Lifestyle Changes That Have Left Me Feeling Great Every Day

I’ve been feeling exceptionally great lately – I’ve been thinking more clearly, I feel alert all day and I have tons of energy. It’s awesome, but the problem is that I don’t know which of my lifestyle changes to attribute it to! I’m always trying new health products, exercises and body hacking experiments and in the past couple of months I’ve changed quite a few things.

  • Started taking a pre-workout shake consisting of dextrose and hemp protein
  • Drinking high-quality coffee with MCT oil
  • Mobility stretching and foam rolling before workouts
  • Changing up my workout routine
  • Cold showers
  • Taking Aniracetam w/ choline every morning
  • Getting more sleep

Why I Do The Things I Do

Pre-Workout Shake – I started doing this after reading an article from Mike Roussell, Ph.D. titled “Ask The Macro Manager: Should I Drink Protein Before Or After A Workout?” I’ve always had a post-workout shake, but after reading this, I learned that a pre-workout shake has a ton of benefits – it can fuel your muscles, it can jump start protein synthesis and it can help you burn more calories.

Coffee and MCT Oil – I’ve learned about the many great benefits of drinking coffee from the Bulletproof Executive blog and at the age of 30, I finally decided to start drinking it. Coffee can improve your memory, it’s an excellent source of antioxidants and it can improve athletic performance if taken before a workout. Like coffee, MCT oil is thermogenic, which converts to energy quickly. MCT oil has also been shown to improve nutrient absorption of some nutrients and provide better immune protection. I add it to my coffee and blend it in a bullet blender or shake it up like crazy in a blender bottle.

Mobility Stretching and Foam Rolling – Ever since doing P90X for the first time several years ago, I’ve known first-hand about the benefits of warming up before a workout. I didn’t warm up as often as I should have after finishing P90X, but then I read this article a couple months ago about warming up with mobility and foam rolling exercises. I do this routine before every workout now and I love it. After finishing the mobility exercises, they recommend foam rolling these areas: plantar fascia, calves, quads, IT band, hips, glutes, pecs and lumbar and thoracic spine.

Changing Up My Workout Routine – I try to not to switch up my routine too often because that’s a big reason people never see progress in the gym. People tend to switch up routines before seeing if the routine really works. This was my problem in my beginning years of working out, but I finally wised up and created a routine based on big compound lifts and I’ve continued to see progress ever since. I do still like to switch things up though, especially if I start to plateau or if I get bored. Instead of completely changing routines, I’ll instead rotate lifts or I do a totally new routine for one or two weeks and jump back into my regular routine after that. I haven’t modified my routine at all in about seven months and I started to get bored, so I decided to do a week of Crossfit and then a week of a random routine I pulled out of a Muscle & Fitness magazine. It was exactly what I needed to prevent myself from getting burned out on my routine. I hope to do something like this every couple of months from now on.

Cold Showers – I first learned about the health benefits of cold exposure after reading Tim Ferris’ book, “The 4-Hour Body.” Tim Ferris noted several reasons why someone should take a cold 30 minute shower; increased lean muscle gain, improved immunity, effective treatment of depression and increased fat-loss. I didn’t start taking cold showers after reading his book though. More recently I read an article from Dave Asprey about cold thermogenesis and then Ben Greenfield did a podcast on cold thermogenesis with Dr. Jack Kruse. It was finally starting to sink in. Then I read a free Kindle book called The Flinch by Julien Smith which had “homework” at the end of one of the chapters that suggested taking cold showers for a week. I did it and I stuck with it for three months. I just recently started taking warm showers again, but I plan to experiment with cold showers again in the future.

Aniracetam w/ CholineThe benefits of taking smart drugs like aniracetam is something else I’ve learned about from reading the Bulletproof Executive blog. Aniracetam has been shown to sharpen memory and learning abilities and it also optimizes the use of oxygen in the brain. It also heightens the effects of caffeine. Most people take choline supplements with racetam drugs (Aniracetam, Piracetam) because racetams lower choline levels in the body, but if you’re in the small percentage of people who are choline dominant you need to be careful about overwhelming your choline system. If you get headaches or clenched jaw you probably shouldn’t supplement with choline. I haven’t really noticed a difference after taking Aniracetam in 750mg capsules, but perhaps the amount I’m taking makes the effects too subtle. I plan to experiment with higher dosages soon.

