The launch of the inaugural Paleo Brands seminar went down this past weekend in San Diego, CA! O-lifting Studdette, Kelly Frankson was one of several hundred attendees of the event and had this write-up.
I don’t have much to add with regards to the content of the day, I think Kelly hit the highlights pretty well. I do think the Paleo cookies are DAMN yummy but each to their own on that!!
I want to talk a bit more about WHY I’m doing the stuff I’m doing. I originally studied biochemistry because I’m a geek and I love learning. The biochem undergrad filled in a bunch of the gaps in my understanding of human performance, health etc. I also derive a strong sense of satisfaction and sense of “being” from helping people. This lead me to to pursue medicine, but this same desire to actually help people quickly lead me to ditch medicine as the current state of affairs has NOTHING to do with health or wellness. Amidst all that stuff I was quite ill with a host of health problems including Ulcerative colitis, high blood pressure, depresssion and a few other nasties. This health catastrophe was the result of a high-carb, low fat vegan diet. What on earth could be better?! Well, apparently almost anything. through a course of events I talk about in my book I eventually came across the work of Prof. Cordain and Art Devany and it literally SAVED my life. I have played with literally every way of eating one can imagine and a Paleo diet works better than ANYTHING I have ever seen. There is no other approach to eating that can claim reversal of metabolic derangement, autoimmunity, fertility issues and a host of other related ills ALL while producing elite human performance. It’s a pretty simple “Gracie Challenge” type of scenario: Do paleo for 30 days, do your other approach for 30 days and tell me which one works better. Thousands of people have gone through more or less this process and the feedback is consistently “Paleo Wins”. So, this is why I recommend this way of eating. It’s simple and it works better than anything else I’ve seen. It satisfies my geek curiosity. It helps people.
I have followed a similar process with my training. Powerlifting and OL’ing originally, then a breif foray into distance running (this will not come as a shock, but this was the same time as my failed vegan experiment) and eventually CrossFit. CF worked better, faster than anything I’d ever done. It had what appeared to be a solid steeping in the paleo diet, some evolutionary underpinnings. As unappealing as it may be to some folks, if you are talking about a biological process, lets say athletic training, and you do not have some kind of eye on evolution, trial and error is all you have to evaluate your efforts. Not to get too geek’d on that, but this understanding has influenced my coaching in many ways. We prize not only intensity but also recovery, unloading periods and an almost fanatical focus on mobility and strength, but that’s a topic for another day. Here again however, I love CrossFit because it works and it helps people.
When I was doing chemistry I could have worked for some of the major players in pharmaceuticals but opted to do cancer research in a lab that was focussed on the nutritional underpinning of the disease. I made literally half as much money but believed in what I was doing and REALLY enjoyed the lab I worked for. It was collegial, supportive and low-drama. That’s a tough work environment to beat!
I’m not sure where this ramble came from other than I’m incredibly excited with what I’m doing. Between the CrossFit Nutrition certs and the Paleo Brands seminars we have a huge opportunity to get information out not only on effective training but also on the best nutritional approach. I wanted to thank the readers of this blog for the continual help and support…I have amazing google ranking because of y’alls support. The next couple of years will be really interesting and super exciting!