Ancestral Health Symposium (a quick recap!)

Ancestral Health Symposium (a quick recap!)

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Ancestral Health Symposium at Harvard University. I had a blast! It was really fantastic to meet some like-minded dietitians, physicians, and all sorts of other practitioners in this field and put our minds together.

Some highlights for me included:

1. I spoke with Dr. Eugene Fine from Albert Einstein College of Medicine about the future of therapeutic low carbohydrate diets. Let me first say that I am a huge proponent of individualized dietary therapy. For some, carbohydrates can be absolutely great and they do just fine with them. However, a lot of people have damaged metabolisms that can benefit from a carbohydrate-restricted approach. During his panel, Dr. Fine brought up a current issue that many doctors are facing – perhaps they believe a restricted carbohydrate approach could benefit their patient, but they have no dietitian to refer them out to. That’s because at the moment, dietitians do not learn about restricted carbohydrate diets in school, so any expertise is learned outside of the classroom and the hospital. This is a big problem. Dr. Fine and I have been chatting via email and my hope is to perhaps be able to take on some NYC patients who have no dietitian so they can get the support and guidance they need.


Recipe: Kimchi!

Recipe: Kimchi!

Fermented foods are a wonderful addition to any diet. They are teeming with healthy, beneficial bacteria (more commonly referred to as “probiotics”) that aid digestion and help regulate the immune system. Fermented foods are perfect for keeping our gut happy and healthy. Eating just a small amount of fermented vegetables daily will help you on your way to having a healthy gut.

One of my favorite fermented foods is a Korean dish called kimchi. It is traditionally made from Napa cabbage, which is what this recipe will use, but you can substitute other vegetables such as bok choy, cucumbers, and many other vegetables – get creative!

Kimchi is a great food to eat before a meal, or to throw into a stir fry (just don’t cook it otherwise you’ll harm those wonderful little bacteria – you’ll want to add the kimchi after the stir fry has cooled slightly).


  • 1 head Napa cabbage
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger (or more depending on your taste – this isn’t something I usually measure, I just go by how it smells!)
  • 2 large cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/8 –

Dr. Lundell on Fox News


On our last day in Austin for PaleoFX (which, by the way was AWESOME – I recommend Nom Nom Paleo’s coverage if you missed it!) my lovely roommate (Lea of PaleoSpirit) and I had the TV on as we were getting ready to head into Austin for the day. All of a sudden we started hearing about how statins were bad and cholesterol and saturated fat weren’t the worst things in the world. Um, what?! So of course we took a seat and watched.

Of course now I can’t find a YouTube video with the interview, but I’m sure it’ll come around soon. I’ll post it as soon as I find it. In the meantime, you can check out this article in which Dr. Lundell talks about his beliefs.

Dr. Lundell, a Yale-trained thoracic surgeon talked about his “diet”, which includes:

Good quality meats (pastured, grass-fed, etc)


High fat dairy/eggs

He also talked about staying away from n-6 fatty acids and focusing more on saturated fats.

No mention of grains either way, but hey – that’s pretty good for being on Fox News. This is EXACTLY what we need right now to get this movement into the eyes of the general public -a super-qualified medical doctor touting it on Fox News.


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