ReWilding Series - What It Means To Me

It is my belief that we as a species are facing a crossroad. One that could have detrimental effects on humanity as a whole. 

Stick with me.

This isn't some conspiracy rant about the end of the world or an environmentalist's rant about the collapse of our ecosystem.

This is about us reestablishing the connection with nature that allows us to thrive. The connection that has been lost inside all of these concrete jungles we call cities. Inside the corporate office buildings that we work.

This connection is much more important than most realize. So much so that numerous health, wellness and fitness resources recommend getting out in to nature to relieve stress, strengthen your immune system and a whole lot of other things.

But rewilding doesn't just mean getting out in to nature. It means getting back to our roots. I think Daniel Vitalis said it best in an interview with the Huffington Post when he said,

ReWilding is — in its essence — a celebration of our natural selves. It is about living a life aligned with our biology and experiencing the sheer pleasure of fulfilling our biological drives."

To take this one step further, I'd say that rewilding is the act of living in accordance with our ancestors and in the way that allowed them to thrive in their environments. 

This could mean different things to different people, but what stays the same across all cultures is eating food and drinking water in its purest form, absorbing the healing and energizing rays of the sun, hunting, gathering, moving the way we are supposed to move and having the skills to survive and even THRIVE in any situation that we find ourselves in not matter what it is.

I also like the definition from rewild.com.

According to rewild.com

Rewilding means restoring ancestral ways of living that create greater health and well-being for humans and the ecosystems that we belong to.
Rewild

/riˈwīld/

verb

  1. to reverse the process of domestication.
  2. to return to a more wild or self-willed state.

Let's face it. Most people today spend the majority of their time indoors sitting in front of a computer screen. Then if they go to the gym and work out under horrible processed and artificial lighting and doing exercises that may make them leaner and stronger, ultimately lead to injuries and more chronic problems down the road. After that they usually grab some food from a fast food place or go home to cook something that has either been processed until it is actually harmful or something that has been shipped halfway across the world and sat on store shelves for days.

Not even to mention the communal aspect that we are missing which can have many negative consequences on our mental and emotional health. We can isolate ourselves so much yet still think we are connected to others via social media. But those are not the same as in person connections. 

I came across a comment on Facebook recently that does a good job of speaking to the other aspects that I feel are important to rewilding.

It is about relearning what is truly sustainable and living that way. We need to learn that if mankind was removed from the Earth, the Earth would do just fine without us. The Earth has always been self-sustainable and rewilding is about relearning how to join the Earth in that sustainability and stop trying to change the Earth to live with us. Part of this is relearning that we are communal and forming healthy communities (tribes) that become a part of the already thriving community of plants and animals.

Here are some of the related aspects of rewilding that I will be touching on in this series. If there are any other areas that you would like me to write about, please leave me a comment below. Also, if you have experience with any of these and would like to help out with the content or add your own twist to it, please email me

ReWilding Series

Eating & Drinking

Simply put, the goal in rewilding is to eat and drink from the most natural and clean sources as possible.

For food this includes locally farmed grass fed meat and organic produce, wild caught fish and anything that you can grow or forage yourself. Of course for many people, this will not be possible all the time. Just be very conscious about what you choose to put in to your body.

As for water, normal tap water should be avoided if at all possible.

The best solution is to get your water from a natural spring. To find one in your area check out findaspring.com

For many people, myself included, this is not possible all the time. If you are going to buy bottled water, try to get spring water that comes in glass bottles. For my family, we either use reverse osmosis filtration or a charcoal gravity filter like the Big Berkey. I also added the fluoride filters to the system to make sure I am removing as many chemicals as possible.

Having clean sources of drinking water isn't enough though. Another source of possible exposure to harmful chemicals in water is in your shower. Having a shower filter that filters fluoride and chlorine is very important to anyone on city water.

I'll go in to much more detail about all of these things in future articles.

 

Movement

Humans are made to move. We're NOT made for this sedentary lifestyle that many of us find ourselves in. 

Have you ever just sat and watched children playing on a playground? Ever wonder where that energy and ability to move more like monkeys went? It disappeared, in part, because once we became young adults, we stopped playing and moving in those ways.

I'll write more on this later, but to start moving these ways right now, try just playing like you did when you were a kid.

  • Run
  • Crawl
  • Roll
  • Jump
  • Swing
  • Just have fun

Just head to your nearest park or playground and have fun. Relearn all those ways your body used to move.

Move in ways that will benefit you in life and help you to overcome any and all obstacles. 

