I am a biohacker when it comes to my personal health. I will explain why and how it is working for me but first you probably want to know what biohacking is and why I am biohacking my health.
I believe that the best definition I have found comes from Dave Asprey the founder of Bulletproof coffee (which I drink daily). He put it this way “Biohacking is a crazy-sounding name for something not crazy at all—the desire to be the absolute best version of ourselves. The main thing that separates a biohacker from the rest of the self-improvement world is a systems-thinking approach to our own biology.” I agree 100% so there really is no reason to try to word it differently.
When I was first diagnosed with cancer about a year ago, I was at a loss as to what to do, so I visited 4 different doctors that specialized in prostate cancer. It took that many to convince me that I did indeed have prostate cancer. The first one wanted to go in with a laser gun and burn out the cancer. The second one wanted to remove the prostate all together, and of course we are talking chemotherapy and radiation treatments. At one step along the way I was sitting in a room waiting for an injection so they could run some tests. The technician came in wearing a lead type vest, carrying a syringe inside a lead container that he removed and shot radio active stuff into my veins. That is when I started Biohacking My Health. I was not sure what I would be doing but I knew the above options were not for me.
Here are the basic rules I follow now, You do not need to be perfect but you want to always try to be improving until you find what works for you.
Eat my first meal around 12 noon. I have been practicing Intermittent fasting for about 3 months now but I am still working on refining my approch to how I do it. My breakfast is now actually Brunch so I do not need to worry about breakfast first thing in the morning. My first meal is more around noon. I do have a cup of Bullet Proof coffee when I get up around 4:30 a.m. Some consider this breaking the fast, others do not. I don’t. I stop eating at 7pm. I do this probably 85% of days. Your results may vary until you find what works, but I find this to work for my life. Pretty good may not be perfect but it works for me.
Eat something green every day. When people think about diets, they often worry about what they need to REMOVE from their diet. Instead, It is better to think of what you can ADD to your diet. At least one of my two meals each day must have a green vegetable of some type. Three or four days a week I like to make my second meal a large salad with different greens at it’s base. Fresh Spinach and kale figure a lot in these salads. I also eat at least one avocado a day which is so healthy and loaded with good fat. Pretty good may not be perfect but it works for me.
Never miss two in a row. I travel a lot. Some days I miss my 8,500 step walk. It happens. It’s not the end of the world. I just get back on track by walking and exercising the next day. If I eat a really unhealthy meal which also sometimes happens, I don’t feel shame or guilt. It was a conscious decision I made, I then choose to make my next meal healthy.I will admit that I also keep an Exogenous Ketone Supplement on hand to get back into Ketosis as soon as possible. Pretty good may not be perfect but with a little effort it works for me.
No bright screens after 10 pm. Sleep is super important, and it’s health benefits are often over looked We tend to keep our electronic devices on way too late at night. I have my computer set to start removing the blue light as the sun starts to set and to send me 30 minute reminders so I turn it off in time to get the proper amount of sleep I need to be in bed by 10:30. I try to make sure I’m not at my computer,or looking at my phone after 10pm. If you don’t have a blue light protector the harsh light can mess with your Circadian Rhythm also know as your Biological Clock. I try to follow this but it does not always happen, some days I miss. Pretty good, which isn’t perfect but I do it for my health and it works for me
Strength train 4 days a week, walk every day. I always feel better about myself on the days I do a little strength training. Usually its just squats, push-ups, and upper body weights . When on the road traveling, doing squats and pushups in the hotel room for 15 minutes before hitting the road can really get the day off to a great start.I find the most rewarding is a half hour of Qigong but I can not always fit that in before noon. I also try to walk 8,500 steps a day, but I don’t always hit it. And that’s okay. Okay is Pretty good, which isn’t perfect and I don’t always get in as much as I would like, none the less what I do get works for me.
Don’t snack between meals Unless Planned in Advance as part of your daily food. Snacking is such a big part of the cultures in the US, and Mexico, where I spend my time. In Mexico snacks and cola’s are the main items sold in stores connected to gas stations.It is often overlooks as one of the big reasons why we eat too many calories every day. I do have a controlled snack midway between the two meals I have each day. It can be a fat bomb or something like a stick or two of celery or an avocado stuffed devil egg. But it is planned, very small in size and healthy. This helps me to enjoy heartier, more filling meals without overeating on a daily basis. Pretty good, which isn’t perfect but it’s a plan and having a plan in advance is what works for me.
Get Outside at daybreak and reset my Circadian Clock. If you spend 15 minutes each morning in the first sunlight of the day, it will reset your Biological Clock for the next 24 hours as long as you don’t mess it up with too much blue light at the other end of the day. You can buy blue light glasses so that if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer each day they will relieve the strain. And the Circadian Clock is just behind your eyes so it can also be stressed pretty easily. Pretty good, and very enjoyable so while it isn’t perfect. it does works for me.
Walk barefoot on Grass, ground or sand. Also known as Earthing, this is reconnecting to the earth. One of the many benefits of walking barefoot is that we enjoy a connection to the earth and it’s magnetic field. Our body is conductive to the earth and likewise earth is conductive to our body. The earth is full of negative ions and we flood our body with negative ions by walking barefoot, this is also known as grounding. We need negative ions, to counter balance all the positive ions we are receiving daily via our smart phones, computers and tablets and overhead lighting. So I try to go barefoot at least 5 minutes daily. I have also been known to hug a tree now and then. Grounding for five minutes isn’t very much, in fact it is only pretty good, which isn’t perfect but it works for me.
Meditation for 15 to 30 Minutes Daily: This has been perhaps the hardest practice for me to learn. In fact I am still learning. I have always been a believer in prayer and I continue to spend a few minutes upon awakening each morning in prayer before starting my day, but that is not the same thing as meditation. To me, meditation means to think deeply about something, It’s about training myself in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. I’m not trying to turn off my thoughts or feelings. I’m learning to observe them without judgment to better understand them. I try to do this just before I retire for the day. Sometimes I forget, but I am getting better at it. At this point I’m only pretty good, which isn’t perfect but again, it works for me.
Following The Ketogenic Lifestyle. This is the most important step in my biohacking. Staying in ketosis most of the time is the best way for me to fight cancer, reach the proper weight and be as healthy as I can be. I do carb-cycling a couple of days each month but 98% of the time my daily goals are 75/20/5. That’s 75 percent good fats, 20 percent healthy protein and 5 percent good carbs. Most of the days I make it with ease, some days I need to add a little more exercise to keep the percents in line with each other while controling my calorie intake, and that is pretty good, which isn’t perfect but it works for me while I work to improve it a little each day.
What do all these rules help me accomplish? I am more healthy now and the cancer appears to be in remission, I am happy that I have my goals to work toward, I feel stronger which makes the health problems easier to handle,and my weight is getting more in line with my body. I feel more in touch with the earth which has always been a goal of mine. I enjoy sharing my progress through recipes and information about the Ketogenic and Paleo lifestyles with you and others with the hope that the information will help you reach your goals.
Biohacking my health is a never ending process because there are always new developments, new ideas and systems to try, but that is what I have chosen to keep my health and avoid chemotherapy and radiation treatments as I follow a Holistic approach to my health. I will share that information with you on this blog and while it is not for everyone it is what I have chosen for me.
I hope the takeaway is that you understand that you don’t need to be prefect to change your life, all you need to do is make a plan and start doing it. But First: Check with your medical professional and get her/his approval.