Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint and creator of Mark’s Daily Apple, and Jim Kean, WellnessFX founder, spent some quality time recently talking food, exercise, chronic disease, unconventional protein sources, and SO much more.
Check out the replay of Part I of our webcast below and pass along to your friends. Want to grab part 2, as well? Go for it.
In this first installation of this hour-long webcast, Natalie Cann, WellnessFX’s Head of Marketing, goes over some of our diagnostic packages and introduces our speakers for the day, Mark Sisson and Jim Kean.
Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple was a competitive athlete most of his life, but wasn’t taking care of his insides as well as he should have. “I looked like the picture of health on the outside, but was actually really hurting myself with overtraining and eating all the wrong things.” His revelation led to years of personal research to optimize his health through diet, exercise, and biohacks.
The Primal/Paleo community, according to our speakers, has gone from fringe, early-adopters to more mainstream and Mark talks about how the movement has grown to change the lives of so many people – anywhere from 3-5 million adherents! Mark has been at the forefront of this movement and has written most of his findings in his book, The Primal Blueprint, which includes his 10 Laws of Living.
Become a “fat burning beast”
Jim’s distillation of Mark’s 10 Laws of Living are:
- Train your body to be incredibly sensitive to insulin through food and exercise choices.
- Focus more on body composition than weight loss.
The idea of play and finding the greatest number of ways to move your body throughout the day is also hugely important to Mark’s philosophy. As avid CrossFitters, both Jim and Mark are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to move. The folks at MovNat are doing just that: training the whole body through natural movement fitness. As we get further down the road of fitness burnout from endurance races and long bouts at the gym, play may just be the natural evolution of movement.
Audience questions for Mark Sisson
“Are tubers OK to eat on workout days?”
Mark: Let’s be clear. There’s no one answer to any of these questions. Nothing is that black or white. That being said, I am a proponent of appropriate carbohydrate intake. I tell people, the more you can eliminate sugar and grains, the better off you’re going to be. That naturally leaves a narrower range of choices in terms of carbohydrate intake when you’re looking to fuel for a big workout or replenish glycogen stores, in which case, tubers are a great choice.
“What about quinoa? Is it bad for you?”
Mark: On the spectrum of worst choices to best choices, I’d say quinoa and even white rice for that matter are fine choices. Just recognize that they’re simply convenient sources of carbohydrates that convert to glucose pretty quickly in the blood stream. If that’s what you’re seeking to achieve, those are some good sources that don’t carry some of the negative aspects that we find in wheat and processed food.
“Do you have any tips about how to add variety to your diet?”
Mark: I certainly believe that with the decline in the quality of foods today, the wider variety of foods you take in, the better. One way to easily transition to a Primal diet without getting frustrated or bored is to pick your five favorite meals within the context of the diet and make those your go-to meals. Then, fill in the gaps with new recipes. In the last four or five years, there have been hundreds of Paleo cookbooks published. And they’re almost all good!
“Can the planet support a Primal diet?”
Jim: There are so many revivals of craft and heirloom plants and animals lately. All of these things are grown sustainably on small-scale, rotated farms. In my opinion, the Primal movement has actually regenerated sustainable farming.
Mark: I totally agree. There’s a huge (and growing) locavore community that is not only promoting the healthy growth of plants and animals, but encouraging a one-on-one interaction between the consumer and their food. This creates an important relationship with food that most people have lost. I believe that a Primal/Paleo eating style and lifestyle is one of the most sustainable in the world. Allan Savory of the Savory Institute is looking at how to replenish grasslands using grazing animals, and there’s tons of research about a diversification of species working together with the land to bring it back to where it was before there were monocultures.
In fact, as part of Mark’s efforts to promote sustainable farming for the Primal diet, Mark has invested in a cricket farming company called Exo, which makes protein powder and bars from crickets! Talk about ingenuity and changing the face of the American diet!
Making lifestyle tweaks like Mark’s and Jim’s should be done slowly and with the guidance of your primary care physician. But one easy way to keep tabs on your heart health, blood sugar levels, inflammation levels, and more is with a WellnessFX diagnostic package. And for a limited time, you can get 20% off our Performance package with coupon code marksisson at checkout.
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Update made 9/24/2014: Thanks for watching, everyone! You can learn more about Mark Sisson and Mark’s Daily Apple on his website. You can also view additional deep dives we held with nutrition and performance innovators like our webcast with Dr. John La Puma, and our webcast with The Calorie Myth’s Jonathan Bailor, in Part 1 or Part 2 (lots of information).
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