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Blogger Recipe: Chocolate Cashew Butter

Mike Rothschild

Chocolate Cashew Butter Recipe by The Castaway Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole cashews, toasted*
  • ½ cup Wild Cocoa Butter Wafers
  • ½ cup Wild Chocolate Powder 
  • ¼ cup Wild MCT Oil
  • ¼ cup Wild Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup- ½ cup coconut palm sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • Pinch Wild Pink Salt 

*You can activate your cashews to reduce antinutrients and make them easier to digest. Just soak for 4 hours in water with a pinch of salt. Drain and place on a sheet pan. Then roast at 300F for 20 minutes to toast. 

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a high-powered blender**, combine the cashews and cocoa butter. Blend until smooth. 
  2. Add in the coconut sugar and chocolate powder. Add in the coconut and MCT oil and lastly the salt.
  3. Blend until it is completely smooth.  This will heat up the butter and it will be thick but liquid.
  4. Once it cools thoroughly it will solidify into a more butter-like consistency. 

**You can also make this in your food processor, but I recommend grinding you cashews alone first, for 10-15 minutes until they’re a smooth butter before adding the rest of the ingredients or it will be gritty. 

Blogger Recipe: Chia Seed Pudding Breakfast Jars

Mike Rothschild

Chia seeds have rightfully earned their place on the super food mantle. These tiny seeds are full of fiber, pack lots of omega 3 and some omega 6 fats, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and protein to boot! 

Bonus: they have some sort of voodoo magic in them that when mixed with fluid they get gel-like and turn the liquid into pudding!

This recipe makes a big batch and you can keep it simple or make personalized flavors: Vanilla, chocolate or matcha! Mix and match with Wild Sweet Nibs, fresh berries and coconut for endless breakfast fun! 

Wild Chia Seed Pudding Breakfast Jars (3 Ways!)

Recipe credit: The Castaway Kitchen

Ingredients

Flavor Options:

You’ll need:

  • Large bowl
  • 3 jars
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Whisk

How to:

  • Prepare your jars. Add ½ a tsp of vanilla powder and 2 tsp of chocolate powder to one jar. ½ tsp of vanilla and ½ tsp of matcha powder to the other jar and 1 tsp vanilla powder to the third jar.
  • In the large bowl whisk together the chia seeds, salt and coconut palm sugar.
  • Add in the coconut milk and water.
  • Whisk until mix begins to thicken.
  • Distribute the mix evenly between the three jars. 
  • Mix each one with a spoon until their flavoring is well incorporated.  You can also do this by closing them with a lid and shaking vigorously. 
  • Top with Wild sweet nibs! Adds amazing flavor and CRUNCH! Berries and coconut are great too. 
  • Set in the fridge to thicken at least 30 minutes or until ready to enjoy!

Blogger Recipe: Curry Cubes

Mike Rothschild

Move aside, bouillon cubes, we’ve got a better flavor bomb in town!

Full of anti-inflammatory turmeric, fat-burning coconut oil and mineral-rich pink Himalayan salt, you’ll want to keep a batch of these cubes around.  Ideal to add into stir-fries and soups, or thaw and mix with coconut milk for a traditional curry sauce!

Give any meal a curry boost in seconds with these delicious curry cubes. 

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Curry Cubes By The Castaway Kitchen

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Dice up your onion and garlic.
  2. Heat one tablespoon of the coconut oil in a large skillet.
  3. Add in the onion and garlic.
  4. Sauté until browned and tender.
  5. Set aside. 
  6. Add all of the spices, salt and bay leaves to a blender.
  7. Add in the rest the coconut oil and lastly the onion and garlic.
  8. Blend until smooth. 
  9. Distribute the mix evenly into an ice cube tray, and set in the freezer. You can store it like this or pop the cubes out once solid and store in a jar or bag, in the freezer. 

Add to hot soups, and any skillet meal for added fat and flavor. Let thaw in a bowl at room temperature and mix with coconut milk for a quick curry sauce. 

The possibilities are endless! 

Blogger Recipe: Dark Chocolate Matcha

Mike Rothschild

Healthy candy? Can it be?

