Nora Gedgaudas is a board-certified nutritional consultant and a board-certified clinical neurofeedback specialist with over 20 years of clinical experience. A recognized authority on ketogenic, ancestrally based nutrition, she is a popular speaker and educator and the author of the best selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind, as well as Rethinking Fatigue. Her latest book, Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life With A High Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet has been lauded by best selling author and journalist, Nina Teicholz as “a unique and profound contribution to the field”. Her new weekly educational program, Primal Restoration™ is a unique and invaluable source of information benefitting those interested in furthering their nutritional knowledge and optimizing their health.
The following topics are a sampling of some of Nora’s most popular talks. Other subjects and talks are possible. Many health related topics are suprisingly interrelated and there are many different ways to connect these dots for your audience. If there is a specific subject matter not covered here that you would be interested in having Nora present, you may inquire accordingly. Also, talks can be tailored to custom time specifications as needed.
Sustainably Optimizing Human and Planetary Health
How is it possible to know what constitutes the optimal human diet? What are the origins of our human nutritional requirements and our physiological makeup? What selective pressures shaped and molded our uniquely human characteristics, particularly our large and complex brain? How is it possible for us to reclaim our primal birthright of foundational health in a sustainable and economic way in today’s world? How is it realistically possible to feed the growing populations of the world healthy and nutrient dense food while also healing the environment? Prepare to feel inspired by this paradigm shifting and passionate exploration of the most important modern day commodities: your health and the health of our planet!
Building a Superhuman Brain: Cultivating a Natural Mental Edge for Peak Performance
How did our human brain evolve and what is the best approach to maximizing its performance? What is science telling us today that can help give our brains that extra cutting edge? What actually constitutes peak performance and how can we best cultivate it? What surprising thing differentiates the pre-agricultural human brain from our post-agricultural one? What nutrients make the difference? Learn about your brain’s ultimate fuel. What foods enhance the health of your brain and what foods can lead to your brain’s unnecessary and painful degenerative decline? Learn the secret weapon used by the world’s best memory champions and also learn about how you can cultivate an ageless mind. Prepare to be fascinated and shocked by what you will learn!
How Your Nutrition is Affecting Your Mental Health
How do nutrients interact with our bodies and brains to shape our perceptions and experience of what it means to be alive? What actually are our emotions and how do we cultivate our emotional reality by what we choose to eat? How does the brain manage stress and how do stressors form and deform our experience of life and our health? Learn about the myth of the “mind-body connection” and what you can do to maximize your mental, emotional and cognitive function with nutritional influences and easy-to implement dietary changes that can make all the difference. Learn about the nutritional and biochemical basis for depression, anxiety and ADD…and learn about how you can maximize the health of your brain as you age.
Rethinking Fatigue: Exploring the Foundational Relationship Between Your Diet, Brain and Adrenals
We live in a time of unprecedented stress and challenges to our well-being. “Adrenal health” is the buzz topic of the day, and yet most of what is understood about our body’s most important internal “stress-management factories” is based on 1950’s theoretical models of stress physiology no longer accepted as true by modern day research. Based on the revolutionary e-book with the same title, this presentation brings stress management and adrenal issues into the 21st Century. It dispels “the adrenal myth” and helps the audience better understand where and how stress is really managed within the human body. Learn to recognize the origins of your own stress patterns and prepare to be empowered by the solutions discussed. The answers may surprise you…and the rich information provided here will revolutionize your understanding of stress and your ability to weather it with cutting edge know-how!
The Silent Autoimmunity Explosion
According to the NIH, 1 in every 8 women and 1 in every 12 men has some form of diagnosed autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity as a collective whole is now recognized as the #3 cause of morbidity and mortality in the entire industrialized world. There are currently 80 recognized autoimmune diseases and 40 additional disease conditions thought to have an autoimmune component. These numbers are growing, and yet modern medicine remains in the Dark Ages with respect to what may easily be the single most prevalent health issue of the 21st century. The field of immunology is exploding with literature and blooming with new realms of understanding about the mechanisms that initiate and drive these conditions. A great deal is understood about what can be done to effectively and naturally manage these conditions in a way that can radically improve outcomes. Learn about the cutting edge research that can change your life and the lives of those that you love. If you or someone you love is struggling with health challenges that nothing has ever been able to help, this talk will enlighten and fascinate you with a new appreciation of your health and all-important immune function!
