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This week on the podcast I speak to entrepreneur, recipe developer, Sarah Tanner who describes herself as an organic and holistic home cooking kiwi. She is an ambassador for Ceres Organics and Bioblends and has grown in this space as a plant-based advocate. Mikki speaks to Sarah about the shift away from her vegan diet to an omnivore approach for health based reasons and what this transition has meant for her personally and professionally. Sarah shares some of the insights she has and her role and responsibility as an influencer in this space and how her audience has responded.Sarah can be found at: Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at and 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
Prof Esser talks about what we know with regards to what impacts the circadian rhythm (and what even is it?) and how important regulating both our master clock and the peripheral clocks for our overall health outcomes. We discuss how exercise impacts our circadian biology, and if there is a ‘better’ time of day to do exercise. We also talk about the impact of the circadian rhythm on metabolising different nutrients and what we do or don’t know about the impact of the circadian rhythm on the absorption of pharmaceuticals and supplements. We also talk about sex differences. This is a great conversation and I think you’re going to love it.Dr Esser is a Professor of Physiology and Associate Director of the Myology Institute at the University of Florida.Her lab has been working in the area of skeletal muscle adaptation for over 20 years. Initially research was focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie adult skeletal muscle adaptation to exercise. However, in 2002 they were using an early generation microarray assay and discovered that genes important for circadian rhythms were also at work in skeletal muscle. Since that early observation, her lab has pioneered research on the role of circadian rhythms and the circadian clock mechanism in skeletal muscle. Currently our lab is focused on; 1) basic science experiments to define the genomic network downstream of the clock that modulates muscle health. 2) learning how age changes the clock function in skeletal muscle and other tissues; and 3) learning how exercise works with the circadian clock to help promote tissue and systemic healthDr Karyn Esser can be found here Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at and 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
Dr Carrie Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who is board certified in Naturopathic Endocrinology (FABNE) with a Master's in Public Health (MPH) having over 17 years in the field of functional and integrative medicine. As former Adjunct Faculty for the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), she has taught courses in both Gynecology and Advanced Endocrinology. She was the Medical Director for two large integrative clinics in Portland, Oregon and the Medical Director for Precision Analytical Inc, creators of the DUTCH Test for almost 10 years. She is the Clinical Expert for the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center (LMRC) serving the SOS Stress Recovery Program. Currently, she is the Head of Medical Education at Rupa Health."Understanding the human body is complicated. My job is not to judge. My job is to educate and empower. "Dr Carrie Jones can be found here tag Contact Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at and Save 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Dr Sara Campbell about exercise, the gut and our gut microbiome. We discuss the bi-directional relationship between the gut and our exercise patterns, what sex differences might exist, and the relative usefulness of probiotics and prebiotics for helping optimise our gut health. It’s an exciting time for research in this area, with so much we don’t know. Dr Campbell is an expert in what we DO know. Dr Sara Campbell is an ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR and the GRADUATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR  in KINESIOLOGY AND APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY at Rutgers University, with a specialist research area in metabolism, the gut and the impact of exercise on the gut.Sara can be found here: Contact Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Dr Stephan Guyenet, obesity researcher and neuroscience expert about energy balance, weight maintenance and the brain. Mikki and Stephan discuss the role of hormones, the food environment and the brain and how to manage to maintain a healthy weight when these tend to conspire against us.Stephan Guyenet has BS in biochemistry and a PhD in neuroscience, then went on to study the neuroscience of obesity and eating behavior as a postdoctoral fellow.  He has spent 12 years in the neuroscience research world studying neurodegenerative disease and the neuroscience of body fatness.  His publications in scientific journals have been cited more than 3,600 times  and today, he continues his mission to advance science and public health as a researcher, science consultant, and science communicator.  His book, The Hungry Brain, was released in February of 2017 and was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and called “essential” by the New York Times Book Review.  He is a Senior Researcher at GiveWell and scientific reviewer for the Research Digest.  He is also the founder and director of Red Pen Reviews, which publishes the most informative, consistent, and unbiased popular health and nutrition book reviews available.  He also periodically contributes to the scientific literature and is a review editor at Frontiers in Nutrition.Stephan can be found at Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
