I recently attended Integrative Nutrition's Mega Conference in Long Beach, California. The speakers were phenomenal and only reinforced why I do what I do and my passion for nutrition.
Some of the major speakers included the very fit Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint (photo with me and Mark) and an advocate for the Paleo/Primal diet; the calming Paul Pitchford, author of Healing With Whole Foods and an expert in traditional Chinese Medicine; the dynamic and energetic David Wolfe (photo below right), an authority on raw foods nutrition and superfoods; and the inspirational John Robbins, advocate of a plant-based diet and the son of the Baskin-Robbins founder who cured his father's diabetes through a change in diet.
What did these speakers have in common?
While they all had vastly different beliefs around nutrition and what sources of protein were best, they were all in excellent health and living vibrant and happy lives, in some cases well into their sixties. The foods that they each recommended and macronutrient ratios may have been at very diverse ends of the spectrum, but they all shared these common threads about what is critical to long term health and happiness: