Low-Carb Conversations
Low-Carb Conversations features conversations with host Leah Williamson, NTP and a variety of voices in the Low-Carb, Keto, Paleo and Real Food movements, expressing many different points of view.

This week on Low Carb Conversations with Leah Williamson and Guests we are joined again by our special guest co-host Marty Kendall along with Alex Leaf, researcher at Examine.com and Mike Julian who has a passionate interest in nutrition and one of the Admins of Optimising Nutrition.

Sit back and relax while Leah and Marty discuss the latest news headlines with special guests.

This week on the show Leah, Marty, Alex and Julian discuss Roy Taylor's intensive weight loss diet for type 2 diabetics that totals about 825 calories a day.  Can this really work?  The next article brings up the topic again for protein.  We hear Alex and Mike's thoughts around this and around exogenous ketones.  Make sure you listen in to get all the facts.


12 Weeks on a Strict Liquid Diet Program Reverses Diabetes


How Too Much Protein is Bad for Ketosis



If you would like to keep the conversation flowing and share your thoughts on the discussion join us in the Low Carb Conversations Facebook Discussion Group.

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This week on Low Carb Conversations with Leah Williamson and Guests we are joined again by our special guest co-host Marty Kendall along with Dave Feldman systems engineer and bio hacker at Cholesterol Code along with Ken Sikaris Principal Fellow of the Department of Pathology at Melbourne University.

Sit back and relax while Leah and Marty discuss the latest news headlines with special guests.


Both Ken and Dave have been the most requested on the show so we could not let our listeners down! So first up  we answer some listener questions on Cholesterol and then we take another look at Roy Taylor's 12 Week Liquid Diet.  Instead of a second news article this week we discuss another Podcast! We discuss the Nourish Balance Thrive podcast with Christopher Kelly and Dr Tommy Wood about reference ranges for various common blood markers.






Find out more about Dave Feldman and see his talk at Low Carb Down Under

Find out more about Ken Sikaris and see his talk at Low Carb Down Under

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This week on Low Carb Conversations with Leah Williamson and Guests we are joined again by our special guest co-host Marty Kendall along with Luis Villasenor and Tyler Cartwright from Ketogains.

Sit back and relax while Leah and Marty discuss the latest news headlines with special guests.


This week on the show Leah and Marty announce they are giving the Ketogains Bootcamp a try! Leah, Marty, Luis and Tyler chat about what is involved in the Ketogains Bootcamp.  An amazing 637 people have done the Ketogains beginner and novice Bootcamps and have lost a total of 10,000 kg or 22,000 pounds.  This is an average of 16 kg or 35 lb per person.  

However. the big question asked is will Leah end up buff before her 40th birthday in March? Find out more about Ketogains Bootcamps and join in the next round on February 26.


Luis and Tyler share their powerful journeys of weight loss and health and what motivates them.  Tune in as you really do not want to miss their inspiring words.  And do not forget about the news health headlines we review- all about protein and fasting.


3 Tips for Protein Consumption on a Low Carb or Ketogenic Diet



To Fast or Not to Fast: What Are the Risks of Fasting?



If you would like to keep the conversation flowing and share your thoughts on the discussion join us in the Low Carb Conversations Facebook Discussion Group.

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Welcome to a New Year and a new episode of Low Carb Conversations!

Leah is joined by her new Guest Co-Host Marty Kendall from Optimizing Nutrition.  Get to know Marty a little more! He will be joining Low Carb Conversations for a few episodes in January.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s episode!

Our Guests this week on Low Carb Conversations with Leah Williamson NTP and Guests are Husband and Wife Gary and Belinda Fettke. Gary Fettke is an Australian orthopaedic surgeon, low carb, healthy fat advocate and you might recall he was the Doctor reprimanded by medical watchdog AHPRA (which is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) for suggesting his patients eat low-carb diets and AHPRA said he was not qualified to give nutritional advice.  His wife, Belinda Fettke, also a low carb healthy fat advocate took over their website No Fructose and social media accounts to keep the low carb healthy fat message alive.  Listen in as Gary and Belinda share their story.

BMI is underestimating obesity in Australia, waist circumference needs to be measured too


 Study: Poor People Eating Properly would Accelerate Global Warming


First up is an article around Body Mass Index (BMI) and whether we are underestimating the prevalence of obesity in the Australian population by using BMI as the measurement and that waistlines of Australian adults are increasing faster than body weight.  Why is BMI not accurate and should be measuring waist circumference or something else?

The second article is around a study that claims if poor people were to eat real food then it would accelerate climate change. Listen to the Fettke's response on this!  In the article Belinda and Gary quote article where Paul Behrens is quoted as saying:

“Of all the foods, beef has the biggest impact on global warming. Raising cows for beef demands 28 times more land, 11 times more water, and five times more greenhouse gases than other animal-based foods like chicken, pork, and dairy. Fertilizer and cow dung also run into rivers and cause toxic algal blooms that kill plants and fish” Behrens says. Plus, “cattle have this digestion process in their stomachs that releases a lot of methane, which is a very powerful greenhouse gas,” he adds. Yes, cow farts contribute to climate change.

