Dave Pascoe vs Bryan Johnson: Ordinary Man Beats Millionaire in Reverse Aging for Just a Fraction of the Cost

The prospect of slowing, stopping, or even reversing the aging process has captivated humankind for millennia. The competitors of the Rejuvenation Olympics (RO) hope the elusive fountain of youth may finally be within reach.

“Where you win by never crossing the finish line,” teases the website. A special leaderboard charts progress based on the age of participants’ cells and tissues—beyond just years accrued.

Bryan Johnson, a 46-year-old multimillionaire entrepreneur and biohacker, conceived RO as the ultimate anti-aging proving ground. While Mr. Johnson ranks seventh in the top 20—despite pumping $2 million a year into longevity protocols—an unlikely figure is ahead of him: 61-year-old Dave Pascoe, boasting a mid-30s biological age. How does he do it?

From Stress to Success: Daily Rituals for Rejuvenation

More than two decades ago, Mr. Pascoe cared for his cancer-stricken parents—a very stressful period in his life, he told The Epoch Times. Exercise became his coping mechanism. But about 10 years ago, a telomere test revealed a biological age of 68.

“I didn’t like the direction that I was heading in,” he said. “That was the wake-up call I needed to deep dive and deal more seriously with my own health and welfare.”

On his website, Mr. Pascoe lays out his typical day in great detail. A dedicated marathon runner, he starts mornings with five minutes on the trampoline, followed by dynamic stretches, before scraping his tongue, brushing his teeth, and washing up.

After drinking lemon tea and taking various peptides and probiotics, he heads outside for some sunshine.

Next comes his workout, usually a P90X routine—training sessions that switch between various exercises and encompass a range of elements, targeting strength, incorporating plyometrics, kickboxing, cardio, abs, exercises, and yoga.

All of this occurs before breakfast, which usually consists of bananas and a four-egg omelet.

The remainder of his day involves meal prep, abdominal routines, infrared sauna sessions, and lengthy outdoor runs.

Lights off by 10 p.m. nightly, Mr. Pascoe prioritizes six to seven hours of quality sleep.

Related: Dave Pascoe Supplement List

David Pascoe breakfast, lunch and dinner plans (source)

Weekday Breakfast:

One green banana

4 heaping serving spoons of my Chia Nut Berry Bowl (see ingredients), with additional unsweetened organic almond milk.

Weekend Breakfast:

On Saturday, at home: 
  • One green banana
  • 4-egg omelet with arugula and precooked mushrooms
On Sunday, at church:
  • Happy Goat Omelet with extra egg (3)


Only a few times/week, consisting of:
  • One or more of the following:

Usually between 3-5pm, ending before 6pm. All of my meat comes from ButcherBox and is organic, grass-fed, grass-finished, free-range, pasture-raised, or wild-caught.

I’m still learning, but I’ve got the following items down pretty well, consisting of:

A very large pre-made salad (see ingredients)

Optionally one of the following meat selections:

a) a slow-cooker meal, such as:

Chuck roast, cooked with:
  • baby carrots
  • Purple, yellow, and white onions
  • mix of potatoes (homegrown in season):
  • cayenne pepper
  • red pepper flakes (from my sister's garden)
  • garlic (homegrown)
  • fresh chopped homegrown herbs (rosemary, oregano, basil)
Pork Ribs, cooked with:
  • sauerkraut,
  • baby carrots,
  • fresh chopped homegrown herbs (rosemary, oregano, basil)
b) or a Nu-Wave infrared oven “grilled” meal, such as:

Atlantic wild-caught Salmon - quick to thaw and quick to cook, so I have it often.

Grass-fed ground beef

seasoned with Mrs Dash.

c) or Instant Pot pressure-cooked chicken breasts

One or more choices of sides:

Instant Pot pre-cooked sweet potatoes/yams (homegrown in season)

Instant Pot pre-cooked acorn squash (homegrown in season)

Instant Pot pre-cooked mushrooms
  • Baby Bella
  • Shitake
  • White Button
  • I would gladly include other mushrooms, IF I could find them.
Instant Pot pre-cooked rice, mix of various varieties, cooked in cast-off mushroom juice and chicken or beef bone broth:
  • Brown
  • Basmati
  • Jasmine
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Black
  • Nature’s Blend
  • sometimes Quinoa
Steamed broccoli.

