Going Paleo with Actress Eva La Rue

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Check out our interview with actress Eva La Rue, available on the iPad and in Amazon.

When I first started Paleo Lifestyle Magazine I knew I wanted to talk to “people of influence” who were outside of the Paleo industry as part of our monthly interviews.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t find value in talking to people like Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf (I do, which is why I have), but I think there is something to be said for getting someone’s perspective who isn’t tied to making a living off “being Paleo”.

Unfortunately, my problem was, I had no idea which celebrities, if any, were actually following the Paleo diet.  But, with the help of Google, I was able to find some pretty big names pretty quickly, and one of those big names that kept popping up in all of my searches was actress Eva La Rue, best known for her roles on All My Children, and CSI: Miami.

Thankfully, I was able to catch Eva just before she left to shoot a movie for the Hallmark Channel, and find out what it’s like to try to be Paleo while on set!

Here is an excerpt from our interview, available in the latest issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine (both for the iPad and on Amazon), where Eva talks about how she became Paleo, her connection to Robb Wolf and John Welbourn, and what it’s like to be Paleo on set:

Brian: First and foremost, how did you get involved in the Paleo diet?

Eva: I got involved in it through my husband, Joe.  I don’t know how it came to be, but he got to be friends with Rob Wolf and John Welbourn, who started CrossFit Football. They both got him into being Paleo.

Then, when Joe and I got married two years ago, we were both super strictly Paleo and we were shredded for the wedding! All of our wedding pictures consequently turned out fantastic. I wish I could say I was as thin now as I was then! 

We’re not as strictly Paleo as we should be. When we travel it’s a little harder to figure your diet plan out when you’re eating out all the time. It’s really tough when you’re eating at restaurants a lot.

Brian: So, when you’re on set is it hard to stay Paleo?

Eva: It is, it’s really hard.  Well, not if you can grab fruits and vegetables and stuff like that.  But, it’s tough because they’re making food for 300 people, so you have to try to kind of pick your way through what works.

That is another reason that I find when I am on hiatus for three or four months between shooting that I am most strictly Paleo.  But, then again, it takes me into the summer so I end up looking my best which is good!

Brian: Hollywood tends to be the trend setters in America. Do you feel like Paleo is catching on with other actors and actresses?

Eva: Definitely.  I feel like two years ago nobody had ever heard of “Paleo” and I think most people have heard of it now. Plus, there is such a big CrossFit craze and I think most people are hearing about Paleo through CrossFit.  But, to answer your question, I think actors are just now starting to help being Paleo become more mainstream.

Grant Hill Turning Back the Clock?

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Check out the full interview with Grant Hill in the latest issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine, available for the Kindle. (Image by Barry Gossage.)

I think it goes without saying, but being born and raised in Northern Virginia and playing basketball pretty much my whole life, I grew up a fan of Grant Hill.

I watched him play at South Lakes High School, then star at Duke (remember his dunk in the NCAA National Championship Game against Kansas?), and then on to the pros.

Despite the fact Hill is just days away from turning 40, he has seen a late-career resurgence, and, based on what he’s told me, has no intent on slowing down thanks, in large part, to his Paleo diet.

Here is an excerpt from our interview, available in the latest issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine (at Amazon), where Grant talks about his diet and fitness, his career, and how long he thinks he can keep this up:

Brian: According to your website you said “If it was around a million years ago, I’ll eat it.”  How is it that you got into the Paleo diet?

Grant: It has been a lot of trial and error.  I never really read about Paleo and tried to adopt it.  I think I kind of discovered it on my own, maybe a little bit modified. I think sought of, through the years, I really started to get into my diet and I see the translation or the correlation, if you will, when I was in my last couple of years in Detroit and it really from there it has just been trying to figure out how this sort of thing works.

