(Breather) Enjoy some really thoughtful questions from listeners on an incredible variety of topics relating to healthy eating, exercise, and lifestyle. 

In this breather show, you’ll hear a little bit of my amateur attempt at an Irish accent (by request!) before I dive into some great questions from listeners. I touch on the importance of being strategic when it comes to whom you try to help/convince with lifestyle changes (wait till they are “ready to receive,” says Mia Moore) and the benefits of being reasonable, open-minded, and avoiding the all too common polarization that’s so common today in so many areas of society, including health advice. I also offer a sneak preview of my new triathlon training book called How To Improve Your *Triathlon Time: A Healthy, Balanced Approach to an Obsessive Sport, and share my thoughts on the best ways to experiment with strict carnivore if you are already a high calorie burning endurance athlete. I also talk about the powerful effects of nose breathing and why you should be doing it throughout the day, as well as the importance of taking some deep, diaphragmatic breaths to engage your lower abdomen.

That’s all for today, and thanks to everyone who sent in questions! If you’d like to submit a question to be answered in an upcoming show, shoot me an email!


Breath through your nose.  [01:29]

Maciej says keto lifestyle is not for everyone. We often perceive ourselves to be more open-minded than we really are. [04:08]

Mick from Ireland asks about adding pigs’ ears when making bone broth at home. A true bone broth will be gelatinous when refrigerated. [06:36]

John Bennett describes the progress is 15-year-old son has made since he, as a weight lifter, has changed his diet and training regimen. [11:22]

A note from Patrick Hall mentions Brad’s old book about improving triathlon.  Brad is republishing it and it will be on Amazon soon.  “How to Improve Your Triathlon Time” [13:46]

Dennis in Seattle asks: Do you have a rough template for the season after the two-month aerobic base building period? Make sure you’re ready and start slowly. [14:36]

When you decide to go into an extreme restrictive diet like the carnivore diet, you could have a bit of a problem if you are a typical endurance athlete in training. [16:47]

Steven Raider is questioning the idea that if you go carnivore it means fruits and vegetables are bad. [21:21]

If you are going to try a carnivore diet, be sure to eat the most nutritious and best products. [28:19]

All the antioxidant benefits we hear about in the superfoods can be surpassed by fasting. [33:27]   



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Brad (01:29):
It’s time for a breather show,. Yes, nose breathing throughout the day can help facilitate a beautiful balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system function. Keep you relaxed and chill and even more focused. So pay attention, try to breathe through your nose, try to be aware of it because when we start to get into high stress patterns, this is associated with shallow panting breaths that stimulate sympathetic nervous system function. And I notice myself when I have too many windows open or I’m getting into something really intense. Even when I’m sitting on my butt, looking at computer screen, uh, I can catch myself doing that shallow panting breathing. So taking control with some deep diaphragmatic breaths. And when we talk about nose breathing, the idea is that you are getting less air intake. So you have to be more deliberate and more focused on taking those deep diaphragmatic breaths where you engage the lower abdomen.

Brad (02:42):
You actually inflate. You want to think of the idea of inflating your lower abdomen upon inhale, and then filling up your lungs, expanding your lungs outward, but first expanding that lower abdomen, then expanding the lungs outward to use your entire lung. That’s when you engage the oxygen rich, lower lobes of the lungs to get a full exchange of air, and then you can exhale with some relaxation and you’re in a nice nose breathing, diaphragmatic breathing pattern, and then you’re ready to tackle some challenging questions and answers and great comments from the listeners. Why don’t you participate by sending an email to getoveryourselfpodcast@gmail.com. Love hearing from you love feedback on the show suggestions. And of course the questions, uh, we had some questions from Maciej before and he had a little follow-up note. Uh, so he says, you know, uh, I want to emphasize that keto lifestyle is not for everyone. It’s hard to explain all the benefits to someone who’s not interested in changing or trying something new. Yes. What an excellent point for those of us on a health kick and embracing the ancestral lifestyle movement, which in many ways is in huge opposition to conventional stupidity, general dietary recommendations of the U S government or the mainstream authorities. And so wasting your breath, just like in politics.

