In today’s episode, Ben Greenfield, a world-renowned expert in health and fitness, explains how his lifestyle and business evolved into what it is today. Ben is a wildly successful speaker, entrepreneur, and expert on human optimization, and he attributes his ability to operate at such a high level to his purposeful, self-sustaining, and relaxed home life. He also tells us his thoughts on homeschooling, “health” foods, and how he has chosen to raise his kids. Listen in as Ben reveals the four steps to optimization and the secret to rapid recovery.
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01:11 –Introducing Ben Greenfield, a world expert in health and fitness, who has done bodybuilding, triathlons, and is a professional obstacle course racer 01:20 – He is a public speaker and expert on human optimization 01:40 – Ben’s journey 02:00 – He’s always been into mind and body wellness; he got his master’s in biomechanics and physiology and opened personal training studios 02:25 – He was named America’s top personal trainer in 2008 and began working more on the business side; he started investing, consulting, speaking, and writing 02:40 – He has a podcast and a company that develops formulations and supplements 03:30 – He wakes up happy and with a purpose; he wants to help others live their best life, too 04:00 – On the way he lives 04:22 – He lives in the forest in Washington State and lives off the land; he hunts, his wife grows food, and they have chickens for eggs 04:30 – His relaxed way of living helps him operate better because life isn’t too stressful 04:52 – The evolution of Ben’s diet 05:12 – In college, he ate terribly; he’d eat McDonald’s regularly 05:30 – He shifted into the way he eats now by gradually making changes to his diet as he learned more about nutrition 06:16 – When he tested his blood markers, he realized that he was fit on the outside but dying on the inside 07:00 – He realized that the “health” foods he was eating weren’t healthy at all 08:03 – He began eating superfoods, fasting in the morning, and eating home-cooked meals 08:50 – He’s learned how bad muscle meats are, and that other parts of the animal, like the liver, heart, and organs, are way more nutritious 09:30 – He’s learned how to ethically harvest animals and plants with the least amount of waste possible 10:30 – Ben’s diet 11:30 – He uses ancestral preparation techniques; if you don’t have allergies/restrictions, he recommends a wide variety of foods prepared ancestrally 12:30 – He finds cooking to be meditative and enjoyable 12:53 – How his kids eat 13:10 – His kids eat everything; they don’t like to eat off kid’s meals and would rather have nutrient-dense food 14:38 – His kids are very healthy, fit, and balanced; his goal is to raise them to be independent and free-spirited 15:40 – On not homeschooling his children even though he was 15:50 – Homeschooling allowed Ben to graduate high school at 15, but he believes traditional schooling has its benefits 16:16 – He wants his kids to be able to work in group settings, plus Ben finds it would be unfair to homeschool his kids when he wouldn’t be able to dedicate himself to it entirely 16:53 – He teaches his kids everything they won’t learn in school 18:11 – Some people are better equipped to teach their children at home; he believes he and his wife can teach some things but not all 19:18 – Tips for self-optimization 19:52 –Understanding that your body is a battery; charge it with good water, minerals, sunlight, and by touching the planet 25:43 – Ben’s thoughts on plastic water bottles 26:30 – Plastic impacts our hormone systems; Ben tries to use only glass bottles 27:45 –