a zen of sprouts video journal

a video journal

by shear coincidence yesterday my son wanted to visit a Goodwill where i chanced upon a solid tripod. i’ll be experimenting with a producing a one week experiment video journal for the below daily minimalist diet regiment.

1. nootropics, upon waking

upon waking i’ll be taking the nootropics described in the previous post entry for Modafinil, Alpha Brain, Guarana, and Yerba Matte.

2. exercise, while absorbing nootropics

i will do a morning run and swim for aerobic exercise and preferably find a group to exercise with on a daily basis – this for an increase of hippocampus stem cells and a 30% increase if it is social.

3. a lemon, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, and cinnamon  drink, before lunch

a “master cleanse” of lemon and cayenne pepper to open capillaries and help regulate blood sugar was created by Stanley Burroughs in 1940s. Dr Josh Axe has added two ingredients in the list, 1) lemon helps to balance blood sugar and has an alkaline effect on your body to help regulate PH plus stimulate the secretion of gastric juice, 2) cayenne pepper has been shown to drop blood pressure and increase metabolism, 3) Apple Cider Vinegar is full of enzymes and good bacteria, 4) Cinnamon is one of the best antioxidants on the planet. It’s the number one herb/spice for balancing blood sugar. i’ll consume a water drink having an organic lemon with all the pulp culled, a flat half teaspoon of powder cayenne pepper, and a tablespoon of Bragg Raw & Unfiltered Vinegar. to help boost my glucose a bit and .

i love my oats, dark chocolate, almond and coconut milk, peanut butter, and honey cereal but i can return to it after the sprout experiments.

4. lentil sprout with the vegan turmeric (brain) sauce, noon lunch

breakfast, lunch, and dinner happened at 9am with a simple bowl of sprout harvest. the technique was simple 1) soak a 1/4 cup of lentils for 12 hours, 2) drain and rinse into a humid and dark container, 3) rinse twice a day morning and evening, 4) harvest on third or fourth day depending on ambient temperature (summer verses winter).

i’ve sensed a need to return to a the same sprout experiment all the seventeen years since. the sprouts will be my only source of food with an optimized vegan turmeric (brain) sauce and an enlightening nootropic combination.

the vegan turmeric (brain) sauce describe will be added atop the lentil sprouts. still trying to decide to apply the vinegar to the master cleanse drink or the sprouts where it certainly boosts taste. one option will be to be spice up taste with Emerils Original Essence.

5) a 23.5 hour controlled fast, an open day for productivity

the fast i’ve found helps me to sleep better, obviates any morning belly pain, and increases the nootropic efficiency. leaving the time of day to consume the sprouts at noon is also important as i find the nootropics are best sublingual on an empty stomach up until my third cup of Yerba Matte tea plus any rest of day hunger pangs are reduced.

upon hearing a nearly 24 fast most folks i mention it to recoil citing an inability to do so. diabetes aside, i’ve hardly even noticed my fast. simply, i think, because the meal is mid-day to give little way for hunger pangs and with a higher energy my mind is more focused on tasks.

time, my precious! preparing to eat and eating easily consumes a two hour chuck of time after work. given that any worker-bee is lucky to have three hours of free time. that leaves one hour for productivity. more than twice the extra time for kids, family, friends, projects, tasks, etc..

biomarker: daily weight

i will be weighing myself daily upon waking preferably upon hitting the loo. the device maters also as i find the electronic weight machines are course and suffer from hysteresis (affected by a previous weight).

biomarker: sleep quality

sleep is to me the foundation for a nootropic stack. a lack of well sleep and any quality or quantity of nootropics will only save my productivity from being the proverbial village idiot.

a few years ago for a two month span, i experimented with measuring my ZQ (sleep quotient) with a Zeos headband where by morning time the sleep patterns appeared on my Android device and algebraically calculated a ZQ. surely, it was an empirically contrived calculation but at least a measure of likely success in my days productivity.

most critically, i’d like to gauge my snoring – it’s my Achilles Heel. a number of apps exist out there but i’d like to create one catered to my needs. then i need to research the physiology of nasal drip, excess tissue, or head position causing my snoring.

enlightening nootropics

an enlightening nootropics combo

after a year experimenting combinations of nootropic foods and supplements to compliment or enhance Modafinil, i chanced upon an enlightening combination of nootropics below. immediately upon waking, i take each in order twenty minutes sublingual on an empty stomach.

