Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Dr. Paul Saladino is our special guest today on Episode 1493 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Throughout the course of his life Dr. Paul Saladino from PaulSaladinoMD.com has embarked on many adventures that have shaped his personal interests - including his unique, individualized approach to medicine. After studying chemistry at College of William and Mary, he spent 6 years traveling and exploring. Highlights included a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada,a summer in the New Zealand backcountry, and 2 years skiing and climbing in Wyoming's Teton Mountains. He returned to academic studies after these adventures, first becoming a physician assistant and practicing in cardiology before training at the University of Arizona, obtaining his M.D. in 2015. He is a certified Functional Medicine practitioner (IFMCP) through the Institute for Functional Medicine and will complete his residency in psychiatry at the University of Washington this June. When he is not researching connections between nutritional biochemistry and chronic disease he can be found in the frigid waters of the pacific northwest in search of the perfect wave.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Paul talk about:

  • Seeing humans as a connected organism
  • Why treating symptoms will never get you completely well
  • The Carnivore diet and where he sees it going
  • How to eat nose to tail
  • How anthropology plays into our diet decisions
  • Plants and plant toxins
  • Why we are told that plant foods are the healthiest choices
  • and much more.

"I'm breaking from the traditional functional medicine model because I don't agree with the plant-based model. The plant-based model has the potential to do serious harm to some people." – Dr. Paul Saladino

Cancer survivor and wellness advocate Heather Cooan is our special guest today on Episode 1492 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Heather Cooan from HeatherCooan.com is a cancer survivor, entrepreneur, and health & wellness educator. Advocating for ownership over your own health and medical treatment, Heather speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle interventions for healing chronic illness, managing stress, recovering from burnout, and living life on your terms.

Listen in today as Heather talks with Jimmy about:

  • Educating the world on the use of the Ketogenic lifestyle for healing and thriving health.
  • Educating cancer warriors about the use of a ketogenic lifestyle to complement their treatment of choice.
  • Helping them to take control of their treatment team and avoid becoming a victim of fear or the business of cancer treatment.
  • Cooking, trying new dairy-free keto recipes.
  • Taking control and ownership of your own health and wellness and helping people to do this when faced with a chronic illness or serious health crises like a cancer diagnosis.
  • Living life on your own terms. Helping people identify their personal values and align their life with them resulting in vibrant long-term health and happiness.
  • How she uses Zumba for managing stress and mental health

"At the end of the day the doctor has to respect your wishes. Remember that they work for you." – Heather Cooan

Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutrition Therapist Reed Davis is our special guest today on Episode 1491 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Reed Davis from FunctionalDiagnosticNutrition.com is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), Certified Nutritional Therapist (CNT), Fitness Trainer and Environmental Paralegal. He is an expert in functional lab testing and holistic lifestyle medicine and Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) Certification Course. Reed served as Health Director and Case Manager at The Better Health & Wellness Center in Poway, California for over 10 years where he developed the FDN and D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® Programs. He now teaches the FDN Course, having over 2500 trainees or graduates in 50 countries and recently established the Association of FDN Professionals, an alumni and advocacy group.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Reed talk about:

  • How he got interested in health
  • The challenges that patients face with the traditional labs in a doctor's office
  • How Functional Testing works
  • What patients can expect from this type of testing
  • And more.

"We've created a new movement with functional health coaches that know how to look at health tests and knows what to do to fix it permanently and not just treat symptoms." – Reed Davis

Ketogenic hiker and entrepreneur Jessie Greger is our special guest today on Episode 1490 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Low-Carb researcher and author Dr. Richard Feinman is our special guest today on Episode 1489 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Dr. Richard David Feinman from FeinmanTheOther.com has long been a researcher in low-carbohydrate diets and, while he always says he is not an advocate of anything, he has been instrumental in bringing out the benefits of keto and carbohydrate restriction as well as the extensive failures of the traditional medical recommendations. Professor of Cell Biology (Biochemistry) at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Feinman’s current research interests, in collaboration with Dr, Eugene Fine, is in application of ketogenic diets for cancer.

