I had just landed in North Carolina, It was my first term as a college athlete. A dream that had been a decade in the making,
I could not wait for it all to start.
The early morning workouts, the preparation for tournaments. We’re all challenges that were going to take a toll on the body and mind.
Knowing what I was in for. This was the first time, when I started to explore in anything that would compliment the process.
Ever since, I have enjoyed experimenting with the latest products that would upgrade my life.
Here are the things I love, and still use on a day to day basis. Most of which can all be purchased on Amazon.
Note: As defined,”a thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it.” A supplement is only there to compliment and support the process.
No GMOs, herbicides, pesticides, synthetic chemicals, artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. Ingredients seem to be a fantastic supplement. If you do not consume or include enough of the green stuff in your diet. Taste is quite hard to stomach, but I think this is the one where you just get it down you and tick it off the list.
The perfect supplement if you were traveling a lot, and always eating out. It is a pricey product, but I believe that is a good thing. You should never be looking to “cheap out” when it comes to putting anything in your body.
Bulletproof Brain Octane
- 18x more power than coconut oil.
- Fast energy for the brain.
- Immune support.
- Flavourless & odourless.
- Liquid at room temperature.
- The most valuable medium chain triglyceride.
Having tried MCT Oil, and coconut oil, my go to is actually the Bulletproof stuff by Mr Asprey. MCT oil which is 6x stronger than coconut oil, seems to be actually more of an intense rush upon consuming it. “Brain Octane” doesn’t have this, and energy levels are released over the course of the day.
Brane Octane, is rapidly metabolized into keytons providing a quick source of brain fuel from fats rather than a temporary high from sugars. How to make? Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof® Coffee Beans. (French Press is easiest.) Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane™ to the hot coffee (It’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days). Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee. Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like a foamy latte.
Made from premium, all-natural ingredients with no GMOs, no gluten, no artificial colors and no preservatives. Artichoke Extract, Forskolin, L-Phenylalanine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR), Vitamin B6.
This is my favourite and go to nootropic on the market. There is very few WTF questions when you dive into the ingredients of product, which caught my initial attention. I first heard of this through one of Dave Asprey’s (Bullet Proof Exec & Bullet Proof Coffee) podcast, of which he also approves.
I always struggled getting to sleep growing up, tossing and turning throughout the night. Sometimes it would take me into the early hours of the morning to finally catch a few hours before school started. These days is a another story, I can sleep virtually anywhere at any time. I do not know what changed. However, after much talk I wanted to know what the fuss was with L-Theanine.
One capsule, didn’t seem to do anything, but when upping the dosage to 2 and 3 capsules there was a definite state of relaxation produced. After trying it for about 2 weeks, I had some fantastic deep sleeps and some pretty epic lucid dreams. The next day however, I continually felt drowsiness and muggy effects. I would use this maybe before a meditation class or a isolation tank, but keep it to a minimum.
The Genie Head Massager
You would not believe me if I told you that I have used the “Genie Head Massager” every day for the last 5 years. I do not go anywhere without it. I use it ever morning and evening no exceptions and If I am around the house during the day, it never leaves my head. I find it completely unwinds me and releases any stress I have. It is my number one present I give away to people as well.
The Perfect Bar
My favourite new nutritional bars, and they are as good as they sound. Discovered these while traveling through San Diego, where the founders of the company are based. “The Perfect Bar?” Sounds too goo be true? Check out the ingredients;
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! These bars! As used by many athletes, including the likes of Tiger Woods. This is a nutritional snack to fuel energy levels over the course of a day. They are full of organic fruit and nutritional carbohydrates. They are high in sugar (22 grams) and calories (385), but they are high in quality. I would recommend consuming them over the course of a day. Fantastic snack for long endurance performance: golf, hiking, skiing, swimming, tennis.
- All Natural Ingredients
- 120 mg of Caffeine and 650 mg of polyphenol antioxidants per can
- Energy sourced from guayusa the “Super Leaf” from Ecuador and the Amazon Forest
- O Calories
- Fair Trade
- Natural energy from the Amazonian guayusa super-leaf
- Organic certified; Fair Trade certified; partnership with over 2,000 indigenous farming families
Not a fan of most energy drinks as they contain a ton of sweeteners and refined sugars. “Monster Energy” and “Red Bull” are filled with sucralose which the body has a hard time breaking down. Stay away from them at all measures. “Runa” is pretty awesome. Being all natural and all organic it really can back up their slogan of “clean energy.”Great option for a pre-workout drink. Check the back of ever product you put in your body. Labdoor.com is a fantastic place to double check what products you are putting inside you. Don’t let the marketing fool you!
- Burn more calories during workouts. “Negative Calorie Drink.”
- Increases metabolism.
- Provides clean lasting energy.
- Burns body fat.
- Enriched with vitamins.
Very strong energy release, may be a little too strong to drink the whole can even during a workout. Mix with a bottle of water for less intense experience.
Supports both short term “brain boost” needs as well as long-termhealthy cognitive function, reducing mild memory loss associated with normal aging.Effectively supports cognition, concentration, and memory.
