What Is Keto
The keto diet, short for ketogenic, is a dietary strategy that focuses on restricting carbs in favor of consuming high amounts of healthy fats and eating moderate amounts of protein.
There are varying methods and sub-strategies under the low-carb umbrella like modified keto, the carnivore diet, low-fat keto, and high-protein, although keto purist might argue against some of these as being methods that do not produce a constant state of ketosis.
Our bodies can reach a state of nutritional ketosis as a result of extended, restricted carbohydrate intake. We begin burning fat for fuel, instead of sugar from carbs, and begin producing ketones which can be a powerful fuel source for our bodies and brains.
When I am in ketosis I feel alert and clear-headed with a steady and sustainable source of energy. I initially came to the ketogenic lifestyle to shed a few extra pounds but I have stuck around with this strategy of eating to keep reaping the mental clarity and sustained energy benefits. Read More
Podcasts To Listen To
Podcasts have exploded over recent years. There are endless shows available now that can satisfy anyone’s interest from the broadest of ranging topics to the most narrow of niches.
Thanks to podcasts we as a society are:
Being captivated by investigative tales and true crime sagas
Learning of history in a compelling and unsanitized format
Adopting dietary changes and undertaking mindfulness practices
Enjoying gut-wrenching laughs from uncensored comedy
Simply finding more joy in life
The amount of content being produced and published these days is staggering. It is a brilliant new day for the sharing of stories, artistic expressions, and information all the while keeping us thoroughly entertained.
The only resulting problem for the public with this new wealth of podcast shows is how to wade through it all and get to the truly juicy shows.
Here at Still Feel 21, we are up to our ears in podcasts. We are obsessed with consuming, reviewing, ranking, dissecting, and recommending podcast series. We are here to help with a continual flow of podcast suggestions. Read More
Benefits Of Fasting
Intermittent fasting is exactly as it sounds, which means alternating blocks of time between eating and periods of abstaining from food. There are numerous health benefits from intermittent fasting, including but not limited to:
Induces several cellular repair processes
Gene expression benefitting longevity
Weight loss and management
Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
Potential to stave off Alzheimer’s disease
Your Intermittent Fasting Guide
Getting started with intermittent fasting may seem daunting and it might feel counterintuitive to abstain from eating for a significant period of time so thankfully there is a wealth of content and trusted advisors online that can help guide us through our journeys with fasting.
There is one voice online, in particular, that seems to rise above the bro science and proclamations from hobbyist, and when he speaks it is done so in a reasoned, credentialed, and easy going manner.
That voice belongs to Dr. Eric Berg, a chiropractor that specializes in weight loss and has built an online empire of sound and trusted advice surrounding diet, nutrition, and overall wellness. Read More
The Ex-Man Podcast
Riding The Wave
I have always been fascinated by underground music. I have distinct memories of being around 6 years old when MTV first debuted back in 1981. Back then, they featured lots of British bands in their rotation. Videos from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Madness had me riveted to the TV and my brain permanently wired to seek out alternative pathways for exploring new music.
In the early 2000’s there was another era of underground music that I had the fortune of becoming engrossed in as well. This movement was the New Wave of American Heavy Metal and it made significant noise in the industry through a variety of bands fusing various influences like thrash and hardcore punk.
Bands within this scene reached commercial heights that will most likely never be met again by such a large number of artists at the same time under the realm of aggressive rock ‘n roll. Metalcore, as the scene and style of music, got tagged, exploded.
Bands like Lamb of God and Shadows Fall toured worldwide and had coveted slots on the iconic national touring property Ozzfest. MTV revived Headbangers Ball to get in on the resurgence of metal and many bands from this time sold well into the hundreds of thousands of album sales.
God Forbid from New Jersey was one of those bands that were firmly entrenched with street credibility, commercial sales, major tours, and the chops on stage to hang with the scenes preeminent acts. Doc Coyle was a co-founder and guitarist from God Forbid and was globally recognized as one of the truly good dudes from that era. Read More
The End For Me Has Arrived
I am a lifelong diehard Howard Stern fanatic and I am no longer compelled to tune into his show. Howard has earned my eternal gratitude for a 20+ year run of unparalleled entertainment, but that run has definitively ended for me.
Some changes in my consumption of entertainment coupled with some disappointing moments in the evolution of Howard's show have both lent to my current disinterest.
I am formally declaring the end of my listenership while also extending a heartfelt thanks to Howard and his staff. They colored my mornings in a manner that can never be replicated by any other personality or entertainment crew again. Read More
NFL Fantasy Goes Mainstream
Football is king and that is a beautiful thing. While my interest in other professional sports has seemed to wane a bit as I have grown older and started a family, my passion for NFL football has increased tenfold and borderlines on an obsession.
There is no doubt that my love for fantasy football has fueled my continued and increasing interest in the NFL. The way that pro football is covered by major sports media these days, highlighting fantasy stats and catering to fantasy players, is a clear indication that I am not alone in this dual purpose interest in the NFL. The explosion of fantasy football and the ascension of the NFL seem to go hand in hand. Read More
The Power Of Meditation
Inroads To The Mainstream
Meditation, or the general practice of mindfulness, seems to be slowly making inroads into the collective consciousness of the mainstream.
Just about anywhere you turn these days you seem to run into an article, podcast discussion, or some sort of social site mention about the benefits of meditation.
I understand the desire of those who practice meditation to want to share with the world the benefits they have been experiencing, but in the past, I have found myself a little hesitant to bring up the subject amongst my peers.
