Ryan J. S. Martin grew up in grew up in Denver, Colorado listening to alternative bands and drinking lots of Mountain Dew. After wandering around the Arizona State University campus for the required number of semesters, he returned to his home state to explore life on the Western slope. It wasn't until he turned twenty-five and climbed his first fourteener that he began to think seriously about nutrition. A passionate, if not especially coordinated, skier and mountain biker, he found that the more attention he paid to what he put into his body, the further he was able to push himself on the slopes and trails. These days, Ryan lives in a small mountain town with his wife and two children. They travel when they can and ski together on the weekends. His kids are much better at it than he is. Ryan writes about healthy living in the hope that if humankind learns enough about how to take care of the body, someday his children will have the bionic powers he dreamed about when he first saw "The Six Million Dollar Man."