May I Buy You This Lunch?

Toky Joes Healthy Salad lunch

This is my fresh, amazing, delicious nutritious lunch today.

Sitting here, feeling the energy, appreciating the amazing food, the splendor of the moment, the stunning beauty of Colorado and thinking,

Damn, I’d like to share this.”

Sure, I can send you my nourishing breakfast, my afternoon power and post ride strength-shake but this amazing Salad and food is here, in Colorado. And it doesn’t travel well.

That got me to thinking: What could I do as an excuse to get you out here—for a “get together” so we can both enjoy this amazing salad!

What, in addition this amazing lunch, would make it worth your while?

Maybe its as simple as a dissertation on 101 ways to do a biceps curl. I hope not.

Lord knows we’ve all had enough dieting talk but no doubt there’s still ample confusion.

The thing—my thing—is I tend to forget all I know because I’m focused on the next thing I can learn, integrate, create or discover… not about what I have already in my knowledge base.

But when asked—when I can be of service in helping you to greater clarity and freedom, I’m all in and accessing the considerable archives.

So, please to tell: What is it that you’d like to know?

How can I help?

There’s no question too small (biceps curls excluded) and nothing too large. We can talk about the body-mind, the meaning of life, fit after 40, strength inside out, the search for meaning and happiness and how fitness serves.

Anything… it’s your call.

Tell me what wisdom would inspire you to let me buy you lunch:

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  1. Mariann Jelinek (Sam) August 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I’m interested in mature adult fitness. I’m looking at 70 in December, and doing more weight work, etc. than when I was younger. I’m generally pleased, and think that “going paleo” has helped a lot — I’m off of all simple carbs, and abstemious about starches, favoring veggies (and the occasional sweet potato, oven roasted or in curry), meat, poultry, fish. I hear conflicting accounts of whether whey is good or not; whether one should avoid dairy or not; and some push-back from my (40-year-old) son protesting that I’m “doing too much for my age,” although I am hale and healthy, and ran a 37:02 5K on a whim. I’m lifting a fair bit — C&J 110# max, thrusters with 85#, DL 185# (20 over my body weight)in CrossFit class 2-3X/week, interspersed with other stuff like walking, running, hikng or bicycling.
    I’d like to see more on optimum health for older adults. There is way too much encouragement to be a couch potato!

  2. Bobby August 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Hey Shawn, Salad looks great! I would love to sit down with you and discuss some of the challenges I’ve faced just keeping inshape over the years. I’m a 40+ year old male, live alone and take care of everything from mowing the lawn to washing the dishes and taking out the trash to working on the car and house and walking the dog daily. I have a regular workout routine that I stick with, but always seem to hit a wall I just can’t seem to get past no matter what suppliment and nutrition program I stick with. I would certain enjoy your wisdom and thoughts. (Wouldn’t mind see Colorado too!)

  3. James August 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Hello Shawn
    Held off for a few days to send you a reply, knowing the responce to the lunch invitation and questions asked, would be quite overwhelming.
    I’m 60, have had scalp melanoma surgery and struggling with certain health issues. Trying to get back into a workout routine that I can maintain and develop along with good healthy eating habits.
    What question(s) I would ask? Well, I would tend to ask about family, personal interests, achievements, dreams and goals, things you and your brother did growing up, the beautiful places in Colorado you would recommend for my photographing. Then, when all is said and done, maybe talk about health and fitness. Also, I would probably ask if we could go out for a bike ride and oh, hey how about that lunch?
    Thanks for everything.
    Best regards to you and your family.

  4. Dennis August 2, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    I’ve lost my Motivation and can’t seem to find it? Very frustrating! I keep starting and starting, but don’t seem to stick to the plan. Anybody got a good book or something that can help me? I am 51 years old male and would like to drop about 30 pounds!! Thanks! Have a Great Day!

  5. Rick August 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    With what doctors to you trust your health? How about naturopaths?

    And do you believe magnesium oxide is bioavailable? I see some claim it is not but you put a high amount in Full Strength.

