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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!
Study I’m Pondering: 8 Things That Make You Happy
I recently finished Randy Alcorn’s mindblowing book Heaven: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything the Bible Says About Our Eternal Home (Clear Answers to 44 Real Questions About the Afterlife, Angels, Resurrection, and the Kingdom of God)—and in the process, learned about Randy’s other popular book Happiness. Both books are excellent, but the latter turned me on to this 2006 Duke University Study On Happiness. The study, which focused on life factors that contribute to “peace of mind” identified eight factors that contribute greatly to emotional and mental stability. I found the results quite thought-provoking.
In no particular order of importance, the eight factors are:
- The absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness.
- Not living in the past. An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression.
- Not wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. Cooperate with life, instead of trying to run away from it.
- Force yourself to stay involved with the living world. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress.
- Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal. Accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune.
- Cultivate the old-fashioned virtues—love, humor, compassion, and loyalty.
- Do not expect too much of yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation and your ability to meet the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable.
- Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. Self-centered egotistical people score lowest on any test for measuring happiness.
What do you think? Would you add anything? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below, and keep this helpful infographic on hand or print it as a wall poster if you want to keep these happiness factors top of mind.
My Newest Nutrition-On-The-Go Infatuation: “Keto Bricks”
After pondering what kind of fuel (besides eating grilled meat back at camp after long days of hunting) I wanted to use to support my body for a recent week-long New Mexico elk hunt with tons of aerobic walking, hiking, and carrying, I decided to try an experiment. After hearing from several folks in the keto sector (most notably my friend Dominic D’ Agostino) about these newfangled nutrition bars called “Keto Bricks,” I decided I’d take the plunge and actually try to sustain myself purely on Keto Bricks and meat for my hunt.
I was blown away by the totally stable energy levels and satiating nature of this approach, along with really good gut stability. So what are Keto Bricks? Essentially, they are a high-calorie meal replacement “brick” (think of an energy bar you know of, then quadruple the size). They are 1,000 calories each, so obviously created for adventures and hefty activity days for which you want tons of calories but barely any carbohydrates (roughly 90g Fat, 30g Protein, and 14g TOTAL, not net, Carbs!.
The ingredient profile is impressive. Here are the ingredients of what I found to be my favorite flavor (Mocha):
Raw organic cacao butter, plant-based protein powder (pea protein isolate, organic brown rice protein concentrate, natural chocolate mocha flavor, cocoa, stevia leaf extract, gum blend (konjac gum, guar gum, and tara gum), organic sacha inchi, sea salt, monk fruit extract, and digest-all (a vegan enzyme blend)), MCT powder (MCT oil, acacia fiber), organic golden flaxseed meal, raw organic fermented cacao nibs, ground coffee beans, ancient sea salt.
Every other flavor was actually really, really tasty. Like…addictively flavorful—despite no allulose, erythritol, or any other potentially gut-bloating sweetener. Here are all the other flavors (Peanut Butter is also amazing, btw): Chocolate Malt, Coconut Cream, Cookies & Cream Crunch, Peanut Butter, and Toasted Almond Coconut.
Each brick is shelf-stable at room temperature. In fact, they are shelf-stable *above* room temperature, which is great for long hot hiking days. If you are an active person who needs massive amounts of keto calories for mountaineering, hiking, hunting, etc. I cannot recommend these highly enough. Obviously, I’m pretty stoked about this new discovery. You can get them here, and when you use code BEN you'll be automatically entered to win a free month of Keto Bricks.
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How does a so-called “biohacker” use a unique approach to gain or maintain muscle? Over the last few months of quarantine, I've been getting inundated with questions about how to build muscle…including how I've been eating, supplements I'm currently taking, my workout program, and more! So I figured I'd put together a few posts this week that will give you the basics of my entire protocol. Stay tuned for much more to come this week! But before I move forward, what are your biggest (ha!) muscle-building questions? Leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section below and they may even get their own post!
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My Most Popular Facebook Post This Week:
Honey bee venom to fight cancer…this just *sounds* sexy (and is a great example of nature’s intelligence): https://ajc.com/life/study-bee-venom-kills-aggressive-breast-cancer-cells/NEYJV7TBWRGWLOHU45ZSL3U3NA/
Leave your comments and any news or discoveries that you think I missed below!