Intermittent Fasting Trial 16/8 – Day 4

My test on intermittent fasting, day 4. I am a health nut, I love to exercise, and move my body and on the flip side I love to eat. The justification for all the eating is with all the training I have done – it balances out (sort of, right?). In the back of my mind, I always questioned do I really need to eat all of this food / training supplements.

We’ve all read we must:

  • Have 3 full proper meals a day
  • To have 6 small meals a day
  • That you must take 1 g of protein per kg body weight or lbs per body weight (Up until this day, I don’t know which one is right.)
  • To never skip breakfast, as it is the most important meal of the day etc.

There is a great deal of contradicting information. Hence why I like to test these ideas out myself and my interest with intermittent fasting.

At first I thought the concept of intermittent fasting was a fad. As I was coming from the view that we need to eat a decent amount to have enough energy to train, for our muscles to grow and to have the nutrition to maintain a healthy body. Then, it hit me, one day, whilst I was reaching over for a mid morning snack, I asked myself;

  • Do I really need to eat this or is this a habit?
  • Am I addicted to the habit of eating?
  • Was my mind programmed to eat all the time?

Serious, food for thought. I then wondered what if I ate “less” (vs compared to all the time or whenever I felt “hungry”)? Would I be able to still train, keep my body healthy and my physic? Then began my journey and research into intermittent fasting.

What is intermittent fasting (IF)? It is not a diet, it is purely restricting your eating times. For example, you can skip breakfast, and start eating from midday 12pm up until 8 pm. That is a restricted eating window of 8 hours (I have 2 meals in between, lunch and dinner), and for the rest of the time you don’t eat at all. You can drink water, teas or black coffee, there is no hard fast rule. This one is called 16/8, you don’t eat for 16 hours and eat for 8 hours. You can do this occasionally or all the time. There are many variations of the IF timings the 16/8, 5/2, 20/4, 36 etc. These are all different timing restrictions of when you can and can’t eat.

Feedback so far from the 16/8 intermittent fasting trial?

  • I am amazed at how I can train without food. I start training at the gym around midday after having a black coffee. No lack of energy at all.
  • The challenging times are in the morning when I crave for some scrumptious breakfast or brunch! I switch this up by focusing on work and drinking some hot water.
  • I am drinking bucket loads of more water.
  • Feeling “much lighter” with less eating.
  • More free time, less eating or thinking of what to eat.

I was surprised on my research to find that two of my heroes, Georges St Pierre and Hugh Jackman, both do intermittent fasting. GSP goes as far to say as it changed his life. Here is the link for GSP on the Joe Rogan podcast (click here) and for Hugh Jackman (click here).

It is only day 4, early days. Let’s see how this goes.

Robin

Forest for the trees

“Forest for the trees”. I remember first hearing this when I was much younger from a family friend of ours. I knew this quote and thought I understood what it meant. It’s all about looking at the big picture and not getting bogged down into the minor little details because in the end, it’s all about the result. It appears in Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise, with his witty comment “Forest for the trees, detective, forest for the trees.”. How true.

I am always reading, and lately it’s been all about mental models and human behaviour. With the aim of understanding myself better (Isn’t that a paradox, using my own mind to understand myself more.), people and the world in general.

Going back to knowing the “forest for the trees”, it dawned upon how much I do, at times, get stuck into unmeaningful minor details. By stuck, it may be mentally “brooding” over or having to “fix” or be “busy” with this minor detail. All of them are equally as bad, as it robs one from precious time and energy.

This applies to forex trading as well. Have you ever let one trade impact your trading psychology and your future trades? I continually remind myself, one trade of many for each trade I take and to focus on the process of trading well.

There is a huge difference between knowing and truly understanding. Remember, to keep focusing on the bigger picture.

Forest for the trees Robin!

Credit to https://www.pexels.com/@markusspiske for this wonderful photo. 

What insight about life have you acquired that seems obvious to you…

I read a great deal and through various AMA’s, podcasts and articles.. a common question is “What insight about life have you acquired that seems obvious to you, but might not be obvious to anyone else?” (This sounds like a job interview question!)

What would your answer to this be?

Mine would resonate with Derek Siver’s post titled “Obvious“..

Hit songwriters often admit that their most successful hit song was one they thought was just stupid, even not worth recording.

We’re clearly a bad judge of our own creations. We should just put it out and let the world decide.

How very true.

One answer that caught my attention that goes deep into the midst of life, death and our significance is from, Naval Ravikant, CEO & Founder of AngelList and his podcast interview with Tim Ferris (link here).

