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Fitness Confidential with Vinnie Tortorich

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Dec 30, 2015

Andy Schreiber and Vinnie Tortorich talk alcohol, Caitlyn Jenner, Playboy, and festive decorations including the Starbucks Controversy on this Wednesday edition of the Angriest Trainer podcast.

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ALCOHOL

  • Vinnie and Andy drinking scotch while this is recorded 
  • Distilled liquor doesn't have sugar that will cause a glycogen spike, unless added 
    • Vinnie will drink things like tequila and scotch and vodka, but not wine or beer or a margarita or Kahlua 
  • Neither Vinnie nor Andy like to get drunk -- they can't afford to have hangovers 
  • Martinis are okay because generally vermouth is splashed in then poured out 

CAITLYN JENNER

  • Caitlyn Jenner had a cocktail dress on
  • Vinnie thinks she is hotter than Kris and Kourtney Kardashian 
  • She looks great

VINNIE AS A "TALENT SCOUT" FOR PLAYBOY

  • He would go places with attractive women showing their bodies and give them cards to contact Playboy to become a bunny
  • It was actually Andy's card, but she would tell her friends and he would get free lap dances all night

FESTIVE DECORATIONS

  • In winter, everything is flocked with fake snow
  • Starbucks red cup 
    • Controversy!
  • In SoCal, we walk around in shorts and short sleeves, but there are winter decorations everywhere 
Dec 28, 2015

Vinnie Tortorich and cohost Anna Vocino host this episode of the Angriest Trainer podcast. Vinnie talks about holiday eating and what NSNG really is, and Andrea Anders joins Vinnie and Anna.

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OLDER PODCASTS

  • Hundreds of podcasts to date
  • Some listeners are going back and listen to old shows
  • People have been saying that older shows are more "raw"

DOG FOOD

  • The dogs do much better on organic dog food
  • Switching to grain based food makes the dogs uncomfy and itch

PHONE CALLS

  • Many people calling right after the holidays
  • Good if you need advice, have questions, or just want to chat 
  • Vinnie can book a phone call for a few days after you call

HOLIDAY EATING

  • Hard to say no to holiday foods 
  • It is okay to put some life into living, but make sure you don't fall too off the wagon

ANDREA ANDERS

  • Also from LA
  • Did NSNG to the letter for a good 60 days
  • She is a Hollywood actress who keeps it real 
  • In an interview, they lied about what she ate and how she lived 
Dec 26, 2015

Listener Nicole joins Vinnie Tortorich on this Saturday edition of the Angriest Trainer podcast.

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NICOLE

  • 32, from Chicago 
  • Nurse and diabetes educator 
  • She was on some of the Wednesday shows 

DIABETES

  • Nicole doesn't like to deal with general medicine treatment of diabetes
  • They coach match your carbs with insulin 

EPIDEMEOLOGY STUDIES 

  • Studies look at some populations which lie, then make assumptions and most what they need to to get their agenda approved 
  • Ex: red meat will give you colon cancer 
Dec 21, 2015

Vinnie Tortorich and co-host Anna Vocino bring to you this Monday edition of the Angriest Trainer podcast.

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COMEDY

  • Both Vinnie and Anna have done stand-up
  • Anna performing at the Haha on Lankershim
  • Vinnie was paid to host open mic nights 
  • Vinnie is friends with many big comedians and has worked with many like Howie Mandel and Margaret Cho

10K LIVING ROOTS CHALLENGE RACE

  • 10k in India through a canyon, trees, etc.
  • This 10k took SERENA 4.5 hours
  • The beginning of the race was a 70% pitch 
  • Trail built by self-sustaining locals in the nearby village 
  • Tree roots were trained across streams so people could use them to walk across
  • Most difficult terrain Vinnie has dealt with (not counting ice, rock & snow)

WEDDING

  • Vinnie and Serena and Andy stayed in a vegetarian hotel for the wedding in India
  • They were very serious of not eating meat
  • This was a disaster for Vinnie as he couldn't eat the bread or rice
  • Very little dairy 

INDIA

  • Vinnie spoke for an hour and a half at one place
  • Went to a hospital to speak to doctors and 4th year medical students
  • Vinnie was rushed around giving speeches 
Dec 19, 2015

Katie Coleman joins Vinnie Tortorich on this Saturday episode of the Angriest Trainer podcast in which they discuss diabetes. 

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KATIE COLEMAN

  • Katie is from the Bay Area (northern California, south of the bay)
  • Has type 1 diabetes
    • Rarer, autoimmune form
    • Had it since she was 11 years old 
  • Has to take insulin because her body makes no insulin, but she eats a low carb, paleo diet
  • Has a food business
    • At first had a whole-grain bakery, but now she doesn't eat grain 
    • Started realizing that grain is bad for your blood sugar etc. 

