Interview with Ben Greenfield

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I’ve loved to write since I was 6 years old! I penned my first giant fantasy novel by the time I was 14, taught writing classes in high school and college, and have been a writing nerd ever since. It’s in my blood.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Idaho, home schooled and living on 6 isolated acres in a small town. As you’d probably guess, I had hours and hours of time to myself, and spent much of that time parked in front a computer playing World of Warcraft and writing about knights, princesses and dragons, or reading books like JRR Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I relish the magic of taking a piece of paper (or screen) and making it come alive with ideas, inspiration, education and entertainment. It’s as close as a non-technical human being like me can get to becoming a creator - because I sure as heck am not going to carve a living room chair.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I nearly tap my heels every morning because I get to help people discover how to strike the ideal balance between health and performance, and this ultimately makes people happier and live longer. That’s pretty cool, in my opinion.
What is your writing process?
Pretty simple, really. I write on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Although I spend most of my time at a standing workstation, when I write I either sit or lie down on a fancy mat called a Biomat (just Google it). I spend my creative hours, from about 9-11am and 6-8pm generating most of my content, with breaks every 25 minutes to stretch, go on a quick walk up and down the driveway, or crank out some pull-ups. I never have writing “marathons” of multiple hours. I instead work in short bursts.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As an 11 time Ironman triathlete and professional Spartan racer I do, as you probably can imagine, spend much of my time lifting weights, training on obstacle course, swimming, biking and running. The rest of my free time is spent with my wife and twin boys, playing guitar, hiking, cooking, drinking red wine and hitting tennis balls.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
They change every month! Right now they are “Becoming A Supple Leopard” because it keeps my body put together, “The Poor Man’s Almanac” by Charlie Munger because it’s chock full of business wisdom, “Free Range Kids” (I forget the author) because it reminds me to let the reigns go on my children, “DEEP” by James Nestor because I’m currently obsessed with free diving and “Swim, Bike, Run” by Allistair and Jonathan Brownlee, two damn tough triathlete kids I admire.
What do you read for pleasure?
Magazines and the newspaper, oddly enough. I enjoy ESPN magazine, Outside magazine, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and USA Today. They let me turn off my brain and just surf through random snippets of advice and entertainment.
What's the story behind the Superhuman Food Pyramid series?
Just watch the latest South Park cartoon episode on gluten and ebola. Although I designed my Superhuman Food Pyramid prior to that episode’s release, the cartoon really hits the nail on the head in an entertaining way,showing that the world's current food pyramids are upside down, with blood-sugar disrupting inflammatory carbohydrates and grain at the top, and nourishing, healthy and appetite stabilizing fats at the bottom. It should be just the opposite, and in the Pyramid series I show how, along with providing plenty of advice on which carbs, fats, proteins, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and drinks to avoid, which to moderate, and which to eat plentifully. It’s everything you need to know for filling your refrigerator and pantry with the kind of foods and drinks that will optimize your body and brain and make you “Superhuman”.
Published 2014-11-02.
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Books by This Author

Secrets of the Suprhuman Food Pyramid (Book 5: Vegetables)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,030. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
The current Food Pyramid Is Wrong. Interestingly, a consistent pattern in food pyramids around the world puts cereals, grains, bread, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates at the base of the food pyramid diet. And good fats from healthy sources are at the top as a "use sparingly" category. This is exactly opposite of what a well-balanced diet should be. Now you can do something about it.
Secrets of the Suprhuman Food Pyramid (Book 4: Proteins)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,610. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
The current Food Pyramid Is Wrong. Interestingly, a consistent pattern in food pyramids around the world puts cereals, grains, bread, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates at the base of the food pyramid diet. And good fats from healthy sources are at the top as a "use sparingly" category. This is exactly opposite of what a well-balanced diet should be. Now you can do something about it.
Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid (Book 3: Grains & Legumes)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,720. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
The current Food Pyramid Is Wrong. Interestingly, a consistent pattern in food pyramids around the world puts cereals, grains, bread, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates at the base of the food pyramid diet. And good fats from healthy sources are at the top as a "use sparingly" category. This is exactly opposite of what a well-balanced diet should be. Now you can do something about it.
Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid (Book 2: Fruit)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,650. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Nutrition
The current Food Pyramid Is Wrong. Interestingly, a consistent pattern in food pyramids around the world puts cereals, grains, bread, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates at the base of the food pyramid diet. And good fats from healthy sources are at the top as a "use sparingly" category. This is exactly opposite of what a well-balanced diet should be. Now you can do something about it.
Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Lose Fat, Build Muscle & Defy Aging With The World's Healthiest Food Pyramid
Series: Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 24,540. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sports training
The current Food Pyramid Is Wrong. Interestingly, a consistent pattern in food pyramids around the world puts cereals, grains, bread, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates at the base of the food pyramid diet. And good fats from healthy sources are at the top as a "use sparingly" category. This is exactly opposite of what a well-balanced diet should be. Now you can do something about it.