Interview with George Bryant – Civilized Caveman
George Bryant of Civilized Caveman is one of our favorite people in Paleo – he’s compassionate, down-to-earth, always willing to help, and, of course, he cooks amazing food (and takes beautiful photos of them)! And that’s why I’m sure you’ll love reading this interview we did with George.
In particular, his answer to question #6 is my favorite, and it’s something Jeremy and I agree with strongly!
1. What got you interested in the Paleo lifestyle?
I became interested in the Paleo Lifestyle when I was deployed to Afghanistan. I had spent the previous 10 years on a weight rollercoaster weighing 257 at my heaviest and 153 at my lightest. I had also been struggling with bulimia for the previous 12 years and knew it was time for a change. Once I discovered Paleo, it made perfect sense to me and I went all in. That was 4 years ago and here I am today. My story is here.
2. What excites you most about writing/blogging and helping people get healthier?
The most exciting part about writing and blogging for me is being able to share my life experiences with others. I feel very fortunate to have experienced a lot of the turmoil I have in life because now I use it to inspire and teach others. Every day I get to read comments, emails and tweets about people educating themselves and taking charge of their health. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing people are fighting to live longer and healthier lives with knowledge I shared.
3. What is the top question asked by your readers?
The top question asked over and over by my readers is always how I find time to cook and eat the way I do. I make sure when I am blogging I include tips and tricks to save time in the kitchen and prepare yourself for a busy week ensuring you are always set up for success. We offer meal plans with shopping lists accompanied by our best time saving tips. Meal Plans are here.
4. How do your family and friends feel about your Paleo life?
My family loves my Paleo lifestyle. My wife and daughter get the best benefits, they eat all the food and get to try all the delicious paleo products sent to the house. I am the only “strict” paleo person in my family and friends. Everyone respects my choices and always goes out of their way to accommodate my dietary needs.
5. What are three things you’ve told yourself that kept you going during your weakest moment?
Three things that I have told myself in the past and continue to tell myself to this day in my weakest moments are this:
– I am valuable and worthy of the results that come from this.
– Every rain storm eventually ends and there is peace and quiet when it’s over.
– No obstacle or circumstance is stronger than my heart or brain, as long as I stay positive nothing can beat me.
6. If you had a list of ‘best-kept secrets’ [websites, books, coaches] you’d recommend, which would you include and why?
I love this question. As much as I would love to plug my website and book, even those aren’t a necessity (but I would be grateful if you bought them). The only secret you need to be successful with your Paleo lifestyle and any other journey in life is:
All too often we hear people talk about how the next diet, or book, or pill, or coach is going to help them achieve their goals. Nothing against any of those things but no one is able to get you to your goal except yourself. If you have ever attempted different diets and created the same results, or read different books and always ended up back at square one, it’s because your belief systems are keeping you there. The best way to break through those sticking points is to alter your beliefs. Tell yourself every day that you are good enough, that you are skinny, that you have plenty of money, and focus on operating out of an abundant mindset. When you shift your thinking, your results will start shifting as well.