The last year has been one of the hardest of my life. Just as things were getting better they took an unforeseen and ridiculous turn for that has kept my stress level pretty much maxed out since May. I have a very difficult time getting to sleep and never wake up feeling rested anymore. I spend a good portion of my day listening to podcasts at work, particularly Tim Ferris, Ben Greenfield, and Joe Rogan, and had begun to look into nurtopics as a way to alleviate stress and gain energy. I had actually made the decision on which type to purchase when I got a Facebook invite to like a friends new page.
After talking with James Kerr about his new product, Focused Alert Relaxed, and new company On Tapp Nutrition, he gifted me some samples (it was at my 40th birthday party so I’m calling its gift anyways). I first tried the tea pack (Smartea Pants), simply mixed it into water, and was astounded that despite skipping my morning coffee I was completely awake for hours without being jittery, and had so much physical energy that what started as a hike to try and get pictures of a moose turned into a mile trail run at 9500 feet in elevation. Since, I have been taking a daily serving of F.A.R before work, and while I am combining the with coffee (I was raised on coffee, that morning ritual will never end) my overall mental functions have improved drastically. I no longer experience the slow wake up period for intensive thought that I used to, I don’t feel the need for a nap on my lunch break everyday, and perhaps the most impressive and I also don’t have huge swings up and down throughout the day because of caffeine. I’m not big on endorsing products, particularly when related to health, but when something comes along that has this much of a positive impact on me, I feel absolutely compelled to help spread the word.