Hello to all skin warriors! Well wishes for everyone!
It has been a hectic 2 weeks as I started an orientation week and an intensive week of training course for my MBA programme. I am delighted to be able to work with a diverse group of people from all over the world. Intellectually they are among the best and their varied working experiences were extremely valuable and insightful to me. Networked a shit load and made plenty of new friends, had plenty of fun, a couple of drinking session, days out in the sun, physical activity and so on. Not a single time was spent worrying about my skin. Time just flew that quickly and it was a blast thus far!
About the drinking – It was something I gave up completely over the past 2 years and I was happy to indulge in it currently (when the occasion calls for it). I had close to a bottle of wine and about 2 cups of beer about 2 days back, and surprisingly, there was little to no reaction skinwise. No flares, no irritations. Wonderful!
I guess the point is that we do heal eventually and we will get to enjoy the things we give up sometime down the road.
Diet wise, it was a little hard to control what I could eat, given that I was back to a similar working environment. I ate catered food for most of my lunches. I was on a low-carb high fat diet before and thankfully, I was able to select the dishes for my diet.
A great benefit of doing a low-carb high fat diet is simply: you perform at a higher level as your energy levels are more regulated and sustained. Though there were moments when I was hungry, it was not the same type of hunger experienced because of a low-blood sugar. You know the feeling when you desperately need some food or have some cravings for some sweet stuff, so much so that your mind is totally shut off and all you can think of is food. Those who are already on a LCHF diet would understand what I meant by hunger – it is just a different feeling compared to those who are on a traditional high carb low fat diet.
Another benefit is that skipping meals is not a big problem for me. There are benefits to intermittent fasting (as I am sure that there could be potential negative side effects). I had the sustained energy to work without food. I would like to work on more fasting days, perhaps fasting a day in a week. Let me see how to work it into my school schedule.
My muscle definition is better, since my body is well-adapted to fat burning mode. I suppose my insulin sensitivity has improved. I also suppose my inflammation response and sensitivity has been improved because of the low-carb (low-sugar) diet.
I have been sleeping like a rock and keeping a normal sleep-wake schedule ever since the MBA programme started. I was simply knocked out at the end of the day. I could sleep through the night and I slept very quickly upon hitting the bed. I have also been waking up at about 7 am consistently everyday. (I’d like to wake up earlier at about 5 am to start my day earlier)
What was interesting was that I had a Mcdonald’s meal yesterday. And about 30 minutes post meal, I felt that my energy levels were extremely low and it was not a good feeling. Something that I have not experienced for quite some time. And I didn’t like it. I suppose my body is telling me “hey bro, stop eating them”. While it was nice to indulge in some fast food sometimes, when we are sensitive to the cues our bodies are signalling, we should read these cues objectively and decide what is the best for our health.
“Do you want to enjoy the short term feeling of eating, or do you want to enjoy the long term benefits of good health?”
“Do you live to eat? Or do you eat to live?”
At this moment, I would eat to live healthily because there is so much to be enjoyed life-wise compared to just food. More importantly, my goal is to remain mentally sharp, and I would do everything to optimise it. Diet and exercise plays a huge role in achieving this goal.
Just a short update here. I would love to post my 10 month skin pictures as soon as I find time to do so!