A variety of interesting questions tee up some epic monologues from an enthusiastic host.
We talk about broadening fitness ambitions over a lifetime to branch out away from a narrow focus on triathlons – with much health, hormonal and longevity benefits. We also examine why MOFO Mission Assignment #10, Quit Being A Dick To Your Wife/Girlfriend, made the list. Then I get a super tee-up to discuss in detail the benefits of taking freeze-dried animal organs, such as the testicle, prostate, heart, liver, and bone marrow contained in Ancestral Supplements Male Optimization Formula with Organs. Beyond the ancient ancestral tradition of like supports like, we have modern science to confirm that animal organs have the distinct proteins, peptides, enzymes, co-factors and molecular biodirectors to optimize the function of the corresponding organs in humans.
Jim Johnson asks about the Male Optimization Formula maybe causing decline in testosterone. He wants to know if he should cycle on and off MOFO. [02:19]
Tuning up your diet and focusing on physical achievements is the way to go. Your blood work can fluctuate. [05:57]
Eating animal organs from 100% grass fed cattle is recommended. Brad tells about his spectacular healthy smoothie that keeps him strong. [09:46]
A good suggestion from CJ is asking Brad to put his Macadamia Masterpiece nut butter blend into squeeze packaging so he can take it on the way. Also, he asks Brad why they keep running out of the delicious nut butter. [14:42]
Are there some ideas for quickly prepared but healthy lunch meals for a quick out-the-door, no time guy? [18:17]
Joey is asking about his wife’s struggle with trying to eat low carb or paleo. She’s okay for a while and then never adjusts. Make sure she is eating enough nutrient dense food. [19:40]
Yosef suggests that Brad’s Macadamia Masterpiece be made Kosher. He also asks about having a “cheat day” once a week. Brad prefers the term “Celebration Day.” [25:22]
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Brad (1m 36s): Listeners. We got questions, questions, and more questions. Excellent questions. All of them. They made the stringent cutoff to be part of this fun, exciting B.rad Podcast show. Thank you for making this a community effort. I really appreciate you guys. Please send us some feedback firstname.lastname@example.org. Pretty easy to remember and throw down, let us know what’s on your mind. Even if it’s not a question for a show, feedback, suggestions, all kinds of fun. But today let’s see if we can be of help, be of interest, get some entertainment, value, some motivation, inspiration from real people around the world. Brad (2m 20s): That’s my favorite part. All you got to do is sit down at your computer and type and you can send it from Melbourne Australia. One of my favorite locations, is La Réunion in the Indian ocean. Scandinavia, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Super awesome to hear from all of you and Jim Johnson is first up and he says, Hey, I read on Amazon that certain people taking ancestral supplements, male optimization formula with organs said that they took the product and they tested their blood and their testosterone declined. Maybe should I cycle this product on and off? What do you, oh my goodness. Brad (3m 1s): Guess what? This is an example of Amazon hacking from devious business practices. And so people have popular products like MOFO and obviously coming from probably a competitor, they will throw up a review with minimal stars, critical comments, and somehow it will rise to the top of the most read reviews, probably from a collective effort to have 50 of their friends click on the helpful button. We’ve had this happen before with our books that we published and then see some, some, you know lame-o’s one and two star reviews from people that didn’t seem terribly authentic. Brad (3m 43s): Now I’m not saying this possibly could be a true occurrence where, Hey, you buy a bottle of pills. You test your blood, you get a level, you test six weeks later or 12 weeks later or whatever, and your testosterone is lower. And you can read on my blog, some personal anecdotes about my testosterone blood tests over the years. I’m actually working on a book while have vastly more detail. That should be interesting insights, especially some of the misconceptions about some of the common blood values that we use to track male hormone status. One example being free testosterone is commonly referred to as being more important than serum testosterone. Brad (4m 26s): And there are some experts and some great research suggesting that free testosterone is probably not as valuable overall as tracking your total blood levels of testosterone, because there’s a lot of factors that can influence that test result. It’s testing a super micro-cosmic amount in the trillions categories. So even if your level changes