Kings Country Jerky
I love jerky, however picking which one to buy is like picking which eggs to buy at the supermarket. Don’t over look any”marketing words” which you really do not want to be putting inside your body! Kings County Jerky is 100% grass fed beef, no artificial ingredients and is low in sodium levels, you can’t go wrong! Grass-fed beef comes at a price, it is not cheap. From a nutritional point of view, it doesn’t get much better.
- Made with Natural Ingredients, Hormone-Free
- No Artificial Colors, Sweeteners or Flavors
- Time-Released Four-Protein Blend
- Only 4g of Net Carbs Per Serving!
- Low-Carb Time-Released Protein Blend
Tried and tested many, yet the quality and taste is different league. Expensive for what you get, so bulk buying would be your best option. Do not subscribe to their news letter, they will unleash email to your account like a hail storm! Labdoor.com gives them a A- on the product rating. Don’t cheap out on what you put in your body from a supplement point of view. Pay the price for the best.
Blue Bottle Coffee
The Ritz-Carlton of coffee. It has that Apple design and feel. And it again is pretty amazing, and again is founded in San Francisco. “Order here and pick up here sign, something has gone wrong.” James Freeman, (founder). From the moment you walk in you get a sense that everything has been carefully thought out. New Orleans or the single origin are out of this world. They did a drink called AG- 33 which was maybe the best, I have ever tried but removed it from for some strange reason. Freeman was right, it is somewhat enjoyable to stand in a line and pay $6 for a coffee.
- Pharmaceutical Grade Cognitive and Neural Support Complex
- Increase Short Term Memory and Reaction Speed.
Used it over the course of 2 months for competitive golf. Good pre workout supplement. Note – do not take with caffeine.
- Unique coffee/espresso maker uses total immersion and gentle pressure to produce coffee with extraordinarily rich flavor
- Makes American style coffee or an espresso-style shot perfect for use in lattes or cappuccinos
- Because of the lower temperature and short brew time, the acid level of the brew is much lower than conventional brewers
- Micro-filtered coffee so pure and particle-free that it can be stored for days as a concentrate
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
Quite messy, can overfill the cup now and again causing a eruption of coffee now and again. But makes one great cup of coffee. Very simple and easy to use and perfect to take with you whilst travelling. For $25, you cant go wrong.
Cruz de Malta – Yerba Mate
- One of Argentina’s finest Yerba Mate
This is strong on the caffeine front and takes a little getting used to. Reasonably priced and probably the best quality you will find online for everyday use. As caffeine is quite strong, less is certainly more with this. It comes loose leaf so you would need mate (or a bowl) and a bombilla to drink from. Yerba Mate is a fantastic substitute as nootropic as well. I have also found my memory and the ability to retain information a lot better when drinking Yerba Mate
- Competitive thinking
- Creativity, writing, strategy, testing, memory, dreams
Did not like it. I know this a raved about product, and the likes of Joe Rogan can not go a day without it, but it did not do anything for me. In fact it just left me feeling shaky and made my arms tingle like Jacked 3d.
Maybe one of my favourites. Super quirky little coffee shops situated throughout San Francisco. All the staff are super friendly as well, and I mean everywhere! They have done a fantastic job of capturing of what Philz stands for through their employees. Famous for their light roasts. I recommend their “Greater Alarm” and if you want to get fancy ask them to blend it with a “Peru Light.” Oh and their Mint Mojito is naughty as well!
- Raw, Vegan, Gluten & Soy Free, Nut Free, Non-GMO
- Compostable Package
- Made in a Gluten Free Facility
- Made with 99% Organic Ingredients
- Crafted in Small Batches/Family Owned
Saw this when visiting Texas in a Whole Foods Flagship store. Which may be one of the most amazing places I have ever been in. After spending the 5 hours, eating and drinking myself to fuel me for the entire week. I came across this cool little product. The branding and packaging caught my eye, and the ingredients backed that up.
Bullet Proof Sleep Mat
- Acupressure Mat and Pillow increases energy levels and improves sleep
- Acupressure Mat and Pillow relieves stress, aches, pains and muscle tension, Natural Back & Neck Pain Relief, Increased Blood Circulation
- Swedish acupressure mat, Can help with back pain, tension, stiffness, stress, insomnia, fatigue and many other conditions.
- It helps to promote the release of the body’s own pain-relieving and happiness hormones – endorphins and oxytocin- which help to release tension, create relaxation and promote a sense well-being.
- The Mat and Pillow gently touches your body’s acupressure points and endorphins are released whereupon you experience a gently warming, soothing sensation in your body and mind.
Was very sceptical about this product, but it really is awesome. Usually place this under me when I get into bed, and then just end up drifting off. Sort of wake up in some sort of zen like state about an hour later and remove it, and then just drift back to sleep. It is recommend to where a tee shirt when you lie on it, but I just enjoyed it with nothing on! You can buy the same mat without the Bulletproof labelling, on for Amazon for about half the price.
Based in Oakland, just around the HQ of Blue Bottle. Lies a unit where you can find a company called Bicycle Coffee Co. Small batch coffee and super cool little roasters, great Ted video from the founder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1COwy_xiw_g
What do you love?
Favorite coffee? Protein? I would love to hear.