When you combine anti-inflammatory fats with quality chlorophyll packed matcha, raw honey and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt, what you’ve get is a delicious way to keep your body in tip top shape. 

A serious hit of antioxidants and vitamins that will soothe your sweet tooth and boost your metabolism! 

Wild Dark Chocolate Matcha Bars

Recipe credit: The Castaway Kitchen
Makes 24-26 cookiesMakes 2 bars

Ingredients

For the Chocolate:

For the Matcha:

You will Need

  • Small sauce pot
  • 2 small glass bowls
  • (or a double boiler)
  • Whisk
  • Spatula 
  • 2 Candy molds or small containers lined with parchment paper 

Directions

First make the chocolate:

  1. Heat water in a small sauce pot over medium heat, place one bowl over it, but make sure it’s not touching the water. 
  2. Add in the cocoa butter wafers and heat until almost all of them are melted. 
  3. Remove from heat and whisk until all of the pieces have turned liquid.
  4. Add in the chocolate powder, vanilla powder and salt.
  5. Whisk until fully incorporated. 
  6. Add in the honey and continue whisking until mix is smooth and glassy.
  7. Let it sit under a fan to continue to cool, stir every few minutes. 

Then make the matcha:

  1. Place your second bowl over the simmering pot of water until the wafers have melted in the same fashion as before.
  2. Then whisk in the matcha, vanilla and honey. Continue to whisk until glassy.
  3. Set under a fan to cool. Stir every few minutes. 
  4. When both of the cocoa butter mixes have cooled to the point where they are thick to stir, like melted ice cream, drizzle the chocolate mixture into your mold, remember to leave room for the matcha. 
  5. Drizzle the matcha mixture over the chocolate mixture, then use a knife to create your marble design. Gently drag the tip of a knife in the chocolate to do this. 
  6. Let sit at room temperate until it hardens. You could expedite the process by putting in the fridge, if you’re going to do this, make sure you place your molds over a tray or plate so you can move them. 

Blogger Recipe: Vanilla Rose Cookies

Colin Stuckert

Vanilla Rose Cookies, because sometimes you just want to be fancy!

The perfect edible gift for baby shower and wedding season!

These soft and chewy cookies are delicate and delicious with strong notes of vanilla and hints of roses. 

Wild Vanilla Rose Cookies

Recipe credit: The Castaway Kitchen
Makes 24-26 cookies

Ingredients 

Directions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the almond meal, cassava flour, vanilla powder, baking soda and salt. 
  2. Make a well and in the well add in the honey, coconut oil and eggs. 
  3. Whisk them together until well combined, then switch to a spatula and integrate the dry mix until a nice dough forms.
  4. Fold in the rose petals. 
  5. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. 
  6. Shape 1oz balls on a greased baking sheet, placed 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake at 325F Convection for 8-9 minutes.
  8. Let cool before handling. 

Blogger Recipe: Creamy Coconut Mocha Decaf

Colin Stuckert

Oh coffee! The magic little bean that fuels us so! It’s delicious and complex flavors... its seductive aroma.

It truly is the only (real) way to wake up in the morning!

But if you love coffee as much as we do, you probably need to curb your caffeine intake from time to time.

Thank mother nature for water processed Wild Lonestar Decaf!

Most people think that decaf is caffeine-free, but that's not the case. Most decaf has about 1% caffeine. So def not what we are used to, but still a tad of caffeine nonetheless.

So how can we still get some of the benefits of coffee with caffeine in it by drinking coffee with only 1% caffeine in it?

Easy: Add Mushrooms!

Our Wild Shroom line does the trick. Medicinal mushrooms, in case you haven't heard, are revered for their mental benefits as well as their long term health-promoting benefits. (Learn more about them here.)

In summary, mushroom coffee is a great way to get similar caffeine-like benefits of mental clarity and stamina without the caffeine load. (And if you aren't in the mood to give up caffeine, try mushrooms in your regular coffee for a near-life-changing combo!)

The following recipe can be adapted to any coffee and with a mix of ingredients... so feel free to experiment! (And don't forget about the Wild Butter Brew recipe since it should be a standard in your drink repertoire.)

Deliciously brewed, blended with super foods and coconut cream; this creamy coconut mocha decaf will leave your regular cup of Joe in the dust! 