    Thank you for supporting Superhuman Radio!

  6. Steve August 1, 2012 at 9:41 am #


    Great looking salad! It would be fascinating to discuss how your philosophy (e.g. strength training, nutrition, goal setting) has changed since the publication of Strength for Life given the new knowledge you have gathered over the past several years.

    Thanks, Steve

  7. Fer July 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Hi, first of all, thank you very much for your all your work,books and web. I noticed Strength for Life because of a Wilber´s quotation,
    I´m sorry for mi poor English. I can read books or posts, but I ´m not good writing or listening videos.
    I would like reading about these questions:
    1 Fit for beginners after 40. This is the most important for me. I´ve developed my mind, but not my body.
    2 Strength inside out
    Integral FITness.
    3 The search for meaning and how fitness serves.
    Thanks again.
    With my best wishes for you and your family.

  8. Ted Allison July 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Hello Shawn-I read both your books, Strength For Life & the Absolution-I benefited greatly from them both .As a late teen, knowing virtually nothing about training theory -I bench pressed 305 @ 132 Lb body weight. BUT…… then I dedicated the next 2 decades to running , mostly twice a day —as much as up to 147 miles per week -but more typically ” just” 100. I recently joined a local super sized fitness gym -with Costo sized available equipment . As a super fit-yet guant runner – I could barely bench 95 , for 5-6 reps. Fast forward 6 months—I can now bench 135 Lbs-100 times with realtive ease and am in the neighborhood of roughly 240 . + or -. I found out that the American Record for my age/ & wt class is 335!!!!! So have built a new dream to focus on acheiving just that. Last night I meet Chris Duffins, who at 220, benches 660 raw. app. 800 equipped , deadlifts 805, and sqauts —1010!!!!!!!!!!! he and all his world classs weight lifting partners —well NONE of them do ANY ” cardio. ———–So, my long winded question is thus——can I retain and build strengh enough to bench press 340, yet retain at least a sizable fraction of my running talent{ I’ve won at least 150-200 , 1500, mile, 5K , 10K , 1/2 marathon races} I ‘ve got so many all over the map answears, that I am about to make an ” executive ” desicion on my own —BUT —-having great respect for you , I would LOVE your extremely knowledgable opinion , if at all possible. { I train every day —often twice—-but, am NOT overtrained as I balance all sorts of activities aroung my 3 lifting days —Mo- is now benching w this Elite Performance Group, headed by the # 1 powerlifter in the world at his 220 weifght class, Chris Duffins. Thanks Shawn.

  9. Ballard C. Boyd July 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I’d like to know your thoughts on the technical pros and cons of:

    Primal Blueprint (a.k.a Paleo Diet)

    Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Body, specifically
    – the Slow Carb diet (for fat loss)
    – Occam’s Protocol (for mass gain)

    And I’d like to know your thoughts in the areas of
    – effectiveness
    – concerns/reservations (short term & long term)
    – sustainability
    – and any research that you know of around any of these approaches to fitness.

    Thanks, Shawn!

  10. Vic July 31, 2012 at 11:36 am #


    I am interested in both strength training and endurance training. (I love riding my bike). Can they both mutually exist? Or, are they at conflict with one another?


  11. Johnny Rode July 31, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Already know the meaning of life, our children.

    I have re-read pretty much all my old MM and I am looking for a replacement mag, so far I am liking Iron Man, but wondering if any other mags out there are more up my alley. Fitness, lean, energy, nutrition are topics that I wanna read about.

    The salad looks remarkably like a Gordon Ramsay salad I make quite often, instead of clementines it uses mango. I also sometimes sub out for apple or cranberries.

  12. Mark Moses July 31, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    George hit the nail on the head. I’ll be 60 in a few months. Wow…that is hard for me to even think about. I feel 20..except for the aches and pains in the morning when rolling out of bed. Understand everybody…they are the good aches and pains because they are related to my workouts. (At least that’s what I’m telling myself…LOL).
    I also am a 60 year old, recovering hippy and your philosophies on exercise and life bring back my days of Ram Dass and “Be Here Now”.
    My biggest struggle is in my head. Even though I feel great, I want more. Man…that’s selfish.
    Maybe I’m feeling my mortality, but I really think it’s because I want to leave a legacy for my family and haven’t lived up to my own expectations.
    I know you can’t particularly help me with that…That’s on me.
    But as you approach the middle years, what is your self-talk when you begin to get retrospective?