Getting More Sleep – I think we all know that sleep is important. It helps your entire body recover. It clears your mind and heals your body, which is especially important for people who exercise. One of the vegan athletes I follow is DurianRider, a raw food fruitarian, who is always talking about the importance of going to sleep really early in order to get as much sleep as his body needs, so I decided I’d try to do the same.

I’m always learning new things (which you can see by reading the weekly update post that I publish every Friday here on and I’ve been testing and “upgrading” myself for years. I wish I would’ve tracked everything I do to see what works and what doesn’t, but I definitely plan to track things from now on.

What I Have Planned For the Future

  • Meditation
  • Sprinting exercises
  • Adventures and fun activities (hiking, trampolines, repelling, paintball, indoor skydiving, go karts)
  • Brew Kombucha
  • Remove wheat from my diet
  • Do a one-week juice fast
  • Learn to roast my own coffee
  • Start doing mobility exercises

Meditation – Meditation is a topic that comes up in my daily reading all the time. I always read about the benefits but I never do it. Did you know that meditation can strengthen the brain? It’s also a great way to clear your mind and reduce stress levels. You only need to meditate for a couple of minutes per day to see a benefit, so that’s how I want to get started. Setting aside two minutes a day should be easy enough.

Sprinting Exercise – Since February of this year I’ve had “add sprinting to routine” in my fitness notes, and I never got around to doing it. I’ve read all about the benefits of sprinting over the years, but I didn’t write that note down until reading “The 6-Week Sprinting Solution from T-Nation. Now there’s snow on the ground and I most likely won’t be doing sprints anytime soon. This one will have to wait until the spring season.

Adventures and Fun Activities – I read an article a couple of months ago from about how spending time with friends can increase happiness, health and longevity. I can’t find the article anymore so you’re just going have to believe me that it’s true 😉 Anyway, I often skip going out with friends because I’ve convinced myself that I’m too busy, but since reading that article I’ve started saying yes every time someone invites me out and I’ve noticed that I’ve been much happier. I think planning more activities and adventures will help me get away from my computer and work and will let me enjoy life with friends and the people I love.

Brewing Kombucha – Kombucha tea is a fermented drink that is a probiotic, like yogurt for example. It introduces helpful bacteria into the body and heals the gut. I’ve actually just started brewing my own Kombucha so this is a goal already mostly accomplished. I’ve brewed one batch so far and it came out great. I didn’t get enough out of it to drink daily and feel the benefits, but I’ve got two batches going now and when those are done I’ll do four batches. That should be enough to drink at least one tea per day. I bought an extremely over-priced kit from Kombucha Brooklyn, but you can get everything you need for much cheaper if you buy everything from your local department store. All you need is a scoby, which you can get from a friend, buy online or from Craigslist. Here are directions on brewing your own Kombucha tea

Removing Wheat From My Diet – By now you’ve probably read about the drawbacks of consuming gluten, and wheat in general, especially if you’re paying any attention to the growing Paleo movement. The claims are that wheat makes us fat and it causes inflammation in the body that can last up to six months. Dr. William Davis wrote the book “Wheat Belly” which really got the ball rolling on this idea. I haven’t read the book yet, but I’ve read many other reports on the subject. I’m not totally convinced, but I want to experiment with removing wheat from my diet to see if I notice a difference.

Juice Fasting – I’ve been wanting to try a juice fast (not green smoothies) ever since watching the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. That movie is how I discovered raw-food vegan vloggers like John Kohler and Dan “The Man” McDonald (the Life Regenerator). Dan McDonald has covered several of his own fasts (juice and water) on his YouTube channel and talks about the healing powers of fasting all the time. I know it fasting sounds crazy, but studies have shown fasting to protect against brain diseases. And raw-foodists are always talking about how juicing is great for detoxing because it gives you the calories and nutrients you need, without putting strain on the digestive system because there is no fiber to digest. I’ve also been following popular Redditor Israel Torres as he juice fasts his way to health. He has lost a ton of weight and is currently doing his fourth 60-day juice fast right now. I don’t want to do a juice fast to lose weight, but I still find it interesting.

Roasting My Own Coffee – I’ve really been into drinking coffee lately and I think I may be on my way to becoming a coffee snob 😉 I would love to seek out high quality green coffee beans and roast my own to see how they come out. I’ve watched several videos on YouTube showing how to roast beans in a cheap popcorn popper, so that’s probably what I’ll try first.

