Chocolate Almond Coconut “Cookie Dough”

Chocolate Coconut Almond Cookie DoughLooking for a quick and easy recipe for a healthy treat? Well here’s a super-simple “cookie dough” recipe that makes an awesome grab-n-go snack; and only four ingredients too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 tbsp   Coconut flour
  • 4 tbsp   Almond butter
  • ~3 scoops   Protein powder
  • 60 pieces   Chocolate chips (optional)
  • ~1/2 cup   Almond or regular milk
  • Truvia or Stevia if you want it a little sweeter

Any protein powder will do, and the exact amount will vary somewhat depending on the brand and type of protein. I used BioTrust Chocolate for mine, and three scoops was about 60g or so of protein. I also added some Guittard dark chocolate chips to mine, that’s where the extra sugar and a little saturated fat creeps in to the macros. I also used regular 2% milk.

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Anyone can meditate; it’s as easy as breathing!

Counting SheepIf you’re anything like I once was, you don’t quite get meditation. Sure, the thought of wistfully zoning out into some trance-like state where the weight of the world is lifted from your shoulders sounds absolutely awesome; and yet, it also sounds daunting and thoroughly unrealistic!

However, over the last year of so, I’ve dug a little deeper into the subject and have come to realize that meditation is somewhat of a loaded term, and one that I suspect is stopping many people from reaping the benefits of this simple practice.

Like you, I’ve read about the benefits of meditation on more than one occasion. Just pick-up your favorite lifestyle magazine and there it is, another article on how meditation can change your life. And you know what, perhaps it can. But first you have to try!

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I can see my abs

My AbsOn February 8th this year, I decided to set a new step-goal of seeing my absI can recall the date explicitly, as it’s the same day I signed-up for Adam Bornstein’s Getting Shredded event. Two months later… BOOM; abs!

Yup, that’s not stock imagery on on the right, that’s me sporting my new six-pack!

So what was different this time around?

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Why Visceral Shift?

A number of people have asked me why the blog is called Visceral Shift, so I thought I’d take a minute to explain. Truth be told, domain availability is always a factor in these things, so in part, this was a name that was simply available. But there is additional meaning…

Aside from sounding absolutely awesome, the word visceral has a couple of meanings to me and this blog. First, there’s the health and fitness connotation. Visceral fat is one of the nastier kinds of body fat; it’s the fat fills your body cavity, distending your abdomen and enveloping your organs. Second, there’s the more formal definition: Relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect … that deep-rooted, instinctual emotion that often controls how with think and feel, despite having facts to suggest otherwise.

Building on those two associations, Visceral Shift:

  • Shifting, eliminating that that visceral body fat
  • The constant shift of guttural, instinctual emotion that drives some of our choices

There you have it. Maybe not as deep an meaningful as you might have hoped, but there is meaning there, none the less. Enjoy!

Carb cycling and Intermittent fasting

It all sounds very technical, and to some, very scary; there are certainly negative connotations with the word fasting across large swathes of the populous. However, if you take the time to dig into these topics, you’ll realize a couple of things:

  1. They are regimens grounded in common sense
  2. They are not complex to practice

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Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange LandI stumbled across a quote from this book this morning, and it reminded me how much I enjoyed reading it. I was also reminded of just how many great quotes and passages there are in that book; so I thought I’d share a few with you.

In case you’ve never heard of Stranger in a Strange Land, it’s a novel by Robert A. Heinlein about Valentine Michael Smith, a newborn that survived the first mission to Mars. Raised by Martians, Valentine returns to Earth an innocent, rich heir, and “owner” of Mars.

Oh, and don’t write the book off merely as science-fiction or otherwise something you wouldn’t normally read. It really is an interesting story and extremely well written. Seriously, give it a try!

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Fight on

I stumbled across this passage early this morning, and given it’s Monday… well, I thought that “Fight on!” seemed appropriate!

Also, I enjoyed the closing remarks:

“There’s no first place or second place in life. No rewards or diplomas. Just choices. And those choices will either echo throughout the ages or turn to dust the moment you die.”

… will the choices you make today stand the test of time?