Dr. Feinman is the founder and former co-Editor-In-Chief (2004-2009) of the journal, Nutrition&Metabolism. He has a BA from the University of Rochester and he holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Oregon. Richard Feinman is principal author of the classic comprehensive review “Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management: Critical review and evidence base” He has just published the second edition of his book, now titled Nutrition in Crisis which brings him to our show today.

Listen in today as Jimmy talks with Dr. Feinman about:

"A lot of people are doing what I call 'slouching into low-carb'. They are looking for ways to embrace it without losing face." – Dr. Richard Feinman

Podcaster and keto weight-loss success Jesse Deacon Jones is our special guest today on Episode 1488 of The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Jesse Deacon Jones from Average Joe Keto has an amazing story of going from transformation, from overweight to fit, and from conventional wisdom to keto success.  Prior to keto, he would run endless miles and follow a "healthy" diet to improve his composition and lose the fat, but it didn't work.  In fact, all the cardio he did led to him damaging the cartilage beneath his knee caps.  This practically cost him the use of his legs and he had to put an emphasis on nutrition.  After finding keto and totally transforming his health, he has been on a mission to share his story and improve the health of others.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Jesse talk about:

  • Dealing with lifelong weight problems
  • The fact that he and his friends would eat the same things but he gained weight
  • Getting cut from 8th grade basketball
  • Thinking that running and hard work would solve the problem
  • Sustaining injuries from running
  • Finding keto and realizing it's not about exercise
  • How keto has changed his life
  • Podcasting to share the message
  • and much more


Author Paul Robinson is our special interview guest on Episode 1487 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Paul Robinson from RWT3,com became ill with hypothyroidism in his late twenties. For twenty plus years, he has fought through the morass of misinformation to recover his health. At first, Paul, was put on the most common thyroid treatment, but over time he became even more ill, with both low cortisol and low thyroid symptoms. Paul saw many endocrinologists and doctors, but eventually, he realised that he had to figure out what was wrong himself and he was able to recover. But the 15-year struggle had cost him his career and damaged his relationships. He had lost all of his thirties and some of his forties.

In the process of getting well, he had managed to develop a safe protocol for using the T3 thyroid hormone (Liothyronine) and an innovative approach called the Circadian T3 Method (CT3M) that can correct adrenal function in many cases. At the suggestion of his family doctor, Paul wrote ‘Recovering with T3’ to explain these protocols whilst his second book, ‘The CT3M Handbook’ talks more about CT3M, based on patient experience with it.


Author and Keto motivator Sam Griffin is our special interview guest on Episode 1486 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Sam Griffin from KeepinItGriffin operates a social media channel dedicated to his video productions of his family's adventures.
During the day, Sam works as the Community Service Manager for a luxury apartment complex. Sam discovered the keto lifestyle through a podcast that Jimmy guested on with Able James, the went all in on the LLVLC show. He became a keto motivator to anyone that would listen and put his real world knowledge in his new book Down To Earth Keto: A Guide To The Ketogenic Lifestyle.

  • Listen in today as Jimmy and Sam talk about:
  • His story of battling muscular dystrophy
  • Keto and kids “how to kid Keto”
  • Keto on a budget
  • Keto on the go
  • Fighting Keto over-complexity and showing people that keto is something that regular people can do
  • Keto and how it gives you an edge on athletics
  • Cleaning up the language of diets and false guilt over eating certain foods

"Eggs and bacon are back on the menu. You can either burn fat for fuel or carbs for fuel. It's not that complicated." – Sam Griffin

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Health policy, promotion and education consultant Gillian Szollos is our special interview guest on Episode 1485 of The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Gillian Szollos is a health policy, promotion and education consultant who uses a ketogenic diet to control her epileptic seizures. Her knowledge and passion have helped many others optimize their ketogenic diets to achieve their individual goals. She interviews people from all over the world who use ketogenic diets therapeutically and share their stories on her website KetoAllDayEveryDay.com. Gillian's writing and public speaking engagements serve as opportunities to build community and share successes while drawing attention to the therapeutic possibilities of a ketogenic diet to change lives and in many cases, save them. A continuous biohacker, she believes food is medicine.