from one day to the other, it’s probably better to track your total testosterone. That’s just an aside, but back to the review and the idea that could this product cause your testosterone to drop, it’s almost inconceivable since it’s not a drug or having any kind of effect on that. Brad (5m 7s): But what can cause your testosterone level to vary quite significantly is your lifestyle. And my blog articles talking about, I think the title is something about how I doubled my testosterone in a matter of months and the way I did that was to pull out of an overtraining spiral with some extensive rest and some time off, and then kind of training in a more sensible manner backing off my heart rate most particularly because I was putting in a lot of aerobic exercise time, playing speed golf at an elevated heart rate beyond my maximum aerobic heart rate. And that will absolutely tank your testosterone. So what’s amazing to me is in short time periods, how you can turn things around from so, so, or even of concern and bring things back into the healthy or even the superior category. Brad (5m 57s): So tuning up your diet, going on a 30 day food restriction experiment, where you’re cutting out grains sugars, we find vegetable oils, maybe even testing your plant sensitivity by excluding plants and going on a really nutrient rich animal-based eating experiment and doing some more blood testing and seeing what happens. And interestingly, a long-time podcast listener and former interview guests, Dave Kobrine, super healthy guy, did some blood tests and found some, you know, decline in his values after doing a carnivore diet experiment and lowering his carbohydrates maybe more than he needed to for his ambitious training regimen. But he also reported feeling great during the experience. Brad (6m 41s): So that’s another vote for not living and dying by your blood values, but more so weighting the importance of how your subjective performance and workouts and sleep and stress levels and things like that. And so I always like to look for performance trackers. You know, markers such as your maximum aerobic function test, or maybe if you’re in the gym and you’re knowing how well you do with a dead lifting, how many sets you can do, how many what’s your maximum weight, things like that. TJ, our main man here at the B.rad podcast likes to do true powerlifting and try to beat his one rep max in deadlift and do triple his body weight, which he succeeded. Brad (7m 26s): You can see it on my Instagram way back when. This guy pulling 610 pounds off the ground. Absolutely fantastic performance. Dave did a astonishing birthday feat on his 60th birthday, which consisted of a new PR in the deadlift 375 pounds with a lot of warmup weights. Getting up to that and then busted out the incredible CrossFit Murph workout, which consists of running one mile doing 100 pull-ups 200 push-ups and 300 squats and then running another mile. And he did that all in a nonstop 42 minutes on the heels of pulling all that weight off the ground and turning 60 years old. Brad (8m 9s): It was great to accompany him on that wonderful celebration day. Three of his brothers also weighed in and did Murph participation. And so it was an all around fitness celebration. But the, the takeaway point there is that whatever his blood values said that were down or up, you know, putting in some amazing athletic feats and saying, well, at least I can still run to the top of the mountain without stopping. It’s probably going to correlate with good blood work, but sometimes there’s some particulars there that are gonna cause you to fluctuate. And I have had pretty significant fluctuation in my testosterone values of testing frequently over the years, going from kind of the medium range to the superior range back to the pretty good or good, back to superior, maybe back down to medium and so on and so forth. Brad (9m 3s): So it wasn’t anything I needed to go see a physician about, but it was some good information to consider when planning my exercise regimen. And I believe that’s the biggest variable for me is a tendency to get behind, overdo it a little bit, be in sort of a tired phase and then pulling some blood and noticing that your testosterone’s a little low. But back to answering the question, should I cycle on and off MOFO so I don’t get a decline. Interestingly, this product could be considered a food supplement rather than a performance supplement or a true vitamin or nutritional supplement. That’s obtained through chemical extraction process in a laboratory, and it’s not something in nature. Brad (9m 47s): So basically what you’re swallowing in these pills are freeze dried animal organs from 100% grass fed cattle from New Zealand. So a very pure source, nothing else in the capsule, no fillers, additives, binders, or added agents to reduce the purity or alter what you’re