Taming the Carb Craving Monster
Why do we crave carbs and why do we need to tame the carb craving monster? How do carbs affect or brains, moods, immune system and metabolic health? What are the underlying reasons why a person might crave sugary and starchy foods and what is the secret behind some people who no longer do? What are the health implications of a carbohydrate-rich and carbohydrate-restricted approach to eating? Learn what really fuels human metabolism and how and what you can do to supercharge your mitochondria and never crave sugar or starch again!
The Human Diet and Its Evolution
Who are we as a species and where did we come from? What is it that shaped our physical evolution as the world’s most advanced primate and what can we learn about that to radically improve our lives and health today? Learn about why the Paleo Diet is the single most Googled dietary approach today. If it’s a fad diet then it is the oldest known fad diet in all of human history!
Fat Facts and Fallacies
Learn about the myths and truths behind the single most misunderstood and unjustly vilified nutrient in the human diet. What really are bad fats and what really are the good ones? Learn why cholesterol may be the opposite of everything you have ever been told and learn about rich importance of fat and fat soluble nutrients in the human diet. Learn how you can lose more fat by eating more fat and why the history on this critical component of the human diet needs to be rewritten. Prepare to think about dietary fat and your relationship to it in a whole new way.
The Holy Grail of Primal Health: Cultivating a Fat-Based Ketogenic Diet for Body and Brain
In this revolutionary and paradigm shifting talk learn why dietary fat may be your single greatest ally in cultivating, restoring and protecting your ultimate physical and mental health. Learn the surprising truth about the mammalian metabolic design and how you can take advantage of what our ancestors knew for millennia to maximize your physical and mental performance.
Going Against the Grain
Close to 10,000 years ago humans first domesticated and learned to cultivate a brand new kind of food that suddenly changed our hunter-gatherer lifestyle of close to 3 million years to that of a farmer. But has our physiological makeup caught up to this major change? Were grains really the cornerstone of human civilization and human health or the beginning of our physical, cognitive and genetic downfall? Learn why we are actually becoming less adapted to these post-agricultural foods rather than more adapted as time goes on—contrary to what we might reasonably expect. And learn what you need to know about the possible impact these foods may have on you and the health of your family. Prepare to turn that Food Pyramid upside down!
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND APPEARANCES
• Paleo-Primal-Price (P3) Foundation Conference, Southbridge, Mass, 2015
• Artisans of the Grasslands Conference (Savory Institute), San Francisco, 2015
• IMMH (Integrative Medicine for Mental Health) Conference, San Diego, 2015
• The Autoimmune Summit, 2014
• The Paleo Way Tour, Australia and New Zealand, 2014, 2015
• Interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola, 2014
• The Dr. Oz Show, 2014
• The Gluten Summit, 2013
• Ancestral Health Symposium, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017
• Bodhi Tree, West Hollywood, CA, 2011
• New South Wales University, Sydney, Australia, 2012
• Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia, 2012
• University of New England, Armidale, Australia, 2012
• MINDD International Forum, Sydney, Australia, 2013
• Wise Traditions Conference, Portland, OR, 2013
• Weston Price National Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
• Soul Sessions, Sydney, Australia, 2011
• Traditional Diets Symposium, Shelburne Farms, VT, 2013, 2014, 2018
• Sustainably Optimizing Human and Planetary Health, Dubbo, Australia, 2013
• Paleo f(x) Conference, Austin, TX, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
• Becoming Superhuman Event, Spokane, WA, 2013
• World Angus Forum, Rotorua, New Zealand, 2013
• New Renaissance Bookshop Lectures, 2012, 2013
• Paleo Summit, 2012
• EEG Institute lecture and workshop on nutrition and mental health, 2012, 2017
• National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR, 2002, 2013
• Soul Sessions, Sydney, Australia, 2011
• Real Food and Resistance Conference, 2011
• Real Food Con Summit, 2013
• Nutritional Therapy Association National Conference, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017
• Seven Waves Healing all day seminar, 2009
• KetoCon, Austin, Texas, 2017
• AM Northwest, Portland, OR, 2017
• Healthy Gut Summit, 2017
• Natural Grocers, Portland & Salem, OR, 2017
• The Wave Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2017
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