Caffeine is an adaptogen.
Originally Posted by Zach
Some personal reflections:
I've had people comment that I'm less pessimistic. I'm still pessimistic, but I've managed to turn it into a sort of dry sarcastic humor that is perceived as funny by most, even if they don't quite get it. This could be the tone of my voice, or just the way I phrase everything. Or it could just be that I've ran out of energy to care, and have embraced apathy. Not sure which, as I've never really felt apathetic as a trait, just a momentary state of mind, or only about certain things. The unimportant long term, yet still fleeting binds -- friendships(I can normally deduce when someone is a long term friend, or just an acquaintance), jobs(I don't stay in one place too long, and I know these are just stepping stones), environment/home(I've yet to find a place that legitimately "feels" like home, a place where I belong, when it comes to this, only company with loved ones, and I know these can be taken away just as easily).
I'm not as impatient. Everything falls into place when it's in your control, and when it's not, there is nothing you can do except move with the flow, so there is no sense in being impatient no matter how short I feel my time here is. This means, I no longer feel that itch, or irritation when waiting for something. Maybe I've just accepted time is not an external reality. Though I still have anxiety, in the classic sense, accompanied by fear, and nervous habits.
I'm probably still an insufferable douchebag, but at least now I've found company in insufferable douchebags.
No longer feel as tired, even when I don't sleep, physically, or mentally.
For senses, my hearing is definitely better. I originally thought I was just becoming a better listener when I needed to be, but, it's not just that. I've had problems with hearing most of my life due to infections in my ears as a child. It's not a debilitating disorder, but, it was certainly annoying when I couldn't hear things as clearly as others did, and when people were quiet I'd need to ask them to speak up or repeat themselves. Sounds are more audible in general. Crisper, more vivid, and I appreciate music more for the sound than just the lyrics since with good audio equipment I can actually hear the emotion in music.
Sight is the same, I've always had outstanding vision, despite spending most of my life in front of a monitor of sorts in a darkened room -- though I've definitely started to appreciate imagery more for each subtle detail. Everything can be interpreted as art, but this is more a state of mind, I think.
Touch is more sensitive with the increase in skin elasticity and temperature. This causes me to be more jumpy and anal about being touched though. I'm really ticklish.
Taste is definitely "improved". Both in ability to sort through foul tastes, textures, and in knowing when something is not good for me to eat, even if it's seen as good tasting by other people. I don't want to elaborate much here, since it'll just make me seem like one of those paleo people who find that things they once enjoyed they can't eat anymore and never crave any sweets. That's definitely not the case with me, I just definitely can appreciate favorite foods more.
Smell is a lot better, but this is just recent, and because niacinamide, aspirin, and tobacco have cleared up my allergies and nasal pathways. I can actually smell flowers now, I never was able to, and the only thing I could detect were unusually foul odors from things I wasn't accustomed to, ie; people. This has been amplified unfortunately.
I have more things to write about subtle differences, and I'll attribute these to less vague causes, but I figured I'd jot these as a way to get more in tune with my body, since I believe this is a crucial step in health and noticing the effects of everything I, and others are doing in this journey.
Last edited by Derpamix; 06-30-2013 at 02:09 AM.
Tired eyes, like our tired lives