We’re back with another episode of The Nourished Podcast and this week we have a very special guest on the show! One of my best friends and fellow Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Leanne Vogel, joins us in this episode to talk about her new book Fat Fueled and share her story on how eating high fat freed her from food obsession and healed her body from the inside out!
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In this episode, Shawn asked Leanne if eating high fat could help bring up low cortisol levels/lower high cortisol levels and below is clarification to Leanne’s answer:
“Speaking from personal experience, before starting my high-fat journey, I had extremely low cortisol levels equal to those seen in stage 3 adrenal dysfunction sufferers. I’m proud to report that after eating Fat Fueled for over a year, my cortisol AM test result has been 551 nmol/L consistently for 3 months. The goal is 550, so I’m happy with my 551 number and super thrilled that it’s so darn consistent! So, yes, eating this way can have very positive affects on your cortisol whether you’re coming from a low-state, or high-state.
That said, as a woman specifically, when I followed an extremely low-carb, classic ketogenic eating style at about 20 grams of carbs per day, every day, I developed elevated cortisol symptoms about 4 months in. Specifically, muscle wasting and sleepless nights. Why does this happen? In my case, a couple of reasons. First, I wasn’t eating enough, which stressed out my body. Second, I wasn’t eating enough carbs, which triggered by body to create cortisol to break down my muscle mass into glucose. This experience was a major catalyst to the creation of my program. I realized that; while I felt fabulous eating high-fat, there were components that needed to change in order to support the healing of my body.”
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