  13. Art July 31, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    Hi Shawn,

    I did the 21 Day Summer Supercharger, finished, and feel great for doing it. Throughout I struggled with a balanced mind-body connection, leaning more towards the body. My first question is, “How would you suggest bringing more balance and focus to my workouts?” Also, once finished with the 21 days I felt lost in the world of a fitness plan. I intend on starting Strength for Life – we are in the process of a move among other time and energy vampires – but wonder how to best address my training in the interim. Do you have suggestions there also?

    – In Gratitude.

  14. Robin July 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    Why can’t there be vegan options? I would take that salad without the chicken and add some nutritional yeast or spirulina or maybe some portobello or shitake mushrooms. I am stronger than ever since I stopped eating meat and dairy. I don’t really care about buying products with chemicals in them or bragging about how much I can bench press. I want balance of mind, body and spirit. Perhaps meditations to follow or some yoga or tai chi on my rest day? Or lessons in dealing with stress? I find it easier to follow a cd or video to exercise on days when I am tired. I need someone there to motivate me to keep going and I can’t afford a personal trainer at this point.(Single mom, student and starting my own business.)Do you have exercise videos, or do you plan on making any?

  15. Marcus July 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Shawn, If I have a few beers at a weekend event and the next day feel like having a heavy breakfast. What is the best and quickest way (besides not having the beer in the first place) to get rid of that craving and back to eating clean and lean?

  16. David Fusco July 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    OK. You would like to know what I want to know. How? That is my question. How? How do I make a change to my life when I seem to not be able to change? How? How do I stick with a routine? How? How can I change the way I eat, and still feel like I am eating what I want to? How? How can I, father of 3, husband and provider, stick with the program? I have the desire, or at least I think I do, I have the knowledge, or at least I have your book and Bill’s books, started many a transformation but can not get past 2 or 3 weeks. So HOW do I do it? How do I make it through the boot camp without feeling beat, being able to actually do 3 sets of 15 push ups?
    How? That is my question.

    Dave Fusco

  17. James July 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    So are you going to tell us what’s in that salad?

  18. Brett Cole July 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    OK, I’ve been doing the diet part of the 21 4 21 and feel much better than I did before I started and other than my anniversary weekend with my wife last weekend I’ve stuck to the no sugar thing without hesitation. So much so that my wife and kids call me the sugar nazzi. My question is regarding the labeling of foods. When I look at labels I am staying away from all forms of sugar from the nutritional info to the ingredients list. Is this the way you set up the program or am I goin about this all wrong? Thanks for the info and I look forward to the next 21 days adding the body weight boot camp workouts!

  19. Steve July 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi Shawn:

    Correct me if I am wrong but next spring will be the five year anniversary of Strength for Life. Great book that I continue to reference to this day. Has your philosophy changed since the publication? If so, in what areas? Along those same lines, is there another book that we should be anticipating in the future? How about a brainstorming conversation which could be a reference for your next book?

    In your email, you reference “the next thing”. I think that would be a fascinating conversation but I also wonder if this is what hinders individual progress. We are all looking for “the next thing”. What about the core principles that have worked regardless of gender, age, size, etc.?

    Regarding Full Strength, where do you see shake 5 or 10 years from now? Same ingredients? Additional products being offered? What about another research study to support the benefits of Full Strength?

    I feel like I should buy you lunch for the inspiration you have provided throughout the years. Thanks so much.

