Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells thus improving resistance to disease.
Change is never easy and can hit us hard. It often is unexpected. Rolling with the punches is the best way to deal with it. What are your thoughts?
Everything is Energy and Like attracts Like. Look at Your Inner Circle this will speak volumes if you dare to Listen and Reflect.
PHOTO BY CHELSEA KYLE, PROP & FOOD STYLING BY DIANA YE
Pancakes are, if we’re being real, a vehicle for butter, which typically gives them flavor in three ways. It’s in the batter, melted. It’s what the cakes are fried in. And a pat goes atop the finished product, along with the sweetener of one’s choice. But the hard truth is that butter is not particularly well-equipped for one of those applications: frying. Who hasn’t spent a weekend morning laboring over a hot cast-iron skillet, waiting for the pancakes to finish cooking while butter sputters and smokes around their edges?
Blame it on the protein. As Serious Eats explains here, butter contains fat, water, and protein; when it’s melted the water evaporates (it’s the thing that causes butter to foam if you cook it on the stove for a while) but the proteins, having nowhere else to go, break down and burn. That’s why clarified butter is good for high-heat stovetop cooking: the proteins have been previously removed, and what’s left is pure butterfat.
But please: clarified butter is a bridge too far for a Sunday morning. And I know a guy who thinks he has a better idea.
“I’m very passionate about my pancakes philosophy, which is that pancakes need a lot of fat,” said David Tamarkin, Epi’s editor and a dogged student of pancake technique. He had been struggling with figuring out the perfect medium for pancake cooking and recently seized on coconut oil—unrefined coconut oil, specifically. As suggested, he uses quite a bit of it—about 2 tablespoons per batch; you could use a little less if you wanted, but not skimping on fat helps ensure the pancakes will be nice and crisp around the edges, still pillowy inside. It’s the weekend. Live a little!
Recipe: How To Make Bulletproof Coffee
By: BULLETPROOF STAFF
Are you ready to join the thousands of athletes, high-powered CEOs, busy parents, and people just like you on a quest to get more energy and brainpower? You can with this easy Bulletproof Coffee recipe.
When you mix high-quality coffee beans with the right fats, you get an amazing drink that stomps on hunger and cravings, banishes brain fog, and helps you lose weight, build muscle, and increase focus and performance.
All of this clean energy without the negative effects of caffeine and sugar crashes.
This drink is Bulletproof Coffee, and we can’t wait for you to try it.
How to make Bulletproof Coffee – Official Recipe
- 2 ½ heaping tablespoons ground Bulletproof Coffee Beans
- 1 teaspoon – 2 tablespoons Brain Octane Oil
- 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee.
- Make your coffee. Brew 1 cup (8-12 ounces) of coffee using filtered water with 2 ½ heaping tablespoons of freshly ground Bulletproof Coffee Beans. Use a French Press for ease of use and to preserve beneficial coffee oils that paper filters keep out.
- Add Brain Octane Oil. Add 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil (start slow with this stuff – it’s powerful!)
- Add grass-fed butter or ghee. Add 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee. Make sure your butter is unsalted. Salty coffee is gross.
- Blend. Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it looks like a creamy latte. There will be a good amount of foam on top.
Mix up your Bulletproof Coffee with some BP-approved additions
There are certain additions to Bulletproof Coffee that will rob it of its energy-boosting powers. Things like honey and maple syrup will mess with your blood sugar and cause those energy dips that have you reaching for a midday cookie.
Coconut oil doesn’t work because it does not contain enough of the type of MCT oil that raises ketone levels, so you get a lot of calories but not a lot of fat burning energy. Plus who wants a coffee that tastes like a pina colada?
But there are some nutrient-dense additions that are Bulletproof-approved. You can check out a full list here, but here are a few favorites:
Turmeric: This popular yellow spice is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, it has a pretty pungent taste that takes away from the rich flavor of Bulletproof Coffee.
Collagen: A full spectrum of amino acids derived from grass-fed beef, Upgraded Collagen is tasteless and dissolves completely in liquid. It aids healthy tissue repair, which means good things for your gut, skin, hair, and joints.