A great example of this would be to practice martial arts.

Martial Arts

Martial arts have some many benefits. One of these is of course the fitness aspect.

Another huge benefit is the ability to defend yourself and those around you. While I try to avoid violence, there may come a time that you have to defend yourself and those around you. 

Martial arts also teach us to be very aware of our surroundings to help to avoid any confrontations before they happen, and then to act if removal from the situation is not possible. This awareness can help you in day to day life as well. It can help you to develop you intuition or your "gut feeling."

It also builds confidence. This is something that many people lack today. Confidence in their ability to keep those they love safe. There is something very reassuring about KNOWING that you can handle any situation that may arise.

These days it seems like so many people want to demonize what I call warrior culture. From an early age we are taught to "let others handle it" or go tell someone in a position of authority. This may work in some instances but many times that just isn't possible and it is my opinion that all it does is breeds a society of victims.

DON'T BE A VICTIM!

Build up your health, fitness and skills so that you can overcome any obstacle and deal with threats you may face.

While most martial arts can teach you valuable lessons and skills, many of them take years to get to the point where you can truly defend yourself in most situations. In my next article I'll talk about what I feel are the best martial arts for someone that wants to learn effective tactics quickly.

 

Me getting some grounding in the creek and some cold exposure during a winter hike.

Me getting some grounding in the creek and some cold exposure during a winter hike.

Sun & Nature Exposure

One of the most important parts of rewilding is getting outside MORE. 

A LOT MORE!

As we spend more and more of our time indoors we cut ourselves off from the life giving force of the sun, nature and the grounding effect of the earth. This is causing major damage to not only our health but also to the health of our descendants for generations to come.

 

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Learn Skills

Besides the movement skills and skills to defend yourself, you need to learn other skills as well.

These skills can fit in to a few different categories, even though some of them will overlap.

This will probably consist of many more posts than the rest of these topics. That is because there is so much that I feel is important to learn to be truly independent of this domestication that we call life.

Yes, that right, I said DOMESTICATION. Think about it.

Humans HAVE been domesticated.

Most of us no longer possess the skills required to survive without the modern luxuries offered by society. We do not know how to forage in the wild for food, build a fire without matches or lighters. We can't build our own shelter or create our own tools or weapons. We have lost much of the knowledge of our ancestors that enabled then to thrive in whatever environment they were in.

Hopefully we will never need to rely on these skills in a situation where our life depends on it, but knowing that we can can give us an overwhelming sense of confidence in our own abilities. Practicing these skills is also quite a bit of fun and the preservation of this type of knowledge is our duty to our children and grandchildren just in case they face a disaster in which these skills could be the difference between life and death. 

Here are some skills that someone interested in rewilding may be interested in learning

  • Foraging
  • Herbal Medicine Making
  • Gardening
  • Primitive Wilderness Survival
  • Firecraft
  • Tool Making
  • Weaving
  • Leather Crafting
  • Wood Working
  • Husbandry
  • Hunting & Fishing
  • Indoor Air Quality

The Tribe

Up until the last few hundred years humans have predominately tribal oriented. We crave the interactions and the closeness.

We've all probably heard "find your tribe" or "it takes a tribe." But what does that mean? 

Don't worry, it doesn't mean you have to dress up and paint yourself like Native Americans or other indigenous tribes. But you can if you want and I may even join you.

My definition of tribe is a group of people connected either by kinship or common interest or culture. It could also be a combination of those things. Also known as clans, gangs, kindreds or various other names, tribes can be found since the beginning of history.

This is a group of people where you can really be yourself because they get you. People that would have your back no matter what (and vice versa). The people in your tribe are not only people that you can count on to help you out in times of need though. They are people who you feel connected to and who make your life better just by being a part of it.

There is so much research out there that speaks to the HUGE positive impact that quality relationships have on our mental, emotional and even physical health. If you don't believe it, just go have a quality conversation and share a hug with a loved one. 

You feel better don't you?

There is tons more to say about being part of a tribe, but I'll save that for another post. Until then, here are a few places you might consider looking for your own tribe. If you can't find a ready made tribe, start one! Other people are looking for the exact same thing as you.

  • Conferences or events about things that you love and are highly interested in
  • Religious and spiritual events
  • Your gym, yoga studio or any other athletic group
  • Volunteer organizations that you are passionate about
  • Interest related classes and events

Conclusion

There is much more to rewilding than what is in this post. I will try to touch on more of it in upcoming articles. Here are just a few more of the principles that we will be touching on in subsequent articles.

