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Nora Gedgaudas: Primal Body Primal Mind, EMF Pollution, and Living with Wild Wolves

Posted by | October 19, 2012 | Interviews, Paleo, Podcasts | 10 Comments

Nora Gedgaudas

Today’s show is with Nora Gedgaudas, the author of the ground breaking, international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life.

Nora is Board-certified in Holistic Nutrition and is recognized by the Nutritional Therapy Association as a Certified Nutritional Therapist. She is also a board certified Neurofeedback specialist and maintains a private neurofeedback and nutritional consultation practice in Portland, Oregon.

Given my background in Psychological and Brain Science and as the author of The Musical Brain, I love geeking-out on the brain so this interview is especially fascinating. Enjoy it, folks!

In today’s show, Nora and I cover:

  • Why so many people fail on Atkins
  • What it’s like to live by the Arctic circle among wild wolves
  • How medicine ceased to be a profession and became a profit-oriented industry
  • How you can limit your exposure to EMF pollution
  • How Nora lost 25 pounds without exercise eating butter by the stick

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Show Notes and Links


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  • kem says:

    I really don’t think Americans are living in the most “stressfull” time in history. According to Steven Pinker, humans are living in the most peaceful time in history. But who wouldn’t get stressed out if one was worried about eating a potato or side of rice?

    And as for astronomical phenomena…

    • Abel James says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Kem. I think it all hinges upon how you define “stressful.” The point being technology isn’t always a life-simplifying, de-stressing endeavor.

  • jake3_14 says:

    I’m confused by the comment Nora made about limiting protein intake to about 25g/meal (at least, I *think* she said this; that part of the interview was a bit garbled). If that’s actually her recommendation, that how are those of us who eat two meals/day supposed to get all the protein we need (using Phinney’s guideline of 1.5g protein/kg of reference weight)? If that’s not what she said (or meant), can you or she clarify/correct my impression?

    Also, I hope Nora never stops her clinical practice completely. There are so few well-education nutrition consultants in the U.S. that we need all of them to stay in active practice as long as they can. Also, seeing clients helps keep a medical arts practitioner abreast of current problems, aware that dogma’s not the answer, and humble about the limits of their advice.

    • Abel James says:

      Hi Jake,
      Thanks for the question. Nora is more moderate in her approach to protein intake than some of us. If you’re eating 2 meals a day and it’s working well for you, I’d suggest that you keep it up. I certainly enjoy a thick steak from time to time…

      I agree about Nora’s practice! There are simply too few practitioners of the truth these days. 🙂


      • Rob Is says:

        Great podcast. It was good to hear someone further elucidate and get specific about the ketogenic diet. I’ve heard before (on Robb Wolf’s podcast) that a big hit of protein can knock you out of ketosis, but it was good to hear more specific recommendations. I guess I need the keto-meter to find out if I’m getting there at all.

        The Caveman Doctor claims to go “in and out” of ketosis frequently. I’m wondering how easy that really is.

        Do you or Nora have any experience of going in and out of ketosis a couple of times during the week?

        • Abel James says:

          Hi Rob, great question and glad you dig the podcast. For me, I’ve found that I feel and perform better when I stay out of ketosis (although I’m a big fan of coconut oil). Dr. Champ knows his stuff, so I’d shoot him a line and ask him. Great dude.

  • Glad you had Nora on Abel! Her book was one of the first books I came across when I began my Paleo journey!


  • Elena S says:

    Thanks for the podcast….big fan of Nora! Just wondering what would be the best way to go from merely producing ketones to being a fat-burner…would it help to go on a “fat fast” for a few days eating only something like macademia nuts or avocados or butter for that matter?

    • Abel James says:

      Hi Elena,
      In most cases, the body doesn’t respond well to hardcore all-or-nothing approaches. It’ll take time for your body to adjust to burning fat over carbs, so I’d recommend following Nora’s protocols in Primal Body, Primal Mind. Macadamia nuts, avocados, and grass-fed butter are all great options to get you there!


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