Health

“I study myself more than any other subject. That is my metaphysics, that is my physics.” –  Michel de Montaigne

I’m not going to tell you what you should do. I will only tell you what works for me and then you can experiment what works for you. In the past years I experimented a lot and describing everything that didn’t work is far beyond the scope of this modest little book. I’m not a doctor and you shouldn’t take any health advice from me.

Nevertheless here is what works for me and why:

Diet

I follow a Slow-Carb diet rather strictly. This means I almost never eat bread, pasta, sugar or any other other highly refined food. Sometimes I cheat and eat a pizza or something similar, especially when I’m invited for dinner. Some cheat meals are a good thing, because this way I boost my metabolism.

The Slow-Carb diet was invented by author Tim Ferris and if you want to learn more about cheat days and slow-carb foods you should read his book “The Four-Hour Body”. Another one of my favorite authors, Tynan, follows a similar diet and wrote a long blog post explaining why predigested food like white flour, white rice and sugar are bad for your health.

I tested this diet for a month, the results were incredible and I never went back since then. I lost a lot of body fat and my concentration plus my ability to memorize things became much better. In addition, I have much more energy and I never feel tired after a meal, which was a big issue before I started avoiding pasta etc.

Now, I have a problem understanding why anyone eats these highly refined foods on a regular basis. They aren’t that tasty. Pasta or white rice alone have almost not taste. Most bread tastes rather dull. What makes them awesome is the stuff we add to them like sauce or cheese. (Especially for pasta there is a much better alternative: zucchini spaghetti.)

As an example, here is what I eat on a normal day:

  • Breakfast: Protein Shake with fresh plus frozen fruit and vegetables mixed together in a blender/ Three cooked eggs/ Scrambled eggs/ Banana pancakes
  • Lunch: Big salad with olives, eggs and turkey breast/sardines/tuna etc.
  • Dinner: Vegetables with meat or fish/ Zuccini spaghetti with pesto/ Zuccini spaghetti frutti di mare

Sleep

I sleep 8 hours every day. Everything else is bullshit. If I sleep less, say seven hours, I make much more mistakes during computations and can’t concentrate or read for a prolonged period of time.

Sports

Studying physics requires lots of sitting. The human body wasn’t made for this and therefore I workout two times a week and go running whenever I feel like it, which means approximately three times a week.

Whenever I workout or run I feel much better the next day. I believe this is my bodies way of saying thank you.

I don’t think you need another person to tell you that exercise is good for you, but I really believe that working out and running helps me a lot when it comes to physics.

I’m more motivated.

I can work harder and longer.

I feel much better. My mood is better.

I workout or run in the evening, because there are much more important things during the day. In the evening I never do anything productive anyway and trading some couch time for running that makes me feel better the next day seems like a good deal to me.