consuming. And so therefore it’s basically having a little meal of testicles, prostate, heart liver, and bone marrow on your plate. And so you don’t need to worry about consuming it on a full stomach. You can have it on an empty stomach because it technically is food. And so it’s just getting a wonderful nutritional boost to your diet, as well as the molecular signaling that you need to naturally optimize your internal testosterone production. Brad (10m 32s): So I don’t cycle on and off any of this stuff. I take a ton of pills every day from Ancestral Supplements, not just the MOFO, but many other ones, especially prostate, beef organs is another good one. They have some new ones that are really interesting. One’s called fish eggs and one’s called blood vitality. So I’m all over it. And basically it’s just a way to ensure that regardless of the ups and downs of my dietary practices, I’m getting this super food score really high every single day. And the other way I’m doing this is doing this cool new smoothie. That’s got a bunch of super foods in it, and that will kind of give me that boost also, it’s really filling and satisfying. Brad (11m 12s): So, and it’s a convenient way to ensure that I’m getting a top score in that category. So I’m throwing in like six pastured egg yolks. I’m throwing in a huge chunk of frozen liver, putting creatine glutamine, maybe 20 different capsules from Ancestral Supplements so I don’t have to swallow them. I just drink the smoothie. I’m getting a lot of whey protein, collagen protein. And so it’s just sort of a convenience factor. It also tastes good and you can look on a recent Instagram post, right? Talk about every single ingredient in there. And I’m really liking this as a new, recent inclusion into my dietary strategy. Brad (11m 53s): And it’s kind the centerpiece of my caloric consumption during the day. And I feel really satisfied. It might be something that happens in the late morning and I might not eat much until dinner time. On many days, other times I might eat more. And boy, I highly recommended especially to cover those bases. Interestingly, the last time I was on a smoothie kick was, oh, maybe about four years ago. And I was inspired to concoct this super nutrition green smoothie filled with a bunch of raw produce, an amazing burst of antioxidants and phytonutrients and all that great nutrition going down into one blender and getting way more than you might, even if you had a big salad. Brad (12m 34s): So I was stuffing in these big leaves of kale and spinach and celery and beets and some protein powder. And boy, it was green. It tasted pretty good, but guess what? Every single time I drank it, which was several days a week during this mini phase of going for the green smoothie, my stomach would pop out. So I’d experienced this pretty significant bloating and it would last for several hours. Sometimes it was accompanied with transient sharp abdominal pain. So had just turned the corner or walk up a staircase and I’d get a little jolt in there just for five or 10 seconds like OUCH!!. Okay. And then it would clear and a be okay. Brad (13m 15s): So I contend that I was getting such a mega dose of the oxalates and the other anti-nutrients that are strongly concentrated in leafy greens and all the other agents that were in that concentrated form in the smoothie high quantity, and also in the most difficult to digest form that is raw. Yes, the nutritional value is higher before you cook something, but it’s also much more difficult to digest when it comes to the natural toxins that are contained in all plants. And that’s why we have to soak, sprout, ferment, and cook most plant foods in order to even render them edible, such as nuts and things like that, which are poisonous until you treat them very carefully. Brad (14m 1s): Same with a lot of foods that need to be so sprouted or fermented. So interestingly, I, I kind of had a, a second guessing going on there that if I’m consuming something that ostensibly is supposed to be super duper healthy for me, why does my stomach hurt so much? And I finally woke up to the idea that it didn’t really make sense. That something that was causing that bloating and pain was, was healthy. And even if I did get some health benefits from consuming all the, all the, the good stuff in there, it was coming with Dr. Paul Saladino calls it, the package insert, which was the digestive reaction to the plant toxins. So now we’re onto the liver and egg smoothie. Brad (14m 42s): What do you do right next question from CJ. Hey Brad, I love your Macadamia Masterpiece, nut butter blend. And I would really like you to sell it in a squeeze package. I would love to take it out there on bike rides and athletic events. And also, how can we keep running out of it? How soon are you going to restock it? Hey, yeah, we’ve run out a few times because the