    Best, Steve

  20. Bob Venn July 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Good Evening Shawn Phillips,
    One of the things I can’t stand is “False Advertisement”, or promising one thing and delivering something else.
    I have been following you for several years.
    I have bought your book,enjoyed your Shakes and have read most of your weekly blogs. The one thing I know about Shawn Phillips is: He Delivers….
    You are super intelligent, a dedicated athlete, devoted nutritionist, exceptional author, witty, humorous, sensitive, over-achiever, and a great dad.
    I have often wondered if you ever sleep at night. I have read your comments on posts with time stamps listed at all hours of the night and wee hours of the morning.

    I live in the Eastern Time zone and this post with the delicious looking salad hit right at my “hungry time”.
    The Caption on this post was… “May I buy you this Lunch?” You also mention the beauty of Colorado and your direct quote…”What could I do as an excuse to get you out here—for a “get together” so we can both enjoy this amazing salad!”

    So I would prefer the salad over asking a particular question at this point in time. The picture of your delicious salad has energized my taste buds and overshadowed the opportunity to ask you a direct question. Heck, this might be a good opportunity to establish a “Lunch with Shawn Phillips” for your loyal fans in beautiful Colorado. I would write more, but am headed home to eat a less nutritious dinner than your super salad.
    Hungry regards,

  21. Troy Hackney July 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    My problem has ALWAYS been keeping my mind going in one direction, no matter what the subject at hand is. How the hell do you manage to keep your mind moving forward, kicking things that attempt to stray you from what your doing to the curve?

    • Robin July 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

      Troy, when I did the Body for Life fitness challenge years ago, I followed Bill Phillips’ advice and chanted a mantra in my mind when I breathed in and one when I breathed out. It reinforced what I was doing and helped me maintain focus in the moment and forced me to breath properly during exercise. I believe Bill said on the exhale and effort of the exercise, “body for life” and on the inhale and return of the exercise “I am building my body for life.” It is in his book, Body for Life. You can say whatever you want though as long as it is positive and reaffirming.

  22. Scott Smith July 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm #


    I am a 43 year old father of 12 children (yep, 12; 7 from my previous marriage, 4 from my wife’s previous marriage, and we just had 1 together). A couple of years ago my first wife passed away from heart failure. I remarried an amazing woman last year and we are really enjoying our life together now. I work non-stop. There is never enough money, and never enough time. I started working out in earnest in February and since last October am down about 30 lbs. But at 315, that is just not where I want to be. So, my question is this: HOW DO I DO IT ALL? How do I fit my workout in? How do I maximize my nutrition? And maybe most importantly, how do I change my life to better lead my family and create the body and life I want and that I want them to see is possible?

    I know – ask the easy questions, right? :o)

    Kind regards,


  23. phil July 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    How do you re-ignite motivation to train when you’ve tried so many times and failed?

  24. Heather July 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    I would like to know how to balance taking care of young children with taking care of myself?

  25. Michael Gremillion July 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Do you have days, maybe a week at a time when you don’t feel like doing anything? It’s like it’s a chore to get the motivation to do a workout. I mean I do believe that I am transformed. I do enjoy my workouts. I love the way I feel during and after the exercise, so it’s not that I give up on that lifestyle.

    In that same period I am talking about I find it hard to get going to work, to practice my guitar, to get on the internet and read up on the forums, to even just sit and watch TV!! I just don’t want to do anything!!

    Am I just lazy?!! LOL!

    Seriously, do you have those types of days?

    • Robin July 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

      Michael, those could be signs of depression. You are not lazy. My daughter had it and so did my mother. I only feel that way in the winter when I get Seasonal Affective Disorder due to lack of sunshine. Perhaps you should get evaluated by a professional like your family doctor or a psychologist or councelor? My daughter saw great improvement after she started taking medications and we found out she was having trouble sleeping which could have been the root cause.

  26. Joe Pehrson July 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Mind and heart set. What do you understand about mind, heart, belief and the ability to excel at the level of a true champion? What do you understand about enjoying the present moment with love and joy? Everything else just seems like details…Protein, curls, cardio, all of these things I get. And to be honest who cares if I can find one new exercise that takes me from 8 to 7% body fat or increases my bicep size by 1/4″… I use your tools, advise and products and they helped me place as a runner up in Bill’s transformation challenge a few weeks ago. Your products are great! and I am excited to keep living this healthy, focused lifestyle… but I would love to talk about mind, heart, belief and success with someone who lives at the level you do and has had the experiences you have had. What do you consider the meaning of life and how do you find that inner peace and joy that makes life rich? These are the things I would love to talk with you about! And the Salad looks great as well.