Mikki and Rick talk about how he developed an interest in fructose, how fructose impacts blood pressure and what types of foods and drinks are most detrimental (i.e. do we have to avoid fruit?).  They also talk about Rick’s new book Nature Wants us to be Fat, and the importance of the ‘survival switch’ and how the modern environment has turned something that kept us alive for thousands of years into something that now drives metabolic disease. Dr. Richard Johnson was formerly the chief of the Renal Division and Hypertension at the University of Colorado for nine years. He’s a physician that is trained in internal medicine, infectious disease, and nephrology. Along with having an active clinical practice, he is a widely cited NIH-funded scientist who has lectured in over 40 countries and has authored three books, The Sugar Fix, The Fat Switch, and the new Nature Wants Us to Be Fat. Dr. Johnson has a special interest in the role of sugar and especially fructose and its byproduct uric acid in driving metabolic and kidney disorders. Dr Richard Johnson: Wants Us to be Fat Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Dr Bill Harris, one of the world’s leading  experts in the field of omega-3 fatty acid research. His work focuses on the roles that fatty acids play in cardiovascular and neurocognitive health. We talk about omega 3s, their unique characteristics which makes them so important for health, the difference between plant and fish omega 3 fatty acids, how best to measure them and at what amounts we should be consuming them. We also talk about what the research shows in relation to cardiovascular disease and their neurological benefits.Bill Harris is the author of more than 300 scientific papers on fatty acids and health. He is a professor in the Department of Medicine in the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota, the co-inventor of the Omega-3 Index, founder of OmegaQuant Analytics, and president and founder of the Fatty Acid Research Institute.Bill Harris can be found here: articles: 
This week on the podcast Mikki talks to Dom Harvey, podcaster, former radio DJ, avid runner about how running has transformed his life through some of his more challenging times. Dom is such a great personality and we talk on a range of topics in this podcast, including his training, his time on early morning radio at The Edge, his move away and now as a podcaster, his fertility challenges and how this impacted him. Importantly, as a runner, he shares his love of running. Something that we have in common. Usually Dom’s the one asking the questions, so it was a great opportunity to have him on the other side of the mic.Dom Harvey is a broadcaster, writer and runner.He was the host of nationwide The Edge breakfast show from 2001 to 2021.He has written three best seller books including Running a Love story which we discuss here. Career highlights include winning the Sir Paul Holmes Award for NZ broadcaster of the year.Outside of radio, he is passionate about running. He has run all 6 of the world marathon majors (New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin, London and Boston).His best time for the marathon was a sub 3 hour marathon in Tokyo where he ran in 2.57. He wrote about his quest to run a sub 3 hour marathon in his book Running: A love story.In 2018 he ran five marathons in five days and in the process him and his friends at The Edge raised $250,000 so a young girl could get cancer treatment in Barcelona. That effort earned him a Kiwi bank NZ Local Hero award and also an Outstanding contribution to radio award.Dom can be found here:’s podcast, Runners Only, can be found here:’s books: Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Mike Murphy, Professor of Mitochondrial Redox Biology and co-creator of Mito Q, a coQ10 supplement  that is specifically designed to target the mitochondria and offset free radical damage created through oxidative stress and improve health-related outcomes related to mitochondrial dysfunction. Of which there are many! Despite the science-based nature of the topic, Mike is great at distilling down information that we can all understand, and we discuss the latest research that links mitochondria to our health and wellbeing, and some tactics to help improve our cellular health.Mike Murphy studied chemistry at Trinity College, Dublin (1980-4) and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from Peterhouse, University of Cambridge (1984-7), carrying out research in the group of Martin Brand on mechanisms of mitochondrial proton pumping. Mike then carried out postdoctoral work at Columbia University (1988), followed by working as a VSO teacher in Zimbabawe (1989) and as a Lecturer in Biochemistry at Trinity College, Dublin (1990-2). He then moved to the Biochemistry Department at the University of Otago, New Zealand (1992-2001), to set up his own research group, moving up to the level of Associate Professor.  During this time he spent sabbatical visits in the lab of Jeff Schatz in Basel and that of Victor Darley-Usmar in Birmingham, Alabama.  Mike joined the MRC MBU to establish an independent research group to study mitochondrial dysfunction in 2001. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (Hon FRSNZ) in 2012 and was awarded the Keilin Memorial Lecture and Medal in 2016. Mike has been a Wellcome Trust Investigator since 2016. He was appointed Professor of Mitochondrial Redox Biology (Cambridge University) in 2018.  Mike was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2019. Mike can be found here: Contact Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
