Today’s guest and returning back to the podcast is Alan Aragon. Alan is a nutrition researcher and educator with over 30 years of success in the field. He is known as one of the most influential figures in the fitness industry’s movement towards evidence-based information. His notable clients include Stone called Steve Austin, Derek Fisher, and Pete Sampras. Alan writes a monthly research review providing cutting edge theoretical and practical information. Alan’s work has been published in popular magazines and has also been published in peer-reviewed scientific literature. He co-authored Nutrient Timing Revisited the Most Viewed article in the history of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.


Today we discuss: how mental health and physical health are closely related. Why food doesn’t necessarily cause inflammation, what foods you can eat to improve your mood. The truth about industry funded research, current wellness trends that Alan thinks are overrated. What to look for when choosing to follow someone online, what type of exercise is best for your mental health and much more.

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What to Listen For:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:40 The connection between physical health & mental health 
  • 02:20 The most important first step
  • 06:11 Best type of exercise to improve your mental health 
  • 08:24 Unhealthy relationship with healthy eating 
  • 12:44 Having a healthy relationship with food
  • 14:30 Who should you follow online? 
  • 18:49 Avoid echo chambers 
  • 22:34 Red flags for online health/fitness accounts 
  • 28:10 Industry funded research 
  • 35:00 Wellness myths
  • 40:19 Does food cause inflammation?
  • 46:22 Food that improve your mental health

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