My Nightly Tea

So I’ve been making a little tea at night that really calms me down, and it tastes pretty good.

I really like a lot of products from Four Sigmatic, and I just grabbed this Organic ashwagandha from Whole Foods. So this tea or ‘elixir’ from Four Sigmatic is made from Reishi. Reishi is a delicious little fungus that packs a punch when it comes to your health. Reishi mushrooms have adaptogenic substances that help us deal with the negative effects of stress, depleted energy levels, increased inflammation, damaged blood vessels and various types of hormonal imbalances. Studies show that reishi mushrooms have antioxidant capabilities that strengthen our body’s defenses against cancer, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, allergies, infections and more. Pretty crazy little ‘shroom…for non-college adults.

Ashwagandha is also an adaptogen that is used primarily for its ability to prevent anxiety. Ashwagandha’s anti-anxiety effect is actually synergistic with alcohol (which I haven’t exactly experimented with yet). Ashwagandha shows strong performance in relieving insomnia and stress-induced depression. Ashwagandha can significantly reduce cortisol concentrations and the immunosuppressive effect of stress.

My job has a fair amount of stress to it much like I believe everyone’s does. If you guys find yourself having a hard time winding down, and you don’t want to consume any alcohol before bed because it disrupts your sleep (much like I have found), try out this little concoction. I have tons of energy when I’m full blown ketogenic, and I’m trying not to move too much during this fast. This is the perfect way for me to shut it down for the night without consuming any calories. Full disclosure: This tea mix has 5 calories per serving. Not going to worry about it. Do you consider that cheating?

Let me know if you guys like this. Keep reading and following. I hope I’m helping some of you guys out, or at least being some what entertaining. I can definitely ratchet this thing up on the “R” rated scale if you guys would find that it makes this better to read! Leave me a comment.

Get Strong. Stay Strong.

3 thoughts on “My Nightly Tea

  1. Thank you again for the URSA MAJOR plan! I have a question (for now) for ya though: With regarding calorie fluctuation, we are going for no more that 2,200 calories on Ursa Major lift days and on lower activity days staying at or below 1,800, correct? Right below that you talk about a high calorie day, the day after 300-500 calories less than that, then 200-400 calories less, another 200-400 calories less, and then going back to the high calorie day. I guess I’m just trying to figure out the calories I should be consuming on which days.

    Would it be: Day 1 Ursa Major lift day and high calorie day
    Day 2 non Ursa lift day and decrease calories 300-500
    Day 3 non Ursa lift day and decrease calories 200-400
    Day 4 non Ursa lift day and decrease calories 200-400
    Day 5 Ursa Major lift day and high calorie day

    I hope this makes sense. I’m really trying to get the calories stuff in order before starting on the 1st.

    Thank you for all your hard work that you’ve put in this plan! I’m excited to start!

    1. Yes. You’ve got it just about right. What we are trying to do is level out your metabolism. If you are feeling a little too weak on the low calorie days, add a little something. If you are way too weak during your lift days, add a little more. Everyone is a little bit different so it will take a little trial and error. The plan here is to get to where you are staying at the same weight. The second part of this will be adding more calories and upping the workout volume so that we can really build some muscle. Think of this first little bit as a wake up call to your body that it is going to have to start feeding your muscles more. This is a strength gaining phase. We’re going to gain muscle after that. If we can stabilize your metabolism now, then the added calories that we’ll be putting into your body will hopefully go to slapping on some muscle. When we ramp up your metabolism from there, it will be way easier to shed some weight at a quicker pace that won’t have you yo-yoing after that. Don’t go crazy on the numbers, but shoot for that. 200-300 calories here and there probably won’t matter too much, but don’t just drop a huge calorie bomb on yourself. If you find that you are just absolutely famished, let me know. We’ll adjust from there. Focus. Make the workouts your priority, and don’t forget about the muscle wake-up routines (these will be crucial). You’re going to get strong and stay strong!

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