Thursday, September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

I've always had a difficult relationship with caffeine. I never got into drinking lots of coffee as most Finns do but instead I've consumed lots and lots of caffeine in Coca Cola (Zero), energy drinks, and caffeine pills. I also love maté products like Club-Mate. I quit both coke and energy drinks pretty much cold turkey about two years ago and I've been mostly avoiding all caffeine products (even high-caffeine tea) most of this year. 

It's been slowly creeping back again and today I noticed that I reliably get a head ache in the evening if I don't take my daily dose of about ~1-2 coffee cups worth of caffeine (~100mg) in the afternoon. This is highly annoying and one of the reasons I've wanted to avoid it in the first place. But I also really enjoy the benefits of a strong focus and energy boost it gives me, which helps a lot when working (and I'm so used to it that it feels really hard to not have that).

The other negative side effect of caffeine is the negative effect to the sleeping rhythm. I need to be careful not take any caffeine at least 6 hours before bedtime 


Uninen aka Ville Säävuori Good hello! My name is Ville Säävuori aka @Uninen and this is my health blog. I'm a 40-something nerd from Turku, Finland. My goal is to exercise or be otherwise active every single day. I built this site to follow my progress and to help with accountability. I'm training for running my first 10k  half marathon  marathon  4x4x48 challenge in 2022.


Not blogs, but something to check out and follow.

Podcasts, YouTube channels

  • The Running Channel (YouTube) - fun and informative British channel for runners.
  • Triathlon Taren (YouTube) - lots of hands on knowledge and practical advice for triathlon training.
  • Huberman Lab podcast (YouTube) - outstanding podcast by Dr. Andrew Huberman with a metric ton of scientific information and practical advice relating to neuroscience and physical and mental training.
  • The Joe Rogan Experience (Spotify) - you can say what you want about Joe Rogan but there's no denying that many of his discussions with passionate people are 100% genuine and full of insight. I do not agree with the man on many issues but I do appreciate the free content.


  • David Goggins (Instagram) - whenever you need motivation, just go back and remind yourself what David Goggins does to keep his demons away. Also, if you feel lonely on your run, no matter wherever you are on the planet or what time it is, it's likely that he is training somewhere at this same moment. (Check out these - hilarious Goggins-anecdotes by Jesse Itzler) Stay hard!
  • Anna H (Instagram) - The Running Channel host and adventurer with a beautiful soul. Check out her 3-part World's Toughest 260k Island Race series on YouTube.
  • Katie Spotz (Instagram) - amazig young endurance athlete who is willing to do more than most of us for making the world a better place. Listen Joe Rogan #1635 for a deeper look into her story.
  • Jocko Willink (Instagram) - ultimate dicipline and respectable morals. Jocko's daily 4.30 am clock photos on Instagram are a constant reminder that the strongest men work for their success.


  • Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins - superb combination of audiobook and podcast that gives you lots of practical advices on taking control of our life and stranghtening your mind. Definitely check out the audio version of this book, it's amazing.

I haven't found that many interesting books relating to staying healthy / exercising. I'm not at all interested in ungenuine self-help type books or pushy "just do this" marketing books. If you have any suggestions, dm or email me!