I'm Darryl Edwards (aka The Fitness Explorer), founder of Primal Play, a paleo nutritionist and author of the books Paleo from A to Z and Paleo Fitness based in London, England.  This blog documents my experiences with a Paleo lifestyle that has made me fitter and healthier in my forties than ever before. I am a contributor to Paleo Magazine and presenter at various symposiums globally such as Paleo:f(x), PrimalCon, AHS (Ancestral Health Symposium), Thr1ve.Me, and other events globally. I am also founder of the first Paleo conference in Europe, HEALTH Unplugged which took place for the 3rd year running in Autumn 2016.

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  • Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    by Darryl Edwards

    Animal Moves

    • improve strength, speed and stamina
    • increase mobility, flexibility and stability
    • look, feel and perform better

    Find out more and details on how to purchase at www.animalmovesbook.com

  • Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    by Darryl Edwards

    "If you are looking for a simple way to better understand Paleo concepts, Darryl's Paleo from A to Z guide is the go-to resource.
    -Mark Sisson, best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple

  • Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, Jason Warner

    "This book is a useful reference to enable individuals just starting out on the Paleo path as well as those who want to explore more challenging, playful and interesting ways to move."

    -Robb Wolf, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

     

  • 7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    by Darryl Edwards
  • The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    by Robb Wolf
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    by Mark Sisson
  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie, Sarah Dopp
  • Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    by Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
  • Protein Power
    Protein Power
    by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Mary Deans
  • Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    by Christopher McDougall
  • In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    by Michael Pollan
  • Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    by Michael Pollan
  • The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    by L. Cordain
  • Vegetarian Myth, The
    Vegetarian Myth, The
    by Lierre Keith
  • The Second Brain
    The Second Brain
    by Michael D. Gershon
  • The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    by Loren Cordain
  • Eat Drink Paleo
    Eat Drink Paleo
    by Irena Macri
  • Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman

Entries in Anecdotes (7)

Thursday
Nov152012

Being Sponsored!

 

I got approached today by email from a sports supplement company.  I won't mention their name.
 
I don't think they understood when I told them I'd rather eat a few eggs than to drink a chemically processed liquid substitute for protein.  They told me I wouldn't have to drink it, but could do well out of it with payment for active promotion and referrals.  I replied that I wouldn't feel good endorsing a product like this to any of my clients or virtual audience.

A company with no integrity, that's a surprise.  But for me it's simple - I know where I stand with real food.  Maybe a sponsorship from an apple farmer or something would be a more novel idea? :-)

Darryl.
Sunday
Sep182011

Everything But The Police Helicopter?

Copy and pasted from one of my client's facebook page:-->
"Would like to thank the stupid woman who called the police on me and my trainer Darryl Edwards and made up some ridiculous story that we are burglars, which resulted in three undercover police cars and a police van resulting in 16 police officers for 2 guys training. Would I really be robbing a house with my water bottle?"

A true story.  Read more about it here:  --> http://www.facebook.com/fitnessexplorer

Sunday
Sep122010

US Open: Winner or Loser?

The US Open an example of some of the world's greatest athletes performing on the world stage.  At the hotel where I am currently, there are a number of tennis stars, juniors and administrators.

In the lift earlier this week I spoke to an individual in tennis gear who was wearing US Open identification.  I wasn't sure if she was a fan or player, but based on what she was eating I had to ask:

Darryl: "Have you been competing in the US Open?"

Girl: "Yes!"

Darryl: "Is that food [insert #1 fast food chain of your choice here] a part of your training regime?

Girl: "Errmm, no."

Darryl: "Surely that can't help your performance?"

Girl: "Errrm, no."

Darryl: "So why are you eating it?"

Other: "She can eat what she likes as she burns off all those calories!"

Girl: with no hint of sarcasm, "I know it isn't good for me, but it is the only thing I could find."

Bear in mind, this is in midtown Manhattan - surrounded by lots of food choices: Including a 24 hour 'healthy' food bistro in the foyer and 24x7 room service availability.  

I am sure not the only reason why, but they didn't win the next day...

Sunday
Aug152010

Fitness for Life

I held a group workout session last Thursday night and one of the ladies was much older than the usual attendees.  For the purposes of this post I'll call her Dee.

She had previously come to watch a class to see if it was something she could do.  I explained the premise of the class and that its scaled to the individual.  However I warned that it wouldn't be easy.  

She looked around 70 years old, was in great physical condition and had no contraindications to exercise.

After a brief assessment she took part in the class.  Performing the warm-up and then participating in lots of bodyweight and medicine ball exercises, squats, balance work, push ups against the wall, jumping and running.  She rested as needed, but was keen to do as much as possible.  

At the end of the class, her feedback mentioned she had enjoyed herself and that she found this workout a great way to keep strong and active (as she wanted to do something to replace Ballet).  I then asked her a personal question:

Darryl - "Do you mind if I ask how old you are?"

Dee replied, "I'm 87 years old."

What an inspiration!  A fine example of the benefits of keeping active regardless of age.