Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Kristen Suzanne in antioxidants
, Bulletproof Coffee
, gluten free
, grass fed butter
, MCT oil
, pastured eggs
, raw eggs
XOCO Bulletproof Mocha
Some health experts talk about the importance of balancing energies in the foods and drinks we consume to receive an optimal experience – not too jittery but not falling asleep either.
Well, I’ve taken that advice and present an energy balanced mocha, Bulletproof Style (of course).
Yeah, it’s awesome.
You see, coffee (caffeine) has a stimulating energy. It could be beneficial to balance that energy by adding an herb or component that is calming, such as the medicinal mushroom reishi. For that, I jumped to Four Sigma Foods (quality) reishi in the form of their XOCO product which also has chocolate in it (they’re called chocolate shots).
Ergo, I ended up with a mocha. Cool.
In fact, those smarty-pants guys over at Four Sigma Foods even make a mushroom coffee! It’s a genius little packet of instant medicinal mushroom (lions mane + chaga or cordyceps + chaga) plus coffee – all in one. Just add water, stir and drink. (I love those – oh hey, I’ve made it Bulletproof style here.)
I’ve written about why (and how) I use Four Sigma Foods products in a detailed post here. You should read it.
I have a whole counter dedicated to my coffee and teas. (Read this post to see how my whole kitchen is organized.)
Ahhhh coffee (and tea) station.
Recipe: XOCO Bulletproof Mocha
Blend everything until smooth and frothy. (I blend in a couple of raw, pasture-raised-happy egg yolks sometimes, too!)
Enjoy a day where you feel all zen and powerful at the same time.
Today’s Best Tea Ever. Immunity Boosting Goodness.
I was inspired to make this tea last night after listening to a number of Longevity Warehouse videos featuring David Wolfe and other unique health experts.
I combined (what I think are) two great energies: astragalus root (for qi’s movement energy and healthy lungs) and Chaga (for jing’s primordial energy) along with fresh ginger and a 1/4 teaspoon of raw shilajit powder (a potent mineral supplement that I don’t use daily). (I talked about Qi and Jing in the last post.)
I made this using a delightful spring water, Castle Rock Water. I’ve been getting into spring waters lately to see if I notice any improvement in health versus my filtered tap water to which I’m so accustomed. In fact, this morning I made my Bulletproof Mocha using an alkaline water – I’ll report on another day about my spring water experiment. Oh, we drink mineral fizzy water at times, too.
I was blown away at the perfect-ness of my tea. It was just what my body desired yesterday. The concoction was rich, powerful and grounding. I felt a primal energy overcoming me (placebo? who cares?). It was awesome.
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Qi and Jing Elixir #TCM
If you’ve ever heard of David Wolfe, then you know his latest passion is talking about the importance of eating colorful foods and, more specifically, what those different colors (and those colors’ shapes!) can mean for your health.
For example, I recently heard an interview where he discussed how eating orange foods can offer anti-inflammatory compounds, consuming green foods can offer detoxing and liver benefits, red foods are prized for energy, blood, and qi (pronounced chee) health, and black foods are associated with adrenal/kidney health and jing.
I dig it.
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Pomegranate Black Raspberry Gummy Cubes. #Fun
I’m fascinated with making gummies, using my own healthy ingredients, because they’re an excellent (and fun!) vehicle for getting extra nutrition in my daughter’s body (and, really, the whole family).
Now that there is a reputable source that I trust for collagen/gelatin, I make them regularly.
Let’s talk about that source a bit…
You all know I’m a fan of Dave Asprey’s Upgraded products – I use most of them regularly in my life. Bulletproof Coffee, anyone?
He recently came out with a collagen that has gelatin in it for making gummies and other delicious foods like chocolate pudding. I’m a fan.
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Moldy: a documentary everyone should see.
Wow, I just watched the new documentary MOLDY from Bulletproof Founder, Dave Asprey… and, it freaked me out a bit.
MOLDY brings together the country’s top medical experts and mold survivors to pull back the curtain on a silent epidemic affecting 45 million households in the U.S. alone.
Toxic mold causes devastating illness as it hides in plain sight inside our food supply and nearly one out of every three buildings.
This gripping and insightful documentary will teach you how to recognize the conditions necessary for mold to thrive, and how to navigate the murky waters of recovery of both home and health.
I have always known that mold could be an issue for my family because my mom is allergic to penicillin. That said, I didn’t think much beyond the drug as to possible problems with mold.
