I go through phases of focused research; sometimes it's just reading and watching random bits of information I find on the interwebs; other times it's searching for specific articles, topics, studies and so on. These days the topics I've been focused on are: liquid retention, and stress! yay!
So, I'll go a little bit into why I've been focusing on these topics and what I've found. As I generally do on this site, I will just be throwing all this out as a stream of consciousness. And this actually leads me to a side topic about info I put on this site. lately I've been either posting from my iPhone or iPad, and the app I use doesn't allow me to get into crazy detail with my postings. Because of this I have a harder time posting links and whatnot. I should have a little office set up in the next week or so, and this will allow for two things: more detailed and information-linked posts, and videos! Yep, I have all the intentions in the world to get back to my video-posting ways! I mention all this because I realize a lot of the info I post here kind of demands a good bit of proof. And, generally, the way I write/talk seems to come across as me claiming what I say to be ultimate truth. Well, it's not ultimate truth, it's just stuff that I have found that I believe in. As always, I am very open to discussion and debate, and I know that what I claim here may at some point be contradicted by me. What I use this blog for is to throw my ideas out there because I have way too many in my head at all times. Please take them as merely thought-provoking ideas, as that is all I intend them to be.
I make these points because I have become aware that there are a handful more people following this blog as of late. Sweet! Welcome! Oh right, and I'll try to do better with my spelling...!
Ok, liquid retention. My body retains liquids like freaking crazy. Add to that my insane sweet tooth and the fact that glucose is probably the greatest liquid retention nutrient, and I'm screwed. The only time in my life that I was legitimately ripped occurred when I was consuming ZERO sugar (and I mean no fruit even). I have started a nutrition plan where I consume fruit, but no other added sugar at all and am eager to see what happens. But it's pretty crazy for me to realize just how much liquid retention effects ones body weight.
So, the reading has been trying to figure out ways to move fluid through the body a little more naturally. Basically, the main step is to look into anything that counters glucose. Another big thing for me to do that I have yet to look into is getting my insulin levels checked. I am sure I have some crazy out-of-whack insulin levels during a given day and that is why I have such a hard time with liquid retention in general, and an even tougher time with sugar consumption. For me, drinking coffee is not for the caffein, it's for the diuretic effect. Apparently celery has a natural fluid-flow effect as well. Writing it all now I realize that I don't actually have all that info on this topic and the fire is lit to learn more. Any insight dear readers?
On to stress. This one has been very eye-opening for me. Here's the basic run-down: all stress, no matter the instigator of it, processes in your body the same. This tends to get confusing to people because the idea that exercising really intensely and getting no sleep doing the same to the inner working of your body just doesn't seem to make logical sense. But if you can look past the external reactions to stress, and just focus on the hormonal and chemical reactions to it, you'll find that it really doesn't matter where it comes from, inside your body it can't tell the difference. So, if you are suffering from the stress of too much responsibility at work, and you try to do an hour of crazy intense exercise every day to relive that stress, here's what happens. You "feel" better because you get a external, physical release. But, inside your body your actually magnifying the effects of the initial stress. What your body actually needs is something to "chill" it out. So, if you are working out hard, sleeping poorly, eating poorly, working too hard and dealing with emotional stress, well, you're in rough shape inside. The key is having a legit understanding of how the different stresses feel, and truly (and I mean truly, not lying to yourself) understand how to deal with them.
I know all that came out as a bit of a jumble, but in my head something just clicked. I all of a sudden realized why there were weeks when I felt fine going into the gym, but I just couldn't recover. The trick? Write everything down! When I saw in my notes that I was having a tough time recovering, I also realized I was sleeping horribly. Maybe I felt fine each day, but inside my body was a different story.
Yeah. writing all this down makes me really realize that I have a ton more to learn and talk about with both of these things, especially the stress one. So, I'll be reading more and writing more over the next month about it all! But, I think that's about enough for tonight. Thoughts?
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