New Speaker (04:08):
I think when you’re arguing, uh, about, uh, the issues at hand with someone who believes differently, probably a waste of each other’s breath, right? It’s very difficult to change people’s minds. Mark Manson talks about that in his most recent book, Everything is Fucked, . A book about hope, where, uh, we like to think that we’re open-minded, but we’re really way more close-minded than we, uh, perceive ourselves to be. And then, uh, in tandem with that, we judge other people to be very close-minded and think that we’re open-minded, that’s our baseline belief system, pretty funny, uh, backed by research.

Brad (04:45):
So if you think you’re, open-minded try to be even more open-minded and if you encounter people who seem to be closed minded, uh, you’re probably right, but give them a little bit of break because you’re probably the same way. Uh, Gordo Byrn. I’ve had his content, uh, on the podcast too, from his wonderful blog about family fitness and finances. And he wrote some observations about the recent election and he used this term PPO. He was talking about the strategy and, uh, how to win the election and the different vote gettings compared to 2016. And he says, there’s a certain percentage of people on either side of the political spectrum who are PPO permanently pissed off. And, uh, I think in that group, uh, they have good and valid reason to be, but I, after reading the article, I was like, yeah, I don’t want to be one of those people who are in the PPO category, whatever category, whatever distinct category I’m in, uh, it’s not a great way to go through life. So trying to tone down, uh, my, uh, the level of my intensity, uh, toward people who have opposing beliefs to myself and not be PPO, just be more, open-minded more relaxed and, uh, try to focus on things that I can control, like helping all you guys out your listeners and readers of the books, and then, uh, kind of let things go that you have absolutely no control over. Okay. How about that?

New Speaker (06:12):
And then back to Maciej’s note, um, it’s, it’s difficult to, uh, you know, waste breath on people who aren’t interested in changing. Uh, when I tell people that I had no fruit for the past nine months, people gasp. It’s similar. When I questioned the health benefits of vegetables like broccoli. If I had to convince anyone to become a fat burning beast, I would emphasize the mental benefits, first clarity of thinking and general lack of depression. Hey, pretty cool. Thanks a lot for that up. Okay.

Brad (06:36):
Next is from Mick and he’s writing in from Ireland and isn’t it nice to hear from listeners around the globe? I love that. Mick says I love the podcast, it’s one of the few that I listened to. That’s both entertaining and I can actually learn something from, Hey, what a nice compliment. Thank you. All right. Keep up the good work. And, uh, speaking of pigs ears, can I eat these things or just add them to my bone broth for their gelatinous quality? That sounds like a great ingredient to add to bone broth. And of course, uh, properly preparing the bone broth at home entails putting it on low in the Crock-Pot for up to 48 hours. And that’s when you really get the, uh, the leaching out of the, uh, gelatinous material, the collagen, the glycosaminoglycans, those great agents that are contained, uh, in, in bones and joint material.

Brad (07:29):
And you can, uh, you know, drink it and get something that’s really difficult to obtain in reasonable portions in the diet. And we have such a great need for those, uh, Dr. Cate Shanahan, Deep Nutrition and her new book, the fat burn fix talking about how throughout ancestral history we’ve had, uh, regular access to this joint material because we ate the animal in nose to tail fashion, and we saved everything including boiling out the bones and making broth. Now, today it’s sort of a forgotten aspect except for the fact that the product category is becoming more and more popular. People are making really super high quality bone broth that you can buy in the store. My friend, Neil Stevenson has a product. You should Google that and see if you can find it. And, um, yeah, there are many great, uh, companies out there, a bonafide provisions.

Brad (08:19):
I had, uh, Sharon Brown on the podcast, the founder of that company. So you can source some really high quality gelatinous bone broth in the store, not to be confused with what should be most appropriately called stock. So if you go to, um, the store and you see those cartons of, uh, beef stock chicken stock, sometimes they call it beef broth or chicken broth. That’s not really broth in the sense that, uh, you’re getting all the health benefits of these gelatinous ingredients. So it true bone broth will be gelatinous when it’s refrigerated and only when you heat it up, it doesn’t turn liquid. Uh, if you had that liquidity stock, uh, in the cardboard box that you use sort of as a base to, uh, make something in the crock pot, uh, that has much less nutritional benefit. And that’s why it costs a dollar 79 at Trader Joe’s for chicken stock or beef stock, rather than you can see some of the prices on these bone broth products are pretty expensive for a small amount that’s because it’s a super food.

