Shannon Doleac, MS
Owner of Primal Peak, LLC.
My interest in food and nutrition began during my career as a young gymnast. I grew up in New Hampshire and trained at a small gymnastics club, from the age of three. I enjoyed the discipline and dedication necessary to be successful in my sport and quickly realized that nutrition played a part in performance. What foods would properly fuel my body, give me the energy I needed, help me recover and help me maintain a lean, athletic look were questions I remember thinking about at an early age.
After graduating from high school (1997), I accepted an athletic scholarship at the University of Utah. This is where I pursued programs in the related fields of fitness and psychology. How the body and mind work together for optimal performance led me towards undergraduate degrees in Exercise & Sport Science, as well as Psychology (2002).
Following a successful collegiate gymnastics career and my undergraduate work, I went to Tufts University (Boston, MA) to complete a Masters in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism (with a specialization in Health Behavior Change) (2005). I sought a deeper understanding of how our body utilizes nutrients, and also wanted to acquire better skills for helping other people make positive changes to their health.
My view of “health” has been formed by three elements for as long as I can remember. Fitness and mental wellness make up two of the three, with NUTRITION being the third and most critical component. How each part influences “health” has always intrigued me, and I believe that for optimal wellness to be achieved, this triad needs to be complete. Initially, my interest in these areas was for personal performance, but over time it developed into a passion for helping others adopt healthier lifestyles.
I am currently working as the owner of Primal Peak, LLC, a “nutrition specialist” at Copper Moose Farm (providing recipes and nutrition content for CSA members and farm stand customers), and a Board Member for a local non-profit, EATS (Eat Awesome Things at School).
I have an amazing husband (who has always been supportive and onboard with my nutrition endeavors) and two wonderful children who keep me busy and always challenged in the field of practical nutrition!! My husband and I are avid CrossFitters and love being active as a family. I also love to cook and be creative in and out of the kitchen.
Food should be fun! It should taste great, be satisfying, unite your friends and family and most importantly, food should support your health! Our bodies function, perform and thrive as a result of the NUTRIENTS we give it. It is my belief that we can’t outsmart nature when it comes to nutrients and thus our foods should be those sourced closest to the Earth; we should be getting our nutrients through quality plants, animals and healthy fats.
Sadly, our nation’s “food” supply has ventured far from this. The majority of food products sold in the supermarket resemble nothing of a food you could find in nature. Refined, processed, man-made, and full of chemical additives, our body doesn’t know what to do with them. Take a look around. As Americans we are suffering from obesity, metabolic syndromes and chronic disease. Something has to change. It’s time to get back to the basics. Get in the kitchen and seek out real, whole foods that are nourishing and representative of what we are genetically designed to eat!
About Primal Peak
The goal of Primal Peak is to serve as a helpful resource for those looking to improve their health through nutrition and lifestyle choices. This site offers…
- Guidance on making the transition to a Paleo, Primal or Ancestral way of eating
- Motivation to stick with a primal approach
- Techniques on getting the whole family on board
- Inspiration for feeding your children well
- Farm to table inspired recipes
- Overall wellness ideas
- and, the list goes on…
Primal Peak is full of practical tips, insight, and inspiration for helping you and your family strive for optimal health. It has always been important to me to “practice what I preach” and I am frequently asked questions about my own lifestyle. The most common question is “what do YOU actually eat?” By posting many of my family’s daily meals and snacks (“My Plate” entries), I hope to show people how I incorporate my current understanding of what healthy eating consists of, as well as some practical methods for applying this knowledge.
Nutrition can seem simple, but it is is a very complex field to study. We have to consider the evolving science of biochemistry and how our bodies are affected by food, AS WELL AS the issues of food politics, food industry and the limitations of nutrition studies. At the same time, we all have to eat and it’s hard to argue that a variety of real, whole foods should be our focus. By using my personal experience and understanding of nutrition, I hope to help guide people through the mixed messages we are given and keep people focused on what’s important.
- M.S. – Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism, Tufts University – Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, May 2005
- B.S. – Exercise & Sports Science, University of Utah, May 2002
- B.S. – Psychology, University of Utah, May 2002
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainers Certificate
- CrossFit Coaches Prep Course Certificate
- Member of the Ancestral Health Society
- Member of the Weston A Price Foundation
- 2012 Southwest Regional CrossFit Competitor
- 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year – Top 10 Finalist
- Nine-time NCAA All-American
- Member of USA Gymnastics Women’s National Team 1997-98
The information provided within this website has been chosen, reviewed and/or written to express my opinions. Such opinions should not be used to act as, or replace, professional medical advice of any kind. The information provided within this site should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Medical clearance from a licensed physician should be obtained before implementing a new diet, exercise or lifestyle program. If you’ve been diagnosedwith an existing medical condition, I encourage you to continue treatment as recommended by your health care provider.
>Perusal of this site does not make you a client of Shannon Doleac. The author claims no responsibility to any person/entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused,or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the information presented herein.