Before opening Hearth over 11 years ago, I was constantly learning from others. A lot about food and cooking, but so much more too. I miss that. As much as I like the idea of continuing education classes, I barely have time to read these days, much less sit in a classroom for hours.
Getting the Podcast app was revolutionary for me. There’s a podcast out there for whatever it is you may be into…a free education on demand and at your fingertips.
Most shows don’t have to answer to producers, advertisers, or network bigwigs, so you get awesome, independent programming with high-quality content and none of the two-minute sound bite bullshit.
From a practical standpoint, I like that I don’t have to stop what I’m doing to listen to a podcast. If I’m cooking, prepping, cleaning, exercising, or commuting, I’m probably listening to one. They fit pretty seamlessly into my life.
Podcasts have been around for a while, but it seems like they’re getting in a lot more ears lately. I’m all for it. In that spirit, here are four of my favorite podcasts about health, nutrition, and being better at life.
I love the diversity of Tim’s show, regardless of the topic. Tim is all about learning and how to learn more efficiently. His guests run the gamut from a chess prodigy to a nutrition expert to technology and business gurus. Basically, Tim pulls useful nuggets of information from interesting people at the top of their game in an effort to help you do better – exercise better, eat better, learn better, etc. He asks the questions that drill down to what makes a person tick.
Dave Asprey is the man behind bulletproof coffee, the combo of coffee, grass-fed butter, and MCT oil that I’ve had every morning for the past year and a half. His approach to bio-hacking and mission to find ways to completely optimize the human body are fascinating. Every episode digs into some aspect of nutrition, fitness, or wellness with the goal of learning to perform better (or kick more ass, as he says). He’s constantly promoting his products (and he has a lot of them), but I keep coming back for the great, detailed insight from his (mostly) solid guests.
The world of nutrition research is so vast, and it can be pretty flawed (as you’ve probably noticed with all the conflicting and confusing information out there). What I love about Chris is that he picks through the research and explains (in somewhat layman’s terms) why it’s bunk or why it’s sound. He is always quick to admit that when it comes to health and nutrition questions, there is no better answer than “it depends…we are all wired differently.” I like that much of his content is based on listener questions, so it moves around a lot.
Ben Greenfield is an Ironman, triathlete, and top trainer for elite athletes, but you don’t need to be an endurance athlete to take away valuable information. Ben and his guests cover topics related to training, nutrition, injury prevention, supplements, etc. He’s also a father to two young kids and occasionally discusses topics related to being a parent. Ben does a great job of turning a complex topic into an easy-to-follow discussion, and he addresses a variety of listener questions.
I’m always open to suggestions, so I’d love to know…what are your favorite podcasts?