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Old 03-15-2011, 05:36 PM   #17

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Re: Keeping Yourself Fuelled for Trade

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I become a monstrous risk taker when hungry. You have got to eat something proper!
Definitely. I also struggle when I eat a big lunch. Used to go out sometimes in the winter months to get a roast lunch. Just way too filling though and far more conducive to having a bit of a kip than actually trading some more.
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As usual with all things, its about keeping some sort of semblance with balance. A big meal would equate to the same effect through a different route.
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Trading is all about balance and imbalance!
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Re: Keeping Yourself Fuelled for Trade

Ah, food. One of my favorite topics! I live in California so the day starts early for me and I get hungry only after things start rolling in the market. I try to have hard boiled eggs on hand or a protein smoothie in the blender. And I add my all time favorite: avocado on sprouted-wheat toast. (You would probably know I was from California just from that last statement). The fat (good fat) in the avocado holds me over until lunch and it has medium-chain fatty acids are actually used by the brain as a source of energy.

I like Dr. Daniel Amen's work on diet and brain health. Here is a link to his site: Amen Clinics Don't be put off by the commercial look of the site - this guy really knows his stuff.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:49 AM   #21

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Sounds like a good nutritious combo FXGirl! May I ask though, are you an advocate of 3 meals a day or do you prefer many light mini-meals? I don't really like that term but didn't want to put snacks as I think it engenders the wrong ideas about what to eat for many. I personally prefer eating less but more frequently if I can. I am definitely not great at doing this though as it really goes against a lifetime of habit!!!
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I've found my 2x8 "diet" pretty effective. 2 glasses of water before each meal, no food after 8p. Pretty simple, but it keeps me dialed in all summer.
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Re: Keeping Yourself Fuelled for Trade

I'm with you on the tall glasses of water before a meal. I'm not great about doing it every meal but I know if I'm about to have a "crappy" meal this will prevent me from going crazy. I also fight to be about 80% full and not push it - I subscribe to the theory that it takes your mind time to catch up -- and I find if I can put the fork down in about 10 minutes I'll feel 100% full.

It's like trading, always got to trick yourself because usually "we" stand in our own way!

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Re: Keeping Yourself Fuelled for Trade

Hi, Negotiator: I truly believe that everyone's body is different and that the best system is the one that works best for your body. I eat three meals with healthy snacks (nuts, fruit, veggies) in between. Like others on this thread, being hungry isn't good for my decision-making.

But what messes even more with my ability to stay focused and disciplined is lack of sleep. I need my 8 1/2 hours! On 8 1/2 life is beautiful and I am a calm and loving person. On less.... Because I'm on the west coast, it's been tough getting enough sleep and getting up at 4:30 AM was pure pain. I finally gave up, decided to listen to my body, and now I get up around 6 AM and just take what the market gives me in the hours I have to trade. I'm happier, my husband is happier, the kids are happier, and interestingly, I'm more profitable.

Tim: I'm amazed at your sleep schedule. I can't imagine doing that, but the fact that you can, and that you function well, supports my theory that everyone's body is different. When I was a freshman in college, there was a girl in the dorm that only needed 3 hours of sleep a night - of course, she drove her roommate crazy and they finally gave her a room of her own. I really envied her. What a boon to have an extra 5 hours a day; I could certainly use that now.
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