Ben Greenfield is an author, journalist, fitness expert, and runs the #1 fitness podcast on iTunes called the “Get Fit Guy.” Greenfield is a widely followed fitness expert whose knowledge spans from triathlon training to life longevity. He backs up his knowledge and writing in the realm of fitness by competing himself, and currently ranks as the #1 triathlete for Triathlon Northwest.
Greenfield is certified with a master’s degree in exercise science and biomechanics, a Serotta Bike Fit Certification, a ISSN Spots Nutrition Certification, and a Strength & Conditioning Coach certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA),the highest possible certification they award. In order to stay in shape, and with the objective of life longevity, Greenfield takes a number of supplements and follows strict dietary rules and practices.
Ben Greenfield Supplements
What supplements does Ben Greenfield take?
Greenfield also takes supplements for omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, oregano oil, astaxanthin, and DHA. The brands you can source these supplements from vary, but here are our recommendations:
Greenfield has also written on his website that “For as long as I can remember, I’ve taken 5 grams of creatine per day. Why? Frankly, it’s one of the most researched and safe performance and cognition-enhancing molecules on the face of the planet.”
Ben Greenfield Diet
Ben Greenfield doesn’t follow a diet, but instead simply focuses on eating nutrient dense, easily digestible foods. He insists that these two factors must coexist, and gives the example of quinoa, which is a nutrient dense food, but is coated with saponins that makes it very difficult to digest. However, if you soak it overnight in a water and salt mixture and then rinse the quinoa well in the morning, it removes the saponins from the quinoa making it digestible. On the other hand, he gives the example that a sugar cane is highly digestible, but not nutrient dense, so he avoids it.
Greenfield also uses the following dietary strategies, which are cultural practices that appear in multiple “Blue Zone” regions of the world where people have been recorded to live, on average, extraordinarily long and healthy lives. He says that no matter what foods you eat, you should practice the following:
- Incorporate intermittent fasts of longer fasting periods into your daily life.
- Be strict about not eating inflammatory foods and be aware of glycemic variability.
- Occasionally give the body an adequate dose of calories and carbohydrates.
- Occasionally detoxify your body thoroughly.
- Whenever you have the choice between packaged/processed food and “real” food, choose the latter.
- Eat many multi-colored plants, spices, and herbs.
- Eat clean, organic, non-GMO foods when possible.
- Eat locally grown, seasonal foods when available.