Fasting for Health

I've been reading about the many benefits of Fasting. Yesterday I completed a fast. 69 hours, just short of 3 days.

Fasting isn't that hard. Body fat has about 3500 calories. Most folks use on average 2000 calories per day. If I have 20 extra pounds on, in theory I could go a month or more, without eating. If we are fat adapted, meaning primarily burning fat for fuel, fasting is easier to do.

Here's a strategy that I followed to experience relative ease in my 69-hour fast.

  1. In fact being fat adapted is a good first step. Burning fat for fuel is eating for nutrition ketosis.

  2. Next step is intermittent fasting. An example of intermittent fasting is eating in an 8-hour window. Today I'll eat between the hours of 11am and 7pm. The remaining time, 16 hours, will be fasting. Some of that will be sleep.

Liquids I drank during my fast:

  • lots of water with pink himalayan salt.
  • home made bone broth.
  • black coffee

It's also a good idea to keep busy. When I needed a little support, I would read some of Dr. Fung's book mentioned below. Also listening to the podcast "Fasting Talk".

Dr. Jason Fung's book, "The Complete Guide to Fasting" is a great read on the subject.

The link below is to a good article and a great interview with Dr. Fung. He pretty much lays it out in simple terms.

The Complete Guide to Fasting: A Special Interview With Dr. Jason Fung

Yoga is Cool

One of the exercises on my list today was the military press. I was doing a seated version. Basically pushing the weight directly over head and then back down. I finished my shoulder exercises and went onto doing some ab work. I've been skipping over the ab work in the guided routine I've been following. Opting instead for some pilates/yoga style ab work that leaves my back feeling all minty fresh. Truth be told, I was waiting for Jackie to finish her routine. After the ab work, I did a bridge pose. Then realized I could attempt to push up into a full on back bend. Having not done this pose on my own in ages, the first one didn't go so well. Waiting a minute, telling myself I can do this, second time, I got my arms straight. And came right back down. Walked my feet in, pushing up a third time, arms straighter, held it for a few breaths, coming down, victorious. I realized the back bend is related to the weight lifting military press. Same action, bearing weight. Under load working to make the arms straight, and slowly bend them. Revelation. After that, headstand. Like a steady old friend. Right there in the middle of all the chaos that is the gym. Yoga is cool.

Longevity

I told my dad about an old friend passing away. A guy my age. Dad told me a story about when his dad passed. He called his neighbor, and asked him to pass on the information to my step mom. This was before cell phones and answering machines. When Gus, the neighbor, heard the news he replied, "These things happen". Live long enough, and those around you die. Mid-fifties just seems too young.

I'm interested in Health and Fitness mostly because I would like to retain mental and physical abilities as long as I am alive. And I want to feel good. I think wanting to feel good is at the crux of a lot of human behavior. It's certainly what motivated my addiction and alcoholism. In that realm, it's a paradox that the thing that makes you feel good in the beginning, is the thing that ultimately makes you feel bad. It destroys some of us. It destroys health.

Wanting to feel good motivated me to yoga. Wanting to feel good motives me to strength train. Eating well leaves me feeling good, now and later.

I've been following the Ancestral Health Movement. Eating whole foods, cutting out sugar and wheat. The one thing I can control is what I eat. And since eating is something that happens multiple times a day, it has an impact on how I feel, both now and in the future.

Many of the ailments associated with aging seem to be related to blood sugar levels and insulin sensitive, and its relationship to inflammation. I've been in pursuit of Nutritional Ketosis and practicing Fasting as a way to manage food and it's role in health and fitness. Longevity.

Ending a Brief Fast

Today I ended a 30 hour fast. I drank water with pink Himalayan salt, coffee and bone broth during this time. Prior to this I've been strength training about 2 months. And, eating a low carb, mostly ketogenic diet. I have a ketonix breath analyzer, but the device hasn't registered that I've been in ketosis for a long time. The device is an older model and I think it may be defective. Could be that I'm just not in Ketosis.

Strength Training

When it comes to lifting weights, there are many different approachs. Body Building, Power Lifting, and Strenght Training are a few. Yoga has some elements as it uses muscles in push exercises, and not so much muscles in pull exercises. I've been doing Pilates on and off for years, which does target some different muscles that might get over looked in yoga. A few years ago I started doing some bodyweight exercises to build and maintain strength, as I felt weakness in my body in my early 50s. More recently I started going to the gym and work with machines in a circuit style approach. The last month I've taken on a more classic strength training with free weights. The exercises center around flat bench barbell press, military press, dead lift, and squat. I haven't been doing many yoga poses, and some of the poses I get some joint disomfort. To be fair, I came to the practice with injuries. And may have worked a bit too agressively when I was a newbie yoga practitioner. The strength training leaves me feeling great, physically and psycologically.

