You’re about to meet a very unique man. Ten years ago, he was fixated with the scale – exercising too much and not eating the right foods. He’s done a massive U-turn, put on some serious lean body mass, and is currently studying to be a nutritional therapist (AND a personal trainer). He shares his geeky knowledge bombs on his social platform @livevitae (which has racked up over 200k followers), and he’s on a mission to help others achieve optimal health.
Scatter that with some spirituality and good energy, and ladies and gents, you’ve got yourself a Ryan Carter.
A: I don’t follow a ‘diet’, I follow foods that agree with me and benefit me. But I eat natural whole foods, which can fall into the paleo and primal way of eating. Chris Kresser said a term the other day, something like a ‘plant-focused omnivore’.
A: Yeah it’s intense – and his podcast after with Dom D’Agostino and Layne Norton is great too so check that out.
A: If I had to pick one, it would be exercising – just from the endorphins. Whether that’s from yoga, pilates, weight training, sprinting or swimming, movement is built in us and it’s the number one anti-depressant there is.
A: Eating more plants, definitely. And it’s all about quality of ingredients for me, from start to finish – you know, how it’s moved, was it exposed to sun, what’s it been eating and drinking?
A: I buy plants from the farmers’ market. If not there, from farm shops like Chegworth Valley. Failing that, it will be Planet Organic or Whole Foods. Meat-wise I’ll go to my local butchers, I like the one-to-one interaction of talking to them, and there’s several in my area. For seafood I go to my local fish shop, and then for staples it will be Whole Foods.
A: Optimising light via my circadian rhythm. So that includes exposing myself to infrared light in the morning, sunlight during the day, and reducing blue light in the evening – by wearing blue blocker glasses, using an app on my screen…simple things like that.
A: Go to the toilet! I usually put on my infrared light (by Red Light Rising), and go on my vibrating platform – oh and at the moment I’m also doing some coconut oil pulling. Just to try it out as I haven’t done it before – I don’t have issues with my teeth, but I’m giving it four weeks just to see if it’s going to improve my gums or something like that. Because your digestive system begins in your mouth, so if you’ve got fillings or issues with your gums, that’s going to affect your microbiome.
A: Yes, it’s very important. And it can always be improved. I’m just as guilty as staying up late as anybody else, but I can accept the consequences for that and improve it.
A: Yep I use an Oura Ring. I also switch off my Wi-Fi router. I don’t have any blue lights in the evening. My phone goes on airplane mode, and I have no loud music or anything stimulating like that.
A: I am a fan of fasting, but on an individual basis. If it suits your schedule and your stress levels – fasting will increase your methylation and your phase-one detoxification, and your body has to handle that. I think generally everyone can benefit form a circadian fast (being 12 hours) and anything above that will be dependent on the individual.
But I do fast myself. I’ve done 24 and 36-hour fasts. They accelerate your AMPK pathway, which is good for your mitochondria and autophagy (cleaning up old cells). They’re a great tool, but it’s not really a tool for weight loss, it’s more of a longevity thing.
A: Steak, avocado, and green vegetables.
A: It depends on the time of day and my schedule. I don’t have a pre-workout. Sometimes I’d have tyrosine, or maybe black coffee with rishi or lion’s mane, and MCT oil. Or sometimes I go just raw fasting.
A: I’m relaxed about that. If you think about how humans are, when we train it’s very stressful – so our stress hormones are going to be elevated, our body temp is elevated, our heart rate elevated, so we’re in a more sympathetic flight or fight state. So I like to wait at least an hour after training to digest a proper meal when I’m in a more rest and digest, parasympathetic state.
A: Blacklocks in Soho – it’s down in a small basement and they serve good quality meat from Warren Brothers in Devon. There’s a good vibe there and I know them.
A: Stupid influencers promoting crap for money.
A: Off the top of my head, a few people would be Layne Norton, Dr Ruscio, Dr Jack Kruse, and Max Lugavere.
A: It’s a book for my course about how to read a science based research paper. But the next book I’m reading is The Paleo FX by Dr Jack Cruz, and I’ve got a huge stack of books I want to read.
A: With podcasts it varies – there’s about 40 different ones I’m subscribed to, and it really depends on the subject matter and who’s on as a guest. Again I’m a big fan of Dr Ruscio (and he’s got a great book out which is also on my stack).
A: Earth Runners which are the shoes I’m wearing right now – they’re sandals with a copper coil to ground you…and I don’t care whether they’re grounding me or not, but I like that they’re flat and supportive for the heel so you don’t heel strike. And they expose my feet to the cold, and I’m all about cold therapy.
A: Sorting out a photoshoot at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy clinic where I work.
A: I have ‘Daily Habits’ on the wall, and I pick and choose which ones I want in the day – whether it be a cold bath, reading, jumping on a trampoline, training, a walk in the park. And it would also be in the gym, and on my scooter driving – I just switch off.
A: My home. It’s my cave.
A: Breathing more. We’re not taught how to breathe, and we do it average 23,000 times a day. So spend some time feeling where you’re breathing and where it’s going into your lungs and body. Sunlight as well – everyone should expose themselves to sunlight every day.
A: Don’t be a dick. And slow down.
A: Short term would be my website. Medium term would be becoming a personal trainer. And long term would be living abroad somewhere.