Everyday Alchemy

philosophers-stone-as-an-alchemy-symbol-alchemical-symbols-and-their-meaningsThis is the Alchemy symbol for transmutation.  It means the action of changing.  Inviting the spirit of the warrior into your life can result in the transmutation of mind, body, and spirit.

A few months ago I was watching an online video by Lisa Nichols, motivational speaker and teacher who was featured in The Secret.  In this particular session, she was speaking at an event called A-Fest, hosted by Mindvalley, https://www.mindvalley.com/.

A-Fest (or Awesomeness Fest) is the brainchild of founder and CEO, Vishen Lakhiani.  It is an annual event, held in a different part of the world each year, at a 5-star location. These events gather a community of like-minded folks who come together to learn from the world’s best teachers, for the purpose of making a healing, lasting impact in the world.

A-Fest is accessible by invitation only.  

Intrigued, I did further research on Mindvalley.  WOW!  What a superb website and array of products they offer!  I am super impressed with Vishen’s extraordinary vision for his company (to impact a BILLION people!), his humility, and, most of all, his drive to bring the planet’s most influential thought leaders together to engage the world in mind transmutation.

As part of Mindvalley’s Conscious Engineering program, I watched an interview with health guru, Dave Asprey.  Dave is the author of 16 books.  I was impressed with his explanation of what he calls “Bulletproof Coffee.”  He describes it on his site as, “the most satisfying, energizing cup of coffee you’ve ever had. ”

The “official” version of this coffee consists of his brand of coffee; Brain Octane Oil, and grass-fed Ghee.  You mix it in the blender – it turns into “the creamiest, most delicious cup of coffee you’ve ever had.”

In the interview, Dave went on to describe how it fits into a ketogenic diet.  I do not wish to follow this style of diet and have opted for a more Mediterranean-style approach, but his chat with Vishen was very interesting…

Dave also advocates for intermittent fasting, as well as physical training on an empty stomach (bulletproof coffee only).

This fall I began to realize that I naturally use a form of calorie restriction called intermittent fasting on a daily basis.  My mornings generally consist of waking at 6-630 am and spending the early part of the morning (6-9), reading and researching topics I find of interest, and writing.  This fall I was finishing the Editor’s draft for my next book, An Elegant Mind’s Handbook: Expanded Version.  We head to the gym to resistance train three days a week.

Most evenings I am finished eating by 6pm, but before this fall I would eat immediately upon waking.  I felt hungry.  Breakfast was what got me out of bed in the morning.  It generally consisted of black coffee, or black tea, and some form of carbs, like oatmeal or a bowl of breakfast cereal.  It seemed to work well enough.

However, when I decided to incorporate my version of bulletproof coffee into my routine (using organic coffee and a mixture of Ghee & MCT Oil that I bought at my health food store, https://www.stfrancisherbfarm.com/products/ghee-mct-oil), I discovered something remarkable.  I wasn’t hungry.  I had no urge to eat breakfast.

Additionally, up until that point, I would never have considered working out on an empty stomach, as I didn’t like feeling “growly.”  I had it in my head that only the 6-small meals per day method could energize my day and sustain me through my workout.

What I am finding is really cool – not only am I not hungry, but I also have more energy. I feel stronger, sharper mentally, and have upped my resistance-training weight significantly!

We generally have a whey protein shake after our workout, and then eat lunch when we get home from the gym (around noon).  I am delighted to report that not only am I not “famished” when I am prepping lunch, but I find I am also satisfied with less food!

My intermittent fasting, bulletproof coffee, working out on an empty stomach routine has evolved in conjunction with a bit of a dietary overhaul.  I was eating too much bread and pasta, and drinking too much fruit juice.

I have always eaten reasonably clean and followed the advice of The Eat-Clean Lady, Tosca Reno, but in the past few years I had begun sitting at my computer writing more and move, and gradually had slipped back into the habit of eating a lot of bread and pasta.

I have tightened up my diet, bought a new cookbook, Clean Eating For Every Season, by Clean Eating magazine’s Alicia Tyler, https://www.cleaneatingmag.com/, and began to eat clean again!

As I understand it eating clean has many elements that are very similar to the Mediterranean diet.  It advocates fresh, organic food, prepared simply.  I have incorporated more of the good oils into my diet – extra virgin organic olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil.

The look of my dinner plate has also changed, as I am once again watching my pasta, rice, and potato portion sizes and eating a lot more vegetables, salads, soups, stews, and miso.  I enjoy fish, chicken, venison, and pork, eat beef on occasion.  I rarely consume any processed meats (including vegan products).

And the changes have been easy!!  No BS!

I am experiencing what I can only describe as everyday alchemy – a transmutation process that has offered me a kick-in-the-butt energy surge while melting the “soft” off my midsection!

If you feel so inclined, check out the sites I have included here and let me know what you think.  Perhaps you may want to give bulletproof coffee a try yourself!

Remember, this works for healthy individuals of healthy body weight.  I recommend checking with your doctor before beginning any new dietary or exercise regimen. 

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Published by Paula D. Tozer

I am a writer, poet and singer/songwriter. I am a Toastmaster, motivational speaker, personal creativity coach, and workshop leader. My most sincere wish is to share my words with others, and that we both benefit from the exchange.

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