After watching the documentary, MOLDY, I’m thinking again. People can be really sick from all kinds of mold, not just the kind in penicillin (or peanuts, for that matter).
Specifically, I’m thinking of the intense (and too frequent for my liking) sinus headaches I get, and the rain that gets in my bedroom balcony door, wetting the carpet! For years! Could there be a connection?
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Kamea and I having fun.
I’m thinking about the strain we parents put on ourselves when we prioritize our children’s well-being so much that we neglect ourselves.
We forsake our own health.
That doesn’t feel right to me. Isn’t that the wrong way to live?
I’m reminded of how airplane flights start with the following, “Put your mask on first so that you can better assist others.” Those seem like smart words by which to live.
However, the idea of putting children first is natural to many of us. But here’s the thing… if we neglect ourselves we can set ourselves up for illness in the future, when our kids are adults.
We harm our own health now because we “don’t have time” to care for ourselves properly, only to turn around and put the awful stress and strain on our children when they are adults and need to take care of us.
I know friends who are caring for their unwell elderly parents. It’s hard on my friends. Very hard.
It makes me wonder… if those ill parents had better managed their health (I know some didn’t know any better, but we do!), then would they be experiencing old age with more strength, and not depending on their kids to take care of them so much? Would they be less of a stress on my friends who care for them? I think so.
This inspires me to care for myself and make it a priority. I take time to eat well, get quality rest, meditate, and exercise. It means making adjustments to my schedule so I get the needed “me time.” This will create a healthier future-me so I don’t put that stress on Kamea to care for me (when she’s an adult and I’m an old lady). I plan to live over 100 years after all. That said, when I reach 110, all bets are off.
Plus, and this is a big plus… kids learn by example. How can I expect my daughter prioritize her own health and well being, if I’m not doing it myself?
Friday, February 20th, 2015
My yoga mat… ready to help me get flexible. Ommm.
Unexpectedly, yoga has given me confidence… in the way I move.
Some backstory: As I have gotten a little bit older, I have become more protective in the way I move. I frequently make sure that my posture is proper and I make sure that I’m not mindlessly bending in positions that could cause an injury. You know how it is… digging toys out from under couches or constantly picking stuff up off the floor.
A couple times I have bent over to pick up a doll and I tweaked my back. The tweak made life miserable for days. I now squat when picking up things, but there are many times I find myself in weird positions cleaning or carrying things or digging around cupboards. Or this(!)… I find that when I am getting my daughter out of her car seat (or strapping her into it) and tightening that belt while I’m in an awkward twist, I can’t help but think I’m perfectly primed for a tweak.
I lived life in such a way that I was a little guarded in my movements. I figured it came with the territory of getting older.
But something unexpected happened…
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Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Pumpkin Chili with Four Sigma Foods Instant Medicinal Mushrooms added
I’m drawn to things that have been used by people for hundreds of years, and thousands in some instances. I mean, if people have been using something since time immemorial, then there must be something to it.
Enter: Medicinal Mushrooms
Medicinal mushrooms and tonic herbs, most notably from Asia, are reputed to have healing benefits of all kinds and have been used for thousands of years for healing… some of the more common ones being ginseng, reishi, and perhaps chaga. There’s good reason, too. They can work.
I first became interested in them a few years ago. I immersed myself, as I’m well known to do, and I started buying and trying all sorts of them… too many to count and name. At the time I was interested in energy, fertility, longevity, happiness, relaxation, and immune health. Within each of those categories there were many options and I couldn’t help myself. I felt like a kid in a candy store (or a health food nut in a new health food store).
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Cayenne Tinctures: Christopher’s and HerbPharm
I have been using cayenne tincture quite a bit this year. I find it more interesting than just ground cayenne pepper, especially when adding it to water since the tincture effortlessly goes right in the water without needing any stirring.
The sh*t is hot! I can’t help but dance like I have a few ants in my pants after I have some. Yowza.
I’m not quite sure how I came upon cayenne tinctures but I suppose it was on Amazon. I was probably looking for something related and Amazon beckoned me with “Hey, maybe you’ll like this, too.” I must admit, this has been a way for me to find some really interesting things I didn’t even know I needed. Trusty ol’ Amazon looking out for my best interests.
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Chicken livers and veggies.
… You are eating chicken liver and you can’t decide whether you have bitten the inside of your mouth and you are tasting blood from it, or is it the chicken livers that is giving you that taste? Well, they don’t say it’s a good source of iron for nothing, eh? Chicken livers fall into that category of I must want to live a long life… cuz I’m eating chicken livers.