39 – Nutrition challenges and Practical Paleo with Diane Sanfilippo

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Diane Sanfilippo is the owner and founder of Balanced Bites, a certified Nutrition Consultant, and two-time New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo, The 21-Day Sugar Detox and co-author of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. Diane holds a B.S. from Syracuse University and is certified in holistic nutrition from Bauman College, holistic lifestyle coaching from the CHEK Institute, and Poliquin BioSignature Modulation. She writes for her popular health blog and is co-host of the top-rated weekly health podcast, “The Balanced Bites Podcast.” Diane lives in San Francisco with her husband, Scott, and two fur kids. I first met Diane a couple years ago when we spoke about health and fitness for NBA media professionals at NBA All-Star Weekend. I’ve enjoyed using her Practical Paleo book and was excited to catch up with her more about her background, nutrition challenges, and Paleo for the average CrossFit athlete.

In this episode, we discuss:
  • Her background as an athlete in high school and then struggling to find a healthy lifestyle in college
  • Her personal nutrition journey and how she found Paleo
  • How she got started in CrossFit
  • How her work evolved from a meal delivery company to working with clients one on one to teaching seminars and writing books
  • How the 21-day sugar detox came about and the role for strict nutrition challenges
  • The best first steps we can all take to improving our nutrition
  • Her perspective on counting macros and how to manage quantity
  • Post-workout nutrition for the average CrossFit athlete
  • Three things that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles with that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her
You can follow Diane on her website Balanced Bites, her podcasts, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

38 – Micronutrients and quality supplementation with Oliver Amdrup and Julius Heslet

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Oliver Amdrup and Julius Heslet met in the gym, and it wasn’t long before they realized they both shared a passion for nutrition and specifically, fish oil. Oliver had studied business and followed his passion for fitness by opening CrossFit Denmark in 2008, joining the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff shortly after in 2009, and directing the CrossFit Games European/Meridian Regional from 2011-2015. Julius also studied business and economics and had worked in investment banking since 2005. In 2009, the pair decided to turn their collective passion and vision into reality by co-founding Pure Pharma. Over the past 7 years, Pure Pharma has grown into a global company and today Oliver serves as Chief Executive Officer and Julius as Chief Innovations Officer. Pure Pharma has been one of my personal sponsors since early 2013 and I am consistently impressed by their dedication to helping individuals maximize their health in the most natural way possible and producing the highest-quality, scientifically-proven supplements to help with this when needed. We sat down to talk about their journey at the recent 2016 CrossFit Games. I really enjoyed getting to know both Oliver and Julius better, and I hope you will, too!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they found CrossFit in 2006/7
  • Oliver’s experience on the CrossFit Seminar Staff and as the European Regional Director
  • How the idea for Pure Pharma originated
  • How they learned to create a high-quality fish oil supplement
  • How their fish oil product and process has evolved over time
  • Third party testing and the value they place in quality and transparency
  • The role of fish oil in the diet
  • The mission, philosophy, and principles of Pure Pharma
  • How they decide what products to create
  • The four cornerstones of Pure Pharma
  • The culture of health they cultivate at Pure Pharma and the impact it has on their employees
  • Their personal approach to nutrition and the importance of variance
  • How to determine what supplements you need
  • The role of multivitamins
  • What to look for when choosing a supplement product
  • Three things they do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to them

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.