I first took an interest in diet and nutrition in 2009, when I lost 20 pounds by removing soda and other sugary food and beverages from my diet. Over the next few years, my weight fluctuated by as much as 30 pounds as I discovered the pitfalls of excessive cardio, strength training, and a “healthy” Standard American Diet of whole grains, plenty of fruit, a ton of protein, and low fat intake. Couple all of that with a booze-heavy college lifestyle, and you've got a foolproof recipe for poor health.
In the September of 2012, I was first introduced to the primal/paleo lifestyle via Mark’s Daily Apple (thanks, Mom). At that point in time, I was as heavy as I’d ever been at 215 pounds and committing to the 21-day transformation period was an easy decision. The results were drastic. Not only did I feel fantastic thanks to my body’s newly discovered ability to convert stored body fat into sustained energy, but my weight dropped as well. I lost about 20 pounds over the first six weeks and over the course of that first year, eventually settled into a natural weight of 170 pounds. My body’s newfound caloric efficiency allowed for effortless weight management and freedom from constant refueling typical of a higher carbohydrate diet.
Once I settled in Bishop, CA, my interest in nutrition blossomed into a passion for holistic health. While I continued to refine my diet, I also began educating myself on barbell-based strength training, sport-specific training for rock climbing.
Over the past couple of years, though, I've been dealing with some health issues of my own: chronic fatigue/stress, digestive issues, and food intolerances. It's been a struggle at time, to say the least, but I've come to view it as just another part of my journey to optimal health. Clearly, I'm still dealing with the repercussions of my previously unhealthy lifestyle, but I understand the process and am grateful for everything I've learned along the way thus far. This experience has made me a better person and coach, and will continue to shape my life and career for years to come.
I've also become much more proactive in my mental and emotional health, practicing gratitude and mindfulness as means for spiritual growth. This has been the most recent addition to my approach to optimal health, which has evolved over time to include not only nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle practices, but also spirituality, gratitude, and emotional growth. I believe that true health comes only from the synergy these aspects; together they are much greater than the sum of their parts.
It's interesting now, to look back over the years and see how far I've come. But what's most exciting is the understanding that this journey is one that lasts a lifetime, and I embrace everyday as an opportunity for learning, growth, and improvement.
Are you ready to start your journey?