Brad (09:19):
So definitely pull the trigger. There’s also some nice powdered bone broth products out there now that I’ve been using that are a little more affordable, but make a concerted effort to get, uh, more bone broth type foods and a joint material into your diet. And your ancestors has so many wide ranging benefits in the body, uh, hair, skin, nails, uh, joint material, and also, uh, believe to have wonderful benefits for, uh, heal and seal properties in your gut and addressing the very common health condition of leaky gut syndrome. I was just reading something from a coach, a practitioner, uh, saying that it, there something like 80% of the clients come in with leaky gut symptoms. Um, you can go to Nourish Balance, Thrive.com and take their quiz. It’s a free a seven minute quiz where they’re predicting some of your health considerations, uh, based on your answers to the quiz, Chris Kelly, the software developer, doing that genius stuff.

Brad (10:21):
And you will very likely come up with symptoms of, uh, gut dysfunction, leaky gut, and the bone broth can help, uh, kind of heli up those, uh, those tight junctions in your intestines, which have become permeated by, uh, toxic foods, especially grains, gluten, and other things that irritate the gut lining. Okay. So there’s the plug for bone broth and yeah, Mick, go for it, put those pigs years into the crock pot and cook them up. And then, uh, finally MIck says, Hey, I would love to hear it here. Try an Irish accent on your podcast. Oh, I can’t do an Irish section cause I’ve never been there nowhere to the Republic of Northern Ireland, where Belfast is located. I would love to visit some day since my ancestry DNA indicates that am 98% Ireland in Isles aisles in my stock there, but I don’t drink beer now. So what the heck would I do there in Ireland besides play golf on the great links courses of the world, such as Royal County down in Portsmouth. Thank you for listening.

New Speaker (11:22):
Get to the next question quick, please, please. John Bennett writes and says, Hey, I hope you’re doing well and wanted to drop you a quick line and let you know how cool it was that you and offer some thoughts on my email. I wasn’t having the greatest day, but when I listened to the breather episode, it totally changed my mood to hear you read my letter. All right, that’s what I love about your podcast. Your wide ranging info and also positive and fun to listen to. Hey, another compliment. Why thank you peoples. I appreciate that. It’s hard to find a venue that is not totally polarized these days, whether it’s politics, food, culture, exercise, whatever.

Brad (11:54):
You either have to agree with what someone says or you’re wrong and a bad person to boot. It’s great to hear various perspectives and actual conversations when people disagree, even on your show. I love listening to Chris Kelly because you’re both more interested in common ground and people doing 90% of the things that make them healthier and happier than arguing over the little differences. You’re not concerned about being perfect, trying things by feel experimenting with new diets, new approaches, listening to the body, all great stuff. And then he talks about, uh, his son who’s a big guy at 15 lifting weights seriously. And he’s following advice from bodybuilders and strength coaches about training nutrition, cool things to see, especially as a teenager, he’s cleaned up his diet on his own eliminating sugar, processed foods, snacks, and adding back more good stuff and developing a feel for how food impacts his body.

Brad (12:47):
Same with his workouts. He’s getting a good understanding of training for health and long-term versus short-term gains and injury risk. So I’ve been really impressed to see that. And Hey, I’m looking forward to trying the Macadamia Masterpiece when it hits the market. Thank you, John Bennett. And that’s the commercial product plug of the show. It’s on the market, man. You can go to Brad ventures.com and try this out. It is the most incredible nut butter blend that you’ll ever try. And I got to say, uh, just about every consumer we’ve heard from has said it’s absolutely delicious. So I think we nailed the flavoring and you really like it. At breadventures.com you can buy three and get one free. You can buy six and get two free and you can get free shipping over a hundred bucks. And because you’re listening to the podcasts, I will give you a top secret code to get 10% off your order. In addition to the buy free, get one free, what a deal and the code is Brad 10. So go check it out@bradventures.com and back to the show.