  • Awareness
  • Navigation
  • Barefoot shoes and walking
  • Foraging & Hunting
  • Self Defense
  • Preparedness
  • Ancestral principles
  • Dangers of artificial light
  • Cold Thermogenesis
  • Manhood
  • Warrior Culture
  • Much More! 

Please let me know what aspects of rewilding are important to you and what steps you are taking this year to live a more natural lifestyle in the comments below.

My Journey Through Ancient History, Spirituality, & Manhood

I haven't been active at all on this blog for quite a while now. Most of my time has been devoted to the joint blog/coaching site that I share with my buddy Thaddeus, ErisFit. Here we concentrate on one of my many passions, biohacking. What I have come to realize over the past few months is that even though I love that topic, there are somethings that I want to write about that don't exactly fit that mold. That is the main reason that I decided this morning to use this blog as my muse and write about things that I am learning and passionate about BESIDES biohacking and optimal performance.

So going against the typical blogging wisdom to stick with one subject, this blog will be about various topics that interest me. I think that in a way they are related in what I am calling an Evolution of Mankind. I'm not talking Darwin's evolution theories here but the evolution of where we came from and ultimately where we are going and the skills that we may need along the way.

Ancient History/Pre-History

One of the everlasting passions in my life has been an overwhelming desire to learn about ancient cultures and civilizations. We have lost so much knowledge over the centuries and with that a connection with our past.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana

Learning about history has always fascinated me. Every year it seems like something new is discovered that could rewrite conventional history but most of these things don't see the light of day either because it goes against what has been taught to us or because some "expert" doesn't think it is important enough to completely change our paradigm.

I think thats bullshit! ANY new discovery that goes against history as we know it is extremely important!

Take for example the FACT that artifacts from Pre-Columbian America prove that cultures from around the world were visiting the Americas long before Christopher Columbus sat foot here but history books still say that Columbus discovered America.

This is just one small example but it speaks volumes to how much of our history is wrong. It is my goal to learn as much about these subjects as possible. Let me know if there is anything that really interests you about ancient history.

Religion/Spirituality

I know the term spirituality is thrown around quite a bit by new agers so I want to clarity that what I am talking about is our connection or relationship with the divine. 

This ties in very well to the previous topic of ancient history. Before the explosion of monotheistic religions like Christianity, religions were specific to individual cultures.

I believe that there are truths within many religions and to be honest if you look at stories throughout most religions you will find startling similarities.

It is my goal to study all of these to better understand the people that came before us and ultimately our reasons for being here.

Family/Manhood

I am constantly striving to be a better man for not only my family but also for myself. As a husband and a father to four young boys being the best man I can be is something I think about daily. 

As Jack Donovan put it in his book, The Way of Man, 

"There is s difference between being a good man and being good at being a man."

I am interested in both.

Being a good man is important but will mean different things to different people and will be influenced by the culture you live in. I always strive to be a good man even though I sometimes fall short.

Being good at being a man is something that has remained relatively unchanged since the beginning of time. This is what Jack Donovan is talking about in his books The Way of Man and Becoming A Barbarian.

Bushcraft/Primitive Skills

I think this fits very well in with being good at being a man. Having the skills to survive and provide for your family in an emergency situation is paramount to keep them safe. There is also the connection to our past and the ancestors that came before us.

There is something so gratifying about being able to go in to the woods with next to no gear and still survive. Not to mention the calmness and spiritual connection I feel when deep in the forest.

Conclusion

These are some of the topics that I am most interested in but I am sure that more will pop up as I go along. Hopefully you enjoy what I write about, but if not, I don't really care. I'm doing this for ME as a kind of journal for my life interests and what I am learning. I do hope that I can help other people find as much joy in these subjects as I do.

 

TruBrain Review

After I posted my review of the holiday biohacker box from Quarterly, I was contacted by TruBrain and asked if I would like to review some more of their nootropic stacks.  So, loving to experiment with nootropics, and having a good effect from their drinks, I said sure!  They sent me a box that had a week's supply of their morning and afternoon stacks in capsules, a few boost capsules, some jump sticks and focus sticks.  Before I get in to the specifics, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

Click here to read the review

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butter In Coffee?

