Tim Ferriss: The 4-Hour Chef, Meditation, and Eating Crickets

Tim Ferriss 4-Hour Chef

Tim Ferriss is a man of many talents, as well as a 3-time New York Times bestselling author with The Four-Hour Workweek, The Four-Hour Body, and now the brand-spankin’ new Four Hour Chef. We spent most of the show goofing off, but Tim drops a ton of truth bombs so listen-up. You guys will dig this one.

Quick note: I just got back from speaking at Dave Asprey’s biohacking conference in San Francisco. Thanks so much to you folks who came up to say “hi.” I couldn’t believe how many listeners made the trip from all corners of the world. I might just have to make that trip to speak in Australia soon… 🙂

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Here’s the Show

In today’s show, Tim and I cover:

  • How to become a killer cook is quickly as humanly possible
  • Whether or not Tim stands by the inclusion of beans in the slow-carb diet
  • What it’s like to snort smart drugs to learn Chinese
  • How you can trick your friends into eating roasted crickets

Enjoy! And be sure to read on below for A Day in the Life of Tim Ferriss and Tim’s 5-minute Meditation Strategy.


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A Day In The Life Of Tim Ferriss

  • Wake up
  • 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking
  • Brew pu-erh tea
  • Meditate for 4-5 minutes while tea brews
  • Drink tea while doing 60 minutes of non-internet-based work
  • Small breakfast (eg. eggs, lentils, spinach)
  • Work for 60-120 minutes
  • Light workout (eg. kettlebell work)
  • Lunch (eg. Mexican restaurant – beef, pinto beans, salsa, & guacamole)
  • More work
  • Light dinner at 6pm
  • Train sometime between 7-11pm (for optimal pain tolerance)
  • Post-workout meal
  • Bedtime
  • Rinse and repeat…

Tim Ferriss’ 5-minute Meditation Strategy

  1. Choose one song (4-5 minutes long)
  2. Sit on a cushion with back against the wall
  3. Breathe deeply and slowly
  4. Inhalation = visualize vibrant green air
  5. Exhalation = visualize grey air (stress and anxiety)
  6. During inhalation, focus on all of the things you’re grateful for in life (family, friends, significant other, career opportunities, roof over your head, etc)
  7. Repeat to yourself… “I have everything I need and I have plenty of time” over and over until it sinks in and anxiety lifts

Words of Tim Wisdom (Bonus):

“Do not measure the success of your meditation based on your ability to control your thoughts during the meditation session itself. Instead, measure it by how you feel for the rest of the day.”

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  1. Daniel Vitiello says:

    Awesome show Abel and Tim. I wish I could have seen you talk at the biohacking conference I bet that was a great event.

    Here were my favorite takeaways for those that want some cliffs.

    – Ask, “What if I did the reverse?” Learn the end game.

    – Break apart separate skills and practice them individually. For everything that is important, you have plenty of time.

    – Learning how to persuade and teach is just as important as what you teach. Allowance for human nature.

  2. Love the show. Have left a review on ITunes. I’ve been legume/grain free since i started paleo (4 weeks now) as I’m working to keep carbs low, reduce insulin, sugar addiction and body fat. Find the show very informative, even with so much debate within the paleo community.

    • Hey Keith, thanks for the kind words and for leaving a review on iTunes! Just hit #3 in Health in the U.S. today thanks to your support. Glad you dig the show – much more fun to come.

  3. Hi Abel…!!!
    I just wrote and submitted a review of your podcasts on iTunes.
    Sincere thanks to you for all of your hard work on dessiminating information to the Paleo/primal community. You are a treasure to us all…!!!
    Also, thank you for sending your book….I look forward to receiving and reading it so I can write a review on Amazon.
    God bless 🙂

  4. I gotta say Abel that we were shocked and very disappointed after listening to the show featuring your guest Tim Ferriss. The main question I want to find out about is, what does “smart drugs” have to do with health, a paleo lifestyle and natural eating? My wife and I were very turned off by this. If this is the direction you’re going I guess we’ll be unsubscribing from your podcasts. That would be a shame as, until now, we’ve really enjoyed them.

    • Hi Kim, thanks for stopping by as well as your candid thoughts. The main driver behind why many folks choose natural foods and a Paleo lifestyle (including me) is based upon 1) a desire to correct the unsustainable food system as it stands and 2) self-improvement. My educational background is in brain science, so I find “biohacks” and improvements to the brain and nervous system fascinating. “Smart drugs” are also a bit of a misnomer, as the vast majority are legal, researched, and low or non-toxic.

      All of my guests have a great deal to offer, but no approach is for everyone. Natural health will always be the core of this show. Thanks for listening!

  5. Just listened to the show with Tim Ferriss – WHat’s going on? Snorting drugs? sounds like doping to me. How does that fit in a healthy paleol lifestyle? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
    TRICKING your friends to eat crickets? Is that ethical?
    Abel you sounded like you were totally on board with this. I’m So dismayed. I hope this was a momentary lapse of judgement on your part. It didn’t impress me much.

    • Hi Sandra,
      Thanks for stopping by. Tricking friends into eating crickets might not be ethical, but it sure is silly. As for smart drugs, as I mentioned in a previous comment they’re quite a bit more benign than they sound.

  6. I was prepared to be totally dismissive of a guy with a gimmick: The 4-hour . But he didn’t sound like a lunatic, and I listened with interest to the entire interview, even the parts where I disagreed with what he did. The guy’s a human being, and he’s an inveterate bio-hacker, so a phase with smart drugs didn’t surprise me, and even he now says he doesn’t recommend it. As for the crickets, how else are you going to get most people to try them? Even dipped in dark chocolate, they’d still look like insects.
    Lighten up, people. Didn’t any of you inhale during your youth?

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