2010-07-22 10:20 am (UTC)
Diet can definitely affect your energy levels - especially if you're switching from a lifetime of hot dogs to vegetables all of a sudden! :P
What sort of meals are you eating now? Also, how much exercise are you getting? Both are the classic and unpleasant things that we can be reluctant to change, but which more often than not hold the key.
Also, nice about playing the Banjo games again - good times!
Aye, I somehow forgot about your health-conscious habits. I should have come to you sooner.
Right now I'm having very simplistic meals, sometimes just rice, often carrots or celery or broccoli or something with a sandwich. I also have a lot of vegetable soups. Honestly though, my meals are erratic and often I eat less than three meals a day. I'm sure that regularity would help me, but for that to happen, regularity in my schedule is required.
Exercise is also something I'm working on. I'm ALMOST on daily running or biking or badminton, and I do other things like pushups, etc.
What about you, what are your habits?
PS yes my Banjo bro, I will never forget all the times you lent me that game
2010-07-23 04:28 am (UTC)
Good to hear about the exercise, as erratic as your life may be, its best to establish a routine of some sort to stick to. Here in the Phils, every morning when I wake up, whatever time that is, I'll do 20 mins of serious stretching after breakfast (been practicing my seiza position too, lol. Its still ridiculously hard - even after trying for 5 months, I can only do it for like 5 minutes). Then M/W/Fs we go to the gym after work, while on T/Ths we play badminton (we should play in Japan! and also when you get back - I'm getting better now). Whatever routine you can establish will benefit you. I've never been more flexible in my life than now, and I'm beginning to see faint shadows of pecs and abs as well :P
As to the diet, its tough for me to comment on it without knowing what hurts your stomach or not, but you want to try to ensure you're getting your food groups without excessive salt, fat, or sugar as much as possible. Even small changes can help if your stomach allows it - e.g. try switching to brown rice instead of white (likewise with bread), it'll fill you up more and give you more nutrients and fibre. Or, sometimes try red rice instead, or bulgur, or couscous, or quinoa (really good meat alternative - tonnes of complete protein), or barley. Just buy a bag of each in bulk and rotate between them - they are all pretty much cooked the same way and add some variety to your meals.
Mix up the vegetables too - broccoli one day, cauliflower the next, spinach the next, etc. as that'll similarly keep it interesting, and eating a variety of foods will provide you more nutrients than eating the same few vegetable types.
Also, while I don't deny the convenience of canned veggie soups and the like, you want to ensure those stay as a side-dish and not your primary meal, as their salt content is high and vegetables are cooked so much that there isn't much left in them. Try using it as a base, but then add in some more water and boil it with some fresh veggies, extra beans, or some leftover meat. That way you're not actually having to make a whole soup, but you get a more creative meal than just the can alone. Same applies to everything. Sure, you *could* just have spaghetti and tomato sauce, but why not throw in some bak-choi, red peppers, and a can of tuna too? You *could* just have a box of KD, but why not boil some broccoli and carrots with the noodles and mix 'em in the sauce too? The possibilities for fast and healthier meal creation using convenience food as a base are endless and should help with your energy and maybe even your stomach health too.
I think regularity of meals is less important than quality of meals eaten - its better to get in two hearty and healthy meals in a day than three shoddier ones (or, if you're like me, better to get in 6 meals in a day than 3! lol).
Finally, not sure what you're putting on your sandwiches, but if you're seriously cutting back on meat, you need to ensure you're still getting protein. How is your stomach with fish? Or beans? Or lentils, tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds, and veggies like broccoli and kale and grains like quinoa? All contain good protein (and a host of other things) that will help with energy. Maybe some will hurt your stomach, but hopefully there's a few things in that list that won't, and you should eat those regularly, or, as a last resort, supplement with some protein powder too.
Let me know how it goes! (and don't expect any results magically in the first week - these things take time)
Man, worst time to get into LJ again. I'm going through the archives and tagging them, then I'm moving full over to my tumblr. I don't feel the need to chronicle my life anymore but I do need to write, so I've shifted the content and the website. My entire friends list is from the LJ staff... Good to see you writing again, though. I've had to find all SORTS of boring people to talk to with your absence from the interwebs.
First, my stats. First play through was closer to 7 and second was closer to 5. Got through 5 colossi on hard as well.
I know that drowsy feeling exactly. I had it a lot in second year and it comes up in the summer when I only have afternoon classes. What worked for me was ensuring I got SOMETHING for breakfast. If I had a bowl of mini-wheats I'd be guaranteed to get out of bed in the AM, alarm or not. I usually eat two meals a day including that, with a big dinner to follow. Dinners are pretty balanced in my house. I find if I don't do this, I don't get hungry. I used to just eat when I WAS hungry, and that resulted in one meal a day... sometimes. If I start in the morning I get hungry at the correct three meal intervals.
The advice above is very good! That's basically what I do. If I'm going to make something easy, I add my own touch for variety and nutrition.