Getting Shredded For A Wedding, How To Conquer Fear Of Fruit, Lifting Heavy Stuff & More: The Laura Schoenfeld Podcast

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Laura Schoenfeld, in addition to officially being the individual who introduced me to “fried pickles” at a recent Weston A. Price Foundation conference, is a registered dietitian trained in functional medical nutrition therapy.

Her philosophy on nutrition is influenced by ancestral diets, principles of biochemistry, current research, and clinical experience. Through working with hundreds of clients, she has found that under-eating, overly restrictive dieting, inappropriate exercise, and inadequate attention to sleep and stress management is rampant in those trying to solve their health concerns through functional medicine and real food. Addressing these common but overlooked diet and lifestyle issues allows her clients to live their healthiest, fittest, symptom-free life, without being consumed by thoughts of food and exercise. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Prevention, Women's Health, and Reader's Digest. You can find her at or listen to her podcast, “The Ancestral RDs“, over on iTunes.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why you shouldn't want “abs”…[8:35]

-How Laura completely changed her training routine from “burning calories” to “lifting heavy stuff”…[18:00]

-Why it's silly for people to be afraid of fruit and fructose…[24:45]

-Why Ben personally moderates his red meat intake to just once every 2-3 days…[33:30]

-What populations benefit from keeping red meat to a minimum and switching to a high-carb, high-fiber diet…[36:45]

-What Laura learned from eating a Biblical “Daniel Fast” (and why the modern Mediterranean Diet is flawed)…[45:50 & 55:10]

-The tool Laura uses to choose supplements and medications based on personal genetics…[63:13]

-The one vitamin most people tend to be deficient in…[70:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

The TianChi Chinese adaptogenic herbs Ben mentions

Mastering Nutrition Episode 16: Dietary Management of Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HeFH)

AJ Jacobs “Year Of Living Biblically” book

Colin Champ's article on how the modern Mediterranean Diet is flawed

Lavender oil

The Thorne multivitamin Ben talks about

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Laura or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

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7 thoughts on “Getting Shredded For A Wedding, How To Conquer Fear Of Fruit, Lifting Heavy Stuff & More: The Laura Schoenfeld Podcast

  1. David says:

    Laura, Ben wasn’t blaming anyone. But the pit of human cruelty to animals (and to humans) does exist and it’s not Christian…it doesn’t hurt to call that out once in a while. Devout Christians should probably subscribe to Christian dietary laws, right?? And simply avoid what is prohibited.

    1. John says:


      There are a lot of things a devout Christian should do; but, embracing Christ makes the unclean now clean. The dietary laws, while certainly not a bad idea are technically not “Christian Dietary Laws”. They’re Jewish dietary laws.

      That said, if you’re at my house and meat being consumed near you bugs you, I wouldn’t serve it. Wouldn’t want to offend, or be a stumbling block.

      And I won’t disagree about the “pit of human cruelty to animals” (and to humans) either.

  2. Jord says:

    But Ben, I thought fruit made you fat, and the only “safe” time to eat it was after a workout?

    Otherwise, if you eat fruit at any other time of the day, it will convert to body fat?

    1. Not true. Depends on the amount. Read my latest energy bar article to learn more:…

  3. Steve says:

    Great podcast Ben! I myself had fears of specific foods and struggled with orthorexia that led to relationship issues with my wife and kids. So I understand what Laura means when she discusses the negative implications that fearing foods has on our health, specifically relationship health. In addition as a side note to your response to meat and MTOR, I jumped on the longevity train as well and did everything to keep MTOR inactive until I researched the benefits of activating MTOR more often than not. And confirmed that with Art De Vany’s take on MTOR. From my understanding and for a lack of better words, he believes MTOR is overrated and we should be more concerned with the Ribosome. Thanks again for what you do Ben!

  4. Cindy says:

    Hey Ben, there is no start button on the podcast…????

    1. I'm seeing it Cindy. Try a different browser.

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