About a month ago I wasn’t feeling so well. I spent most days with body pain and feeling depleted, trying to limit my execration both physically, being up and about, as well as mentally while working on the computer.
The things I wanted to do were computer development work and the gym but even a short at either of these would leave me feeling terrible for the next day. I wasn’t sleeping very much as joint pain would keep me up as I laid in bed which I think compromised recovery. The feeling of depletion is hard to explain but it isn’t related to being tired and the closest thing I can describe it to is the feeling of anesthesia just before you loose consciousness.
I’m about to turn forty and was thinking back to when I was in my twenties and I could do any physical activity I wanted, cycling/karate, and just had to wait a day to recover. But today my physical ability is ruffly 1% of what it was then. I can barley walk let alone go on any kind of travel, hike or adventure.
I was about to go to the clinic a few times to ask for a blood test but the wait times are 3-4 hours and it deterred me. I started reading books on health and diet and found a few interesting points.
The first being breakfast. I used to get up, walk the dogs and make 1/2 cup of coffee, oatmeal and a protein drink. Now when I get up I have half a cup of coffee and wait until 12 or 2 pm for breakfast where I eat a large bowl of dark greens, nuts and olive oil along with a banana.
This was recommended by Max Lugavere and the first time having this for breakfast I felt alive and satisfied. Oatmeal dulls the feelings of hunger but tastes dead. Apparently carbohydrates are bad for the body as sugars they are converted to clog up the functioning of cells. The Oil is supposed to help absorption of the nutrients in the salad and the dark colours in lettuce and vegetables are a sign that the plants have been stressed which is important for later. The nuts contain magnesium and the banana potassium which are for energy. I also take a multivitamin which contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
This intermittent fasting fits my lifestyle. Many health advisors recommend intermittent fasting and the rational is that the bodies cells need to experience both comfort and stress which promotes a period of recovery from damage. Eating all the time apparently tells the body that everything is fine and there is no need to recover and as a result the body falls out of repair. It’s also reported in mice to extend lifespan which sounds good.
I have stopped taking protein drinks as a supplement to a meal. It seems as though protein satisfies the feeling of hunger but because one form being Lucien has the effect of telling the body that everything is fine and there is no need to stop replicating cells but to stop and repair damage. Now I will only take protein during exercise and enjoy the alertness I get from feeling hungry through the day.
The second point is that I changed by gym routine. I used to basically do weight training which I enjoyed but now I spend twenty minutes doing high intensity cardio on a stationary bike before any weights. This has been reported to have longevity benefits and stresses the body to encourage the body to repair itself.
Another Item I am incorporating is exposure to higher and lower temperatures to encourage the body to repair.
The last remaining issue is body pain which seems to be nerve related in the back and hips. I have seen many physiotherapists over the years and stretching helps so it’s probably a matter of optimizing for improvement.
In the future I’m looking to experiment with Resveratrol and NMN which I will write about as I learn more.
Right now my energy levels are good enough to enjoy life it’s just the body pain I have to improve.
Photo: The picture is a year old but was taken on a walk up at Banff national park in Alberta. This was an amazing experience but cause extreme hip pain for about a week.