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Day 3

Woke up feeling pretty cold with the fan blowing at me directly, which is something I don’t like at all because I am really AFRAID of being cold. This is very abnormal as Singapore weather is hot and humid, yet I could never sleep with air conditioning throughout the night and still needs a blanket without AC. I tend to get cold hands and feet easily. Then I learnt from my traditional chinese sensei that this is one of the symptoms of lacking in ‘yin’ of the body. Losing this balance of ‘yin’ and ‘yang’, my body’s system and energy is thrown into chaos. Just to name a few symptoms: fell sick often (lower immunity), dull skin colour and lack energy (bad circulation), cold feet and hands, nervousness, agitation, dry skin, water retention, ‘heatiness’ & break-outs (I believe is due to too much ‘yang’).

That aside, when I looked into the mirror on day 3, I realised my skin feels and looks better. I was getting some colour back, dark circles were getting lighter. To be honest, I didn’t follow the sleeping schedule to sleep at 11.30pm, so I knew I would feel even BETTER if I had stuck to it. Usually if I stayed up late, the next day I would feel like crap from all the internal heat and agitation. However, I felt good. My energy was not dipping and no jelly legs!

I carried on the day as per normal and went to my boyfriend’s studio to clear up some work. Unbeknown to me, the real test started. I was surrounded by snacks, and people snacking away. When it was lunchtime, I had to explained to worried friends why I was doing a fast and the importance of doing it. During which I couldn’t help joking about me going on a hunger strike, which didn’t seem that amusing to them. haha..

Later in the afternoon, I survived by distracting myself with reading and running errands, only with occasional longing stares at those ‘snacky’ snacks. I could feel the discomfort from hunger pangs almost constantly, as well as random cravings of food-sinful food-out of nowhere, but those were not too much to deal with. Once again, I can’t emphasize enough on the importance of setting the appropriate state of mind, and reminding yourself constantly of the reasons behind. The only major problem I had so far was that I was catching on a mild cold from the night before.

Came to dinner time, the boyfriend decided to pay IKEA a visit. Bad idea. To my horror, the meat balls and the chicken wings were screaming to me!! In the end I stuck through it, and made use of his guilt to get a free massage. As the cold started to get more serious, I decided to speed up the fast a little bit. I need more nutrients to combat this cold. I then chose watermelon to break fast as it is considered one of the most healthy fruits with high vitamin A & C content, and high anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and alkalinizing properties.

In conclusion, the most amazing thing so far is that even though I haven’t eaten any food in 3 days, my energy still felt alright. The disappointment though was that other than having to battle a mild cold, I didn’t poop the whole day. I hope this is the indication that my digestive track is on track with that diarrhea on the second day to purge all the toxins away.

Day 4

Which is today. Woke up to a beautiful, bright, sunny Thursday. Had a cup of honey water and ate another slice of watermelon. Loved it!

I went to do some grocery shopping and then the most amazing thing happened, I no longer felt soooo cold standing next to the cold food section with the open coolers! I even had a warm sensation radiating outwards from my abdomen to the rest of my body, even the legs! I felt warm! And also I pooped a little!

Now my job is to maintain it and continue breaking fast for the next 3 days. As for today I am cooking myself a traditional chinese tonic soup, which helps to nourish the ‘yin’ and increase energy. (I shall elaborate on the ingredients in my later posts.) Also, I have to avoid snacking on too much watermelon because it is considered a cooling fruit that diminishes the ‘yin’ in the traditional chinese books. Just like ‘yin’ and ‘yang’, it is always about balance.

Well, that’s all the update for now. I can’t wait to get back to better health now!

Love,

K

This is a very personal documentation of my diet change and also serves as reminder to self to keep going at it. I am well aware of extremities in diet and life and whatever I have chosen to do is to get back my health, not to reduce weight. As I am still exploring I am gonna do first and then see how it goes, like a little guinea pig.

Progress:

Water Fast: Day 2

Non-meat diet: Day 3

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I have been wanting to do a water fast a few months back after my NLP coach recommended the benefits to me strongly. I have also spoken personally to people who gave rave reviews about good fasting and dieting, and am amazed at how their journey have led them to where they are now – healthy, radiant and most importantly, happy.

