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Nutrition Upgrade: How To Be Food Flexible and Wild

Mareya Ibrahim & Teri Cochrane

From impairing body balance to altering gene expression, what you put in your mouth makes or breaks your health.

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Mareya Ibrahim, above left. Teri Cochrane, above right.

In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...

…two food experts explain the many ways your food choices influence your body systems—and what you can do differently to improve your gut function, energy and performance. Here’s a look at how essential amino acids and the right proteins can keep inflammation at bay and keep your metabolism humming.

Teri Cochrane, CN, CCP, went down the research rabbit hole when both her son and daughter (at different ages and for different reasons) experienced severe health problems. She not only examined nutrition in-depth, but she also investigated epigenetics and nutrigenomics

“Disruptors such as pathogens, mycotoxins, stress, amyloids and inflammatory foods work together to impair body balance,” Teri says. “We have found a direct link between amyloids, mycotoxins and these health disruptors in the acceleration of disease.”

She’s developed her own methodology that integrates a multi-level nutritional approach—including biochemistry, nutrition, genetic tendencies, herbology, supplementation and counseling. As the author of the “The Wildatarian Diet: Living as Nature Intended,” Teri lays out how the malabsorption of protein, fat, and sulfur, tamper with gene expression.

Mareya Ibrahim believes in food flexibility while still focusing on a core system that works, “where you’re exercising your metabolism, you’re flexing your taste buds, you’re exploring a variety of different macronutrients and having fun with food,” she says.

She’s a holistic nutritionist, TV chef, podcast host, and award-winning entrepreneur and inventor with more than 25 years of experience in the food industry. She also founded Grow Green Industries and co-invented the patented eatCleaner line of products.

In her book, “Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive,” she explains the nuances of clean eating, how to reset your taste buds, and all the ways essential amino acids keep your body functioning.

“The bottom line is we're eating as nature intended.”

Mareya Ibrahim

If you liked this special episode with Teri and Mareya, you’ll learn even more from listening to their full podcasts,directly below.

What You Eat is Turning Your Genes On and Off – Teri Cochrane – #646

  • “There’s so much nutritional beauty in how we can resolve chronic conditions in our country if we focus on the food,” Teri Cochrane says. “It’s the alpha and the omega. If you can do everything else right and get the food wrong, you’re still not going to get it right.” Visit

Just Give a Fork: Eat the Freakin’ Pasta – Mareya Ibrahim – #661

  • “Essential amino acids are what fuel us and allow us to regulate our hormones, and flex our metabolisms, and build muscle, and all of the things that we need to be functioning human beings,” Mareya Ibrahim says. Visit

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  • It’s really more about eating food in an identifiable form, lots of fresh produce, proteins that are raised the way they should be. – 2:28
  • What you were feeding your son was a major variable here. How’d you figure that out?  – 4:08
  • In all my coaching, I find this over and over again. The minute you tell an adult, “No,” it backfires. And they backfire on themselves.  – 6:00
  • We come with a set of taste buds and we don’t really exercise them very much, especially here in the US.  – 6:55
  • I want you to talk about your system view of mycotoxin stress, amyloids, and just inflammatory foods. But first, what is amyloid?  – 8:16
  • Hydration is so essential. We often disguise hunger as it’s actually thirst.  – 14:46
  • At the end of the day, those essential amino acids are what fuel us and allow us to regulate our hormones, and flex our metabolisms, and build muscle, and all of the things that we need to be functioning human beings. – 17:20
  • We layer on the good quality amino acid sources, which are essential. And we need them every day, because our body doesn’t produce them.  – 18:05
  • As I look at what the hierarchy of needs is that food constituent, lentils will also afford me some B12, which is really important for my methylation genes.  – 20:17
  • I encourage people to write down how they feel. It’s not just for the sake of busy work or homework. It’s you really don’t realize what triggers until you start notating it.  – 21:57
  • And also when we are mad, upset, the pituitary can’t signal for the stomach to make hydrochloric acid. So guess what? We’re not going to digest our food that well.  – 24:05
  • Thanks for walking us through that very important understanding of how mold in our food and in our environment creates bacterial biofilms. It creates amyloids, that creates viral load, that creates an inflammation that starts the cycle again. No one has ever elucidated that on the show. And it’s important. – 26:52
  • We have all of our products, and programs, and the book, and a podcast also for people to listen to, called Recipes for Your Best Life.  – 27:08

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