New Speaker (13:46):
From Patrick Halley, he says, Hey, Brad, I just read your old triathlon book published in 2005 breakthrough triathlon training. I love the philosophy. So I believe your points I’ve used in my ultra marathon training and events. And we’ll use more points as I trained for my first triathlon. Hey, guess what, Patrick and others, I have comprehensively edited, revised, and updated that old time book. And I’m going to republish it, uh, under the new title of How to Improve Your Triathlon Time,. Get it,? How to Improve Your Triathlon Time. Have a better time. I hope you get it anyway. That’s coming out to Amazon pretty soon, pretty exciting. So I updated a lot of the commentary. It’s all about a healthy, balanced approach to a sport that can easily become obsessive out of balanced. And, uh, overtrained unhealthy.

Brad (14:36):
Okay. So Dennis from Seattle says, Hey, what’s up? Do you have a rough template for the season after the two month aerobic base building period? So he’s talking about, uh, content in a Primal Endurance and other books where we talk about the great benefit of starting out your competitive season as an endurance athlete, or even as an athlete in many other sports with a two month minimum, two month period of aerobic base building, where you focus specifically on workouts in the aerobic heart rate zones, very comfortably paced, building up your endurance, building up your energy, uh, improving the resiliency of your muscles, joints and connective tissue before introducing those high intensity workouts that can contribute to competitive success and help you make quick fitness breakthroughs, but there are best performed when you have a nice strong base going. So that first, a couple of months of the year, take it easy, keep that heart rate low and just go out there and work on, uh, conducting some of those over distance workouts, where you stay out there for a long time, learn how to be on your feet or on the bike seat for a long time.

Brad (15:46):
And then, and only then consider jumping into recreational races or doing those high intensity workouts. Um, and, uh, Dennis says I’m feeling great. Um, and I want to, uh, eventually get into a trail-run competitions, mountain biking, things like that. So if you’re feeling great in your aerobic base training phase and you’re itching, you’re, you’re chomping at the bit to go try some high intensity workouts. That is the best time to go and do them. Uh, but I want to make that distinction from saying, Hey, it’s March 15th and now it’s time to go do your intervals, even though it’s raining and snowing. And, uh, your body’s a little tired or your knees, uh, feeling a little bocky. So you want to have, uh, everything lined up nicely where you’re a hundred percent rested and motivated and fully energized, uh, for those workouts where you go into the, uh, high intensity and, uh, race preparation type of workouts that are more stressful than the aerobic workouts.

Brad (16:47):
Um, so there’s no rules or strict guidelines there, but definitely making sure you’re ready and then starting slowly and leaving some in the reserves. They don’t have to go, uh, break yourself on the first few, uh, high-intensity workouts of the year. You can expect to improve gradually rather than try to chomp off too much and then suffer a setback such as an injury or delayed recovery time, because the workout was too much for your current capacity. And then he’s also asking, do you have an experience or input on zero carb carnivore diet? I’m just curious to hear your input, uh, in the endurance parameters. So people that have, uh, long distance endurance training and competitive goals, and then going into this, uh, extreme, restrictive diet where you’re, if you’re going hardcore carnivore, you’re getting little or no carbohydrate, and in general, that can present a bit of a problem.

Brad (17:38):
Can’t it? Because you’re going to need a certain amount of, uh, carbohydrates and, uh, stored glycogen, uh, to get through a typical training program of an endurance athlete where you’re putting in hours and hours of work. Uh, but as some of the leaders in the scene have shown people like Zach Bitter, who talks about this a lot in his Human Performance Outliers podcast, Timothy Olson, two time winner of the Western States, a hundred mile run, and Mike Morton who performed the extraordinary achievement in, uh, earlier in 2020, where he ran a hundred miles in 18 hours, quite a fast pace with no calories. So the fat adapted endurance training, uh, movement is here to stay. It seems like a real breakthrough and has continued, uh, further performance potential for people to, uh, go really long distances, uh, without requiring a lot of onboard calories or any onboard calories in the case of these, uh, extreme results.

