Feeding Your Brain, Building Your Body: 21st Century Health and Fitness with Mark Mattson Ph.D. & Gillian Goerzen

Original Air Date Wednesday, January 9, 2018 

Fitness programs, diet fads and meal plans come and go, but the tried and true, age-old, movement and eating patterns of our ancestors have kept humans healthy for generations. The relatively new fitness industry was designed to guide people to better eating habits and lifestyle management, but where did it go wrong? Has it become so market-driven that it fails to follow health science and instead leads with looks? Host, Lisa Kamen speaks with two health professionals who recommend we get back to basics. Dr. Mark Mattson infers that intermittent fasting can affect our physical as well as our mental health and Gillian Goerzen hopes to redefine fitness goals to include a healthy mind, body, and spirit.


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Dr. Mark Mattson — Fasting for Clarity:
  • Dr. Mattson describes how modern humans consume food as compared to preagricultural humans and wild animals. [3:10]
  • Intermittent fasting: What is it and how does it benefit human health? [5:58]
  • How increasing the BDNF protein with exercise and intermittent fasting may be the key to resolving depression. [14:29]
  • Tools to help people shift their mindset and adapt to a lifestyle change. [22:57]


Mark Mattson is Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging, and a Professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. His research is aimed at understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain aging and the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, and stroke. His work has elucidated how the brain responds adaptively to challenges such as fasting and exercise, and he has used that information to develop novel interventions to promote optimal brain function throughout life. Dr. Mattson is among the most highly cited neuroscientists in the world with an ‘h’ index of over 200.

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Gillian Goerzen — Redefining Fitness:
  • Why we have to be more intentional about moving our bodies without dreading ‘exercise’. [30:01]
  • Gillian shares how she incorporates mindfulness, compassion, acceptance, and appreciation into keeping her body healthy. [34:28]
  • How to redefine the way we address our health and fitness. [42:11]
  • Why you should get rid of the scale and add some ZZZ’s to your healthy routine. [46:20]

Health and Fitness Coach Gillian Goerzen wants you to ditch your diet and quit doing workouts you dread. With a degree in Kinesiology and over 20 years of health coaching experience, Gillian’s personalized lifestyle strategies have helped hundreds of clients redefine what fitness means to them, and get lasting results they never dreamed possible. From hating her body at the age of 5, it took more than 20 years, an eating disorder, an Ironman, and becoming a mom to finally uncover the kinder, more compassionate approach to health and fitness that she
teaches today.

Book: Elephant in the Gym: Your Body-Positive Guide to Writing Your Own Health and Fitness Story

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