Jul 23

016: Alex Cunningham on Should You Be Supplementing on a Keto Diet?

Alex Cunningham is the Head of Partnerships and in charge of content for Perfect Keto, a top-of-the-line ketogenic nutrition company. He’s passionate about nutrition, breaking down health myths, trends in the health food industry, and Bay Area sports.

Alex was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

As part of Perfect Keto, Alex is helping to bring fantastic keto products and resources to the wellness community worldwide. From ready-to-buy products like keto proteins, butters, and bases to educational resources like recipes and how-to guides to keto, Perfect Keto is a treasure trove for all your keto needs!

In this episode, Alex Cunningham talks about:

  • What are the benefits of taking exogenous ketones?
  • How should you use exogenous ketones?
  • Will exogenous ketones snap you back into ketosis after consuming carbohydrates?
  • How exogenous ketones can lead to the biggest transformations
  • What makes a good quality exogenous ketone supplement, and what are some ingredients to look out for?
  • Where can people purchase quality exogenous ketones?

Featured Guests

Alex Cunningham
Alex Cunningham


Perfect Keto

Jul 16

015: Hanna Boëthius on Diabetes and Keto: A Match Made in Heaven?

Hanna Boëthius is an international speaker, writer, activist, and all around expert on living with Type 1 Diabetes. Hanna has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for 33 years. After adopting a low carb diet in 2011, she’s become an international spokeswoman for the benefits of the Ketogenic lifestyle.

Through her company, Hanna Diabetes Expert, she has been a passionate voice for change in diabetes management and how the ketogenic lifestyle is revolutionizing life with diabetes, enabling those living with the disease to kickstart their health and wellness on their own terms. She has inspired thousands of people living with diabetes on how to live a healthier life by sharing her own stories and experiences.

Hanna is the co-founder of the Low Carb Universe, the first-ever 100% low-carb event in Europe, which features lectures, resources, and meet-ups to talk about, connect with, and learn from the international low carb community.

In this episode, Hanna Boëthius talks about:

  • The Real Truth about Type 1 Diabetes
  • Can a Keto Lifestyle Work with Diabetes?
  • Achieving Life Balance with Nutrition
  • Ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis: Debunking the Myths
  • How to Be Your Own Health Advocate
  • Moderating Blood Sugar & Ketones: What’s the Deal?

Featured Guest

Hannah Boëthius


Hanna’s website
The Low Carb Universe

Jul 09

014: Vivica Menegaz on Healing Your Thyroid and Why Women Struggle to Lose Weight

Vivica Menegaz is a certified whole-food nutritionist, blogger, published author and one of the leading voices advocating for a food-based approach to healing.

Vivica was the first one to use the now-popular expression “Keto Paleo” to describe her lifestyle and way of eating. She is the founder of the “The Healing Foods Method” – a 14-week online nutrition program where she works one-on-one with clients to turn their health around utilizing a therapeutic ketogenic diet for healing.

Vivica’s therapeutic approach to food, lifestyle, and supplementation utilizes the healing power of foods and mindset to address the incapacitating symptoms of many of the lifestyle diseases that have plagued our modern lives.

She has made it her mission to help others reclaim their health and quality of life.

Vivica is also the author of 3 cookbooks: “The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook” 2015, together with 9 other bloggers, and “The Big Book of Fat Bombs” in 2016. Her latest book, “The Keto Paleo Kitchen”, was released in December 2017.

In this episode, Vivica Menegaz talks about:

  • The main reasons women struggle to lose weight
  • Signs/symptoms to look out for when the thyroid is tanking
  • How stress affects our hormones, and how to reduce stress
  • Dairy products and women’s health
  • Healing the thyroid naturally

Featured Guests

Vivica Menegaz


Nourished Caveman
The Healing Foods Method
Keto Paleo Kitchen

Jul 02

013: Jason Wittrock on Building Muscle and Health with a Keto Diet

Jason Wittrock is a competitive bodybuilder and fitness model who uses the ketogenic diet to be camera-ready 24/7.

Known as the “Keto King”, Jason has found his purpose in coaching individuals and groups in adopting a ketogenic lifestyle to enhance their fitness and overall health. Jason’s virtual workout programs and ketogenic nutrition will help you become the king or queen of your own fitness!

As one of the first fitness professionals to adopt a ketogenic lifestyle for performance, learn how Jason used Keto to become the powerhouse he is in the industry today!

In this episode, Jason Wittrock talks about:

  • Results of a 4,000 calorie-per-day ketogenic diet
  • Keto for bodybuilding
  • Sustainability of a ketogenic diet
  • Cyclical ketosis
  • If keto didn’t work for you, should you give it another try?