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Creamy Coconut Mocha Decaf
by The Castaway Kitchen

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Grind your coffee beans to a coarse grind and add to your French press.
  • Bring 12 ounces of filtered water to a light simmer in a kettle or sauce pot (200F).
  • Pour into the French Press. Gently stir with a wooden spoon. Let it steep for 4 minutes.
  • Press the coffee and pour it into a blender.
  • Add in the coconut cream, cordyceps and cacao powder.
  • Blend until frothy, about 30 seconds.
  • Pour into your favorite mug. Enjoy!

Blogger Recipe: Wild Tea Gummies by The Castaway Kitchen

Colin Stuckert

One of our best-selling Wild Teas, Curr Berr #6, is the perfect ingredient for the following homemade gummy recipe.

It’s sweet and tangy flavor and bright red color scream, "Make gummies out of me!"

Not to mention the fact that it's a veritable powerhouse of antioxidant inflammatory fighting goodness.

Take a bit of grass-fed beef gelatin, honey and fresh lemon juice and you’ve got a unique, delicious and adorable gummy bear that packs a punch in more ways than one.

Take a few daily for a nutritional boost or throw them in your gym bag for some post-workout recovery.

Traveling? Pack these bad boys and have protein and immune boosting power in your pocket!

Enjoy!

Curr Berr Gummies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup filtered water
  • 3 tbsp. Wild Tea #6: Curr Berr
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. local honey (or Manuka honey)
  • ¼ cup grass-fed gelatin

Directions:

  • Bring ¾ cup water to a light simmer in a small sauce pot.
  •  Remove from heat, stir in tea. Mix and cover, set aside.
  • Steep for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the tea back in to sauce pot through a fine mesh sieve, discard the berry mix.
  • Heat tea mix on medium heat.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and gelatin. Whisk until all the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the honey.
  • Distribute the mix between food grade silicone molds.
  • Refrigerate to firm, 30-40 minutes.
  • Carefully pop out of molds and store in a jar in the fridge.

*Although they do well at room temperature if you’re going to pack them in a bag for a few hours.

*If you don’t have molds, you can line a loaf pan or glass baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the mix in and place in the fridge on a flat surface until it sets and becomes firm, about 40 minutes. Then cut it into cubes.

Blogger Recipe: Pre-Workout Wild Waffles

Colin Stuckert

PreWorkout Wild Waffles by The Castaway Kitchen

One of our new campaigns here at Wild Foods is partnering with passionate food bloggers to make delicious and nutritious recipes using Wild Foods products.

To say we are pleased with the following recipe would be an understatement.... flourless waffles... WHAT?! 

These low carb, flourless waffles are the perfect morning pick me up or pre- gym snack. Make a batch and keep them in the fridge for quick grab and on-the-go nutrition. Top them will nut butters, yogurt or berries for extra goodness.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup unsweetened, smooth almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sweetener (erythritol, maple sugar or coconut palm sugar)
  • 2 tbsp. Wild Foods Cocotropic Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Wild Foods Chocolate Powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. Wild Foods MCT oil
  • Ghee or other fat for coating waffle iron

Toppings:

  • Mac Nuts
  • Coconut
  • Berries
  • Yogurt
  • Butters (nut, coconut, ghee, dairy)

Instructions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend on medium, bringing the power up to high until the mix is smooth.
  3. Heat waffle iron, when it comes to temperature, brush the iron with ghee.
  4. Add ¼ cup batter to each section. Close the iron, cook until steam has stopped and light turns green, or 3-4 minutes. Open and carefully remove waffles.
  5. Repeat until the batter is done. Makes about 6 waffles.
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Macros per waffle (using erythritol)

  • Calories 144
  • Fat 12.4
  • Carbs 4.3
  • Protein 5

The New Wild Shroom Line - Potent Mushrooms

Colin Stuckert

Are mushrooms just another health food fad?

We think not.

The truth is, people have been consuming mushrooms for their health benefits for thousands of years (not to mention for their hallucinogenic effects).

So what are these magic mushrooms everyone keeps talking about?

Mushrooms have innumerable health benefits. They used to be one of nature's best kept secrets. But word is getting out.

