379: John Durant Says Paleo Living Is So Easy Even A NYC Caveman Can Do It!


Hello and welcome back to The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore!

Today, Jimmy shares his interview with Paleo diet advocate John Durant. John talks about organizing a local support group based on a healthy locavore/Paleo lifestyle. If he can do it in Manhattan, then you can surely do it in a less urban area! Learn how John lives like a caveman not only through diet, but by how he exercises as well–he’s an urban barefoot runner too!

Listen in to find out why The New York Times and Stephen Colbert have featured this modern-day caveman for national coverage in 2010.

John Durant bio
– The January 8, 2010 New York Times column “The New Age Caveman And The City”
John Durant on “The Colbert Report” on February 3, 2010
– The February 11, 2010 DER SPIEGEL article “A Stone Age Subculture Takes Shape in the US”
Eating Paleo in NYC Meetup Group

15 Responses to 379: John Durant Says Paleo Living Is So Easy Even A NYC Caveman Can Do It!
  1. CarrollJ
    July 9, 2010 | 2:43 am

    Jimmy, should you really be encouraging John to be routinely testing his blood sugars? He seems perfectly healthy to me. Plus testing, weighing etc is probably counter to the paleo way of life.

    • Jimmy Moore
      July 9, 2010 | 5:00 am

      He’s a grown man and can do what he wants. But if he’s curious about the (positive) impact his eating is having on his health, then it’s a good idea.

  2. Taiwan Gal
    July 10, 2010 | 5:09 am

    Great interview! Thanks for asking him what he ate that day. That’s always the part I find most interesting for some reason.

    • Jimmy Moore
      July 10, 2010 | 6:14 am

      You bet. Thanks for listening. :)

  3. Peter Silverman
    July 12, 2010 | 5:44 am

    The one place where you do see the Krauss study discussed is in the left wing media, for instance this article by Andrew Weill about Krauss and Taubes and how carbs not fat is the health problem that appeared in the Huffington Post last week:


    The Huff Post constantly runs articles about the harm carbs do you to your health, though they also have nutrition articles from other points of view, too.

    • Jimmy Moore
      July 12, 2010 | 10:25 am

      The Weil column came about 6 months after the study was released. Where was the coverage in January 2010 when it did hit? NY Times? Time Magazine? Anywhere major? NOPE!

  4. Peter Silverman
    July 12, 2010 | 5:46 am

    No chance you could Krauss on your show sometime?

    • Jimmy Moore
      July 12, 2010 | 10:26 am

      I asked him for an interview in January 2010 and was told he wouldn’t be doing interviews. Believe me, Peter, I’m trying. I REALLY want him on the show. You know I won’t take no for an answer. :)

  5. Tiff!
    July 12, 2010 | 7:29 am

    Great interview! John Durant is always easy to listen to :)

    I went paleo about 3 months ago. Since then, I have gone from 173 pounds to 145 pounds, which amounts to 5 pants sizes. I also went from needing almost 9 hours of sleep each night and still always being tired, to about 6 each night and always ready to go! It has truly changed my life and I can only hope that guys like you can get this information out to as many people as possible to change the conventional wisdom about health that has left most Americans feeling so sick and tired all of the time. Keep up the good work, gentlemen!

    • Jimmy Moore
      July 12, 2010 | 10:27 am

      CONGRATULATIONS, Tiff! I’m so proud of you. KEEP IT UP!!!

  6. Zeph
    July 12, 2010 | 11:01 am

    Fantastic interview–very inspired now!

    • Jimmy Moore
      July 12, 2010 | 5:51 pm

      AWESOME Zeph! THANKS for listening!

  7. Tom Bunnell
    July 12, 2010 | 4:50 pm

    Congratulations to you Mr. Durant, you have captured a large portion of our instinctual life. — Nothing compares to the this feeling. That’s why hunting and camping and fishing and sleeping outside in a tent and cooking on a real fire go hand and hand with no shoes on our feet. You could drop the very unnatural caffeine and even more unnatural alcohol and go a long ways with this and gain some major headway in your journey rather than all that stimulated waste and time lost with these drugs. I’m sure you have been looking at and pondering this. Man’s hybrid almonds and hybrid peaches and other hybrid fruits and plant life don’t even come close to natures seeds and fruits and vegetables. The sugar contents are excessive as well as their availability. None of us get to eat the wild game and plant life that we would like too. We are all forced to make these modern concessions in our eating and drinking habits but “try” we must. It is vital to our’s as well as the worlds health. Incidentally, man lived to be well over a hundred years old routinely throughout the world for billions of years and with zero loss of life at child birth and perfect mental and psychical health long before modernization and modern medicine, some things contrary to our conventional wisdom we have been taught. We have went way down with our health, not up. Keep up the great work, you are a natural born leader and promoter. Many will follow you and it will be good.

  8. Mark
    July 13, 2010 | 1:23 pm

    Thanks for the interview Jimmy. Posted a quasi-identical comment on John’s site but here goes anyway:

    Fun interview. I was pleasantly surprised when John mentioned the mental benefits you experienced once you starting eating “paleo.” Eating paleo did help me a ton with my physical well-being (body composition, digestion, etc.) but perhaps the biggest and most welcome change of all was its helping me get through a depression which was getting progressively worse, and which I was fighting against for many years. My mood, too, was a slave to food: my depression was closely related to a drug-like carbohydrate addiction. (I would eat 2-3-4 bowls of all bran flakes with skim milk in one sitting to get out of feeling down for the brief moments I was gobbling the stuff down, with wheat-induced gut damage I’m still recovering with to boot–still have a bunch of sensitivities I didn’t have before I went low-fat, whole grain etc. And all this while being sadly convinced that I was eating healthy..) Seeing as how I rather quickly (matter of days for marked improvent on the mental aspect–which plagued me, to emphasize, for YEARS!–a couple of weeks for body to adapt to digesting and running on fats) got out of that rut as soon as I started eating lots of good fat, animal protein, and cutting carbs, I can say with a good amount of confidence that eating low-fat, high-carb screwed both my physical and mental life immensely (to spare the details) and, conversely, eating habits inspired by evolution have made me feel amazing.

    Thanks again for the great interview. Again, the mental health benefits of a paleo regime seem a tad underemphasized, and I’m glad John mentioned them.



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