Day 2 of your preparation for Blue Monday.
There are 3 components I consider to be essential for your health and fitness.
Can you guess what they are?
Of course you can:
- Qigong – Takes care of your 7 R’s: Resting, Relaxing, Recovering, Refuelling, Recharging, Reenergising and Renewing
- Nutrition – You are what you eat. Poor nutrition is like trying to run a Ferrari on diesel. It’s gonna cause trouble.
- Exercise – Use it or lose it. The mountain of scientific data to back up the health giving qualities of exercise is impossible to ignore. And I’d rather you got your exercise from, well, exercise than from your Qigong practice.
In todays Qigong Daily post I’d like to take a brief look at nutrition.
I think you know what you should be eating more of and what you should be eating less of.
But if you’re anything like me, what you know and what you do might not always match.
I’ve been asked more than a few times whether I follow a special Qigong diet.
But for the last 18 months I’ve been practicing what’s known as Intermittent Fasting (IF) and a normal day looks like this:
- 1pm – 30g of protein
- 3pm – 30g of protein
- 5pm – HUGE spinach salad
- Then up until 10pm I’ll eat pretty much anything I like.
At 10pm I stop eating and wait until 1pm the next day when it starts all over again.
I also drink a lot of water, about 2 litres and most of it between waking up and 1pm. Though I might substitue a glass of water every now and then for a cup of green tea.
Oh, and I do like a up of coffee each day too.
All that fluid is great, but there is a real downside.
You’re gonna pee… a lot.
No problem if you’re working from home or have easy access to a toilet, but a pain if you’re out and about a lot.
Trust me =)
I’m often asked how I handle the hunger.
Well, I’ve discovered that hunger does not build and build, but comes in waves that pass.
If you want to do some serious research before trying IF yourself, and I recommend you do, visit:
There’s enough high quality information on that site to keep you busy for a long time.
If you want to take Intermittent Fasting for a spin I recommend the following program (it’s the one I use)
Don’t let the focus on muscle building put you off.
And yes, that’s my affiliate link, which means if you buy the product I receive a small payment which helps me to keep Qigong15 running.
I’ll finish off with a Jack Lalanne Video:
It’s a great and powerful metaphor.