Restaurant Meals:

I don't always eat at home, so I can't always eat cleanly. When I eat out at a restaurant, I'll mostly opt for a healthier option - something low-carb that isn't deep fried or charred, and has no sweetened glaze or sauce, with a good number of vegetables, and a plain salad with no dressing.

Things like:


Mushroom enchiladas

Fungy pizza. And yes, I'm a pineapple-on-a-pizza kind of guy.

Or, at Ford's Garage (I've always wanted to try that place):
  • I'll drink a water with lemon, or an unsweetened tea with lemon, or a new beer I've never tried before, OR an Atwater Dirty Blonde beer - yes, I do drink alcohol occasionally.
  • I'll start with a Berries & Gorgonzola Salad with no dressing (a meal on its own), and then order a
  • Mushroom Swiss Burger with Angus Beef, cooked medium, including an avocado and egg sunny side up.
  • If I'm in a carb re-feed cycle, I'll order a 'side car' of their Mac & Cheese.
Home-Brewed Lemon Tea (pre-made weekly):

Stored in 64 oz glass bottle. All stirred with an Analemma WaterTube for structure.

4 large fresh squeezed lemons with

32 oz 3-stage reverse osmosis filtered water in a tea maker and 2 teabags each of the following organic teas:
8 caps full of humic & fulvic minerals

8 caps full of aloe vera juice

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

4 tbsp liquid Trace Minerals

10 tablets of Shilajit

A few sprigs of fresh home-grown rosemary & mint.

Chia Nut Berry Bowl (pre-made in bulk weekly):

Chia seeds soaked overnight in unsweetened, organic Almond Milk

Every type of organic nut & seed imaginable, chopped:
Organic berries:
  •  Blueberries, frozen
  •  Raspberries, frozen
  • Goji Berries, some homegrown

Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), lots!

Spices:Lunch & Dinner Salad (pre-made in bulk once or twice weekly):

Mix of organic greens:
  •  Arugula
  •  Baby Spinach
  •  Baby Spring Mix
  •  Swiss Chard, from my garden when in season.
Mix of homegrown sprouts & micro-greens under grow lamps:
  •  Broccoli
  •  Fenugreek
  •  Lentils
  •  Mung
  •  Peas
  •  Radish
Berries from my yard when in season, otherwise store-bought and organic (when possible):
  •  Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  •  Gogi berries, from my yard when in season
Shredded organic vegetables:
  •  Beets
  • Cabbage
  •  Carrots
  •  Parsnips
  •  Radishes
  •  Turnups
Chopped Tomatoes, from my garden when in season.

Sliced Cucumber

Whole Green Olives

Goat Cheese

Optional Chicken Breast in EVOO and/or thawed precooked Shrimp

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), lots!
  • Blend of cold-pressed organic oils e.g. Black Cumin seed oil, Coriander seed oil, Flax seed oil, Sunflower seed oil and Pumpkin seed oil.

How a Regular Guy Beats Millionaire’s Anti-Aging Results
When Mr. Pascoe first discovered the Rejuvenation Olympics, he was startled to see his biological age outpaced mega-funded Mr. Johnson’s, despite spending mere pocket change by comparison.

“I thought, ‘Wait, no way, even now, at the age of 60, my pace of aging is less than his?’” Mr. Pascoe said. “‘Can that really be right?’”

Mr. Johnson pumps $2 million yearly into longevity schemes to beat the Grim Reaper. Meanwhile, Mr. Pascoe’s $30,000–$40,000 food and supplement budget delivers similar age-defying results.

Unlike the strict vegan Mr. Johnson, surviving on 1,977 calories a day, Mr. Pascoe simply limits carbs and embraces nutritional diversity. “I don’t pay attention to calories at all,” he said. “By limiting simple carbohydrates most of the time, I eat as much as I like without gaining weight and apparently without increasing my rate of aging.”

Attempts to share knowledge with Mr. Johnson directly proved unsuccessful, however. “I haven’t been able to connect with him at all, although I have tried a few times,” Mr. Pascoe said. “I’ve suggested that we try to get the top 10 leaderboard folks together to at least meet and hopefully share what we’re each doing to learn from one another,” he added. “But that request has gone nowhere.”

Regardless, the Detroit native remains determined to demonstrate chronological age is nothing more than a rather crude set of arbitrary numbers.

Reposted from: https://www.theepochtimes.com/opinion/ordinary-man-beats-millionaire-in-reverse-aging-for-just-a-fraction-of-the-cost-5541233



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