It seems like everyone today is looking for an edge.Of all the things that are part of my morning ritual, this has to be the best for getting you going, keeping you going, plus staying healthy and focused all day.  Not to mention lose weight. Drink coffee with grass fed butter and coconut or MCT oil.
For those of you that have never heard of this, it may sound a little weird, but once you try it, you will fall in love!  This has become a morning ritual for my wife and I.  My wife was NOT a coffee drinker before this, but now drinks it religiously. *You can substitute tea for the coffee, but its not quite as beneficial*  Lets break this down and see what benefits this has.

First, the coffee should be a higher end coffee, free from mycotoxins.  I use either organic beans from a local roaster, or buy them from a vendor online.  One of the most popular brands is BULLETPROOF™ coffee.  The creator is Dave Asprey, which really brought this idea mainstream. Coffee has gotten a bad reputation over the years, and I think a lot of that has to do with the way it is processed and stored.   If not done correctly, the coffee develops mycotoxins or mold toxins, which can be very hazardous to your health, especially to people with sensitivities.  This can cause the jitteryness and crash.  As long as you keep it to 1-3 cups a day, there are many benefits.  My point is that bad coffee is bad for you, but good coffee is definitely good for you.  Let’s look at some of them.

  • High in antioxidants
  • Powerful thermogenic properties which can accelerate fat loss
  • Can improve insulin sensitivity
  • Can lower risk of stroke and diabetes
  • May have anticancer properties
  • High in polyphenols, which feed good bacteria in the gut
  • Can improve exercise, memory and brain function

The next part to the coffee, is grassfed butter or ghee.  You may be asking yourself how butter can help you lose weight and stay focused.  The answer is, its full of GOOD fat.  Contrary to what many of us has been taught, certain types of fats are very beneficial to us.  Healthy fats are a very important nutrient for the body and brain.  A healthy man’s body is made of 15 percent fat, while a healthy woman’s body is made up of 29 percent fat.  Parts of everything in our bodies are made of fat, especially our brain. The right fats are nutritious, and high energy sources that keep your body and brain running at peak performance. Low fat diets starve our brain and body.  Our body and brain needs healthy fats because we cannot produce our own omega-3s, which our bodies need to function.  So, healthy fats are a building block of what make us healthy, and do nothing in regards to make us fat.

I use raw grass fed butter or ghee from a local dairy most of the time, but when I can’t, I usually use unsalted KerryGold, which is a pasteurized butter from grassfed cows.  Products made from grass fed cows are much higher in omegas-3s and other nutrients, and can even be tolerated by some people that have dairy allergies.  Ghee can be tolerated by people with a dairy allergy better than butter.

The last part to this, is the MCT or coconut oil.  MCTs or medium chain triglycerides are an extremely healthy saturated fat (good fat), found in coconut oil.  I use Brain Octane, which is a C8 MCT.  MCT oil is 6 times stronger than normal coconut oil.  MCT oil is taken straight to the liver, instead of being metabolized through the digestion process like other fats.  Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Provides instant and well sustained energy
  • Improves blood sugar regulation
  • Improves metabolism
  • Improves ketone production (rocket fuel for the brain)
  • May improve thyroid function
  • Improves appetite regulation

So, if you want to have an unfair advantage over your coworkers, or just want a way to get more productivity and more out of life, I highly recommend drinking this every morning.  Just brew the coffee as your normally do (I prefer french press or a pour over), then put the coffee, butter and MCT oil in a blender, and you will have a frothy, healthy, and tasty high octane fuel to get you through the day.  

This kind of coffee is part of my morning routine every day.  Some days I add one or two egg yolks from pastured chickens depending on my hunger level and what my body needs that day.  I can’t imagine starting the day without it.

I personally have tried pretty much every product from Bulletproof, and the quality is hard to match.  If you'd like to see what else they offer, check them out here.

The New Quarterly Box From Biohacker Dave Asprey

Dave's new box is here!  It seems Christmas came a few days early for me.  I look forward to these boxes.  Ordering something and knowing what will be in the box is one thing, but the anticipation and surprise of opening something with no clue what is in it is entirely different.  Lets check it out.

THE BRAIN STIMULATOR

This is the main item of the box.  It alone is worth more than I paid for the entire box.  This is a Transcranial Direct Current Stimulator (tDCS).  This is placed on different points on your head or body and runs a direct current through it.  I have heard about these devices, but have never had the chance to use one.  A quick online search came up with TONS of information including different combinations of electrode placement for different things.  I tried out a couple and was quite surprised.  I used a combination for memory enhancement and did a little reading in one of my biology books.  When I was done, I couldn't believe the amount of information I had retained.  Definitely a great product.  I look forward to using it in the future and trying out a configuration that the military and DARPA uses to cut the training time of snipers in half!  I will experiment and see how effective it is in learning other skills.  For more info check out thebrainstimulator.net.