Listen in as Jimmy and Gillian chat about:

  • How she uses biohacking to improve her health
  • Keto for controlling seizures
  • Weight loss and lipedema 
  • Her most recent experiment
  • Her love of the CGM and why she thinks everyone should have one
  • Her upcoming talk on the Low Carb Cruise 
  • And much more
"It is the act of creating endogenous ketones that raises the seizure threshold. The presence of ketones in the brain dampens the seizure activity in the brain." – Gillian Szollos

Keto Podcaster Carl Franklin is our guest today for Episode 1484 of The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show.

If you have been paying attention to the keto community for the last few years you've probably seen The Two Keto Dudes with their podcast and their unique keto gathering called KetoFest. Carl Franklin is one of the two keto dudes from this fun keto podcast. He, like many of us, has used keto to reverse diabetes and lose weight. His mission is to show the world that cooking is necessary for keto success.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Carl talk about

  • Carl's journey to Keto
  • The importance of real food and knowing how to prepare it
  • How using a Continuous Glucose Monitor has helped him track down foods that spike his glucose
  • How he identified caffeine and stress as problems
  • Dealing with family that don't understand that low-fat is not the answer
  • Overcoming criticism
  • KetoFest
  • And much more.

"We've been living with this deranged metabolism for in my case almost 50 years, and it takes time to undo." – Carl Franklin

Obesity medicine doctor and author Dr. Linda Hodges is our special interview guest on Episode 1483 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Linda Hodges, DO from exceptionalweightloss.com is board certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and is a diplomat to the American Board of Obesity Medicine.  She is currently practicing critical care medicine in addition to two private clinics: a weight loss clinic that was started in 2015 and a ketamine clinic that was started in 2017.  Dr. Hodges' passion for obesity medicine started in 2011 when she discovered everything she'd been taught about nutrition was wrong.

Listen in today as Jimmy talks with Dr. Hodges about:
What we get wrong about weight loss
More physicians need to be comfortable treating obesity - or refer
The importance of mindset for success
Childhood obesity and the "let 'em live a little" mindset
Just because it's what we see, doesn't mean it's normal or right
The idea that you can't lose weight too slowly - "do it right so you don't have to do it over"

"If you're doing good things for your body and your soul, weight loss is a bonus side effect. Weight loss is never my primary goal." – Dr. Linda Hodges

Certified keto and intermittent fasting coach Carlos Spells is our special interview guest on Episode 1482 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Carlos Spells from blacknketo.com was raised following the Standard American Diet. He started at a young age drinking soda and eating processed food as a way of life. By the time he hit his early 20's, he weighed over 300lbs, suffered from allergies, and also labeled pre-diabetic. He tried various workout plans and eating strategies to lose weight only to end up right where he started from. After following conventional diet and exercise advice, he saw results, but did not feel like he hoped. As a result, he started doing more research on low carb and that's when he came across Jimmy Moore and the podcast Keto Talk. Fast forward to today, he has managed to lose 50 more pounds, rid himself of allergies, regulate his digestive system and seriously cut back on his caffeine intake. In addition, he was no longer diagnosed as being pre-diabetic. Now he enjoys showing others how they can improve their health/fitness, lose weight and still enjoy life while eating delicious real food on a ketogenic and intermittent fasting lifestyle.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Carlos talk about:

  • The stigmas about keto in the black community
  • Personalizing keto/intermittent fasting to make it fun
  • Seeing food as medicine too
  • How his ideas of fitness have evolved
  • How he views being an ambassador for a healthy keto lifestyle in his community

Physician and podcaster Dr. Mark Pettus is our special interview guest on Episode 1481 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Dr. Mark Pettus is a triple-board certified Internist, Nephrologist, and Integrative Medicine physician practicing for over 25 years. He has appeared on numerous TV and Radio venues nationally including the 700 Club, Good Morning America, NPR and PBS. His podcast, The Health Edge is heard by people all over the world.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Dr. Pettus talk about:
  • What population health is
  • The powerful connection between lifestyle and all health outcomes, especially obesity and insulin resistance
  • The contributions of “the social determinants” of health that drive behaviors
  • His integrative health model
  • What he calls New Atkins on steroids
  • Stress, sleep hygiene, and social connection
  • Health themes that challenges conventional wisdom
  • His podcast with podcast with John bagnulo PhD, MPH called The Health Edge
  • and much more.