Adding mushrooms to your diet may help you fight cancer down the road. (Sources below)

Mushrooms are high in lean protein while low in carbohydrates. But that's not what makes mushrooms such powerful cancer fighters. They are packed with Beta-Glucans and conjugated Linoleic Acid, both of which have anti-carcinogenic effects.

Beta-Glucans inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. Linoleic Acid is helpful in suppressing the negative effects of excess estrogen - which can lead to breast cancer in postmenopausal women. If you’re at risk for cancer, fighting cancer or want to take preventative measures to fight cancer - adding tasty reishi mushrooms to your diet is always an excellent choice to help support your health goals. (Disclaimer: Mushrooms, or any food, is not meant to substitute for general or specific medical care. Always consult your doctor before making any health-related decision.)

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Mushrooms and Bone Health

We all need a little help getting down to our bones. Luckily, mushrooms are full of calcium. Not only does calcium help in strengthening our bones and fighting osteoporosis, but adding calcium to our diet can decrease joint pain and increase mobility.

Selenium, which is most often found in animal protein, can also be find in mushrooms - making it an excellent choice for vegetarians. Selenium is also a major player in adding bone strength and durability to our bodies. On top of that selenium is a powerful antioxidant which can strengthen and boost our immune system.  

Next up in the extensive list of mushroom awesomeness is a super antioxidant with a funny name—ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is an amino acid that contains sulfur, which has myriad health benefits and can help reduce overall inflammation. 

On top of all the physical health benefits, mushroom extracts have been found useful for treating anxiety, mood improvement while helping with focus and concentration.

Our Wild Cocotropic as well as our new Wild Shroom line of 5 supershrooms, are an easy way to add these potent nutrition-filled foods to your diet.

Links to mushroom related research:

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15465337
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12467913
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12101282
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18097505
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18097503

 

The Question of Coffee and Mold

Colin Stuckert

Here's an email I received in reply to this article.

I read with interest your article here on coffee.  While I agree that the brewing process for coffee can possibly kill the mold itself,  it's the mycotoxins that it produces that are heat stable.  And herein lies the problem.  The reason Dave felt bad after consuming the "moldy" coffee was because of the mycotoxins.  Therefore, I agree that at the very least, ALL coffee should be tested for mold, especially the organic, fair trade stuff.  We pay a premium for an organic product and I believe that that should also include mold testing as that is an area of concern for quite a lot of folks, myself included.   Everyone should care about mold contamination.   Most people have no idea what mold is doing to us.  It is very, very dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.  Because of this, (mold) I have had to stop drinking coffee, which I thoroughly enjoy by the way, even though I didn't start drinking it until I hit 50.  (Go figure!)  

I'm sure that you probably have little interest in the the little fuzzy stuff to give it much thought, but mold IS toxic in any form.  Even antibiotics cause our guts SERIOUS harm and it might not be until 15 or 20 years later that you actually discover the effect that the antibiotics you took as a kid are affecting you now.  I wish more people were informed about the toxic effects of mold.  Yes, it can kill you.

Thank you for letting me vent.  I hope you will reconsider your lax view on the importance of mold testing as well.

Here's my response:

The mold found in a home, like black mold, and the mold found in foods, like mycotoxin, are not the same things. There are many forms of mold, each varying in their effects on the human organism. Also, there is little evidence that mold survives the roasting process. So unless the beans are ground and then stored incorrectly, or have been whole and sat for long periods of time in improper climates, mold is not going to be an issue.

Finally, lab testing does not guarantee much. To certify something "lab tested," all someone has to do is test their beans "sometimes." I've know of certain companies that do things like this all the time, like a whey protein company that tests their whey once a year so they can market it a certain way as long as that single test finds whatever they can find.

Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of nonsense marketing hype in the food and supplement industry. And consumers should absolutely test: test for themselves by testing how they feel when they use certain products. I'm all for the scientific method. But I am not for blindly reading "lab tested," and determining it as the holy grail. That, I think, is myopic for numerous reasons.

Hope that helps!

P.S. Antibiotics should be used as a last resort. In that, we are in 100% agreement.


Might be illustrative to my take on the whole coffee and mold issue. Finally, my main point is to self-test.

