There's a point in the workshop wherein the phrase "intermittent fasting" comes up. I guess it's a popular phrase right now. Years ago, before I ever picked up a kettlebell, I had been probably automatically doing whatever this protocol is without knowing it. The process went like this: Get up, make green tea, rev up the studio, drink green tea, write and record music, make more green tea etc. for usually no less than 7 hours straight. The amount of work accomplished on that particular day was stunning.
Nowadays we have professional nerds like Dave Asprey to suggest getting quality coffee and fats together like manna. [Seriously, get good butter in your life. Don't be a cheapskate. Good butter=good life; this is infrastructure. While you're at it, Chicago, get good coffee, I haven't had much Intelligentsia lately, but have found the Sumptown Hairbender to be one of the cleanest feeling coffees. There is a huge difference in coffee and you should never be cheap here either.]
But it's worth noting that every major religion fasts. In the Native traditions one fasts before vision quest. Pavel and Dan have been playing with writing before eating, and I prefer practicing/meditating before eating.
There was mention of playing with nicotine patches. I think there is possibly a better product for dosing:
Thomas Ryan, a Roman Catholic priest, stated, "Fasting as a religious act increases our sensitivity to that mystery always and everywhere present to us. It is an invitation to awareness, a call to compassion for the needy, a cry of distress, and a song of joy. It is a discipline of self-restraint, a ritual of purification, and a sanctuary for offerings of atonement. It is a wellspring for the spiritually dry, a compass for the spiritually lost, and inner nourishment for the spiritually hungry" [163, The Sacred Art of Fasting: Preparing to Practice; 2005]
Fasting disallows distractive eating--eating out of boredom or to quell anxiety. What is your prime directive? Hunger for it appropriately. Feast.