More Mobility Exercises – The mobility exercises I mentioned above are designed more for doing as a warm-up before working out, but I’d like to work on specific body-part mobility exercises, such as the ones mentioned on (mobility workout-of-the-day). I want to do mobility work to improve my lifts, especially the shoulder press. I’m seriously lacking in shoulder mobility.

What About You?

Are there any changes that you’ve made in your life that makes you feel great? Any goals or experiments that you have for yourself in the future? I’d really like to hear about them in the comments section!

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #84 – A Miracle Plant, Losing Strength From Being Lazy and Checking For Skin Cancer

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

THIS Plant is an Effective Diuretic, Can Help with Joint Problems, …

This is what I love about plants. There are just so many benefits, many of which aren’t commonly known. That’s quite alright though, as long as we’re eating them, right? Eat as many different types of fruits and veggies as you can and you’ll heal your body.

Jessica back squat 150 kg – YouTube

I’m amazed by this feat of strength. This fit and beautiful woman can squat much more weight than I can. I suppose that’s not saying much, but wow, I’m impressed. She’s doing 330 pounds! The most I’ve ever squatted is 300 lbs. I haven’t tried a 1-rep max though.

How Quickly Do You Lose Muscle Strength When You Sit Around?

The study mentioned in this article claims that muscle atrophy can begin in periods as short as two days or less. Use those muscles or you’re gonna lose ’em. That doesn’t mean losing muscles is going to be permanent though, say for example after a debilitating injury that keeps you out of the gym. You can always earn your muscle back with time.

How to Tape Ankles for Athletes

I hope I never have to use this info, but it’s an excellent tutorial. The video is super-helpful.

How to check your skin for skin cancer

Here are some great tips from the American Academy of Dermatology on self-diagnosing skin cancer. One in five Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, so do your due diligence and check yourself for warning signs to catch it early.

Busting common myths about the flu vaccine

I found this one interesting and timely because a group of us were talking about flu shots at work. The first and last myths here were actually mentioned in our conversation and I guess my coworkers were wrong about it.

6 Reasons Why Vegans (and Doctors) Are Wrong About Animal Protein

I’m posting this only because I think the author is totally ignorant about what he’s talking about. I think it’s completely irresponsible for Kiefer to flaunt his degrees and credentials to convince people that what he says is true, then judge Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s health based on the way he looks. Appearance is not always an indicator of health. What if Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t want big muscles? That’s not everyone’s goal in life, you know? And while the studies might suggest that vegans and vegetarians don’t get the nutrients they need, that may or may not be true depending on the wide variety of factors. I guess Kiefer doesn’t know about these things called supplements. I get vegan b12. I get EPA and DHA from algae sources. I get nutrients from chlorella and spirulina. It’s all natural, from the earth and healthy. And if you’re judging health based on looks, I’m bigger than Fuhrman and I’m bigger now than when I was eating meat. But that’s not because of my vegan diet. It’s because of the hard work that I do in the gym and because I know what I’m putting into my body.

Save Food from the Fridge

Did you know that apples can prevent your potatoes from sprouting? And that storing root vegetables right-side up can keep them fresher longer? There are some other really cool tips here too.

Why Pressure Cookers Are Awesome – MDRN KTCHN – YouTube

Ok, I’ve always been a little bit afraid of pressure cookers, but after watching this I’m not so scared anymore. I kinda want one, but I’d have to find a bunch of recipes that sound good so that I get enough use out of it.

The Deload Week: What It Is, How to Do it, and Why It Might Help You Get Stronger

I love the example Mark uses in this article about healing the body. If someone cuts their finger when slicing a tomato, they don’t use that finger anymore because they know it’ll take longer to heal, yet for some reason people don’t understand that the same healing process needs to be applied to the body after workouts too. This article provides some great instruction on de-loading. I think I’m going to try taking a scheduled de-load week every six weeks moving forward.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #83 – Hardgainer Myths, Using Weightlifting Belts and Preventing Hangovers

Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

9 Hardgainer Training Myths – How to Build Muscle

This was a fun three part series to read, with a lot of great information for hardgainers like me. I don’t know if the story is true, but this series definitely has me on the verge of purchasing the program. It’s hard to part with money when you don’t know if something is gonna work for you though. I’ll put it on the backburner for now, but I’d really like to try it out.

Should I Exercise with a Hangover

A quick video explaining why it’s a good thing to exercise the day after having a few too many drinks. If you can manage to get yourself up to workout on a hangover, you should definitely do it. I remember one specific time when I tried to workout on a hangover while I was out in Vegas and I felt miserable. I’ve never tried it again.