This week on the podcast I speak to Darren Ellis, former owner of Cross Fit NZ, the first Cross Fit gym in New Zealand, all about considerations as we age for men over 40 years. Darren and Mikki talk about health and longevity as you age, and some of the common myths and misconceptions that Darren sees/hears in the fitness industry and how these can stop men (in particular) from focusing on their health when they need it most. Darren talks through the simple starting points that he uses with his clients to help them recover from their 20s-30s and get fit as they age.Darren: Contact Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to functional medicine doctor Joe Mather, who is also the lead physician at The Ruscio Clinic, about how he uses diet and lifestyle to help improve overall health of his clients, the functional medicine tests that we should explore and the ones that we shouldn’t waste our money on. We talk about the importance of gut health on overall health and wellbeing and what to look for in a probiotic. We also discuss other helpful supplements that Joe uses to get the best results for his patients. A lot of practical tips with this one, We hope you enjoy!Joe Mather, MD, MPH&TM, is a board-certified Family Practice physician who practices Functional Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Public Health in 2011 and completed his residency in 2014. In his medical practice he focuses on delivering cost-effective and practical medical care with a focus on GI health. He spends a lot of time working with patients suffering from complex diseases and helping patients to optimize their longevity. When he is not working with patients you will find him chasing his three small children, exercising or meditating.Joe Mather: Gut Healthy You up to Mondays Matter Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Professor Dorothy Sears about her research into time restricted eating, metabolic health, prolonged sitting and breast cancer risk. Professor Sears talks about how she got into this field of research and what her research, along with others, has discovered about the risk of breast cancer and the timing of our food intake, other lifestyle factors that contribute to breast cancer risk, and the importance of avoiding prolonged sitting for metabolic health.Dorothy Sears is a Professor of medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine.Dorothy’s research focus is on obesity and risk for obesity-related diseases including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Her  approach incorporates dietary and behavioral intervention, systems biology, lipidomics, metabolomics, epigenetics, expression profiling, and single gene analyses in humans and rodent models. Her goals are to identify and characterize genes, metabolites, biochemical pathways, and behaviors that regulate and/or are biomarkers of cardiometabolic disease risk and which can be used as novel targets for disease risk reduction, therapy, and/or diagnosis.Prof Sears contact and links to publications: week talking to dr Joe Mather from the Ruscio Clinic about gut health, functional testing (and if it’s worth it) and probioticsContact Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
Cliff Harvey, PhD, is New Zealand’s expert on the effects of a ketogenic diet in a healthy population, but so much more than that. He has been  helping people to live healthier, happier lives, and to perform better since starting in clinical practice (way back...) in the late 1990s. Over this time he has been privileged to work with many Olympic, professional, Commonwealth and other high performing athletes. He has also worked with many people to overcome the effects of chronic and debilitating health conditions. Along the way he has founded or co-founded many successful businesses in the health, fitness and wellness space, including the Nutrition Store Online and Holistic Performance Institute, NZ’s leading certification and diploma for health, nutrition, health coaching and performance that has many of the world experts teaching on the course, so students are learning from the best. Cliff has  over 20 years experience as a strength and nutrition coach and, in addition to his PhD research, he is a Registered Clinical Nutritionist, qualified Naturopath (Dip.Nat – NCNZ) and holds a diploma in Fitness Training (AUT) and Health Coaching in Patient Care.You can find Cliff over at Store Online: is a coach, athlete, author, and educator. A trainer since the early 2000’s, he’s worked in the US Air force, commercial gyms, private training studios, medical fitness and strength and conditioning facilities. As a part of 3DMJ he coaches drug free strength and physique competitors at all levels. Eric has competed since the mid 2000’s in natural bodybuilding, unequipped powerlifting and dabbled in Olympic lifting. He earned pro status as a natural bodybuilder with the PNBA in 2011 and competes with the IPF at international level events as an unequipped powerlifter.Eric has published multiple peer reviewed articles in exercise science and nutrition journals and writes for commercial fitness publications. He’s taught undergraduate and graduate level nutrition and exercise science and speaks internationally at academic and commercial conferences for fitness, nutrition and strength and conditioning. He has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, a PhD in strength and conditioning, and is a research fellow for AUT at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand. He is also co-founder for MASS monthly strength and conditioning review.Links:Eric Helms: Culture podcast: monthly research review: Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
