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:
- I heard he was very approachable, and being new to this, I figured I needed all the help I could get.
- 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.
(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:
- 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.
- 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!
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