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074: Healthiest Keto Nuts with Eat Pili Nuts and Jason Thomas

074 Eat Pili Nuts Jason Thomas of Hunter Gatherer Foods

Your Pili Nuts Healthy Entrepreneurial Co-Host:

Getting to know Jason Thomas who created the new rage around eating healthy, sprouted Pili Nuts. We get to know more about the healthy international journey he embarked on and the entrepreneurial birth of a Hunter Gatherer business.

Eat Pilinuts founder Jason Thomas LIVETHEFUEL Mandatory Credit: Cole Elsasser

On This Episode You Will Hear:

  • [spp-timestamp time=”02:00″] Spicy Chili Pili Nuts plus a new release of the Tumeric and Black Pepper, Raw Cacao with a touch of coconut sugar options too.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”03:00″] Being honest and how there are different ways to balance and/or break the confines of the paleo and keto world of nutrition.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”03:55″] The Keto Paleo crowd pays the bills.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”04:45″] Jason gets honest on why he chose the Ketogenic targeted market. Why he doesn’t bullshit the consumers. His own explanations of the crap food that is pushed on us, the overly manufactured, poor nutrition being sold today.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”06:10″] Jason and the Hunter Gatherer team have actually sent some of their Pili Nuts down to scientists in Florida for studies.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”06:37″] The keto conference he attended in Florida, Epigenetics, to target the healthy studies they’re doing relating to Cancer and the Ketogenic diet.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”08:10″] Fat is fuel and energy.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”08:50″] Jason was born in Barrow, Alaska a big Eskimo village, with the most amazing diet in the world.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”09:30″] Healthy fats from wild fish vs farm raised seafood crap which is nutrient deficient.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”10:00″] Venting about how we’ve spread the negative influence of low-quality, processed fast food to Alaska and all over the world.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”10:40″] What took Jason to the Philippines and his life as a mountain guide in Alaska.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”12:40″] Jason got really into CrossFit in California but due to lack of training from an injury, he ended up getting “Rhabdo” aka Rhabdomyolysis.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”13:30″] Defining the types of people with lack of conditioning who get Rhabdo.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”15:50″] From Kitesurfing to Asia and then finding Pili Nuts while surfing.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”15:50″] Entrepreneurship starting from bringing back 15-20 lbs of Pilinuts to the USA.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”17:50″] Trace minerals and the highest concentration of magnesium in a nut.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”18:13″] Relating magnesium to Pure Vitamin Club.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”18:19″] “I love your nuts!
  • [spp-timestamp time=”19:05″] Jason didn’t have a market for Pili Nuts at first.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”19:40″] What is “sprouting” of a nut vs the traditional roasting of nuts. Plus relating this to denature vs. undenatured processing of proteins. Making his nuts more bioactive and easier for the human body to digest.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”22:07″] How are we sourcing our food? Are you a hardcore, by the book, Paleo/Keto guy?
  • [spp-timestamp time=”23:09″] There is MSG on our nuts?!
  • [spp-timestamp time=”23:22″] Half the nuts in the grocery stores have MSG on them!

Half the nuts in the grocery stores have MSG! – Jason Thomas

Hunter Gatherer Foods Eat Pili Nuts that are Paleo and Keto friendly on LIVETHEFUEL

  • [spp-timestamp time=”25:15″] Pump me full of Pili Nuts!
  • [spp-timestamp time=”27:10″] I was driving up and down the west coast, sleeping in my trucks, doing demo’s at stores.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”27:20″] They’re not pine nuts, they’re a tree nut. A lot of pine nuts are now imported from China and are low quality.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”29:00″] Jason employs local Phillipino labor, they go into the jungle and pick the nuts from the trees. They fill sacks and sell them at local traders.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”30:00″] Showing what Pili Nuts looks like before they sprout it. It almost looks like a small avocado.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”33:12″] Showing the raw nut on our live YouTube feed for this episode.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”34:00″] Understanding the serving size.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”37:00″] Introducing the raw cacao option.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”39:35″] Jason does all packaging in the Philippines, giving back to the local community as a sustainable business. We’ve created so many jobs over there.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”40:15″] We care about freshness. Sometimes we’ll pay a premium to fly product back here to the USA vs a shipping container.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”40:55] 100-year-old trees in rich volcanic soil.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”42:18] They’re better than Organic.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”44:25] Some of the lives of the people in the Philippines are pretty rough.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”45:32] Please follow @eatpilinuts
  • [spp-timestamp time=”45:51] Jason didn’t even have a smartphone until 2016.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”46:45] Every box that comes out of Hunter Gatherer Foods is recycled and repurposed.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”48:00] For 10% off, use the code FUEL at
  • [spp-timestamp time=”49:05″] Final Words


[spp-tweet tweet=”They’re not pine nuts, Pili Nuts are a tree nut from the Philippines. @eatpilinuts @LIVETHEFUEL “]



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Host of the LIVETHEFUEL Podcast | Public Speaker | Sales & Marketing Professional | Coach | Traveler | Consultant | Health Educator | Former Firefighter

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