My Top 5 Podcasts

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There are some amazingly brilliant people out there in the health and fitness realm. A lot of people are putting out some great content that can help and enhance your fitness and health. And it is all for free. All you need to do is download, listen and soak up the information!

These are my top 5 podcasts and the reasons why I love them:

  1. Ben Greenfield Fitness– Ben Greenfield is an absolute nutrition, fitness and health genius. He was voted America’s top personal trainer and one of the globes most influential people in health and fitness! A very smart man who lives and breathes exercise. He considers himself a biohacker- someone who self experiments on his own body in the pursuit of better health and increased performance. His podcasts report on his own self experimentation, prominent people in the fitness industry, authors and other biohackers. He also teams up with the world number 1 ranked obstacle course racer, Hunter McIntyre, on another brilliant podcast on obstacle course racing- Obstacle Dominator Podcast.
  2. Mind Pump Media– Sometimes raw, sometimes shocking but always informative and entertaining. This podcast is a no BS approach to dispelling the myths of bro science around gyms. Hosted by three extremely intelligent fellows, all bringing a specific area of expertise to the table, this is a very entertaining podcast.
  3. The Minimalists– Not a podcast specifically about health and fitness, although the hosts discuss keeping active and their exercise routines, the Minimalist podcast is about living a more valuable life. They are proponents of only having things that add value to your life. This one speaks to me as a primal advocate as it promotes not needing things like technology, cars, big houses, lots of money, the high paid job etc to live a meaningful life. We have created an artificial world of lights, computers, phones, emails and updates that rule our days and nights it is good to hear two people try and buck the trend of over consumption. Live a more meaningful life- to quote the Minimalists- love people and use things because the other way doesn’t work!
  4. Bulletproof Radio– Dave Asprey is an absolute god in the self experiment and biohacker realm, the creator of the world famous Bulletproof Coffee and the Bulletproof diet! Dave interviews leaders in the field of health, nutrition, fitness and biohacking. A very informative podcast who definitely got me interested and excited about intermittent fasting.
  5. The Forward Podcast– Hosted by 7 time Tour De France Winner Lance Armstrong, this is a candid podcast that often acts a a bit of catharsis for Armstrong to get his side of the story across and shed light on the cycling game. Not always about health and fitness but often has leaders of the sport and the fitness industry on the show. Love him or hate him, Lance Armstrong is forthright and a talented interviewer who isn’t shying away from his past, in fact he is faces head on often dscussing it with his guests- sports people, authors, friends, musicians and actors. I enjoy this podcast for its honesty, style and the guests (as well as the host).

Living Primally

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In the upcoming weeks I will be writing a more in depth post on some of the following subjects but in the mean time, to give you an idea or guide to start living primally, here are a few topics to think about.

  1. Eat Plants and Animals- eat good quality organically sourced, in season fruits and vegetables as well as organic, free range meats.
  2. Avoid Grains, Sugars and Refined Polyunsaturated Vegetable Oils
  3. Move More Frequently- whether that be taking “movement” breaks at work after sitting for too long, taking the stairs instead of the lift or parking further away so you have to walk. Find more ways to move more often throughout the day.
  4. Get Plenty of Sleep- at least 8 hours!
  5. Play- have fun, move around, enjoy time with your children
  6. Get lots of Sunlight- Vitamin D is essential for many processes in the body and we can get an abundance of Vit D from the Sun.
  7. Lift Heavy Things.
  8. Sprint once in a while.
  9. Try Intermittent Fasting- not immediately, but once you have become fat adapted (I’ll talk about that in coming posts) you can tinker with not eating 😉

These are adapted from Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Laws. For more of Mark’s excellent teaching see his blog at marksdailyapple.com

 

Going Primal

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So you’re thinking about going primal.

Here is a brief summary of how I can coach you to completely change your life for the better…

The answer to optimal health and gene expression can be found in evolution. Going Primal looks way back into our past to determine how millions of years of selection pressure and environment created the perfect recipe for human health, lifestyle and longevity. Our genes expect us to be fit, lean and healthy, because if you weren’t back in the day you would’ve been eaten by a sabre tooth tiger! We can do this by following the diet and lifestyle of our hunter gather ancestors. You can reprogram your genes to respond to the signals they are given based on what you eat, what activity you do or don’t do, your lifestyle and sleeping habits and sun exposure.

Using our knowledge of human evolution we know that body prefers burning fat over carbohydrates. The standard diet or conventional wisdom tells us that grain based, low fat diet created by processed, sugary carbohydrate is the best. This is completely false. Going Primal shifts you from your carb cycle, sugar dependant way of eating into a fat based, all day energy metabolism that has supported human survival for millions of years. Humans have use fat as our primary source of energy for years. By eating more healthy fats (saturated fats are not our enemy) we can program our genes to prefer using fat for energy, rather than carbohydrates and glucose. Current conventional wisdom suggests saturated fats and cholesterol are bad and are linked to heart disease. This statement is only true when linked to high amounts of processed carbs and sugars. A high fat, low carb diet has been proven to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress which in turn reduces heart disease and cancer risk.

Exercise is ineffective for weight management and 80% of our body composition success is determined by how you eat. By ditching grains, sugars and man made, poly unsaturated vegetable oils and fats will promote efficient reduction in excess body fat, increased energy levels, decreased levels of inflammation in the body and optimal function.

Maximal fitness can be achieved with a minimal time with high intensity workouts. Just like our hunter gather predecessors who would sprint to catch a meal or run from a predator, we can use shout bouts of high intensity sprint or cardio to reach maximal fitness gains. Enjoy more benefits in a fraction of the time with high intensity and less of the cardio preached by conventional sports wisdom.

So going primal entails eating plants and animals and avoiding sugars, grains and vegetable oils. It involves moving more frequently, rather than being sedentary, stuck at our desk being Primal means getting up moving around, taking the little opportunities throughout the day to move more. Our hunter gather ancestors showed us the way with regard eating as well as exercise. They performed short bouts of all out efforts to catch dinner or to run from a predator.  They covered large distances over an extended part of the day to hunt prey or to move camps. They also had to lift heavy things, to make shelter and to carry large wildebeest back to camp to cook and eat. This shows our genes and predisposed to sprint occasionally, lift heavy things and perform long slow endurance cardio as our preferred methods of exercise.