ANIRACETAM CAPSULES

I have been using aniracetam for quite a while now off and on.  Powder City, where these capsules come from are my go to for anything nootropic.  Aniracetam improves memory and learning capabilities, while also effecting symptoms of social anxiety, especially speaking in public.  It has also been shown to enhance creativity and writing and have positive effects on your mood.  You can learn more at powdercity.com.

60-DAY MEMBERSHIP TO FOCUS@WILL

I really like this subscription.  They have quite a few different kinds of music available.  I have been using it all day today and have found that I can block out external distractions (kids), focus better and feel calm.  It also seems like I am able to retain information that I am ready better than usual.

Check them out here  to get your own free trial

Homebiotic

Homebiotic is a probiotic spray to balance the microbes in your home and prevent mold growth.  I used this product once before over the summer.  It seems to work well and reduce the amount of mold growth in my bathroom.  I wish I had a way to quantify how well it is really working.  I have a feeling that it works much better on surfaces that it can soak in to.  In high moisture areas that are wet often like the shower, it may get washed away easily.

Bulletproof has tons of great products that I use daily.  If you would like to check out Homebiotic or any of their other products, go here.

The moldy movie

This is a documentary about the dangers and science if environmental mold toxins.  It is a very informative documentary and one of my top recommendations to clients that are showing any signs of mold toxicity.  I have watched this three times so far and retain something new every time I watch it.  Check it out here

The Bulletproof chef e-book

This has some real good recipes for Bulletproof meals.  It also has some cooking and coffee hacks.  I have made most of the recipes in here and was very pleased how they came out.  If you are in search of recipes for helping you reduce inflammation and get a lot healthier, check it out.  Download it free here.

Summary

I am super pleased with this box!  I love the tDCS device and plan to continue experimenting with it.  That alone was more money than the whole box.  I am also loving the classical genre of Focus@Will.  Hope you enjoyed this post.  Please leave me a comment and tell me what you thought!

Holiday Biohack Box From Quarterly

The holidays came early this year.  I  received my holiday biohack box from Quarterly.co, and I am super excited to try out the products in it.  This box came in place of my subscription to Ben Greenfield's and Tim Ferriss' package.  The other two curators of this box are Melissa Joulwan, the paleo expert and Kevin Rose, the internet entrepeneur.  Over the next couple days, my wife and I are going to be trying these products out, and then I will finish this post with our reviews and post it.  If you have never heard of Quarterly, its is a subscription service that enables you to receive a box every three months from different people that you like.  I currently receive boxes from Dave Asprey, Tim Ferriss, and Ben Greenfield.  Check them out at quarterly.co.  Now, on to the contents of the box.

MCT OIL POWDER

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MCT oil in powder form!  MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride and the oil, along with grassfed butter make up the badassery that is Bulletproof Coffee.  It helps with cognitive performance and is a staple of a ketogenic diet.  The great thing about having it in a powder form is that you can add it to a smoothie or use it for baking.  It also is a lot easier than the messy oil to travel with.  Another reported benefit is that it is much easier on you stomach than the oil.  For people not used to the oil, using to much can cause an upset stomach or even "diaster pants".  It states on the tub that "Most people who can't tolerate liquid MCTs have no digestive distress with our powdered version". 

DRINKWEL

Drinkwel is marketed as a multivitamin for healthy people who drink.  It is supposed to replenish nutrients, support liver health and process alcohol induced toxins.  Sounds great!  I don't know anyone out there that wouldn't want an easy way to reduce the negative effects of alcohol, allowing them to wake up the next morning and have it feel just like a normal day.  Is that wishful thinking, or does it really work?  It just so happened that for the first night in quite a while, we were kid free and were planning on going out for dinner and a few drinks and being the "take one for the team" kind of people that we are, my wife and I decided to do an experiment to see if it really worked.  The results were quite amazing.  After consuming enough alcohol that would normally make me miserable the next day with issues including, nausea, headaches, very low energy levels, cramps, brain fog, and just an overall feeling like shit, I remarkably felt quite amazing.  Aside from some slight symptoms of dehydration, which means that I didn't consume enough water in between beer and shots, I felt just like any other Sunday morning.  The consensus from my wife is the same as well.  She woke up with even more energy than me, which is typical on most days.  I will definately be be keeping some of this on hand for any other time that we decide to have a few drinks. 