Lessons In Weight Belts: How And Why To Use Them

When I had a gym membership, I would see people misusing weight belts all the time. If you use a weight belt and you want to make sure you’re not looking like a fool in the gym, read this. I actually have one of those really wide-backed belts because it was given to me by someone who sold me weight lifting equipment. If you don’t already know, the extra wide backs on lifting belts are pointless, because it’s not the back of the belt that’s important, it’s the front. And when the back is too wide, it’s difficult to get a proper fit.

How To Make Your Own Probiotics

I’ve actually just started making my own kombucha at home about a month ago. I’ve only bottled one batch so far and I have two batches fermenting right now. This is a really helpful video from Ben Greenfield.

5 Factors That Affect Nutrient Absorption From Your Diet

I liked this one a lot because it’s all new stuff that I’ve never heard before. I had no idea that coffee and tea can reduce the ability of the body to absorb nutrients from plants. Being vegan, it’s really good for me to know.

Caffeinated coffee linked to vision loss

Coffee has many benefits, but it seems that overuse can lead to glaucoma. This study shows that three cups or more per day can lead to increased risk of developing glaucoma and women with a history of glaucoma in the family are at an even greater risk.

4 Lower Leg Injuries that Slow Weight Loss Progress

I thought this was really informative. I’ve never suffered from any of these injuries, but it’s good to get a better understanding of how they’re caused and how they can be prevented.

Is Oatmeal Healthy

I guess I’m in the minority because I eat plain oatmeal with coconut oil mixed in every morning. I eat quick oats, which I now know from reading this article that it isn’t as nutritional as steel cut oats, but it’s not all that bad. It has no additives or other ingredients of any kind. If I had an oven at work I’d move to steel cut oats, but that’s not an option. I’ll try to find a more natural rolled oats option when I finish the oats I have right now.

How to turn an ugly jicama into something awesome

I’ve only used jicama to make jicama rice for nori rolls and I think it’s really tasty. This recipe sounds delicious too. All you need to do is slice a jicama into chunks like fries, sprinkle chili powder and salt on top and add a squirt of lime juice.

How to Design a Sprint Workout Routine

This looks like a solid sprint routine, despite a few grammatical errors in the post 😉

How to Train Harder and Smarter Without a Power Rack

I purchased a power rack and I’d have to say that it’s my most prized possession in my home gym. If you don’t have access to one though, you still have options.

What to Drink: Bulletproof Alcohol for Thanksgiving (Infographic)

I’ve been waiting forever for Dave to post an article about alcohol on his website and it’s been there the whole time! This was before I started following his blog, so I didn’t know it was there until he linked to it in one of his recent articles. I like to have drinks with friends, so I’m excited to see how well this works. I actually don’t get bad hangovers anymore anyway since I’ve cleaned up my diet, but I’m sure this will really help me feel much more alive the next day.

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

Three delicious smoothies made using homemade pumpkin puree, or canned if you’re lazy like me 😉

Avocado chocolate “Nutella” pudding – Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Egg-free and Delicious

This isn’t just a recipe, but also a lesson in the beneficial health properties of avocados and cocoa. I love Nutella, so I can’t wait to try this.

* image courtesy of cast_tkohl

Why I’m Vegan

There are lots of reasons people decide to go vegan. It’s better for the environment. It’s also often healthier than other diets, especially the standard American diet (SAD), as long as you aren’t eating highly-processed vegan foods. People who decide to go vegan are generally more knowledgeable about eating healthy anyway. And while those are both excellent reasons to go vegan, the most important for me is philosophical.

Ever since I was a little kid I’ve known about vegetarianism, but I never wanted to really look into what it was all about because I wanted to continue to eat meat. Meat is delicious and so is cheese. I didn’t want to give those things up. I figured that as long as I was blind to what was happening to the animals that I ate, there was no reason to feel guilty about it. I think this is probably what most people do too.

Going Vegan and Getting Educated

My fiance, Michelle, had already been a vegetarian/vegan for about a year. During that time, she brought home pamphlets and posted videos to Facebook, so I started to learn more about it as time went on. When Michelle went vegan, she really started fighting for the cause and that’s when I started to see what it was all about. Instead of me just seeing pamphlets occasionally laying around, now Michelle asked me to read them. It was important to her, which made it important to me, so of course I read everything she asked me to read.

It was some time in May 2011 that I started considering going vegan, almost entirely to support Michelle, but I wanted to know everything there was to know about being healthy as a vegan. Was I going to get enough protein? Can I still build muscle?

