Ashleigh VanHouten: Carnivore Diet MYTHS, Meal Ideas + Pro Tips

Ashleigh Vanhouten

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In this episode health coach and author Ashleigh VanHouten gives us a full rundown on the carnivore diet from debunking common myths to understanding the health benefits of eating more animal protein (including organ meats + collagen!). By taking cues from our ancestors we see just how far we've moved away from using all parts of the animal and therefore, how our health has evolved and changed as well - not necessarily always for the better. Plus, she gives us some practical tips on how to actually incorporate these nutrient-dense foods into our diet.

Ashleigh is a health coach, speaker, podcast host, and author of one of the only nose-to-tail, organ-meat centric cookbooks in existence, called It Takes Guts. Her new book is called Carnivore-ish. She is the host of the Muscle Maven Radio podcast, downloaded more than 1.5 million times, where she interviews some of the leading minds in exercise and nutrition methodology and overall wellness. Ashleigh is also a consultant in the fitness industry, helping others build their brand and communicate their messages to the world. She’s developed a range of coaching programs and workshops aimed at improving physical strength, overall wellness, and a deeper understanding of our bodies and optimal health, including Muscle Science for Women and the Jacked Back Pull-Up Program. Connect with Ashleigh on Instagram @themusclemaven or on her website,

A few of my favorite things we cover this episode:

  • The different types of carnivore diets and the importance of finding the one that fits your body and your lifestyle
  • The ancestral heritage of a carnivore diet
  • Debunking myths surrounding organ meat
  • Different ways to incorporate organ meats into your diet

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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum and the brand new book Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel.