Life Check Yourself Episode 347 – With Dr. Megan Rossi: Don't Make Those Last 10 Pounds the Reason You Aren’t Dating
Marni welcomes Dr. Megan Rossi, aka The Gut Health Doctor, into the Life Check Yourself studio. As a Registered Dietician, Dr. Rossi is one of the most influential gut health specialists in the world. She is a nutritionist, a leading research fellow at King’s College in London, and the founder of the Gut Health Clinic. Her book, The Gut Health Doctor: An Easy-to-Digest Guide to Health from the Inside Out, is a must-read for those looking to be their best self.
Takeaways from this episode:
- Nourishing the brain through the gut
- Health benefits of pre and probiotics
- Should we eat superfoods?
- Tips for adding plants to a diet
How Food Connects to Our Emotional Wellbeing [2:10]
Nutrition has systemic benefits for every organ in our body. Gut bacteria do more than people realize. So what we feed them has a direct cause on how they can help us. Nutritionists today understand much better than in the past the connection between the gut and the brain. Hence the term gut instinct.
Food can not only taste amazing it can also do amazing things for the body.
Megan shares the key principles of her book, How to Eat More Plants, and explains the difference between prebiotics and probiotics.
30-Plant Points a Week [12:07]
Megan shares findings from a U.S. research study that found people who ate more than 30 different plants a week had better gut health than those that ate the same ten veggies on repeat. It didn’t matter if the person was a vegan or omnivore. It was the plant diversity that made the difference. Each different type of plant has hundreds of benefits for different gut bacteria.
If you only ate superfoods you would limit your bacterial diversity.
Tips for Adding Extra Plants to a Diet [22:19]
In her book, The Gut Health Doctor: An Easy-to-Digest Guide to Health from the Inside Out, Megan offers tips and tricks that help add more plants to a diet. It includes a 28-day plant challenge, how to consume legumes without bloating, and recipes that add plants to everyday meals without a hassle.