Certified personal trainer Stephanie Lincoln is our special interview guest on Episode 1480 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Stephanie Lincoln is a former Army Captain. She is an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and holds several group fitness certifications. Her personal style to fitness is mainly the use of high intensity intervals, for short, but efficient workouts. She loves burpees and detests leg day, but does it anyways. Her motto is “Fit to Fight” because although she may not wear the uniform anymore, she should still be in peak shape and be ready to respond to any situation. She also is an Eating Psychology Specialist and specializes in helping people with the hardest part of the weight loss journey, the mental barriers and self sabotage that we engage in that get in our way.

Listen in today as Jimmy talks with Stephanie about her unique way of communicating about fitness and nutrition and how she uses a ketogenic approach to help people achieve their goals.

Tom Jelinek earned his PhD in 1993 from McMaster University, studying cellular regulatory processes. He then joined the Cancer Center at the University of Virginia Medical School, where he furthered his studies on the mechanisms of cell signaling. At age 51, Tom was diagnosed with type II diabetes, with a blood glucose reading of 325 mg/dl (18 mM). But instead of turning to medication, he returned to his roots, and began to ask what went wrong, and whether it could be cured by reversing what went wrong. The result was a halving of blood glucose in under a month, and full reversal of diabetes in under three months.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Dr. Jelinek talk about:

  • How he came to write his book Goodbye, Pills & Needles: A Total Re-Think of Type II Diabetes. And A 90 Day Cure
  • How he learned to go against the grain of mainstream opinion
  • How medicine fundamentally misunderstands what insulin is
  • Type I versus Type II Diabetes
  • What happens to glucose, after drugs force reluctant cells to take it up
  •  Metformin, and what it really does
  • Heart Disease, and the current guidelines.
  • Blood pressure, and how type II diabetes affects it
  • The cancer risk of excessive glucose
  • The attitudes of the medical system
  • and more

"Saying the function of insulin is to remove glucose from the blood is like saying the function of your gas pedal is to remove fuel from the car's tank." – Dr. Tom Jelinek

Ultra endurance athlete and podcaster Zach Bitter is our special interview guest on Episode 1478 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Zach Bitter from ZachBitter.com is an ultra endurance athlete, coach, and co-host to the podcast Human Performance Outliers. Zach follows a low carbohydrate diet, which has aided him in completing over 50 ultra-marathons, including; 3 World Championship Teams, 3 National Championships, and holds the World Record for distance run in 12 hours, American Record for 100 miles, and fastest time recorded on a certified trail.

Listen in as Jimmy and Zach talk about:

  • His new podcast Human Performance Outliers
  • His ideas on keto for performance athletes
  • Bioindividuality
  • What an ideal diet is
  • Dealing with feedback from critics
  • Periodizing training and understanding the context
  • Why the simplicity of a carnivore diet is perfect for some people

"The fatty cuts of meat are the base of my diet, and as my activity increases I add in more fats for energy." – Zach Bitter


Naturopathic physician Dr. Mona Morstein is our special interview guest on Episode 1477 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Dr. Mona Morstein from DrMorstein.com has been a practicing naturopathic physician for thirty years. Dr. Morstein is recognized as an expert on pre-diabetes and diabetes, and also treats other hormonal conditions, reproductive, thyroid and adrenals. Her 560 page book Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach to Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, is an in-depth, evidenced based, accessible educational book for both patients and physicians.  Dr. Morstein is the founder and Executive Director of the Low Carb Diabetes Association, a 501c3 education non-profit.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Dr. Morstein talk about:

  • Using a comprehensive integrative approach to treating diabetes
  • the fact that diabetes can be 1) prevented, 2) controlled, and 3) put into remission (T2DM).
  • Using a low carb diet
  • how exercise factors in
  • the importance of sleep
  • stress management
  • healing the gut
  • environmental detoxification
  • supplementation and medication (when necessary)
  • and more!

