Carnivore Diet

#279: Ali Miller, RD: Solving Anxiety and Mental Health Struggles with Diet and Nutrition

by Mike Mutzel






About Ali Miller, RD

Ali is a registered dietitian (RD), certified diabetes educator (CDE), certified weight management specialist, and therapeutic lifestyle healthcare practitioner. Ali has dedicated her career to revolutionizing food as medicine in treatment and prevention of disease. She has a passion to create public awareness regarding the significant role diet plays in our overall health with her philosophy of food as medicine. She is the author of The Anti-Anxiety Diet, Naturally Nourished: Food-as-Medicine for Optimal Health Cookbook and founder of the Reset, Restore, Renew: Real Food Detox program.

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Books and Products Mentioned

The Anti-Anxiety Diet: A Whole Body Program to Stop Racing Thoughts, Banish Worry and Live Panic-Free

The Anti-Anxiety Diet Cookbook: Stress-Free Recipes to Mellow Your Mood

Show Notes

05:20 Be flexible. We all have different metabolic flexibility based on our muscle mass, activity, genetics, and hormone state.

06:02 To make keto a sustainable movement we need to be open to a whole food approach.

06:20 Meat heals. A bone broth fast can be used for those of us with severe gut distress and food sensitivity. A carnivore diet can be helpful in treating those with severe dysbiosis, to slow the fermentation process.

09:47 We endogenously produce cannabidiol. There are high amounts in breastmilk. It has immunological support, anti-inflammatory support, growth development support.

10:40 There are certain compounds that plants and animal products can provoke favorable adaptations, like a mitohormesis effect or a selective estrogen receptor modulator. Hormesis is a stressor on your hormones that elicits a beneficial expression in your body. Mitohormesis is when stressed mitochondria endogenously produce more antioxidants.

18:12 You can’t hate your body into healing. You must love an accept your body in order to make therapeutic change. Make peace with your brain.

20:01 Nocebo are thoughts that harm and need to be dealt with for healing.

21:30 All of us have a level of not feeling safe, as in the HPA axis, sympathetic vs parasympathetic state. We run in the sympathetic fight/flight response. It creates a cascade of anxiety.

24:39 4-7-8 breathing is from the work of Dr. Andrew Weil. In through 4 seconds through the nose. Hold for 7. The release for 8 is a shushing woosh.

26:45 During Ali’s panic attacks, she had a ferritin level of 2. She was anemic and had functionally low B12 and low zinc. All of these play important roles in mood stability and mental health. Zinc also has affects upon GABA.

28:35 She started eating meat. Eating a high fat ketogenic diet has taken her health to the next level of a grounded stabilized mental state.

34:00 Animals are essential to biodynamic farming. Sustainability relies upon a diverse ecosystem. This necessitates an omnivore approach.

37:35 Vaginal inoculation was done for the C-section birth of Ali’s daughter. Non-sterile gauze was inserted vaginally into Ali. The gauze was used in the infant’s mouth, nose, eyes, ears repeatedly for the first 3 hours.

38:09 Breastmilk contains human milk oligosaccharides and cannabidiol.

42:12 Ali checked her daughter’s genetics and found her potentially vulnerable to vaccine injury. Her 3-year-old daughter has had no vaccines.

49:03 The parasympathetic state is more than rest and digest. Reproductive health is regulated, metabolism, sleep cycles and circadian rhythm.

55:37 Belief in the process is an important part of healing.

59:25 Friends and family can be resistant to your health/lifestyle suggestions. Meet them where the are at. Find some less resistant way to help them reach goals you would like for them. Something may resonate with them.

01:00:33 PharmaGABA is a fermented natural compound of GABA. GABA cannot pass the blood brain barrier. However, when it is taken as a chewable, it influences the enteric nervous system.

01:01:30 The gut is the second brain of the body. When gut bacteria are balanced, you make more serotonin and more GABA, which mellow stress and anxiety. In a dysbiotic state, you make more epinephrine.

01:02:00 Often the root cause of anxiety is a pathogen or parasite in the gut.

01:03:36 Keto is anti-anxiety. When ketones pass your blood brain barrier, they upregulate GABA expression.

01:04:02 As a light switch for bed GABA Calm is effective. Foundationally effective are magnesium bisglycinate and myinositol.

01:10:30 Leptin is a hormone that regulates satiety. It docks to the hypothalamus. Leptin is optimized during keto and may contribute to the keto high. Most people who have excessive body fat have insulin resistance and leptin resistance.

01:13:09 Leptin fluctuates with menstrual cycles. Carb cycling can support healthy female hormones.

01:14:32 An insulin response drives leptin refill. As leptin goes down, so does free T3. Prolonged calorie restriction or fasting can increase reverse T3.

01:20:00 Leptin oscillates on a diurnal rhythm. Always test at the same time of day.

01:21:30 The anti-anxiety diet is dairy free because of research into casein and casomorphin can interfere with our opioid receptors. Compromised stomach acid does not easily break down casein.

01:22:32 Probiotics are nature’s Prozac. We should eat cultured foods. If you do not tolerate ferments, it may indicate dysbiosis.

01:24:33 Corn is everywhere, including maltodextrin, sugar alcohols and citric acid.

01:30:23 Ali uses BPA free canned coconut milk called Native Forest, the Simple version.

01:31:10 Ali’s desert island nutrient/food is ribeye. There is a form of cannabinoid in red meat. She uses Lodge cast iron from Texas.

01:33:47 Ali’s morning routine: Spend time with her daughter and drink fatty coffee. Movement is schedule for after work.

01:36:07 Ali’s elevator speech: Stop subsidizing crap crops. Stop creating affordable garbage. Decentralize our food system.



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