SLEEPPHONES

Sleepphones is a soft headband with embedded speakers inside.  I have been using a similar product for the last few months and love them.  These are even softer and the speakers put out a higher quality sound.  I will definately be using these to listen to music or binaural waves when I sleep. 

TRUBRAIN

I have to admit that when I first saw these, I was very skeptical of whether they would be any good.  I have tried similar products with limited results.  After checking out the ingredients and trying them myself, I can now say that they really do work!  I also gave them to my wife who has not tried many nootropic or brain supplements and she loved it too.  There is an immediate energy surge upon taking them which is from the caffeine.  After about 30 minutes, I started to feel the effects from the other ingredients which included alertness, a better ability to focus and a boost in creativity.  In particular, I could feel the Oxiracetam and Piracetam which are two very well known and researched nootropics.  They taste very good, however you can still taste a slight bitterness from the racetams.  Aside from the racetams, the ingredients are all natural.  I highly recommend this supplement, especially on days that you need a mental boost. Try it out for free here.

Get your Free Trial of truBrain and improve your focus. You pay only $5.95 shipping and handling.

CLEAN BOTTLE

This is a BPA free bottle that has a removable bottom so that you can get in a clean it easier.  This solves the problem of trying to get the particles out that may be left behind from your protein shake or smoothie. This has always been an issue for me because it is very hard to get your hands down in to the bottles to get it clean, which can lead to mold building up inside your bottle which is definitely not a good thing.  I am very excited to use this bottle in the coming weeks.  It also comes with a 100% lifetime guarantee.  

FUEL FOR FIRE

These are small pouches of goodness.  They are made with real fruit, and loaded with 10 grams of whey protein.  I really like the packaging which makes it easy to throw it in to my pocket or pack when I go to the gym or out for a hike for an extra boost.  They taste great and don't have any artificial ingredients, sugar and are gluten free.

SIMPLE SQUARES

This bar tastes amazing.  The ingredients are all organic with nothing artificial and it is gluten free.  This is another great go to snack when you are on the go.  I can definitely see myself throwing a few of these in my pocket or bag on hikes, trips, or just as a snack to hold myself or family over.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  If you did, please share it with friends and family and leave me a comment below.

 

 

 

Mindfulness & Meditation Basics

Mindfulness and meditation is a very important aspect to your overall wellbeing, and has helped me tremendously to grow and be a better overall human.  Whether it is taking 10-20 minutes a day to sit in a quiet place and meditate, or just being mindful during certain activities during the day(eating, walking, etc.). It is a necessity to give your mind that time to recharge.  There are a few apps that you can use to guide you through meditating, or you can just try it by your self.  For people new to mindfulness and meditation, I recommend using some form of guided meditation, but for those that decide to do meditate without help, we have listed some tips that will help.

 

Meditation apps
 

Calm


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Price: Free for some features and $9.99/month or $39.99/year for all the features

Calm has come a long way since the first time I used it.  You can choose to go through a free 7 day program of guided meditation, subscribe for a 21 day program and a 7 day sleep program to help you get to sleep faster and have a more restful sleep, take an unguided timed meditation with soothing background music or choose from quite a few of single guided meditations which you can choose the duration.  The first couple are free  Here are some of the choices:

  • Calm/Ease mental tension
  • Body Scan
  • Deep Sleep
  • Calming Anxiety
  • Deep Concentration
  • Emergency Calm
  • Commuting
  • Returning to Now
  • Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Energy
  • Inner Strength
  • and many more


Breathe

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Price: Free for the assessment and quite a few quided meditations.  Extra meditations cost around $1.99 for packs of multiple meditations
This app is by TFP or Tools for Peace.  They are a non profit bringing mindfulness and meditation to children and young adults through the classroom.

I had never used this app before and was throughly suprised when I did.  I really like the assessment feature of Breathe. It takes you through a sort of check in with your body and emotions.  Then it gives you a few choices of meditations that would be best for you right now.  They also have quite a list of different meditations you can go right to.  Some of them are as follows:

  • Welcoming The Day
  • Falling Asleep
  • Mindful Breathing
  • Body Scan
  • Engaging Your Senses
  • Mindful Walk
  • Be Present
  • Gratitude
  • Change
  • Commonality of Suffering
  • Cause and Effect
  • Deal With Anxiety
  • *many more


