Interview with a bro episode 4
Q: How did you discover this twitter subculture and who were the first people you become a fan of?
A: Carnivore Aurelius was my gateway to this little subculture we have going. I think he does a great job of memeing people out of the mainstream ideas most people just accept as truth (meat is bad, sun is bad, etc). From there, I somehow found Sol Brah and then slowly branched out from there.
Q: What made you interested in health ? Were there any figures that actually helped you in this journey?
A: My struggles with anxiety and depression are what got me interested in all this stuff (I go into this more below). Biggest figures so far for me in this journey have been Paul Chek, Ben Greenfield and Sol Brah. Really want to delve into more Ray Peat focused stuff and Grimhood as well.
Q: What do you wish you knew sooner when it comes to training and nutrition?
A : From a training perspective, I wish I would’ve understood better that you have to eat big to get big. I’ve never had a problem with getting in the gym, just have always struggled getting in the necessary calories to grow.
Q: What do you wish you realized sooner when it comes to life?
A: There are so many things. The most important ones are that your diet impacts way more than you think, don’t care about the opinions of people you don’t respect, and be careful with the information you consume.
Q: Favourite meal?
A: Scrambled eggs. Eight every morning.
Q : Which supplements have helped you the most and what’s in your house right now?
A: Honestly not a big supplement guy, but have seen better sleep after taking magnesium glycinate.
Q: If you could only recommend 3 books to your 18 year old self , which ones would they be (and maybe why)?
A: Bronze Age Mindset, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, and How to Eat, Move, and Be Healthy. The first book really makes me feel something. The second two books completely changed the way I look at health.
Q: Why has masculinity today turned into rocket science?
A: I think there’s a few reasons. A big one is the lack of strong role models. We don’t have strong male characters anymore in most media and there’s less masculine men around than ever before. Another is the rise of the cheesier social media accounts that like to talk about how to be masculine, what masculine men do, etc.. Don’t get me wrong, I follow a few of these accounts on Twitter and value the ideas they put out. But I do think having people try to grow an audience from writing about masculinity (commercializing it in a sense) leads to confusion when people aren’t able to forge opinions for themselves. I think the solution is for people to decide for themself what they think masculinity means instead of outsourcing their opinions.
Q: Could you share a challenge you've faced and shaped your perspective?
A: A huge one for me was an episode of panic attacks within a week I had about a year ago that had me experiencing depersonalization and depression. At the time, I was going to bed at 4am regularly, drinking most nights of the week, rethinking some childhood trauma, and dreading my career path. This was hands down one of the most important periods of my life. If you’ve never experienced depersonalization before, think of looking down at your own hands and not recognizing them as your own. It felt like I was living life in third person mode, crazy experience. Anyways, I go to a psychiatrist and she writes down on a little sticky note that I’m diagnosed with anxiety, PTSD, and depression and tries to get me to hop on anti-depressants. This was a turning point because I refused to take those drugs. This sent me down a little journey of reading books about first depersonalization and depression, and then health and wellness, nutrition, and spirituality trying to heal myself. A year later and I feel like a completely different person. Before this event, I thought all religion and spirituality stuff was nonsense. These are now pillars in my life and I feel blessed to have had this experience .
KingFit’s note on the subject of anxiety and depression
Getting inositol , magnesium , B vitamins , seafood , choline , cutting out coffee , seed oils, alcohol, gluten and getting plenty of sun exposure 3-5 times a day are crucial.
Q: Gratitude is the attitude?
A: Yes and no, I think it depends on the context. When I’m consciously trying to practice gratitude, I feel a strong wave of positive energy wash over me. Focusing on the things I’m grateful for definitely improves my life. However, sometimes I feel there’s an undertone for people to “just be grateful” for what they have now and not try to improve their life situations. I think that’s a dangerous game of self-delusion. So yeah, for me I’m trying to find the balance right now between gratitude and desire for bigger things.
Thanks for the interview bro.