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Live Happy, Eat Dirty Podcast with Kate Harrison (including The 5:2 Diet)

Live Happy, Eat Dirty is a podcast full of quick and dirty health and diet ideas for real people, hosted by me – Kate Harrison. Fed up with feeling guilty because you can’t be 100% perfect all the time? Live happy and eat dirty instead! In this practical and positive podcast, discover why cheese is our kind of superfood, what your gut can tell you about how to live a good life, and how part-time diets are the secret to staying in great shape for life. Hear guilty-free ideas and down to earth interviews by happily imperfect health author Kate Harrison, who loves to have her cake and eat it. In Live Happy, Eat Dirty, we say down with eating clean or feeling bad because you never want to try a triathlon. Instead, live the dirty life – enjoyable, laid back but balanced. We talk about food, diet in its broadest sense, positive mental health, gut science, intermittent fasting, 5:2 and strategies for a long and happy life. If you loathe detoxes and clean eating, but love evidence-based tips and eating well – you’re in the right place. Because you can be slim without giving up cheese, bread OR wine. You can be fit without ever trying a triathlon. And you can enjoy your life without having to be a saint. Episodes 1-20 were originally part of The 5:2 Diet Podcast and can still be enjoyed as a great introduction to the fasting lifestyle. www.the5-2dietbook.com
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Jun 20, 2018

‘Live’ foods which add back the good bacteria are the perfect way to ‘eat dirty’ – and dairy kefir can be a delicious way to enjoy the benefits. It used to be tricky to get hold of, but now different brands are appearing in the chiller cabinet, as well as in specialist health shops.

In this episode, Kate talks to Ciaran Adam, who helped to develop a range of new kefirs for The Collective Dairy in London. He talks about how our current ‘clean’ lives may not be good for our health – and how fermented foods like kefir make a positive difference. Plus why fruit plus kefir can be an explosive combination…

 Read more at The Collective Dairy.  

May 2, 2018

If you’re on a mission to improve your diet – and those friendly bacteria – then raw pickles like sauerkraut and kimchi are one of the easiest ways to add the good guys back in. And in this edition, Kate chats to Mendel of Loving Foods in Manchester, whose journey to improve his eczema led to the creation of a whole new family business.

Mendel talks us through the best ways to make probiotic foods, including:

  • The importance of burping your pickles;
  • The world of ferments from Japan to India;
  • Fermented drinks including the ‘champagne’ of Tibet.

We also debate the best use of kimchi and kraut (my money is on a cheese toastie) and learn why cabbage, turmeric and black pepper combine to form the perfect pick-me-up in a jar.

Loving Foods also helped with their tips on fermenting veggies in The Dirty Diet book. You can buy their products from Amazon and direct from their website, as well as in health food stores (mostly in NW England, but now they've got new premises, the distribution is expanding).

 

 

 

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And buy The Dirty Diet book here.

Important Note:

This podcast is for information only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. There are some people who shouldn’t follow fast: children and teenagers, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. If you take medication have a pre-existing medical condition, including Type 2 diabetes, you should talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes. In addition, anyone with a history of eating disorders should definitely not undertake this without talking to their doctor or specialist.

Apr 18, 2018

In today’s Quick and Dirty podcast on a single topic. Kate explores the D in Dirty - which is all about diversity, especially veg and fruit - how adding more variety and quantity into your diet will reap terrific benefits - and give your tastebuds and friendly gut bacteria a treat!

Kate suggests practical ways to increase your consumption. She talks through options for:

 Brilliant breakfasts and brunches;

 Lunches to look forward to;

Evening meals that end your day on a high!

 Plus why eating your greens - and reds, yellows, purples and whites -  doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. 

Apr 11, 2018

We all have trillions of bacteria living on and inside our bodies – but how can they affect weight loss, diabetes and even your mood.

 In this interview with Dr Lesley Hoyles from Imperial College in London, you’ll hear all about the gut microbiome – the collection of bacteria and other micro organisms that co-exist with us in our guts, and influence so many aspects of our health.

The balance of bugs is affected by countless things, from how you were born, to the antibiotics you’ve taken, and whether you eat live yogurt or onions.

 

Lesley gives us a tour of research into the gut microbiome and how it’s set to change the medical world.  Plus we talk about getting dirty in childhood, weight gain in farm animals, and the one transplant you don’t want to search for on YouTube

Lesley runs the Bugs in your Guts Twitter account - well worth following - and the other ones she recommends for great information about microbiology and health are:

 Gutmicrobiotaforhealth

Isappscience.org/science-of-microbiomes

Britishgut.org

Americangut.org

Prof. Jonathan Eisen's Microbiomania and Overselling the Microbiome

 If you want to nurture your own microbes, The Dirty Diet is for you. You can read Lesley’s take on the future, plus lots more practical advice on looking after your friendly bacteria – and keeping the bad ones in check – in The Dirty Diet.  

 Sign up for your FREE  Dirty Diet blueprint & news to help keep your gut healthy

Or buy The Dirty Diet book here for UK delivery.

And here for international delivery.

Apr 4, 2018

In today’s episode Helen and Kate talk dirty about carbohydrates – why they’re an essential part of our diet, and why cutting them out is so difficult to maintain. We also reveal our own top of the pops when it comes to starchy carbs… and talk about exciting new research on 5:2/Dirty Diet-style fasting and how it may benefit our health.

 

Featuring Kate Harrison and  dietitian Helen Phadnis - also known as NomNomNerd! Carbs are fuel for the body - and the fibre they contain fuels our friendly gut bacteria too. But they've been demonised on many diets, so Helen explains their role in nutrition. Kate also tells how low-carb was only ever a short-term fad for her. 

