Should You Consider Barefoot Running and Paleo? Interview with Dr. Brett Hill

While admittedly not a super-athlete growing up, Dr. Brett Hill was naturally drawn to distance running and the mental determination it required.

As he studied to become a successful chiropractor, he realized that his lifestyle habits directly influenced his health so he set about becoming more naturally active and fueled.

In this episode, he shares that the our bodies have an innate ability and desire to function correctly.

It is critical to create the dietary and physical environment our bodies are actually designed for. He further explains what these environments are and why they are so beneficial. We also discuss the merits and proper strategies of transitioning to barefoot or minimalist shoe running.

In addition to being a chiropractor, he is a paleo-nutritionist, barefoot runner, author, podcast host, and public speaker.

With all of these activities, his family and, of course, running himself, it would be easy to assume it’s overwhelming. He explains how he now manages to keep a healthy balance of it all and the adjustments he has made to accomplish this balance.


Questions Dr. Brett is asked:

3:30 First Four:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. What is your favorite race distance?

6:15 What was your childhood and early adulthood like?

8:44 How was your health growing up?

10:41 What prompted you to start living a healthier lifestyle?

13:45 When did you get your Doctor of Chiropractic Certification?

14: 03 What took you in the direction of Chiropractic?

18:25 When, how and why did you add paleo nutrition to your health philosophy?

20:53 What is your concept of “Paleo Nutrition”?

25:54 How important is variety in a diet, even a paleo diet?

27:14 How do you feel about minimal / barefoot running for yourself and people in general?

28:03 What would you say to someone who says, “But, we don’t live 100,000 years ago; why should we live that way today?”

33:03 What are all the ventures you’re involved in and how do you keep up with them all?

36:13 Is there anything you’ve said “No” to or things that didn’t work and you let go?

38:15 What experiences have been most impactful for you and where are you now with them?

40:15 How are you balancing everything you have going on?

42:30 Who has impacted your life and how?

48:01 Final Kick Round:

  1. What is your favorite local training run (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
  2. Favorite running book(s)?
  3. Advice for new runners?
  4. Favorite Quote?

Quotes by Dr. Brett Hill:

“Running was never really a big part of my life growing up. Sprints were not my friend whereas the slightly longer things that didn’t require as much athletic prowess but maybe required a bit more dogged determination was more my strength.”

“Looking at this healthcare system where we just wait until people fall apart and then patch them back up and the waiting until it happens again, I thought. ‘Well, that just doesn’t make sense.’”

“If your spine functions right, then your nervous system will function right and your body will be healthier.”

“When I looked at nature and I would see a pristine rainforest I would think, ‘It doesn’t need any help in order to be amazing; it actually just needs no interference, it just needs us to get out of the way. And that’s the chiropractic philosophy.”

“I realized that I had to be kind to myself  rather than trying to please everyone else around me. I had to be a bit kinder to myself and preserve myself so I could show up as well as I could for those people around me.”


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Mentioned in this podcast:

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

Dr. Brett Hill’s homepage

Free e-Book: The Barefoot Athlete

Other books and e-books by Dr. Brett Hill

The Wellness Guys Show podcast

That Paleo Show podcast

Wellness Couch podcast network

Yurrebilla Trail

The Heysen Trail

Book: Chi Running by Danny Dreyer

Book: Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition by Kelly Starrett

The Art Of Natural Running eCourse

Erwan Le Corre – Movnat homepage

Follow Dr. Brett Hill on Facebook

Follow Dr. Brett Hill on Twitter

Follow Dr. Brett Hill on Instagram

Total Capture Photography homepage

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