Conversations About Health with the Fitness Explorer Darryl Edwards

We’re really pleased to welcome Darryl Edwards, The Fitness Explorer to our Conversations About Health.

Darryl is an international speaker, certified personal trainer, nutritional therapist, and award-winning author of three books:

1. Paleo Fitness: Primal Training and Nutrition to Get Lean, Strong, and Healthy
2. Paleo from A – Z
3. 7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness

His work has been published in Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Elle, Top Santé, as well as featured on the BBC in the UK and on ABC in Australia.

Darryl is now a leading expert in optimising health and well-being. He lives in London, England, and blogs about his experiences with the Paleo lifestyle at

Darryl’s latest venture is his new website – – which focuses on fun, functional movements that can be adapted for all ages and abilities. ‘’Exercise is boring,’’ Darryl says‘’ it should be challenging, but fun!’’

To hear Darryl’s backstory, more about the Primal Play Method and how to do the absolute ‘right’ amount of movement listen or watch below. 

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Here’s what we discuss with Darryl in this conversation:

1:33   Darryl’s Backstory – find out what his desk job and seemingly healthy low fat diet and gym routine meant for his health.

6:14   Primal Play Method and Darryl’s personal transition.

10:40   Why you need to enjoy food AND exercise. Not just the results.

12:04   How children can inspire us to move and the psychology of play.

15:30   Why play is instinctive and forced out of us by society and convention.

18:50   Importance of a play ethic in creative environments.

20:00   How do adults play in Darryl’s workshops and is it an effective workout?

23:00   Parameters of fitness – what makes you fit?

25:10   How does Darryl motivate people to ‘play’ in everyday life.

28:26   Discussing ‘play’ as a concept.

29:28   Who is primal play for?

32:47   Isabel tells of an experiment with footballers vs. babies – who wins?

36:00   The other factors required to be healthy (other than food).

37:37   What Darryl thinks of the ‘typical’ gym routine.

43:25   The ‘Wellness Curve’ and why athlete’s (or people doing LOTS of one type of exercise) are not always that healthy. Definition of sedentary lifestyle (you’ll be shocked!)

48:40   How does Primal Play compare to other methods?

54:00   How does Darryl eat?

55:39   Darryl’s macro-nutrient split.

57:27   Difference between eating well and being ‘on a diet’ and Darryl’s take on intuitive eating.

1:03:00   Does health coaching help with making lifestyle changes?

1:09:20   What Darryl’s working on and where you can find him.

Show Notes

Darryl’s current website:
Darryl’s new website:

Izabella Natrins

I'm here to inspire and support women at midlife and beyond to re-ignite purpose and meaning to take back control of their health and create the radical, resilient heath they want and deserve. As a whole-health expert with over 30 years experience in the field, a qualified Health and Wellness Coach and Ballymaloe-trained nutritional chef, my real food nutrition and lifestyle medicine programmes support women fighting fatigue, struggling with overwhelm, weight gain, sleep, energy and niggling or multiple diagnosed health issues. As an advocate for real food nutrition, regenerative agriculture and whole-health, my book 'The Real Food Solution' is an evidence-based treasury wisdom for energy, vitality and better health for people and planet and a call to action to change the way we grown, source and cook our food. As the CEO at The UK Health Coaches Association, I'm proud to continue the task of leading the first professional association for Health and Wellness Coaches in the world and the gold standard for the UK and Ireland.

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