"Most physicians really care about their patients and their health, the unfortunate thing is they are locked into a system that limits their time with patients and are not able to get to the root cause of the patients' illness most of the time." – Dr. Mona Morstein


Author and podcaster Allan Misner is our special interview guest on Episode 1476 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

A day before his 39th birthday, Allan Misner from 40plusfitnesspodcast.com woke up to the fact he was unfit, unhealthy, and unhappy. Once an athlete, he had let himself go as work stress, a toxic relationship and, frankly, poor health choices had gotten him to well over 250 pounds. Over the next eight years, he rode countless waves of wellness and fatness. It was this roller coaster ride that made him realize that a decision wasn’t enough. So, one day, while lying on the bed of a hotel room, hung-over and fat again, he made a commitment to his health and well-being. Allan is the host of the 40+ Fitness Podcast, and author of the book, The Wellness Roadmap: A Straightforward Guide to Health and Fitness After 40 to ensure others don’t need eight years to figure it out.


Listen in today as Jimmy and Allan talk about:

His story and why he focuses on people over 40
The Wellness GPS and why is setting it necessary for success
Opportunistic eating and why that’s a problem for us
Seasonal ketosis for people without metabolic issues
Is a slower metabolism a problem?
The 40 Plus Fitness Podcast
His new book
And much more.

Functional Medicine Doctor Dr. Becky Campbell is our special interview guest on Episode 1475 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Dr. Becky Campbell is a board-certified doctor of natural medicine who was initially introduced to functional medicine as a patient. She struggled with many of the issues her patients struggle with today, and she has made it her mission to help patients all around the world with her virtual practice. Dr. Becky Campbell is the founder of Dr. Becky Campbell.com and author of “The 30-Day Thyroid Reset Plan.” She has been featured on multiple online publications like Mindbodygreen, Bustle, Popsugar and more. She has been a guest on the Balanced Bites Podcast as well as many others as a thyroid health expert. Dr. Campbell specializes in Thyroid disease, Autoimmune disease and Histamine Intolerance and hopes to help others regain their life as functional medicine helped her regain hers.


Listen in today as Jimmy and Dr. Campbell talk about:

Her path to functional medicine
Why the whole body approach appealed to her
How she diagnosed and fixed her own thyroid issue
Misdiagnosis by traditional doctors
When prescription medicines are the right call
How the tide is turning in regards to nutrition for promoting health
Pharmaceutical reps and how they influence care
Her new book The 30-Day Thyroid Reset Plan
and much more!
"Just because it is not in the core curriculum doesn't mean that doctors shouldn't learn on their own about diet and nutrition. – Dr. Becky Campbell



New York Times best selling Author Drew Manning is our special interview guest on Episode 1474 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Drew Manning is the New York Times best selling author of the book, Fit2Fat2Fit, which chronicles his journey of gaining 75 lbs on purpose that went viral back in 2011. Since then he has had 2 seasons of a hit TV show on A&E and a very successful keto program that has been downloaded over 300,000 times.  His new book, Complete Keto, launches February 12 which addresses the mental and emotional side of transformation while providing an easy to follow 30 Day Keto Program, helping people achieve a complete transformation.


Listen in today as Jimmy and Drew talk about:

His breakout book Fit2Fat2Fit
How doctors need to be able to show empathy to patients
The mental and emotional aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Changing the perception of health and fitness to markers other than weight
His hit television series
His new book Complete Keto
Dealing with life altering things like divorce
And much more
"You have to learn how to deal with food addiction in the same way that a drug addict has to learn to deal with the temptation of what's around them." – Drew Manning 

Professional triathlete Dr. Jay Wiles is our special interview guest on Episode 1473 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Dr. Jay T. Wiles from DrJayWiles.com is a Clinical Health and Nutritional Psychologist located in Greenville, SC. Dr. Wiles has procured experience in the field of health psychology and nutritional psychology via applied research within both a university and VA medical center setting, as well as through teaching, consulting, and providing patient care. With a passion for integrative and holistic care, Dr. Wiles’ goal is to provide education to healthcare professionals on the bidirectional relationship between what we eat and our psychological and cognitive performance. His desire is to increase this knowledge and awareness that it may result in informed and collaborative shared-decision making, as well as improved quality of patient care that further bolsters health promotion and disease prevention.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Jay talk about:

The role of mental health care in functional medicine
The impact of eating habits on neurotransmitters and cognitive functioning
The role and impact of the SAD and carbohydrates/sugar intake on psychological well-being
The importance of fat for psychological well-being
The role lifestyle and eating habits on pain management
Dr. Wiles' experience and research working in an integrative pain center at the VA
The importance of hacking biology via biofeedback/HRV, photobiomodulation, earthing/grounding, and meditation
and much more.
"What we're finding is that there is a certain segment of medical professionals that think if they didn't learn about it in med school, or they can't bill insurance for it, then it's not worth their time." – Dr. Jay Wiles