Brad (18:44):
Um, Dude Spelling’s also my main man, Dude Spellings, who’s been on the podcast, uh, did the historic double crossing, the Epic double crossing of the grand Canyon, which is around 50 miles and, uh, many thousands of feet of climbing. And he attempted to do that on no calories. He had to reach for some nut butter at some point, so he could get up the final rim to the top. And then upon completing this 13 hour, uh, extreme endurance challenge, instead of feasting on pizza, there was a big stack of pizza boxes for him and his crew waiting for them at the top of the South rim. He decided to fast overnight in order to facilitate recovery. Uh, we talk about this in our upcoming book and I’ve talked about it on the podcast too. I think it’s an amazing, uh, breakthrough in a philosophy to think that in a fasted state, we may be optimizing recovery rather than, uh, requiring, uh, this massive calorie consumption.as soon as we get home from, uh, extreme endurance workouts.

New Speaker (19:42):
So if you’re going at an aerobic heart rate, you don’t have as much requirement for glucose as you do when you start speeding up. So someone who’s in a bicycle racing pack, if they’re a cat two or cat three racer and their heart, rate’s getting up there for long periods of time, as you can do. And biking, uh, is a little bit different case than someone who’s trying to, uh, plot along all day, uh, on an ultra or long distance ride where the heart rate is uncomfortable, uh, zone and you’re burning mostly fat. And so this requires a lot of personal experimentation, but I think for many endurance athletes, uh, that performance variable of your body weight or your strength to weight ratio is a big one. And a lot of people are working hard, putting in a lot of hours of training and carrying excess body fat.

Brad (20:31):
So I think the power of this carnivore diet, uh, one of the main attributes of it besides healing from possible plant reactivity, which we’ve talked about on the show, uh, one of the main attributes is that it’ll, it’ll facilitate a quick and efficient reduction of excess body fat due to the fact that you’re not consuming hardly any carbs. So you’re not producing a lot of insulin and you’re feeling, uh, highly satisfied from these nutrient dense meals that are really filling. So it’s not a struggle and suffer ordeal. You can actually adhere to it for 30 days or 60 days get rid of that unwanted body fat and then strategically reintroduce carbs as you see fit to support your performance goals. But I think getting those body composition goals handled out of the gate can be really powerful and, uh, lead to great performance breakthroughs down the line. All right, thanks a lot for that question.

Brad (21:21):
And then we get to Steven Raider. All right. Check his game out at formiseverything.com. He presents some wonderful videos and written commentary about, uh, doing a variety of, uh, strengthening, flexibility, mobility moves, progressing from, uh, the basic squat to the more difficult one legged maneuvers. And he’s been a great resource for me. And now I’ve implemented into my, uh, my world famous morning routine, go check out the new video on YouTube, Brad Kearns morning routine, where I go through everything that I do. Uh, but I finished off with, uh, the hover lunges, which he taught me as well as the drinking bird. And so these are two extremely difficult single leg squat exercises. And, um, it’s been, it’s been really great to try to increase my competency in things that require a ton of balance. So especially if you’re someone who likes to go to the gym and weight up that heavy bar and go down and do a set of squats and isn’t that great, but have you tried anything with one legged and noticed whether you have competency with basic balance?

Brad (22:30):
So the hover lunch is basically doing a single leg squat, uh, without holding onto anything. And the drinking bird is kind of doing a single leg deadlift, if you will, where you’re bringing your torso down to parallel to the ground, and then standing back up, uh, with that, uh, raised leg, extending out, uh, parallel with your torso. So, you know, like the little toys, uh, the little bobblehead on a spring, those drinking bird toys, or, um, that’s, I guess, where they got the name from it. Anyway, Steven says, I have, aside from fitness for a moment, his area of interest and expertise is talking about diet for a second. Hey, Brad, I really want to hate carnivore, but I can’t ignore it. Your piece, your written piece has persuaded me to get out of this mindset that carionovore means vegetables and fruit are bad and you can never eat them again.

