Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The human body goes through a cycle each day. If you really work at it you can train your body to fall asleep at a certain time. You can eat your meals at the same time each day and never be hungry in between. The Cargo Cult Scientist likes to wake up at 6:30 and take a walk around the cemetary next to his house. I wake up, feed the dogs, throw on some warm clothes, wash off an apple and head out the door. It's better than coffee. I'm not always wide awake when I take off but when I get back home I am 100% alert and ready to start whatever it is I do. The first hour of my day is taking care of sleep, food, and exercise. From 7:30 to 12:00 I am free to do whatever I have to do with no desire to eat or climb back into bed.
Eating, sleeping, and exercising should be closely regulated to prevent the kind of deviations that are detrimental to your health. For example, if you are accustomed to eating whenever you feel hungry you will often stop and ask yourself, "am I hungry?" The answer will often be yes and you will eat until you believe you are no longer hungry. If, on the other hand, you eat a bowl of cereal and a piece of fruit for breakfast each morning, you will ask yourself, "am I done eating?" When you see the bowl in the dishwasher and the banana peel in the trash, the answer is yes. If you're still hungry just wait ten minutes. You'll be surprised perhaps but your body cycle will pass by the hunger stage and you will be fine. Maintaining a constant sleep cycle will work in a similar way. The only times you will feel tired will be around the times you go to bed and the time you wake up.
The cycle (that you control) prevents you from feeling tired, bloated and lethargic. The cycle will prevent diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. It's a secret that old people know. Young people will find it uncool. But as you grow older you will begin to appreciate more and more the value of fresh air in your lungs. You will sit in your cubicle dreaming of waking up Saturday morning and driving to the mountains for a day of skiing. You'll wake up on a sunny morning with the window open and lay there thinking about all you plan to accomplish that day. All you have to do is keep a few sheduled appointments for eating, sleeping and exercising. In return you will receive the gift of perfect health.
If you are currently fat and/or unhealthy, tighten up your cycle. Think about what you are doing each day. Schedule your eating, exercising and sleeping. Slowly eat healthier, exercise more and get the proper amount of sleep. If you just join a gym you might find that you are hungrier than usual. You might just eat more feeling like you can make up for it at the gym. That is wrong. Each issue must be dealt with individually. Each issue complements the others but none of them can be subsituted for another. If you break down and eat a huge bowl of ice cream after your fish and vegatable dinner, accept it. You still have things to do. Next time you sit down to eat, don't make the same mistake. When you do make a mistake you must think in terms of the weekly schedule. If you only eat one huge bowl of ice cream in a week you will probably be doing better than you did before you started keeping track of your cycle.
Don't do drugs!