July 03, 2012
Ok, first off, obligatory apologies. It's been a long time - been busy with training and working on DC and haven't had as much time to blog.
Secondly - the main point of this post. I'm trying out the Whole 30 day challenge right now. It's basically Paleo, more strict on some things (no alcohol), less strict on others (some green legumes, like pea pods, are fine to consume). The goal is to perform a clean-slate experiment on my health - to see how my body and mind respond to a reasonable yet austere diet. The tl;dr version of the challenge is that I'm basically eating all whole foods with no processed foods allowed. Lots of grass-fed beef, chicken, fish, sweet potatoes & vegetables, some fruit, and tons of water. Coffee is allowed in moderation (thank god!) but none after 12PM, so my sleep habits are quickly getting back in check. I'm feeling better, though I won't pretend the first couple of days have been easy.
The reason I'm blogging about this? Partly for accountability, but also partly because I think there's not enough focus placed on personal health and poker habits. Our mental health and our physical health are inexorably linked, and while I think a lot of better poker players understand this now, it's something that is still neglected by the majority of poker players. So here we are. Will be posting regular updates (going to be running one marathon in the midst of the challenge, so that will be an interesting change-up).
As a whole, poker players are great when it comes to experimenting with different lines, different approaches to preflop and postflop play. Experimentation is considered a hallmark of great poker players. And yet, when it comes to our health, we do very little experimentation to see what works for us. Maybe it's time to expand our horizons, and see what kind of impact it has on our lives, our mental health, and our poker games.