|Sleep tracking with the Fitbit helps me optimize my asleep time.|
The time that I would have been spent blogging, reading, and commenting on other blogs has been spent doing things I can control. This is where the Primal focus comes into focus more than a Paleo food template. Paleo food template, customized for weight maintenance, Primal Blueprint ideas for the rest.
I'm going to get really geeky in this post, so skip it if measuring and genetics aren't your bag.
1. Sleeping- and tracking sleeping with my fitbit. My personal goals are to sleep at least 7 hours a night during the week and more if possible on the weekends. I don't always hit that goal, but that's okay.
One funny thing is if I do wake up in the middle of the night, reading a real book or magazine- light reading helps me go back to sleep. I used to get so, so stressed out about being awake in the middle of the night, that the worry kept me up even later.
With the Fitbit, I can see that I go right back to sleep, fast.
Kicking the cats out of the room also helps with fewer sleep disruptions.
2. Limiting coffee consumption past a certain time: Since I know I'm an slower or intermediate metabolizer of caffeine, I know not to drink it past noon or 1pm each day. I drink about 3 cups a day with great results. All the long lived relatives had cups of coffee in their hands through about 2-3 pm based on my memories of them.
Now, I didn't need 23andMe DNA SNP analysis or Promethease html reports to tell me that I couldn't drink coffee past a certain time of day. But here are the details in print. I use the "I feel better" guide to make most decisions in life. But the genetic stuff is just fun for me.
I'm an incurable data geek, so I might as well embrace the science, SNP's, and studies, all while waiting science to get caught up with a healthy dose of "I feel better".
I added links to SNP-edia so you can read more about my caffeine genotype. Of course, just because I have the geneotype doesn't mean I will exhibit the phenotype (traits)
But for coffee, I run pretty true for type. I think it's hilarious that I have one slow AND one fast gene for caffeine metabolism.
Link to SNPedia for CYP1A2
|La Jolla Cove and tide pools June 2015|
Other stress relief methods have been puzzles, visiting with friends, and working on the meditation thing. I still have a long way to go with my mediation practice.
Wow!!! I hit publish by mistake, too soon. Ah well, no stress. Onward and more PaleoFx 2015 recaps are brewing.
1. Longer sleep
2. Drinking coffee sooner in the AM
3. Photography and walking
What did not work
1. Trying to do all the things all the time and decreasing sleep
2. Trying to get energy from afternoon coffee.
3. Sitting on the couch watching TV and eating low point junk food to "relax".