Or was I going to turn into a sickly toothpick, like all of the bodybuilding and health forums said? I didn’t know, because I didn’t know any vegans other than Michelle. She seemed healthy though.

I did research on everything that I could think of. I read every article on the pros of being vegan and the cons of being vegan. I wasn’t taking sides at this point. I just wanted to learn. I educated myself on how much protein I needed, where to get my protein, vegan replacements for the supplements I liked, alternatives to meat, nutrient deficiencies, vegan beauty care products and stores where I could buy everything. I was starting to feel good about it.

The Speech That Changed My Life

One Saturday morning, me and Michelle were sitting in the living room, both of us messing around on our computers. She didn’t know about my intentions of trying to go vegan at that time, but as I was sitting on the couch opposite of her and doing some more research on being vegan, she played a video from YouTube titled “Best Speech You Will Ever Hear by Gary Yourofsky.”

This speech sealed the deal.

The further we got into the speech, the more I realized how ready I was to go vegan. I had been doing research for 1-2 hours almost every day for about a month, and at this point I knew I could do it. I had been focused mostly on the health aspects of going vegan, but after listening to the speech from Gary Yourofsky, it completely changed my reasons. Now I wanted to go vegan for ethical reasons. The right reasons.

Right after we listened to that speech I told Michelle that I was going to go vegan. I think that probably made her day 😀

I put together a meal plan that had the amount of calories and protein that I wanted and I took the transition slowly. I still had a freezer full of meat and I continued to eat it, but I wouldn’t buy anything from that point on that had animal products in it. It took about a month for me to eat all of the non-vegan food in my house and I finally went full vegan on July 1, 2011.

One Year After Going Vegan

I’ve been a strict vegan for a little over a year now and my feelings on being vegan couldn’t be stronger. I became vegan because I no longer wanted to support the industry of animal exploitation.

One of the interesting things I’ve noticed about myself during my time as a vegan is that I’ve become more spiritual. I’ve never been a spiritual person, but being vegan has given me a much greater appreciation for life. For my own life and for the life of others. All living beings. I feel like I now see how great it is to live. There’s no describing how great this feeling is for me. To have the opportunity to be alive makes my desire to be vegan even stronger.

I want to do what I can to provide a better life for the living beings of this earth. By not eating animal products, less animals are manufactured and less have to live a life of pain and torture. It’s sad that it’s better for a farmed animal to never exist, but it’s true.

Cows are raped in order to produce more cows and to produce milk. They are literally placed in “rape racks”. How disgusting!

Can you imagine being raped every nine months, giving birth as often as possible and being immediately separated from your child. And then after that you’re hooked up to a machine that sucks the milk from your body for so long that it hurts and puss comes out? And there’s absolutely nothing a cow can do about it. They’re trapped in cages no larger than their bodies. They can’t even move around or lay down. A living, sentient being should not have to live like that.

What about chickens? Right as they come into this world, they are thrown onto a conveyor belt where they are separated by male and female. Females have their beaks ripped of their face, with no pain killers given to them and then forced to live in extremely small cages for the rest of their lives, producing eggs for humans to eat. Oh and the male chicks? They get thrown into large bins where many often suffocate. For those that don’t suffocate, they are tossed into a grinder still alive.

The industrial farming industry has absolutely no respect for life. It disgusts me.

Even worse, I haven’t even gotten into the abuse that a lot of these animals have to suffer at the hands of sadistic perverted farm employees. Thanks to organizations like Mercy for Animals, many of these sick people are caught on video abusing animals – bashing them on the heads with hammers and repeatedly kicking them in the stomach. What kind of person can do something like that? If there’s a hell, they’re going, that’s for sure.

In Conclusion

Going vegan isn’t an easy thing to do, but I hope you consider at least cutting back on how much meat and dairy you consume. If anything at all, stop eating meat from fast food chains and buy only meat that comes from naturally raised animals from your local farm. Make sure they employ the most ethical choices when raising their animals. Although there really is no humane way of animal farming, that’s a good start and maybe you can move on from there.

When it all comes down to it, being vegan for me is really about the appreciation and respect of life. Now you know why I’m vegan. I hope my thoughts inspire you to consider going vegan as well. Cheers!

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #82 – Improve Your Grip Strength, Healthy Vegan Recipes and OLY Shoes

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

Improve Your Grip Strength

Just like this article says, grip strength is important for plenty of reasons, most importantly being able to lift more weight on exercises like deadlifts and barbell rows. There are some cool and interesting exercises here to help you increase your grip strength.

