Episode 123: All About the Ketogenic Diet with Dr. Will Cole

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I’m so excited to share this interview with Dr. Will Cole! Dr. Cole is a functional medicine doc whose new book, Ketotarian, offers a mostly plant-based approach to the ketogenic diet that’s much healthier than the traditional bacon and bunless burgers regimen.

I’ve been on the ketogenic diet for a few years and I value Dr. Cole’s approach — it’s compassionate, research-driven,and balanced. Plus, it was a real treat for me to bounce all of my keto questions off of someone! I got to ask Dr. Cole:

* Is the ketogenic diet really suitable for everyone?
* What’s the science and history behind it?
* What’s his advice for balancing the strict aspects of keto without going overboard into orthorexia?
* If you’re in overall good health, how can keto be beneficial to you?
* We also talk about soy, lechtins, fancy cows, and the importance of self-compassion when approaching any eating plan.

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  1. Thanks for this podcast! Three comments:
    1. I am apoe 3/4 and cannot eat a lot of saturated fat. Roughly 30% of the population may have this same genetic profile and should check it out before intaking a lot of saturated fat.
    2. I HAD been eating a lot of saturated fat and I felt GREAT but it turned out that my blood work did NOT look so great. So how you feel is not always an indication that something is working. Bummer, it’s confusing.
    3. I strive for a mild keto diet now but need lean mostly on unsaturated fats.

    I have an FM doctor but am always trying to sort this out and do the right thing. Just wanted to share my experience in case it’s helpful to others. The apoe gene variant is something worth testing for.

    • This is so interesting — thank you! One thing I didn’t get to with Dr. Cole is what types of blood tests we should ask for. I just did the NMR cholesterol lab (one he recommends) and was relieved that all of this extra fat has not changed my LDL.


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