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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 #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…
 
In Episode #177 I sit down with filmmaker Sanjay Rawal to talk about his film Gather which documents the growing movement among Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty. We cover: - The story behind Sanjay’s documentary ‘Gather’ - What has led Sanjay to where he is today - The evolution…
 
In Episode #176 I sit down with world renown chef, agent of change and entrepreneur Matthew Kenney to talk about his journey and ultimately how chefs are in a prime position to help the world make better food choices. Hope you enjoy the episode. Resources: Matthew Kenney website Matthew Kenney on Instagram Want to support the show? If you are enjoy…
 
What if tackling the world's biggest problem, climate change, was not actually the world's biggest problem? What if solving happiness was - and in restoring happiness we would create a healthier planet? In episode #175 Environmental Scientist Nicholas Carter returns to give us an update on the health of our planet, explain what COP26 is, and offer …
 
In Episode #174 we hear from Climate Scientist, Dr Jonathan Foley, on the current state of climate change and what we can do to help the planet heal. Specifically we cover: - Where we are headed if we don't address climate change - Climate change science becoming accepted by majority of society - The levers we can pull on climate change - Climate c…
 
In Episode #173 I sit down with Danny Lennon to discuss the affect of coffee on our health. Specifically we cover: What coffee is What are the interesting components of coffee Coffee, blood lipids and cardiovascular disease Coffee and neurodegenerative disease (e.g Alzheimer's Dementia) Coffee and anxiety Coffee and depression Coffee, caffeine and …
 
In Episode #172 we hear from Whitney English on navigating nutrition during pregnancy and infancy. Whitney is a Registered Dietitian, the Co-Founder of Plant-Based Juniors and Co-Author of Plant-Based Baby & Toddler. This is a condensed bite size throwback to Episode #95. Hope you enjoy it. Resources: American Dietetic Association position for vega…
 
In Episode #171 I sit down with Aviva Romm, MD to chat about her new book Hormone Intelligence and what an evidence-based diet for optimising fertility looks like. We cover: What infertility, sub-fertility and sterility are Whether infertility rates are rising A fertility diet Animal foods and fertility (Dairy, organ meats, bone broth, fish, eggs e…
 
In Episode #170 we hear from Rip Esselstyn, Author of Engine 2 and Founder of Plant Strong. In this throwback episode Rip talks about his work with fire fighters and how he was able to empower them to take control of their health. Hope you enjoy it. Want to support the show? If you are enjoying the Plant Proof podcast a great way to support the sho…
 
In Episode #169 I sit down with Paul Shapiro, author of Clean Meat and the CEO and Co-Founder of The Better Meat Co, to chat about the future of food. Specifically we discuss: The problems with our existing food system that need addressing What clean meat is The various names used to describe clean meat Where the industry is currently at Precision …
 
In Episode #168 we hear from Robby Barbaro and Cyrus Khambatta - New York Times best selling Authors of Mastering Diabetes. What are the underlying mechanisms that cause insulin resistance? Is fruit and fructose bad? How should we eat to improve blood sugar control? It's all here in this condensed throwback episode. Hope you enjoy. Resources: Maste…
 
In Episode 167 I sit down with Stanford Professor Christopher Gardner to chat about his recent SWAP-MEAT trial that compared plant-based meat with animal-based meat. If you're wondering how healthy plant-based burgers and sausages are, relative to their organic animal-based counterparts (yes he compared against organic animal products) then I am su…
 
In Episode #166, a Wednesday Wisdoms throwback, we hear from crowd favourite James Stanton Cooke, or 'Jimmy Halfcut', on regeneration and saving the remaining parts of the Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy. Resources: Half Cut's website Jimmy's Instagram Half Cut's Instagram NPR article detailing the new deal between the Eastern Kuku Yalangi people and th…
 
In Episode #165 I sit down with Ocean Robbins, co-founder of the Food Revolution Network. Ocean is the son of John Robbins who authored Diet for a new America and grandson of Irv Robbins who co-founded Baskin Robbins ice-creamery in 1945 with Burt Baskin. This is a great conversation about our health, the food system, taking action to live better f…
 
In Episode #164 we hear a throwback to an earlier episode with Seb Alex on the ethics of eating animal foods. As you know I like keep the topics of nutrition seperate from ethics. But at the same time I think it's very important we are aware of the impact that our food choices have on the world around us, including the non-human animals we share th…
 
In Episode#163 I sit down with Light Watkins to talk about his new book knowing where to look, living with 'less', meditation, the still small voice and much more. Little bit of a different conversation to normal. While it's not nutrition focussed it's still highly relevant to finding true health and wellness. Particularly in this current climate w…
 
In Episode #162 we hear from Emily Manoogian, PhD on working with our circadian rhythms, rather than against them. This is a condensed throwback to Episode 114. Connect with Emily on Twitter. 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 #161 I sit down with Frank Lipman, Md to talk about why we should be taking sleep more seriously and how to improve it. Specifically we cover: What sleep is The different phases of sleep Different reasons for sleep abnormalities Wearables and sleep Sleep quantity (hours slept) versus sleep quality Microbiome and sleep Light exposure and …
 
In Episode #160 we hear from Hannah Ritchie, PhD. Hannah is a wonderfully well researched Geoscientist who works with Our World in Data to bring complex environmental science to the mainstream. How do our food choices affect the world around us? Is palm oil sustainable? Can cows help solve climate change? What's more important - what we eat, or whe…
 
In Episode #159 I sit down with nutrition scientist Alan Flanagan to take a deep dive into the history of the diet-heart-hypothesis with emphasis on the work of Ancel Keys. Specifically we cover: The context for researching heart disease in the post World War 2 period Metabolic ward trials establishing how dietary components affect cholesterol Teas…
 
In Episode #158, a Wednesday Wisdoms episode, we hear from my good friend Drew Harrisberg on why being diagnosed with chronic disease in his early 20's has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Drew is authentic, uplifting and super inspiring - hope you enjoy it. Resources: This is a condensed audio clip taken from episode from Episode #62. Othe…
 
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