Redefining diet and health through a collective approach.

Dayne Barkley
4 min readApr 11, 2017


It’s built into our species as humans to want to fit in and belong to a group or a tribe. We are not much different to the animals that share this planet with us. Our very unique and complex prefrontal brain can sometimes be our downfall if we don’t learn how to master it properly.

When it comes to my deep passion for health and human performance, the more I read, the more I listen, the more I observe, the more I experience, the more I realise how little I actually know.

From when I first got interested in health, specifically diet, close to a decade ago I was so sure Dr. D’Adamo’s Blood Type Diet™ was the be all and end all. Even though I barely knew anyone else following the diet here in Australia, I felt like I belonged to something that at the time made total sense to me. It wasn’t until out of necessity that I began educating myself, digging deep into my sinus issues and severe hayfever, as no doctor or specialist could give me the answers that I was seeking. I slowly began letting go of my strong beliefs around the diet I’d been following for years, broadening my perspective and knowledge from other health professionals and experimenting on myself. The snowball began with Functional Medical Practitioner and Paleo advocate Chris Kresser. It took months if not years of repair to control and minimise what I now know as inflammation. Once I began seeing results in my hayfever symptoms (which to this day are non existent) from adopting some of the knowledge and principles that I had discovered, my mind opened and continues so rapidly to this day.

The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Over the years if people asked me what diet I followed, I use to say the blood type diet, then I was paleo, then somewhat recently I’d say Bulletproof™. Each with its very own strong following and loyal fan base and all from which I respect and advocate as a brilliant template for most people. I’ve personally taken aspects of each and grown with it to mould my own individualised lifestyle. A recent article by Dr. Anthony Gustin “Why I Jumped Off The Paleo Ship: Ideologies vs. Rational Thought” has done the best job thus far in articulating my current state of beliefs around diet and health. These days I consider myself a rational thinker, biohacker and neurohacker, with a lot broader focus on my health from diet, sleep, environment, subjective wellbeing, movement, consciousness and much more without limiting my growth by following one particular group or movement.

Taking a step back and looking from as many angles as I can and whether or not something resonates with my current knowledge and beliefs.

Now for the reason I decided to write this blog is that I have noticed lately from being a member of so many different health groups the negative chatter and hate toward some other health professionals for whatever reason. Being some peoples perceptions of money driven or ego driven. Specifically Dr. Jack Kruse and Dave Asprey. I respect both immensely and have learnt so much from them and continue so. Unfortunately they don’t necessarily see eye to eye as do so many others in the field. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a mitohacker, biohacker, paleo, bulletproof, vegan, being able to take a step back and take a broader perspective on health is incredibly valuable. Especially when it comes to your own individual health, if something is not working for you, change it! Do not limit your full potential by fixed beliefs.


People need to stop pointing fingers and bad talking each other and realise the global issue at hand. Find what resonates with you and share your experience with others. Too many are wrapped up in their egos and/or money to see the bigger picture. We need to stop putting labels on ourselves and limiting our growth and begin thinking more as a collective, sharing our knowledge and personal experience to improve and optimise human beings worldwide.

What’s stopping you from reaching your full potential?

Are you beliefs limiting your growth?


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