I’ve recently been on a bubble tea kick, to the point where I started to think: maybe I could make my bubble tea at home, with healthier ingredients.
As it turns out, bubble tea is definitely easy to make at home. All that’s involved is heating the boba on the stove in water, while the delicious little tapioca pearls soak up all the water to create all their gooey goodness. I stir in some cane sugar at the end, and let them set a little while before adding them to tea with coconut cream and ice.
But when I went to buy the boba (tapioca pearls) from amazon, I was very surprised when all of the available boba had ingredients with names that I didn’t even recognize. One reviewer even mentioned that there had been a link made between these ingredients and cancer.
So I went in search of “healthier” boba, and needed only look so far as nuts.com (of which also have a great selection of dried fruit snacks, and yes, you guessed it, nuts). They quickly delivered the boba (within 2 days) and I’ve now made many cups of bubble tea with my bag, and am ready to order another.
Also, random fact, did you know that… bubble tea is not called bubble tea because of the boba? It’s actually called bubble tea because it’s intended to be shaken, which creates bubbles. Weird, but wikipedia verifiably true.
Looking for a light, healthy snack or dessert that’s high in Omega 3 fatty acids, helps gut flora and has been shown to reduce inflammation?
Try some chia seed pudding.
I like to mix up the seeds and coconut milk mixture at night, and then enjoy the pudding in the morning as a breakfast. The 10 hours of soaking overnight helps give the chia seeds time to really soften into a delicious, gooey pudding.
Also, chia seeds are thought to be friendly to those on paleo diets.
One of my good friends made a video for his doggy walking business for only $85 using a lot of creativity, and the services provided by fiverr. Considering how much money I’ve seen people spend on their websites and on making all sorts of things for them, I consider the fact he could do this a small miracle.
This is the best book that I’ve found, hands down to describe the healing journey, from the most early stages of identifying the suffering, to getting underneath the patterns that cause suffering, through to the final stages of the reconnection with source and personal wholeness that happens when we are liberated by loving and accepting whatever has caused our patterns of suffering.
Just released in August 2015, this book describes the 5 Reichian character types, which form entire “character styles”, essentially, entire personalities comprised of defenses and attitudes, which are born out of unmet needs and traumatic events happening during development.
The book describes each of the patterns very well, and gives exercises and insights to help work with and hopefully overcome each of the patterns.
This is the book that I would recommend most for understanding what makes a good relationship and how to have the deep, intimate and vulnerable communication that makes a relationship satisfying, touching and worthwhile.
MY BIG TAKEAWAYS FROM “REAL FORMULAS FOR HUGE GROWTH” WITH RICH SCHEFREN.
My experience of this podcast is that it was really rich with some important productivity and growth principles that I could see being quite on target for a lot of startup founders and other types of entrepreneurs.
SPRINT TO NEW HEIGHTS; DON’T TRY TO RUN A MARATHON
The Podcast points out that it’s more effective to sprint and rest than to run a marathon.
I’ve seen where there’s a common belief within the startup community that the only way that a startup will be successful is if the founders and early employees are running a marathon and working on the startup all of the time. This is really exhausting and causes a lot of good and talented people to burn out, or have all sorts of other negative consequences, such as health challenges.
After hearing the podcast, I agree that sprinting to a new place, that is to say, working really hard for finite periods of time, then recovering makes a lot more sense, and I see where in my own startup experience that setting a goal for a new feature or reality we want to see and then working all out towards the goal has been more effective than any other strategy.
But it only works if we rest afterwards, otherwise there wouldn’t be the feeling that enough energy would be available to tackle something really big in the first place.
STAY FOCUSED AND DON’T MULTITASK (ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE ADD)
Another key point was that it’s more effective to stay focused on one thing than to multitask, particularly because things get done sooner.
For example, if A,B and C are tasks and if I do ABCABCABCABC then nothing gets done until I finish the sequence, however, if I do AAAABBBBCCCC I can start benefiting from having A complete early and benefit from having both A & B complete before I finish C. If I am working on a startup, this could mean having a feature done earlier and hence having the benefit earlier.
I think that often times I’ve seen startups really suffer by trying to do far too much at once and spreading scarce resources so thin that it can be hard to complete and benefit from any one thing, even if the benefit is just feedback on what is being built.
YOUR WEAKEST LINK IS YOUR NEXT GROWTH EDGE
Finally, the I thought that a really good point was made around adopting the approach of identifying the weakest link in a startup or in personal productivity as the best way to find the main problem to work on, or thing to improve.
To really dig deep into the issues and look for the main, underlying cause of the current 80% of the problems or symptoms being experienced. I think that a positive way of looking at this is framing what one might see as a weakest link as a person or startup’s next “growth edge”.
It makes sense to me that the maximum benefit can be gained by addressing the weakest link in the chain.
The podcast is available here:
Anyone who has had a vitamin b12 shot knows that the injection can be a fantastic source of energy.
But to get the maximum benefit of b12 supplementation, you need to supply the co-factors that help to convert the b12 into neurotransmitters, hormones and antioxidants, such as glutathione.
The most important co-factors are:
- other b vitamins, especially b6
The products below were the best formulations that I could find on amazon for each factor. The first is an excellent source of the best forms of b-vitamins, including activated b6, and also contains folate.
For those with the MTHFR, I recommend supplementing extra folate, as per the MTHFR protocol
I also recommend adding electrolytes with vitamin C to your water. This mix is my favorite and is sugar-free (sweetened with Stevia). I mix it with the trace minerals to mask the taste.