DIABETES

  • Type 1 is genetic
  • Protect micro biome and eat right 
  • Type 2 is (most usually) self inflicted
    • Often times reversible
    • There is genetic predisposition  
Dec 18, 2015

Jordan Younger joins Vinnie Tortorich on this Friday episode of the Angriest Trainer podcast to discuss her blog and healthy eating, whether that is vegan or not. 

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JORDAN YOUNGER

  • Check out here website, The Balanced Blonde
  • Was vegan living a healthy lifestyle 
    • Now she has transitioned away from labels in general 
  • Author of Breaking Vegan 
  • Used to have a lifestyle blog with a vegan component 
    • Now just a healthy lifestyle blog 
    • Lost some weight from vegan diet 
  • Created plant-based cleanses 
  • Loves writing and health — easy fix for both: a blog! 
  • Struggled with an eating disorder and whether or not veganism was right for her
    • Shared this with her blog because she wanted people to know that it didn't work for everyone's body 
      • This really upset people
    • Vinnie sometimes to say "Being Vegan is an easy way to have an eating disorder"
      • Not always true, but for many it is 
      • Vinnie thinks vegetarianism is much healthier 
  • Veganism is a slippery slope : many people take on veganism for health reasons, and it ends up hurting them more 
Dec 16, 2015

 Vinnie Tortorich and co-host Andy Schreiber host this Wednesday edition of the Angriest Trainer podcast where they discuss the flu-like feeling that some get while adapting to NSNG.

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KETO-FLU

  • Occurs when your body cuts out sugar and such
  • You don't have to be in ketosis to feel this
  • When you are used to living on grain and sugar, cutting it out may make you feel a bit sick or lethargic
    • Body is building up ketones 
      • A form of energy 
  • Used to be called "Atkins Flu"
  • Your brain works better on ketone bodies 
    • Epileptic people are now told to be on ketogenic diets, for example 
  • To help it, add salt in your food, have extra water, etc. 
  • It is okay and it will go away!
Dec 14, 2015

Vinnie Tortorich and co-host Anna Vocino speak about cognitive dissonance and a low carb diet with guest Steve Park on this Monday edition of the Angriest Trainer podcast. 

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

  • The “Orient” vs “Oriental”
  • Vinnie is not always the best at being PC 
  • Can’t say “black”, must say “African American”, but what if they are African English?

AMAZON WINNER OF THE WEEK

  • Katie Miskell won (Trey will also win by association)
  • She does lots of shopping through the banner ad and her shopping through Amazon has doubled
  • She loves putting some coal in the fire
  • Buy through the banner, submit what you bought, and win a shirt or a hat 

NSNG MEET UP

  • The Beauchamps, some other listeners, Andy, Anna, Serena, Vinnie all worked hard to put it together
    • Many people gave up their whole weekends
  • Next year this will happen again, but probably for a small fee 

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

  • At Princeton, Vinnie’s seat on the panel was empty
    • They got Vinnie to the panel late
    • It wasn’t his fault — he always runs early!
    • He didn’t know what was going on, who else was on the panel, etc. 
  • One dietician on the panel said eating more carbs (using them to exercise etc.) will burn fat 
    • She was PUSHING a high carb diet 
    • Vinnie likes the lady, but did not like what she was pushing 
      • Ever since the conference, she has been looking into high fat-low carb and has started to agree with it and ask questions!
  • Once you know information and can’t un-know it, but still have to push what is wrong, THAT is cognitive dissonance 
    • Same thing happened to Kate Thompson when she was working for Weight Watchers
      • She had to quit once she realized the truth was not what Weight Watchers was preaching

POOR AMAZON REVIEW

  • Although most reviews are good, there are some people who don’t like Vinnie or the book 
  • DP Brown
  • Heard Vinnie on Adam Corolla show
  • Said you will only get 8 minutes of info per episode, rest is bologna 
    • Listen to ANY Friday show with a Doctor to see how wrong that is 
  • Says book says nothing meaningful 

STEVE PARK

  • Knows how to get lean
  • Believes that eating high carb is the best way to sabotage your figure and your health
    • Not only does it hurt your figure, but that is just poor nutrition 
    • Eventually, eating poorly will catch up with you 
  • Used to eat a lot of grains and sugars, now is low carb
    • Developed a lactose intolerance 
Dec 12, 2015

Lee Buxbaum, a loyal listener, joins Vinnie on this Saturday edition of the Angriest Trainer where they discuss getting off that last bit of weight that seems the most stubborn.  Although Vinnie thought this podcast was coming out after the New Year, he was mistaken, so enjoy this early holiday gift!

