Kea and I will be away for most of the next week, so expect a decreased number of posts. It is the main holiday of the year in the Antipodes — for the North Americans, consider throwing Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Summer Break together and you get an idea of the run up at this time. A lot of people travel overseas for Christmas or straight afterwards. My advice is: don’t. (There is a season of your life when you have to: it is called kids in school. It does pass.
The weather is more stable after the schools reopen (Late January, early February), and I find I’m a lot more productive and calmer when half the managers are away coping with the Christmas storms.
However, if you do travel beyond the east coast of Australia (which at present is burning) you will get jetlag — again, for the Americans Sydney is two hours behind NZ. Going home is OK, but going East is a beast. This hint from travel bloggers will help. (Married travel bloggers — their comments on how to photograph a wedding at Mt Everest are worth a read)
Flying towards the east is on the other hand much harder and that is the kind of jet lag we are going to focus on. While you can force yourself to stay awake a bit longer it is close to impossible to force yourself to go to sleep when you are not sleepy. The Internet is filled with weird “tricks” to cure jet lag, like eating peculiar food items, using artificial light to adapt the inner body clock and all kinds of other ideas. We have tried most of them with little success.
What has done the trick for us is skipping sleep to ensure that you will be tired no matter what time of the day it is. Yes, that is essentially the one magical trick. Since most flights are rather uncomfortable this is not too hard to achieve. You may of course relax and take a nap, just make sure that you do not get a proper night’s sleep. The ideal time to arrive at your destination is between 12:00 and 18:00 local time. Earlier than this it will be hard to stay awake until the evening and later than this you will simply not have enough time to get the sleep needed to wake up at the right time. If you arrive around 18:00 go straight to bed as soon as possible. If you arrive earlier, try to stay awake a bit longer. If this is on your way home from a trip this is a splendid opportunity to do all the stuff you don’t really want to do: Unpack, do the laundry, charge the camera and tidy up after the trip. Do this to stay awake, go to bed around 18:00 and wake up the next morning, rested, free of jet lag with fresh clean clothes and all the mess from your trip cleared away!
When traveling, I tend to take coffee and an aeropress. Some motels don’t have plungers, but almost everywhere has hot water. I don’t care too much about putting fat into the coffee — because a creamed coffee is a heck of a lot better than the average food choice in a cafe. Or hotel breakfast.
That latte can stop you getting hungry and keep you working.
You’re ingesting calories (depending on how much fat you add, it could be a significant number of calories), and calories break the fast. But pure fat has little to no effect on insulin, blood glucose, or any of the other measurements that indicate a “broken fast.”
You won’t burn as much body fat. You’ll still burn plenty of body fat.
It will help you fast longer. Adding a little fat to your coffee can make fasting more tolerable. If you can only manage 12 hours on black coffee but a couple teaspoons of coconut oil help you go 24, the coconut oil might be a good addition.
In this holiday, what to do?
- Don’t over stress. There is a reason that blogging will be light until the new year
- Do not over schedule. One decent activity a day
- If in doubt, walk
- If in doubt, skip that meal. You will be feasting enough
- Drink as much water as possible. Drink as little booze as possible
- And spend as much time with each other as possible. Quantity of companionship always beats helicopter “quality time”.
Have a good Holiday period and stay safe.