I'm sure you've probably heard about the paleo solution, or the cave man diet by now. Well, on 25th October 2014 the UK hosted it's first ever Paleo Conference, called "Health Unplugged." It was hosted at the Kensington Close Hotel. I was invited to be a key note speaker, and a part of the strength & conditioning panel, as well as the mental health panel.
The event was created by Darryl Edwards, known as The Fitness Explorer. I'm not going to lie, when Darryl first asked me to be a part of the event and to speak specifically about grief and death, I had my reservations (my exact thought's were #dafuq?). Death and grief at a UK Paleo Conference?
Then he told me about the line up of key note speakers. What made Health Unplugged really stand out was that it took a 360 degree approach to health. From the nutritional, to the physical to the mental. And if you have learned anything about what I do, then you know that's got me written all over it.
So back to the speakers. All were outstanding. I was gutted that I was unable to see everyone due to conflict of schedules. So I'll just mention a few.
Robb Wolf. He is the author of The Paleo Solution, a Biochemist and one of the worlds leading experts on paleo nutrition. Live via satellite link, Robb Wolf delivered a thought provoking talk.
Dr Ragnar. And here's the deal with >>Dr Tommy Ragnar Wood<<. You know how you can get experts on nutrition and training who have never exercised in their life, obviously don't train or apply any of the nutrition theory to themselves? Well Dr Ragnar is not one of those kind of experts.
He lives and breathes this. His presentation on grains, legumes, gut function and inflammatory disease was superb. Dr Ragnar dealt with complex materials and made it simple to understand while giving useful, practical ideas that we could all implement. Plus he's a fellow Brit and it was nice to see home grown talent representing at the Paleo Conference. Dr Ragnar really knows his stuff and I look forward to working with him in the future.
Alessandra Wall Ph.D is a clinical psychologist, Crossfit coach, nutritionist and director at Crossfit Elysium. She delivered a powerful talk on stress and why we need it, why you shouldn't deny it, and how to manage it so that it doesn't break us apart at the seams.
My talk, Primitive Body, Civilised Grief was well received. It seems that while some conversations are difficult to have, they are certainly worth having. Often these are the conversations that matter.
It was a pleasure to sit alongside side Chet Morjaria of Strength Education, Naeem Akram The Running Engineer and Jerry Dhillon on the Strength and Conditioning panel.
It turned out that there were actually fewer questions on training, but more on interactions with nutrition on training. From nutrient timing, to how to build muscle on a paleo diet, to how to lose weight for competition. Due to time restraints we didn't get to delve too deeply. So in the next blog I'm going to give you a real life case study on how to pack on muscle with a paleo diet (that case study is me by the way).
The two talks that I was gutted that I didn't get to see, were Owen Raybould on the art of foraging (he is ridiculously awesome) and Irena Macri's Paleo on a budget (because we all know how useful that can be right?).
There were many exhibitors down at the Paleo conference. One in particular stood out. Primal Joy Foods. A family run (and British) company that's bringing paleo nutrition to life. I got a chance to talk to the owners and bought some of their snacks. Needless to say I was hooked! Check these guys out >>here<<, your health, your taste buds and stomach will thank you for it.
Darryl Edwards' talk on why you need to look beyond just nutrition in the Paleo movement for optimal health, sparked debates and the feedback was that it was a refreshing angle.
Darryl Edwards and Jerry Dhillon did an outstanding job in putting on Health Unplugged. The Paleo conference was well organised, a fantastic venue, welcoming atmosphere and packed with knowledge bombs that were dropping left right and center, all over the gaff!
Have to say, it was a cracking event. Looking forward to see what UK Paleo Conference Health Unplugged 2015 will bring.
Yours in Strength
How strong are you?
I mean really. How do you know? Do you measure your strength by just how much iron you can lift? Ok, that may be valid, but how strong are you mentally?
And what are the standards you have set yourself? When was the last time you were truly tested outside of the gym?
Now let me come at it from a different angle, how healthy are your internal organs? Can you truly consider yourself strong and powerful if you are riddled with injury and disease? No I don't think so.
It may be presentable strength, but it's certainly not the kind of rugged enduring strength that is built to last. That kind of presentable strength will fade quicker than a pair of cheap denim jeans on a hot wash.
What I'm leading to is this, real strength. Strength of body, strength of mind, strength of character is an inside job. And it's something that you can chose to culitvate over time. You can't cheat it. There are no short cuts.
But why am I telling you this? Because I want you to fully understand what seperates this blog from all the other ordinary run of the mill strength blogs out there.
This blog is dedicated to sharing powerful information and ideas that matter. The kind that will give you the resources to become stronger, physically, mentally, emotionally and yep, even spiritually (I know that some of you freaked out at that word, but stick with me).
Now you may be wondering where am I coming from with this? You can read more about my story >>here<< and hopefully that will shed some light. But the simple truth is, getting stronger and better as an athlete and human being is what I am passionate about, and if you're reading this perhaps developing real strength, and being the best possible person that you can be, is something that speaks to you too. But I could be wrong about you.
In the coming weeks I will be posting about the 9 lifts you should be doing (but only if you want to get freakishly strong that is) and simple practical tips on uprading your mental game not just in the gym or chosen sport, but in each area of your life. Sound good?
And if you have any questions, or there is something you'd like me to cover in this strength blog then do get in touch. You can drop me a message >>here<<
Yours in strength