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Back to basics, Diet & Intermittent Fasting Part 2

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Grass fed beefburger and green salad

So Days 3, 4 & 5 of my back to basic diet have been slightly different. I reduced the time of my fast and had lunch around 1.00pm. Here’s what those 3 days have looked like

6.00am – Glass of water with added salt

6.10-6.40 Infrared sauna with mindfulness session

8.00am Bulletproof Coffee – Upgraded low toxin coffee beans, grass-fed butter, brain octane oil & 2 tablespoons of Upgraded Collagen protein

Morning – Water with Dr Flanagan’s Crystal Energy

11.00pm – Black Bulletproof coffee (single shot)

1.00pm – Small homemade burger with green salad/avocado salad with hot smoked salmon, olives & capers

Afternoon – Sparkling water, herbal tea

7.30pm – Salmon, pureed cauliflower with butter and avocado pieces, baked kale in brain octane oil, baked Brussel sprouts/ grass fed beef steak, sprouting broccoli, black kale. Day 5 slight change as at a BBQ and not much choice – had 1 burger and 1 pc of chicken along with 2 charcoal tablets (not sure of quality of meat)

SalmonRoasted Kale & Brussel sprouts with Brain Octane OilMy energy was a little low on day 3 so I supplemented with Unfair Advantage. Apart from that, my cravings have reduced and my appetite has also reduced. I’ve lost around 5lbs

 

Day 6, 7 & 8

Day 6 was a Saturday I followed the same routine as Days 3-5. BP coffee in the morning and no lunch. Dinner was leg of lamb with veg.

Day 7 – Sunday. BP coffee in the morning. Lunch at 2.00pm Salmon with green salad enjoyed outside in the garden with Sparkling water. The difference today was I did a 17mile road bike ride followed by 25mins infrared sauna and a clay face mask by Alitura.Alitura Clay Mask This is one of my absolute favourite clay masks. My skin just feels silky smooth afterwards. For dinner we had roast chicken with veg and gravy made from home made stock. I had a bit of a dicky tummy so took some further charcoal, I think it was the BBQ 2 days earlier.

Day 8 Monday (Bank Holiday 30/05/16)

My weight this morning was 6lbs lighter than same time last Monday. A good start. More importantly my energy levels were steady. My sleep tracker reported a good sleep the night before. I started the day with a Bulletproof Coffee with an added scoop of Upgraded Collagen. Then walked the dog for 50 mins in the woods. I then switched things up a bit and had a 2 egg omelette with a side of bacon. Then did a 12 mile mountain bike ride 6 miles up hill to Loch Ordie and then a bone shaking 6 miles back. Dinner was Chicken curry made with left over roast chicken, spices, spinach, home made chicken stock, Coconut milk. For my kids I added some white rice. As a little treat I had 1 small square of raw chocolate.

Conclusion

This last week I really wanted to make sure I focused on all the basic areas. Diet – I’ve kept this simple, eating good quality ingredients, no processed food, healthy fats and lots of water & I avoided all alcohol during the last 8 days. Light – I’ve made sure I’ve stuck to using the infrared sauna and got out of my office and into nature. Exercise – I kept this light to start with and then introduced some walking and cycling finishing off with some good cardio on my mountain bike riding up some good inclines. Spirit – My goal here was to reduce my stress levels. The mindfulness practice really centres me and gives some great insight. Cutting out toxins and exercise helps my body process the stress better as well. Fasting – although I really only had 2 days of 24 hour fasting it really helped to kickstart my body into Ketosis. Along with letting my cells switch on some repair work. The other 6 days the fast was reduced to around 16 hours. I’m 6lbs lighter, feeling a lot more chilled, energy levels are high and super motivated to continue for the next 7 days

To your health

Sadie x

 

Back to basics, Diet & Intermittent Fasting

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Sometimes it’s time to reset and go back to basics. In the business world this is called our default diary. It’s the routine you know you should have but one that over time you veer away from. It’s the path that takes us towards our goal. The daily actions that move us towards our vision of the future. We all get those ah’ha moments. The slap the forehead moment. Where we realise we’ve lost our way a bit. So every now and then it’s time to take stock and when everything seems to be running away from us, pause and press the reset button read more →

Success – what makes the difference

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You know sometimes the difference between hitting a goal or not can come down to very few variables.