Brad (23:18):
I love vegetables and fruit and lentils and chickpeas, but I do have nagging inflammatory problems and belly fat that I’d like to remove. Uh, what’s your experience with carnivore? I also noticed Mark Sisson talking about it a lot on Mark’s Daily Apple, so, okay. You know what, Steven, if you can just do, uh, those hover lunches every day, you can eat anything you want. How about that? And for the rest of us listening, uh, as you’re probably familiar with, I’ve been on this carnivore ish pattern since early 2019, when I was first exposed to the ideas of the leaders like Dr. Shawn Baker, Dr. Paul Saladino. And I think I’m going to conclude that I’ve made a pretty significant and long-term lifestyle shift in my diet after many years of being, uh, pretty much locked into a primal paleo ancestral style eating pattern, uh, including trying to emphasize the wonderful, uh, array of plants from the plant kingdom, the big piles of produce that I’d stir fry and, uh, serve to my family when we had gatherings and going out and getting the giant salads, uh, that kind of has, uh, transitioned out of my diet.

Brad (24:31):
Uh, the more I think about and learn about the carnivore rationale, I no longer go looking for big loads of produce to consume every day. And I’m embracing the realization that the most nutrient dense foods on the planet are the animal foods, nose to tail style and the super foods in the animal category, such as organ meats, such as oily, cold water fish, uh, and pretty soon you’ll see on my social media and we’ll talk about it on the podcast. I’ve been working on a project inspired and together with Cate Ouellette-Cretsinger, who’s been a guest talking about her marathon bicycle exploits on the carnivore diet, but we’ve created this chart called the carnivores scores where we rank the most nutrient dense foods in the animal world. And also, uh, talk about the least offensive plant foods to integrate into the diet. As Steven says, you want to enjoy your life.

Brad (25:26):
You love certain vegetables and fruit. Um, you don’t have any reactivity, you can carefully integrate these things, but there could be a lot of people suffering from nagging immune or inflammatory problems that might get a huge benefit, uh, with a restrictive diet. And so this is a very common, uh, strategy in the functional health world is to try to eliminate things in your diet. And the carnivore would be probably the most simple and a practical way to do an elimination diet because, uh, animal foods are, uh, minimally reactive compared to all the plant foods and the allergies that we’re familiar with. So if you wanted to try a 30 day carnivore experiment and get rid of all plants, and then, you know, slowly add them back in and see what your tolerance is like, you can tell possibly things that have been causing big problems in your life, but have been lingering there forever because we widely recognized them to be supremely healthy.

Brad (26:23):
And I give my example of making my super nutrition green smoothie every single morning with a big piles of raw kale and celery and spinach and beets, and then experiencing a stomach bloating and transient digestive pain in the hours following every single time and having a conversation with my friend who was also on the green smoothie game and a really a health enthusiast. And he said, well, it gives me stomach pain too, but it’s so healthy that it’s worth it. And that comment stopped me in my tracks because I, I thought, you know, if something’s super healthy and these foods are so healthy to consume, why am I getting this, uh, gas, pain, bloating, and things like that after I consume them. And so we now know that, uh, raw vegetables in particular, even though they have high nutritional value are much more difficult to digest than cooked vegetables.

Brad (27:14):
And some of the, uh, lotted superstars in the vegetable kingdom can have the most reactivity and this includes leafy greens and things like that. So it’s definitely a movement that’s here to stay. It’s got a lot of science behind it. The leaders are doing a good job, uh, explaining it and providing a reasonable and sensitive rationale. And you can look at meat, R x.com, that’s Shawn Baker’s operation, and many others behind that. And you can read these remarkable healing stories of people that have kicked these long-term, uh, digestive irregularities, nagging inflammatory conditions, uh, by going to the carnivore diet. So if you’re a sufferer and you’ve tried, uh, traditional approaches to healing and they’re not working, I would strongly recommend an exclusionary diet. And if you’re interested in losing excess body fat, same thing, uh, and then we can go from there and if everything’s great and you feel fantastic, uh, you know, why change anything, but I think we can always strive to, uh, you know, improve and see how things can go.