Something about voluntarily sharing that I meditate felt like bragging and maybe even coming off as slightly pompous, so I have kept my practice close to my heart until recently.
I can no longer hold back, though, from sharing the many benefits that meditation has brought into my life. Read More
Butter In Your Coffee
Ketogenic Powerhouse Or Fad?
Have you blended grass-fed butter and coconut oil in your coffee yet? Known as Bulletproof coffee, it is rapidly growing beyond an underground beverage of choice for CrossFit athletes and ketogenic diet devotees.
The caffeinated concoction was created by Dave Asprey, founder, and CEO of The Bulletproof brand. There are purported wellness benefits to be gained by consuming buttered coffee, a beverage that is now being touted by others than just Dave and the growing legions of Bulletproof diehards.
The sharp increase of visibility along with the claims of wellness benefits are starting to give Bulletproof coffee the feel of being just another health craze fad. Read More
The School Of Greatness Podcast
Lewis Howes is the founder and host of The School Of Greatness podcast. He is an entrepreneur, author, and former professional football player from the Arena League.
If you even just passively dabble in consuming content related to personal-development or entrepreneurship, then you will be familiar with many of the guests that Lewis has assembled throughout his impressive catalog of episodes.
From Tony Robbins to Eric Thomas to Dr. Brene Brown, Lewis lines up the heavy hitters of their respective fields for a long-form format of conversation that is always as informative as it is entertaining. Read More
Heart, Hustle, and Soul
Gary Vaynerchuk has become the standard bearer for hustling. He is a showman without a doubt, but the fuel for Gary’s rocket ride to becoming one of the most iconic online persona’s today is the value he consistently provides with his content and the integrity with which he has built his brand.
Gary seems heartfelt in wanting every single person he touches to break free from the soul-sucking trap of the rat race. He implores people to take definitive and immediate action in pursuit of their own entrepreneurial dreams. Read More
A Stitcher Original Series Podcast
I would imagine that most people could relate to feeling some sort of sense that there is something better for them out there in the world.
At one time or another, most have probably felt the pull of an opportunity offering the promise of a purpose and an upgraded lifestyle if they just remained focused on the goal with positive intentions.
If cultivated in the right manner, these desires could be used to harness action towards a worthwhile pursuit in life. If left unchecked, these yearnings could be preyed upon and taken advantage of without the slightest hint of impropriety ever being revealed in the offering until it was too late and the damage was done.
The Dream is a brand new podcast offering hosted by award winning journalist Jane Marie that takes a hard, investigative look at multi-level marketing, a model of selling and distributing products peer to peer with a tiered sales recruiting component being the fulcrum of the entire operation. Read More
The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast
Top Of The Podcast Game
Podcasts have exploded over recent years. There seems to be a show available to fit anyone’s interest from the broadest of ranging topics to the most narrow of niches.
To me, there is no one creating better podcast content than Joe Rogan. He is a prolific producer of shows and his guests are consistently captivating.
Joe is a comedian at heart but his podcast show does not revolve around comedy. Quite often the discussions center around deconstructing life and examining current social issues. Those are the topics that have always most fascinated me about his show.
While there are countless individuals from a wide range of interest and walks of life who have made repeat visits to the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast there is one individual who I believe is the undisputed best and greatest recurring guest. That guest is Duncan Trussell. Read More
ESPN Fantasy Focus Football Podcast
Premium Fantasy Football Analysis
I doubt this piece will ever reach Matthew Berry, Field Yates, or anyone else connected to the ESPN Fantasy Focus Football podcast. Should it ever somehow, though, I hope they can sense that the overarching tone of this article is one of love.
If any frustration or constructive criticism is pouring out of me and onto my computer screen as I type away, it is fully stemming from a place of genuine care and appreciation as well.
I think the team on the ESPN Fantasy Focus Football podcast do an incredible job at bringing compelling, informative, and insider worthy content to their audience show after show, week after week, for basically the entire calendar year. Read More
Words Matter Podcast
A Stalled Political System
Politics in the United States is beyond a hot mess and it has been for years. The car crash analogy is a fitting one: As painful and sad as the wreckage all appears to be I just can not turn away from looking.
On one hand, I am completely fatigued by the incessant churning of the 24-hour political news cycle while on the other hand I am routinely drawn into getting a daily fix of stories and analysis.
I will put this out there right up front, I am left-leaning, but I suspect like the majority of Americans I gravitate towards the middle.
While I am fully supportive of the social freedoms the Democrats espouse, I am disheartened by their lack of vision and incapability of voicing a cohesive message. In the face of our mounting federal debt, I am intrigued by fiscally conservative principles touted by traditional Republicans, but where are the supportive actions and policies? Bush exploded the debt while in office and the trickle down theory is a joke in practice with wealth disparity raging out of control. Read More
The Wonder Of Our Bodies
Our bodies, their functionality, and their intricate design are truly something to marvel at. Our bodies can also, unfortunately, veer off into dysfunctional physiological behavior, firing off discomforting or even bizarre outbreaks of symptoms at times.
Oftentimes, many of us ignore rashes, bumps, or other more alarming signals from our bodies in hopes that whatever the heck is causing the current malfunctioning will simply go away.
When we do finally find the time or get up the necessary courage to go see a doctor, we are often treated to a 5-minute crash course visit with an overworked and seemingly uninterested healthcare provider who quickly grabs for a prescription pad prior to even having an in-depth or probative conversation with us. Read More