  • 150mg Modafinil sublingual. the approximate measuring i do by snapping one 200mg Modafinil pill in half and one half into another half to have 100mg + 50mg. remaining Modafinil pieces are left in an empty supplement bottle for use the next morning. Modafinil requires a prescription in the U.S. and can be purchased at CostCo or AfinilExpress (“MODALERT, MODAFINIL 200 MG BY SUN PHARMA” is touted as the smoothest Modafinil delivery).
  • Alpha Brain sublingual. after explaining to a lady handling the supplement department that Guarani is not simply a form of caffeine, she directed me to the Alpha Brain supplement. after asking her why the bottle was empty, she explained supplement was so popular customers were stashing them to steal the$79 per 90 count pill bottle so a prospective buyer had to request a bottle from the back room. i took the cue.
  • 400mg Guarana sublingual
  • a 1/4 cup of Yerba Matte tea seeped a few times over

i’ve discovered a 22 hour fast improved the nootropic effects. my nootropic cereal breakfast at 10am and turmeric brain sauce lunch at 12 noon works best for me. there is surprisingly no hunger.

the kill joy of Modafinil with coffee, green tea, or black tea?

people on forums typically suggest coffee or caffeinated tea tips to enhance Modafinil. any form of coffee was a hit and miss and typically left my brain sub optimally  wired. same with green tea. black tea worked best out of the three but still carried killed the joy in my day less out of the three. my mind became a focus monster as the joy of interacting in conversations (although my ability to listen improved) and getting a solid sleep both diminished.

next nootropic experiments

beginning next week, i’m experimenting with a morning aerobic exercise regimen,  sleep improvement technologies, returning to lentil sprouts as a bioactive source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.


noobie nootropics – a quick brain booster list


you want a quick noobie brain boost

to lift a mind fog, improve focus, assemble information quicker, retain info for an elongated period, reduce the likelyhood of anxiety and depression events. my existing three nootropics of being vegan, highly bioavailable turmeric, and Modafinil, i feel, have kicked into high gear this past month practicing this list,

below is a quick brain booster list you can easily follow,

  • eliminate wheat, barley, and rye flour foods: breads, cookies, flour tortillas, cake, pancakes, etc..
  • eliminate sugar laced foods
  • reduce alcohol consumption
  • reduce foods eggs, meats, and dairy milk laced with antibiotics and herbicide glyphosate (Roundup laced animal feed)
  • replace dairy milk with reduced or no added sugar coconut or almond milk
  • replace toothpaste with baking soda and a ten minute coconut oil pulling
  • add prebiotic (food for friendly bacteria already in your gut) and probiotic (replenishing friendly bacteria) microbiota foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, radish, kochumba, etc.. plus when i can find it, a vegan coconut yogurt.
  • stop eating after 2pm and drink only water afterwards



this is your brain on gluten

Dr. David Perlmutter describes the neuroscience of gluten effects in his book Grain Brain. per the publishers summary, “blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.”

i’m happy to have removed wheat, barley, and rye flours from my diet. seriously, who wants to pay $5 for a brain busting cereal? the profits companies rake for manufacturing cereal are outrageous in any case, on pennies on the dollar. there are wheat, barley, and rye flour substitutes and a set of gluten-free foods listed in 15 MUST-HAVES IN A GLUTEN-FREE KITCHEN.

are refined sugar and artificial sweeteners a poison?

the harmful physiological effects of refined sugar consumption is well documented for inducing obesity and diabetes but did you know it also disrupts you gut microbiota? see Diet-Induced Dysbiosis of the Intestinal Microbiota and the Effects on Immunity and Disease where,

