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How the Paleo Diet (and Movement) Will Change Your Life with Top Authority Robb Wolf

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“The information that's coming out of dietetics is dooming about 50% of the population to immediate failure.”
— Robb Wolf

Greetings, superfriends!
Today, we have a huge treat for you – though it’s a paleo-friendly treat. Over the next two months, we will be doing a 3 (or maybe 4) part series on paleolithic nutrition and the paleo diet. Though we’ll be spreading these episodes apart to provide a little variety in between, we’ll nonetheless be interviewing the 3 or 4 of TOP experts on the paleo diet, each approaching it from a different angle.

This week, we start with the biggest name in Paleo, and in my mind, the guy who popularized it and made it into a movement: Robb Wolf. He’s a former research biochemist. He’s the NYT bestselling author of The Paleo Solution. He is a student of Loren Cordain, the originator of the Paleo diet. He runs one of the top ranking podcasts on iTunes. He is co-owner of one of the most influential CrossFit boxes in the world, one of the top 30 gyms in America. He serves on the board of numerous health-related companies… Oh, and on top of all of this, he’s a former California State powerlifting champion, and a recovering vegetarian. His incredible story is matched only by the massive influence he’s had on millions of lives!

So, let me fill you in on the episode a bit. First off, like many episodes, we really get into the weeds and geek out a lot. But, you guys are smart! You can handle a little sciencey stuff.

You’ll probably be able to tell that I’m a huge fan of this particular guest’s work, and so I tried to squeeze in as much good stuff as possible – and managed to get a lot of great great stuff in. You’ll immediately see that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things health, nutrition, metabolism, fitness, strength, and more… I also have to say that my guest was incredibly generous with his time, and so it’s a nice long episode that goes into a ton of different subjects. We go way beyond just paleo nutrition, and I know you’re going to LOVE this episode. If you do, as always, make sure to tell me what your favorite part was on twitter – our handle is @gosuperhuman.

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In this episode with Robb Wolf, we discuss:

  • Robb Wolf’s journey to become one of the biggest names in the Paleo and CrossFit movements
  • What exactly is the “Paleo diet” and what are the broader implications on our lives?
  • How “Paleo” is supported by archeology, biology, and anthropology
  • Do different populations have different responses to things like rice or starch?
  • Misconceptions about the life spans and quality of life of our paleolithic ancestors
  • “Grandmother theory,” and why human life spans are different from other animals
  • What’s the big deal with gluten and other anti-nutrients in things like quinoa, millet, or beans?
  • What carbs are recommended in the paleo diet, and why?
  • How should you approach the paleo diet, and how can you test it out?
  • The 80/20 rule (or Pareto’s Principle) and how it applied to paleo
  • Thoughts on modern, selectively-bred fruit – should we be eating it?
  • Adaptability, trial and error, and how to modify the template to your own needs
  • Do humans need to eat carbohydrates? Should they? If so, why?
  • What has Robb learned in the 6 years since his book was published?
  • Detailed thoughts on specific foods like hummus and kombucha (my favorites)
  • How do we asses whether or not a specific food is working for us?
  • The hormones that give our body a sensation of satiety, and how they work
  • Organic vs. non-organic. What's the straight dope, and why does it matter or not matter?
  • Grass-fed meat: how important is it, and why?
  • Misconceptions on the “high protein” aspect of paleo
  • What's the big deal with Omega-3 and Omega-6's, and what should you beware of?
  • Which supplements does Robb Wolf believe everybody should be taking?
  • Thoughts on Vitamin D, why it's so important, and how it relates to sun exposure
  • Eating local, sustainability, and how it all fits together
  • Should you be eating dairy? Is it part of the paleo diet?
  • Are artificial sweeteners bad for you? If so, which ones?
  • A look into how Robb Wolf works in his clinical practice with top-tier athletes and performers
  • Some insights on how Robb is raising his 2 daughters
  • Debunking the myths that fat and protein cause cancer
  • Thoughts on cholesterol, and what you should tell your doctor to test for
  • Robb's opinions on having a “cheat day”
  • What is Robb's opinion on health insurance?
  • Robb's #1 piece of homework that you should do this week
  • What Robb is working on now

Resources Mentioned in This Episode on the Paleo Diet:

Favorite Quotes from Robb Wolf:

“I’m kind of like the Forrest Gump of fitness.”
“For me it really goes beyond the diet. This paleo or evolutionary biology concept is really just taking a look at how our genes evolved over the course of time.”
“I just want to see people eat real food and chew it! And somehow… I’m still like a huge ***hole for saying it!”
“Everything in biology has horns or thorns or teeth or poison. Everything’s trying to eat something or avoid being eaten by something else.”
“The ancestral model is really great for asking questions. It is terrible for providing answers.”
“You would need a private detective to find the insulin response in [hummus].”
“I find that all of the theory and all of the battles kind of go out the window if we just approach this stuff from an evolutionary biology perspective.”
“For most people, this general paleo template gets them about 80% there. And then you need to tinker and fiddle and be reasonable about who you are and what your goals are what you’re trying to achieve. And then that will kind of direct you in the customization path that can get you where you want [to be].”
“The problem is that we need some heuristic, some simple, big picture stories, to be able to reach a lot of people. But then, people turn the heuristic into 10 commandment laws that then make it almost impossible to have any granularity to be able to dial this stuff in for individuals.”
“If we are faced with a plentitude of hyper-palateable foods, will we eat only to satiety? Almost never.”
“In western societies, we eat like professional eaters.”
“Limiting food options is probably the most successful strategy towards affecting some sort of long term dietary change.”
“We are nervous about making opiates generally available to the populous because they are very addictive and can have all kinds of downsides to them. Maybe we need a similar degree of care or nervousness around highly-processed, hyper-palateable foods.”
“If you want to have something, then have it. Just be aware of the consequences.”




  1. Luiz
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    Thanks, I learned a lot of interesting things in past episodes.

  2. Shivaditya Purohit
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    loved th heart and the depth of the conversation. The way that Dr. Metivier shared from his enormous experience and insights was just amazing. Thank you Jonathan for doing this podcast!! 🙂

  3. Rob
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    Great interview with Dr. Greg Wells! He mentioned a doctor from Colorado around the 42:30 point of the podcast, discussing turmeric and black pepper. I couldn’t make out the doctor’s name. Can you provide me with his full name and maybe his website or contact info. Interested in his products.



  4. Muhammed Sani Ibrahim
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    I am new here, and learning really fast.
    Thank you.

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