Professional triathlete Richard Wygard is our special interview guest on Episode 1472 of The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Richard Wygand is the president of The go Luke Wygand Foundation and former professional triathlete. In 2004 Richard lost 100 pounds, quit smoking, and became a professional triathlete. After racing for 12 years Richard became a Dad in 2016 after winning his first full distance triathlon. Richard's son was born with an unexpected muscle condition called nemaline myopathy. Richard retired from racing Ironman to dedicate himself to advocating for his son's cause. So far Richard has done a 24 hours paddle-boarding challenge and is about to do a rowing marathon to raise awareness. Richard recently found a way to carry Luke's breathing machine and they started to run together.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Richard discuss:

Richards's journey from low-fat vegan to keto
Competing in and training for Ironman
Racing on Keto
His son's rare muscle condition
How he changed his son's diet and what that has meant for him
The role of fitness
Stress and depression and their affects on your health
Adjusting to life with a disability
His YouTube documentary A dad on a mission- From Ironman to Fatherhood
The go Luke Wygand Foundation
and more

Wellness engineer and author Jonathan Bailor is our interview guest today in Episode 1471 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”.

Jonathan Bailor from SANESolution.com pioneered the field of Wellness Engineering and is the founder and CEO of the world’s fastest growing permanent weight loss and diabesity treatment company SANESolution. He authored the New York Times best seller The Calorie Myth, has registered over 26 patents, has spoken at Fortune 100 companies and TED conferences for over a decade, and served as a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, where he helped create Nike Kinect Training and Xbox Fitness. His work has been endorsed and implemented by top doctors from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, and UCLA. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of DePauw University.

Listen in today as Jimmy talks with Jonathan about:

The SetPoint Diet
His new Diabesity miniseries
His history as a Wellness engineer
Writing his new book
The term Diabesity
The epidemic we are now facing
His podcast The Sane Show
and more

Pro BMX athlete, speaker, and a keto coach Josh Perry is our interview guest today in Episode 14701 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”.

Josh Perry is a pro BMX athlete, speaker, and a keto coach and advocate who's fighting 4 brain tumors. His strong passion for living his life to the fullest and living a ketogenic lifestyle stems from an open cranial brain surgery in 2010 at Duke University to remove a massive brain tumor, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in 2012 to shrink 2 regrowths and a third diagnosis of 2 additional tumors in his skull in 2017. Despite living with 4 brain tumors, Josh lives his life on his terms and has committed his life to serve and support others the best he can.

Listen in today as Jimmy talks with Josh about:

  • His BMX career
  • Taking risks in life
  • The head injury that might have saved his life
  • Living with 4 brain tumors
  • Perspective & choices
  • Fear of failure
  • learning that health is internal
  • How he found Keto
  • Mindset not just actions or changes
  • and more


Board certified family physician Dr. Gus Vickery is our interview guest today in Episode 1469 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”.

Dr. Vickery is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Vickery is a board certified family physician and started Vickery Family Medicine, which is designated as a patient-centered medical home, in 2005. Dr. Vickery believes that his specialty is taking complex issues and breaking them down so that regular people can understand them, and also apply them. Instilling in his patients a sense of hope is part of his practice and he feels that helping his patients feel better about themselves puts them on a path to wellness.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Dr. Vickery talk about the truth of health and why he believes that our human bodies are designed well, separating the truth from the myths of health marketing, what good health really means, and much more.


President and CEO  of Swerve Sweetener Andress Blackwell is our interview guest today in Episode 1468 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”.

As one of the founders of Swerve Sweetener, Andress Blackwell is currently the President and CEO and oversees the vision and strategy for this zero-calorie, natural sugar replacement. With an early career in radio, Andress is a former top-rated morning show personality. She currently resides in New Orleans and can often be seen on weekends competing in Stockdog Trials with her crew of Border Collies and Australian Shepherds.

Today Jimmy and Andress talk about how her unique product was created, and why the keto community could benefit from using Swerve, and much more.