One of the standards of any successful person is goal setting. And if you are learning and trying to follow in a successful persons footsteps this is the first thing you learn. YOU GOTTA SET GOALS. So you get motivated and set yourself goals and 2 years later you haven’t hit them. Why? You did the right thing, you set a goal, you thought about this goal and you worked towards it and yet you never seem to reach that goal. It becomes this never ending chase. So how come you’re different. Why does that person seem to have it easy and you don’t. You seem to be doing everything they are and yet you just don’t hit it!

Well although you may feel you are doing everything that the other person is doing, sometimes its the little things that you are missing that makes the difference to success.

So if you are not hitting that target you need to get focused. Not the focus you have been doing, but laser focus. You need to be able to quantify your actions. Why do athletes track there progress? Because that’s what can make the difference between winning and losing the race. So you need to look at what is needed to succeed. Write a list of a the components you feel are needed to hit your goal. Then go through that list and for each point ask your self if you are actually completing the task. If you do this every week or even better everyday and ask the same question. Have I done everything on this list?  You will soon realise that although you thought you were doing everything every day you will realise that you were probably only doing 70-80%, its that last 20% which makes all the difference.  Track it!

Like baking a cake it can be a simple recipe but you have to be exact and get the right measurements and not miss any one ingredient. Missing one ingredient can be the one defining factor to that cake being the best cake, next you could have all the right ingredients but then the technique is wrong, you add them in at the wrong time or spend too long mixing, or not enough.  You can’t just randomly throw everything together and then not take notes of what you did and how you did it otherwise the likelihood of you getting a perfect cake are purely left to chance.

If you don’t track YOUR recipe to success, then your chances of success are left to chance!

This also holds true if you have succeeded at something in the past and yet now you don’t seem to be able to continue that success. If you have ever gone on a diet then you’ll know that the difference to getting into fat burning mode can really just be one thing you are doing wrong. Once you commit 100% to that diet and follow the instructions to a tee that’s when you start losing weight.

What happens when we reach a goal and stopping tracking what we are doing everyday then we start to drift from the right path. At first it will only be little things, a small % however over time the distance from the right path grows greater with time. And by just going back to the basics (your recipe) you soon get back on track. Track it!

You have to stop blindly going through life. You need to be mindful of your actions, especially if you want to hit a goal, or achieve success. But even without a clear direction if you blindly stumble through your day to day existence then life will pass by and before you know you will have missed your opportunity.

Get laser focused, be mindful and track it

 

Whats Enhanced Nation all about?

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Hi Everyone, if you find yourself on my site then it usually means that you have read about or heard about Bio hacking. Maybe not that particular term but you’re either already far down the path or perhaps you’re just starting out and wanting to find out more. So I created this site for 2 reasons.

Firstly I have the shop. I only carry products I believe in and use myself. I was buying my own products – mainly from the US, it would take weeks for them to come through and I also had to pay custom charges on top. So I found myself buying not only for me but also for my friends and family. The natural step was to start the shop. I try and keep the prices for the products close to the US price, I’m subject to exchange rates and a fickle HMRC as well as shipping so you may find they are a little bit more than the US shop. However you won’t have all those extra costs on top, and if you’re as impatient as I am then you will normally receive your purchase the next day when you order Monday to Friday. read more →

This is what I’m doing to improve my immune system and my brain health.

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weekly routine_350I thought I would give you a little insight into what my current routine is. I stress current as I am also learning all the time. I am often trialling different products for a few days, weeks or months. I’m also learning and expanding my knowledge base as well which often means I will change what I’m doing. So because of my own personal goals and where I feel I need to work on I’ve created a routine that’s easy to follow.

Every morning

  • AM Nutreince
  • 5ml Upgraded Glutathione Force
  • Bulletproof Coffee – 2 tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil

Monday – Friday mornings

  • 3x tablets CILTEP
  • 2x 500mg tablets Aniracetam
  • 2x tablets choline

Monday – Friday Afternoon & Evenings

  • 3x MagTech

Every evening

  • PM Nutreince
  • Upgraded Collagen Protein

I’ve been following this current routine since mid-January. During this time I sampled some Omega 3 tablets and I took these the same time as Aniracetam.

So why am I taking these particular supplements?