For most part of my early adulthood, I have been abusing my youth. I took on graveyard shifts at work and ate irregularly. Did with little or no exercise. The thing is, I am 163cm and 44kg, which is pretty thin. I can’t seem to put on weight no matter how much I eat. People think it’s great and some would probably be unhappy that I am unhappy about being slim. To be honest, I never felt quite happy when I meet people and they go “Hey you look slimmer than before, did you eat enough?” I would rather someone compliment me this way: “Hey you look much healthier than before, look at that glow!” (I wish..) Don’t get me wrong, being slim is good, but I think being healthy is much more important than just being slim at all costs.

I know the root of all my evil is the lack of a good, healthy routine. I need a diet plan and a strict regime. Most importantly, I need to exercise control and discipline, which I admit, are faculties that I am really not good at. I am also aware of the symptoms and warning signs my body is giving me. I can’t and shouldn’t neglect them any more.

Since the weather in Singapore is not helping, I have breakouts constantly. They usually congregates under my chin, my lower forehead and sometimes on my cheeks. And to make matters worse, I have super super dry skin which led to a mild eczema when I am under stress. It is pretty bad as Singapore weather can reach the highest humidity level of 96%, which means my skin is extremely dry. My dermatologist wasn’t giving me high hopes on complete recovery due to relapses but I am determined to improve my skin, without developing reliance on ointment and medication, as well as burning a big hole in my wallet. Compared with my former flawless and fair skin, and relatively good health, I am really in a dark dark place right now. I have to do something before it is too late!

So what I am going to do, and hopefully will show good result, are these:

Good sleeping schedule (730am wake, 1130pm sleep) +

honey water fast (every 3 months) +

daily glass of honey lemon water or honey with apple cider vinegar water +

Non-meat, more alkaline diet plan +

exercise (daily 30 mins) +

no alcohol except wines = good skin and healthier body!

Prior Experience

I did a juice fast before for 5 days and ended up with jelly legs and numb sensation in my finger tips, especially after I exert myself physically or emotionally. Didn’t feel too well in the circulation department and it seemed that my body can’t generate or move enough blood in my body. It feels like the body’s network is ‘blocked’ by something. Other than that things were good. I was proud of myself for surviving it without feeling too sorry about the process. One interesting thing I have learnt is that being healthy is much more expensive than being unhealthy. The means are also not  readily available too. So it was easier and natural to be unhealthy in today’s society.

The Week-Long Honey Water Fast Requirement

Start the day by drinking a cup of water mixed with 1-2 tbsp of pure honey and drink 2 to 3 cups throughout the day, making sure the total quantity of honey don’t exceed 150cc. Fill the in-betweens times with cups of water. Before bedtime, top up with just a cup of water, no honey.

For better result, add in 2 tbsp of lemon juice for additional purifying and detoxification effects. Lemon is good for the liver and skin.

Do this routine for 3 days, then ease into eating food again by drinking fresh juice for 2 days. Last 2 days start introducing soft and simple food like digestive biscuits and cereals, fruits and vegetable.

Lastly, continue to drink honey water every day right after waking up to kick-start the digestive system.

The Process

Day 1

I didn’t feel too hungry. Energy level was significantly lower. Body movements lethargic. Tried out a 30 minutes aerobic exercise and decided to stop half way as I felt mild dizziness. Didn’t poop and peed little as compared to the amount of fluids I drank.

Day 2

Which is right now, outdoor. I can feel that my body is entering starvation mode. It’s crying out with hanger pangs but can be suppressed with downing more water. So far I pooped in the morning, which developed into a bit of diarrhoea towards the end. Survived a lunch meeting at a jap restaurant serving delicious food… However, interestingly, my energy level felt okay and even gained better clarity! Not sure if it’s the water fast that contributed to this. Most importantly, the biggest difference I am feeling is I don’t feel so ‘heaty’ and inflamed internally at the moment. So far when I smell food I don’t gravitate strongly towards them. I guess it’s the mind over body thing, as I have prepped myself and set my mind to it. This is important as you need to get yourself into the right state of mind and understand why you are doing this to begin with.

It is only mid afternoon and I am battling the stronger hanger pangs. Soon it will be dinner and I need to get the last shot of honey water for the day.

Shall update again,

Love,

K



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