Vishnu Narayanan Suresh lives in Cincinnati Ohio, and is originally from India. He is one of the earliest adopters of the Primal health movement, and became a Certified Health coach 5 years ago. He is an avid runner, rock climber and motorcycle rider.
In this episode, we talk about heart disease, genetic risk and lifestyle risk – specifically that affecting South East Asians who adapt the Standard American Diet.
Vishnu discusses the process of how he gave up culturally traditional Indian foods that were not good for him in terms of his health.
We talk about how you can get your family supporting you on your health journey. Vishnu’s first and toughest health coaching client to date has been his Mom.
Vishnu has helped his friends become “lean and mean” by teaching them some simple Primal strategies without going to the gym at all. He discusses how to make your exercise a “play session” instead of a workout. Lifestyle change can only occur if it is fun. Life is meant to be fun!
Top Three Lifestyle Tips :
- Food is medicine and it is 80 to 90 percent of your overall health.
- Exercise helps tone the body. The body always tries to salvage itself and if what you don’t use will atrophy. Do the bare minimum of exercise necessary to maintain the body’s ability to do what it is made to do.
- Connect with others. The Paleo journey is not one you have to do on your own.
“Play Sessions” which might involve whatever he might enjoy doing on that day. Its most important to make you exercise fun!
Top Lifestyle Challenge Advice:
- When he first started Paleo he ate sandwiches and drank soda every day. When attempting to change his diet he found it really hard because his palate was habituated toward certain foods. He was challenged to change the overall taste of food and found that the palate realigns itself. For example, strawberries are really sweet to him now where they weren’t before. Remember the overall goal is to keep motivated.
- Vishnu is an avid marathon runner, running 19 half marathons in 2.5 years. In training for his first full marathon he injured his knee and was not able to run for a year. Vishnu discusses how he had to reevaluate his exercise regime and how he had to pay attention to his food desires with his decreased energy output.
The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health – John Durant
Hate the sin, love the sinner. – Mahatma Gandhi