Brad (28:19):
I never thought I would second guess my tremendous emphasis on vegetables, uh, super nutrition, green smoothies, and things like that. But I have tried to remain, maintain an open mind and think critically at all times. And I guess, uh, if you’re resistant like Steven shares at the outset, I really want to hate carnivore, but I can’t ignore it. Uh, if you’re feeling, uh, resistant in that way, I think this is a great way to exercise your skills of critical thinking and open-mindedness and test things and be open to new ideas. So sharing a little more, uh, as I did with Steven on email. And so talking about on the show, I talked about how I’ve made this massive shift away from, uh, obligatory produce consumption. And I think if you’re going to go into this carnivore experiment, uh, try to emphasize the, uh, the most nutritious and the best source product.

Brad (29:11):
So you want to try for that grass fed pasture raised and stay away from the, uh, feedlot animals and the vastly inferior products that are out there in mainstream. So if you’re going to eat some eggs or emphasize eggs in your diet, go find the pasture raised sustainable harvest egg labels, instead of the conventional eggs. They’re, uh, massively, uh, better in the key, uh, nutrients like colene, like omega-3, as soon as you crack the egg and you see that beautiful orange yolk from a pasture raised egg, you can realize that this animal had a vastly superior diet to the chickens that were trapped in the coop and ate feed and, uh, laid an egg that has a watery, uh, kind of opaque yolk that doesn’t have a lot of color to it, and much less nutritional value. Uh, same with the organ meats. It’s such an important part of the animal diet and one that’s widely overlooked and disregarded and disrespected in modern life.

Brad (30:10):
But all traditional cultures have emphasized organ foods from the very beginning. Uh, if you go eat traditional Mexican cuisine and you go to the carneceria, you can find some tripe. That’s the, um, uh, intestine. You can find, uh, lengua, the tongue, you can find cabeza or the brain. And this has been part of traditional culture for a long time. Traditional French cuisine obviously is heavily emphasizing organ meats and Tania Teschke’s wonderful book, Bordeaux Kitchen will help you get your organ meat game into top top form. But if you want to tip toe in that area, you’re a little uncertain about ordering up a kidney and liver and cooking it up. Uh, what I like to do is, uh, this was, um, a strategy that Paul Saladino introduced me to is you get your grassfed liver and you keep it frozen, and then thought out just enough to be able to make thin slices with a really good knife.

Brad (31:06):
So you make several thin slices, salt, the heck out of it with a nice high quality ancient mineral, sea salt, like Real Salt. And it tastes quite nice. It has no, uh, none of the offense or the smell, uh, that happens when you’re trying to, um, get that jellyfish texture. Liver cooked up a little bit and try to wash it down. So these little slices of frozen raw liver are palatable to almost everybody. And, uh, that’s a really nice way to, uh, up your consumption of organ meats. And of course, if you’re, if you’re really wanting to get serious about this and do it the easy way without having to be a culinary wonder, uh, just go to Ancestral Supplements.com and try some of their a hundred percent grass fed, freeze, dried animal organ supplements from New Zealand, they have just about every organ. You can think of every part of the body in a bottled form now.

Brad (31:58):
Things like claustrum, bone marrow, uh, their most popular product obviously is beef liver. They have a compilation product called MOFO that has Brad Kearns on the label because we’ve been, uh, promoting and developing this product together. It’s been a wonderful journey. Their reception to the products has been fantastic. stands for male optimization formula with organ. So this is a compilation of different animal organs that’s designed specifically to naturally boost your internal testosterone production. It contains testicles, prostate liver, heart, and bone marrow. And you can read all about it at Brad Kearns com slash MOFO. Since you’re listening to the show, I will give you a 10% discount code called Kearns. When you order direct at ancestralsupplements.com, you can also order MOFO on Amazon. So that’s my huge, huge plug for emphasizing the most nutritious foods in the world, which are the nutrient dense, high quality animal foods, particularly animal organs. You can get them in bottled form and also going for those oily cold water fish and the other super foods in the animal kingdom. Uh, give it a try. And when you increase the nutrient density of your diet, you find yourself, uh, feeling full and satisfied and not so likely to reach for those, uh, sweets and treats and things that kind of leak into the diet when you’re, um, uh, uh, not getting enough nutrition.

