Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Summer/ Autumn Weight Gain?

Thanks for taking the time to have a read.
I don't know about you but I find that I put on a bit of weight around this time of year...
Not a huge amount, but a few pounds. Is this because of having a poorer food choice or what's behind it?

Well first of, who knows...

But secondly, I find winter time a lot easier to lose weight.
If we observe nature, Autumn is a busy period. Creatures are getting ready for winter time, building houses and fattening themselves up for a shortage.
We too, in our history, would of found food harder to find during the winter.
A lot of foods that naturally ripen in our environment do so at this time of year. Lots of fruit and berries ripen, and give the natural fatten signal to our bodies via the fructose. In fact during the summer all manner of carbohydrate rich foods are produced, potatoes, carrots and more.
Were we designed to have the same body composition all year round? I don't think so...

So as a species, we have developed and perhaps designed to store energy at this time of year.
During winter time no fruit was ever available. Some starchy tubers gave some carbohydrates, but a lot of our diet would of been from fermented or saved food from the summer, or fat and protein from animal sources that we would of hunted and killed.

So if you find that you are more hungry at this time of year and perhaps a few pounds heavier than youd like, consider the possibility that your body is craving the nutrients and information found within the seasonal food that you are eating. ( I know I'm loving the berries around here - they are almost like sweets!).

But my plan is that when winter does set in, I'm going to go back into a more cyclical ketogenic phase of lower carbohydrate and higher fat and protein.

Just my own two cents...

But wait there's more....
Just a small tip or advice- we all know how important it is to make sure that we eat a natural diet that is rich in nutrients. Now more than ever with flus and virus' going around, it's important to stock up on those healthy foods. Make sure that all your dinners are crammed with things like garlic, mushrooms and other nutrient dense foods.

Also, the sun has been out over the last few days. It could be some of our last chances to get the rich rays that it gives. So get outside. It was even warm enough this afternoon for me to go topless in the back yard, getting as much sun to the skin as possible. #happyneighbours :)
Not only does this help with circadian rythem but also helps with Vitamin D. When our supply is "full", excess D is then stored in the bones for slow release in winter. So, get storing!!!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Health tips and tricks

I've just a few more health tips and tricks going on at the moment...

We've had loads of kids parties and family gatherings recently which means things have headed south on the diet and health front. Not all out binge but definitely a turn south! It's actually turning out to be really hard to get back on the Paleo/Primal wagon again....

I've kept going on my weight lifting routine of 2/3 mornings a week. I do feel I'm getting stronger and I can see progression with the weights.

(Just to interject and interrupt myself, I'm currently writing to you with my blueblocker light glasses on. I've got my nerd on...)

So, while trying to eat healthy again, I'm having some more fat, lots of veg and low carb. Staying away from all grains also which is a huge help. I react badly to wheat so the odd bit of cake really hasn't helped!

But I digress.

The real reason I'm writing this is a new App that I've downloaded for my Iphone, and it's amazing.
It's called Sleep Cycle...

Each night I turn my iphone onto Aeroplane mode and place it on the bed beside me. Not on my pillow but maybe an inch or two away from me.
The phone then uses it's accelerometer to measure your sleep cycles. It senses the movement of your body to detect what level of sleep you are in.

It's so interesting to see a graph of your nights sleep. It has different colours for awakeness, light sleep and deep sleep.

But my favorite feature is that the app is also an alarm clock. Fore instance if you want to wake up by 6am, the app will wake you up between 5.30/6am. But it will wake you up gently with the alarm progessively getting louder when it senses that you are in the lightest sleep.

As a result you don't get rudely awoken in the deepest sleep. This can save you from the really groggy feeling of being woken mid hibernation.

You can also track and see what different habits have on your sleep. I had a couple of glasses of wine one evening and the sleep cycles were very noticably disturbed. I fell into a deep sleep almost straight away but then got tossed out of that after an hour into a long period of being awake or in light sleep. It's facinating!

Best of all, the app is free!