“It was the time when they loved each other best, without hurry or excess, when both were most conscious of and grateful for their incredible victories over adversity. Life would still present them with other mortal trails, of course, but that no longer mattered: they were on the other shore. ”― Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
Which shore do you find yourself on during these times?
Love in the time of Corona may be more apt, even if the message remains the same. Yes, there will be adversity, real and imagined. Don’t allow your thoughts to be swept to the shores where fear reigns. Focus on the things that nourish you. The universe has given you 21 days to get to the other shore.
Are you ready for lockdown? - Yeah, me neither…
I’m normally not the most law abiding of citizens when it comes to what I think are superfluous rules, but mention “imprisonment” and I tend to listen up. - In SA, it seems that we’re not even allowed to take our dogs for a walk or go jogging. Apparently you’re allowed to go for a walk, but we’re a crowd of 6 peeps who are bunking down together and this would be construed as a mass gathering. I thought of having T-shirts printed which identified us as an emergency online reaction group that is seeing how long someone can survive with an iPad, a wifi connection and a lot of ProNutro…
You may have noticed that your Facebook and Insta timelines have gone a little quiet during this time, because gyms are closing everywhere. People are literally taking a break, not because they are lazy, but because they don’t know what to do. We’re programmed to do things out of habit. The habits need a familiar environment to take their natural course. That environment has been put on hold. After all, if you can’t go to the gym, then what do you do?
I say you should control the things that you can control, starting with your immediate environment. Aren’t there things around the house that you have been putting off for far too long? Do you need to do a purge of all the crap that’s been accumulating in your bedside drawer? - For me, it’s the garage, which has been calling me to sink my teeth into.
So how do we maintain our sanity without needing a knife in hand to do so?
The whole Thorfit approach is designed, not to only get you hawt abs, but to get your head right, and it’s with this in mind that I would like to offer some pointers. I haven’t kissed the stone of wisdom here, but hope that you can pick up a few idea’s from the following:
During the next 21 days, you should not just give in to eating because there’s little else to do. Snacking is a surefire way to self loathing and self bloating. That spoon of peanut butter is ok to make your taste-buds sing, but it’s also going to ad an imperceptible layer onto your hips. Do a few of those Peanut butter fridge runs and pretty soon your system is out of whack. The same goes for late night snacking. Every time you put food into your system outside the advocated 16/8 feeding window, you are placing strain on your metabolism to get to work and start digesting food. If you can imagine that your metabolism re-routes power from other bodily functions to attend to digestion, then suddenly the body’s housekeeping is no longer the first propriety, and in times like these, you need all the immunity you can get.
21-day Fasting Rule - stick to your 16/8 fasting window.
You are what you eat and food is medicine. If you’ve filled your cupboards with tasty little treats, perhaps because you have kids in the house, then I would suggest that you not become an honorary kid and dive into packet after packet of sweets, crisps, biscuits, wine-gums or chocolates (you get the drift)
Try to eat foods which are as plain as possible. In other words, if you have to tear your way through 3 plastic wrappers and reading the ingredients makes you sound fluent in Cantonese, it’s probably not all that good for you. When freely available, eat as fresh as possible. Your immune system will thank you when Captain Corona comes knocking.
BLACK CUMIN OIL
Corona can smother your ability to breathe. I can highly recommend Black Cumin Oil.
Black seed oil has a long history of use dating back over 2000 years. According to some sources it was discovered in the tomb of King Tut. The oil is used by some for the treatment of conditions including asthma, diabetes, hypertension, weight loss, and other conditions. There is scientific evidence to support some, but not all, uses for black seed oil.
One of the key components of black seed oil is thymoquinone, a compound with antioxidant properties. Preliminary research suggests that black seed oil may offer benefits to people with asthma. For example, a study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2017 found that people with asthma who took black seed oil capsules had a significant improvement in asthma control compared with those who took a placebo. Have 2 table spoons a day. It tastes like nutty Benzine, but it keeps your air passages clean. If you’ve been smoking a lot during lockdown and have managed to acquire a little wheeze, then this will sort you out too.
While you’re under lockdown for 2 weeks, why not re-set your insulin sensitivity as well? Lockdown does not mean that you’re allowed to turn into the cookie monster from sesame street. How about abstaining from carbs in the following way…. Starting today, cut our carbs completely for the entire duration of your lockdown. You should have lots of veggies and fresh salad, but steer clear of the rice, pasta, bread and other starchy foods. You can use MyPlate to check the CARB content of the foods you’re having. Imagine emerging from the Lockdown, feeling better than you have in years. You can make the best possible start to this by getting your insulin sensitivity under control. After this period has passed, I can help you to re-introduce the Carbs.
You don’t want to go stir crazy whilst not even being allowed to walk around outside. Even your dog is going to feel the pressure of not moving mush. Fortunately there are many ways around this. I am not going to tell you what to do. If you’re into Yoga, then set your map up in front of the TV and commit do doing a 10 minute routine. If you have a skipping rope or other little cardio smart aids (maybe a stationary bike) then set yourself up somewhere with a book and spend 30 to 45 minutes doing cardio. You can do the long and slow route and burn the Dorrito’s gradually, or you can approach a shorter session with more intensity. Even jogging on the spot is a great way to build that sweat. People are bemoaning the fact that they cannot exercise, because the gyms have been shut down, but if you’re really honest, you can build a sweat, just about anywhere. If it’s a studio apartment or even a balcony, it’s up to you. The virus does NOT thrive in heat while you’re sweating. Try get some sun on your skin while you’re training.
Some have worked tirelessly, working on their muscles and are now faced with the horror of watching all their gains disappear because they cannot position themselves under the 200lb bench press. - Not so.
Your body likes mixing it up a bit. If you have no weights at home, make use of your body weight. If you’re scoffing this, try doing a set of 100 squats, 100 lunges, 100 push-ups and 100 pull-ups in a timed fashion. The next day, you pick a whole different 4 set mix and go for it again. Time it and try to beat your time.
I will show you how to train with bands over the next few days, as well as making your own home weights, but know that there is no real excuse for not staying active, even if you’re not allowed to be walking outside.
Sleep is when your body is cleaning the systems. Your internal dishwasher goes on and the body attends to housekeeping of autophagy etc. - This is why the fasting component of our approach is so important. What people don’t realise is that a great sleep suppresses the production of your stress hormone, Cortisol. If you’re worrying about what’s going down in the world, how long it will last, wether your financials are enough to carry you through this, - breathe deep, and get some sleep.
Don’t have stimulants late at night. Coffee is good for combating the virus, but switch to tea later in the day. (Warm drinks diffuse the mucus effect on your lungs)
Darken your room by drawing the curtains.
Sleep without your clothes on.
A table spoon of honey with a table spoon of vinegar taken with hot water, (you can add some zinc for an even more effective drink) should knock you right out too.
Since you’re not rushing off to the office, allow yourself to get at least 7 hours of sleep. This will strengthen your system more than you think.
In closing, remember that this too shall pass. Try making the most of your time now.
Sometimes the universe forces us to reflect. Instead of rising to a whole new level of self loathing from spending hours on Social Media, you should use this time to gain some momentum in directions you previously did not have time to attend too.