Self Guided Mindfulness Meditation Tips

  • Sit comfortably in a quiet place with your back straight.  You can be sitting on a chair or the ground or cushion.
  • You may use some sort of relaxing sounds or white noise.
  • Close your eyes and start to be mindful of your breathing.  Notice where you most feel the air entering and exiting your body.  This could be your nose, you chest or your stomach.  If it helps, start counting each breath.  One on the inhale and two on the exhale, up to ten, then start again at one.  If your mind wanders to something else and you lose count, which is completely normal, smile, acknowledge the thought, and then return your mind to the breathing and start again at one.
  • After you have gone through this a few times, you can start what is called a body scan. Starting at the top of your head, slowly scan down you body, noticing how it feels.  Notice if you feel any pain, an itch, or relaxed feelings.  Once you get to your feet, expand the area and notice the body as a whole.
  • One last tip is a simple meditation to increase you focus.  With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths while noticing the flow of air in and out of your body, now picture a red circle between your eyes.  In that circle, visualize the goal that you are trying to acheive.  Visualize what you and your life will look like after acheiving that goal.  Let it play out inside that red circle like a scene from  a movie.  Your mind will wander.  When this happens, notice the thought or emotion as just a though or emotion, then return yourself to that red circle.

I hope this has given you a few ideas on how to start your own meditation practice.  I use these apps and techniques daily and it has probably been the number one thing that has helped me to grow and upgrade my body, mind and soul. I will be writing more articles soon on some more techniques and tips to take your meditation to the next level.  If you liked this post or would like to add your own suggestions, please leave me a comment below.  Thanks!

 

Bulletproof Coach Training

The two days of in person training were absolutely amazing.  They were nothing like I expected.  I expected to be learning about diet, nutrition, technology and that sort of thing.  Instead, we learned about ourselves and our fellow classmates, and learned how to connect to clients in a way that gives us the ability to peel back the layers and get to the real issue.  I saw it happen with well over 100 people all around me.  We learned how to coach people on how to lift the blinders that were blocking them from connecting with their real selves and so much more.  I can not wait to see what the rest of this nine months of training has in store for me.  I have met many people that after just a few days have become lifelong friends, and connected with them in ways I never knew possible.  I would recommend this to anyone that wants to take their coaching to the next level or that just wants to help themselves and/or others achieve another level of consciousness and optimal health and wellness.

The first day consisted of introductions, some talks by Dave and Dr. Mark, and a lot working in groups.  The group work was what separated this from anything else I have ever done.  We learned to enter a level of mindfulness called presence, and then coach each other from this level.  It allowed us to open up and really connect with each other.  I have never felt so comfortable with people I had known such a short time.  They were able to get me out of my head and help me find my limiting beliefs and to release any power they had over me.

The second day started with of course, some BP coffee, then a powerful group meditation.  We had a little more time in small groups working on our goals and dreams.    Dave came in to talk and for a question and answer session that lasted quite a while.  You could tell that he was touched by and wanted to hear everyone's stories. 

These were some of the highlights of the 2 day in person training.  There is way to much to tell, and putting it in to words just wouldn't do it justice.  I will never forget these two days and look for to where the training and our lives go from here.  If you'd like to learn more, you can go here.

 

 

 

Bulletproof Coach Training Day 1

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Day one has come to an end. It wasn't what I expected by any means. It was wonderful and really pushed my boundaries at the same time. Dr. Mark, Dave, and all of their team went above and beyond. I want to take a second and express my gratitude to them for a great day and a very enlightening experience!  Thank you so much for kicking ass!

From the time I walked in to the conference room, I could feel an amazing energy.  Never before have I been surrounded by so many people that were passionate about the same things as me, and so alive with anticipation for the future! 

I have already met many people that I am sure will be life long friends. It feels so great being around these people!  Even though I miss my family so much, I know that I am in the right place at the right time, with the right people. 

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Why I Use Algae Regularly

Regardless of what you may have heard, algae isn't just for fish and other water loving creatures. Especially spirulina and chlorella.  The nutrient content in this kind of algae is hard to match by any other food on the planet.  It is the original super food.  The use of these kinds of algae date back thousands of years.   We use this as a daily supplement to increase the amount of nutrients we consume, and to detoxify our body, especially if we have to spend some time in the city.

Chlorella

Chlorella has been the subject of quite a lot of medical research in the USA, Japan, USSR, Germany, France, England and Israel.  This green algae with medicinal qualities has been researched by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Institute, the Pasteur Institute and NASA. As a matter of fact, for the use of astronauts traveling into space, the researchers from NASA have investigated the fact that Chlorella is so complete that one could survive with it for long periods of time .