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LEE BUXBAUM

  • From Maryland
  • Irish, but doesn't drink
  • Found Vinnie through a friend from work who listened to the podcast
  • Avid Facebook group user
  • Great full head of hair that Vinnie is jealous of 
  • Has been Zone 2 running, 3-4 times a week, 5-6 miles a pop
    • 13:30 mile, but will get faster with time

THE LAST 5 LBS

  • Lee is middle-aged and has a bit of a beer gut (even though he doesn't drink) and wants to get rid of that last bit
  • 5'9 & 170 (he has lost 10 lbs effortlessly NSNG )

WHAT DOES LEE EAT EVERY DAY?

  • He meal preps on Sunday for the week 
  • Breakfast: 3 eggs and 2 sausage patties, coffee with heavy cream (usually 2 cups)
  • Lunch: Chicken breast/thighs and vegetables 
  • Snacks: nut butter (almond), almonds and cashews
  • Dinner: meat and vegetable 

VINNIE'S ADVICE

  • Once you plateau, the weight comes off very slowly
  • Vinnie often advises those who plateau to cut out the nut butters and watch the dairy
  • You can start throwing dairy back in your coffee once the weight comes off 
Dec 11, 2015

Dr. Thomas Seyfried from Boston College joins Vinnie Tortorich on this Friday edition of the Angriest Trainer podcast.

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VINNIE AFTER CANCER

  • After leukemia (and during) people kept telling Vinnie he needed to do certain things
    • Eat macro-diet and micro-diet, juice everything, have wheatgrass, etc or he would die
  • He went to his hematologist and asked how much of it was the truth
    • His incredibly intelligent hematologist simply said "Stay away from sugar!"
      • Everything is pointing towards sugar as one of the things that cancer loves 

SUGAR AND CANCER

  • Sugar does not cancer, but cells that make tumors and such are fermentors 
    • This means they will gain energy from glucose fermentation
      • Sugar feeds them
    • This is a prime fuel, but not the only fuel 
  • Our red blood cells are constantly making a little lactate
  • Tumor cells have defective mitochondria so they make lots of lactate

WHAT CAUSES CANCER?

  • Radiation
  • Chemicals in the environment
  • Chronic inflammation
    • ex: Lung cancer comes from lung inflammation which is worsened by smoking
  • Age 
  • Mutations in genome that we inherit
    • People are pre-disposed to cancers 
    • genome is your set of genes and differences / mutations in them 
Dec 9, 2015

Andy Schreiber joins Vinnie Tortorich on this Wednesday edition of the Angriest Trainer podcast. They discuss mall observations, the trip to India, and Fitbits. 

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SHOPPING

  • Vinnie hates shopping, but when he goes shopping, he notices that many people are fat
  • People are always eating pretzels, fro-yo, drinking ice blendeds, etc. 
    • Super accessible, food court, it is everywhere
  • Andy went to A-16, amazing store! (Adventure 16)

TRIP TO INDIA

  • Vinnie, Andy, and Serena went to a part of northeastern India to educate people about exercise and nutrition
  • The government of the state was a co-sponsor
  • Eco-Challenge 10k hike through one of the most amazing places
  • The people are excited as Vinnie is a celebrity fitness trainer, and Serena is a bond girl
  • Near 1000 people at this hike 
  • Vinnie and Andy had to buy all new gear for this 

FITBITS

  • Tracks calories, heartbeat, sleep, distance
  • Vinnie thinks these are unnecessary because he can tell when he exercises and sleeps well and doesn't need to calorie count
    • We don't need another screen  
  • For some people, it allows for motivation which is great!
  • For someone like Howie Mandel, not a great idea 
    • He has become a slave to it, tries to get in extra steps 
      • He's in great shape, doesn't need this!!
Dec 7, 2015

Chris Laxamana joins Vinnie Tortorich and co-host Anna Vocino on this Monday edition of the Angriest Trainer podcast.

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CHRIS LAXAMANA

  • He is the reason Vinnie was on the Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew podcasts
  • Hosts podcast, "Resume" 

PARIS ATTACKS

  • This podcast recorded after Paris attacks
  • ISIS takes responsibility
  • Horrible, and never ends up well for ISIS members either
  • Very sad and needs to stop

AMAZON WINNER 

  • Go through the Amazon banner on the vinnietortorich.com website and buy through that link!
  • Listener John bought presents for his wife, a photographer, for Christmas 
  • Winner gets free NSNG shirt! 

LISTENER ANDREW

  • Andrew, an outdoorsman and food technologist, in the UK emailed Vinnie and Anna 
  • He says that the WHO report about the process meats industry is not real, just as Vinnie and Anna say
  • Consumers are tired of people saying that their food is killing them
  • People who eat the most processed meats also smoke and drink the most-- THAT is what causes the cancer! 

