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Beginners Guide to Organ Meats w. Ashleigh VanHouten - Embodied Wellness Co | Episode 31

podcast Apr 10, 2022

Liver, heart and organs...oh my! Today we're joined by The Muscle Maven, Ashleigh VanHouten to talk about the most nutrient dense foods available, organ meats! In this episode we discuss everything from nose-to-tail eating, where to begin, Ashleigh's top choices, organ supplements vs. real organs, her new cookbook "Carnivore-ish" and more!

Ashleigh is a health coach, speaker, podcast host, and author of one of the only nose-to-tail, organ-meat centric cookbooks in existence, called It Takes Guts. Her new book is called Carnivore-ish.

She is the host of the Muscle Maven Radio podcast, downloaded more than 1.5 million times, where she interviews some of the leading minds in exercise and nutrition methodology and overall wellness.

Ashleigh is also a consultant in the fitness industry, helping others build their brand and communicate their messages to the world. She’s developed a range of coaching programs and workshops aimed at improving physical strength, overall wellness, and a deeper understanding of our bodies and optimal health, including Muscle Science for Women and the Jacked Back Pull-Up Program.

Connect with Ashleigh on Instagram @themusclemaven or on her website, and if you want a quick link to any of these or any of the topics we speak about on todays show, visit

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Podcast Time-Stamps:

  • 1:27 - A brief look at Ashleigh's origin story
  • 6:30 - Can you explain nose-to-tail eating, and why it's so important especially for women in our modern age?
  • 12:10 - If you feel like sh*t, it might be time to challenge your belief systems around food
  • 18:18 - Inaccurate "scientific" references in books and documentaries
  • 20:19 - Getting back to the topic of nourishment, what are Ashleigh's go-to organ meats and why
  • 27:08 - What about when people say that "Liver filters out the toxins, I would never!"
  • 29:28 How do you source your organ meats?
  • 33:05 - Denon asks about the efficacy of organ meat supplements
  • 39:17 - The extremism of carnivore diets and Ashleigh's view of it
  • 44:59 - Figuring out the spectrum of where you fit into your nutrition, and how to apply information into your life
  • 55:40 - Ashleigh's new book with Beth Lipton "Carnivore-ish"


We talk SO MUCH in this podcast about the importance of a diet rich with micronutrients.  But at the end of the day, the meats and organ meats we consume that are PACKED with micronutrients that help to feed our body are useless if we aren't properly digesting and absorbing our food properly.

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This podcast is for information purposes only.  The views and discussions from guests or hosts is for educational purposes , and should not be taken as medical advice.  Please contact your medical provider for more information on anything you may have questions about.  The views and discussions on this episode are not a political stance on any topic.  

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