Diet, Nutrition and a Zen Lifestyle

Gary Saggu's blog on the holistic path

Checking the ingredients of allowed foods on SCD

clock March 1, 2013 23:21 by author Gary Saggu

Interesting thing happened to me at my local Whole Foods.  I wanted to add some variety to my breakfast and innocently opted for smoked trout for protein early this week.  The trout was yummy and all natural etc. Last night I was at whole foods again loading up on lentils and other slow carb foods recommended for the SCD (in the 4 hour body).  This time I checked the ingredients of my smoked trout and turned out that it did have "all natural" cane sugar.  So I checked all the smoked trouts from different vendors and they all had some form of sugar in it.  Hidden sugar in apparently safe foods that one can eat while on the SCD is a big reason why this diet may not be providing the results expected.

Organic egg whites with 1 organic egg and smoked salmon

clock February 28, 2013 10:15 by author Gary Saggu

Lovely protein rich breakfast! SCD is on!

Cold water showers and drinking cold water benefits

clock February 27, 2013 10:30 by author Gary Saggu

How important are cold showers for health?  Cold water therapy and hydrotherapy (super popular in the 1800s) cite a number of benefits of cold water showers.  Benefits include improved blood circulation, mood, good for skin and hair and even a boost to testosterone levels.


I just also read that James Bond's character in the books by Ian Fleming started the shower warm and towards the end turned it to cold for a few minutes.  James Bond knows something!


As per yoga, cold showers have a huge anti-aging effect, mood uplifters and a bolstering of the immunity system of the body.  Bond must have been a yogi too!!?


What about drinking ice water?  Drinking cold water has been encouraged by the 4 hour body by Tim Ferriss.  Well, I think if ice cold water is drank by us, the body must have to heat it up to 37C(unless you are an extremely cold blooded reptile).  That must consume some calories and slowly it all adds up.


My take on this is that I will start making an effort to take colder showers gradually.  It is tough to do when it is sub-zero outside but the benefits sound logical enough for me to give it a try.  Drinking cold water is easy if there is an ice maker handy around you during the day, so I am game with that as well.  For who does not want to waste a few extra calories just by drinking ice cold water?

Spinach, baby spinach and more spinach is essential to the SCD

clock February 26, 2013 22:12 by author Gary Saggu

Spinach is an essential part of the SCD.  It nutritionally dense, packed with anti-oxidants and flavanoids.  It is also Iron rich although I am not sure how much iron is needed by men.  It certainly gives me that content feeling that I have eaten something.

Lunch was baby spinach salad with a few garbanzos, broccoli, egg-whites, onions and tuna.  Dash of balsamic vinegar with a lot of olive oil as dressing.  Yummy.


The 4 hour body and the slow carb diet

clock February 26, 2013 11:00 by author Gary Saggu

I am experimenting with the slow-carb diet(SCD) in the book by Tim Ferriss (The 4 hour body).  Started the diet on Feb 18, 2013.

Starting weight 199lbs. Fat % is 21.


- Gary Saggu

About Gary Saggu

Gary Saggu is a writer/blogger, technologist, martial artist and a thinker.  He is also a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, PADI certified diver and a Reiki healer.  He has travelled extensively across Asia, Latin America and Europe for many years. 

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