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Aug 26, 2021

While recently in Los Angeles at the Ancestral Health Symposium, I had the pleasure of a long, sunshine walk with my friend Chris Kelly. We brought a microphone along and recorded a fantastic chat for you with topics including...

  • The growing epidemic of loneliness and how building a community can protect you biologically.
  • How introversion can be steered towards a great deal of social good.
  • My formula for the best dinner party guest list.
  • The rewards of systematic service to others.
  • And much more...

So who is Chris Kelly? Chris Kelly is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, a graduate of the Kalish Institute, and the founder of Nourish Balance Thrive. As a competitive cyclist, Chris trained hard and got fast, loving the buzz of a great workout session. However, at a certain point, he realized that in hindsight he spent most of his life feeling like crap—and his biomarkers spelled impending doom.

Chris struggled with insomnia, fatigue, brain fog, his libido plummeted, and his recovery times took a nosedive. He wanted to train well, but he also wanted to enjoy the rest of his life. So Chris transitioned to a Paleo-type diet, reading a book a week on the subject for a year, but that was only half the solution.

The other half came through experimenting with and perfecting a system of functional medicine—he effectively became his own guinea pig. Now, Chris's body is back in balance—his symptoms have disappeared, his diet’s right for him, and his family life is as enjoyable as his training. In 2014, Chris quit his job as a software engineer to focus on helping athletes enjoy optimum fitness and health.

Nourish Balance Thrive isn't just a diet or motivational coaching—rather, it's the perfect blend of a lab-based supplement plan, expert dietary advice, and consultative performance planning uniquely tailored to your lifestyle. It's kind of the ultimate biohacking training course with a practical component developed just for you, with the goal of arming you with the knowledge you need to stay fit and healthy for life. Chris Kelly has also been on my podcast on the following episodes:

In this special two-part episode that includes my talk about loneliness given at the Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS), you'll discover:

Part 1 - Ben and Chris Kelly

-How Ben had a hand in founding Nourish Balance Thrive...09:15

-Why Ben chose to talk about "loneliness" at the AHS...13:15

-Ben's thoughts on the introverted personality...18:48

-How Ben has used his introverted nature to his advantage in his personal and professional life...25:15

-The thing we often get wrong when we think of building community...39:55

-Tools and resources to help build community...46:30

-How Ben's interaction with the church has influenced his person and message...55:04

-Recreating some of the community-building traditions that have been lost through the centuries...1:08:26

-One thing you can do to reduce loneliness today...1:17:55

Part 2 - Ben's presentation at the Ancestral Health Symposium...1:23:27

-Apps and technology that can enhance community...

-Be active in the community...1:27:36

-Be active in your local church...1:29:00

-Engage in family relationships...1:29:57

-Reclaim Real Conversation...1:31:13

-Have a mission or purpose statement...1:32:13

-Shared experiences...1:35:57

-Embrace the sacredness of commerce...1:37:34

-And much more!...

Episode sponsors:

-Ra Optics

-Organifi Glow

-Butcher Box

-Kion Serum