I think in the last four or five years, just kind of getting to that point where you would be disciplined about treatments, a lot of fruits and vegetables, a lot of animal protein, lean animal protein, and staying away from sugar.  As an athlete, I craved meat, I craved fish.  I think am getting to the point where I eliminate the sugars and food that acts like sugars which are a lot of bread, a lot of stuff like that.

For me, when I discovered that as an athlete, especially when you are getting older, it’s about recovery.  Sugar in your body creates inflammation and that’s what you don’t want, that’s what you are trying to eliminate as you recover and so eliminating sugar, eliminating sugar drinks, foods that act like sugar, and obviously foods that are high on sugar, like sweet, candies, dessert.

I just noticed that my body was great and I’m able to play, still play at a high level, be able to bounce back and play again the next day. I know I’m a great believer in it and certainly as I’ve read about and sought out that lifestyle, it makes more and more sense.

Brian: Seeing as you are about to turn 40 and you have to consistently match up with guys who are close to half you age, do you feel like nutrition is one of the biggest things keeping you on top of your game?

Grant: Yeah, I think it’s important, but I think the attitude is the most important thing.  I look at my age as I’ve got the advantage; you can’t teach experience.  I’m still able to compete, I’m still athletic, I still have my athleticism.  So I think the most important thing is your attitude, your mind set, like the old question “how old will you be if you don’t know how old you were?”

Regarding nutrition, I don’t go to bed starving, I eat a lot of food but I eat right and so I don’t believe in restricting calories and all of that. I eat a lot of food as long as they are the right things.  If I eat something bad, I feel it, you know!

So I think nutrition is next to your attitude and mind set to be successful in sports.

Brian: How long do you think that you can maintain this, how long do you want to keep playing?

Grant: I think I’ll wear out mentally before I will physically. I know that sounds crazy because I’ve had a lot of injuries, but I feel now at 40 that I’m in better shape than when I was 32 or 33, and I know a lot of that has to do with eating.

I think my recovery is better, I feel like my ability to run, I move around the court, I may not jump as high as I did when I was in my 20s, but I feel great. Conventional wisdom says we are not supposed to, but when you are addicted to eating the right thing, keeping the right weight you going to last longer than conventional wisdom.

Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which I receive a few cents if you make purchases.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Interview Excerpt – Robb Wolf (Another Guy Who Needs No Introduction)

When I first started Paleo Lifestyle Magazine, Robb Wolf was one of the very first people I reached out to.  I did this for two reasons:

  1. I heard he was very approachable, and being new to this, I figured I needed all the help I could get.
  2. His book, The Paleo Solution, was one of the first Paleo books I read and it completely blew me away.

Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled, not only when he responded, but when he agreed to do an interview with me for the magazine.

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Grab a copy of the interview by heading to Amazon!

(The interviews can be read in their entirety in the October issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine available for your iPad or through an Amazon Kindle reader or app for your computer/tablet/smartphone)

Below are some excerpts from the interview that hopefully you’ll find both entertaining and informative!

Brian: In layman’s terms, can you explain why the Paleo diet is able to help us achieve our optimal health?

Robb: That’s a great question and this actually cuts through all the anthropology and “cave man” stuff in a very efficient way. Here is what the Paleo approach to eating provides: 

  1. The most nutrition per calorie that we can eat. Meats, seafood, fruits, and veggies provide more nutrition per calorie than grains, legumes and dairy. This is easy to verify by comparing a representative 2,000 calorie diet built around Paleo foods or something like the ADA, grain based standard. 
  2. A relatively low toxicant/gut irritant intake. 

The overall benefit is a low level of systemic inflammation, the “right” amounts of vitamins and minerals (some folks may need to supplement with iodine if they do not eat much seafood). This is good whether your goal is muscle gain or living a long life. 

Brian: What single piece of advice would you offer to someone who is just about to start going Paleo?  What about for someone who already is Paleo but is looking to step up their game?

