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Ben Greenfield's discoveries, from the latest news on the fronts of fitness, nutrition, health, wellness, biohacking and anti-aging research. I also recap my upcoming events and special announcements so you can keep up with giveaways, discounts, and more!
New Discoveries Of The Week: Cool New Things I'm Trying, Books I'm Reading, And More!
Cheesecake Recipe That Will Send Your Tastebuds To Heaven
I have never before in my life tried my hand at making cheesecake, but after interviewing superfood hunter Darin Olien, I decided to put my own spin on his famous “Baruka Nuts Cheesecake” recipe and – holy hell – this thing is absolutely mind-blowing, if I don’t say so myself. The blueberry powder gives you a huge punch of sirtuins, it’s pretty much got next to no carbohydrates in it, and despite the “cheesecake” moniker, no dairy. I am super proud to say that I am now an official cheesecake chef. (OK, OK, the boys from the Go Greenfields Show gave me a few tips along the way.)
- 1 1/2 cups of soaked, peeled barukas
- 1 1/2 cups of soaked cashews
- Squeeze of 2 organic lemons
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 cup of blueberry powder
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- Stevia or monkfruit to taste
- Sea salt to taste
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Stevia or monk fruit to taste
- Sea salt to taste
- 3 Tbsp cashew or other nut butter
- 1 tsp MCT oil
- 1tsp almond or coconut milk
- 1tsp organic blueberry powder
- Stevia or monk fruit to taste
- Goji berries and coconut flakes for “texture”
- Soak peeled barukas and cashews for at least an hour.
- Mix all crust ingredients in a mixing bowl and massage with your hands, until thoroughly mixed.
- In a pie mold place the crust mixture and using your hands mold it into the dish, pressing firmly on all edges. Once it’s nicely molded place in freezer for about 10 minutes until it hardens.
- In a high-speed blender, place all ingredients for the filling. Blend at low speed and increase it to high until it becomes a soft mixture. Taste it, and if you want more acidity, you can add more lemon.
- Place the filling mixture on top of your hardened crust and spread it evenly with a spatula. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.
- Mix all topping ingredients together in a bowl, distribute evenly on top of filling, then place in refrigerator.
- Once the filling is hardened with the consistency of cheesecake, and it’s nice and cold, then it’s ready to devour!
Ready to try it? You can get your Barukas here (supply is extremely limited!), and use code BEN to save 15%.
How To Kick Stress’s Ass & Increase HRV Instantly With A New Biofeedback Tool
Recently my podcast sidekick Dr. Jay T. Wiles recorded an amazing HRV episode in which he described something called “Lief,” which is a realtime biofeedback device that measures your heart and breath to track your stress levels in real-time, using HRV. Jay and I geeked out on this thing again in the intro to Q&A podcast 408.
Basically, Lief teaches you how, when you're under stress, to learn to control your body's natural stress response through simple biofeedback exercises. You just practice when you need it by following the vibrations the device emits, via a highly accurate ECG monitoring system on your chest (like a heart rate strap, kinda). Some of the features of Lief include:
- Stress Zones – Body analysis simplified into 5 distinct stress zones, updating in realtime.
- HRV and Breath Monitoring – Continuous ECG monitoring with medical-grade accuracy.
- Lifestyle Trends – Notice larger trends over time related to stress, activity, sleep, and more.
- Personalized Program – Learn self-regulation techniques to improve your relationship with stress.
- Haptic Engine – The Lief uses discreet vibrations on the body for biofeedback. No screens needed.
- Support – Connect with your coach or doctor to support your journey into improved self-regulation.
Anyways, I’ve been messing around with it, and so far really like it as a way to “outsource” the identification of when you’re under stress, then take immediate steps to fix it.
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This Week's Most Popular Instagram Post:
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Goal time. I’ve decided to start training for Russian Kettlebell Certification II. With some help from my friend @coachjoedi I’m easing into a half hour per day 4 days/week workouts …With exercises such as the windmill, the bent press, jerks, cleans, snatches and metabolic conditioning work on the bike. On these training days, and every day of the week, really, I’ll continue with long walks in the sunshine and sauna/breathwork/cold. On the in between days, I will likely continue to do my quick full body bodyweight blood flow restriction band workouts, tennis with the family and the occasional bike ride. Exercising and learning new moves and challenging myself to something like a kettlebell keeps me motivated to stay strong every day and is one of my top ways to relieve stress as well. Click the link in my bio to check out the latest edition of the BGF Weekly Roundup where I highlighted my recent kettlebell certification from @dragondoorpublications, previous podcasts with my kettlebell coach @coachjoedi as well as other helpful tips and workouts! Now it’s you turn! Post your weekly workout and any night goals you are setting below!
This Week's Most Popular Tweet:
I was WRONG. After thoroughly reviewing these two papers – https://t.co/Ftvly0TCne and https://t.co/lrUFT0SJF2 I am no longer convinced exercise – even heavy exercise – is immunosuppressive UNLESS in a very carb depleted state. So proceed with the indoor treadmill marathons. ;)
— Ben Greenfield (@bengreenfield) April 18, 2020
My Most Popular Facebook Post This Week:
Every morning I come out of this cold pool, which I maintain at about 45°, and jump in to swim back-and-forth underneath the water for about 3 to 5 minutes. I put this right up there with a cup of coffee in terms of the mental clarity and energy that I derive from it. I often jump in at some point before dinner as well to up regulate glucose transporters and to also lower my body core temperature so I sleep better. As I discuss over at BenGreenfieldFitness.com/409 and also /410 it’s great for the immune system and stress control too. What’s your favorite way to get cold these days?
Posted by Ben Greenfield Fitness on Sunday, April 19, 2020
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