I saw a short video clip on Facebook of Ben Warren talking about nutrition for individual body types followed by a ‘book now’ button to attend an upcoming seminar. Usually I would scroll past whilst rolling my eyes, but something made me push the button for the Palmerston North leg of the tour. The hook was that he actually talked with scientific credibility, I know because I studied all the awful biochemistry papers required to become a nutritionist before realising no-one wants to see a fat woman to resolve their weight issues.
I approached the seminar with skepticism. Maybe it was going to be like attending a born-again Paleo group and I’d be making candyfloss out of ground dates and unicorn hooves. Well Ben was very well groomed up there on the stage with a microphone, confidently and charismatically welcoming us to his presentation – it reminded me a little bit of The Bachelor but maybe that was just because I knew it was on TV at home.
It turns out Ben is actually a legit scientist and he really knows his shit – literally ( he confesses to testing stool samples a lot!). We’d been given paper and a pen when we arrived and I really wish that I had taken more notes instead of writing silly messages to my friend like – ‘his calf muscles are too big for those skinny pants’- because there was so much great information imparted that I thought I’d remember but didn’t.
I liked that Ben’s information was about good health, and happy lives, and not focused on people outdoing each other with clean eating and weight loss obsessions. I like that he spoke from a place of knowledge and skill and not as a celebrity chef that thinks he can simply imagine the inner workings of the body without any scientific basis – that my friends is pure shit.
I groaned at the beginning when I realised it was a two and a half hour seminar and had plans in place to leave halfway through if it was tedious or boring. It wasn’t. I stayed the whole time and have no regrets. I hadn’t had dinner before I attended so I chucked a couple of licorice allsorts in my gob on the way – I know, I’m such a model attendee. I was hungry by the end and wished I’d brought a packet of skittles to snack on at ‘the show’ like I’d joked I would do to my friend. I dreamed a little bit of the McDonalds chicken nugget special and thought about going to the drive- thru on the way home. Ben would be proud though, I went home and steamed some broccoli and had that instead. I did indulge in a few pieces of white chocolate as a chaser though.
Anyway, back to Ben Warren’s Be Pure Programme. I like what I saw. If he sends me a special offer for his supplements I’ll probably buy them because he’s convinced me I’m going to be healthier and have more energy. I’m thinking about how my body feels when I eat certain foods and becoming more in tune with it. I’m patting myself on my quite broad back for the good things I was already doing for my health. Lastly I think that I would love to go to his clinic and get a personal consultation because it would be amazing to find out what things I am deficient in that could be resolved through diet, exercise or supplements. Basically, why wait till you get sick – sort your issues out now.
If Ben is bringing his ‘What's Your Health Story’ seminar to your city I highly recommend that you attend – it’s two and a half hours that could be life changing, or at least stop you going to the drive-thru on the way home.