Robb: Sounds cliché, but “just do it”. Trying to explain the benefit of Paleo is like trying to describe how much fun sex is to a virgin. It’s impossible, only experience sheds light on the topic. As far as stepping up ones game, that is all predicated on a goal.  If you define a goal, the steps to that goal become pretty obvious. 

Brian: I’ve read in numerous places that in order to achieve optimal health we should first focus on nutrition, then our sleep, and then exercise.  What are your thoughts on this?

Robb: I would make that “nutrition AND sleep.” Obviously improvements in either category will be of benefit, but the combo is incredibly powerful and synergistic.

You’d think I’d be more excited about exercise than I am given that I own a gym, but if folks eat and sleep well, that’s 90% of the story. A little walking and calisthenics could round things out nicely.

Hopefully you enjoyed that excerpt.  I know I laughed pretty hard when I read Robb’s correlating explaining the benefits of Paleo to explaining sex to a virgin!

Make sure you pick up the entire interview in either the October issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine available for your iPad or an abbreviated version of the magazine available throuh Amazon.

Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which I receive a few cents if you make purchases.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Interview Preview – Mark Sisson (like he really needs an introduction)

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I’m aiming to be this fit when I’m 59!

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Mark Sisson, one of the most recognized names in the Paleo/Primal industry.

(The interviews can be read in their entirety in the October issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine available for your iPad or through an Amazon Kindle reader or app for your computer/tablet/smartphone)

Whether it’s through his books – The Primal Blueprint, The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation, and the soon to be released The Primal Connection – or through his extremely popular website – Mark’s Daily Apple – at one point or another, we’ve turned to Mark for Paleo/Primal guidance.

I like to think of him as our Paleo/Primal Yoda, except without being squat and the Miss Piggy voice.

Obviously, Mark’s a smart guy and knows his stuff, so I definitely picked up a lot during our interview.  I’ve posted some excerpts from the interview to give you an idea of some of the stuff we talked about:

Brian: What is your elevator speech for what it means to “live Primal?”

Mark: We have ancient hunter-gatherer genes set up to expect certain environmental inputs – whole foods, fresh air, lots of movement, a bit of sun, low chronic stress, good sleep, good community. When you provide those inputs, your genes give you great health.

Brian: Do you feel like you would be able to achieve a relatively good level of health through diet alone? How much of a role has exercise and activity played in your Primal lifestyle?

Mark: Oh, yeah. Diet is 80% of the equation. That said, if you ate the most perfect Primal food but sat on your butt playing Starcraft all day, your health would going to suffer. You’d be better off than the gamer drinking Mountain Dew and Chinese take-out, but you wouldn’t be as healthy as you could be.

I log a fraction of the miles I used to. Hell, I don’t even “log” much of anything. My dedicated training sessions last thirty minutes, max, when they used to run for hours. Despite the reduction in volume and intensity, though, physical activity is a big part of my lifestyle.

Only now, movement is integrated into my day – walking, hiking, biking – and when I “train,” I’m training to enhance my play – stand up paddle boarding, Ultimate frisbee, snowboarding. I no longer dread “exercise” because exercising isn’t the end goal anymore.

Brian: What projects are you currently working on?  Anything coming up in the future?

Mark: I’m hard at work on my new book, “The Primal Connection,” coming out early next year. That’ll be a fun one that tackles everything beyond diet and exercise. And in the (hopefully) near future, we’ll be releasing a Primal certification program for health and fitness professionals.

Alright, back to me – like I said, it was an absolute honor to interview Mark, and I’m hopeful I’ll get the chance to do so again once The Primal Connection is ready to be released (not that he’ll need my help to move copies).

If you want to read the interview in its entirety, please either grab a copy of the October issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine available for your iPad or an abbreviated version of the magazine for your Amazon Kindle reader or app for your computer/tablet/smartphone!

Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which I receive a few cents if you make purchases.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Give Me Five(Fingers) – Interview with PJ Antonik of Vibram USA

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Vibram FiveFingers was the subject of our first feature story, which you can get by clicking here. Image courtesy of Vibram

I remember the very first time I saw a pair of Vibram FiveFinger shoes.  I was at my gym during my lunch break, and a middle aged lady walked up to the squat rack next to me wearing what looked like just socks.  I did a quick double take and realized she was actually wearing “glove shoes.”

Like a lot of people I thought they were nuts.  But, at the very least, the piqued my curiosity.

So when I got back to the office… I mean, when I got home… I did some research and found a few articles on how barefoot running and training is actually good for you.  One was from Mark’s Daily Apple.  Another was from WebMD.  A third was from Harvard University.  So, we’re talking about legit sites, not some weird hippie stuff.

Seeing as the shoes really weren’t all that expensive, not to mention the fact I had a gift certificate for REI, I bought my first pair… and then I completely fell in love.  The second and third pairs were soon to follow!

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Think your workouts are this tough? Think again! Image courtesy of Vibram

Also, while doing my research on the shoes I found a very strong correlation between people advocating the Paleo diet/exercise/lifestyle and people talking about barefoot shoes, Vibram in particular.  This was a big deal to me because I had also just started the Paleo diet, so, when I decided to launch Paleo Lifestyle Magazine, I knew I wanted Vibram FiveFingers to be our first feature story since, to me, they epitomized what it meant to live the Paleo lifestyle.

Thankfully, the good folks at Vibram were agreeable and willing to take a shot on a startup magazine.  I was able to speak with PJ Antonik, Vibram USA’s media relations and communications rep, and he ended up giving me a lot of great information on the company’s background, why we should all be walking around in FiveFingers, and, most importantly, where the company is headed from here.

Without giving away the farm, here are highlights/excerpts of our interview.  The full interview is available in the first issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine, available for your iPad in the Apple Newsstand.

Many people look at the FiveFinger shoes as odd and dismiss them right off the bat.  How have you guys tried to capture the “skeptical” market?

With any innovative product it is all about educating the consumer.  Once a skeptic understands the benefits of using a minimalist shoe, and the dexterity of separated toes, most people are willing to try them on.  They feel so great on your foot that once you get them on you never want to go back!  We focus a lot of our efforts at educating at fitness events where trainers and educators are participating like SCW, IDEA and Canfitpro fitness conferences.

Are FiveFingers good to wear while lifting weights, in particular core exercises like squats, dead lifts and presses?

We have had super positive feedback from our consumer who uses the product in the gym.  Specifically with exercises like these.  By having a zero drop and the dexterity of the toes, users have reported that they feel much more connected to the ground and feel that they have a more efficient workout as a result.

Are there any plans for Vibram to expand the FiveFingers line into either the dress shoe or casual shoe market?  I know I’d sure love to find a way to be able to wear FiveFingers in the office, and I know I’m not alone!

Absolutely.  We are always innovating different ways to use FiveFingers.  One thing we are noticing is that our consumers are using many of our athletic options as a casual/lifestyle option as well.  The SeeYa is a great example.  This was introduced as a performance running product but we found that many people were wearing them casually.  When we designed the SeeYa LS, the update to the SeeYa, we kept this use in mind.  The result is a performance runner with design cues that lend itself to casual wear. The SeeYa LS goes to market October 1st, 2012.   As far as specific lifestyle products, all I can say is stay tuned!

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Could you see yourself using these as everyday shoes? A lot of people already are! Image courtesy of Vibram.

Like I said, these are just some of the highlights of the full interview available in the first issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine, which you can get for free by opting for a monthly subscription (not to mention save 30% off the regular price).  I think the interview paints an interesting picture of where Vibram is headed, in particular with the notion they may offer more “lifestyle products.”Long story short, if you don’t already have a pair, go out and grab one.  If you do have a pair (or several) be sure to keep your eyes open for new products from Vibram to go along with your FiveFingers!

Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which I receive a few cents if you make purchases.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”