Seems I’m in a bad place where my current health goals are conflicting with each other.
- Reduce headaches
- Reduce neck and shoulder pain
- Lose 10 pounds
- Bring sugar cravings down to summer 2012 levels
- Increase body temperature “Turn Up The Heat” Experiment
To reduce headaches, I have decided to gradually cut back on caffeine. I even recently sold my espresso machine.
However, lower caffeine always has an appetite-stimulating effect, especially sugar. It was last October when I cut out coffee that my sugar cravings spiked.
I also feel that losing 10 pounds will reduce pain more. That might not be true, but I suspect it will help.
Less neck stiffness will help me resume doing a few sprints a week, which should help with the 10-pound weight loss. Catch 22.
The most effective ways to lose weight in the short term I have found are reducing carbs, more caffeine, and intermittent fasting.
However, to increase body temperature higher carbs, fewer stimulants and less fasting are recommended.
And increasing body temperature could be – in the long run – decrease my headaches and increase metabolism.
A short term side effect of attempting to increase body temperature is increased headaches and brain fog.
I have never found aspirin, Aleve, Tylenol or Advil to work for headaches. The only thing that helps even a little is caffeine.
I also believe that the neck tightness is playing a role with the headaches.
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The good news is my average intake of coffee has dropped from 3 in March to 2 in April. I’ve also reduced my sugar intake as I transition from ice cream to kefir. My neck and shoulder pain is actually showing a little progress. I think it was the increased MSM dose (thanks Glenn). The bad news is I’ve gained 3 more pounds with no reduction in my headache numbers.
It looks like my short term goals and long term goals are in conflict. This has been stressful. Until I put this post together I didn’t realize just how conflicting they were. Unless someone has a better idea, I think I’m going to use this plan:
- Drop coffee levels slowly to 1.0 – 1.5 a day.
- Increase morning fasting hours.
- Keep taking the MSM at high levels. I’m also experimenting with other ideas.
- Continue reducing sugar levels. Keep other carb sources the same (rice, potatoes).
- Increase protein (for satiety)
- More low-intensity exercise (walking). Weather is improving in Seattle.
- Stay focused on avoiding over-hydration and PUFA (see Turn Up the Heat post for explanation).