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The Proof Podcast is a space for science-based conversation. Together with his guests, Simon Hill, a qualified physiotherapist and nutritionist, explores the health and longevity benefits that come with mastering physical exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, recovery, sleep, and alignment. Facts, nuance and trustworthy recommendations minus the hyperbole! All the proof you need to live better for longer.
 
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In Episode #227, I sit down with Alan Flanagan, PhD and Drew Harrisberg to discuss the carnivore diet and veganism, assessing many of the popular claims made by health and nutrition “influencers”. We discuss Big Pharma, social media censorship, and vegan protein intake. We also zoom in on the ethics of veganism, spotting a legitimate academic, and …
 
In Episode #226, I’m joined by Drs Ayesha and Dean Sherzai to examine how exercise impacts brain health. We focus on two main considerations: what we know about the relationship between exercise and cognition, and how we can explain this relationship from an evolutionary lens. We discuss how movement impacts cognition, engaging your brain while exe…
 
In Episode #225 I sit down with Alan Flanagan, PhD to discuss the health implications of consuming dairy. We have a broader conversation about misinformation and public health before specifically examining the health outcomes of dairy consumption. We also cover whether you can trust industry-funded studies, the representation of dairy on social med…
 
In Episode #224, I sit down with Dr Tim Spector to address the significance of eating for your specific biology. We discuss research on twins, exploring nature versus nurture; the role of the microbiome in health outcomes; and whether conditions such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes are genetic. Dr Spector also offers advice on adapting your diet to …
 
In Episode #223, Drew Harrisberg and I sit down to discuss how to optimise your exercise. Drew provides a detailed outline of how to develop an exercise program, working around different time constraints. We recap past episodes with Dr Richard Johnson and Professor Kieran Rooney, sharing our thoughts on these conversations. We also cover my recent …
 
In Episode #222, I’m joined by Drew Harrisberg and Kieron Rooney, PhD to discuss how the biochemistry of exercise can impact your health. We cover a wide range of topics, including mitochondria efficiency, metabolic flexibility, and fat adaptation. Dr Rooney also offers training advice, and his thoughts on a ketogenic diet. Evidence continuously sh…
 
In Episode #221, I sit down with Dr Satchin Panda to continue The Proof’s conversation on time restricted eating. We discuss circadian rhythms, circadian disruption, and health impacts. We also cover TRE in the context of circadian biology, blood glucose, and calorie restriction. Dr Panda offers his advice on the optimal TRE lifestyle. Time-restric…
 
In Episode #220, Dr MeiLan Han joins me to discuss the lungs and respiratory system. Despite being an incredibly important factor of our overall health, the respiratory system is often overlooked. Most people’s knowledge is surface level, and we aren’t educated on the importance of the lungs or how to best support respiratory health. Dr MeiLan Han …
 
In Episode #219, I sit down with Layne Norton, PhD to answer one very topical question: does insulin make us fat? Welcome to the first bite-sized episode of The Proof. In these short conversations, I am joined by a guest to tackle a single topic in a brief, digestible time frame. In this episode, Layne Norton, PhD addresses recent online claims by …
 
In Episode #218, I’m joined by entrepreneur Arturo Elizondo to discuss the future of egg production. Ground-breaking changes are happening in our food industry every single day. While animal agriculture continues to grow, there is an increasing field of innovation seeking sustainable, ethical alternatives to the foods most people consume daily. Art…
 
In Episode #217, I sit down with dietician Ginny Messina to address common nutrition myths about the vegan diet. With an abundance of nutrition “information” presented to us any time we use social media, it becomes difficult to identify whether a claim is fact or fiction. Misinformation is a common issue across all patterns of eating — including a …
 
In Episode #216, I sit down with Dr David Jenkins to discuss the relationship between cholesterol and health. Cholesterol levels are concerningly high among populations consuming a standard Western diet. On the flip side, plant-based diets are often criticised for their lack of cholesterol. We know that cholesterol is an essential component of the …
 
