150. How I Had My Mind Blown in a Conversation with SuperLife Food Expert Darin Olien

Darin Olien.  If your reaction to that name isn’t exclaiming ‘Oh heck YES!’ and clicking PLAY, I’m guessing you don’t know all the things that are cool about Darin Olien.

It’s not every day I rethink the way I look at myself at an absolute foundational level, but that happens when you talk with Darin Olien about the human body.  

The questions

Have you ever wondered about how many nutrients you’re actually getting from those dried and neatly packaged packets of superfoods that we find on the shelves of our health food store, and what they actually do for the body?  Have you wondered who grows them and how they are processed?  Have you ever wondered whether to believe the hype?   

Darin Olien knows the answers.  The founder and creator of SuperLife has travelled the world searching for them.  He’s questioned the farmers.  He’s questioned the food processors.  He’s questioned the scientists and researchers.  Darin doesn’t stop asking questions and he’s turned into a walking food and body encyclopaedia.  From 15 years running around the planet learning, discovering and rediscovering medicinal plants and superfoods, Darin has – I think – earned his nickname the Indiana Jones of superfoods.  

Debunking Diet Myths

In this podcast, I jumped at the chance to debunk diet myths with an expert like Darin, whose gift is not only having done the work for us (honestly, who has the time to travel Indiana Jones-style to remote South America?) but in making the information super digestible for us, such as when:  

  • We put our obsession with ‘Paleo’ into perspective.
  • Darin explains the importance of where you source your fresh and processed ingredients from, and why he’s listening to 20,000 years of plant wisdom.

Darin wants you to take your power back.  In combatting the overwhelming amount of misinformation out there, he makes it easy for us to understand what our biochemically unique body needs, and the importance of instinct as well as research.

In our chat Darin takes on another health buzz word:  protein.  We get a more complete picture of amino acids and how protein functions in the body, why we’re over-proteined and symptoms to look out for so you can balance your protein intake.

Balance & the 5 forces

In fact, Darin shares a lot about things that can help you bring back balance into your body.  I can’t wait to read his book SuperLife: The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome.  Darin’s extensive research and understanding about the way that our bodies work has led him to identify 5 key governing forces of the body.  The book is designed to be an easy-to-use manual to take control of the balance of these 5 forces:

  • Quality Nutrition.
  • Hydration.
  • Detoxification.
  • Oxygenation.
  • Alkalisation.

We get a more complete picture of how these forces impact our health and wellbeing, with simple take home messages you can action now.  This is gold, and it’s free:  you really don’t want to miss this part of the conversation!  

For the love of food

I saw that Darin doesn’t just know food.  He loves food.  Listening to Darin it’s easy to connect to my love of food; dear listeners, look forward to getting connected to your own passions too!   I also got to satisfy my curiosity about what a guy like Darin actually eats after decades of research; he explains how celebrating food and life go hand in hand, and makes me hungry describing some of his favourite recipes and his unorthodox style of cooking!    

Darin tells the fascinating and surprisingly candid story of how he designed the successful Shakeology supplement program.  I promise you’ll be inspired when he explains his commitment to answering the ultimate question:  What do we require right now for ourselves and our body to be healthy?  I finally get an answer to my question about ‘natural chocolate flavour’, and of course we can’t help ourselves when we compare Isagenix and the ingredients in other countless supplements in the market!  

I could’ve talked to Darin forever.  You won’t believe how deep and meaningful we get discussing whom he’d most love to share a meal with.  I wanted to ask more questions and you will too.  That’s ok, he’s not going anywhere and shares his knowledge freely.  While you’re listening to the podcast, click on the link to his SuperLife website and sign up for his newsletter, where you can “Supercharge your inbox with nature’s greatest secrets every week”.


Not every day you get to pick the brain of a guy like this.  So hold your questions, you may just have some of them answered in the next hour.  

Author: Ronsley Vaz

Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.

He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.

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