A good diet can be one of the hardest things to resolve. Having a digestive issue that makes it hard for me to effectively digest some nutrients and sensitive to others, I find that a simple meal can fill me with brain fog, make me as alert as a guard dog, or lead to me being incredibly dizzy. Today, I have felt all 3 of those things. I have had brain fog for the past week or so, and I have been rather confused by it. It has been happening more and more recently. I find this odd, as I have been following a ketogenic diet for a bit over a year now, and when I had first started this diet, my alertness was beyond anything I had ever felt before. Additionally, my energy levels were so steady, I had trouble sleeping as I felt I had endless amounts of energy. So what has changed in the past 6 or so months where this elated feeling has left me?
1) I have realized that I wasn't gaining proper nutrition back then. I felt alert and energetic, but my digestive condition was worsening, so I had started trying to diversify my food intake.
2) I stopped going outside as much due to the covid lockdown, including time in the gym (which already was dropping after I broke the only punching bag at my gym and I lost my preferred method of exercise/stress relief there).
3) I had increased stress as my MBA graduation approached with no job in sight, my mother had begun chemotherapy due to a breast cancer diagnosis, and my relationship was going through a rough patch.
Now, 2 of those things I listed do not have to do with food intake, so why am I including them on a piece about diet? Well, the fact is, our bodies have a daily "diet" for all of these things. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important that we get a proper balance of nutrition, exercise, both physical and mental, as well as maintain proper management of stress, our mental health.
My nutrition had been lacking, but, in my efforts to rebalance my diet, I had overcompensated and fallen outside of the terms of the ketogenic diet, essentially pushing myself into dietary limbo where my body was neither firmly in ketogenesis or out of it. To put it simply, this leads to brain fog, a consistent feeling of lacking energy, and just overall feeling pretty cruddy. I began relying on supplements to overcome my lacking nutrition which also can help, but it does not fill the gap of a properly balanced diet, which became increasingly difficult to maintain as I ran low on personal funds during the lockdown and began needing to rely on selective staples for my macronutritional (carbs, proteins, fats) profile. Basically, I was eating the same, cheaper options consistently for months and it really wasn't good for me from a nutritional standpoint.
Beyond this, I, to this day, do not have a proper gym setup to exercise at. I've been making use of a small bench seat to use for weightlifting on, but it is difficult to get the full range of motion on it (this shortens your muscles, not good), and part of my back hangs off, leading to some back problems, which also leads to less restful sleeping time. Ah, how the butterfly effect cascades. Simultaneously, I have always had coming and going pain in my leg since high school (I fell into a curb skating and walking it off was apparently not the correct response) and it had gotten to the point where my doctor has finally prescribed me to undergo physical therapy. Another check mark on my list of medical malfeasance. Anyhow, I was essentially told I had to lay off the long walks and sprints that I kept doing after the lockdown started, leading to an exercise low, which has a side effect of diminishing the blood flow through my digestive system which I need to keep up in order to properly absorb nutrients. Funny how the treatment for one medical issue can impede another.
Regarding stress, I had watched a video not so long ago, perhaps a month or 2 ago, that analyzed how people have a certain limit for the amount of self-control they have in decision making, and it made me think of stress in an interesting way. I have long thought that stress, to an extent, is essential to human life. Without stress, we seem to forge our own stress, as it gives our lives purpose. However, the ability to handle stress is also like a muscle. For me, I am particularly good at handling certain types of stress, and not so much with others. Physical labor has always been relatively fun for me, so the stress I get from that is not something that bothers me. I even have decent levels of stress management after overcoming situations of bullying in school. On the other hand, I have always had such a leg up in terms of education over my peers that I never truly had to work hard for my entire upbringing when it comes to intellectual stressors, so my capacity to deal with mental stress is surprisingly low. At least by my own standard. I like being more stoic, but find I can become emotional rather easily when placed under emotional pressure. Combine that with the brain fog I have been having, as of late, and my stress levels have gone a bit off of my usual charts. I have always had strong psychosomatic responses to stress, so this is something that I need to learn better to manage, for sure, as I seem to have become "stress obese".
