What I’m Eating: Stress-Free Stuff

productimagemagnesiumlthreonateface300x500_300xIn 2018, I’m going to make money from my Blog. Yep. It’s gonna happen. And it’s gonna happen without me becoming a video-game review guy, or by Blogging about random stuff.  I’m going to make it a Dad Diary (which I’m surprised isn’t really out there) all about the stuff middle-aged father-dudes care about.

big thing I’m into, as I approach my 45th birthday, is reducing stress and improving sleep. Less stress and adequate sleep is the key to longevity and daily sanity.

So here’s what I’m doing:

  • Magnesium L-Threanate (two good articles here and here) supplement – there are many Magnesium supplements but this one is, “is heavily linked to improved learning and memory. “
  • Leafy spinach in a smoothie (my recipe is below) because it’s a natural source of Magnesium
  • Daily Fish Oil Supplement (for my Omega 3s) from Trader Joe’s
  • Half a Trader Joe’s Men’s Multi-Vite (why “half”? Because I eat good food and take a scoop of Green Vibrance daily; the multi-vitamin will give me the Vitamin C & E that are so important)
  • Almond Butter with celery and dark chocolate chips as a night time snack

71xqy3bti0l-_sx522_Don’s Dad Diary Calming Smoothie Recipe:

  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup (or a good handful) of leafy spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbl Spoons Almond Butter
  • 1/2 cup ice

Mix it all together in a Vitamix (or do your best with your blender …but seriously …invest in your sanity and get a Vitamix …a Vitamix is basically a garbage disposal on your counter-top …there’s nothing it can’t chew up and make into a smoothie).

Just gotta ad exercise and I think I’m adding years to my life.


Ultimate Breakfast, Daily Supplement, and Post-Breakfast and Post-Dinner Supplements


One egg, scrambled, with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a handful of shredded leaf spinach. I chase that down with 3 ounces of orange juice mixed with a tablespoon of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, and I mix in a teaspoon of Green Vibrance, a teaspoon of Chia Seeds, 50 mg of Magnesium, and a baby aspirin.
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fiber, and even a little bit of protein, these tiny seeds can elevate just about any meal or snack to a nutritional powerhouse. More here.

During the Day

I put MCT Oil in my late morning cuppa coffee (for my brain).

Dinner and Evening

After dinner, I put a half scoop of Green Vibrance mixed with a teaspoon of Maca Powder in some water and wash down another 100 mg of Magnesium.

Maca is packed with many nutrients, including fatty acids and amino acids. It is an excellent source of protein, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and fiber. More on Maca here.

Going Green …Green Vibrance

Multivitamins have been bothering my stomach recently. So, instead, I’ve been having a daily smoothie with spinach in the mornings. When I get smoothies at a place like Beyond Juice, they always put “shots” in them, adding Gingko or Wheatgrass or whatever. I wanted to do that at home and for some reason I’d never really looked hard enough , but they have all these additives at places like Plum Market or Whole Foods.

So, today, Green Vibrance is going to be a part of my life every morning. My smoothie is 1/4 cup leaf spinach, 5 mini carrots, 1/3rd of a banana, 1/4 cup water, 1 cup frozen pineapple, and 1 scoop Green Vibrance.

I’ve read I’ll have all day energy, my hair might get thicker and grow back, I’ll sleep better, stress less, remember more, and be able to bend spoons using only my mind.

And I’m drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar everyday. I don’t know how good it will be for me, but it’s gotta be better than adding McDonalds and a cigarette daily. What do I have to lose?