TMHS 233: If It Fits Your Macros & The Dangers Of Gluten-Free RELOADED

You can gain just as much weight eating gluten-free cupcakes as you do eating gluten-filled cupcakes.

We don’t want the latest marketing trend to be the demise of your health and fitness goals. Though many gluten-free efforts mean well, as with anything, marketers can really mess things up. They’ll take a good wholesome idea and you turn it into a tactic.

Gluten-free options came into play to enable folks with gluten sensitivities to still enjoy some of their favorite comfort foods. Then more gluten-free options hit the market to meet the demand of people finding out the big potential downsides of eating gluten. The next thing you know there’s a gluten-free label slapped on everything from soups, to salads, to potato chips, and pizza. I think I even saw someone sipping a gluten-free bottle of water the other day.

You’re about to get an in-depth look at the gluten-free phenomenon (and where our initial good intentions may have gotten off track). Plus, we’re covering some of the basics of the If It Fits Your Macros movement that’s hotter than men’s rompers right now.

It’s said that many things come into our lives for a reason, a season, or for a lifetime. When it comes to diet and nutrition we have to be able to roll with the punches and identify which thing is which. Today is all about adding more tools to your superhero utility belt to make the best decisions for yourself and the people you care about. Just click play, take good notes, and enjoy!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why reviewing something multiple times can be so powerful.
  • The benefits and potential downside of following IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros).
  • The #1 component of any successful diet (this is important!).
  • How the glycemic index of your meal affects your satiety hormones.
  • Why relationships can go sour because of dieting drama.
  • How micronutrient ratios play into satiation and long-term diet success.
  • How a protein-centric breakfast vs. a carb-centric breakfast can affect your body weight.
  • The interesting impact that removing gluten has on non-celiac test subjects.
  • Why wheat is able to affect our brains so easily.
  • What’s actually in wheat that causes many of the health problems seen today.
  • The 6 big reasons why eating gluten-free can be dangerous.
  • How quickly a fast food diet can negatively impact your gut microbiome.
  • Why resistant starch is a critical part of optimal human nutrition.
  • Why an actual behavior change is foundational for recovering and improving our health.

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  • Meaghan Schwigen
    2 Aug 2017, 9:09 am

    I am an avid listener to your podcast! Love it all. Can you please tell me the recipe of the gf/dairy free pancakes you make? They sound scrumptious!

  • Virginia Maloney
    8 Aug 2017, 9:49 am

    Hi Shawn,
    I’m a recently new listener and fan! Your health philosophy totally resonates with my own and I have learned a great deal from your podcast! I just wanted to share a nugget of wisdom I picked up from the Nutrition Diva concerning coffee, as I heard to speak to its “acidity”. Apparently, coffee is no more acidic than a carrot. Rather, it’s more the response our system has to, yep, once again, the processing method. Good news is, we can control that! Check it out for yourself, of course. Keep up the fantastic work!
    Ginny Maloney

    • Shawn
      9 Aug 2017, 3:01 pm

      Hi Virginia! Thank you so much for your wonderful message. As for the coffee/acidity thing, yep, I did mention immediately that it’s not a simple as “coffee is acidic”. It’s acidic in nature, not in our bodies… I mentioned that your cells and organ systems know exactly what to do to keep the pH it needs. No common foodstuff can make us acidic per se, but the cost for your body to balance it out can be the issue. If the article you sent says anything along those lines, it’s all good with me! 😉

  • Calise
    9 Aug 2017, 3:05 am

    Hi! I love your show! I’ve learnt so much about food, how our bodies work and how to be the best we can be. Thank you 🙂

    One question I’d like to ask – what is the best oil to use for cooking? I’m allergic to coconut so cant use coconut oil and I’m vegan so can’t use butter 🙁

    I’m lost!


  • Ben
    29 Aug 2017, 8:30 am

    Hello Shawn,

    Just wanted to send you a quick note and say, Thank you!

    I just got done reading your book “Sleep Smarter” and since I started reading it have been putting into practice what you wrote about and, man, has it helped.

    I have always understood the importance of rest however the way you put it into words made it just that more simple to understand and truly implement in my life. I now make it a priority to get ready for bed every night by doing what you explained and I feel a lot more relaxed when I go to bed and even better, when I get up I feel relaxed and refreshed. The information in your book also helps me a lot when dealing with patients.

    I know business can be crazy at times, I am in the same boat. So, I just wanted to send you a quick note and say thank you and keep tearing it up.

    If I can ever be of help with anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

    Ben Page