water
    • 43:24 - What to look for when water shopping  
    • 48:30 - Water PH and alkaline water    
    • 53:43 - The value of water & gastrophysics 
    • 56:20 - Antipodes Water
    • 1:00:30 - Dasani Water  
    • 1:02:46 - LAX Plastic Water Bottle Ban
    • 1:05:10 - Boxed Water 
    • 1:06:38 - Kangen Water 
    • 1:15:58 - Vertex Water  
    • 1:18:52 - Ararat Water
    • 1:19:54 - Gerolsteiner Water
    • 1:21:16 - The medicinal history & properties of water 
    • 1:24:38 - Borjomi Water
    • 1:26:23 - Pairing water with food 
    • 1:30:16 - Hydrogen water
    • 1:37:46 - California law on recycled sewage water 
    • 1:40:38 - Desalination in Aruba
    • 1:42:44 - The power of the consumer 


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    16 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 19 minutes
    193: Easy Health Tips to Try NOW w/ Luke Cook

    Today’s episode is a really fun one with Luke Cook. You may know him from his hilarious videos on Instagram, he brings so much fun to this corner of instagram, and I’m so thankful I was able to sit down with him and chat. We speak a lot about different biohacking modalities, what his diet looks like and his thoughts about protein as a fitness trainer.


    Topics Discussed:

    • 05:21 - Positive vs negative health advice
    • 10:12 - Measuring satiating vs non satiating foods
    • 14:01 - Navigating your mood with nutrition
    • 15:53 - Intermittent Fasting and the ideal breakfast
    • 17:05 - Thoughts on Stevia
    • 27:02 - Steroids and peptides
    • 32:00 - Effects of marijuana and escapism
    • 35:30 - Methods for relaxing
    • 41:08 - Analyzing cold plunges and saunas
    • 44:30 - Life in moderation and dealing with social media haters
    • 49:50 - Luke’s morning routine
    • 52:34 - Dad life
    • 58:48 - Approaching nutrition with children
    • 01:03:10 - Nutritional differences in America
    • 01:08:08 - The story behind Shakewell
    • 01:13:38 - “Organic is a scam”
    • 01:17:25 - Luke’s non-negotiables


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    9 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
    192: Stop Feeling Like Crap | Dr. Mark Hyman

    This weeks episode, we are joined by the amazing Dr. Mark Hyman. Mark Hyman’s book The UltraMind Solution is one of the books that really inspired me to go back to school and get my Master’s of Science in Nutrition. This is such a full circle moment for me. When I first started my podcast, I wrote a list of my top guests and Mark Hyman was on that list. Today we sit down and talk about his company Function Health and what it is. We also talk about what the current Allopathic Model is getting wrong in our standard of care, why our medical system is so messed up, and what our doctors are not testing for. Lastly we talk about the food industry’s impact on health


    Topics Discussed:

    • 04:46 - The UltraMind Solution
    • 05:30 - Preventative Root Cause
    • 10:25 - The story behind Function Health 
    • 21:30 - Hormone panels and routine blood work
    • 25:52 - Being an advocate for your own health
    • 34:25 - Biological age, Metabolic health crisis 
    • 38:10 - The MF'er gene
    • 40:00 - FLC Syndrome and disrupting the healthcare system
    • 44:05 - Courtney’s results - Hemochromatosis 
    • 48:41 - Dr. Mark Hyman’s Roman Empire
    • 55:46 - Making the connection between health and nutrition
    • 58:53 - Addiction to Ultra Processed foods
    • 01:06:50 - Mental Health and Nutrition
    • 01:08:55 - Dr. Mark Hyman’s health non negotiables


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    Produced By: Drake Peterson

    2 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 59 minutes 58 seconds
    191: Stop Aging + Enhance Focus | Dr. Greg Kelly of Neurohacker

    Join me as I sit down with the insightful Dr. Greg Kelly from Neurohacker Collective to unpack the complexities of aging and brain health. Listen in as we explore the intriguing theories behind why we age – is it a programmed deterioration or an accumulation of cellular damage? Dr. Kelly shares his expertise on how lifestyle choices impact our cellular vitality and introduces us to the concept of cellular senescence.


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    Topics Discussed:

    • 0:10:55 - Supplement Stacking Options
    • 0:13:54 - Cellular Senescence and Aging Process
    • 0:22:08 - Understanding Senescent Cells in Aging
    • 0:27:11 - Senolytics & Cellular Rejuvenation
    • 0:30:57 - Targeting Senescent Cells for Healthy Aging
    • 0:38:28 - Individual Responses to Supplements
    • 0:42:58 - Benefits of Quality Supplements and Probiotics


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    Produced By: Drake Peterson

    Edited By: Mike Frey

    26 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 22 minutes
    190: Reverse Your Biological Age + Hack Your Fertility | Dr. Z

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    In this episode, Dr. Katherine Zagone (Dr. Z) shares her expert insights on extending the reproductive window and enhancing overall fertility and health. She delves into the critical role of biological age versus chronological age and emphasizes the importance of addressing both the mind and body components in fertility. Dr. Zagone provides practical advice on reducing toxin exposure, improving cellular health, and the significance of meditation and spirituality in opening what she refers to as the "body portal" for pregnancy. The conversation covers a range of topics from managing PCOS and blood sugar regulation to the benefits of detox and liver support, ultimately guiding listeners on a healing journey to optimal health and fertility. Whether you're considering pregnancy now or in the future, this episode offers valuable insights into nurturing your body and soul for the journey ahead.


    Topics Discussed:

    • 06:11 - Clockwize Dr. Z’s background
    • 08:11 - Biological vs chronological age
    • 13:48 - Stress and toxins
    • 20:24 - Cellular health and hormones
    • 32:33 - Health of both partners
    • 38:57 - Healthy suggestions for everyone
    • 45:08 - Methylation
    • 47:05 - Detoxing
    • 53:10 - Tackle one thing at a time
    • 56:11 - Opening your baby portal
    • 01:00:55 - Geriatric pregnancies
    • 01:05:03 - Perimenopause
    • 01:08:30 - IVF and freezing your eggs
    • 01:14:03 - Healing journey to become the mother you need to be
    • 01:16:20 - Embryo freezing


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    Produced By: Drake Peterson

    Edited By: Mike Frey

    19 March 2024, 7:00 am
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