demand is awesome. So we really appreciate your patience and boy, next time this stuff’s available, you can order it on Amazon. You can order it directly from Brad kearns.com, stuck up people. We have a special deal, buy three, get one free or buy six and get two jars free. Brad (15m 27s): I know eight jars is a lot, but guess what? The shelf life is a year’s with this stuff and it’s delicious. And then you’ll be sure that you’ll never ever run out again. And yes, indeed, one day soon we aspire to sell it in package form. So you can once and for all depart from that nasty reliance on sugary energy gels, when you’re trying to exercise, and I know you have to get through a long workout and if you have a gel in your pouch and you need it, cause you’re bonking, that’s great. But I believe through a proper training methods, not exhausting, chronic exercise patterns, but a good balance of stress and rest regulating your heart rate properly so that most of your long distance endurance stuff is at maximum aerobic heart rate or below. Brad (16m 12s): And then also fueling with some energy rich ideas, such as the packets of nut butter and other companies have those out there. Now they’re really successful. I’ve used some good ones from, let’s see, I think RX and Justin’s and yeah, you can find stuff that actually has nutrition. That’s not going to tear your stomach apart or put you on that energy rollercoaster. And like the sugary stuff does that. I myself consume for many years, I was slamming those drinks and gels and jumbo type agents to get through workouts. But when you become a fat adapted athlete, it’s much nicer. And then you can also kind of think twice about needing to consume a lot of this stuff to complete your workout regimen. Brad (16m 57s): It may be an opportunity to second guess your workout regimen itself and the workouts that you’re performing. So, Hey, once in awhile, if you’re going on the, the, the rim to rim to rim Grand Canyon crossing like longtime listener, Jon Staley just did in May. And I talked about his effort in detail on a recent podcast, he’s going to pack up with whatever he needs to get out of the Grand Canyon before dark. Unlike the people that he looked down and saw who were unprepared and had their headlamps climbing up the canyon wall with many more hours to go, even though it was snowing and sleeting at night anyway, whatever it takes to get through those magnificent endurance feats once in a while. Brad (17m 38s): That’s great. But when you’re out there reordering more gels and more sugary powder to mix into your bottle at workout after workout, that could be an opportunity to second guess the heck you’re doing because it’s truly overly stressful in most cases, and also not aligned with health. In many cases not aligned with reducing excess body fat or maintaining an ideal body composition because you’re consuming so much sugar, burning so much sugar in overly stressful workouts, and then creating the appetite for more and more sugar. So there’s a little plug for nut butters in packet form in general. Brad (18m 18s): He’s also looking for a good resource for quick preparation recipes. His son’s in construction. They don’t have a lot of time to prepare a healthy meal. They got to get out the door 5:30 AM, slam some coffee. And is there a way to, you know, prepare a quick energy lunch he tilled system to get Kraft-Heinz making some instant or single serving things. And I, I believe that they do have a frozen line of meals now where you just empty the packet warm it up and you’re good to go. I remember doing some filming and they looked pretty good. There was a Thai one and like peanut Thai sauce, one there’s chicken and vegetables. Brad (18m 59s): So yeah, go check out Primal Kitchen’s new line of frozen meals. Another commercial during the middle of the show. And for quick progress, quick prep recipes, the Keto Cooking for Cool Dudes book had some nice quick ones for cool dudes in there. And also we’re developing a new cookbook now on the heels of Two Meals a Day, it’s called the Two Meals a Day Cookbook, and there was a whole section of a dozen plus recipes and I believe the actual title of the section is a super easy, quick recipes for people who are too busy to cook. And so maybe you’ll enjoy that coming out in 2022. Brad (19m 40s): Joey, thanks for writing in, Hey Brad, my wife has a really hard time eating low carb, or paleo. She usually makes it two weeks into eating this way feeling okay. And then she starts having issues. She gets lightheaded, low energy, feels really bad in the .afternoon hours. She can eat carbs and feel just fine. But when she’s trying to go clean slash low carb, she’d never adjust fully. Have you seen this before? All the time, buddy? And the indication is that something’s wrong with the approach and it might not be optimal to try to continue to work