Earlier in the week…
I stumbled across an online ebook by one of my “Nutritional Heroes” Dr. John Berardi. In the book he documented his first experiences with a number of different protocols for intermittent fasting (You can find the book at his site precision nutrition: www.precisionnutrition.com/intermittent-fasting.
His six month self study was mostly anecdotal (well, it was a sample size of two) but actually the website reddit is also very positive about the benefits of intermittent fasting. http://reddit.com/r/leangains is perhaps the second best place to start after reading Berardi’s ebook.
As I mentioned above Berardi documents his experiences with a number of different protocols. For my goals,
- A single 36 hour fast once a week.
- A daily 16 hour fast combined with supplements and workouts. (the lean gains method)
Someone linked this post to me today and it is absolutely awesome!
Silver Hydra appears to be a fitness blog written by someone who really knows their nutritional science. This article was just fantastic!
He talks about ways that you can save money on vitamins and supplements. I think it’s just great. Some of the top points to take away:
- Kellogs Corn Flakes = are pretty close to pure Glucose. So instead of buying a glucose supplement at GNC nutrition, why not grind up a handful of cornflakes in a Magic Bullet?
- Granola or Oats can be powdered to become your very own ‘slow carb formula’
- Egg Shells! ‘Blanch’ the shells (remove the salmonella risk), use a blender, and you’ve got yourself some highly bio-available calcium. I think this one’s really neat! (though still might prefer to buy my calcium supplements, just saying)
- Cook tomato sauces in a cast-iron pot and you’ve got yourself an Iron Supplement.
- Silver Hydra says to save your vegetable water for shakes and stuff (to get the chlorophyll and other vegetable nutrients) I’d probably prefer to boil the water down until it’s about 10% of the original volume. That way all the flavour concentrates and you’ve got a lovely vegetable stock for soups and stews! (Yum) That’s not really cost saving because the energy used to heat your stove isn’t free – but hey. Soup!
- Finally he says that your orange peels can be washed and shredded in the blender to give you an excellent dose of pure fibre. Note that the key to fat reduction and loss in the Dr Lustig talks centered around increasing your fibre intake (so maybe those colon cleansing products aren’t such a scam after all)
Anyways, a huge thanks to SilverHydra for his amazing and fun article on at-home supplement production.
I found these talks of his to be really eye opening and started scouring the net for more information. Here’s another of his talks.