robb wolf, THIS, THAT and the OTHER

sweet potato, sausage & kale soup

Holy smokeroo…there is just so much wicked stuff going down as of late.  Over the past couple weeks, I have felt a total surge of paleo love.  Okay, where to start?!?  Hmmm…how about getting the chance to meet ROBB WOLF for reals!  Robb was kickin’ it in Tdot for a few days before giving his Paleo Solution Seminar, last Saturday. Rewind to the Wednesday prior to this…

March 23, 2011

This was definitely a ‘happening humpday’ to say the least.  The opportunity to chat it up, dig into some fab eats, while dinin’ with Robb Wolf, his beautiful wife Nicki Violetti and 6 other amazing and driven paleo peeps.  Surreal.  When I was included in the invite to this small gathering at Enoteca Sociale, I was beyond ecstatic.  Thank you to Dhani Oks for organizing this wee soiree.  In true ‘Dhani style’ this night was well-thought out, unique and truly something to remember.  He arranged with the owner of the restaurant, alongside the chefs to create a complete paleo menu for us…

Yep…it all sounds so good doesn’t it!?  Well it was.  I fully had a difficult time deciding which options to choose.  Totally unreal, especially the Cornish hen & spicy cacciatore.  This was the ‘secondi’ that I ended up ordering.  Prior to this, I had the sweet potato, sausage & kale soup, which was so delish as well.  To round things off, we were served a fresh pear dessert for ‘dolci’.  Take a peek at some of this fantastic food…

cornish hen & spicy cacciatore

Feeling so fortunate, it was really refreshing to be in such close quarters (we dined in the wine cellar, which was cool!) with progressive thinkers, who beam with a passion to help others in various ways.   It is not everyday that this ‘salt of the earth’ and selfless nature is so visibly clear.  Mirroring our own personal ‘podcast’, Robb and Nicki shared experiences and stories with us, as well as their opinions on different topics.  After spending not even five minutes in the same comfy confines…it was clear that Robb is hugely charismatic, funny as hell and extremely committed.  Such down to earth and ‘real’ people.  I am a huge fan of his ‘tell it like it is…not bullshit attitude!’  As the convo continued…everybody chimed in and had something different to bring to the table (pun intended)!  As in the title of this blog post, the THIS, THAT and THE OTHER represent things that I discovered that night, which are happening within our paleo community and wanted to share with you.  To find out…keep on truckin’…

 A few days later…all of us there took part in Robb’s day long Paleo Solution gig (that is def his word haha!), which took place at the Weston Harbourfront Hotel.  This amazing vibe continued on.  In one word…WICKED AWESOME!  Okay…that was 2, but you get the point.  I will have full details of the seminar for another blog post, as I learned a TON! Thank you times a mill!!!

That was Robb…but what about THIS you ask?  THIS>SHIRT  is what I am talking about!  Wear your care.  Founded by Dhani Oks of Academy of Lions…this initiative is nothing shy of incredible.  “Our Partner Global Medic has been in Japan since the disasters providing support to victims. Profits from THIS SHIRT will be directed to providing clean drinking water and hospital care to those in need.”  Check it…and buy a shirt to help Japan!

Also, another exciting venture over at Academy of Lions is The Primal Grind  espresso bar.  If in the Parkdale area…be sure to pop in and try some of their goodies!  “Everything for the modern hunter-gatherer – the primal grind is an espresso bar and food shop just off the ossington strip.  All our treats and grocery items are 100% gluten-free and free of processed sugars. we use coconut milk and almond milk to create your favorite lattes and wholesome ingredients such as eggs, walnuts, fruit, cacao and pure vanilla in our treats.   We’re open early, so we can give you the kick you need, when you need it.”

Next stop, is THAT!  THAT = MOVNAT.  Have you heard of of it?  No?  Yes?  Maybe so?  Regardless, check out this video of Greg Carver, co-owner of Strengthbox explaining just THAT!!!  Click here.  Such a solid video.  I have yet to try it out for myself, but I am definitely intrigued and interested in giving it a go!  Their basic philosophy is as follows.  “We believe in General Physical Preparedness (GPP), meaning functional, diverse athletic ability (including the ability to perform tasks in the real world). As a natural movement gym, we strive for lean, well-proportioned physiques. This is primal fitness; fitness levels that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have possessed.To gain real-life athleticism, we need to learn to move naturally, lift heavy objects, and work occasionally with a high degree of intensity.” 

In addition to that wonderful video…Robb and Greg were also busy last week shooting various segments of the Wylde on Health Show, which aired on Toronto’s CP24.  In case you missed it…here is the link for your viewing pleasure. 

Have  you made it this far???  Well if you have…thank you!  Finally, THE OTHER…a quick update on the new and noteworthy going-ons in my life.   I will keep this brief(ish).  Well, heck ya, let’s even throw in some bullet points to wrap this baby up!