Such A Cliché

Joined a gym yesterday. Joining a gym in January, such a cliché. I weighed today, and took pictures of my body. A before image, for my own personal use.  Don't worry, I wont post it here. I want to get stronger, as I feel the muscle weakness. My studies in Physiology point to how humans lose muscle during the aging process. Muscle fibers are replaced with fat or a sinew type tissue.  If we don't do something to keep the muscle fiber, we lose it. Aging can bring on stiffness, weakness, and unwanted pounds. I want to get and stay strong and lean.

Yoga Teacher

As of January 10, 2017, I will be taking time off from teaching public classes at Urban Yoga in Palm Springs. If you want to practice yoga with me, let me know. I'm open to working with folks at all levels, at a price you can afford. 

Structural Integration bodywork sessions are easy to book with me. Use the contact page to reach me.

Be Happy. Be Happiness.

2016, the year that was

Many folks I knew and grew up with died. I didn't know them personally but they meant something to me. Soon Barack Obama will no longer be president. I got off sugar. That was a withdrawing experience. I dropped a few pounds, as a result of  no sugar, no chips, no glutens. I went from vegan to a meat eating keto enthusiast.  Really I swung from the Virgin Diet, to Joel Furhman's Eat To Live, to Keto. Ketogenic Diets are low carb, moderate protein, high in healthy fats. The keto diet helps to manage blood sugar which affects diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and brain injuries. One literally burns fat for fuel while in ketosis. Good for the body. Good for the brain.

It's chaos. This life. Am I moving forward? Is there a forward? No cokes, no cookies, no candies. I need to work out more. What you do on January 1 sets the tone for the year. What you do today sets the tone for the rest of your life. Every moment matters. Produce a miracle. 

Quotes

“You people, you know nothing, follow now?”

“How many times must I say it?”

“Shall I do it for you?”

Supposedly Mr. Iyengar said these things while teaching yoga.

Yoga Practice

Today my yoga practice was simple. Supta Baddha Konasana to start. Downward Dog. Brief head stand. Brief shoulder stand. Brief plow pose. Let's get this practice going again.

I Like Yoga

Supta Virasana. I feel asleep in Supta Virasana. I kid you not. It's an odd position to wake up in. Legs and feet. Pins and needles. All's well. I can walk again. I hear it's yoga month. OK, if you say so. Yoga day, yoga month. How many ways can we promote the heck out of something. It's getting to be like billboards on the highway. Hey, there's something beautiful behind those billboards. Either do yoga, or don't. Life's short, no one gets out alive. Yoga gives insight into the true nature of a person, and their place in the universe. Poses help with calming the mind, bringing about health in the body. It's a good thing. End of rant.

Quote - Calvin Coolidge

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On, has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race." -Calvin Coolidge

San Francisco Here I Come!

During the week June 12-18, 2016 I'll be in San Francisco seeing bodywork clients. I wont be teaching yoga or seeing clients in Palm Springs during that time. You can see Jackie Herndon for Bodywork. If you would like to schedule an appointment with me, click here to connect with me.

Quote - J. Krishnamurti

“‘The moment you are very clear about what you want to do (in life), things happen. Life comes to your aid. Life never comes to the aid of those who merely yield to some demand out of fear. But if you say, “This is what I really want to do- and I am going to pursue it”, then you will find that something miraculous takes place. When you invite life, things begin to happen. But you see, we don’t want to invite life, we want to play a safe game; and those who play a safe game die safely.’ ” — J. Krishnamurti

CranioSacral

Just completed the four day Upledger CranioSacral Therapy course. It's CST1. I didn't realize that Upledger had such a comprehensive body of work. I'm looking forward to practicing what I learned, and taking more courses in this direction. It's like the best savasana ever!

Another Quick Post

Time magazine with Steve Jobs on the cover. Interesting . . .

Testing out an ipad app, posting to a blog. Almost wrote boasting. Ha. Nothing to boast about here.

Raining Days & Mondays

Rainy days and Mondays is a reference to a song by The Carpenter's. It's Monday, rainy, and windy. A blustery day. Just got in from walking the kids to school. My British nieces are 3, 6, & 9. What a perfect collection of numbers. There is so much balance and symmetry to their ages, it's remarkable. In yoga, numbers divisible by 3 have a spiritual significance. Actually, it’s probably more scientific than spiritual, or maybe there’s no tangible difference. It’s so great being uncle garrell, especially they way they say it. Being around such precious beings, has a significant impact on who I am. I realise parents are at a disadvantage, in that parenting involves a lot of steering the little ones to get socks and shoes on, putting things away, when the little ones just want to play. Never having kids, from this perspective, I feel I’ve missed out on something significant. We learn about who we are, and what we’re made of, in relationships. On my own, I just get to be right. In relationship, I learn and grow. A little.