And remember our secret health headline!  Will it be a game changer?

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Belinda's talk at Low Carb Down Under: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlhL-WQ_X2Y&feature=youtu.be

Crossfit Games Talk mentioned:

https://isupportgary.com/articles/2017-crossfit-live-stream Dr. Gary Fettke discusses 'The Role of Nutrition in Health, Education, Economics, Politics, Environment and Beliefs' at the CrossFit Health Conference, Madison Wisconsin, 2 August 2017.


No Fructose


Study: Poor People Eating Properly would accelerate Global Warming




This photo shows Gary and Belinda braving the storm!

Theme and interstitial music:

Out of It (Rambling Man Remixes) by andrewbowden (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/andrewbowden/33629 Ft: Brad Sucks

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Before our big announcement - please let us say THANK YOU dear listeners from the bottom of our heart for supporting us on this amazing journey this past year.  We had some big shoes to fill when the previous hosts handed it over but we hope you have enjoyed getting to know Kara and Leah and reviewing the latest news health headlines.

Now for the announcement -  it is with sadness we announce that Kara has decided to move on from the podcast next year and we wish her all the success with her future.  Who knows, maybe she will come back as a guest one time?!  Leah has decided to stay on and until the right co-host is found you will able to enjoy a selection of special guest hosts including Shawn Mynar from Keto for Women.  Thank you once again for your support and we can't wait to debate and debunk some more health news articles in 2018!

Now to episode 250

Diana Rodgers from Sustainable Dish joins Kara and Leah on this week’s episode of Low Carb Conversations with Kara Halderman and Leah Williamson. 

Sit back, relax with a kale juice and enjoy this week’s episode!

GMOs as safe as conventional food, beneficial for farmers — scientists


Quarter of millennials have absolutely no interest in cookery



This week on Low Carb Conversations, Diana Rodgers shares information her new documentary called, “Kale Vs. Cow: The Case for Better Meat". Kale Vs. Cow is the brainchild of Diana Rodgers of Sustainable Dish, a real food dietician living on a working organic farm. The film focuses on the most vilified of farm animals, the cow, ultimately making the case that eliminating animals from our food system will cause more harm than good.  Contrary to popular media messages that demonize beef, well-managed cattle are one of our best chances at improving soil health and sequestering carbon. Red meat is also a superfood, rich in high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals. Red meat is not the enemy.

Diana needs your help! Support Kale vs. Cow’s crowdfunding campaign here!


Diana, Kara and Leah discuss an article where by a conference in the Philippines stated that GMO's where in fact, safe.  What do you think?  Then they discuss an article about Millennial's and how they just don't seem to see the need to cook these days.  Do you fall in that category?

And do you have a beef with our secret health headline?




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Author of "Never Binge Again", Dr. Glenn Livingston and Primal Health Coach Rachel Peterson from Austin, Texas join Kara Halderman and Leah Williamson on this week's episode of Low Carb Conversations with Kara Halderman and Leah Williamson. 

Sit back, relax and enjoy this week's episode!

Eating Disorders, Autoimmune, and Autoinflammatory Disease


It's Not Your Fault — Junk Food is Twice as Distracting as Healthy Food


This week on Low Carb Conversations Dr. Glenn Livingston and Rachel Peterson are here to share their health perspectives! Dr. Glenn Livingston is the Author of Never Binge Again (#1 on Kindle for Eating Disorders). As part of his own journey from obesity, 'exercise bulemia' and food prison to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food, Dr Livingston created a unique and unorthodox methodology for helping people to change the mindset behind the behaviors. With it, he helps restore free will, empowering people out from under feeling enslaved to certain foods and triggers.

Rachel Peterson is a Primal Health Coach and lifestyle blogger from Austin, Tx. She’s passionate about thyroid and autoimmune health, loves dreaming up healthy delicious recipes and wants to lend support to others going through their own health journeys. Check out her blog! 

Rachel, Glenn, Leah and Kara discuss a new study connecting eating disorders to autoimmune disease. So what came first: autoimmunity or the eating disorder? Listen to the gusts discuss their opinions! The second article is a study showing we are hard wired to seek out high-calorie junk food from survival instincts. But how do they advise dealing with that? Moderation. See what Glenn and Rachel have to say about that on this week's episode!

And remember our secret health headline!


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Lauryn Lax, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and  Megan Ellam, Food Blogger join Leah and Kara this week for Episode 248 of “Low Carb Conversations with Leah Williamson and Kara Halderman”.

Sit back, relax and listen with a tablespoon of Christmas spice nut butter while Leah and Kara talk with health experts on the latest health headlines!

