Category Archives: Reviews

The Whole30

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Our Crossfit gym recently ran a group Whole 30 Challenge and invited us to join. It was a way to get people motivated and excited about eating healthy in the setting of a supportive community.

They created a private Facebook group where members could pose questions, show off their latest Whole 30 approved culinary creations, or just whine about all the goodies that we missed while doing the challenge.

The BJJ Cavewife and I were both enthusiastic about participating. While we generally ate healthily, we had been getting more lax with our eating habits since the cross country move.… Read More

Kimera Koffee Review

 

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I first heard about Kimera Koffee in a sponsored ad on the Ben Greenfield podcast.  Ben espoused the benefits of having nootropics in coffee and how great he felt when he drank this.  He even took to sprinkling in additional boosts like chaga mushroom powder and various other things that created a super potion for him.

After hearing him talk about this enough times, my mind inexplicably went from, “you’re not going to catch me with your fancy marketing” to “hmmm maybe there’s something to this, why not give it a try?”

I swear I really must be a podcast marketers dream.… Read More

Breezing Metabolism Tracker Review

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This is a review of the handheld Breezing Metabolism Tracker.

After my recent series on the Biggest Loser 6 year followup study and my deep dive into the world of calculated resting metabolic rates (RMR), I started wondering about my own metabolism.

I had it measured before in 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic with a research grade metabolic cart.

The protocol was similar to the one used in the Biggest Loser Study: they placed me in a dark room, had me lie down, strapped a facemask on me, told me to relax, and instructed me to breath normally for 30 minutes without falling asleep.… Read More

Review of the Rhinomed Mute Nasal Dilator

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I’m going to let you all in on a secret: I’m a snorer.  It’s not something I’m proud of and it’s definitely something I wish I didn’t do, but it is what it is.  I snore.

The BJJ Cavewife has told me that I snored before and I always nodded politely… but since it wasn’t something I could really observe myself, I didn’t really believe her.

There were times when I was just about to fall asleep and she would push my shoulder telling me that I was snoring.  In my mind I was still awake and wasn’t making a peep, so I would just turn away politely if not a little grumpily, and go back to sleep… still not believing her.… Read More

VSL#3 Probiotic Review

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I wrote a little bit about why I incorporated VSL#3 Probiotic into my anti-cholesterol game plan, but I wanted to take the chance here to expand on why I like it so much.

I discovered this probiotic through a paper Gracie Liu Pharm D. shared with me titled, Effect of Probiotic (VSL#3) and Omega-3 on Lipid Profile, Insulin Sensitivity, Inflammatory Markers, and Gut Colonization in Overweight Adults: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, in which they concluded that supplementation with this specific probiotic lead to a whole host of benefits.… Read More

Cheaper Alternatives to Blood Ketone Testing

Blood Ketone Strips

I’ve had a couple readers reach out to me asking if there were any cheaper alternatives to blood ketone testing.  My most recent check on Amazon.com shows the Precision Xtra Blood Ketone strips going for a whopping $4-$5 per strip, although as you see from the picture above, some places exorbitantly charge up to $9.99 per strip!

This post is my attempt to go through some of the cheaper options that are available if you’ve decided that tracking ketones is important to your goals but you can’t afford the cost of these strips.… Read More

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