Some dude in a lab coat doesn't need to tell you how to live or what to eat.

Most of the time, in fact, that dude in the lab coat does not have your best interests in mind. He's usually being paid by those that are trying to dupe you.

The idea of testing, and the blind-trust given to scientists is a dangerous mental framework that I see our current culture buying into with alarming regularity. 

Just look at what the Doctors in the 60's and 70's did to this country when they used crappy "science" to tell the world that eating fat causes heart disease.

Yikes.

Use your body as a lab. It's the best scientist you're ever going to meet.

 

-Colin
Founder

Common Intermittent Fasting Questions

Colin Stuckert

Our recent Wild Guide to Fasting received a lot of positive feedback. Read it here.

Here are some of the questions we received after posting the article and emailing it to our Wild newsletter subscribers. (Join here if you haven't yet for first access to promos and new guides.)

Subscriber Question:

I have a question about intermittent fasting and butter coffee.  I've been trying to not eat after 6 in the evening and having my butter coffee the next morning and not eating till about noon.  I know I've asked you before and you said that putting protein powder in my coffee would break the fast. I have been using your oils and butter in it, but I want to know is does your raw chocolate powder and vanilla powder (both of which I have and use) break my fast?  I love it for the flavor and antioxidants. I use a bit of Lakanto or stevia, zero glycemic, for a sweetener.

So I'm a bit confused on what breaks the fast.  I know my cup of coffee has some calories to it, mostly from the fat, but it sustains me till noon.

My Response:

Anything sweet is going to break your fast much easier than protein. Fat is ideal for not breaking a fast, but even certain kinds of dairy fat can contribute to breaking it, so the kind of fat does matter. (Why we love butter and MCT oil so much.)

From some recent research I've seen by a Dr doing solid IF research, he has figured out a number that he thinks will give one many of the benefits of fasting while still consuming a small amount of calories, which is somewhere around ~500 a day if I recall correctly.

Based on this, and from what I've seen, I would recommend going with your whey as you have, as well as vanilla powder and cocoa as even more safe options, while trying to avoid sweetener as much as possible.

Even though something like stevia or xylitol can be no sugar, your brain interprets them the same as ingesting sugar and so you can be prone to an insulin-like response, thus knocking you out of a fasted state. 


Subscriber Question:

Colin, excellent timing for me with this article as I've been doing the fasting for the new year.  I don't eat after dinner (between 5-6) have my butter coffee the next morning and don't eat till noon.

Let me ask you, in order to get more protein in because of the weight training I do, does a scoop of whey in your morning coffee technically break the fast?  I know you've mentioned your wild whey being good in coffee?

My Response:

Technically, you won't be straight fasting with then protein. It's typically fat that seems to have less of a "break the fast" response. That said, there's some interesting research from a fasting researcher that has a style of fasting based on eating a small amount of calories a day, say around 400-500, while still showing similar benefits of fasting with no calories.

I have a feeling that you should always be aiming to go as low calorie, low protein, and definitely ZERO carbs, as possible when fasting, but even if it's not ZERO does not mean you aren't getting benefit.

Again, progress not perfection.


Subscriber Question:

I have been fasting for 20-24 hours once or twice a week for the last year and really like it, but have always been annoyed with juggling my workouts to avoid fasting on the same day.

I am looking forward to trying the 16/8 plan. Out of curiosity, do you exercise inside your 8 hour eating window or outside of it.

My Response:

Start eating your first meal after your workout. Your life is forever changed 

That's probably the single greatest training based benefit I got from IF. So much better to train without food in my system. Tim Ferris also talks about this in his recent podcast.

Questions and "I Don't Know" - A Letter From The CEO

Colin Stuckert

It’s been awhile since I wrote a Wild Letter.

Since then, a lot has changed for us, and a lot for the country.

But don’t worry, I’m not here to talk about politics, or to take one side or the other. And I’m definitely NOT going to — presumptuously—predict what’s going to happen the way every news outlet, columnist, blogger and media organization is doing right now.

Nope I won’t do any of that.

After all, we are in the food business, not the media, entertainment or news business.

That said, there is never a time in life when optimism and learning are not useful. So I’m going to try to cover some of these today.

