Today I sat down with Heather Allen. Heather is a nutritionist, an entrepreneur, and all around community builder. She’s a queen on Instagram and someone you absolutely have to know. Heather has a love affair with food, and has an innate capacity to take complicated concepts and turn them into something simple that you can easily cook up in your own kitchen. We talked about fermented food, building community, and the concept of “hangry,” and the blood sugar balancing that we all need to do to be able to optimize ourselves on our daily mission. This is a practical talk about how to put things into action, and how to take your body and your physiology to the next level, with the decisions that you make day in and day out, each time you make the choice to eat another meal. You’re gonna love it!
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[2:26] Heather’s entrepreneurial journey began in retail, but she realized that something was missing.
[4:12] Heather realized that when she had travelled in Southeast Asia she felt great, because of the food that she was eating.
[6:55] Heather decided to go to school for holistic nutrition, so that she could sort through all of the conflicting information about food.
[7:54] Why does it take so long to make the connection between food and health?
[9:23] Our society has conditioned us to prefer to take medication rather than change our lifestyle.
[9:58] How does food affect our mood?
[12:24] How can you avoid becoming “hangry”?
[13:19] Fasting can make our cells more resilient.
[15:40] What are the signs of poor blood sugar management?
[17:43] Stress management is more than just managing your to do list.
[18:53] How can you maintain your energy through the afternoon?
[22:07] Protein and fat are important for balancing blood sugar.
[25:39] There are lots of healthy options for vegetarians.
[27:25] Most people eat the worst kind of breakfast.
[28:44] Food and community are intricately connected.
[31:16] Why is fermentation key to our overall nutrition picture?
[32:54] Health is being free.
[33:32] Thank you to our sponsor, The Interpreting Your Genetics Summit.
[34:53] Heather’s morning routine includes warm lemon water and gardening.
[36:02] Heather is reading The Color of Our Sky: A Novel, by Amita Trasi.
[36:40] Heather is consistent with making quality decisions about her food.
[37:56] Heather loves to be in nature.
[38:12] Entrepreneurship can be innate or it can be learned.
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