Vanilla: Vanilla adds classic flavor with a boost of antioxidants that help aid in cognitive enhancement. This isn’t your grandma’s vanilla extract. Unlike vanilla extract, VanillaMax is 100% ground Madagascar vanilla beans – all lab-tested for mold and heat-controlled to keep those antioxidants intact. That means higher performance and a richer taste.
Chocolate Powder: Make your Bulletproof Coffee into a mocha and add a ton of performance-boosting polyphenols while you’re at it! High-quality chocolate can lift your spirits and protect your skin from sun damage, among other things, so add that chocolate guilt-free.
Ceylon Cinnamon: Cinnamon can help you regulate your blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance, all while enhancing motivation, performance, and alertness. For daily consumption, choose Ceylon over an unspecified type of cinnamon (usually cassia), which likely contains a plant chemical called coumarin. In large amounts, coumarin can be toxic to the liver and kidneys, and many people have a slightly negative reaction to it.
Just starting out with Bulletproof Coffee? Read this first!
- Not all coffee is created equal. The wrong coffee will sap your energy, trigger cravings, and leave you feeling tired and irritable. Lab-tested, mold-free coffee, on the other hand, will give you clean energy without the caffeine crash.
- Only use grass-fed butter. Non-grass-fed butter has a different fat composition that doesn’t blend as well or taste as good as grass-fed butter. Grass-fed butter is also higher in essential nutrients that your body and brain crave.
- Don’t forget your Brain Octane Oil. Brain Octane increases energy and brain function. If that’s not enough, it helps your body create energy from fat instead of sugar, turning you into a fat-burning machine.
- You might want to go slow. If you’ve been on a low-fat or vegetarian diet for a while, increase your healthy fat consumption slowly. It might take your body a couple weeks to adjust. Don’t you dare use a low-fat butter substitute. Bleah.
- Digestive support may be necessary. Taking a betaine HCL or a digestive enzyme supplement will help your body digest the fat as you ramp up to digesting real food. This goes double for vegans or people who have been starving on low-fat or low-calorie diets.
- Put down that sugar! If you must use a sweetener, use xylitol, erythritol, or stevia. You can learn more about Bulletproof-approved sweeteners here.
The story behind Bulletproof Coffee
Dave Asprey, CEO and founder of Bulletproof, got the idea for Bulletproof Coffee after a trek in Tibet in 2004. At 18,000 above sea level and -10°F, his energy was plummeting – until he staggered into a guest house and a local handed him a creamy cup of yak butter tea.
The butter-infused drink is a necessity for the people in Tibet, who live and work in such rugged, high altitude terrain. The drink instantly rejuvenated Dave. It was like a flip was switched on in his brain and body.
The biohacker in him wondered why the tea made him feel so good, and he embarked on years of research into why it switched on the lights of focus and energy so quickly. Eventually, Dave substituted tea for mold-free coffee, and yak butter for grass-fed cow’s butter (a tad easier to find than yak butter at your local grocery store). Brain Octane Oil was the final missing piece. Together, those three ingredients gave Dave the abundant energy and effortless mental clarity he felt in that hut in Tibet.
Watch a machine process food and poop, experience being “euthanized,” witness a living, breathing man-as-art display, all brought to you by the mad genius who parks in a space reserved for “God.”
I’m standing next to a poop machine.
It’s a simulated digestive tract, to be exact. A row of tubes and bags are suspended from the ceiling, whirring and churning with inner gastric tract functions. It’s fed at 11:00 am, the machine poops around 2:00 pm, but the overpowering stench of excrement lasts all day. I gag and stumble from the room.
MONA is recognized as a world-class museum that’s considered one of the most eccentric galleries on earth, covering everything from bodily functions to sex to death.
Believe it or not, the Cloaca Professional (2010) – aka the “Poop Machine” – is just one of the many weird and wonderful works of art at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), an art museum in Tasmania that’s been dubbed “a subversive adult Disneyland.” It’s recognized as a world-class museum that’s considered one of the most eccentric galleries on earth, covering everything from bodily functions to sex to death.
