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May 16, 2024

Ep465: Leverage Your Genetics for Health with Dr. Sam Shay

Understanding your genetics can help you determine your ideal diet, learn how to achieve satiation and even manage your mood. In this interesting talk with Dr. Sam Shay, who has had his own personal emotional eating journey, we discuss how knowing our genetics can help inform our weight loss journey and the choices we make. Dr. Shay is also a stand-up comic, so I enjoyed this interview. I’m sure you will, too! Connect with Dr. Sam Shay: Website: www.DrSamShay.com Email: sam@drsamshay.com

  • This conversation is rich with insights into the complex interplay between genetics, behavior, and emotional eating. Dr. Sam Shay shares his personal journey of overcoming emotional eating and how it led him to specialize in genetics to help others in similar situations. Here are some key takeaways:
    1. Early Experiences and Coping Mechanisms: Dr. Shay’s journey began with childhood trauma, leading to coping mechanisms such as addiction to video games, sugar, and caffeine. These coping mechanisms, though initially serving to numb emotions, ultimately contributed to his emotional eating.
    2. Understanding Genetic Influences: Dr. Shay emphasizes the importance of understanding genetic predispositions when it comes to emotional eating. Genetic variations can affect how individuals respond to certain foods, such as caffeine and histamine-rich foods, as well as their ability to feel satiated.
    3. Personalized Approach to Nutrition: By knowing one’s genetic predispositions, individuals can tailor their diets to optimize their health and manage cravings. For example, those with a genetic predisposition to sugar cravings may benefit from specific dietary strategies and supplements to mitigate these cravings.
    4. Community and Healing: Dr. Shay’s deepest hunger lies in helping others exit survival mode and re-enter community. He believes in addressing the trauma of separation—both from oneself and from the tribe—to facilitate healing and authentic connection.
    5. Holistic Approach to Wellness: Dr. Shay’s approach integrates various modalities, including genetics, nutrition, and humor (through comedy), to support individuals on their healing journeys. He emphasizes the importance of addressing both physical and emotional aspects of well-being.

    Overall, Dr. Shay’s story and expertise offer valuable insights into the multifaceted nature of emotional eating and the potential of personalized approaches to support healing and transformation.

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