The low-tech diet

The low-tech diet

Here’s how a 6 week experiment without a phone taught me how to have more energy and better health…But don’t worry, you don’t have to give up your phone!

There are a few constants in this world, things we can do very little to change. The development and increase in use of technology definitely seems one of them. Another area that seems common to many is the desire to look and feel healthier.

The desire to look and feel better has been around as long as there have been girls and boys on the same planet. Modern technology however is a more recent thing. This technology has brought about fantastic ways to benefit our health. We can now access top class coaching through YouTube, we can monitor our diet and track our training like never before. But:

Are there any downsides to the new ‘high tech health age’?

One of the top requests I hear from people is they want more energy. If I went into all the reasons why someone is often feeling tired we could be here a very long time. One major reason we will discuss is the body taking on more stress than it can handle.

System overload

Your body cannot tell the difference between the stress you feel from a large electricity bill that’s just come through the door and the stress your body feels from a lack of sleep, it’s all the same to the body, it all gets poured into the same ‘stress jug’. Your body is such an amazing design that it can handle a lot of stress, but as you can imagine the system can get overwhelmed and break down.

What does this have to do with technology?

With all the technology we have now people can get hold of us anywhere, anytime. This is great, in an emergency, not when your friend has just updated their facebook status telling the world they had lasagne for lunch. A crazy mindset has developed that says it’s ok for people to contact us 24/7, and even crazier, there is now a sense that a reply to any alert must be made NOW!

This causes your body to always be ‘on alert’ and causes a constant stream of small stressors to the body, eventually overwhelming the system. It was for this reason, that when my phone broke, I thought it could be worth going without it for a few weeks and see what happens. I found that the world DID NOT fall apart. In actual fact, people did less last minute schedule changing and stuck to their original appointments. The feeling of reduced stress and not being tied to a gadget felt very freeing and like a weight was lifted off my shoulders (giving a lot more energy). What can we learn from this?

  • Modern gadgets are extremely useful and many people are highly attached to them so please don’t think I’m telling you to give them up. What I have found useful though is for you to be in control of it not it in control of you. Setting time slots to go online will make you far more efficient (and your relationships will improve as well!)

I challenge you to have a ‘reduced tech’ 2 weeks and see how you feel!

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