Eimear and Mikki discuss the pivotal times across the life span where we grow and lose bone, what impacts negatively on bone turnover (and accelerates bone loss) how we can hold on to the bone we have, and practical things we can do to protect our skeletal structure as we age. We also talk about Dr Dolans new paper looking at low energy availability and the life history theory - through an evolutionary lens. Those who listened and enjoyed Herman Pontzers interview will also enjoy this conversation.Dr Dolan: (this also links to the publications we discuss)Free webinar: If not fasting, then what? Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Michelle Matangi, health and lifestyle coach and health coach in Taranaki, about her transformation of mind, body and attitude and how she uses what she has learned over the last 15 years to help other peopleMichelle shares how she found herself turning to food as a way to distract herself from things in her life that were uncomfortable or difficult to deal with, and how discovering Mark Sisson and Primal eating (a version of paleo) helped begin her path to ditching the dieting mentality and focused on nourishing herself - and it was a long (is a long) journey!She realised that it wasn’t food or diet that would ultimately help her but actually she needed to be able to know herself and  be  kind to myself. She realises that people cannot live to their full potential when limited to other peoples rules and we chat about the resources she has used to help guide her over the last two decades which in turn she uses with her clients. Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
Dom teaches students of the Morsani College of Medicine and the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, with a focus on such topics as neuropharmacology, medical biochemistry, physiology, neuroscience, and neuropharmacology. He is also a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) to assist with their efforts towards optimizing the safety, health and resilience of the warfighter and astronaut. His lab develops and tests metabolic therapies, including calorie restriction protocols, intermittent fasting, ketogenic diets and exogenous ketones (ketone supplements) for CNS oxygen toxicity (seizures), epilepsy, metabolic disorders, Alzheimer's disease, ALS, muscle wasting, cancer and human performance applications. Personal Website:’s Linktree: Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at
This week Mikki speaks to Melanie Wales, a yoga teacher, fitness coach and massage therapist about her transformation over the last 6 years that has resulted in a weight loss of 145 lb. Mel shares it all with us on today’s podcast - the nutrition and training tools that helped her, how important goal setting and mindset was in her ongoing journey, where the challenges lay for her and how she helps others transform themselves too. Mel shares all of this over on IG on a weekly basis, and you can see her progress there. She also has a website where you can touch base with her for coaching enquiries , virtual yoga classes and also to purchase her cookbook which I really love.Mel can be found at: Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at
This week Mikki speaks to Dr Darren Candow, one of the world’s experts in creatine. They discuss the role of creatine in health and performance, what the research shows with regards to creatine as an ergogenic aid, and the emerging research that illustrates its role in brain and bone health. They also discuss the mis-information that exists with creatine and sets the story straight.Dr. Darren Candow, PhD, CSEP-CEP, is a Full Professor and Associate Dean-Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies, University of Regina. Dr. Candow supervises the Aging Muscle and Bone Health Laboratory and serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, and Biogerontology. Dr. Candow has received over $1.5 million in research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and the Nutricia Research Foundation and has published over 100 journal and knowledge dissemination articles involving exercise and nutrition. Dr. Candow also serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for TDF Sports. Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at
This week Mikki talks again to Lola Berry, the host of the Fearlessly Failing podcast – leading Aussie nutritionist and bestselling author, about her new book of the same name. As one of the key creators of the early wellness scene in Australia, Lola knows a thing or two about how to overcome body and mental health issues with a complete life reset. She also knows the pain of fear and failure, having experienced life’s inevitable ups and downs in her professional life and intimate relationships.Fearlessly Failing is about how to grow through challenges and embrace the lessons so-called failure can teach us, and the discussion today centres around that.Born and raised in Melbourne, Lola Berry is the bestselling author of eleven books, including the groundbreaking The Happy Cookbook. With a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine, her mission through her books, content creating, podcasting and speciality coffee company is to help as many people as possible live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life.Lola’s big on chasing dreams. That’s where her popular podcast Fearlessly Failing was born from – she interviews people about how failure can be a gift and is often the key to success.Currently studying acting and TV presenting, Lola divides her time between Byron Bay and Los AngelesContact Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at
Robb Wolf, is a former research biochemist and 2X New York Times/Wall Street Journal Best-selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. He and co-author Diana Rodgers recently released their book, Sacred Cow, which explains why well-raised meat is good for us and good for the planet. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top-ranked Itunes podcast, books and seminars. He’s known for his direct approach and ability to distill and synthesize information to make the complicated stuff easier to understand.Robb can be found over at Electrolyte Rebellion Radio: Wired to Eat: Cow: Mikki: 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at
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