2013 was an eventful year with tons of great blog posts and podcasts. The success of this blog is due to our many faithful readers and listeners, and without you this wouldn’t be possible. I’m looking forward to another eventful year with a lot more awesome content.
As a way of looking back on a successful year, check out this list of the 5 most visited blog posts along with the 5 most downloaded podcast episodes published in 2013!
Top Blog Posts
1. Why Yogurt and Probiotics Make You Fat and Foggy
Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. You’re about to read how yogurt and some probiotics negatively affect our gut bacteria, which is an unknown culprit in making people fat and foggy headed.
For the past 30 years, obesity and autoimmune disease rates have been on a steady rise. At the same time, a little-known condition called histamine intolerance has become much more common. It’s a challenge to figure out the root causes and common denominators for these three seemingly unrelated health trends.
2. Is there such a thing as Bulletproof Resistant Starch?
My friend Richard Nikoley over at Free the Animal has blown the doors off the Paleo community recently with an amazing series of posts on something called resistant starch. If you are not familiar with Richard’s work, he’s a little crazy. As in totally willing to go on an all milk and kefir diet for a whole month. Or willing to experience crazy amounts of intestinal gas to test the effects of lots of potato flour on his blood glucose. He’s discovered some cool stuff, and Mark Sissonand Chris Kresser picked it up. Now it’s all over the Paleo world.
This post explains what resistant starch is, where it fits (or doesn’t) on the Bulletproof® Diet, and where to learn more.
3. The Science of Bacon: How to Hack Your Pork
When people start following the Bulletproof, Paleo, or Primal diet, they are often thrilled to hear that they can eat bacon – the standard low-fat/high-carb dieter’s kryptonite. But this doesn’t mean you can just grab the nearest package of Oscar Mayer and start frying. Bacon is a food that can be really unhealthy, with lots of variables that determine if it’s actually going to be good for you.
While eating Bulletproof, you want to get the ideal bacon to support your optimal performance, and prepare it right. Here’s how:
4. The Kale Shake is Awesome – So Upgrade It
Kale shakes are popular for breakfast, due in large part to my friend and comedian Joe Rogan, who has one every morning with his Bulletproof® Coffee. Kale has nutrients that make people feel healthier, lose weight, and just kick more ass. It’s a huge upgrade over toxic sugar-filled cereal, muffins, and yogurt commonly known as “breakfast.”
People turn to raw kale shakes because they want to start their day with a massive dose of nutrients and a revved up digestive system. But what if kale had a dark side, and knowing about it could make your kale shake even better, with more health and performance benefits?
5. Bulletproof Coffee Mistakes – Butter Coffee, Fatty Coffee, and More
Black coffee is so powerful that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a musical piece in 1732, titled “The Coffee Cantata,” with lines like “If I can’t drink my bowl of coffee three times daily, then in my torment, I will shrivel up like a piece of roast goat.”
I am not making this up. Google it!
Scientists are still trying to predict what the correct recipe for Bulletproof® Coffee would have done for Bach’s music. It turns out that you will have a very different experience when you try the carefully engineered recipe vs. the various “modifications” made by well-meaning experimenters. This post will explain what modifications will lessen the recipe’s effects, and which are safe.
1. Gluten Sensitivity, Celiacs & Bulletproofing Your Gut, with Dr. Tom O’Bryan – Podcast
Have you heard? Gluten is harmful, but do you know why? Dr. Tom O’Bryan explains away dietary gluten, how it is detrimental to your health, and why it keeps you from being optimal – in a big way! He talks about his 30 years of experience in researching Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity and how you can drastically increase the quality of your life by getting rid of gluten in your diet. We also talk about the number one supplement he recommends to Bulletproof your gut, how gluten is like morphine, and if there are such a thing as “good” grains. If you want to understand gluten in a way you never have before and learn how it affects your body, this episode is for you!
2. #60 Orgasmic Meditation & Hacking Your Sex Life, with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin – Podcast
Discover orgasmic meditation (OMing) and the science behind it with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, M.D., the CSO of OneTaste, and scientist at Rutgers University Newark Orgasm Laboratory. This episode discusses the relationship between orgasm and the nervous system, the importance of mindfulness, and how often men and women should orgasm for maximum performance in life. Be sure not to miss this stimulating episode!
3. #39: Hormone Alchemy (+ Why Hard Data is HOT)… How to Amplify the Positive Neuro-hormonal Dashboard with Dr. Sara Gottfried MD – Podcast
Dr. Sara Gottfried is a Harvard doc, biohacker, and yoga-powered champion of your health, happiness and hormonal equilibrium. She’s also seen 20,000 patients in the past 20 years and applied her training as a MIT bioengineer to how women and men can leverage the upstream and downstream mediators to create natural hormone balance with next gen medicine, and wrote a book about it, called The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive, and Vitality Naturally with The Gottfried Protocol.
4. #43: Bulletproof Your Mobility and Performance with Kelly Starrett – Podcast
Coach Kelly Starrett received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. He currently runs his own physical therapy practice at San Francisco CrossFit—one of the first 50 CrossFit affiliates—and focuses on performance-based Orthopedic Sports Medicine with an emphasis on returning athletes to elite level sport and performance. His clients see exceptional results from his progressive blend of manual physical therapy and strength training. Since 2009, Kelly has been traveling the country teaching his “Movement, Mobility & Maintenance Course” in an effort to spread his message that good mobility and proper movement are the keys to good performance and that all humans should be able to perform this basic maintenance on themselves.
5. #57 Becoming Alpha, Dispelling Myths & Making Changes, with Adam Bornstein – Podcast
As a top health and fitness editor and best-selling author, Adam Bornstein came on the show to share what it means to be ‘Alpha,’ and how being bulletproof is possible for everyone. In this episode, Adam and I talk about our shared egg obsession, whether cheat days are helpful or harmful, and how mental barriers keep you from achieving the best version of yourself. You will even get a glimpse into the workings of mainstream media, research, and health journalism.