“Refined sugars, on the other hand, mediate the overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria like C. difficile[54] and C. perfringens by increasing bile output [55].”

also, it’s even worse with artificial sweeteners. see Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota

alcohol induced leaky gut and a microbiome displacement 

aside from increase neuronal damage reduced focus and productivity, doctors are now just beginning to accept the term “Leaky Gut” where alcohol increases the permeability of the one cell thick gut lining. see Top 10 Myths About the Brain – Alcohol Kills Brain Cells, “.. damage the ends of neurons, which are called dendrites. This results in problems conveying messages between the neurons. The cell itself isn’t damaged, but the way that it communicates with others is altered.”. for a leaky gut, the food you consume can directly enter your blood stream and that sets off a chain reaction to kill the the foreign invading food particles

The Gastrointestinal Microbiome, Alcohol Effects on the Composition of Intestinal Microbiota

How Alcohol Affects the Gut Microbiome

Alcohol & Gut Health: Eating to Restore Balance

eggs, meat, and milk laced with antibiotics traces kill your microbiome

(writing is in progress for this entry),

see, Meet Your Microbiome

eggs, meat, and milk laced with herbicide glyphosate (used in Roundup) traces kill your microbiome

(writing is in progress for this entry),

see, The Microbiota Crisis: How the Herbicide Glyphosate is Killing Microbiomes

for gut bacteria see,

(writing is in progress for this entry),


Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – for Life

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ





“Spark”, the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain


the neuroscience of exercise,

thank you Dr. Ratey for illuminating the neuroscience of exercise in your book “Spark” and helping me decide to add exercise as my fourth nootropic tool after 1) being vegan, 2) bioavailable turmeric, and 3) Medofinil.

given my stay in San Diego, i promised myself to run on a beach thirty minutes every other day. originally after the first day i could barely walk from the soreness and decided to run every other day on non-Modafinil days. i awake at 5:30am and drive over the busy bridge to Coronado beach to start a 6am break of dawn 40 minute run. the run is barefoot on following the crescent ebb of receding water so the sand is soft on the ball of my feet. the pace is moderate the first two-thirds of the run and ups to a sprint on the remaining one-third to increase HGH (human growth hormone).

a sleep benefit,

exercise has greatly improved my sleep quality the past week. i naturally twitch during sleep rolling to and fro. the running has diminished the sleep wake times and restlessness between wakes.

later, adding an aerobic exercise,

i’m looking to add a group fast music aerobic exercise dance for Modafinil days. something nearby where i can at lease run or bike to class early morning. the social group activity is important as the hippocampus has an increase in new neuron cell growth over going solo.

later, a heart-rate monitor,

i’m needing a heart rate monitor for biofeedback especially for the the highly beneficial sprint for the increase of HGH. a recent review of smart watch biofeedback had heart rates varying at 30% accuracy. having been immersed in surface-electromyography to monitor frequency signatures in muscle cell fatigue as well as building a few op amp high common mode voltage difference amplifiers with a 12-bit Analog to Digital chip. this can be followed with a bluetooth chip which i’ve yet to explore. why build and not buy? well, i want the EKG signals to see the real-time heart signatures on my Android phone as well. the data graphs can be especially useful to compare jogging verses sprinting heart signatures.


nootropic breakfast of vegan turmeric

a vegan turmeric bowl breakfast


by most accounts, this breakfast is way off as a vegan turmeric bowl  – but it works best. so as to gain a full day’s benefit of the turmeric i opted eat three large heaping tablespoons as my first breakfast. this dish is followed by the oatmeal cereal. i now know the value of vegan turmeric having been without eating it over two weeks while summer traveling with my daughter. upon returning home, i created a batch, ate a few tablespoons, and felt a an energy and mood boost after a day and a half. well, i guess you can say sparkly, hehe.

