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Which subjective health markers to track?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 04, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I'm starting to track my general health better, and as part of that subjective markers would be important, ie. mood, tiredness, etc.

I'd like to update daily on each on a scale of 1-5, and also include what I've eaten in broad terms, how much I've slept, exercise, etc. The purpose would be to track medium and long-term health, as well as to prepare for the eventual re-introduction of non-paleo foods to determine which might cause problems.

Here's my current list, and I would appreciate any additions or edits to have a complete view of one's health. I don't want a 20-item laundry list, but it should cover the high-level markers of well-being. I'll update the list when necessary.

  • Overall energy level
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty getting out of bed
  • Quality of sleep (is this redundant given the two above?)
  • Overall mood
  • Muscle soreness
  • Aerobic/Anaerobic performance (on training days)
  • Pain/sickness level (includes ailments such as skin conditions; might be necessary to split to further categories if one has multiple health issues)
  • Attentiveness (ability to concentrate on the matter at hand) and mental clarity
  • Digestion (aka "how my poop's doing")
  • Sexual desire and performance (perhaps split this in two)
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Skin/nails/hair
  • Body temperature
  • Body odor/sweating

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I do the mirror test quarterly, mainly to assess fat loss and muscle gain, though. I do body measurements, including bf%, weekly.

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Seems to be more about objective indicators, as well as specific to leaky gut.

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Similar to http://paleohacks.com/questions/81757/what-do-you-use-for-day-to-day-health-indicators-of-inflammation-leaky-gut-etc

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Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 04, 2012
at 12:06 PM

Level of patience, anxiety and stress?

That being I know exactly when I am not eating right because my level of patience drops, resulting in my stress levels rising (over the stupidest things) and anxiety (and worry) generally follow. It is unfortunately a loop-back system and so I have to find a way to break the cycle.

For me this ends up going to the park with my favourite motivational music and working out until I feel like a cross between Rocky Balboa and Paul of Tarsus.

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I use the mirror and I don't mean the "mirror test" for leptin resistance.

I started looking specifically at my reflection every morning to do a health assessment. I noticed a few weeks after starting ancestral eating that the healthiness of my face had improved. I've been surprised to observe that, based on what I eat/do, it can be quite variable. My color can be more/less pale, the tone bright/dull and my face can be puffy/firm. My eyes can be bright/dull. My hair can be healthy/dry/etc.

I do the mirror check each morning when the light is bright although indirect.

I also measure my waist and hips once per month.

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on January 05, 2012
at 09:57 AM

I do the mirror test quarterly, mainly to assess fat loss and muscle gain, though. I do body measurements, including bf%, weekly.

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at 03:59 PM

I've had a longer list but I've distilled it down to: energy, mental clarity, body temperature (subjective), bowel, skin-nails-hair, sweating-odor. I also track exercise and supplements. I used to track pain, hunger, and dry eyes but they are all gone now. The longer list I used to use ended up with too much time navel gazing and the data was more than I needed. When those three things cleared up I quit tracking and I wish I hadn't.

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