I hope y’all are well. I’m finally done with the batch of talks I had to give and I’m excited to get in and start writing for the blog, doing some Road Foragers and developing the Liberty Garden concept. Here is a little update on what’s been shaking:
Anthropology Forum Talk
The California State University Anthropology Department invited me to speak at their weekly Anthropology Forum a few weeks ago. It was an odd experience speaking in a lecture hall that I’d taken a number of chemistry and physics classes in but it was fun and seemed well received (we all went and had drinks afterwards). I’m hoping to do more talks like this for the Athropology Department in the future.
Unfortunately for the CSU Nutritional Science Department, I did not fall over and die during the talk.
Enloe Hospital Talk
About a week after the Anthropology talk I presented a lunch time talk for our main local hospital, Enloe Medical Center. I was actually a bit nervous about this talk as…well, many of the folks at the hospital think I’m Satan incarnate. T. Colin Campbell speaks at Enloe frequently (at the request of a retired 7th Day Adventists surgeon who is still influential in the hospital and community) so my wacky idea of “Evolutionary Medicine” is usually filed between blood letting, leeches and reading chicken entrails. I was initially invited to speak to a large group of heart patientss by the Cardio-thoracic Surgery department who did something wacky: They read my book, tried it with folks and really liked the results. Well, the dietetics department apparently had a fit at the idea of me being allowed to talk to these heart patients. So they had me removed from that talk, and I gave a talk to the medical staff instead. So far the feedback has been pretty positive. The folks who hated me before likely still hate me, but they now know I can articulate science as well as any of them. What has been good is that a number of fence sitters, who think Evolution + Medicine actually makes sense, they have become strong supporters. In that regard it was definitely a worthwhile effort.
Paleo Solution Seminar 2.0
The split with CrossFit saw one of the first major improvement in my talk in that I jettisoned the Zone curriculum I’d been lugging around since the beginning. Folks may not realize this but I wrote several articles, including 42 Ways to Skin the Zone, in an attempt to take something deeply flawed, deeply broken, and make it actually work. Sound nutrition, be it for the “elite” or those escaping the bondage of obesity, should not necessitate skills found amongst statisticians, analytical chemists and accountants. This revamp involved switching the whole 8 hr talk to a power point presentation that I think is a lot more professional and allows me to cover more material in the same time. I spend a ton of time describing the science behind autoimmunity, systemic inflammation, hypercorticism, overtraining, sleep and a few other goodies. I devote ample time to the practical applications (fat loss, muscle gain, athletic optimization), but the meat of the day is on the “why”. As far as “how” I’m still stumped that the Food Matrix is not enough for folks, but that’s just me being cranky.
This first talk was in Chico, the next PSS is in Toronto on March 26th. We will likely have one more event in the US in 2011, perhaps 1-2 internationally, and that’s it!
Tough to compete with the Middle East coming un-stitched and HEY! Charlie Sheen has Tiger Blood, so the Nightline piece featuring Art Devany, CrossFit South Brooklyn and myself was almost a month later than planed and only about 6 minutes instead of the original 1 hr piece. Oh well. It was very favorably done and I’m grateful for that.
Eva La rue!
CSI Miami hottie and Paleo Eat’n superstar, Eva La Rue was in First For Women Magazine, check it out:
Just need to let folks know that the Big Man, with the Big Beard, Andy Deas, will be moving on from the podcast. Andy was a huge help not only in getting the podcast rolling, but also in organizing my original outline for the book. Keep up with Andy and his Exploits at Chasing Capacity. Another large, Hairy guy y’all probably know, Greg Everett will help keep the shenanigans rolling on the podcast. Greg and I share the rare honor of being amongst the few to be “kicked out” of CrossFit. Just interesting to ponder. Anyway, tomorrow’s podcast will go up a little late. We tried an alternate recording method in an effort to improve sound quality. Folks asked, we are trying.
Ok, I think that’s it for now!