Having been raised in a very health conscious household, I was lucky to have learned many things about eating habits and exercise. Since
i've been living alone, the extra freedom has driven me to become lazy. Although I still keep a good diet, I stopped exercising. Now, the principal
where you only need 1 of the two to be considered "healthy" is complete garbage.
Throughout the last month I've been going through some depression issues, of which I had no idea why. I was excited about learning from
Mishio Kaku on youtube and my life has been changing for the better. But yet nothing seemed satisfying. Even gaming, a crutch for when I was down
low, did not help. Of course I thought it was just a phase I was going through, some sort of high and low. But really the culprit was no exercise.
So then, why does not exercising have the ability to cause depression? To put it simply, exercising has many more benefits than just physical
appearance. It helps nourish the brain so that it can become stronger. As said in the NY times How could Exercising Lead to a Better Brain "Fresh
cells were especially prevalent in the hippocampus, indicating that neurogenesis — or the creation of new brain cells — was primarily occurring
there. Even more heartening, scientists found that exercise jump-starts neurogenesis. Mice and rats that ran for a few weeks generally had about
twice as many new neurons in their hippocampus as sedentary animals. Their brains, like other muscles, were bulking up." Also, not exercising brings
the opposite effect, where the hippocampus shrinks. In the end exercising does a lot more for a gamer than just changing physically, it can actually
make us play much better. Another interesting part of this article talks about how neurons "float" around in the head until one of 3 things happen.
They can continue floating around and die, they can be stimulated when doing a cognitive skill but it limits the neuron to that certain task. Or
exercising allows the neuron to become more flexible, which increases the power of learning something new and finding solutions. Although this is still
somewhat hypothetical scientists have been able to do tests with humans that show positive results in proving the theory.
Now that we know exercising helps the brain develop. Why not exercise for the sake of feeling good? The problem with our society is that
there's many "get buff and become superman" type of ads that cause ideas that we want these ridiculous changes physically. They suggest doing
long workouts that are in the most part unsuccessful because people lose the drive to continue because the goal can take a very long time to reach.
In order to exercise positively we need the right mindset. Instead of focusing on the end product focus on the immediate benefits. Exercising gives us
pleasure when done for the fun of it. Don't go into technicalities when exercising, focus on good form and doing what makes you feel good. Don't
follow a certain set, but just to feel the burn in your muscles, push yourself! And feel your body come to life. Keep your exercises simple and focus on
doing exercises in order to feel good. The physical changes will come as long as you're exercising. Exercising doesn't need to be a chore, It can be
viewed as a way of feeling good about yourself and getting more energy and bounce in your day.
Start with simple exercises such as pushups, situps and squats. Once you start getting bored of those, you can upgrade to jumping squats,
and planking. Once you get bored with that go and do some burpys. What I find to be really awesome is the exercise balls, that can add a lot of
variation to your workouts, here's a list of fun ones to do.
Exercising is about making it pleasurable instead of a chore. Focus on making it fun, and keep in mind any exercise is good exercise. Do what
you think you'll enjoy most and you'll definitely improve and feel better afterwards.
Now on to nutrition, this is a very touchy subject as there's all these weight loss diets and crap that is very concerning when I see them.
Basically, you'll lose weight if you focus on eating things that are closest to nature as possible. A big part of the body retaining fat is due to
overeating and the chemicals in the food. Now overeating is caused by eating the processed foods, these foods are what I call empty calories. They
don't fill you up, and they're packed with calories. Ever have a big bag of chips and not feel satisfied at all? Yeah I know the feeling, it sucks. All
these ads on "reduced fat" and 0 calories is all a marketing gimmick. Calories need to be viewed as fuel instead of a dangerous substance. Calories
are fine as long as they're coming from foods that are closest to nature. When I say closest to nature I mean the stuff that has been changed the
least by humans. There are plenty of great tasting sweet variables to empty calorie food. Such as, grapes, oranges, apples, blueberries, bell
peppers and strawberries. Next time you go to the grocery store just stroll around in the vegetable and fruit section and see what there is and explore
different snacks. The only 2 specific things I will suggest to avoid is unnatural peanut butter and cereal. You'll know the peanut butter is natural when
the oil separates from the peanut butter(make sure you mix it before using!). The reason for this is because modified peanut butter often has sugar
and cream added to it, which really doesn't add to the taste at all. For the cereal just avoid the sugary stuff... No, I beg you to avoid it! It may taste
good but the amount sugar in those things is off the charts.
Ok now that empty calories are fewer and far between. Withdrawal comes. This i've experienced with MacDonald's after 1 meal. Your craving
for that food will rise dramatically over the next week. As long as you stay clear from it that craving will go away. Now i'm not saying avoid it
completely, but use it as a treat for something that you haven't had in awhile.
Also, cholesterol is not your enemy, fatty foods such as butter, avocados and salt do not cause heart disease. But what actually causes it is
sugar and trans fats, these 2 things are found in empty calorie food. Like CBN's article called Cholesterol Myth: What Really Causes Heart
Disease? said was that these 2 culprits caused inflammation while cholesterol was used by the body to protect it. Which is why physicians confused it
with being bad because it looked like the cholesterol was causing the inflammation. "You know cholesterol is found at the scene of the crime for heart
disease, but it's not the perpetrator,". This means that those fatty foods that are close to nature are fine and great for consumption.
By focusing on the pleasure side of health, the rest will come. The specifics don't need to be known. But what the most two important ideas
are that exercise is a means of feeling happy and good about yourself. Viewing it as a chore is caused by looking at the end result. But by looking at
the immediate benefits exercise can be viewed as a fun way to start or end your day. The other idea is that eating well means staying as close to
nature as possible. As long as you do this you'll avoid all the harmful diseases that associate with empty calorie food. Focus on the positives and
you'll be feeling AWESOME and you'll be able to pwn even more noobs!
Play at your max!
Happy and healthy gaming!
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Some food suggestions for those who are interested:
Tea- please try it out, it has so many great tasting varieties and it's such a beneficial and energy giving beverage!
Honey- For those sweet tooth's, honey is your go to substitute. Experiment with it and don't use too much as it's pretty concentrated stuff!
Snacks- My favorite is natural peanut butter and banana, it's so good! Cut it up and add some peanut butter on it and you've got a great tasting energy giving snack!
Cereal- Kashi is a really good cereal brand with a lot of variety.
Salad- Be creative, add different cheeses such as Boccioni or Feta, as well as mix it up with different things such as tomatoes, avocados , nuts, berries, etc salads are only limited by your imagination! Or you can look up some recipes on the internet...
For pasta lovers- try gluten free rice based pasta, it's much better and it tastes really good!
Rice- Get your Asian on and do stir frys or meals based around rice, there are so many great combinations that go well with this healthy grain!
Bell Peppers- Great snack as well, just prep it and eat either in strips or in halves... its surprisingly sweet!