“If you want extreme results, you need to do extreme things.”
Andrew “Spud Fit” Taylor
One of the great privileges of hosting this podcast is the occasional opportunity it presents to shift focus from conversations with globally prominent thought leaders to shine a bright spotlight on the struggles and triumphs of the everyman.
Folks living average, relatable lives. Anonymous individuals dealing with issues all too many of us confront and combat — obesity, depression, disease, addiction and/or a sense of general dissatisfaction with their current life status. Authentic souls who reach the limit of their pain threshold and cross that tipping point to finally proclaim,
enough is enough.
On a personal note, nothing gives me more satisfaction than celebrating those who courageously challenge their life paradigm, step outside the cozy comfort zone, and attempt the extraordinary — all in the interest of gaining control of their well being and seizing the reigns of their life path.
Folks like Josh LaJaunie, who lost over 200 pounds to conquer ultramarathons and even grace the cover of this month’s Runners World magazine. Or Brett & David Wilcox – the father-son duo who ran across the USA to raise GMO awareness. Luke Tyburski fits the bill — a guy who overcame depression to conquer The Ultimate Triathlon. And I’d add Adam Sud to that list — a young guy who kicked adderal, reversed his diabetes and found a life.
Sharing these experiences is what makes this podcast different from the others — meaningful and special in a very unique way.
So if you enjoy the uplifting everyman story, then you are in for a treat today.
About a year ago, Andrew Taylor stepped onto the scale — 334 pounds. The Aussie didn’t like what he saw. He didn’t like how he felt. Clinically depressed, medicated and hopelessly addicted to unhealthy foods, his elevator was going down — fast.
Fed up and sick & tired of being sick & tired, he drew a line in the sand and decided to step over it.
It was time to finally wake up and seize the reigns of his physical, mental and emotional health and well being. To once and for all reclaim the life he felt quickly slipping away.
Blessed with self-awareness, he saw his path to freedom would lay not in balance but rather in what most would consider drastic and extreme measures.
Andrew decided that he would eat nothing but potatoes for an entire year.
Nothing. But. Potatoes. For an entire year.
On January 2, 2016, all 334 depressed pounds of Andrew popped open his phone, clicked record, and announced his quest on YouTube — to a subscriber base of exactly zero.
The single video soon morphed into a daily vlog, a raw, personal and authentic look into the highs, lows, how to’s and whatnots of a potato-fueled journey Andrew dubbed Spud Fit.
He presumed nobody would care. This was for him. Surprisingly, the world took notice. It wasn’t long before the global media picked up Andrew’s personal interest story and before he could even blink, his wild adventure was foisted into the white hot spotlight.
Over the last year, Andrew has been profiled in countless publications — everything from The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph to Buzzfeed. The Today Show did a story on him. He even made an appearances TV’s The Doctors.
As he nears the end of his one year experiment in radical dietary simplicity, Andrew has overcome his depression. He’s off his meds. And has lost 114lbs.
I’m proud to share Andrew’s wild and crazy story with you today.
This is much more than a conversation about what it’s like to only eat potatoes. It’s a conversation about the pitfalls of moderation and the shortcomings of balance. It’s about the incredible courage required to shuck the rule book, challenge the paradigm, stomp on the comfort zone, step way outside the box and attempt something extraordinary.
But ultimately, this is a powerful discourse on the power we all possess — but all too often deny or overlook — to access and unleash untapped reservoirs of human potential to positively control our health and and radically course correct the trajectory of our lives.
We cover a lot of ground in this conversation, including:
- how desperation frames perspective
- food addiction and decision-fatigue
- Andrew’s year-long potato-only diet
- the adaptability of the human body
- Andrew’s social media journey
- potatoes as a stepping stone to a plant-based diet
- channeling extreme behavior in a positive direction
- perspective on balance & moderation
- meditation, poetry & fatherhood
- Andrew’s daily potato dishes
- managing cravings & future-tripping
- eating honestly & mindfully
- simplicity and minimalism
I sincerely hope you enjoy the exchange. Put some wind in Andrew’s sails by giving him a shoutout on Twitter @SpudFit.
Peace + Plants,
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Andrew’s book is available now: The DIY Spud Fit Challenge: A how-to guide to tackling food addiction with the humble spud & on Kindle*
Background, Context & Reference
- Connect With Andrew: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube
- Today: ‘Spud Fit’: Man has lost 22 pounds with a goal of eating nothing but potatoes in 2016 by Scott Stump
- YouTube: Potatoes: The perfect food – John McDougall MD
- DailyTelegraph: Melbourne father plans to eat nothing but potatoes for an entire year
- FanaticCook: “If All You Ate Were Potatoes, You’d Get All Your Amino Acids”
- BuzzFeed: This Dude Is Only Eating Potatoes For A Year And Already Lost 10 Kilos by Brad Esposito
- Brit: How This Dude Lost 22 Pounds on “Spud Fit” an All Potato Diet by Cortney Clift
- Metro: Australian man vows to only eat potatoes for the whole of 2016 by Alison Lynch
- FoodInsight: Why “Spud Fit” Is a Nutrition Dud by Liz Sanders
- DailyMail: Man with ‘food addiction’ vows to eat nothing but POTATOES for a year after his weight rocketed to 151kgs by Lucy Thackray
- Independent: Is it healthy to only eat potatoes for an entire year? A man from Australia is testing this out by Matt Payton
- CTVNews: ‘I feel amazing’: Melbourne dad embarks on year-long potato-only diet by Emily Chan
- Lifestyle: Can you survive eating only potatoes? by Jennie Jackson
- OddityCentral: Man Goes on Potato-Only Diet for a Year to Cure Binge Eating by Sumitra
- PoetryFoundation: If by Rudyard Kipling
- Book: The 80/10/10 Diet* by Dr. Douglas Graham
- Book: The 4 Hour Body* by Tim Ferriss
- Book: Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs* by Dr. Neal Barnard
- Book: The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness* by Douglas Lisle & Alan Goldhamer
Notable People Discussed
- Russell Brand: comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist
- Dr. John McDougall: doctor and author advocating a plant-based starchiviore die
- Roger Federer: professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 16 in the world
- Alan Goldhamer: Founder of TrueNorth Health Center, providing medical and chiropractic services, psychotherapy and counseling
- Jeff Nelson: American former long distance runner and plant-based advocate
- Charles “The Vegan Cheetah” Marlowe: Vegan YouTube (“thevegancheetah”) critic
Related Podcasts You Might Enjoy
- RRP #026: Ultra-Runner Michael Arnstein: How A Fruitarian Diet Turned One Man Into Superman
- RRP #053: Durianrider On How To Thrive & Perform Athletically On A High-Carb, Low-Fat Vegan Diet
- RRP #056: Chef AJ: From Junk Food Vegan To Whole Food Plant-Based Chef
- RRP #199: Michael Greger, MD On How Not To Die
- RRP #242: Neal Barnard, M.D. On The Power Of Nutrition To Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease, Diabetes & Alzheimer’s
Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, interstitial music and audio engineering; Chris Swan for production assistance & show notes; Shawn Patterson for graphics.
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