Give Yourself a Break

I am very careful about what I eat. It’s not for weight loss but to preserve my health. It’s been fairly easy to follow my healthy lifestyle, especially because I don’t want to be a hypocrite towards my patients about healthy eating. But sometimes, I would lose sight of why I restrict myself from foods that I would love to binge on.

The side effects of healthy eating and regular exercise is weight loss. It’s a nice side benefit, especially when people begin to compliment you on how great you look. But with these increasing “compliments,” you begin to lose sight of why you changed your eating habits in the first place. Your new healthy lifestyle becomes a DIET.

As you can see, I don’t like the word. It implies struggle, loss and transience. When you use a word that comes with negative meaning, you begin to experience negative feelings and experiences.

I had such an experience. At some point, my healthy lifestyle became a diet. I realized this when I allowed myself to eat a bit of cake. And when I say a bit, I mean a tiny forkful. I felt guilty and ashamed… over a bite of cake. That shouldn’t happen. That one bite does not add inches and pounds onto my body. That one bite does not set my health back to when I was very ill. That one bite does not determine who I am.

When I realized my guilt over something so trivial, I decided to give myself a break. It’s ok to eat one bite of cake. It’s ok if you decide not to work out one day. It’s ok to feel guilty over trivial things. It’s ok.

Allow yourself these breaks and then get back to what you were doing. Avoid having cake the next time. Workout more vigorously and more joyfully next time. After feeling the guilt, shake it off and continue on.

Give yourself a break and choose to only use words that come with positiveness and possibilities.

Timing Is Everything

According to TCM, all of our organs are on a set schedule. Certain times of the day are when certain organs are at thei optimal. 

Follow the schedule below as best as you can for good health:

  • Poop between the hours of 5-7AM.
  • Eat breakfast between 7-9AM.
  • Eat lunch between 11-1PM.
  • Eat dinner between 5-7PM. Don’t eat after 7PM. Give your body at least 12 hours of fasting time before breakfast to promote ketogenesis.

Try this out and notice how much more efficiently your body runs.

Eyes, Blood, Sleep (Tech Challenge)

Day 7-13 of Tech Challenge

I had stopped updating daily as to my progress because it was becoming stale stuff to read. I had failed only once since the last update. So far I am learning that giving myself a break from the glaring screens of our surrounding technology has made it easier to fall asleep. The best part is that I also remain asleep most of the time.

But is it that relaxing our eyes gives us better sleep? I can tell you about the rods and cones in our eyes that continue to “glow” making our brains think that it is still daytime, but this is mostly an acupuncture blog. So let us discuss what East Asian Medicine has to say about it.

EYES, LIVER, BLOOD

According to Chinese medicine, our eyes are governed by the liver. And as our liver is in charge of storing blood, our eyes have a direct relationship with blood. Blood is what nourishes our eyes and relaxes the spirit. When we overuse or deplete our eyes, we use our store of blood that is essential for many things, one of which includes sleep. With all the technology around us, we are straining our eyes more than ever. This has created a pandemic of people complaining of insomnia. Whether it is difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, my clinic is filled with patients complaining of lack of sleep.

So put down the phone, turn off your TV and computers. Close your eyes and allow them to relax. And then, go to sleep.

Day 6 of Tech Challenge

02/01/2016 8:52PM

I’m so tired that my 9PM no-technology curfew is no longer a chore. I welcome it with open arms. I’m going to sleep because I have quite a busy day tomorrow. *YAWN*

7:30AM

I stayed asleep all night. Still woke up a little tired but that may be because it was so cold. 37 degrees fahrenheit is not what Californians are accustomed to… at all.

 

“Silence is a true friend that never betrays.” -Confucius

This quote is true in regards to sleep.

Day 5 of Tech Challenge

01/31/16  9:12PM

Nothing really new to report today. I am already becoming accustomed to my self-imposed curfew. The real test would be how I do tomorrow morning. I need to be awake by 5AM and it will be the first time in this challenge when I couldn’t just wake up when I was good and ready. An alarm will be involved. If I wake up without hesitation, this this endeavor would be completely worth it.

I’m going to pad my windows so that I don’t have to listen to them get rattled by the strong winds.

Side note: ensure that your sleeping environment is without distractions. Whether it be rattling windows or a neighbor’s light shining through your window, find solutions. By the way, for rattling windows, I shove something like cotton balls (they are easy to shove in with tweezers) into the four corners of the moving portion of the window to keep it from rattling. And for annoying neighbors who leave their bright backyard light on all night, invest in blackout shades or curtains. It will be worth every penny.

5:00AM

I didn’t have the most restful sleep. I woke up once because the wind was so loud outside. The windows didn’t rattle but the wind itself was menacing. It sounded as if it could cause some destruction. Then I later found out that we had a tornado warning. In conclusion, I’m still tired.

Day 4 of Tech Challenge

01/30/2016  9:40ish

Since it is a Saturday, I was concerned that I may not succeed today. But I didn’t need to worry. Thanks to my ever supportive fiancé, I was able to get home in time to avoid missing my 9PM no-technology deadline.

This leads to a very important point. Having encouragement and support is one of the key points which will lead to success in anything that we set out to achieve. Whether it is to sleep properly, lose weight, or start a business, having support in your life is vital. If you can’t find it in family,  find it in friends. If you can’t find it in friends, find a support group or a community that is striving for the same goals. The chances are good that if you’re going through something, someone else is too.

Well, now that I’m washed, took my magnesium and changed, it’s time to sleep.

8:12AM

For the most part, sleep was good. I have been getting vivid dreams that feel quite tiring. I awoke once, not sure at what time. It took me a few minutes to fall back asleep. When I woke up for the final time, I woke rested and to the sound of rain. Now I’m wondering if weather could affect the quality of sleep.

Day 3 of Tech Challenge

1/29/16    10:26PM

I have succeeded! 2 minutes before 9PM, I put away my laptop and my phone. I didn’t have the TV on so I didn’t need to do anything there. I didn’t go to a dollar store just yet, but I did get the time from the kitchen clock to take my magnesium.

Side note: magnesium is a great supplement to take when you have difficulty falling asleep. I take 1/2 a tsp of Calm Magnesium and it helps me relax. It is also great for muscle aches and constipation. Before starting a new supplement, consult your doctor to see if this is the right course for you. This blog is only meant to inform, not provide or replace medical advice.

Anyway, the reason why I’m not asleep yet is because I gave a couple of persons a last minute treatment. Now that’s done, I’m going to wash up and go to bed.

7:36AM

I was tempted last night to turn on the TV. I didn’t have anything that I wanted to watch in particular but I have a strange need to have noise while getting ready for anything. This is actually something I am actively working on. The world has become so noisy that we have forgotten how to be in silence. My goal is to become comfortable with silence. It’s amazing how freeing it is when you get off the grid for even just a few hours.

I fell asleep pretty quickly once I put my head down on my pillow. I had pretty good sleep last night. I didn’t wake once at all. It still took a little bit of time for my body to feel fully awake but the fact that I stayed asleep is a victory. Seems turning technology/electronics off about an hour before sleep does allow for some quality sleep.