I used to be the guy who suffered from constipation, diarrhoea, and other digestive tract problems. Can you imagine the discomfort and pain it gave me whenever I was outside our house? I had to condition myself to be prepared as it might happen anywhere, in a restaurant, in a party, in a public commute, in a movie theatre, and even on vacation, on a beach, in the mountain, or in a different country. I used to say a lot, “Shit happens.” Thank goodness, those days are now as rare as a four-leaf clover.
Knowledge, discipline, and commitment – they all helped me improve my gut health. Continue reading →
When I was a kid I didn’t eat that much vegetables. Aside from carrots, squash, potatoes, and cabbages, everything else had to be forced down my digestive system. Broccoli was one that I particularly didn’t like. It looked too unsavoury for me. I preferred the similar-looking but semi-appealing looking cauliflower. Now, broccoli has become my most favourite vegetable and I often pair it with three eggs as part of my first meal for the day.
Cortisol? Leptin? Branch amino acids? I didn’t know any of these before. Testosterone? All I knew was that it’s the male hormone. I didn’t know about its role in muscle growth. Science was in my grasp but I was ignorant to it.
The Internet is filled with abundant information about food, fitness, and nutrition. It’s easy to get suckered into consuming all these information as it makes us feel knowledgeable about these topics. What I learned from reading and researching is that there are some things out there that are not completely true. Continue reading →
Last week I began intermittent fasting. I’ve been hearing about it from my friends and fitness people I follow on Twitter since way back then.
One of the things that drove me away from intermittent fasting was the energy issue. How could I function properly if I didn’t have fuel in my body? My morning workout would suffer if I didn’t eat anything. Continue reading →
In the past three years of living healthy, I learned a lot of things: exercises, sleep patterns, and nutrition. I have willingly (and sometimes unwillingly) subjected myself to be my own guinea pig in the search of what eating practices work for me, and what is true and what is not.