a coffee schedule

i’m wanting to find how to function well without coffee having substituted Yerba Matte for it. coffee is fine if i consume it with soy milk and raw unfiltered honey and restricted to 8 ounces on Saturday morning for one of the week only.

an optimized nootropic morning

weight: 156 lbs

restarting a nootropic schedule

it’s been over three months since the last post and i’ve made lots of new ad hoc experiment diet mistakes in the interim. i like what has emerged from the chaos. this time around i won’t be doing a 30-day or any fixed time day experiment. i’m fairly happy with the base diet and as a matter of principle will introduce new items along the way in hopes of discovering improvements. below is a new schedule i’ll be following. by necessity there are two kinds of diet days where both have a common base.

MWF immediately upon waking,

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday immediately upon waking,

  • seep three Green Tea bags

All Days

  • exercise
  • eat three heaping tablespoons of the Vegan Turmeric Sauce
  • prepare and eat a cereal having,
    • a 1/2 cup of old fashion oats
    • 1/4 cup of boiled and cooled Quinoa
    • a 1/4 cup of half Chia and Flax seeds Burr grounded
    • a dash of raw and unfiltered honey
    • two small 85% cocoa chocolate bars
    • one heaping tablespoon of natural peanut butter
    • one banana
    • soy milk
  • (at this point i’m full until 3 to 5 pm in the day)
  • the rest of day eat any raw vegetables and fruits

the only novel item in this schedule is eating the Vegan Turmeric Sauce as a dish before exercise. also Yerba Matte has substituted coffee. although folks on forums have cited coffee and Modafinil having a synergy, i’m getting a neat feeling combining Yerba Matte and Modafinil. i’ll later post whether the two are a productive combination.

a nootropic fast (Fri)day

summary of three nootropic fast days per week

today marks a third and last nootropic fast day of the week (of MWF). it’s a winner and coupled with the evolved 30-day Sprout and Turmeric diet the other four days the brain boost potential is a marvel. this Saturday, Sam’s is holding a free medical exam for cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose level. i plan to be there. then on Monday begin a new 30-day Nootropic Fast that incorporates my evolved 30-day Sprout and Turmeric diet experiment. have no clue where to check my health stats on the “el-cheapo medical plan” after the next 30-day Nootropic Fast diet but guess i’ll keep a lookout.

a forty minute sublingual 100mcg Modafinil

this morning i spent forty minutes with 100mcg Modafinil dissolving sublingual and face-down on my bed in the wee hours. that was way too long but the noticeable absorption was minimal. i’m inclined to stay with 20 minutes sublingual. folks on forum say it tastes awful. i actually like the taste. the effect is even stronger having doubled the last 20-minute face-down sublingual take of 100mcg Modafinil.

despite Modafinil serum studies indicating eight hour half-life’s, i know sense the drive to create given to me by Modafinil is far more than the eight hours. all of Tuesday and Thursday, after a nootropic fast days of Monday an Wednesday, the unnatural cursing and irritability continued with concomitant productivity so i know it’s still doing it’s magic.

one negative and poof, there goes the suspension of belief! being on the farm is precious gift and I’m using time to create an app. from the safety standpoint, i’ve concluded it’s all in my head as i have no bodily sensations. some folks report skin rash for example.

purposed fast productivity

having this level of productivity is the new me. devoid of any stimulants like caffeine or nootropics, my nature is very much like a orangutang. in this natural state, life goes on and i could care less the ongoings of the world masticating (yes, that is a word) tea herbs, the contents of a torn apart tea bag. my fav for that is the Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat. even after two steeps, this herb keeps blasting flavors.

given that my to be released apps are under wraps, i don’t always post development apps on Google Play and reference the post them on this blog. they are being produced fast and coupled with a clear vision of desired features for my target app, there is less meandering. the o’ example is a calculator computing fast an erroneous answer.

a remote mobile development vegan company

i wish i had a project manager to give an alternate perspective. preferably vegan as i wish to start a vegan mobile development company through Brainyideas where vegan employees work remotely and optionally have potlucks once a month with local employees to reduce carbon footprint.