Plus we reveal the simple cooking method that helps carbs become even tastier - and more beneficial to your microbiome.

Kate also talks through the results of new research showing the potential health benefits of intermittent fasting, carried out by the University of Surrey. You can read more about that here or download the full (technical but interesting) PDF.

If the talk of oats has made you want to tuck in, there’s a free recipe for my very delicious Dirty Diet style choc-cherry granola in the Blueprint, Sign up for it here - it's completely free.

 

You can buy The Dirty Diet book here for UK delivery.

Or here for international delivery.

Mar 28, 2018

Bread has had such a bad press lately – we talk to a campaigning baker who has found ways to enjoy her own produce despite a sensitivity to wheat. Discover the secrets of good bread and why it has a place in your diet. 

If you’re boggled by bread or afraid of Big Bad Gluten, this podcast is a must-listen. Because bread and other grains can form a brilliant part of a healthy diet for most of us. 

In this interview with micro-baker Frances Reid, we learn:

  • Why time is the most important ingredient when it comes to great bread;
  • How Frances swapped working for a charity for baking dozens of loaves in her ordinary oven;
  • How she’s managed her own sensitivities so she can still enjoy her own creations.
  • sourdough croissants

 And if you want to try baking your own, learn

  • Why it’s almost impossible to kill off your starter;
  • Why a loaf will change depending on where in your home you let it rise;
  • How sourdough croissants are a labour of love.

Plus how to find good bread if you don’t have time to bake your own. And Kate talks about her own experiments with sourdough baking – and the tips she includes in The Dirty Diet: Ditch the Guilt, Love your Food.

Mar 21, 2018

Fed up with over-hyped and overpriced ‘superfoods’? In the second episode of our brand new podcast, we  look at some unexpected new superfood candidates, including smelly cheese.

 

In the second episode of Live Happy Eat Dirty – we celebrate the positive steps we can take to be healthy, happy and in good shape.   And we preview the new book, The Dirty Diet – ditch the guilt, love your food. 

Featuring Kate Harrison and  dietitian Helen Phadnis – also known as NomNomNerd!

Including:

  • Gorgonzola or goji berries – which is the real superfood?
  • Why flapjacks and fruit crumble are part of a healthy diet….
  • And hooray for crunchy-munchy foods and coffee!  

We also talk about the idea of ‘smart harvesting’ and how the microbes in our gut explain why some of us put more weight on than others.

And why The Dirty Diet was almost called The Cheese and Pickle diet…

For lots more information about the effect of microbes on your health and weight, we really recommend the Gut Microbiota for Health website.

Sign up for your FREE blueprint (available from publication date March 22 2018)

And buy The Dirty Diet book here.

Important Note:

This podcast is for information only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. There are some people who shouldn’t follow fast: children and teenagers, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. If you take medication have a pre-existing medical condition, including Type 2 diabetes, you should talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes. In addition, anyone with a history of eating disorders should definitely not undertake this without talking to their doctor or specialist.

Mar 12, 2018

Welcome to Live Happy, Eat Dirty – a podcast full of quick and dirty health and diet ideas for real people, hosted by me – Kate Harrison.

Including:

*Why Kate hates clean eating and why dietitian Helen Phadnis worries about the effect on dieters.

*The BBQ test for orthorexia

*The flexible rules for Living Dirty:

  • Diversity
  • Intermittent fasting
  • Restoring the gut microbiome
  • Training ourselves to be healthy
  • Your health and weight goals

 

Sign up for your FREE Blueprint here.

Ideas and interviews from the worlds of psychology, nutrition and more. If you loathe detoxes and clean eating, but love evidence-based tips, staying a healthy weight and eating well – you’re in the right place. 

Because you can be slim without giving up cheese, bread OR wine. You can be fit without ever trying a triathlon. And you can enjoy your life without having to be a saint.

Ditch the guilt - a happy, dirty life is so much more fun.  

Jan 16, 2018

The first episode of the 5:2 Diet Podcast for 2018 comes with exciting news. Kate Harrison explains how the podcast is going to expand to include more tips, ideas and interviews to help you stay a healthy weight, and feel better in body and mind.

To tie in with Kate’s new intermittent fasting approach – The Dirty Diet: Ditch the Guilt, Love your Food – this podcast is going to get bigger and better, with episodes on:

  • Why cheese is a superfood (if superfoods even exist);
  • How carbs keep you human;
  • Eating more germs – why dirt keeps you alive;
  • House-training for humans – the science of good habits.

Plus, Kate will be chatting regularly to dietitian and nutrition expert Helen Phadnis, and many other people in the food, health and psychology world – as well as people who’ve achieved amazing things with this way of life. Kate's guinea pig dieters lost up to 15lbs in only 4 weeks on The Dirty Diet, and also saw significant improvements to their gut health, digestion, skin and sleep.

The new approach also means a new title – Live Happy, Eat Dirty: health & diet ideas for real people. Kate explains what that means and what’s coming up. If you’re already subscribed to the podcast, you don’t need to do anything to get the new episodes – but if not, subscribe through iTunes or your podcast provider.

To read more, go to thedirty-diet.com or preorder the new book.

Or go to the shownotes on the 5:2 website

 Important Note:

This podcast is for information only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. There are some people who shouldn’t follow this diet: children and teenagers, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. If you take medication have a pre-existing medical condition, including Type 2 diabetes, you should talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes. In addition, anyone with a history of eating disorders should definitely not undertake this without talking to their doctor or specialist.

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