Nutreince is a multi-vitamin which has been specially formulated for maximum absorption. For some the jury is out on whether taking vitamins is a good thing or a waste of time. You could spend a lot of time, money and energy testing to see what you are deficient in and then tailor your supplementation accordingly. Or you can take a good multi-vitamin which will top up anything you are deficient in and any excess will just pass through your system and not be stored. Your body has different needs at different times and if your reserves are all topped up then you have the nutrients available when needed. For instance you may not use up that much vitamin c every day but if your immune system is under attack by a virus then having maximum levels of vitamin c in your body will mean you have it when needed. And if your body uses up its reserves, that’s fine because you’ll be topping them up the next day. Taking vitamins should not be a substitute for a good diet but instead  they should compliment your diet as you cannot guarantee the levels of vitamins and nutrients that are in your food. Think of it as covering all your bases.

Upgraded Glutathione – I’m taking this for a similar reason for taking Nutreince. Glutathione is a master antioxidant and is found in every cell in our bodies. It helps the liver remove chemicals that are foreign to the body. It’s said that if you have a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables and good quality meat then you should be producing enough levels, however my aim is to have my glutathione levels at maximum so that when my body is subject to ‘foreign’ chemicals, pollutants and health damaging toxins I want my liver to have all the glutathione it needs.

Both Nutreince and Upgraded Glutathione boost my immune system.

Bulletproof Coffee – I drink this because I really like the taste. At first I started drinking it because I was curious about how it would taste with butter and MCT oil but now I actually just drink this as a straight coffee. I really don’t like other coffee anymore. Bulletproof coffee makes me feel great. I don’t get any coffee crash, I don’t get coffee breath. I can really tell the difference to this and other coffee. So much so, that I now take it traveling with me.

Brain Octane Oil – I took this in my coffee for months but at the moment I’m not having butter and brain octane oil in my coffee. Instead I just take it straight on a table spoon. It gives me a real energy boost in the mornings. I’ve got used to the taste and texture. Let’s face it is oil. I’ll also take this later on in the day if I have to go out in the evening. Just gives me mental clarity and helps clear out afternoon brain fog.

CILTEP & Aniracetam – I totally love taking these at the moment. My 9-5 job is accounts based and I’m often working on spreadsheets and analysing lots of data. My evenings have been spent learning and researching subjects that I have no previous knowledge about. I’ve been learning about social media, facebook, google adwords, twitter, joomla alongside brain health, nutrition, functional medicine & exercise ( and learning about Gangsta Granny and Ratburger). To be honest my thirst for knowledge is extremely high and a lot of this is magnified by the CILTEP. It works on the dopamine metabolism making it more effective and triggers the motivation, learning and memory processes. Aniracetam also works on focus, concentration and attention; it seems to promote the growth of new neurons. My memory recall has noticeably improved and the effect seems to be long term.

Choline – this is to boost the acetylcholine levels in my brain as Aniracetam depletes it (I’m guessing because its getting used up)

MagTech – this is a new product for me that I have only been taking it for a week so far. It’s also from Natural Stacks. Because I was stocking this product I did some research into magnesium and the importance of it in our systems. I love the fact magnesium helps with brain function and it seemed like the perfect match to take alongside CILTEP and Aniracetam. I’ve been researching sleep and how to improve the quality of my sleep so taking MagTech is killing two birds with one stone so to speak. Giving me enhanced cognition and increased memory alongside relaxation and improved quality of sleep.

Upgraded Collagen – I’m taking this to help my muscles repair after exercise. I’m currently doing Metafit and kettle bells each week. Metafit because it’s a high intensity workout and kettle bells because of the resistance training.

My goal here was to give you inspiration to start researching and improving your own self. At 42 I do not plan on getting my slippers out and settling down to middle age. I truly believe that we can improve our bodies and mind. The research into how our bodies work is truly exciting. The key though is education. There really are no excuses in this day and age with access to the wealth of free knowledge out there. Take it one step at a time and don’t get overwhelmed with the task. Start off simply by improving your diet and increasing your exercise. This will boost your energy levels and give you the motivation to continue.

Feel free to get in contact if you have any questions.

Sadie x

Don’t get hung up on hang overs – 6 easy steps to follow

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Let’s face it no one likes a hangover. Even with your best efforts every now and again one sneaks up and bites you in the ass. And each time it appears, it’s worse than last time, almost like you’re using up your life-force until one day it’ll be the mother of all hangovers and you’ll die on the bathroom floor head down the pan wrenching up your insides. Or is that just me!

How not to do it!

How not to do it!