Crowd Cow founder Joe Heitzeberg is our interview guest today in Episode 1467 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”.

Joe Heitzeberg is the CEO and co-founder of Crowd Cow. Crowd Cow's mission is to help people discover and access the highest quality craft meats, and to bring people together — farmers and consumers, families and friends. Prior to Crowd Cow, he was the co-founder and President of Madrona Venture Labs, the in-house startup incubator of Madrona Venture Group which produced venture-backed high tech startups including Mighty AI and ReplyYes. Before that, he was the co-founder and CEO of MediaPiston (acquired by UpWork in 2012, IPO in 2018) and Snapvine (acquired by WhitePages in 2008). Joe was raised in Seattle, graduated from the University of Washington and has an MBA from MIT.

Some of the topics covered in today's show include:
Why it is important to know where our food comes from
Why most big food companies want to keep you ignorant of where their food comes from
Crowd Cow's unique way of sourcing 100% of their products from individual farms
Find the full show notes here



CROWD COW Official Site

Joe Heitzeberg (@jheitzeb) | Twitter


Keto researcher and Co-Founder of Life Sense International Dr. Alvin Berger is our interview guest today in Episode 1466 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”.

Today Jimmy talks with Dr. Alvin Berger.  Dr. Berger is on the board of various academic/industrial organizations and a Food Cooperative (Harvest Moon, Long Lake, MN); is a reviewer or on the Editorial board for various journals; and a keynote speaker at symposiums. Beginning in 2016, he has increasingly spoken to diverse audiences on podcasts and radio shows to provide education on ketogenic diets and fats, to improve the life of diabetics and others. Dr. Berger is currently CEO of Sciadonics and SciaEssentials, companies developing novel anti-inflammatory fatty acids for oral and topical use; and Co-Founder of Life Sense International, a company developing ketogenic products such as KetoMCT.

Author of the book Southern Keto Tasha Newton is our interview guest today in Episode 1465 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Tasha talk about southern food, her journey to keto, the decisions she made to pursue a more healthy lifestyle, developing new ways to eat keto while honoring her southern roots, how sharing recipes and food ideas on social media exploded, developing healthy ways to cook comfort foods, her new cookbook Southern Keto, and much more.


Links mentioned in LLVLC Episode 1465:

Southern Keto on Amazon

Tasha on Instagram @ketoislife

Southern Keto Cookbook on Instagram @southerneketocookbook

Tasha on Facebook

Lauren Berryhill on The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show

Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer Lauren Berryhill is our interview guest today in Episode 1464 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”.

Lauren Berryhill, aka Keto Coach Lauren, is a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer. She specializes in the Ketogenic Diet and offers Nutrition & Macro Coaching geared towards a Ketogenic way of eating, as well as custom Online Fitness Training. She first began following a Keto lifestyle in January 2017 and has managed to lose a total of 103 pounds (not all with keto). Keto was her saving grace and has helped her overcome her binge eating disorder, become the healthiest version of herself thus far and break her addiction to food. Food addiction has been a life-long struggle. Lauren calorie counted, did IIFYM, weight watchers and was SUPER restrictive anytime that she would diet. In January 2017 she started Keto after searching for a true lifestyle change. She now spends her days helping people just like her reach their goals by coaching them and guiding them on a ketogenic lifestyle!

Listen in as Jimmy and Lauren talk about binge eating/body dysmorphia sufferings, how keto has changed her life and why she decided to do keto, sharing her deepest struggles with others, building muscle on keto, and what people get wrong about it and much more.

Writer, speaker, and podcaster Elle Russ is our interview guest today in Episode 1462 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

Elle Russ from ElleRuss.com is a writer, speaker, and host of the popular Primal Blueprint Podcast. She is the 5th person in the world to be certified in Ancestral Health and is the leading voice of thyroid health in the Paleo, Primal, and Evolutionary Health movements.  Elle is the author of the bestselling book THE PALEO THYROID SOLUTION. She lives and plays in Malibu, California.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Elle talk about dealing with criticism from the internet, finding peace with your body, achieving health might not look the same to everyone, dealing with other people's expectations, and more.




