Dreaming of Tom Brady…sleepwear. Really, the sleepwear.

I don’t sleep. I haven’t since I was a kid. That was, until I got the Athlete Recovery Sleepwear. The day I got these pajamas, my life changed.

I know, that sounds dramatic. I assure you that it is not. I thought I had found the answer to hacking my sleep with California Poppy Seed extract, but I was wrong. The answer is this sleepwear.

Created by TB12, aka Tom Brady, and Under Armour, the Athlete Recovery Sleepwear is specifically designed to help athletes recover faster. According to the website, its patented  “bioceramic print on the inside of the sleepwear absorbs natural heat and reflects Far infrared back into the skin, helping the body sleep better and recover faster.” When you sleep, you recover, so it makes sense that when you sleep better, your recovery will be enhanced. There is also a growing amount of information about the benefits of infrared on the body, one of which is that is promotes healing on a cellular level. (Here is a great article from Dr. Axe on the effects of infrared on the body.)

Bioceramic. Hmm. Sounds comfortable, right? Surprisingly, it is. It is incredibly soft material. I have the shorts and t-shirt, because I am constantly plagued with mid back soreness and tight hip muscles.  They fit true to size, with just enough room to not be overly snug, but not enough to bunch in the night.

At the time I write this, I have only been using these for about a week. I can’t provide evidence that I am healing faster. However, on the morning of the first night I tried the sleep set, I did a trial run for a Spartan Race, where I completed 12 of the more challenging obstacles. (And fell off one; I am not that bad ass.) I expected to wake up feeling like I had been hit by a truck, but I didn’t. I was a little sore, but when you climb ropes, scale walls, carry buckets of rocks, throw a spear and fall from a log 6’ above the ground, you should be REALLY sore. I wasn’t.

sleep cycle 1I can provide evidence that I am sleeping better. Courtesy of the Sleep Cycle app, I have been tracking my sleep quality over the last few months. On the average, my sleep quality ranges from between 35-50% (left photo). This means that only 35-50% of the time I am asleep is quality sleep. (No wonder I need coffee to stay awake.) Since using the Athlete Recovery sleepwear, my sleep quality has improved to 80-85% sleep 2(right photo). That is a marked increase in quality sleep. I still use the poppy-seed extract to fall asleep quickly, but now I am staying asleep, and waking up ready to go.

From what I have seen so far, I want more of these. I want the pants, the tank top, and the sheets. They are pricey (fortunately mine were a gift) and they rarely go on sale. The pajamas range from $59.00-$99.00, and the sheets from $100.00 – $350.00. I will be buying more. For me to say that at these prices, they must be worth it.

Regardless of whether you love or hate Tom Brady, you will love this sleepwear. I highly recommend it,  for everyone, not just athletes.

If you want to check them out, click here. You can thank me later.

Fudge for breakfast? Count me in! 

Fudge for breakfast? Count me in!  This is the recipe for my morning fudge. I am going to give you the recipe first, then the why below, because it drives me nuts having to read 2000 words before I get to the recipe I came to the post for.

Good Morning Fudge

  • 1/2 c. grass fed butter
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil
  • 1 c. tahini
  • 1/4 c. cacao
  • 1/2 -1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp maca
  • 1 Tbsp acai
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of cayenne powder
  • small handful unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

Melt butter and coconut oil in glass measuring cup. Mix in remaining ingredients, except coconut flakes. Sprinkle coconut flakes at the bottom of ice cube tray or muffin cups for added texture if desired. (You can also mix them in; after having done it both ways, I prefer them at the bottom of the cups.) Pour into silicone ice cube trays or muffin cups (1/2 full). Refrigerate until set, about an hour.

This recipe, originally derived from Phat Fudge (https://paleochef.com), makes a great jump start for the morning. Before I started intermittent fasting, this was my morning staple, along with a cup of Bulletproof Coffee. Now its gets mixed into my day somewhere during my eating period, usually when I need a little boost of energy.