This is a tough one. It’s a deep question. I do have one fundamental recent belief that I’ve acquired in the last few years that I don’t think most people would agree with. It’s such a personal thing, and it came about in such a personal circumstances that I’m not sure anyone will get there in the same line of reasoning. That said, I’ll lay it out anyway, which is, I’m not afraid of death anymore.

I think a lot of the struggle we have in life comes from a deep, deep fear of death. It can take form in many ways. One can be that we want to write the great American novel. We want to achieve something in this world. We want to build something. We want to build a great piece of technology, or we want to start an amazing business, or we want to run for office and make a difference. A lot of this comes from this fear that we’re going to die, so we have to build something that lasts beyond us.

Obviously, the obsession that parents have with their children. A lot of that is warranted biological love, but some of that is also the quest for immortality. Even some of the beliefs of some of the more outlandish parts of religion I think fall into that. I don’t have the quest for immortality anymore. I think I came to this fundamental conclusion. I thought about it a lot. The universe has been around for a long time, and the universe is a very, very large place. If you’ll study even the smallest bit of science, for all practical purposes we are nothing. We are ameba. We are bacteria to the universe. We’re basically monkeys on a small rock orbiting a small backwards star in a huge galaxy, which is in an absolutely staggeringly gigantic universe, which itself may be part of a gigantic multiverse. This universe has been around probably for 10 billion years or more, and will be around for tens of billions of years afterwards. Your existence, my existence is just infinitesimal. It’s like a firefly blinking once in the night.

We’re not really here that long, and we don’t really matter that much. Nothing that we do lasts. Eventually, you will fade. Your works will fade. Your children will fade. Your thoughts will fade. These planets will fade. This sun will fade. It will all be gone. There are entire civilizations which we remember now with one or two words. Sumerian. Mayan. Do you know any Sumerians or Mayans? Do you hold any of them in high regard or esteem? Have they outlived their natural lifespan somehow? No. I think we’re just here for an extremely short period of time. From here, you can choose to believe in an afterlife or not. If you really do believe in an afterlife, then that should give you comfort and make you realize that maybe everything that goes on in this life is not that consequential. On the other hand, if you don’t believe in an afterlife, you should also come to a similar conclusion. You should realize that this is such a short and precious life that it’s really important that you don’t spend it being unhappy. There’s no excuse for spending most of your life in misery. You’ve only got 70 years out of the 50 billion or so that the universe is going to be around. Whatever your natural state is, it’s probably not this. This is your living state. Your dead state is true over a much longer time frame. When I think about the world that way, I realize it’s just kind of a game.

Which is not to say that you go to a dark place, and you start acting unethically and immorally. Quite the contrary, you realize just how precious life is and how it’s important to make sure that you enjoy yourself, you sleep well at night, you’re a good moral person, you’re generally happy, you take care of other people, you help out, but you can’t take it too seriously. You can’t get hung up over it. You can’t make yourself miserable and unhappy over it. You just have a very short period of time here on this earth. Nothing you do is going to matter that much in the long run. Don’t take yourself so seriously. That just kind of helps make everything else work.

That’s an insight about life that I’ve acquired that now seems obvious to me, but it’s really not obvious to most people.

All food for thought.

Here’s to the good life.

Robin

Forex Millionaire Trader Slack Community

Why hello there,

It’s been close to a year since my last post. Much has happened in both my personal life, trading life and the financial markets. The biggest craze and talk in the financial markets is all Bitcoin FOMO and talk. I could write a very long post about this (I plan to touch upon this in a later post).

What have I been up to? I am still traveling extensively – for both work & pleasure. My last leg was around to the UK, France, Germany and then to Taiwan. “Work” wise, I am trading, investing and running business. Nowadays it’s more towards the investing into businesses rather than running them (I guess it’s a natural progression?).

I do have some news for this site.

I present to you the Forex Millionaire Trader Slack Community. You have to apply, as we do not want this to be a spammy / useless Slack Forex Community.

Get to meet and share ideas with fellow traders.

The discussions covered (for now):

  • Forex Trading – self explanatory.
  • Broker Accounts – filtering out the good from the bad.
  • Internationalism – For the international jet setter / digital nomad / nomadic trader. Discuss, flag theory, perpetual travel, international business and lifestyle.

How to apply?

Use the contact us page. And submit your details and in the comments section answer,

  1. “Why you should be part of our community?”
  2. “Tell us about yourself”

Who is this for?

  • Forex Traders
  • Digital Nomads
  • Forex Nomads
  • Internationalism Followers

What’s the cost?

Currently, it’s free. The questions is, will you be accepted into the Forex Millionaire Trader Slack Community.

You can find more about it on this page: Forex Millionaire Trader Slack Community

Until next time,

Robin