Paleo Thyroid Solution on Amazon:

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Chemical engineer Ivor Cummins is our interview guest today in Episode 1462 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

Ivor Cummins BE(Chem) CEng MIEI completed a Biochemical Engineering degree in 1990. He has since spent over 25 years in corporate technical leadership and management positions and was shortlisted in 2015 as one of the top 6 of 500 applicants for “Irish Chartered Engineer of the Year”. Ivor’s career specialty has been leading large worldwide teams in complex problem-solving activity. Since 2012 Ivor has been intensively researching the root causes of modern chronic disease. A particular focus has been on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. He increasingly shares his research through public speaking engagements at various health conferences around the world. Most recently he presented at the Irish National Institute of Preventative Cardiology (NIPC) conference – and went on to defend low carb in an hour-long debate (against four professors of medicine/nutrition!).

Ivor’s recently published book “Eat Rich, Live Long” (co-authored with preventative medicine expert Jeffry Gerber MD, FAAFP), details the conclusions of their shared research. It comprehensively addresses the actions needed to reverse our modern disease epidemics. All of Ivor’s public lectures and interviews are available on his YouTube channel, where around 2 million views have been recorded to date:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPn4FsiQP15nudug9FDhluA. His blog and other content are available at http://www.thefatemperor.com/subscribe where subscription is free and the science is rock-solid.


Listen in today as Jimmy and Ivor talk about the new science that brought about a new understanding of ApoB/LDLp role in cardiovascular disease and how to tell when it is important, and when it is not, why we've been fooled by total cholesterol , how the total cholesterol scare  was found to be crap so it was dumped for the sexy new LDL cholesterol, and why we now know that was utterly misleading.....so the new terror is ApoB/LDLp counts, the new Cholesterol Guidelines from AHA/ACC in the US - what's new, particularly around CAC, recent conferences e.g. Low Carb Mallorca and the guests Ivor interviewed there for his podcast series, the documentary Widow Maker, his new book, and much more.


Ivor's blog The Fat Emperor: TheFatEmperor.com/blog

Ivor's interview The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show ep 843: Ivor Cummins Brings An Engineering Approach To Solving Health Problems

Guest Lecture from LLVLC episode1397: Ivor Cummins & Dr. Jeffry Gerber – 2017 Low Carb USA San Diego


Low-carb researcher and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Eric Westman is our interview guest today in Episode 1461 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

Dr. Westman is the co-founder and chief medical officer of HEAL Clinics, associate professor of medicine at Duke University and director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. He is board-certified in internal and obesity medicine. His clinical research includes over 45 peer-reviewed papers on the efficacy of ketogenic diets and lifestyle in the management of type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and obesity. He is past chairman of the board of the Obesity Medicine Association, fellow of the Obesity Society, co-editor of a medical textbook on obesity, and author of the New York Times bestseller The New Atkins for a New You.

Listen in today as Jimmy and Dr. Westman talk about the explosive growth of the low-carb keto message over the last few years, how the world has changed since Dr. Westman started treating patients with the keto message, helping patients at the grassroots level, the cascade effect of building upon others' research and how that impacts the greater community, Dr. Westman's work in educating people on the healing power of ketosis, HEAL Clinics and why he co-founded the new project, what HEAL Clinics offer that has never been don e before, their goal of putting pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and obesity in remission, how people can invest in HEAL Clinics, and much more.

Filmmaker and comedian Tom Naughton is our interview guest today in Episode 1460 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

Tom Naughton began his professional life as a writer and editor for Family Safety & Health magazine. In the many years since, he's worked as a freelance writer, a touring standup comedian, and a software programmer. Fat Head, his humorous documentary about the lousy health advice handed down from official sources, has been seen on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, as well as on television networks in several countries. His speeches and other health-related videos have been viewed by millions of people online. Tom now lives on a small hobby farm with one wife, two daughters, two dogs, one cat, and dozens of chickens.

Listen in today as Jimmy talks with Tom about his brand new film Fat Head Kids and the companion book, why he decided to tackle this project aimed at educating kids, the fantastic artwork in the film by none other than his wife, why they chose to animate the film and what that process was like, including his family and friends into the project, the biological starship, how Tom's understanding of nutrition changed from Fat Head to Fat Head Kids, how adults are reacting to the new book and film, and much more.