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Keto For Women Show

Dec 21, 2018

How important is real food, and how can it transform someone’s life? Sports nutritionist and the founder of The Natural Nutritionist, Steph Lowe, talks about diving into JERF (just eat real food), influencing the way the world eats, and her place in the low-carb high-fat world.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • Steph’s health journey and how she started The Natural Nutritionist
  • How Steph works with endurance athletes, clients who are looking to change their body composition, and clients with gut health issues
  • Some of the biggest myths in the endurance space
  • Examples of aerobic-type workouts versus glycolytic-type workouts
  • Teaching people about metabolism and addressing metabolic issues with keto
  • The way out of gut health issues
  • Bacterial overgrowth and what to do about it
  • The role of the microbiome and what happens when our gut health is poor
  • Recommending keto to specific types of people

Key Takeaways:

  • Conventional sports nutrition guidelines would tell us to consume ridiculous amounts of carbohydrates per hour, and a lot of people are either having huge issues with those particular recommendations or, with the prevalence of the real food message, athletes are really understanding that putting all that refined carbohydrate and sugar in their body is not conducive to optimal performance, recovery, and athletic longevity.
  • People who are looking to change their body composition should know that ‘Eat less and move more’ does not work and is a huge fallacy in the health and wellness space.
  • All diseases start in the gut and so, too, does all health. It absolutely needs to be a huge priority.
  • If you get people to think intellectually about the kind of foods that they’re eating and looking at the ingredients of the products that they’re consuming, then they can really start to look at things through a different lens. We need to have been living under a rock to not have heard the health implications of refined sugar.
  • Your carbohydrate requirements are generally relative to your exercise intensity. So if you are doing a little bit more glycolytic or anaerobic exercise, you will be needing slightly more carbohydrates.
  • If you are going too low-carb or going too keto, you’ll deplete your muscle glycogen so you won’t have that tank that fuels high-intensity exercises.
  • As long as you get your carbohydrates to the right level for you, you can definitely still be burning fat.
  • Metabolic damage is associated with essentially being in some degree of starvation mode for a very long time.
  • Getting prebiotics is important because without the right environment the beneficial bacteria will not grow.
  • Diversity is an important topic because your gut health depends on the diversity of the food that you eat, that’s why we always hear, “Eat the rainbow.”


Action Steps:

  • If you’re someone who works with endurance athletes like Steph does, guide them to turn things upside down and move away from the conventional sports nutrition model and help them to become fat-adapted.
  • If you’re a nutritionist working with clients who are wanting to change their body composition, teach them how to optimize their metabolism so they can burn fat.
  • Take a step back rather than looking at things too insular and end up being afraid of whole foods.
  • Learn the basics of nutrition and eating real food, and focus on what prebiotics you are getting.
  • When it comes to getting prebiotics, be gradual with it, especially if you’ve now just had the epiphany that you’ve been eating no prebiotics.
  • If you have a gut health concern, test, don’t guess.



With the start of 2019 also comes the next round of The Fat Burning Female Project with the newly beautified and updated system that we’re using. If you’re not yet familiar with what that entails, you can check out my website for more information or go back and listen to Episode 20 where I talk about it during the first part of the podcast. Sign up now and get notified as soon as enrolment opens on January 1st!

As always, if you have any questions, be on the lookout for the next Keto Hot Seat call for questions on Facebook and Instagram. Make sure your questions are short, general, and that you haven’t heard the answer to them before.

Take care!


Steph said:

“We are very quick to look for a magic pill or bypass the basics. And there is no magic pill… Most of our health goals and successes come from being really good at the basics.”

“If you eat the same thing week in, week out, that’s what your gut will look like -- it will be quite low in diversity, whereas we’re wanting to create this beautiful analogy of a rainforest.”


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More from Steph Lowe:

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Steph’s Website (The Natural Nutritionist)


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The advice and opinions in The Keto For Women show are intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical care or advice. Please always consult your medical professional for your specific health concerns.