Chlorella has been shown to improve liver function, which speeds up the elimination of heavy metals, including cadmium and other toxins.(source) Mice that were fed chlorella showed much lower levels of blood mercury concentrations.(source) It also has the highest level of chlorophyll found in nature.  Chlorophyll can help carry oxygen around your blood and also increases red blood cell count.  Chlorella is also used to increase “good” bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion; and to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn's disease, and diverticulitis. Some people also use chlorella for the prevention of stress-related ulcers; treatment of constipation, bad breath, and hypertension; as an antioxidant; to reduce cholesterol; to increase energy; to detoxify the body; and as a source of magnesium to promote mental health, relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and reduce asthma attacks. It is also used for fibromyalgia.

Spirulina

Spirulina was a food source for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans until the 16th century; the harvest from Lake Texcoco and subsequent sale as cakes were described by one of Cortés' soldiers.  The Aztecs called it "tecuitlatl".

Spirulina was found in abundance at Lake Texcoco by French researchers in the 1960s, but no reference to its use was made by the Aztecs as a daily food source after the 16th century, probably due to the draining of the surrounding lakes for agricultural and urban development.  The first large-scale spirulina production plant, run by Sosa Texcoco, was established there in the early 1970s.

Spirulina has also been traditionally harvested in Chad. It is dried into cakes called dihé, which are used to make broths for meals, and also sold in markets. The spirulina is harvested from small lakes and ponds around Lake Chad.

Spirulina has also been shown, because of its antioxidant properties, to offer promising results in the treatment for liver fibrosis.  It is rich in iron, protein, and B12.  There has been a large controversy about whether or not the form of B12 contained in spirulina.  The American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada in their position paper on vegetarian diets state that spirulina cannot be counted on as a reliable source of active vitamin B12. (source) In 1974, the World Health Organization described spirulina as "an interesting food for multiple reasons, rich in iron and protein, and is able to be administered to children without any risk," considering it "a very suitable food."  The United Nations established the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition in 2003. 

 

Dave Asprey's Quarterly Package

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Here is what came in my box from Dave Asprey's current shipment from Quarterly. Check out Dave and his products here http://bit.ly/1lY1jzb

Defender Pad

This pad is for your laptop or tablet.  It protects your lap from the heat, and electromagnetic signals coming from your device.  It also protects you from the harmful radiation emitted from the device.  This baby retails for the price of the whole box!  Plus it has the BULLETPROOF® logo.

Unfair Advantage

This is a great supplement that I have been using regularly for quite a while now. It includes Active PQQ which increses mitochondria and supports cognitive function.  It also includes COQ-10 which promotes energy and heart function.  My box came with 4 ampules of it.

60Beat Blue Heart rate monitor

This heart rate monitor seems to work well, and the app that goes along with it records how intense your workout is by giving you the percentages of time that you are in different levels of elevated heart rate.  It also seems to work good with other fitness and HRV apps.

Earplanes ear plugs

These earplugs relieves the air pressure discomfort from flying to traveling at altitude.  They also reduce loud noises like normal ear plugs.

Full Size Bottle of Upgraded Coconut Charcoal

This is another supplement that I have been using for a while

2 oz HDPE Travel Bottle

This will be what I use to carry my Brain Octane Oil with me on my trip to the Bulletproof Training and Bulletproof Biohacking Conference.

Included coupons

15% off an order from Defendershield

50% off a custom necklace or bracelet from MyIntent.org

$100 off a Mineral Power Hair Mineral Analysis

25% off a MoveNat Trainer Certification and 20% off a MoveNat Natural Movement Clinic

Summary

This box is definitely worth the $100 price of the subscription.  One item alone was worth that. Definitely a great box with things that I will use all the time!  Can't wait for the next one!

 

 

 

 

To Climb Mt. Everest

Ever since I was maybe 14 or 15, I've had this dream of climbing to the top of the world.  When I was in high school, I read a book called Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.  Ever since then, that dream has taken the back burner due to starting a family and working every waking hour.  Now, with me pursuing my passions in health and biohacking, that goal has started to grow again.  I'm putting it out here so that I can be reminded of it and continue to work towards the day that I can actually attempt this climb!  There's much to do, and much to learn to accomplish this, so I better get to it!  If anyone has any tips or pointers on places I should climb in the US first, or anything else related to mountain climbing, I'd love to hear them.

A couple great quotes

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients.  Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.     ---Herbert Simon, recipient of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics and the A.M. Turing Award, the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science"

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant. ---  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)