RECIPES

  • Steak recipe 
    • Very seasoned
  • annavocino.com
  • Chicken breast - organic, thin cut 
  • Ginger root, lemon, cilantro, olive oil to marinate fish 
Dec 5, 2015

Karen Parrott joins Vinnie Tortorich on this Saturday listener's question Angriest Trainer podcast and asks questions about eating out and knowing genetic risk.

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KAREN PARROTT

  • Came to the inaugural NSNG meet up
  • From Carlsbad, CA, just 100 miles away from LA
  • Meet up was just a bunch of people wanting to know more about the lifestyle 
    • Went out to eat, meditated, worked out with Vinnie
    • Karen highly recommends!
  • Karen used to be overweight, but has lost 70 lbs and kept it off! 
  • In ~2002, had a nutritionist tell her grains and sugar were hurting her 

DOES KNOWING ONE'S GENETICS HELP WITH DISEASE RISK?

  • Knowing can be dangerous because then you have a big excuse not to try
    • For example, if you know you have obesity genes in your family, you will just say you're predisposed and can't help it, and eat junk food! 

WHAT ARE SOME OF VINNIE'S FAVORITE THINGS TO EAT OUT?

  • Vinnie and Serena eat at restaurants a lot now that Tallulah is at college
    • Lunch is always out and now dinner is always out 
  • They go to nicer restaurants because they get better food
    • Vinnie loves Marmalade Cafe because he gets good fish, or a bun-less hamburger 
  • Loves broccoli! 
  • Hipster-type gastro-pubs are really big but have NSNG options
  • Goes to Chipotle, gets a bowl without rice and without corn
    • Chicken/beef, beans, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, salsa, guac
    • This is a good fast food option
  • The Counter is also very good
    • Made-to-order burgers are a good way to go (just don't get a bun!)
  • If you can't eat gluten, make sure that your vegetables at restaurants aren't cooked in pasta water or anything like that
Dec 4, 2015

Chris Kelly, cyclist and wellness expert, joins Vinnie Tortorich on this Friday episode of the Angriest Trainer podcast. 

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

  • Can't call a flight attendant a stewardess or a house keeper a maid
  • Everyone is offended too easily!

CHRIS KELLY

  • Website nourishbalancethrive.com
  • Similar story to Vinnie but is smarter and figured it out quicker 
  • Chris started falling apart (brain fog, fatigue, low libido) once he came to the US and started eating in the cafeteria at work
  • Was riding bikes and racing a lot 
    • Was nearly a pro mountain biker (Category 1)
  • Full-suspension bikes are fun!
  • Doctors were not helping him so he had to find out things for himself 

GETTING SICK

  • Chris had incredible fatigue -- not normal athlete fatigue 
    • in the afternoon he couldn't keep his eyes open, but at night being incredibly hyper
      • Vinnie remembers this too
    • would have to sleep at work
  • Both made excuses for the reason they were feeling so tired and passed it off as normal
    • what IS normal these days?
  • Cortisol follows circadian rhythm, highest in morning, lowest at night -- therefore, a good and normal sleep schedule is necessary 
    • To fix one's circadian rhythm, one must realize what first affects it 
      • Exposure to sun, blue light, etc. 

DIET

  • He was eating lots of sugar and grains
  • Took him awhile to figure out that they were hurting them due to the fact that a high carb diet is preached to athletes
  • Went cold turkey 
  • Bloating went away almost immediately, started to feel better
  • Had some left over symptoms that resolved as he kept with it 

A DAY IN THE FOOD-LIFE OF CHRISTOPHER KELLY

  • Doesn't insist on eggs for breakfast 
    • Eats leftovers for breakfast 
  • Eat what you have!
  • Vinnie doesn't eat lunch often because he has big breakfasts and his body is using the fat
  • Intense athletes have to be careful that they are eating enough even if they aren't hungry
Dec 2, 2015

Episode 108 from the Vault!

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Minnie Driver

Vinnie and Anna welcome Minnie Driver and Andrea Anders in the studio. Special guest appearances from Loren Tarquinio and Izzy the Italian Greyhound.

Michael Tortorich sums up the podcast in the My Uncle Vinnie Blog Wrap Up:

British actress and singer-songwriter Minnie Driver is in the studio for the first time, along with returning guest Andrea Anders. Minnie is probably best-known for her role in Good Will Hunting, a film she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her part in the television series The Riches. The conversation flows to Minnie's dating history, three balls, and Southern Comfort. Later in the podcast, they talk about Dr. Oz's diet tips. Stick around until the end because Minnie plays out the show on guitar with a nice serenade.

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