Before I start, I want to express how grateful I am to be able to sit on this chair and write about stuff on the internet. My family is safe, we have roof over our heads, and we have all the other basics for survival.
The typhoon Haiyan made me realize a lot of things. One of those is the realization that I should treat my health quest with urgency. This calamity really strengthened my resolve to eat healthier and become strong.
During the most recent habagat that brought heavy rain in Metro Manila, I got sick for 2 weeks.
If a calamity as grave as Haiyan were to strike here, I want to at least have a fighting chance to survive — to become one less person for others to worry about and become someone who can help others instead. At the state where my health is currently, I might not be able to hold on to a tree long enough to save myself let alone swim across flood water to pull someone to safety.
I want to be strong.
As I mentioned in my Project Fit and Toned re-kick-off post, Epiphany, I will eat a paleo-ish diet, start developing an exercise habit, and improve my sleeping habits. I’ve been pretty successful with the diet and exercise part but I’m still struggling with getting good quality sleep.
So far I’ve lost 2.5 kgs or 5.5 lbs.
Surprising. Because I didn’t feel like I went on an extreme diet.
I won’t be writing about the paleo diet/ lifestyle in detail. I will leave that to the people who actually know what they’re talking about. For reference, I just read The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and I’m using the principles in the book as a guideline.
But to give you an idea, adopting a paleo-ish diet/ lifestyle is like channeling your inner Katniss Everdeen. Katniss eats mostly seasonal fruits and vegetables, and wild game if she was able to hunt one. Pre-games, she rarely has access to grains and bread. And of course, because she hunts, it’s safe to say that she’s quite active. Re-quoting from the book:
“I stand straight, while I’m thin, I’m strong.
The meat and plants from the woods
combined with the exertion it took to get them
have given me a healthier body than most of those I see around me.”
– Katniss, The Hunger Games
Basically, what I ate for the past 12 days were vegetables and meat (beef, pork, and chicken). I didn’t eat grains or wheat except on 2 occasions when an officement took us out for lunch to celebrate her birthday and during the despedida of another friend/ officemate. I ate half a cup of rice and a slice of pizza respectively.
This way of eating seems sustainable for me. I feel like I’m in an eat-all-you-can buffet restaurant serving only veggies, fruits, and meat (no processed food and no dairy). It seems restrictive but I don’t feel restricted. You probably won’t believe me if I say I was still able to eat bacon, pork chops, fried chicken, and a 6-ounce ribeye stick last week and still lost 2.5 kilos. I’m only thankful that I don’t have a sweet tooth. That could’ve been a BIG problem.
On the 8th, when Haiyan struck and after reading the news and seeing the devastating photos, my ‘relationship’ with food seem to have changed. I saw it more as fuel as opposed to a source of comfort and entertainment. Even when I was very stressed at work, I didn’t feel like carb-loading. I felt a sense of conscientiousness in limiting the quantity of what I eat only to the extent of what my body needs to function well. Like in the movie Avatar, the Na’Vi don’t go on a killing rampage for an eating spree, they just take what they need from nature. It seems like common sense, but I only truly realized it now.
In the coming days, I will focus on improving my sleeping habits.
Weight November 1, 2013: 60.8 Kgs
Weight November 12, 2013: 58.3 Kgs
Weight taken around the same time, almost as soon as I woke up.