FDA moves to revoke soy health claim



Trendy Paleo diet can help you lose weight in the short-term but may cause an iodine deficiency that could lead to weight gain, depression and infertility, reveals new study



Dr Lauryn Lax shares her journey through an eating disorder and how she turned this into a passion for helping people on their health journey and Megan Ellam shares her passion for low carb cooking found through healing on a ketogenic diet.

Kara, Leah and Lauryn and Megan discuss a retraction from the US Food and Drug Federation around soy and it's health benefits.  Is this the start of something bigger? We then look at a study on iodine levels.  The study suggests iodine is lower on those on a paleo diet. Is it because they are not eating iodine fortified foods such as white bread? Tune in to find out this and more!

Oh and hey remember our secret health headline ….it's very festive!


The Nutritional Therapy Conference: http://www.nutritionaltherapyconference.com/ - come and visit Kara and I there!

Dr Lauryn Lax: https://drlauryn.com

Megan Ellam: https://www.lowcarbmixers.com

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The Ketogenic Girl herself, Vanessa Spina joins Leah and Kara this week for Episode 247 of “Low Carb Conversations with Leah Williamson and Kara Halderman”.

Sit back, relax and listen with some salami and cheese while Leah and Kara talk with health experts on the latest health headlines!

Keto OS Side Effects and Benefits: Is It Worth It?


Cheese and salami are apparently the best foods for your teeth


Vanessa Spina, the Ketogenic Girl, is back on the Low Carb Conversations Podcast! Vanessa is a ketogenic coach and educator, creating meal plans, delicious recipes and working with others to help them maximize health and loose weight with a ketogenic diet. She shares with us her story on how after years of chronic pain, fatigue and body image issues, a properly formulated ketogenic diet turned all that around. She even had a new book release on November 7th, Keto Essentials. 

Kara, Leah and Vanessa debate the new trend of exogenous ketones. Are they the most effective way to burn fat and get into ketosis? Vanessa explains her take on them and how she would rather see her clients make their own ketones and utilizing their healing properties. In the second article, it is explained how cheese and salami are the best foods for our teeth health. They provide the most fat soluble vitamins needed for healthy bones and keep the environment surrounding our teeth happy.

Remember our secret health headline ....as if you didn't get enough cheese already!







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Robyn Johnson, Integrative Nutritionist and Registered Dietician Nutritionist from Kansas City and Lisa Kara, certified yoga instructor and a health foodie extraordinaire from Zinc Nutrition joins Leah and Kara this week for Episode 245 of “Low Carb Conversations with Leah Williamson and Kara Halderman”.

Sit back, relax and listen with some avocado toast while Leah and Kara talk with health experts on the latest health headlines!

The totally unsexy path to healthy eating (and why we’re not following it)


Someone has gone and invented diet avocados


Learn more about Robyn's amazing turn around from guttate psoriasis through functional nutrition and Lisa's bio-individual approach to her thriving practice in Los Angeles.

Lisa, Robyn, Kara and Leah discuss an article surrounding moderation, that proposes moderation is the true key to health and success. But with so many different views on what eating "moderately" means, how can that be true? The main points from the article are: extreme diets create all or nothing mentality and unhealthy relationships with food easily persuade audiences. Lisa and Robyn break it all down, and discuss if moderation is truly the answer.

Ready for low fat avocados? Leah reads a shocking health headline about new avocados being sold in Spain that have 30% fat. What?! If you're thinking what we're thinking, head on over and listen to the response.

And remember our secret health headline 








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Mandy Thomas, nutritionist and financial coach and health influencer and motivational expert, Melanie Miller join Leah and Kara this week for Episode 245 of “Low Carb Conversations with Leah Williamson and Kara Halderman”.


Sit back, relax and listen with your budget in hand while Leah and Kara talk with health experts on the latest health headlines!

Financial Stress and Your Health 


The 15 foods scientists claim will ward off hunger pangs and keep your diet on track



Listen in as Mandy shares her transformational story resolving her severe digestive issues through addressing her finances. She discovered that nutrition is not always the only answer; and she had to take a deeper look at her life to get to the root cause of her problems. Melanie talks about how keto gave her her life back, and eventually went on to start Keto Academy with the one and only Jimmy Moore!

Leah, Kara, Melanie and Mandy first discuss a headline related to finances to physical health. Mandy gives examples of how addressing the cause of your stress can resolve the physical symptoms in your life; and gives tangible tips to getting your finances on track. Melanie talks about how she sees stress related illness in her practice all the time and ways to deflect the stress.

Leah then reads a conflicting article about which foods are best for warding off hunger. The article pushes that amino acids from animal protein provide the most satiating affect, yet recommends a plant based diet simultaneously. See what they had to say about that one!

And remember out secret health headline, it's a sweet treat.

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Melanie's  ghost poo aka cream cheese clouds




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