In Episode #215, I’m joined by Dr Richard Johnson to discuss obesity, fructose, and metabolic disease. “Fructose” has become something of a fear word in modern diet culture. It is often positioned as the villain, without the in-depth breakdown of where we are sourcing this fructose and the quantities it is consumed in. Similarly, the relationship b…
 
In Episode #214, I sit down with Josh Tetrick to discuss reshaping our food system towards plant-based products and slaughter-free meat alternatives. As animal-free proteins grow in popularity, technologies for creating them are too. Josh Tetrick wants to reshape our food system, and joins me today to share his journey with Eat Just. Josh is commit…
 
In Episode #213, Dr Jenna Macciochi joins me for a deep dive into the human immune system. “Immunity” has become a buzzword in health spheres at the moment. From supplement marketing to recipe promotion, there seem to be countless quick-fix products or ingredients to “boost” and improve the immune system. But is there any validity to these claims? …
 
In Episode #212, Dr Eric Rawson joins me to examine the muscular and cognitive effects of creatine. Performance supplementation is a flooded field. With supplementation sceptics on one hand and relentless marketing promotion on the other, it can be difficult to know what to believe. Dr Eric Rawson joins me today for an in-depth conversation on crea…
 
In Episode #211, I sit down with Dr Jared Raynes to discuss precision fermentation and the future of dairy. As our world becomes more populated and animal agriculture continues to unsustainably expand, we need to examine alternatives to the products people know and love. While animal-free dairy may sound like an impossible feat, innovation in the f…
 
In Episode #210, Professor Stuart Phillips returns to expand on our conversation about using science to improve training outcomes. One very common criticism of a plant-based diet is that it’s difficult to meet protein requirements due to both quantity and quality of plant-based protein sources. “Evidence” provided for this often centres around amin…
 
In Episode #209, I sit down with Dr Kristina Harris Jackson to deep dive into the effects of omega-3 consumption on lactation and pregnancy. Dr Kristina Harris Jackson furthers The Proof’s exploration of omega-3s in this episode, offering her expertise in a discussion centred around maternal health. Nutrition during pregnancy can be a sensitive and…
 
In Episode #208, I’m joined by expert researcher Dr Bill Harris to discuss the relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and human health. Increasingly, online nutrition conversation is moving away from scientific literature and is more heavily influenced by marketing and controversial claims for personal gain. Whether people are making these statem…
 
In Episode #207, Dr Gil Carvalho explains how to approach nutrition information from an evidence-based viewpoint, breaking down the details of data analysis. In recent years, we’ve seen a huge influx of information being presented as fact without any real scientific foundations. Being able to assess the validity of these claims is critical, and Dr …
 
In Episode #206, Drew Harrisberg joins me to debrief The Proof’s first debate and discuss blood tests, sleep, and the interaction between HIIT training and blood glucose. Last week, I released a special episode on YouTube: a debate on seed oils and heart disease between Tucker Goodrich and Dr Matthew Nagra. You can find it here. Regardless of wheth…
 
In Episode #205, I sit down with Dr Andrew Huberman to discuss the nervous system and how lifestyle choices impact your brain. As a neuroscientist and tenured professor at Stanford University, Dr Huberman has made numerous significant contributions to the field of brain development, brain function, and neural plasticity. In this episode, we break d…
 
In Episode #204, I’m joined by leading researchers Dr Emily Manoogian and Dr Courtney Peterson. Drs Emily and Courtney both research the way food timing interacts with the body, focusing on time-restricted eating (TRE). In this episode, we approach the topic with a key question: is there any advantage of time-restricted eating other than helping pe…
 
In Episode #203, I welcome Drew Harrisberg back to the show for another episode to discuss a variety of topics, from the Hadza tribe and their diet to the importance of movement throughout the day. There’s a lot to learn in Episode #203. We discuss red meat consumption and associated health outcomes, sleep and insulin resistance, and the dietary pa…
 
