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Your most effective changes to feeling optimum?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 02, 2013 at 7:04 PM

What have been some of your most effective changes to becoming/feeling more optimum (like the happy & indestructible kid you were)?

Answers can be as specific or as broad (specific is more helpful to readers) as you like. I put some time into this, please do so too.

Ill start:

Physical:

1.) Improved joints and skin with TA-65

2.)really limited alcohol to 1 drink a week at most (little tolerance/ don't feel great)

3.) mass produced foods (including most dairy) are addicting and back on my cheat list

4.) raw animal foods are great supplements, but not the base of my pyramid

5.) any foods that I "can get away with"/only give minimum negative reactions- should be limited and rotated

6.) sleeping

Mental:

1.) up'd socialization/ making a night out once a week a priority

2.) donating and having a little more money in my pocket

3.) not talking about diet with family-just support and love them

4.) "living in the present" not dwelling on future careers or relationships

5.) "keeping an open mind": a mix of paleo and agrarian foods may be best aligned with my genes

6.) smiling

7.) Never accepting conventional ideas that support suboptimal health as normal/ just part of life

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on January 10, 2013
at 12:29 PM

I find it so interesting how much people vary with excercise. Running makes me feel absolutely amazing the rest of the day. Like extra clean and my skin feels wonderful and I feel energized and breath well. It's just amazing. Lifting heavy is fun so I do it but I don't feel any different on days I lift and days I don't. It's interesting how lots of people claim to be opposite though. It's so individualized.

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on January 03, 2013
at 02:51 PM

running+outdoors= clarity for me

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at 02:50 PM

I totally agree, the amount of mental clarity from having a more minimalist space/environment has been great

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2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

The big thing for me is working out, specifically cardio. I feel a million times better when I get at least 30-60 minutes of cardio (my favorite is running) per day.

Also, being outdoors. This often overlaps with running since I run outdoors but even on days I don't run, sitting outside with a hot drink and a book totally changes my mood.

Lastly, gluten. This is a huge NO for me. Cutting it out of my diet really changed my body composition and with it, my self esteem.

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on January 03, 2013
at 02:51 PM

running+outdoors= clarity for me

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on January 03, 2013
at 02:20 AM

  1. Cutting out processed foods, grains, and (almost all) added/refined sugar. I used to eat spoonfuls of sugar when I was anxious or depressed, and sweet treats are still the thing I'm mostly likely to binge on. Cutting out those foods and slowly adding grass fed or wild caught animal protein back into my diet has helped me tremendously. I had been a vegetarian for four years, and while I initially lost weight, I eventually gained it all back from all the processed crap I would eat. The year I went vegan (2010) was the worst. I lived off of peanut butter and oreos for half of that year, though I was also very broke during that time, and did so much damage to my body. The decision to start eating sustainable meat again was a huge one, and I don't regret because of how much my health and vibrancy has improved. I've lost ~30 lbs and several inches in the last five months, mostly from that, and my next thing, which is:

  2. Running and consciously walking more. I'm on my feet and constantly moving, squatting, climbing stairs, and lifting moderately heavy things at work (which is the best thing about my job, aside from being able to wear whatever I want), but it's retail. It's super fucking stressful. I try to do sprints in the morning a couple of times a week, but honestly sometimes just a 30 minute run or a long, meandering walk after work with my headphones on helps me decompress. I'm still working on getting my stress levels under control in other ways, but that little bit of extra exercise has done wonders for my anxiety, as well as helping me work through my self-esteem/control issues re: my body.

  3. Getting over my fear of dietary fat. Yeah, cutting out most neolithic junk helped me feel better, and eating more protein helped even more, but I would often still be starving every few hours until I started eating more coconut oil, avocado, pastured butter, and heavy cream. Coconut oil alone has been a revelation.

  4. Cleanliness and organization. It's amazing how much better I feel when my apartment is clean, or the area(s) I'm zoned in at work are tidy.

  5. Being creative and consuming creative works. I need to be reading and writing, or painting or crafting, something, at least every other day, otherwise I feel like I'm about to crawl out of my skin. I can tell I'm reaching a low point when I stop doing these things.

C8a5c6d2804326646bb274e491f7f21b

(534)

on January 03, 2013
at 02:50 PM

I totally agree, the amount of mental clarity from having a more minimalist space/environment has been great

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on January 03, 2013
at 01:42 AM

seems really simple but is really hard (for me at least)

lift HEAVY - days I lift heavy I feel amazing all day long (could be placebo but I don't care) I find that cardio just doesn't do it for me

High fat content - same as above and NO SUGAR

positive thinking - also a hard one (for me) but think 'healthy' and positive and all of a sudden life gets a whole lot better. I also try not to worry about the future (insert whatever God stuff - or not - you want here, I do the God thing but to each his/her own)

:)

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on January 10, 2013
at 12:29 PM

I find it so interesting how much people vary with excercise. Running makes me feel absolutely amazing the rest of the day. Like extra clean and my skin feels wonderful and I feel energized and breath well. It's just amazing. Lifting heavy is fun so I do it but I don't feel any different on days I lift and days I don't. It's interesting how lots of people claim to be opposite though. It's so individualized.

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on January 02, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Eat Primal daily

Body by Science routine 1x/week.

Chiropractic 2x/month

Meditate daily.

Move frequently and sit as little as possible.

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