Some months ago (I just realized it was by 2017!), I wrote a post about trying different stuff such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga or long fasting.
Well, I have tested some bit and pieces of those goals, but I´ve not dug deeper to share some clear conclusions with you.
Meditation is probably the biggest learning so far.
Coming from a position of “I´m drastically failing in it” or “I can´t do it, this is not for me” to engage with other people much savvier than I in the topic and understanding, yet believing, that practising meditations is already a success itself. I´ve still not found a regular rhythm, but things are moving in the right direction.
Fasting is definitely the one I am more constant.
Educating my body to hold long times of fasting, without feeling foolish.
Even I don´t think this is the healthiest way, I sometimes like to feel emptiness.
Take in account I combine it with a sports practice, usually a long run, but I would recommend building a foundation before trying it.
Plant Based is my very last acquisition.
I´m not an advocator of any diet, nor detractor.
Yet, I´ve never done a diet in my life, but to follow common sense.
So, why is this new thing with a Plant-Based test?
Excellent question, let me dissect it.
How is my body reacting to the lack of meat?
Am I sleeping better or worse? Where´s the trigger?
Is my clarity while thinking affected?
And my relationships and mood?
- Challenging the status quo:
This one is self-explanatory: Change before you have to change!
Am I performing better, worse or the same?
Can I hack the process and improve it?
Can anyone, either from my inner circle or beyond, get inspired by it?
Why go out of the comfort area in great times, both personal and career wise?
As the London 2012 Olympics statements, “inspire a generation”. That would be amazing.
I´m the first one that says I respect the environment, I want to create an impact in the society and contribute to have a better world.
Am I doing it? Is this a vehicle to build in that direction?
How is the Plant-Based diet affecting to diabetes and how can I learn to improve peoples lives?
These are some of the thoughts that are spinning around my head currently.
That said, I´m not a Plant-Based strict guy, nor vegan or so.
I still believe and defend, that common sense and being far away to any extreme, is the key to happiness and a better life.
So how do I do?
- I started by decreasing the dose of meat, from daily to a Meatless Monday and from there to 2 per week. I´m now with 1x every two weeks. Therefore, don´t try to run a marathon before you have under your belt some 10k, half marathons etc.
- I have involved my wife. A team is always more powerful than an individual.
- I have set some time to analyze how my body is reacting. Positives and negatives. Also some rewards such ice cream on Sundays.
- I´m still full of common sense, not avoiding a steak when my body asks for it, or I´m in a dinner with friends and this is the main dish.
- Finally, I´ve not deducted all the food, keeping the one that makes sense to me. Those ones are as follows: Eggs, salmon and tuna. Those 3 have an important source of protein that I believe is necessary, so I try to intake one every other day.
And that´s it!
I´m keen on analyzing how all this evolve, how my body reacts to it and what can I learn as a best practice.
It may become an habit at some point, or just help me to identify types of food that are not making my body to perform as it should.
Any advice or suggestion?