Okay, yes... a #foodporn
shot! On my page?!?! Well it’s a lot more than that.
I’ve just spent 15 weeks in #japan
, more specifically #tokyo
- I was working there and had hoped to keep my focus on a #paleo
orientated diet. I use #nutrition
to aid both my #physicaltraining
and my #mentaltraining
However, here I was, in the land of rice and seafood and I recognised very quickly that a diet rich in green veg, butter, #highfat
was going to be much harder than I thought. Well #wheninrome
I thought and so I embarked on a carb rich diet for 15 weeks. The results were not surprising but what was, was just how quick they were.
Over the 15 week period I was training consistently, at least for the first 9 weeks where I would be on the #bike
daily, have a #strength
session at least twice a week and get a #run
in most weekends.
Filming began and #training
became harder which is normal. What, for me isn’t normal was the profound effect my diet was having on my mind which in turn affected my ability to train which pushed me to days of #depression
and a weight increase. I arrived in Tokyo 70kg and left 78.5kg. Some of which is muscle but, and my clothes are telling me, mostly #fat
The knock on effect from a carb rich breakfast meant I constantly craved more from biscuits to chocolate. The diet lacked any nutritional benefit apart from the abundance of DHA in the fish. The knock on, #brainfog
I’ve pushed my focus back to high fat over the past 3 days, encouraged by reading #grainbrain
and already my cognition feels sharper and the bloating has subsided.
Consider this the next time you start a fad diet like #herbalife
or one touting the benefits of low fat high carb - not just what is the impact on your body, it’s fabulous to get results... but what about the impact on your mind?