The coconut oil, organic and unrefined, gives a quick boost of energy. It also aids in weight loss and digestion, and boosts immunity.  (For some additional benefits and uses, see https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html.)  Grass fed butter is a healthy fat that provides fuel for your brain and body, and will keep you going for hours. It’s better to use grass fed butter, because you are getting organic fuel that you can use, versus chemical by-products created by hormone-infused cattle feed.

Tahini is high in B vitamins, which help with energy and skin health.  It is also high in calcium and healthy fats, and contains nutrients that assist in liver detoxification.

Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps reverse oxidative damage from free radicals, and it aids in brain function. It can also delay aging and helps treat age related chronic disease (Heck, yeah – sign me up!)

Cayenne is a metabolism booster and allergy fighter. It also has digestive benefits for most people. I keep the dose low because it has the opposite effect on me, so feel free to add more when you make your batch.

Acai powder is loaded with anti-oxidants  and has been found to help with overall cholesterol. It also adds a deeper chocolate flavor to the fudge.

Maca is loaded with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, and is used to reduce menstrual symptoms, and improve libido.

Cinnamon aids in circulation and heart health, it helps regulate blood sugar, and it boosts metabolism. And, it tastes great in this recipe.

Honey is more for taste, as you don’t get much of a health benefit from the small amount used. However, honey has cancer fighting properties, increases stamina and performance and aids in fighting allergies. All good reasons not to skip it.

For more information on the fudge and the ingredients in it, check out my book, Midlife Mom to Supermom: How to Turn Stressed and Tired into Happy and Energized, available 12/1/2017 on Amazon.

Why Midlife Mom?

IMG_1795I was tired, overweight and stressed to the point of being unhealthy. Very unhealthy; so much so that that I couldn’t really function. I was angry all the time, and I took bitter to a new level. I was unemployed, which was only partially my choice. It was partially because I was such a wreck that no one wanted to be around me. Something had to change, but no one could change this except me. Hundreds of job applications and multiple days of napping on the sofa later, I decided enough was enough.  I was taking control back.

Taking control started with my physical body.  I discovered that I didn’t need pills or programs. I could control my physical conditions. (I was fortunate not to have anything serious, which was checked first.)

I discovered bio-hacking, and it was life changing.

As soon as I had a handle on myself physically and had hacked myself into an energized state, my mind followed. I learned that I didn’t need to accept that my memory was failing in midlife. There was something I could do about it. I did, and as I did, people started take notice. My attitude improved greatly. I was no longer angry. I was actually happy, almost to the point of being annoying. I was active. I lost weight and looked healthy. Gone was the exhausted, overweight, tired midlife woman who had let herself go.

That’s when the questions started. What was I doing different? Why was I so happy? Where did I get all this energy? How can they do what I am doing? I tried to answer the best I could, but try explaining months of physical experimenting, mental gymnastics, and soul searching in a few sentences.

I set out to create road map to hack your system from the tired, stressed out midlife version of yourself back to an energetic, enthusiastic human again.  At first it was just to help my friends that were asking me what I was doing, but soon I was being asked by people I didn’t know. I found myself coaching folks I had never laid eyes on to change their lives. That is when I realized this was bigger than myself. There was an entire generation of people experiencing these same things at the same time I was. If I knew something that could change how they felt on a day to day basis, I needed to share it.

Enter Midlife Mom. The book came first. Videos and social media followed, and now the blog. The goal: help others hack themselves out of the midlife funk and into feeling amazing every day.  Women mostly. because we tend to feel worse, but men can, and do, use these same techniques. (I bio-hacked my husband before he realized what I was doing. Fortunately, by the time he did, he was already on board.)

IMG_1831What is bio-hacking? It is taking your system, body and mind, and engineering the output using food, supplements and the tricks and tips you will find here. Using bio-hacking, I have gone from a tired mess to feeling better than I did in my early twenties. I now live life on my own terms, physically charged and with a clarity of mind and a purpose that I have never experienced before.

So, how do you feel right now?  Are you ready to feel good again? Do you want more energy? Do you want to feel happy again? If you are ready for change, follow along. If not, you know where to find me now. On your worst day, remember this: you don’t have to feel like this anymore. You can change it. And I am here to help when you are ready.