How to become the healthiest version of yourself?
In one of his books Tim Ferris mentioned that he makes notes about his daily life all the time. Whenever he wants to look like he did at a certain point in time he opens up his notebook and starts doing what he did then.
Cassey Ho has conducted a similar experiment. She decided that for 90 days she’ll experiment and record everything about her routine and nutrition to find the ultimate lifetime diet suited to her. This included experimenting with finding food intolerances and the optimal way to eat and train.
Throughout the quarantine this is exactly what I was doing. Having too much time on my hands made it easy to say ‘no dairy for a week’ or pour through books to find out where I might be deficient in nutrients.
Some of my theories will have to be confirmed with a doctor, but even finding out about some food intolerances was extremely helpful. If I have A1 dairy I end up bloated and more sensitive to allergens like dust and certain other foods. There’s evidence that this can be common, but how will you know if you don’t try?
Another thing I confirmed yet again is quick muscle gain if I do strength training. I wrote about this here. Combined with a bit too much food it also helped grow the fat muscle 😂
The quarantine was/is a good opportunity to try out different things. But it’s also great to try and live according to your findings.
Whether you want to cut out caffeine, dairy, gluten, salt or anything else for a week can you imagine doing it when you’re rushing between work and training? Or maybe you want to add a new habit to your routine?
It can be done, but I failed most times when I tried this without devoting enough time to it. Making these changes now will set up the new defaults and it won’t be as hard to follow the new guidelines when everything goes back to normal.
Why is it worth doing?
A countless number of factors can influence how your body reacts to foods, chemicals or supplements and how it functions without them.
If you were lucky enough to find the way of life that makes you feel incredible – that’s great. I know I haven’t and if you want to figure out what works best for you we have to take matters into our own hands.
Eating and exercising in a way that’s optimal for you will not only make you feel (and look) amazing. Maintaining a healthy body maximises your chances of living your best life for much longer. Tiny irritations caused by minor intolerances accrue over time and can have dangerous effects such as higher risk of dementia.
So take as many gym selfies as you want, monitor the changes in your diet and training and feel amazing.
If you don’t get why it’s a big deal to avoid stuff you’re intolerant to or if you want to get started with optimising your lifestyle check out these books.
Nigma Talib ‘Younger Skin Starts in the Gut’ – Regardless of whether you care about what your skin looks like or not, this book is an excellent introduction to food sensitivities and explains why they are so important. In short, how to try and not get dementia.
Jonny Bowden ‘The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer’ – A little bit of shock therapy, but it also offers a practical approach.