Depending on where in the United States you live, you may have recently found yourself one small step closer to living a Paleolithic lifestyle — one without electricity, that is.
We’ve been without power for three days. And based on the latest estimates, it might be another day until we return to artificial lighting, hot showers and wi-fi.
🥶 We’ve been trying to embrace the disruption and make the best of the situation. In a way, it’s allowed us to slow the pace of our normal life a bit, and I enjoyed having no choice but to take a cold shower.
🕯 Also, I really liked syncing my circadian rhythm with the natural light (supported by candle light, which has more favorable wavelengths compared to the artificial lighting we typically rely on).
I even suggested to my wife that we continue using candle light at night, even after Georgia Power has restored electrical service. I’m not sure my arguments have fully convinced her though.
🥩 Of course, not having power for extended periods can also be an inconvenience. For example, I had to rent a truck from Home Depot and solicit help from a friend to move our two freezer chests to his garage in order to protect our $3,000 worth of frozen grass-fed meat (which is from the whole cow we recently purchased).
As a result, I’ll strongly consider getting a standby generator to keep our most critical infrastructure operational (like our freezers and fridge).
Beyond that, we really embraced the outage and we’re thankful for having awesome friends who were willing to lend a hand (shout out to Jess and Bryan), and who we got the opportunity to spend a lot of time with.
Besides thinking about backup power, I also had time to think about other home improvements that could positively influence our health and well-being.
🚰 One of the things that I’d like to get next year is a whole-house water filtration system. We already have an under-sink reverse-osmosis filter, but it removes all minerals from the water — including the beneficial ones like magnesium, calcium and iron.
So I’m considering getting a unit from RadiantLife that preserves many of these minerals. It’s an investment, but one I think is worth it.
Below is a list of the articles I’ve published since the last newsletter:
- Carbon Air Pillow by Eight Sleep Review: The Carbon Air Pillow by Eight Sleep is an advanced cooling pillow that uses perforated, carbon-infused memory foam to prevent the surface of the pillow from heating up, thus improving the quality of your sleep.
- PowerDot Smart Muscle Stimulator Review: PowerDot 2.0 is an electric muscle stimulator (EMS) that has been scientifically proven to reduce pain, speed up recovery times and improve strength and conditioning. In this review, I’ll tell you how my wife and I use PowerDot as part of our CrossFit routine.
Here’s What I’m Currently Working On
- I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my review of a relatively new meal replacement powder called HLTH Code*.
- I just ordered an Oura Ring so I can compare it to WHOOP and Biostrap.
- Next week, I’ll record my video review of the Eight Sleep system, after having slept on the cooling mattress for several weeks.
- I’m knee-deep into testing my biological age so I have a baseline that will help me understand if my interventions are working.
Books I’m Reading
- The Case for Keto* (advance copy) by Gary Taubes: Explains why portion control and caloric restriction aren’t effective strategies for people who suffer from obesity.
- I ordered Dr. Saladino’s book* on the carnivore diet because I want to try that next.
- Why We Get Sick* by Dr. Benjamin Bikman, co-founder of HLTH Code, the meal replacement powder I recently reviewed.
- Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick and Infertile*. This book explains how estrogen-like chemicals found in food storage containers made from plastic, the food we eat, the water we drink and the skin care products we use every day make us sick.
That’s it for October! Thanks so much for continuing to read my newsletter and blog posts, and for all the great feedback and comments! Keep ‘em coming.