  27. Francis July 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    What is a 30 minute or less, high intensity, exercise routine with or without weights, with or without cardio, that I can do at home and that will keep me burning fat up to 48 or more hours AFTER the workout.
    Please do give all details.



  28. Lisa Meeks July 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi Shawn,
    My question is about toning and loose skin. I have lost over 80 pounds and still losing, my biggist issue is that suddenly it seems my skins just hanging everywhere.. I know there’s surgery, and alot to be said for genetics, but I am 45 and would just like to know what I can do.. Let me have it!! I’ll try anything!!!(I especially would like to come out of this with nice toned shaped arms!!)
    Thank you in advance
    Lisa Meeks

    • George Arvanitis July 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm #


      Interesting invitation. I have a few areas of interest. First, fit over 40. For the first half of this year I aced my nutrition vitamins, minerals and herbs and took ZMA and GH precursors before bed. By March my workouts were consistent and intense. For a time there was no toll on my testosterone, recovery and vitality. I am slightly gaining muscle and continuing to lose fat. At one time, back in 98, at 33 I gained insane amounts of muscle and burned fat. Now I gain some muscle and burn fat pretty well. But the vitality and the pool of resources left, leaves me a bit short of where I would like to be. Energy wise I am alive and in many ways never better. Tonight for example, I broke 3 personal bests on various HIIT exercises I do in the pool. But, frankly as great as that is and energetic as I feel and as confident as I am that I’ll reach my goals, it’s taking something away as well. I’d love to learn more about how to increse my resource pool.

      On that note, you’ve shared a few topics/threads I learned a lot from you this past year. One of them is how short intense workouts trump long workouts, particularly in men over 40. That’s my experience. Second, I learned not to over-personalize mistakes, or various forms of short term failures in the transformation process. I have learned to label and score the action and move on towards progress and it pays great rewards. So, I think for many of us who either losers or hard gainers, this topic would be helpful, it was for me. Finally, though straightening out my thinking and approach (psychology) has allowed me to remove some unneccesary layers of useless complexities formed by media and my own well meaning but misguided assumptions. Frankly, the time needed, the workouts and the nutrition are so simple to me now, that I wonder how it was ever so unbeleivabley difficult, confusing or painful. Forming the right tactics are easy, getting to the core and removing obstacles in soul, are a bit more challenging. Together, getting to your core beliefs and motivations, and getting some simply powerful info and action into place seems to be the equation I’ve learned. So, some good topics I hope. Thanks for opening the discussion.

      P.S. Lisa, I am no authority on the loose skin subject and there may more qualified people and methods to address this. So, I speak my opinion, and throw out the offical disclaimer on my advice since I am not a doctor. It’s my opinion, and I try to real world test my opinions and ask others who are experts as I am always seeking good and better ways to live. So, for me, I take a variety of vitamins, minerals and herbs Someone told me that extra vitamin C and Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) over time during the process will greatly aid the skin shrinkage process. I also take Alpha Lipoic Acid and EFAs (essential fatty acids)and I put Alba Botanica Very Emollient body lotion on my skin. There may be more things one can do… but I am seeing pretty good results.
      If you come across any interesting ideas or info, please let me know @ [email protected].

    • Robin July 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

      Lisa, Have you tried MSM supplements? It is great for the skin. If it doesn’t help with loose skin, it will at least make your skin softer, hair and nail stronger and arthritic joints feel better. That has been my experience. Skin brushing has also been rumored to help with cellulite, maybe it will help with loose skin too? Body brushes don’t cost much. Always brush in the direction of the heart because it helps with lymph drainage. Hopefully Shawn will have some good tips for you too. : ^ )

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