Intermittent Fasting and other questions?

I recently got an email from one of my beautiful retreat ladies, Erica. She asked so many great questions that I decided to make it into a blog post. The truth is, that I had the same questions over the last few years and just did some trial and error and research to figure them out. I am still doing some experimenting and trying to really learn how to listen to my body and what it craves and needs. Here is her questions:

Denise,

Who do you get your organic meats from? (I thought you said you had someone you could buy a whole cow from and freeze it)

Do you eat anything before you workout in the morning? I am trying to get away from fruit/grains in the morning. I have been doing your shakes after my morning workout, but it has been so ingrained in me to eat as soon as you wake up, but from the Forbidden Doctor podcast it sounds like that isn’t a good idea. Just curious of what you do.

Dave Asprey and Abel James recommend butter in coffee…do you think butter in tea or a different hot drink would work? Or is there something special about the butter/coffee combo?

Where do you get your nitrate free bacon from?

Sorry for so many questions! Thank you for the inspiration that you are!

These are great questions so keep them coming. First off, it is so important to find a farmer to get grass-fed organic meats and the most affordable way is to buy in large quantities and store in your freezer. I met the farmer that I have ordered from at the local farmer’s market here in Riverton, Utah. He sells a beefalo that taste amazing. His name is Doug Reed. I can get you his number if you send me a pm on Facebook for anyone that is interested. Also, Utah Wellness Meats has a store in West Valley that sells grass-fed meats, Peterson’s farm in Riverton and also a little store in Lehi next to Costco called Carson meats. You can find better prices at some of these little stores, but you can still find meats at Costco, Sprouts, and Harmons. The best prices are going to be with a farmer in large amounts though so start looking for farmer’s markets as the weather gets better. It’s the best way to go. As far as bacon, I do have some from a farmer, but most of the time I just buy mine at Costco. They have a all natural brand, the states on it that it is Nitrate free, no hormones and antibiotics. It is just located by all the crappy bacon in the fridges.

As far as the bullet proof coffee goes, I don’t drink coffee but I have and do use the concept on a lot of days. I don’t do this everyday, but probably a few days a week I will do a little Vanilla drink with grass-fed butter, MCT oil, Vanilla Max powder(by Dave Asprey) and little english toffee stevia or birch-wood xylitol and then blend it up. So, it’s this hot drink the keeps you really full and turns your brain on. Start with just small amounts of MCT oil, like 1 tsp-1 TBS or you can have digestive issues. Not everyone feels good on this, so you just try it out and see how you feel. You can also use your favorite herbal tea instead of the vanilla if you want. This is a great drink if you want to try intermittent fasting. This means you eat in a shorter window of time, like 12:00-8:00 and the rest of the time you can drink liquids, like this fatty vanilla latte, or stick to water with lemon or lime, or bone broth.

Eating right when you wake up can be really great for a lot of women especially, but this should mostly be fats and proteins,  but not really carbs. You do want to steer away from that. You can always add some veggies into your breakfast but besides that, you want very little carbs in the morning.  If you feel better eating than you don’t need to change that, but maybe do the  green smoothie protein shake right in the morning instead of grains and fruit. I actually just drink water and hydrate myself in the morning. I usually have a quart of warm water with fresh lemon and some mineral drops, and a little celtic sea salt. Then I work out fasted from food. I have done this for the past two years and just feel better doing it that way for me, but that doesn’t mean that’s best for you. Only you can determine if you feel better doing this. I just need to be super hydrated and I feel like I work out better on an empty stomach. I then drink about 12 ounces of bone broth after I work out and then when I actually start to feel hungry, then I will either eat my green smoothie, big salad, or some raw veggies and humus. That’s pretty typical. I have crepes or grain-free pancakes once in awhile with my family on a weekend morning, but we just make that only once a week at the most. It’s definitely a treat to do this, so I make it really count when I do and enjoy every bite knowing it is going to be harder to not overeat on that day.  I don’t like eating carbs in the morning. It makes me eat more throughout the day and makes me crave more sugar, not to mention it is raising blood sugar levels. Again, focus on healthy fats and clean protein in the morning.

Some of favorite podcasts to listen too are Forbidden Doctors, The Model Fitness Podcast, Fat-burning man, Bulletproof Exec, The Health Bridge, Ben Greenfield, On Air with Ella, The Primal Blueprint and The Charlene Show. I usually just rotate around with them.

Thank you Erica for all the great questions! I hope this helps a little. The key is to find out what works best for you! It’s just a lot of trial and error and informing yourself first to make sure you don’t hurt anything in the process. Erica is awesome! She is young and motivated and because of that she will be an amazing mom that keeps herself and her family healthy. That’s a big job. Here she is making fermented veggies at my retreat. Nothing like some sauerkraut to keep your gut happy!

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