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Make (down)time for myself

I am about to embark on an experiment that may return immeasurable results.

Although I’m a pretty easy going guy, I enjoy being “busy” and my mind is always working. My daily to-do lists are impossible to complete, which creates a great deal of physical/mental fatigue and a sense of perennial underachievement. The bottom line is that I never give myself a break. Because of this, I have committed to change the following TWO things:

1. Go to sleep when I feel tired. This seems like a no-brainer, but nearly every evening I push myself to stay awake and accomplish everything that I humanly can before falling asleep. I view sleep as letting the day “die”, which is a difficult process for me. I cannot even count how many times I have fallen asleep on the couch, fully clothed, with my iPhone in hand and/or my iPad on my lap. The consequence of this is not getting a full night of rest and recovery. It is like charging my phone battery to half-strength only and then expecting it to last for a full day, which is not reasonable or sustainable. I believe that implementing this will give my body more energy to thrive each new day that I wake up.

2. Meditate for 10 minutes immediately upon waking. Although sleep will certainly help “recharge my battery”, my mind remains on all night dreaming autonomously via an unconscious state. I believe that meditating for at least 10 minutes each morning will help turn my mind off and help “re-boot” my operating system, giving me more mental acuity and help me approach each new day with a fresh clear mind. There are many ways to meditate, but my favorite method is best described here.

I plan to put these two processes into place, effective immediately, and continue them over the course of the Summer. I look forward to sharing my results!

Robert

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Gluten-free diet transformed my digestion

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Photo courtesy of Google Images

I have been on the sidelines for years….watching, hearing, and reading various reports about the benefits of eating a gluten-free diet. I finally decided to try it and have been doing it consistently for the past month. Judging by how much of the food at markets and restaurants these days is labeled “GF”, it’s obvious that I am late to the gluten-free party. The primary reason I hesitated to try it was simple. I viewed gluten-free as yet another version of a low-carb diet in disguise. Well I’m here to report that I was wrong….potentially very wrong.

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The 40 Year Old Vegan?

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Those of you who follow Truthology know that I have recently adopted more of a plant-based diet. What you may not know, however, is that I have considered switching to a strictly vegan diet on my 40th birthday, which occurs one month from today.

Meanwhile, over the past few months, I have been experiencing a variety of unique symptoms that are interfering with my quality of life. Symptoms have all been mild and transient, but have included headache, dizziness, fatigue and sleep disturbances.

I could have easily passed all of these off as stress-related symptoms ā€“ and Iā€™m not denying that stress probably has a lot to do with them ā€“ but after having done some extensive research on the mix of symptoms I was experiencing, I came to the conclusion that I was suffering from a Vitamin B12 deficiency.

Since all of the symptoms I described above are consistent with a B12 deficiency, I asked my doctor to write me a lab order to have my blood drawn. The very next day, I found out that I was in fact below the normal range for Vitamin B12. Continue reading

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