Let's start with something that all humans have in common—the human brain.

And in case you didn't know, your brain is the most complex creation the universe has ever seen.

Lucky you. Lucky me.

We still don’t know how the human brain completely works, and many scientists speculate we will never fully unearth its mysteries.

But no matter how you look at it, it’s unfathomably awesome that nature has created a species that is capable of a consciousness that allows it to question its own existence.

We are lucky to be able to question life and ourselves, yet we royally suck at both.

Our human consciousness is what defines human experience, and we have a random colliding of atoms to thank for that gift.

Not bad for a place (the universe) that’s defined by a random colliding of elements.

Regardless of what you believe or don’t believe about how we came to be, I think we can all agree on one thing: we are a miracle—life is a miracle—and we are damn lucky to be alive at this moment.

Now let’s look at the brain.

The human brain fascinates me for many reasons. The thing that really gets me is the fact that we all have brains, yet we all think and see life so differently.

There is no objective way to measure or compare individual experience, which is crazy because reality is nothing more than an interpretation of sensory inputs by a human brain.

And considering we all have brains, you’d think it would be easier to agree on things, yet we live in a world that is largely divided by the incongruence of our beliefs.

At this point, there are a few forks in the road I could take while still getting to a point.

Actually, I’m not sure which fork I want to take at this time, or which point I want to make, for that matter.

I could spend some time rapping about the fact that you and I will never, ever, ever be able to fully understand another’s point of view—human, horse, democratic, republican, sand flea—let alone the point of view of half of a country that votes one way or the other.

And that we should stop trying to understand or argue and should start accepting. (We most definitely aren’t changing anyone’s mind, so we really need to stop trying to do that as well.)

Human existence is profound on so many levels, but the one that gets to me the most—and that I see the most—is the fact that few of us lack an understanding of the way people are yet we are still so surprised every time a human acts like a human that we could easily be diagnosed as textbook insane.

(The definition of insanity, according to Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.)

Maybe I should try to convey how, since perception is reality, and to a profound degree we can adjust our perception if we are aware enough of it, life really is what you choose it to be.

No more, no less… and all choice.

Yea, let’s go with this point since this it’s already something I think about often as I go through life trying to control my own reality.

Since I love the Stoics, and consider myself a “Stoic” of sorts, here are a couple Stoic quotes to kick things off:

“How many have laid waste to your life when you weren’t aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusements— how little of your own was left to you. You will realize you are dying before your time!”

—Seneca, On The Shortness of Life

“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

I’m not audacious enough to think I have anything to say that these great men have not already said, but I will try to summarize some of what I’ve come to understand through study and life over the years.

Here are a few thoughts relating to the mind, life and being better at both. I hope you find at least one thing useful here that you can use in your life to live better.

You choose everything in your life, whether you think you do or not.

 

Think about that for a second: you choose everything you choose.

This inescapable truth of reality is something many are ignorant to and the rest seem to forget on the regular.

After all, most people let their friends, favorite YouTubers and the media choose the thoughts and beliefs that shape their reality.

You might think these individuals aren’t actually choosing since they are letting others choose for them, but I’d remind you that they first have to choose who they pay attention to.

No matter how you spin it, it all comes down to choice.

What’s more insidious about human belief is, most influence is done at the subconscious level where most are unaware that their beliefs are being formed by someone else.

(And this is really scary if you think about it considering the recent political landscape and the prevalence of social media and all the “fake news” being passed around.)

I remember reading about the concept of “contagion.” The author asserted that we (basically) absorb the beliefs from people around us at the subconscious level and that there is little we can do to change this.

But you can do something about it, a lot in fact.

First, you make the choice of who you spend your time with, what you read, and who you watch on YouTube.

Second, you make the choice to question your beliefs as often as possible with the goal of better understanding yourself and others. Or, on the flip side, you never question your beliefs while being oblivious to the fact that maybe your beliefs suck and/or are harmful to your life and those around you.

Third, you make the choice to admit that there is little you can control in life while accepting that the only thing within your control are your thoughts and actions.

Fourth, you make the choice—or you don’t—to be ok with not knowing things. As Socrates said, “I know one thing; that I know nothing.”