  • Having fun chillin’ as a MOD in Robb Wolf’s Forum - chatting. posing, answering and learning.  If you haven’t been there…GO!  It’s very friendly and welcoming!
  • Was recently featured on The Foodie Project website…very exciting!  “The Foodee Project brings the best paleo friendly meals and resources to one easy to use location. There are some incredible people spreading the good paleo word and we aim to bring as much attention to what they are doing as possible.”  Check out the site…a terrific resource. 
  • Finally…The Ancestral Health Symposium.  So stoked to be attending this event in LA this summer.  A fabulous opportunity to be part of an audience that will hear presentations from Loren Cordain, Art De Vany, Kurt Harris, Erwan Le Corre, Nora Gedgaudas, Mark Sisson, Gary Taubes, Robb Wolf  and many more!!!  There are still tickets available, so perhaps I will be seeing you there!?!

knowledge is power…

I have always been interested in nutrition, but this has snowballed over the past year.  One of my mottos  is “knowledge is power”.  In my thirties, I have come to realize the importance of seizing each opportunity.  Take advantage…don’t let them pass you by. 

This brings me to October 2009, when Robb Wolf came to CrossFit Toronto to do a nutrition seminar.  When this was announced, I was completely giddy and totally stoked, as I had heard so many fabulous reviews in response to his  presentations.  So without hesitation, I decided to sign-up pronto.  As many of you know, the world of science and nutrition is vast.  Taking part in this experience was beyond sensational and the content taught was extremely rich.  Robb’s charismatic nature and awesome sense of humour were an added bonus as well! There was so much new information to digest (haha), that I can distinctly remember jotting down notes like a “mad woman”, as I wanted to make sure I could create meaning for myself after the day was through.  This seminar was super helpful in making me realize that eating food shouldn’t just be about eating food- and that you really have to view it as “fuel for your body.”  When you are able to change to this mindset, a clearer picture appears as to what you are really putting in your mouth and how your body is responding!

Spend 1 day with Robb Wolf learning the art and science of performance nutrition. The day will include lecture and theory of performance eating, recovery and optimizing health and longevity. Significant emphasis will be placed on the PRACTICAL implementation of Paleo nutritional concepts to support fat loss, muscle gain and improve athletic performance. Attendees will be exposed to basic pathophysiology related to metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and infertility. Additionally, attendees will receive a mechanistic understanding of autoimmunity and systemic inflammation and how these processes impact performance, health and longevity. A basic science background is helpful but not necessary for this seminar.

My “take-aways” from Robb’s seminar:

  • gluten is BAD news- “neolithic foods- where all the problems begin” (they play havoc on your system!)
  • insulin modifies EVERYTHING!
  • encourage anyone who wants to look, feel and perform better to try eating Paleo for a month to see results! (they will!) 

robb wolf's nutrition seminar

More recently, I attended a nutrition seminar that was put on by Mathieu Lalonde, in Ottawa  in March 2010.  The focus was very scientific, research-based and  intensely intriguing.  His knowledge base and educational background surrounding bio-chemistry and nutrition is beyond words.  I felt as though I wanted to take his brain and just insert it right into my noggin! (not really…but kinda)

I sat there listening attentively, trying to soak in all I could, literally as if I were a sponge.  Mathieu had so much to share, as he moved through his fascinating slide presentation, in exceptional depth. With confidence and assertion, he was able to answer attendee questions in great detail, but also in a way that was simple and clear for all to understand.

Spend a day exploring the science of nutrition with Mathieu Lalonde, Ph.D. The seminar will delve into the dietary factors involved in the development of the metabolic syndrome and autoimmune diseases as well as the science behind paleolithic nutrition, post-workout meals and intermittent fasting. The material will be supplemented with direct references to, and critical analyses of, the primary scientific literature on the subject of nutrition. Participants should leave the event with the knowledge required to eat for optimum health and performance as well as the ability to decipher the primary literature in order to further augment their knowledge of nutrition and defend their nutritional choices.

My “take aways” from Mathieu’s seminar:

  • a vivid illustration of “leaky gut”- great visual demonstration (made SO much sense!)
  • a strong reminder that we MUST think critically and question research studies (who is the source and what type of study was conducted?)
  • a personal explanation of how intermittent fasting works- I may try this sometime soon!?!

mat lalonde - harvard scientist

I would highly recommend attending and listening to both of these speakers if the situation arises in your area.  On each occasion, there was SO much to cover in a single day.  However, the fantastic reality of it all is that I was able to take away so many key points that offer a tremendous insight on how to be an advocate for your own health and well-being.  EMPOWER YOURSELF!!!  If you don’t take control…who will?

Lastly, I will leave you with a couple quick breakfast ideas sent to me by both gentlemen…

Robb’s Quick Breakfast Curry

  • 1/4-1/2 can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • veggies (assorted)
  • curry powder and garam masala to taste

Everything goes in a pot, cover and cook for 5-10 minutes.  EAT with a dark shirt to hide curry stains!!!

Mathieu’s Mango Shake

 I make the shake below when I feel like I need to fill the tank (usually once per month depending on the training).

  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen mango chunks
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • orange juice

Combine the mango and coconut milk in a blender until smooth. Add orange juice to adjust texture. Enjoy!

 A special thank you to both Robb Wolf and Mathieu Lalonde for your insights and contributions!