I haven’t eaten for three days.

Hello ladies and gentlemen!

Long time no speak! I hope you’ve all been doing well, living your best lives and soaking up all of this sun. I’m currently in turkey, and having quite possibly the most chilled out 10 days ever.

I’ve explored the neighboring mountains, snorkeled with fish and had some absolutely gorgeous kebabs.

I’ve also decided to do a three day water fast, and I won’t lie to you, it’s challenging. Today marks the last day of the fast, and tomorrow I can devour lots of nice fruit and veg. A water fast is basically consuming no calories at all, you can only drink teas and coffees (no sugar or milk).

Not eating for three days has made me realise two things: Humans don’t need to eat nearly as much as we do, and I really fucking enjoy eating.

Aside from that, my body has purged loads of toxins and I feel lighter, more relaxed and centred. I hope you have a great week and I’ll see you soon!

Peace ♥️

-Jrod

Smash your phone.

Hello people of the internet,
It’s Friday! You know what that means… That’s right, revision and a quiet night in!
Seriously I can’t wait for this to end so I can actually re-gain my personality, and not continue to be a boring fuck. Not having any phone data, or internet at home makes it difficult to make plans with people anyway. I guess it gives me an excuse to get off of my ass and go to uni.

IMG_20180503_005414.jpg
“Let’s get a selfie” -Drunk messes at quack, 2k18

So my phone is due to be sent off for repair which means I’ll be going off the grid for a week or two soon. To be honest with you guys, I’m kind of looking forward to it, no phone = no worries. The whole thing has really made me think about just how much I use my phone. I constantly find myself reaching to check it, and realizing that I have no internet (Man we had it rough before). It also forces you to engage with the reality of a situation, how many times has a conversation in a room gone stale, and you’ve just pulled out your phone and scrolled through Facebook to avoid the awkwardness?

Just like everything these days, mobile phone overuse can lead to quite a few mental and physical problems. The constant thinking about your phone increases your levels of cortisol (stress hormone), especially if you can hear it ringing but can’t answer it. The bright light from the screen before bedtime promotes wakefulness, making it difficult to sleep.

Honestly there’s a lot of bad shit that phones do to you, try to have a break from it every once in a while, I’m sure you’ll feel better for it!

Peace ❤

-Jrod

Sources:
Mobile phone use and stress, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of depression among young adults – a prospective cohort study.

Why It’s Good To Take Breaks from the Internet.

Take a break from the internet, you’ll thank yourself later.

 

Intermittent Fasting.

Brap Brap it’s Wednesday.
How have you all been? Good? Good.
So I’m trying out this new eating habit where you get an 8-10 hour window to eat food in a day. For example, if I have my first bite of food at 10am, then I have until 6pm to stuff my face. After that I have to wait until 10am the next day.

IMG_20170913_140740.jpg
Glorius Roast Dinner

Intermittent fasting is supposed to bring a whole barrage of good health stuff:
-Improved Brain Function, Resistance to disease, Resistance to ageing, Improved blood pressure, Increased insulin sensitivity. The list goes on…

So, when the body hasn’t consumed any form of nutrition for 8-12 hours, the body is considered to be fasting. Somewhere around this time your body uses up all of your stored energy, but you can’t eat for another 5 hours?! To cope with this the body begins to break down your fat reserves and enters this sort of “battery saving / healing mode”.

I get pretty aggy when I’m hungry so avoid me after 6-7pm!
Anyways, I gotta head to Jiujitsu.

Peace ❤

-Jrod

Some Useful Sources:

http://www.pnas.org/content/100/10/6216.full

https://www.dietdoctor.com/intermittent-fasting

https://jamesclear.com/the-beginners-guide-to-intermittent-fasting

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/23da/14a61e0bfa9de0e54dbf9155c0fd45122c56.pdf

Don’t get caught up in your own head.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag wan,
I hope you have had a good weekend, and I apologise for not posting yesterday. Kyle came to visit on Sunday and stayed the night. We chilled all day Monday, got a little messed up, and recorded a pod cast (check it out on the videos tab of facebook) so by the time he left, I was way too drunk to write.

IMG_20180326_160959.jpg
Mojito Cocktail that Luc made us yesterday.

Anyway I was at a party on Saturday and it was one of my brothers friend’s birthday. They were all around the age of 30+. Me being only 20 I felt a little out of place, like I was being judged by them, as if my opinion on things didn’t matter because I hadn’t experienced as much as them. This stopped me sharing and contributing my ideas, I mean I didn’t wanna be shut down by people older than me. Turns out this was all in my head and I was being paranoid. After a few bevs, I was having some pretty deep conversations with another guy about humanity and how mushrooms could be used to broaden peoples mindsets.

My point is; how many of our insecurities that prevent us acting normally are in our heads? For me, the biggest thing is what people might think about what I’m about to say. This is such a ridiculous thing that gets me all the time. After all, your ideas are your own, and you should never change them to please other people.
At the end of the day people can only please themselves, and you can’t change the way they feel.

Okay, I gotta get back to the programming grind. I love you all.

Peace ❤

-Jrod

Coffee Is Neat.

It’s hump day!
So my deadline is due tomorrow and as it turns out, robots have a lot more personality than you would’ve thought. For example, mine is a complete bitch. Literally all it needs to do is find some coloured cylinders in an already defined map. But apparently it has an agenda of its own; to be the first robot to break a wall by repeatedly running into it.
I used to be scared that one day robots would take over, but after this, I’m not so sure they’re capable.

The only thing that’s been getting me through these late nights is caffeine. You have no idea how much of it I have consumed in these last 3 days… I even bring it with me to the labs…IMG_20180321_200645

I wonder how many uni students are addicted to the stuff? I for one have no idea what i’d do without it, and I know many others who can’t get through their day without it.
I knew it was bad when I woke up absolutely craving a monster energy. Did you know they have 160 milligrams of the stuff in each one?! I’ve been drinking like 3 a day with coffee. No wonder I have trouble sleeping…

This made me a little health conscious, so to all of my coffee and caffeine lovers out there, I have complied a very small list of benefits and drawbacks of caffeine:
+Increases memory (post-studying). Link to study
+Reduces all kinds of cancer. Link to page
+Lower risk of suicide. Link to study
Overdosing is a thing Link to study
You can become addicted
Caffeine can cause insomnia and restlessness

I couldn’t find any major negative effects, so drank that shit like it’s Friday night. It’s good for you and helps you get stuff done. But as with all things great, you gotta be your own manager and make sure you don’t die.

Peace <3,

-Jrod (P.s I’m jacked as fuck on caffeine)