If you’re like me you try to avoid hangovers like the plague. Understanding a hangover will actually help you either avoid hangovers, put you off drinking for life or reduce the effects they have on your body.

When alcohol enters your bloodstream it suppress the creation of a chemical called vasopressin. Without this chemical your kidneys send water to you bladder instead of re-absorbing it back into your body. Hence the need to pee a lot when drunk. This leads to dehydration and is one of the causes of your hangover. Headaches tend to come from dehydration because your body’s organs try to replenish their water and they take it from your brain, causing it to shrink and stretch the connective tissues to your skull causing you a throbbing headache. Nice!

The constant peeing also causes you to expel a lot of your electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and sodium and when these get low your body becomes fatigue, you feel nauseous and this also adds to your headache. Double whammy. If that’s not enough, the peeing also decreases your livers glycogen stores which leads you to be fatigued and wobbly on your feet the next day

The types of alcohol you drink also have a dramatic effect on your hangover. This is due to the fermentation process which causes congeners. These toxins are found in different types of alcohol in various different levels, red wine and dark spirits such as whisky and brandy have the highest levels. White wine, vodka and gin have less and therefore cause less severe hangovers. Combining your drinks can have a really negative effect on your body as you are combining these different congeners which are likely to cause severe hangovers, due to all the impurities and a combination any of these with beer or fizzy drinks means the carbonation actually speeds up the absorption of the alcohol into your system overloading your liver. The old saying was right about not mixing grape and grain.

If all that was not enough then the real cause of those humdingers is the way your liver processes the alcohol. Your liver produces a by-product when breaking down the alcohol which is called acetaldehyde which causes a major toxic overload. Your liver uses Glutathione and acetaldehyde dehydrogenase to breakdown this toxin and convert it to a nontoxic like vinegar which is then expelled from your body. This process works well when dealing with small amounts of alcohol but when we drink a lot we run out of Glutathione and our liver then stops the breakdown of acetaldehyde in order to make more glutathione, which means our body is exposed to the toxic acetaldehyde for longer. An interesting point to note here is that women tend to have lower glutathione levels than men and therefore their hangovers tend to be more severe and last longer.

Finally the lack of sleep affects your body, and although you may sleep for a good few hours the quality of that sleep is often poor. While you were drinking the alcohol inhibits the production of glutamine which is a natural stimulant, so when you stop drinking and go to sleep your body over compensates and produces more glutamine. Which stimulates your brain and causes you to have a restless sleep. Severe glutamine rebound also causes increased blood pressure and anxiety, hence the ‘beer guilt’ the next day

So although there are no ‘hangover cures’. Now we understand the mechanics of a hangover we can actually do a few things to alleviate the symptoms and also help our body’s own natural processes deal with the alcohol quicker and more efficiently.

Taking vitamin drinks before and after will replenish the lost electrolytes from all that peeing. The strategy of drinking a glass of water for every glass of alcohol works twofold, slowing down your consumption of alcohol giving your liver time to process it and also keeping you hydrated so can prevent the banging headache the next day.

Otherwise make sure you drink water before bed and also have a glass beside your bed for the middle of the night when you will likely wake. Drinking water the next day also helps.

Take charcoal tablets before you go to bed, this will bind to the alcohol and prevent it from absorbing into your blood stream.

Its true that if you eat before or while drinking this will help as it slows down the absorption of the alcohol again giving your liver time to break it down.

The next day

Drink fruit juice & eat eggs with a banana chaser. The eggs contain cysteine which helps break down the acetaldehyde, the banana will help replenish your potassium and the fruit juice because its high in vitamins and nutrients, as well the fruit sugar will give you an energy boost.

So to recap – Before Drinking

Recipe for success

Recipe for success

Step 1 – Take Vitamin drink before you start drinking

Step 2 – Drink White spirit and don’t mix your drinks

Step 3 – Drink water during and before you go to bed.

Step 4 – Take Charcoal supplements before bed

Next Day

Step 5 – Have a breakfast with eggs, fruit juice and banana’s.

Step 6 – Drink water, another vitamin drink or sports drink to replenish your electrolytes.

Sadie’s top tips

I take upgraded glutathione every day in order to keep mine topped up. Glutathione is a major antioxidant. Don’t believe me? Just type glutathione into google and read some of the articles on

the subject.

I take Berocca when I’m drinking, this helps replenish my electrolytes. I also take upgraded charcoal