Featured Guests

Jason Wittrock


Jason’s Site
Keto Quest

Jun 25

012: Andress Blackwell on Sweeteners and Sugar Replacements: Finding the Right Fit For Your Lifestyle

Andress Blackwell is the CEO of Swerve Sweetener, the natural zero-calorie, non-glycemic sweetener that works great in baking, cooking, drinks, everything!

Swerve is a game changer in the sweetener industry: with no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or flavors, Swerve is the cup-for-cup sugar replacement that is safe for everyone, including those living with diabetes.

Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Andress and the Swerve team are dedicated to helping individuals control their blood sugar through safe, all-natural methods. For over sixteen years, Swerve has been leading the charge in finding healthy ways for you and your family to enjoy your favorite sweet foods!

In this episode, Andress Blackwell talks about:

  • The Backstory of Swerve Sweetener
  • Stabilizing Your Blood Sugar
  • How Swerve is Made
  • Erythritol: the Good Sugar Alcohol
  • Using Swerve in Baking & Cooking
  • Sugars and Sweets on Keto
  • Sugar Replacements: Pros & Cons

Featured Guest

Andress Blackwell


Swerve Sweetener Website

Jun 18

011: Dr. Eric Berg on Eating Right for Your Body Type on Keto

Dr. Eric Berg is a chiropractor and weight loss expert whose passion is spreading the truth about health and how to lose weight.

He is the director of Dr. Berg’s Nutritionals and author of two best selling books, “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning”, and “Dr. Berg’s New Body Type Guide”.

He has conducted over 4800 seminars on health related topics and trained over 2500 doctors world-wide in his methods. Dr. Berg regularly produces content on his website and YouTube channels, all focused on debunking health and nutritional myths.

In this episode, Eric Berg talks about:

  • What are the Real Causes of Obesity?
  • Eating Right for Your Body Type
  • Are You At Risk for Diabetes?
  • The Dangers of Insulin Resistance
  • Eating Right to Fight Diabetes
  • How to Avoid Insulin Trigger Foods

Featured Guests

Dr. Eric Berg


Dr. Berg’s Site
New Body Type Guide

Jun 11

010: Leanne Vogel on Fear of Foods, Carb-Ups, & Keto Diets

Leanne Vogel is the founder of Healthful Pursuit and Happy Keto Body™.

She’s also the best-selling author of over 11 health programs and international bestselling paperback, The Keto Diet, host of The Keto Diet Podcast, and the creator of Fat Fueled living – a holistic, paleo- friendly approach to a ketogenic, high-fat diet.

Leanne has been in the field of nutrition since receiving her holistic nutrition certification in 2007. Leanne shares free videos, podcasts, recipes and keto-friendly resources on her blog,

I had a fantastic time chatting with Leanne, and if you don’t already follow her (or maybe especially if you do), then I know you’ll love this episode.

Leanne Vogel on Food Fear, Carb-Ups, & So Much More…

  • Leann’s personal health journey
  • How to stop fearing foods
  • Definition of a carb-up in ketogenic living
  • Benefits of carb-ups
  • Signs we need to implement a carb-up practice
  • Could keto tank your thyroid?
  • Do you need to be fat-adapted before implementing a carb-up practice?
  • Frequency of carb-ups
  • What a carb-up meal might look like
  • Populations who would not benefit from a carb-up

Featured Guest

Leanne Vogel


You Are a Badass
Healthful Pursuit
The Keto Diet
Happy Keto Body
Healthful Pursuit Podcast

Jun 04

009: Ali Damron on Acupuncture, Women’s Health, & Myth-Busting

Ali Damron is a wife, mother, licensed acupuncturist, and certified personal trainer for more than a decade.

Her professional experience includes being a trainer and counselor at a weight loss camp in San Diego, Corporate Wellness Coach, personal trainer, and acupuncturist in her private practice.

Ali’s practice specializes in women’s health, including everything from painful periods, fertility, hormonal balancing, weight loss, pregnancy and postpartum, and managing menopausal symptoms. Her mission is to educate women about the importance of health, and teach them how to be healthy.

Please enjoy!

In this episode, Ali Damron talks about:

  • What is acupuncture
  • Biggest benefits of acupuncture
  • Acupuncture myth-busting
  • Reproductive and hormonal issues treated with acupuncture
  • How to find a qualified acupuncturist

Featured Guests

Ali Damron


Ali’s Website
5 Smart Ways to feel your Best Everyday

May 28

008: Luis Villasenor on Why “Losing Weight” is the Wrong Approach

Luis Villasenor is the founder of Ketogains, an evidence-based approach towards optimal body recomposition.

Luis has always been passionate about fitness due to a personal interest in improving his own physique. Always curious in learning the “whys and how’s” of how it all works, he has been studying and researching nutrition and strength training since he was 17.

Luis is regarded as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable persons on Low-Carb / Ketogenic dieting, and is the “go to guy” when applying a low-carb diet for bodybuilding and strength training.