What Drinking Coffee Does to You

There are some excellent pros to consuming coffee, but drinking coffee also comes with some drawbacks if you drink too much. If you limit your intake to around 2 cups per day and if you drink high quality coffee, you have nothing to worry about.

A Guide to Eating a Plant-Based Diet

This article goes into the many reasons why eating a plant-based diet is important and how to transition into a vegan diet. There’s also a good list of foods that you can eat that are easy when starting out. This guide goes through just about everything a beginner vegan might be wondering.

Looking for Healthy Vegan Recipes?

When people are considering going vegan, they are always worried that they won’t be able to eat tasty meals anymore, but here’s a short list of recipes that are easy, tasty and healthy – Tortilla soup, fruit salad and apple crisp.

Seriously. Do This Yesterday. One of My All Time Shoulder Fixes

I bet it’s scary being friends with this guy. You never know what kind of painful situation you’re going to be in when he’s around. 😉

Using Coffee Enemas For Liver Detoxification

I always hear conflicting advice about coffee enemas, which is probably why I’m too afraid to try one myself, but this article does make it sound enticing. The author of this post also recorded a very informative video of the entire process.

How To Meditate – 3 Simple Techniques

Slowly but surely I’m learning more about meditation. I know it’s beneficial and I really want to do it, but life is so hectic that I find it hard to make time. This article talk about exactly that too – “if you’re too busy to meditate, you’re too busy!” I think what I need to do is set a schedule. Maybe just a few minutes after work everyday.

7 Home Remedies to Combat the Side Effects of Chemo

I hope that my healthy dietary and exercise habits are enough to prevent getting cancer later in life, but if not, at least I can refer back to this article if I ever have to go through chemo. I’ve seen the effects of chemo in my family and it’s not pretty.

First OLY shoe.. Recommendations?

I workout at home, so I lift completely barefoot. I like the idea of lifting barefoot more than lifting in shoes, but maybe I’m short-changing myself by not using weightlifting shoes. I’d really like to try a pair out to see how they feel.

Outdoor Home Rope Climb Post

There’s no way in hell my HOA would allow me to build this in my backyard, but I would in a heart beat if I could. I might see if my brother is willing to build it in his yard so that I can use it. This is awesome!

Train Like A Man, Look Like A Goddess

Ladies, do you need more proof that lifting weights won’t make you bulk up and look like a man? Here ya go! 😉

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #81 – Beating Caffeine Addiction, High Fructose Corn Syrup and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

How to Kick Your Caffeine Addiction and Actually Enjoy Your Coffee Again

I will only drink one cup of coffer per day, maybe two, but never more. I will also never drink coffee or tea after 12pm, because I don’t want it to effect my sleep. I try to consume caffeine as responsibly as I can. For many people though, caffeine is abused and becomes an addiction. If that sounds like you, you should definitely read this article. And when you get your caffeine addiction under control, go read some articles about coffee over at the Bulletproof Executive website.

Natural Food Sources of Iodine

We started talking about iodine in salt at work the other day and someone mentioned that an iodine deficiency can cause goiters. Come to find out, it’s true and it’s one of the most common causes of goiters. Deficiency can also cause a whole host of other problems such as mental problems. I wonder how this might effect someone like a raw foodist who doesn’t use salt.

The Sweetener Wars – HFCS Strikes Back

One part I found really interesting in this article is about how Google has three colored shelves, each designating how healthy the items are that are placed on it – healthy on green, OK on yellow and unhealthy on red. Google actually had beverages sweetened with sugar cane on the green shelf. What! I thought people knew better than this, but if a company like Google doesn’t, I bet tons of people don’t know either.

How Bulletproof Coffee Stops Dry Eyes The Bulletproof Executive

If you have eye dryness issues, maybe all you need is a cup of coffee! I can get on that train 😉

Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal/Illegal List

I was listening to a podcast from Ben Greenfield about stopping digestive problems, gas and bloating and the interview guest, Steven Wright mentioned a legal/illegal list of foods for the “Specific Carbohydrate Diet” which is a diet designed to help with digestive problems. If you’re having digestion problems, I would highly recommend looking at this list and seeing if something you’re eating is marked as illegal.

To Squat or Not to Squat

I actually haven’t listened to this yet, but the outline looks fantastic. I’ve added this show to my iTunes podcast and I can’t wait to listen to it.