just watching SNL and thinking how amazing it is to have a good laugh every now and then - bet cavemen cracked eachother up way back flintstone times and their mirthful laughter echoed and reverberated throughout the caves ...whats your way to naturally lower your stress and cortisol levels ( dont say sex :P we know that one)
a long slow steady intensity workout (...shuddup dont say tantric sex :P ) ?
Musics a good one. Amazing to get lost in tunes and let the notes and melodies uplift and relax you as needed.
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on March 24, 2013
at 01:39 PM
Facts Circadian cortisol rhythms peak in the morning, then proceed to decline, with a small dip in the late afternoon and then fall again to their lowest levels after the sun sets.
Carbohydrates are the only macronutrient that actually reduce cortisol upon consumption.
Both acute bouts of intense exercise and chronic bouts of endurance exercise increase cortisol production.
Cortisol is not all bad. One benefit is it also increases strength output, since it's a stress hormone. It helps us get away from that saber tooth tiger.
Catabolic hormones (Cortisol) are inversely related to anabolic hormones. Anabolic hormones build healthy, lean, fit bodies.
Guidelines and things that I do?
Consume carbohydrates in your first meal of the day (i.e. breakfast if you eat it). If you exercise intensely, always consume carbohydrates in your at least one of your post workout meals. Eat enough carbs during the day time so you aren't craving them at night. That is to say, make sure you are adequately recovering from exercise, and carbohydrates play a critical role. Don't do fasted cardio in the morning. Weight train ideally in the late afternoon. Don't wait too long after getting up before you have your first meal. No caffeine.
If you need to lose weight, you're already increasing cortisol, so ideally keep carbs as high as they can keep them while remaining in a deficit.
Do not starve yourself. Nourish yourself with balanced meals consisting of nutrient dense foods. Get in the sunlight. Exercise hard. Recover harder. Sleep. Breath. Hydrate. Yoga. Read. Write. Sail (or insert outdoor activity you enjoy most). Play in every sense of the term.
To play it safe, do the exact opposite (or nearly that) of what Mark Sisson recommends. Low carb protein shake for breakfast? NO. Carbs at breakfast. Wait at least 1.5 hours after training before you eat? NO. Consume carb/protein blend asap. Eat only mac nuts because omega 6 is toxic? No. Eat omega 6 rich nuts like almonds and cashews. Drink coffee with cream every morning? No. Drink pure water instead. Don't do cardio because you majorly abused it in the past? No. Do cardio in moderation. Fear grains because you severely abused them in the past? No. They're not so bad unless you're gluten intolerant of have autoimmune issues. Replace carbs with fats instead? No, eat a balanced diet that includes liberal use of carbs. Constantly fear overtraining? Wrong. Fear under-recovery. Think ketogenic diets are good for fat loss? No. Ketosis is about as good as starvation for fat loss.
on March 24, 2013
at 01:50 PM
I don't know if it's working or not...
on March 24, 2013
at 07:10 AM
Three things work really really well for me:
Friends that make me laugh. I have one friend that makes me laugh till I experience severe colic only from thinking of what we have done together! People like that are hard to find. Keep those friends.
I have a slightly "out of the ordinary" sense of humor. My favorite shows? Stephen Colbert (not always, only when he makes sex jokes), British sitcoms, Naked Gun (once a year), anything funny that comes my way.
Here is my recent favorite:
- I am not going to mention the third thing because it would only work for some girls and it is not funny, but it involves watching movies.