In this episode, Luis dispels various myths and talks about what really matters for getting results with your body…

  • Why the goal of simply “losing weight” is ineffective for long-term health
  • What it means to recomposition the body
  • How to determine your optimal body composition
  • Mindset shifts to be successful in achieving your health and fitness goals
  • Do ketone levels matter?

Featured Guests

Luis Villasenor


Keto Gains

May 21

007: Gerry Powell on Truth, Awakening, & Plant Medicine

When Gerry Powell, the Founder of Rythmia and author of “Sh*t the Moon Said”, started his journey toward optimal health and total well-being, he was a successful businessman.

However, his search for the purest forms of medicine and most effective ways of healing led him to create Rythmia, a life-transforming, luxury health and wellness center.

Driven by the ease of awakening through alternative therapy programs versus conventional routes, he decided to make it his life’s mission to show others there’s a shortcut to happiness.

Rythmia is an all-inclusive, medically licensed luxury resort and retreat center in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

In this episode, Gerry Powell shows how truth and awareness can heal more than just your body:

  • The separation of the soul – what it is and when/how it happens to each of us
  • What is Rythmia? Who is it right for?
  • Why is it so important to combine sacred plant medicine with a beautiful environment, farm-to-table organic food, and massage?
  • Where does sacred plant medicine come from? Why is it so important to make sure you know the source of the medicine?
  • Depression – the true causes and most effective treatments
  • Gerry’s story – from successful, depressed entrepreneur to healer

Featured Guests

Gerry Powell


Sh*t the Moon Said: a Story of Sex, Drugs, and Ayahuasca
The Reality of Truth

May 14

006: Rawvana (Yovana Mendoza) on Revealing Your Authentic Self

Yovana Mendoza is often better known as “Rawvana”. She’s a certified holistic health counselor, YouTube sensation, and author.

She focuses on total body transformation through nutrition, plant-based lifestyles, daily gratitude, and self-love to become the best version of yourself.

Yovana has inspired millions of women and men to not only transform their diet but also their mindset, outlook, and view of their self.

In this episode, Yovana talks about:

  • Rawvana’s favorite plant-based products
  • Ways to improve your mood and outlook
  • What gratitude and generosity can do for you
  • How foods affect your brain and energy
  • Why having days of play are critical for your health
  • Self-love and how it makes a bigger difference than you might think

Featured Guests

Rawvana (Yovana Mendoza)


Yovana’s Website
21-Day Challenge

May 07

005: Matt and Megha (Keto Connect) on Using a Keto Diet for Energy and Life

Matt & Megha are the creators of Keto Connect (the YouTube Channel and Food Blog), where they have hundreds of thousands of followers.

Their goal is to take any dish and make it ketogenic-friendly.

When Matt and Megha aren’t filming their weekly YouTube cooking videos and creating new recipes, they are chilling in Atlanta, GA with their dog Julius and cat Miley. Matt and Megha’s first cookbook, “Keto Made Easy”, will hit the stores in late May of this year.

Matt and Megha are passionate about self-experimentation and finding a way to eat keto that feels best for the individual. For you, that means they’ve figured out both what works for a variety of people and also some of the most delicious keto recipes ever.

Matt & Megha on Using a Keto Diet to Easily Transform Your Body and Energy:

  • How to continually experiment and find what works for you
  • How to avoid feeling tired during the day – particularly that afternoon slump
  • Socializing while eating healthy – without making people feel awkward
  • How many carbs do you really need on a keto diet?
  • Female health on a keto diet
  • Avoiding burnout while still being serious about your diet
  • Staying proud of your journey no matter what people say

Featured Guests

Matt & Megha (Keto Connect)


Keto for Normies Podcast
Food Blog
Keto Made Easy

Apr 30

004: JJ Virgin on Small Changes for Getting Healthier as You Age

It’s hard not to know who JJ Virgin is. She is a celebrity nutritionist, Fitness Hall of Famer, 4-time NYT best-selling author, has a popular podcast, and is an amazing mom. JJ is also a prominent TV and media personality, appearing on Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, The Rachael Ray Show, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show.

JJ Virgin teaches clients how to break through food and carb intolerances, so they can finally lose the weight to transform their health and their lives.

Her latest book, Warrior Mom, shows mothers everywhere how to be strong, positive leaders for their families.

JJ joins me today on Straight-Up Wellness to talk about what she’s been up to lately and also how to ensure that you’re doing everything right to get healthier as you age.

JJ is one of the people that millions of people look to for guidance, and not only does she walk the walk, but she’s also maintained both her passion and love for wellness over decades of practice.

