Hi, my name is Carter Krueger. My passion for health began back in high school through the lens of athletics, and trying to be the best all around high school athlete I could be while playing football, wrestling and volleyball.
In college, I decided to join the University of Illinois Triathlon team. I trained and raced with this group for my last two years of college, and competed in the Collegiate National Championships twice. I was training and racing with a competitive group at school and at home, and I never focused on my food choices. My thought process was that if I was training 12-15 hours a week, then I could eat whatever I wanted. Much to my surprise, my triathlon times never got faster.
After graduating, I started my career as a high school math teacher. During my first year of teaching, I decided to sign up for my first full length Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Kentucky. After two years of teaching and training in Illinois I decided to move to Boulder, Colorado.
In Colorado, I quickly learned that the local triathletes and other high-endurance competitors train and perform at a much higher level than I was used to, so I thought that I needed to find ways to get ahead. I started learning about biohacks, and tried many different supplements and little training tricks, but was still not fully aware of what I was eating.
I had read a lot about going vegan, so my girlfriend (who is now my wife) and I gave it a go. I lost a few pounds and felt like I was doing it right, but I realized after 6 months that being vegan was not for me. One amazing thing that a vegan diet taught me was to eat more vegetables, and that has stuck with me ever since.
I was still searching for a new diet and training plan that would fit into my busy lifestyle, when I discovered ketogenic diet and minimalist training. I jumped in to both with renewed energy, and went through an entire training and racing year with this plan, with very little success.
This is when I found the Primal Blueprint! My entire focus has changed. I am no longer searching for a quick hack or supplement that might lower my triathlon times. Now, I am focused on all aspects of my life, and have realized that my desire to post faster triathlon times is not an end goal, but rather it is a hobby to help me enjoy a healthier, more fulfilling life.
I believe in eating whole foods whenever possible, and striving to find the highest qualities of food whenever possible.
I believe that training helps me become a more athletic and healthier person. I used to go hard in every workout, but now with my understanding of the importance of monitoring and changing heart rates over the course of my workouts, I take my easy workouts at a much more relaxed pace. I’ve added lifting back into my repertoire, because I want to stay strong and solid. Lastly, I move whenever possible. I love my morning movement routine, my midday walks, my standing desk, and my nighttime mobility sessions, I just love to move!
Play is still very important in my life. Whether it be Friday morning basketball with my coworkers or Wednesday Volleyball with a group of teachers.
The main difference is that throughout my life I saw nutrition, movement and stress as different aspects of my life, where now I view them all under my Primal Lifestyle, and I am feeling and performing at a much higher and happier level!