So, does this mean anything for the channel? Not really, I just wanted to share my recent thoughts on this today. I've been working on readjusting my diet lately, exercising more, eating a better variety of keto approved meals and cutting down on the sugary foods (bye bye pineapple, you will be missed). I was actually feeling really good today after a well prepped keto meal cleared me of my morning fog, but I wanted to take some vitamin C before bed because I've felt a bit sick lately and I immediately got a raging headache after drinking it. I thought it would help, but apparently that was a mistake. That said, the green tea has done wonders for me. Anyhow, that's all for now
Just thought I'd share this comment I was trying to comment on a Lotus Eaters video. Btw, ya'll should follow the Podcast of the Lotus Eaters if you aren't already. Great analysis and discussion
It's been a while since I've made a video, and this time with a locals exclusive. A cherry on top that I managed to fit within the size requirements. I like making shorter form content like this, considering my tendencies to ramble. Having content exclusive for my followers here is something I'll be working on doing more and more. I'll be creating more value here for my subscribers as well, with some subscriber exclusive content in the future. No timeline promises, cause I think we know how I get when I make a ton of promises (go hardcore for a week and then fall flat on my face unable to keep up with the sprint, lol).
Anyhow, let me know your thoughts and questions below. Have a great day everyone!
A direct upload! It turns out I recorded a video just short enough to meet the minimum upload offerings that locals offers to small communities like mine. That means you guys get this exclusively on locals!
I didn't sleep much last night, so I decided this was the perfect time to mull over my confused thoughts on how businesses are viewed from a legal perspective. Businesses are somewhat legal enigmas to me. Corporations are kinda treated as persons so that they can be double taxed, but have other protections, other types of businesses aren't treated the same way. They're able to consolidate power like governments, yet aren't subject to any form of limitations in regards to violating natural rights the same way the government is, despite being treated somewhat like persons they can still buy each other. It's just very odd to me from a principled, legal, and philosophical position.
Anyhow, my ramblings here are just that, ramblings. Still, I am curious what you all think of this topic. ...
The 2020 election is over, and the battle has just begun. What do I expect to come from the end of the election? Will the legal suits turn over anything for this election, or will they mean something for later down the line? I reflect on these questions and more in this discussion, and I also reflect on some final thoughts relevant to the Rise and Fall of Empire Series, that, thus far, being episodes 8 through 10 of the Construct Cast. Let me know your thoughts, and if you have any reflections of your own from this year's political cycle or other developments that you can't seem to get off your mind in the comments below.
In this episode of the Construct Cast, I discuss my analysis of Sir John Glubb's The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival, with an emphasis on my own consideration for what it would take to help an empire survive, or reboot. If immortality for an Empire is impossible, is rebirth impossible in the same way? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Editor's Note: Returning to the podcast versions of the Construct Cast, I want to catch our content up to the videos we have had released over the past month. I apologize for this getting away from me for a bit. With the rise in content production, I had allowed this to get away from me. We will be returning to audio podcast uploads of the Construct Cast as per our original regular schedule, at 12PM EST on the day of the original upload, going forward.
In this second Crossover podcast, we are once again recording with Kevin @Eng_Politics. His channel is a bastion of political thought and analysis from the perspective of a conservative engineer. Interested in diving deeper into my concept of Progressive Traditionalism and combating the concept with his own beliefs of what it means to be Conservative, we decided to put our definitions and beliefs to task in this crossover episode!
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As someone who works with daily reporting to the Fed, big companies dealing with regulation are basically a clusterfuck and the requirements basically leave the companies in a position where they can never really update their systems because they need their systems literally every day. They can make new systems, potentially, but updating the regular system is more of a liability since missing a single day can screw the company up. At the same time, it seems like the big companies, at least the one I'm in, are mostly carried forward by the inertia of their own weight. I am fully convinced there will be another massive financial crisis if other major banks are like mine, just cause there really isn't anything that can be done if something is messed up. It's like fake it til you make it, only in reverse. Once something goes wrong, the requirements for constant regular action leaves no time to go back to correct the damage. All you can do is mitigate. Like debt gaining interest, eventually ...
Does anyone have any advice for the work, life, content creator balance? I just genuinely have not had the spirit in me to be able to create the content I want to be able to create these past few months as I am just feeling totally worn out day in and out. I'd like to get back into the philosophic deep dives and contemplations you followed me for, yet that's feeling like a lifetime ago now and every day feels like a step away from where and what I'm supposed to be doing
My locals app is finally working again. Been sick lately. Started considering the differences between corruption and evil. I decided to look at it from a moral framework and came up with a new perspective on how to define the 2 from a moral standpoint. A corrupt person will defy their morals to achieve their goals, whereas an evil person will determine their morals based on whatever ends satisfy or help to achieve their goals. In this way, you can see that a corrupt person may acknowledge when they are doing something morally wrong and feel guilt over it, whereas an evil person will determine that all who oppose them are the true evil threat and could even assess their own will as being justice.
Just a little thought that's been running through my mind lately. And it's interesting because it really makes you wonder which is worse? One who will defy morals or one who will redefine them? Perhaps they both have the same end result, but do they both have the ability to find redemption? I ...
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