Good morning all! Great weekend so far. This Friday was another 24 hr fast for me. My second Friday in a row fasting. I consume a large meal before work. Usually 4 egg and cheese omelet with bacon and sour creme. I added large portion of steamed broccoli and butter. On commute to work drank a Bulletproof coffee. So all in all I finished my food at 7 am. During day had one green tea and black coffee. Both plain no sugar or milk added. The tea and coffee make fast a bit easier. I think the caffeine gives me energy boost. During fast I feel great with very minor energy dip. On Saturday 7am when breaking fast usually do it with Bulletproof coffee. Later in day felt like I consumed so much food. I once heard Art De Vany say on a podcast to under eat a day then follow with a over eating day. This is suppose to stimulate growth hormone production.
I just got more ketone testing sticks. During week I made a paleo friendly cheesecake. The recipe had very little carbs, but still afraid it might bump me out of ketosis. I have also started green plantains to diet. Sometime I eat them raw for resistant starch. I also add them to a flourless pancake recipe. I take the batter and cook it on a waffle iron. Another great recipe is Mofongo. Take plantains and fry then mash with garlic butter and chopped bacon. Tested ketones Friday morning prior to meal before fast. My reading was 4.9. That is my highest reading so far. Glucose came in at 93. For some reason I thought when ketones were high my glucose would be low? So far not the case. Saturday morning test ketones were 1.3 glucose 81. This confused me again. I figured 24 fast would bump my ketones high. Still good numbers, and in ketosis.
Past 2 weeks really enjoying headspace.com for guided meditation. I am currently up to take 15 part. Take 10 usually 10 min long. Take 15 is minutes and works on adding more things. I really tried to up the game. I meditated on lunch breaks in park. This feels great. I removed shoes and socks to touch grass to ground. I have heard a lot about grounding and hoped this would improve experience. I also have a grounding mat I sleep on. Headspace is great app for guided meditation. Real easy and really relaxes you. I know most people think meditation won't work for them. Just start and keep doing it. The changes to you will be not be big at first. Little by little you will enjoy the process. It has taught me to react to situations differently. I am more level headed and relaxed. Today so many people are so angry and anxious. Especially in NYC where I currently live.I will finish take 15, and move to the other series. Definitely go forward meditation will be part of my life.
I recently added a gratitude app to my routine. I heard this recently on the James Swanick Alpha Male podcast. I have heard about giving gratitude for thing in your life many times before. I have tried it, but never really stuck to it. I am using an ios gratitude app($.99). So far I like it. Just prompt you several times a day to write what you are grateful for. Just one quick sentence. So many times we go through our day just thinking about what we don't have. Using the app you will see how many things you can be grateful for. They don't have to big. Just write anything.
I am taking the primalblueprint.com certification course. I am trying to get some certs under my belt. Wow this course is harder then I thought. I know most of what the course is teaching. The questions are thoughtful and tricky. Anyone into primal living and wanting to get more from it should try it out. I think I will be attending the Primal Blueprint Seminar Nov 1.
Two great Ted talks ted.com. First from Melissa Ramos sexyfoodtherapy.com and second from Kirk Parsley. Definitely check these out. Melissa talks about your poop, and how to see if your poop is healthy. Kirk Parsley talks sleep. Both great and entertaining.