New Speaker (33:27):
So, uh, speaking of your fondness for fruits and vegetables and all those antioxidant benefits and the things we read about, uh, in the superfoods and the plant kingdom, uh, it’s pretty clear now that these antioxidant benefits can be, uh, surpassed by fasting. And when we’re in a fasted state is when the human body is working most efficiently with cell repair, detoxification controlling inflammation. That’s why Dude Spellings went into his tent and crashed out for 12 hours instead of chewing down on pizza because his body was in an exhausted inflamed, a high free, radical state from doing the crazy Grand Canyon double crossing.

Brad (34:08):
So when you realize that fasting is king and it vastly kicks butt on any, uh, super juicy juice that you can get from the fresh squeezed juice, uh, store, or the various plant based super food supplements and things like that, when you realize that fasting is the centerpiece and nothing tops it Hm. You know, it makes the carnivore, uh, style eating pattern, more compelling. I’m going to call it carnivore ish because, uh, I don’t feel like, uh, severe and total plant restriction is appropriate for, uh, most people, maybe some people, uh, but you got to test that out for yourself. And then, uh, the least offensive plant foods such as fruit, right. Fruit is the final offering of the plant. The plant doesn’t care if you, uh, pick the fruit, but the seeds and the, the, the basic, the basic building blocks of the plant, those are the things that have the most anti nutrients, the most plant toxins in there, because the plant is trying to protect itself from predators.

Brad (35:06):
And so that’s the story of the, uh, the anti nutrient, the rationale for, uh, restricting plant foods and giving yourself a break from, uh, the toxic effects, even the mildly toxic effects of these plant toxins, which are widely known. That’s why we have to soak sprout, ferment and cook, uh, most of the plant foods to even render them edible and non-toxic. And so it’s all a spectrum, it’s all personal, uh, but definitely worth trying. If you have some of those goals, like dropping excess body fat healing, leaky gut issues, or dealing with nagging auto immune and inflammatory conditions, and what a great way to close out this breather show with some wonderful questions and comments. Thanks everyone for participating. Go ahead. Send us an email. Get over yourself podcast@gmail.com. And if you could take a little time to leave a review. Oh my gosh. It has such a tremendous impact.

Brad (35:58):
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MOFO has been nothing short of an incredible addition to my daily life. After a few days of taking this stuff, I started noticing higher energy levels throughout the day (and focus), increased libido (no joke!!), and better sleep (didn’t expect this at all!), not to mention better performance in the gym. I was finally able to break through a deadlift plateau and pull a 605lb deadlift, more than triple my body weight of 198 pounds! I was astonished because other than the MOFO supplement (and it’s positive, accompanying side effects) nothing else had changed in my daily routine in order to merit this accomplishment. I’m a big believer in MOFO and personally, I like to double dose this stuff at 12 capsules per day. The more the merrier!”


28, Union Grove, AL. Marketing director and powerlifter.

Success Stories

“I’ve been taking MOFO for several months and I can really tell a
difference in my stamina, strength, and body composition. When I
started working out of my home in 2020, I devised a unique strategy
to stay fit and break up prolonged periods of stillness. On the hour
alarm, I do 35 pushups, 15 pullups, and 30 squats. I also walk around
my neighborhood in direct sunlight with my shirt off at midday. My
fitness has actually skyrockted since the closing of my gym!
However, this daily routine (in addition to many other regular
workouts as well as occasional extreme endurance feats, like a
Grand Canyon double crossing that takes all day) is no joke. I need
to optimize my sleep habits with evenings of minimal screen use
and dim light, and eat an exceptionally nutrient-dense diet, and
finally take the highest quality and most effective and appropriate
supplements I can find.”


50, Austin, TX. Peak performance expert, certified
health coach, and extreme endurance athlete.

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