If there’s something you want to change about your health, start with the situation.
Most advice about goal achievement skips this step. But a quick analysis of the situation (system) that is impacting your health will help ensure that your goals are appropriate and your strategies are effective.
Ready? Let’s do it!
An easy way to begin is by asking: Is this situation simple or complex?Read More
That’s because stress is the #1 leverage point for my health.
I know that if my stress is in line, I’m exercising appropriately. Eating well. Sleeping enough. Connecting with my kids and Matthew. Getting enough time to myself. Keeping up with my day job (but not letting it rule my life). Moving forward with my core personal projects.
If any one of these elements of my life is being neglected, my stress spikes. Read More
Serve these as canapes. Seriously enjoyable healing-protocol friendly appetizers for the fanciest party.
Or it can be just you, a bowl of warm Leek & Wild Boar Belly Jam and a lovely crispy pile of Daikon Slices, snuggled in on the couch with your favourite movie. For a truly restorative comfort food session.
Pork Belly works perfectly, too, but I use Boar because they stock it in the freezer at my favourite food store, Health Essentials.
The night before I want to make this recipe, I defrost the Boar Belly in the fridge. In the morning I chop it up, slice the leeks, add the salt and my food prep is done.
Diversity & Nutrient Density
The key to health, and to stick-to-itiveness, on a healing protocol is diversity.
A variety of nutrient-dense foods ensures you cover your nutritional basis to promote healing, and it also prevents boredom.
Dr Terry Wahls is an advocate of ensuring a diversity of vegetables make into the rotation each day. To ensure the brain and body get the micronutrients they need.
I’ve also found that planning a range of meat offerings (different animals, varied cuts & assorted preparations) really helps to avert the feelings of deprivation that can sometimes emerge on a restricted diet.
But that doens’t mean it has to time consuming.
So. Put this one in your rotation!
Leek & Wild Boar Belly Jam on Daikon Crackers
1 pound Wild Boar Belly or Pork Belly
1 teaspoon Himalayan Salt (or similar)
1 good-sized peice of Daikon Radish Root
Microgreens or cilantro, to garnish
In the morning, slice the Boar Belly into cubes and lay in the bottom of a Slow Cooker. Sprinkle with Salt.
Slice the leek into coins, reserving the dark green leaves for another use (stock pot!) and scatter these on top of the Boar Belly.
Turn the slow cooker to low if you’ll be gone all day (medium if you have a little less time and will be home to give it a stir now and again).
Stir gently at least once before the cooking is complete.
When the cooking is complete, pour off the fat into a glass container and refrigerate for future use.
Using a sharp knife, or a mandolin on a sturdy setting, slice the Daikon into ‘crackers’.
Pile a piece of Boar Belly and a slice of Leek onto each Cracker and garnish with the Microgreens or Cilantro.
For comfort food, serve immediately.
For party presentation, refrigerate the cooked Boar Belly & Leeks. Once chilled, assemble the most aesthetic bits with microgreens on slices of Daikon. Use the less pretty canapes as pre-party fuel~.
Turmeric, and it’s active ingredient curcumin, is known to alleviate systemic inflammation. That’s how it supports the reversal of autoimmune diseases and counteracts neurodegeneration, including conditions like Alzheimer’s. To find out more about the common link between these diseases, read The Origin of Illness.
It’s not surprising that most AIP bloggers include it in their recipes on a regular basis.
To spread the golden love (and help counteract the effects of all the baking that’s floating around at this time of year), I’ve gathered together 60 AIP-compliant recipes, to make it easy to include turmeric in your healing protocol.
Because as long as you stick to biohacking principles, you can’t fail. If you fall off your program, you can turn your attention to that and start hacking your will-power, or adjusting your goals, or fine-tuning the strategies you are using to achieve them.
But why do we fail when we set self-improvement goals?
The Zone of Proximal Development
Zone of proximal development theory suggests there are 2 reasons:
The goal is outside the zone of possibility; or
The goal is inside the zone, but the strategy didn’t include the necessary scaffolding to achieve it.
To find your goal-achievement sweet spot you need to:
Determine the boundaries of your zone of proximal development;
Set a goal that’s inside your zone; and
Determine what supports you need to achieve that goal.
If your supports are adequate, you should be good to go!
By moving into your zone, chances are you’re expanding it, thereby increasing the likelihood that more ambitious goals will eventually end up inside your zone, too.
Let’s geek out ZPD theory a little more
The zone of proximal development, or ZPD, is my #2 parenting strategy of all time.
I’ve been a parent for 60% of my life and in that time I’ve tried a lot of things. Consistently, ZPD enables me to do my best work as a parent.
ZPD is also my #2 life strategy.
Developed by Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky in the 1920s & 30s, ZPD was lost for decades before it resurfaced near the end of the 20th century.
Vygotsky hypothesized that humans are hard-wired to learn certain things.
Put any child in a environment full of speech and affection, and barring a significant cognitive disability, they will learn to speak fluently.
Nobody has to create a structure for that to occur.
But if we want to learn things that we aren’t necessarily hard-wired for, we need appropriate supports.
Vygotsky suggested that to help develop certain skills and capacities, we need to first determine the scope of an individual’s zone of proximal development and then create customized supports to help them to grow into that potential.
Later theorists referred to these supports as scaffolding.
Both the ZPD and the required scaffolding are unique to each of us.
So, in the biohacking context, not only are we taking bioindividuality into consideration, which includes our particular health status and our environment, but also our ZPD and the supports that are effective for each of us as individuals. Those are the dimensions of n=1 experimentation.
Sound like a lot to sort out?
It is, but each of these elements can be simplified considerably by approaching the n=1 project in a systematic way. And if you put your energy into discerning what these dimensions are for you, rather than copying what someone else is doing or pursuing goals in a haphazard way, you’ll find yourself way ahead.