In Episode #202, I’m joined by Drs Erica and Justin Sonnenburg to learn more about microbes and the gut microbiome. This episode, we recap (or introduce for new listeners) what microbes are and what the microbiome is. Then we dive into a more in-depth conversation about evolution and the microbiome, the impacts of industrialisation on the gut, and …
 
In Episode #201, I welcome Dr Jed Fahey to The Proof to discuss phytochemicals and their impacts on human health. As a nutritional biochemist with an impressive resume, Dr Fahey is well positioned to educate on this incredibly interesting topic. In this episode, we really dig into phytochemicals (also called phytonutrients). As well as hearing abou…
 
In Episode #200, Drew Harrisberg joins me for the first episode of a new era: The Proof. On this episode, we discuss blood glucose, CGMs, meat and longevity, evolving the podcast, and more. Drew will be a regular guest on The Proof, sitting down with me every month or so. Specifically, we cover: Caffeine & blood glucose [0:39] CGMs for managing dia…
 
Join me in Episode #199, the last episode of Plant Proof and the start of a new chapter. Listen to my learnings from the past years with Plant Proof, why it’s time for this change and find out about exciting things on the horizon, for me and you. Specifically, I talk about: An in person event I’m hosting May 30th – June 5th 3 of the my favourite hi…
 
In Episode #198, Dr Nagra returns for part two of our deep dive into soy and its impact on human health. In this episode we investigate more of the evidence, exploring soy’s relationship to cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, bone health, muscle, and strength. Specifically, we cover: how soy foods effect biomarkers of disea…
 
In Episode #197, Dr Matthew Nagra shares his evidence-based knowledge on soy and its relationship to cancer and hormones. Soy’s health benefits are hotly contested online, from claims that soy causes cancer to accounts of men experiencing feminisation. There is an array of misinformation and poorly interpreted studies that slander soy, and today Dr…
 
In Episode #196 I’m joined by Dr Nitu Bajekal to discuss PCOS and how to manage it. Hormonal health is an area that is often underdiagnosed, undertreated, and stigmatised. Dr Nitu Bajekal has dedicated her career to helping people manage their hormonal and reproductive health, and in this episode we deep dive into her wealth of knowledge on PCOS. S…
 
There are a myriad of defining factors linking the way we eat to the way we experience health. Regulating blood sugar and hunger hormones help form these, and Kelly LeVeque uses her platform to educate and inform people on how to eat to feel fuelled and grounded. Kelly is a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, celebrity health coach, and bestsel…
 
In Episode #194 I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Professor’s David Raubenheimer and Stephen J. Simpson. For over 30 years, David and Stephen, leading researchers from the University of Sydney, have been studying ways in which nature can teach us about the science of healthy eating. How and why we eat, how appetites are fed and regulate…
 
In Episode #193 I sit down with Registered Dietitian Taylor Wolfram to talk about diet culture, intuitive eating and ways to build a healthier relationship with food. Topics covered include: Taylor’s journey to discovering a passion for nutrition and veganism Taylor’s approach for achieving the best health outcomes for her patients What it means to…
 
In Episode #192 I sit down with Carleigh Bodrug author of the new plant-based cook book Plant You to talk about simple ways to eat more plants for a healthier and happier life. Topics covered include: Carleigh’s current state of mind launching her first book How Carleigh manages her busy life and her experience during the pandemic Carleigh’s growth…
 
In Episode #191 I sit down with Stanford University Professor's Dr Christopher Gardner and Dr Justin Sonnenburg to talk about fermented foods, fibre, gut health and immunity. This conversation was organised following the results of their latest randomised controlled trial 'Gut-microbiota-targeted diets modulate human immune status' which was publis…
 
