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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!
What I'll Be Wearing When—Well, If—I Get Vaccinated Against COVID
I’m not opposed to the general idea of vaccines and think they’ve done us a great deal of good in the past, but I simply haven’t yet seen enough data on the current vaccine options to be 100% comfortable getting vaccinated.
If you listen to my recent podcast with Donnie Yance, or review my usual updates on COVID here, we discuss a few vaccine options currently under trial, including what I think is a most compelling one called Novavax, and if that particular vaccine is approved, it’s pretty likely that I’ll get it—not necessarily because I’m convinced it’s crucial for my immunity or for the protection of those around me, but rather because it will simply make some of the societal restrictions we’re currently bombarded with just a bit easier to navigate.
However, the last thing I’d want to do is send a message to our government and health authorities that I agree with the notion that—unless we have been proven to be stricken with some horrible malady that severely endangers those around us—I can be told what I should and should not be required to inject into my body. I would prefer the freedom of choice to make that decision for myself when the time comes, thank you very much.
And so, I present to you a t-shirt I recently designed…emblazoned with my feelings on the matter, namely: “I got it because I wanted to, not because you told me to.”
It’s just a bit of a head nod to the fact that if I do get vaccinated, it will be a matter of personal choice, and not “following orders.”
Yeah, I realize this post will likely generate many comments as it’s kinda a polarizing topic. So please be a nice person if you leave a comment. It just makes life more pleasant for everybody. ;) And you can go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/jabshirt to grab a shirt for yourself (or hoodie, or hat, or whatever—you can put my design on anything you want when you follow that link). So now you can have something waiting in the wings to wear should you decide to get vaccinated, or something to add to your fashion wardrobe if you’ve already been there and done that. :)
Thanksgiving Turkey “The Greenfield Way”
I'm often asked how I prep the Thanksgiving turkey. It slightly varies from year to year, but this year's big ol' US Wellness Meats 16-pounder went as follows:
- Brine for 24 hours in 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups salt, 1/2 cup peppercorns, 5 bay leaves, 5 garlic cloves, a cup of apple cider vinegar, 5 slices of oranges, and a red onion.
- Rinse, dry, rub down with Provence seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper, stuff as many slits in the skin as possible with massive amounts of butter, put more butter and spices on the inside, truss up the legs with twine, and throw on the Traeger grill to smoke in pecan pellets at 175° for 90 minutes.
- Jack temp up to 350° and cook an additional 3-4 hours until internal temp is 165°. Keep a roasting pan under it to catch the juices the whole time.
- Pull from grill, let rest 20 minutes, carve, salt, and drizzle a whole bunch of the juices on top.
- Eat/save room for pumpkin pie!
Oh and one amazing, mouthwatering final tip for you: right before the Thanksgiving meal starts, I put a crockpot out on the counter with a bunch of bone broth in it and toss all the turkey bones, the turkey carcass, and even a bit of potatoes, cranberry, spices, wine, green beans and whatever else happens to be lying around and let it simmer overnight to make absolutely wonderful, flavorful broth that lasts me for days after the feast, and is quite good when used to dip turkey sandwiches on sourdough in.
For even more of my favorite recipes, including several that go quite well with turkey, check out my new Boundless Cookbook. Bon appetit!
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Introducing My New Training Program!
This week, I announced I will be launching my new training program, Boundless, exclusively on the Ladder app. With my program, I will provide you with my own personal training plan every week, including 5 Tabata/bodyweight sessions, 1 active recovery session, and 1 day dedicated to “biohacking.”
This is the next best thing to training with me in person and at an incredible rate. In addition to programming, you’ll get access to a community of individuals who will also help hold you accountable.
So no more guessing. No more planning. No more excuses. Boundless will take care of all of that for you. We begin training together as a team on Monday, September 20th. To secure your spot, join my waitlist and you’ll get your first week of training FREE.
I Want To Know What You've Got Cooking
I'm so stoked about the positive feedback I've been getting about my new Boundless Cookbook. The cookbook was a labor of love, but I'm really proud of the end result (especially considering I'm definitely not a trained chef).
Now that the Boundless Cookbook is available on Amazon, I have a favor to ask…
If you have the cookbook and you love it, can you hop on over to Amazon and leave a review? Amazon reviews—as I bet you know—are super important. I want your honest feedback and I'll be reading them to hear what you think.
You can leave your review on Amazon right here (and if you don't have a cookbook yet, and you're an Amazon Prime member, you could have your copy at your doorstep as early as tomorrow).
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*The FDA hasn't evaluated these statements. Kion products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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