“MONA isn’t just a collection of art and objects from ancient to contemporary – it’s also about important ideas,” says Jane Clark, Senior Research Curator at the MONA. “The exhibits at MONA are likely to make you wonder ‘What is art anyway?’ And why has art-making been part of every human culture on earth?”
The fantastical museum is located on a picturesque peninsula outside Hobart and features three subterranean floors of provocative and sometimes disturbing art. There are no placards or sequenced order of the exhibits, unlike “regular” galleries. But being the oddball seems to work in MONA’s favor: since opening in 2011, the museum has drawn more than a million visitorseager to see ancient antiquities to contemporary works from international artists, including Brett Whiteley, Pablo Picasso, and Damien Hirst.
Love it or hate it, the poo machine is a starring attraction. The piece was commissioned by Belgian artist, Wim Delvoye, and it’s met with revulsion and intrigue alike.
“Some visitors hate the idea of an artwork that mimics the human digestive system,” says Clark. “Others find it less provocative than either fascinating or funny.”
There are several versions of the contraption, but all operate under the same concept: the machine is fed daily; and then, enzymes break down the meal over the course of the day, passing it through various tubes and flasks. Eventually, a chunky turd plops onto a tray, spewing a noxious odor into the air.
Love it or hate it, the poo machine is a starring attraction.
There are other whimsical works to see, and I spend an afternoon roaming the cavernous floors to view as much as I can. There are bizarre and disturbing films – one of a sobbing man hacking off his own hands – and a wall of 151 porcelain vulvas, sculpted from real women (and reportedly available in the gift shop in the form of soap replicas). Visitors can sing along with thirty Madonna fans in Candice Breitz’s video installation Queen, or get a simulated experience of being euthanized with My Beautiful Chair. There’s also Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm’s “Fat Car” – a sleek, fire-engine red Porsche bulging with fiberglass and polystyrene.
“This artwork is a real Porsche Carrera convertible, but it’s also a witty visual commentary about having too much stuff,” says Clark.
There’s also “Tattoo Tim” – a live man covered in a colorful tattoo who sits on public display. The artwork, Tim Steiner, allowed artist Wim Delvoye to tattoo the Virgin Mary crowned by a Mexican-style skull onto his back. It took over 40 hours to complete, and when Steiner dies, his skin will be framed and displayed. In the meantime, Tattoo Tim is a living, breathing exhibit.
“Tim became art when a contract was signed in 2008 and a German collector agreed to pay €150,000 with the proceeds shared by Wim (artist), Tim (artwork custodian), and a gallery in Zurich (agent),” says Clark.
Who in the world would create such a gallery of curiosities? It’s the brainchild of David Walsh, a mathematician from Hobart who made his fortune as a professional gambler and allegedly invested more than $200 million to open MONA. It’s no wonder his reserved parking space at MONA is marked “God.”
“David Walsh really built MONA to try to understand himself better, to understand our humanness and, importantly, our failings and limitations,” says Clark. “It’s his own personal experiment – shared with all comers. He actually lives there. So he’s asking you into his home as well as his mind.”
“Visiting MONA may well change your life. You won’t be told what to think – but you’ll have a great time looking; thinking; just coming along for the ride.”
It’s not all contemporary pieces inside his gargantuan gallery. A nod to the old, the dimly-lit halls also include ancient Egyptian pieces, such as mummies and sarcophagi, as well as other artifacts and antiquities. The MONA also hosts two festivals – a summer (January) festival, Mofo, unleashes a mix of music and art, followed by a “Dark Mofo” winter festival in June, that explores “centuries-old winter solstice rituals and celebrates the dark through art, music, food, film, light and noise.”
“There’s not only amazing art from around the world and millennia of history, but also special temporary exhibitions, fabulous food, great wine, music, regular festivals, a market in summer,” says Clark. “Visiting MONA may well change your life. You won’t be told what to think – but you’ll have a great time looking; thinking; just coming along for the ride.”