against the natural sensations that you’re experiencing. Brad (20m 24s): Now, we want to talk about some more details here, because if you’re eating, you know, a lot of processed foods in your everyday diet, so you have a standard grain-based standard American high carbohydrate diet, and then boom, you’re going to go for a low carb experience out of nowhere. Coming off of this carbohydrate dependency lifestyle, you’re going to have a really hard time and you’re going to get symptoms as you relate. But if there’s more nuance here such as your wife is a, you know, hard exercising, devoted exerciser has healthy body fat levels already. Maybe she requires more carbs to sustain this type of lifestyle. Brad (21m 4s): And she’s not going to be one of those great candidates to diligently restrict carbs in the name of health. I don’t like hearing about any of those symptoms and that should never happen even in a transition away from carbohydrate dependency to becoming fat adapted. So some of the checkpoints that your wife wants to hit here are to make sure that she’s eating enough nutrient dense foods, Dr. Tommy Wood had a great line about this on one of our podcasts where he says, you know, I’m looking at these food journals from the athletes I coach and they’re writing in breakfast two eggs and a half an avocado. And he says, look, eat a real breakfast, make it six eggs and a full avocado. Brad (21m 45s): So you’re going to be super nourished for your athletic day. Remember, he’s talking about athletic clientele that burn a lot of calories and require a lot of nutrition. So that’s number one is to make sure you’re eating enough of the great stuff to, to possibly mitigate some of these symptoms. And then regarding the carbohydrate intake, if you’re emphasizing the nutrient dense carbohydrates, rather than the nutrient deficient carbohydrates and an extra sweet potato here, or there is going to help you minimize these, these adverse symptoms, like getting lightheaded, no energy, feeling really bad in the afternoon hours. That could be a great move to integrate those and keep those into the mix. Brad (22m 29s): But there’s also all kinds of other factors and ways that this could be screwed up. And one of them is not consuming enough sodium. One of them is exercising in too strenuous of a manner, especially as you’re trying to make a dietary transition. So keep all those in mind. And if you dial in your sleep habits, your exercise habits, especially balancing stress and rest in the exercise program, expertly eating a lot of nutrient dense foods. Then you can optimize carb intake. According to appetite is another great way to go. So I know personally when I’m kind of craving carbs or see carbs sitting around and say, boy, that looks really good. Brad (23m 10s): And one of my favorite examples is a blue corn chips, right? So I’m going through the store. And when I’m shopping, if I’m tired and just done a sprint workout, I’m going to grab those blue, blue corn chips reliably. But then maybe the next five times to the store, when everything’s dialed in, I’m not overstressed. I’m not tired. I haven’t depleted myself. I might pass on those because I don’t want to make those a centerpiece of my diet. It’s not like I have to restock and I have a special place on my shelf to always have things like that. But when those foods are leaking into the picture, I oftentimes think that it’s a sign that, Hey, you know, I’m going to benefit from some extra carbon take care, same with my evening popcorn enjoyment, which I did an entire show on. Brad (23m 55s): You can search the, the podcast app or the website for the Fatty Popcorn Boy Saga. And, you know, once in a while, if I feel like making popcorn, that’s probably a great suggestion that, you know, a little extra carbs would, might help me replenish glycogen and go on my merry way with no trouble. But there’s a big difference between that and just locking into the habitual consumption of these hyper palatable foods that cause so much trouble in the modern diet. And I think it’s a slippery slope that we have to navigate here, because if you surround yourself with these foods and you give yourself the opportunity by keeping them in your home routinely, or your environment, your peer influence your family influence. Brad (24m 39s): If everyone around you is chowing down on a snicker bar while they watch TV in the evening, that’s going to kind of be the slippery slope where these things just get integrated into a lifestyle in habit form rather than because you’re truly craving them. So we want to be mindful with our food choices and try to keep things as clean as possible. And yeah, when you are interested in an indulgence, making a really excellent sensible choice where you’re enjoying the heck out of it, and instead of frozen crappy chemical Laden cheesecake, you’re going to go and get