As I age I realize I have three main bones in my body, a funny-bone, a wish bone and a back bone.
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Why Your Health Needs A Blender
This morning started out as any other morning would. Two tablespoons of MCT Oil, 1 teaspoon of Bulletproof Exec’s Brain Octane Fuel, 1/2 teaspoon of raw organic vanilla powder, dump in the hot coffee brewed from my Bialetti and blend for 1 min. Yes, blend your coffee. Some bio-hackers and paleo ninja friends of mine suggest blending this mixture with a tablespoon or two of raw unsalted butter, and I personally have tried that, but for me the fat in the MCT oil is plenty to balance the acidity of the coffee. For those looking to optimize their health, but go back and forth deciding whether or not to give up coffee, here is what I have discovered, so long as the acidity is balanced with fat, the coffee can be absorbed by the body in a keto state. The Keto diet is actually the diet that everyone strives for. The diet that embodies true balance and harmony of foods. For me this makes sense, if I put in my mouth things that are in harmony, then digestion ally, and nutrient wise, I should not be inflaming the body at all. This is not always the case. Much like a relationship with another person, things can course along, and then all of a sudden an inflammatory state can arise from one innocent transaction.
Inflammation is at the core of weight gain, emotional imbalance and joint pain. If the body is in a constant state of repair, it is difficult to ask it to then perform tasks at work, as a parent, spouse, significant other, you name it.
One side effect of inflammation is phlegm. Any time you eat something and immediately feel like you are coughing up a mucus type substance, or you feel something gathering in your throat, this is a sign you might have consumed something that is inflammatory.
There is so much information out there, Paleo, Keto, Vegan, plant-based, juicing. All I can say is stop a moment, slow down and listen to your body. I purchased recently something that was hailed as a miracle drug, coconut oil. Everyone told me, consume this and you will see immediate results. Well folks, I saw nothing but red skin, weight gain, agitation and men, excuse the TMI moment here, but a really lady month…you catch my drift.
For me, fats can be a bit heavy. With leaky gut at the center of many of my issues and many of the issues in each of us, high fat foods might be too difficult for the body to absorb. So before you launch into that Paleo diet, take a moment to look at your digestion, is it ready to handle a piece of meat several times a week. My guess is NO, IT IS NOT.
This is why your blender becomes your best friend. Not only did it help me literally absorb foods easier, giving my stomach acids and GI a rest, it also allowed me to get more comfortable cooking and preparing foods. I am not a fan of overly cold foods, I think that most foods and drinks should be at room temp. It is the chinese medicine fanatic in me that demands that.
But your blender becomes your dearest of friends as you make the choice to build a new system for yourself. I blend my coffee, and a breakfast smoothie consisting of MSM, Collagen, Blueberries, Dates and some romaine lettuce, because its watery and soothing. Collagen is easily absorbed in the body and yes, like the stuff they shoot into your face, it builds your skin and joints.
But for now, and to keep this post short, start your morning ritual, thinking about balance. If it is a caffeinated or acidic start, look into balancing the compounds with fat, to help absorption. And remember, it is all about managing the inflammation. Do not take everything as gospel. There is lots of information out there and some of it is worth it to try. I have spent tens of thousands and still do, to understand what healthy is for me, to share and dispense to others. But this is a journey, what works this week, might literally change the following day…it is that powerful. So take your time, and start your morning with a blender. We will get into some other fun and nourishing recipes later on.
Paleo Coffee Recipes
In addition to the various different recipes and tactics I have taken to get healthy, one habit I can obviously never stop indulging in, is the ritual of a delicious cup of coffee. In my efforts to balance the acidity of coffee, acidity that is often compared to the foods we love such as chocolate and red wine; I have discovered that fat, is by far and large the best way to balance out the…
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The Thief of Joy
Well I stepped away for a while, to go on vacation, and spend some time away from the computer, tablet and mobile screens that govern most of my time and life. I might be the only one, but in a sense, this gave me a lot of anxiety. I found myself feeling irritable, anxious and nervous about traveling. 10 days away from work, family, friends, my new blogs and ventures, was causing me a busy brain, with all sorts of creative and elaborate stories on what could go wrong, when and how. Anything from, “Did I remember to unplug the microwave, or turn off the stove.” To, “I hope I turned in that report to my boss before I left.” When I landed, and I chose to go to Hawaii, Kona specifically, and the plane doors opened, I was expecting, well a sort of paradise. Now, I am not sure if any of you have been to Kona, but it is a different kind of paradise. When you first get off the plane, the place is, well, ugly. It’s in your face, with large piles of lava rock, that set for a foreboding energy. I am sensitive to energies, other peoples, places, I believe everything vibrates. I could go on about the landscape, the volcanoes that I toured and how the natives believe and attribute their great power to the Goddess Pele. More on her in a bit, because man, she moved me in a big big way.
But since most of you are reading this on a tablet, and or phone, and for the sake of attention spans, which if you made it this far, kudos to you. In short, the message I wanted to get across to everyone is this one:
Every time you push back, you insert your ego, your emotion, you give in to that little voice in your head that insists on being heard and buffaloing through the situation; these kinds of thoughts, emotions and actions can actually ruin what the true destination is supposed to be.
Every time I thought I could outsmart, I thought I was entitled, I wanted to control, direct, dictate what I thought the scenario should be-the universe stepped in to shut me down. I received a speeding ticket, I wasted an entire day searching for ways to leave Kona and go to another island, citing reasons why Kona was the worst, I almost incurred more money and almost risked incurring a debt to see if I could move islands. I annoyed people in my path, gave myself a headache, gravitated to unhealthy foods, and broke out.
Then I arrived at a beach, frazzled, frenetic and cranky. Frustrated that things did not look, taste, smell as I thought they should. When I realized that things are exactly as they should be. That the scenery was perfect, orchestrated by the biggest power of all, nature. That my feelings were even perfect, because it meant I needed to completely blow (ironically picking Kona, the Volcanic eruption of an Island) in order to make space for the peace that comes, when I go with the flow.
I realized that the thief of joy comes when we, when I try to orchestrate and force what my plan is on the rest of the universe. And that ultimately, I became more powerful and had an incredible restful vacation, when I began to accept reality and make peace with the challenges.
I am not perfect. Not everyday do the teachings of Buddha and Pema Chodron insert themselves immediately when I am feeling sad, angry or like I have not been heard.
But the biggest and best, the most freeing realization was claiming my power back. There is power in going with the flow. Remember, the thief of joy is when we justify our need to control. I am a work in progress, admittedly, a control freak here. But 10 days of no control, taught me, true abundance comes, when I table this control tooth, and nourish it with releasing the tension. As the Hawaiins say, you really do need to hang loose.
Sometimes the universe knows and just says hello. My coffee tooth is now satisfied #food #coffee #Kona #itsasign #coffeeaddic (at Kona Haven Coffee)