It’s all choice. Unfortunately, most people choose without 1) knowing that they are choosing and 2) realizing the long term effects their choosing or lack of choosing has on their life.

I want to make one more point on number 4 above on the topic of not knowing and the prevalence of so many convictions I see being passed around from all sides.

When I see convicted individuals on one side of a point versus another side, I usually think of one of my favorite philosophers, Nietzsche, and one of his brilliant quotes.

It’s this: “Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.”

This is one of those quotes that makes you think.

Why are convictions more dangerous enemies of truth than lies?

Because convictions are based on the rigged assumption that you are right and/or that your way is the best way, both of which pave the way for things like bigotry, closed-mindedness, and radical terrorism, to name a few.

When you are convicted, you are biased to the nth degree.

You succumb to confirmation bias in it’s purest form—the bias that leads you to seek out information that confirms your beliefs while ignoring, or straight up not seeing, information that challenges your beliefs. (This is also the reason why debating politics has the reverse effect: all you are doing is becoming more resolute in your beliefs while making your opponent more resolute in their beliefs.)

In a nutshell, convictions lead to many forms of cognitive bias and are why things like politics and race, two things that tend to have a “Us vs Them” line in the sand, rarely lead to progress.

Convictions are further compounded by the fact that—for reasons I’m not exactly sure of—it has become taboo in our culture to say, “I don’t know.”

Maybe it’s our age of Google and instant information that led us all to believe that we should all have an opinion on everything.

But “I don’t know” is something you can implement in your life today that will show immediate results.

Take “I don’t know” and sprinkle in more questions combined with less statements and you have a winning strategy for life that will help you in every personal and professional situation you will ever face.

I don’t know is the path to wisdom. I don’t know helps you avoid convictions and the biases that come from thinking you know what you know.

I don’t know leads to testing, good questions, and more self-awareness (and we need need more of each in our current age).

We all need less conviction and more I don’t know.

And at the individual level, you will do so much better with each.

Choose to be ok with not knowing.

Choose who you spend your time with and who you let influence you.

Choose the say no to your natural tendency to be arrogantly convicted.

Choose to embrace I don’t know don’t know.

Choose to question more and talk less.

Yours in Life,

 

-Colin
Founder/CEO

The Wild Foods December Promotion

Colin Stuckert

Since December is a time of giving and showing gratitude for loved ones, our December promo is going to help you do just that by getting as many Wild Minis into your hands as possible!

Our team has already produced 500 minis this week in preparation for the December promotion. And more are on the way.

Wild Minis are 1-2oz sizes of the Wild Foods product line. They are great for travel, trying new ingredients and, best of all, gifting.

And they fit perfectly in stockings. Like perfect... See how perfect:

 
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To help you fill those stockings and give the gift of Wild Foods, we are offering the following promotion for every order placed in the Wild Foods store for the month of December (no promo code required):

  • Order $25 = Receive 3x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $9)
  • Order $50 = Receive 5x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $15)
  • Order $75 = Receive 7x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $21)
  • Order $100 = Receive 10x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $30)
  • Order $150 = Receive 15x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $45)
  • Order $200 = Receive 25x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $75)
  • Order $249 = Receive 35x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $105)
  • Order $499+ = Receive 60x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $150)
  • Order $999+ = Receive 150x Bonus Wild Minis (Retail Value = $300)

Average Retail Value for Wild Minis = $3.00

Start Shopping Now!

Product Spotlight: Wild Cocotropic

Colin Stuckert

Our new Wild Cocotropic is a potent blend of our best-selling Wild Chocolate with reishi mushroom, raw maca powder, mucuna pruriens and Wild Turmeric.

It contains no sweeteners, so you can sweeten with your preferred sweetener and drink it like hot cocoa or just add it to smoothies, shakes or a mug of butter coffee.

The options and benefits are limitless—anything relating to mood, brain and focus. You can improve your focus while also decreasing anxiety and distraction. The potent superfood powders, reishi mushroom and mucuna pruriens, each have their own powerful effects on the brain. 

Ingredients: 100% Organic Non-Alkalized Natural Wild Cocoa powder, Reishi Mushroom Extract, Organic Raw Maca powder, Mucuna Pruriens Extract, Organic Turmeric