JJ Virgin on Reversing the Trends and Getting Healthier Day by Day:

  • What happens to our metabolism as we age – and how to reverse it
  • Why having “normal” thyroid function isn’t good enough – what you should be aiming for
  • Figuring out the small foods you’re eating every day that cause leaky gut and other issues
  • How to properly test for adrenal issues
  • How to make sure you don’t lose muscle mass and bone density as you age
  • Mindset and how simple things like overusing your phone can drive chronic stress that leads to countless health issues
  • The problem with food sensitivity testing
  • Finding your purpose and why it’s critical for your health

Featured Guest

JJ Virgin


Free 7-Day Challenge:

JJ Virgin’s Site
JJ’s Podcast
The Virgin Diet
Safety Net

Apr 23

003: Dr. Adam Nally on The Keto Cure for Obesity, Heart Disease, and Low Energy

Dr. Adam Nally is perhaps best known as “Doc Muscles” – the name of his website and a reference to the fact that he transformed his own body through weight training and keto nutrition.

Dr. Adam Nally is a physician and obesity specialist, and founder of Nally Family Practice in Surprise, AZ. In his practice, Dr. Adam Nally provides a distinctly individualized ketogenic, low-carbohydrate, and/or Paleo lifestyle combined with a cutting edge medical approach.

Dr. Nally is the former co-host of the Keto Talk podcast with Jimmy Moore, and most recently collaborated with Jimmy to write “The Keto Cure: A Low Carb High Fat Dietary Solution to Heal Your Body and Optimize Your Health”.

Dr. Nally recently published his new book The Keto Cure, where Dr. Nally explores both the science and practice of using a keto diet to transform the health of patients in a variety of ways.

”Doc Muscles” on Transforming Your Health with a Keto Diet:

  • How and why traditional obesity treatment fails
  • Why Keto works – particularly for patients who’ve had a hard time losing weight previously
  • The Most Surprising Benefits of a Keto Diet
  • The 5 Stages of Insulin Resistance
  • Cholesterol – Why you should be thinking about it differently
  • Hypothyroidism and how Keto can help
  • Avoiding Heart Disease
  • Getting to the root causes rather than just treating symptoms

Featured Guest

Dr. Adam Nally


Dr. Adam Nally’s Site
The Keto Cure

Apr 16

002: Kelly Olexa on Overcoming Poor Self-Talk and Body Image

Kelly Olexa is the creator of Fitfluential (the podcast and community).

Kelly Olexa has gone from burnt-out corporate employee to founder of a wellness community, FitFluential and the FitFluential podcast.

Her goal is to help others “find your fitness” by presenting fact-based information delivered by industry experts on all forms of fitness, nutrition, and wellness.

I’ve been following Kelly for years, and you should be listening as well. While Kelly resides in Austin, TX, her message is being delivered to more than 300 million people worldwide via her website, podcast, and the FitFluential ambassadors.

Kelly is both inspiring and authentically refreshing in her openness about how she’s built a company and life that support her own wellness and that of millions of people.

Kelly Olexa on Body Image, Self-Talk, Birth Control, & Avoiding Fads…

  • Yo-Yo dieting
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Her personal health issues
  • How to get fit without spending 2 hours a day in the gym or kitchen
  • Getting past fads and bad information
  • Staying healthy without going insane from being too busy
  • The best places to start on your journey toward better health and happiness
  • Negative self-talk, work stress, and poor body-image: how these issues cause hidden unhealthiness
  • Mindset & how to approach your life less fear and insecurity
  • The hidden dangers of birth control
  • How to better interpret your blood work

Featured Guest

Kelly Olexa


Fitfluential Podcast

Apr 09

001: Autumn Calabrese on Doing Your Best, Dealing with Picky Eaters, and Simplifying Your Life

Autumn Calabrese is a celebrity trainer and certified holistic health coach. She is the creator of several highly popular fitness and nutrition programs, including the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Country Heat, and 80 Day Obsession.

Autumn authored the best-selling cookbook, “Fixate”, and stars in the Fixate cooking show next to her brother. Autumn is a busy mom who recently made time to create another fantastic eCookbook, “75 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids”.

Autumn is the perfect first guest for Straight-Up Wellness because she really lives a life of wellness as a busy woman. And she helps her clients with everything from exercise to nutrition to taking care of your kids, to happiness.

Today, we really connected about kids and about making eating (for you and your family) easier and more accessible.

I had a blast with this first episode, and I know you’ll love it.

In this episode superstar and “super-mom” Autumn Calabrese talks about:

  • The biggest challenges busy moms face when it comes to their OWN health
  • Doing your best without stressing out
  • Dealing with kids (and spouses) who are picky eaters
  • The best ways to stay healthy with the least amount of effort
  • Staying sane and healthy while traveling
  • Taking time for yourself without feeling guilty about it
  • Spending less time in the kitchen while still preparing amazing food
  • How to get your family to WANT to take care of their own body
  • Best on-the-go foods for busy families

Featured Guest

Autumn Calabrese


75 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids
Autumn’s Website
21-Day Fix