Q and A with Ben Greenfield

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Ben Greenfield reached out to us when we first started the MTA podcast five years ago. We have had him on the show every year since and he never fails to deliver great value to our listers. This episode is no exception!

In this interview you will hear him throw down tips on how runners can build muscular strength, obstacle racing mania, common mistakes he sees new runners make, nutritional misinformation, fueling for endurance, meditation, elevation training, chocolate milk, eating fruit post-exercise, drinking craft beer, and more!

Questions for Ben Greenfield

cloud_treeBen Greenfield is a fitness and nutrition expert who was named by Greatest as one of the top 100 most influential individuals in health and fitness.

He is a NY Times best selling author of Beyond Training – Mastering Endurance, Health and Life.

Ben and his family live in Spokane, Washington.

Interview Questions

  1. How many different podcasts do you host?
  2. Tell us a little about yourself, what does the journey to becoming a fitness guru look like?
  3. What’s up with your love of obstacle racing?
  4. What kind of beasts are winning obstacle races these days?
  5. How do every day runners build more muscular strength?
  6. For people who are trying to get in shape (new runners) what are some of the common mistakes you have seen?
  7. What do you think of Generation Ucan versus other packaged fuels?
  8. What do you think about essentials oils?
  9. Is chocolate milk a suitable recovery drink, and how does it compare with other options like a smoothie, Heed or coconut water? -Henry H.
  10. Does it help to wear an elevation training mask? Does this help with preparing for altitude? -Beth B. / Ryan D.
  11. Is fruit after a workout really bad? -Elspeth A.
  12. What do you think of drinking craft beer? Healthy or unhealthy? -Trevor
  13. Do you ever waste time watching mindless Youtube videos? -Trevor


Also Mentioned in this Episode. . .

Fat Adapted Pizza Recipe! Gluten free and so easy even I can make it (which says a lot).

1.5 cups shredded mozzarella
¾ cup almond flour or meal
2 oz cream cheese
1 egg
Pizza sauce and additional cheese and toppings
Garlic salt
Parchment paper and cookie sheet

Put mozzarella and cream cheese in a greased saucepan and heat on low until just melted, stirring often. Or microwave in glass bowl for 60 seconds or until just melted. Remove from heat and stir in egg & almond flour. Wet hands and spread “dough” thin on parchment paper (may want to use spatula). It should spread evenly with dough-like consistency (if “stringy” then your cheese has hardened too much—just put it back in the warming pan for another 20 seconds)-Dock (poke rows of holes) into the crust with a fork to avoid bubbling -Sprinkle with garlic salt.

Bake in 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until slightly brown on top. Remove from oven and add a layer of pizza sauce, your desired amount of meat (pre-cooked), veggies, cheese, and then sprinkle on oregano and basil. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or just until cheese is melted. –Serves 2-3. We always double the recipe for our family of 5.

From Angie’s Fat Adapted Eating Plan


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6 Responses to Q and A with Ben Greenfield

  1. Darrell March 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Hi Guys
    Great podcast, besides being very informative it kept my brain busy while I ran 10k on an inside track. An inside track is so much better then a treadmill but oh my goodness it is still boring! 10k = 44 trips around the track and thanks to you guys it was almost painless…

    Darrell Hill

    • Trevor Spencer March 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for being a listener. 🙂

  2. Ericka March 22, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    I am excited to try your pizza recipe! In the podcast episode I thought you said it was 4 oz cream cheese. Do you guys use 4 oz or 2 oz?

    • Trevor Spencer March 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi Ericka,

      It’s 2 oz of cream cheese for the regular recipe. We always double everything for our family of 5.

  3. Madison March 24, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    Made the “Fat Adapted Pizza” last night and it was amazing! I used coconut flour instead of almond flour, and it turned out famously (had to add two more eggs for extra moisture). Thanks Angie and Trevor for the continued encouragement. Peace & Blessings.

    • Trevor Spencer March 25, 2015 at 7:55 am #

      Glad to hear about your success with Fat Adapted Pizza Madison! Thanks for reporting back. 🙂

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