a slice of the freshest most incredibly homemade cheesecake that you can find from the specialty baker or whatever. Brad (25m 23s): The example is, you get the difference here where I want you to enjoy your life to the fullest. Not be trudging around, denying yourself every way, shape or form, but that’s a big difference from using rationalizations and saying things like, Hey, everything in moderation, what the heck? You know, five times out of seven days in the week, that’s not what we want to hear. Okay. Yosef, I love your content. He says, especially your apparent readiness to change with the body’s needs and not just buy into what’s considered healthy because that’s what everyone says. I’m an Orthodox Jew. And I was wondering if you ever considered making Brad’s Macadamia Masterpiece Kosher, Hey, I would love to do that. Brad (26m 5s): Yeah, I’ll get the little Kosher symbol on there. Hopefully they’re not going to soak us for a massive buy-in because I remember looking into putting some designations on my jar when we were first producing our first batch. I thought I’d put a, a keto approved label on there for the Keto enthusiasts. I think I looked into paleo as well, and they wanted many thousand dollars for me to say that the product was Keto approved. So I said, you know what, that’s where I got the inspiration for the distinctive logo on the side of every jar of Brad’s Macadamia Masterpiece, where it proudly says Brad certified. Brad (26m 47s): Yes. The highest order and the most prestigious honor, far above any of the other stamps of approval that you can find and pay a lot of money for as the manufacturer. Oh yeah. We’ll see about Kosher. I don’t know what the requirement is, but it’s worth looking into. Thanks for mentioning that. Also, says Yosef, what would you say about a cheat day once a week? The reason I ask is because once a week on Saturdays, I keep Shabbos. This is a day they have rest and enjoyment, and I’m most permissive about what I eat. Throughout the week, limit my sugar intake to almost nothing added sugar, and I try to stick to healthy meals. Brad (27m 27s): So do you have any tips about this? So I don’t like the connotation “cheat.” I would rather say that you have a celebration day or an enjoyment day. And there’s quite a difference there because the “cheat day” is sort of a negative connotation and it implies that you are not fully enjoying your regular, your regular program, such that you have the compulsion or the inclination to cheat and get away from this torture that you’re, you’re, you’re eating on the other days. And I know that’s not the case, but you know, when you’re really careful and you’re disciplined and you can look forward to a day of celebration and that religious overtone is wonderful because you’re honoring your religion by celebrating and resting and not worrying about your strict diet. Brad (28m 14s): Oh my gosh. Yeah, that sounds like a winning formula. Now, again, I mentioned about the slippery slope in the previous question, and if you’re kind of locked into this mode where you take one day a week to stuff your face with a bunch of crap, that is sort of a different approach to someone who wants to make it a celebration day, go and looking for the most nutritious and highest quality treats that you can find or whatever it is that you’re interested in eating. And I’m also going to do one more add on here where I think it’s a personality issue as well. So for some people, maybe it won’t work and maybe the cheat day will turn into, you know, every other day as a cheat day. Brad (28m 59s): Some people like to keep a tight reign on this thing and never have a bite of ice cream because they know that they’re going to succumb and other people give themselves permission for one spoonful every evening. And that’s what works for them personally ahead. So I think what we want to look for here is a comfortable, smooth pattern of reintegrating into your baseline foundation of a really healthy diet without a lot of added sugar. And then also enjoying that day of Shabbos, where you’re not having a guilty conscience or a kind of, you know, a buildup where you can’t wait until Saturday. And all you’re thinking about is the junk that you’re going to throw into your mouth when the clock strikes Saturday. Brad (29m 42s): So we want to, you know, make it, make it smooth and breezy on both sides of the, of the issue. Okay. So hopefully that’s a good answer and there’s a good little tidy show. Thanks. That was some fun stuff, huh? People, I hope you guys enjoyed listening to that. Also email@example.com. Send us an email and please spread the word about the show. We appreciate it so much. Have a great day. Thank you for listening to the show. I love sharing the experience with you and greatly appreciate your support please. 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