Hello and thanks for visiting my site. My name is Ryan Parnham and I am just an average 40 year old guy from the Midwest. I am a husband and a father of 2 children. I have an extensive and diverse background in traditional medicine. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (2002) then went to grad school and received my Master of Science degree in nursing (2007) and became a certified family nurse practitioner and have been practicing now for about 12 years. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings, both in a large medical center and in the outpatient setting.
OK, enough about my educational and work history. How about “why am I doing this website focused on primal and ancestral health?”
I am doing this website because our country is SICK and slowly dying from our unhealthy lifestyles. From the food we eat, the time spent sitting, ever increasing levels of stress along with less and poorer quality of sleep, we are like zombies, mindlessly wandering around, eating whatever is in sight, sitting and staring at the computer or TV yet depressed and anxious due to our poor health, time constraints, family issues, etc. Due to all of this our health is suffering. Unfortunately, our health care system is set up to where it is mostly REACTIVE rather than PROACTIVE when it comes to our health. Overweight with high blood sugar? Order a medication. Irritable bowel syndrome? Order a medication. High blood pressure? Order a medication. Depression and anxiety? Order a medication. You get it. No explanation needed. We approach body composition the same way. Overweight and out of shape? “Work out more and eat less fat and calories.” “Do more cardio.” “No pain no gain.” “Fat is bad for you”. “Sacrifice sleep and get your butt up and workout at the crack of dawn.” These methods (and many more) are pretty much the “common knowledge” in regards to losing weight and being healthy but, for the most part, do not work and are not sustainable and may not actually make you healthier.
What if I told you that our bodies LONG to be healthy and lean and the process of attaining this is easier then you might think?
Well, this IS possible and using a primal and ancestral approach is what our body is DESIGNED for.
I believe there are 4 vital elements achieving and maintaining optimum health:
- Physical activity
- Stress management
I have been a health and wellness enthusiast since high school. I have tried about every type of nutrition and workout plan with lots of trial and error. I have run a 50 mile trail run, deadlifted 400 lbs and also did Crossfit for about a year. My approach for many years was FITNESS FIRST and health second, but after injuries, illness, education and trial and error I have changed my approach to HEALTH FIRST and fitness second.
On this site I will tackle what it means to put health first. The “rules” are simple, but our society has made it more complex than what it should be. Putting health first allows you to also be fit and healthy without all the obsession on training, which then leads to a more balanced life. I believe in a Primal or Ancestral approach to health. Basically, what habits did our hunter-gatherer ancestors practice to stay healthy and how do we incorporate some of these practices into modern life? This site will go into more detail on these topics. I completed the Primal Health Coaching program founded by Mark Sisson to further expand my knowledge base for health coaching and am a Certified Primal Health Coach and love using this training along with my diverse background to help people achieve health and the best version of themselves.
Life is too short to be unhealthy and unhappy. We have the power to be healthy and active while preventing, prolonging and even reversing and curing chronic disease with some very basic principles.