In Episode 190 I sit down with Professor Stuart Phillips to discuss the importance of exercise, nutrition and recovery in building muscle and improving strength. A pursuit that's not only important to bodybuilders and athletes, but all of us wishing to maintain a high quality of life as we age. Specifically we cover: Importance of fitness and resis…
 
In Episode #189 I sit down with Gemma Newman, MD, to talk about all things Menopause. Specifically we cover: What is menopause The three stages of menopause Why does menopause occur The common symptoms of menopause Associated conditions such as bone mineral density loss and cardiovascular disease Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) The benefits and r…
 
In Episode #188 we hear from Neurologist's Drs Dean & Ayesha Sherzai on building a lifestyle that promotes brain health. Topics covered include: - The optimal daily routine for brain health - Nutrition for brain health - Healthy fats and the ketogenic diet - Depression and the importance of a lifestyle approach - Tips for reducing stress and creati…
 
In Episode #187 I sit down with Megan Lee, BPsychSc, to talk about food and mental health. Megan is a career researcher, scientist, and academic at Bond University on the Gold Coast here in Australia. She has a Bachelor in Psychological Science (with Honours) and her PhD in nutritional psychiatry is currently under examination. She has published re…
 
In Episode #186 we hear from chef Derek Sarno. This is a condensed bite-size throwback from a conversation we had a few years ago when I was in the United Kingdom. Derek is the co-founder of Wicked Kitchen - a food company offering plant-based food in major grocery outlets throughout the UK, Ireland and USA. Wicked Kitchen also have thousands of pl…
 
In Episode #185 I sit back down with Nimai Delgado to continue our ongoing conversation about training, nutrition, supplementation and life in general. In this conversation we chat about: - How Nimai works out these days - Focusing on form, longevity and recovery - Choosing an appropriate weight - Training to failure, supersets and finding the tech…
 
In Episode #184 we hear from Max La Manna on his decision to adopt a plant-based diet and why we should care about food waste. This is a condensed throwback all the way to Episode 13 in 2018. Want to support the show? If you are enjoying the Plant Proof podcast a great way to support the show is by leaving a review on the Apple podcast app. It only…
 
In Episode #183 I sit down with the iconic and incredibly eloquent Ed Winters, aka Earthling Ed, to chat about all things veganism. Whether you're vegan or not I think you'll find this conversation interesting and thought provoking. In this conversation we cover: - Ed’s time spent at USA universities holding debates - How he stays calm in his conve…
 
In Episode #182 we hear from Erin Ireland on transitioning her business to a vegan company. This is a condensed throwback from Episode #54. - Erin’s journey growing up in Canada and discovering her passion for food - Starting a successful bakery business from her apartment - What led Erin to going vegan - Erin’s experience feeding her daughter - Th…
 
In Episode #181 I sit down with physician and lipid specialist Dr Spencer Nadolsky to talk about cholesterol, ketogenic diets and cardiovascular disease. Specifically we cover: Spencer’s background and journey to becoming a doctor What lipids are What lipoproteins are What causes atherosclerosis The difference between Apo B and LDL What evidence is…
 
In Episode #180 we hear from Chef Gaz Oakley on why he changed his diet and his approach to cooking. In this episode you'll hear: - Gaz’s interest in sport growing up - Finding his passion for cooking - What led him to working as a professional chef - How cooking traditional food has helped in creating vegan recipes - Where Gaz got the name Avant G…
 
In Episode #179 I sit down with Doug Evans, serial entrepreneur and author of The Sprout Book, to chat about his journey in business - specifically his time building Organic Avenue and the highly publicised Silicon Valley start-up Juicero. Doug is a close friend, with a heart of gold. Easily one of my favourite conversations on this show to date. I…
 
In Episode #178 we hear from Harvard trained Psychologist Dr Melanie Joy on food ideology and speciesism. This is a condensed throwback of a previous episode we recorded together. Key things covered in this episode: - What lead Melanie to studying psychology and veganism - Learning how to communicate the vegan message - Cognitive dissonance and why…
 
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