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You Are What You Eat

You are what you eat. We’ve all heard this a thousand times, even as we often ignore it. We all make poor diet choices, and we know full damn well that our sugary drinks and cookies aren’t good for us. That’s okay. I’m not hear to rant on or diet shame anyone. It is what it is. I want to focus on that phrase, though: you are what you eat.

… Am I now a cannibal?

If you eat junk food, you are going to feel like junk. I think we can all confirm this at one time or another in our lives. This means that if you don’t eat bad food, you won’t feel bad. That seems obvious, and it’s true, but we focus on this far too much. There’s a world of difference between ‘not feeling bad’ and ‘feeling good’. A huge difference.

I know, because for the last two weeks or so I’ve been living it, and it’s eye-opening. Continue reading

One Week of Eating Healthy

I did it! I went one week without eating anything unhealthy! I can barely believe it!

Well, that’s not completely true. When I set my mind to do something I generally do it. I once gave up all TV, computer and video games for a solid month, just to prove I could do it. That first week sucked, let me tell you, as I barely knew what to do with myself. As the month went on, though, I found more and more non-electronic things to do, and by the end I didn’t even miss it.

Indeed, I basically stopped watching TV after that. I just never went back. I still watch sports, but that’s it, and even here I watch far less then I used to. As a kid, the TV was always on, even if no one were in the room. It was the default entertainment option. As a kid I watched cartoons and as I grew older I watched more and more sports, sometimes sports I didn’t even care about. I did it because I didn’t know what else to do, and I can thank that one month period for weaning me off this bad habit. Continue reading

Giving Up Junk Food

Change is coming. It has been for a while, to be honest. I could just no longer put it off. Rather than building up the suspense, let me just come out and say it: I am radically cleaning up my diet.

This is a clever image, and I like it … but why is the F a croissant? One thing is not like the others…

I’ve been thinking about this since the summer. Well, to be honest, I’ve been thinking about this for years. I suppose we all do, in our own way. We all know we should eat more healthy food. We all know every bag of chips is just pleasant tasting poison. We know with every bite we are digging our early graves with our teeth. We all know this, but we rarely do anything about it.

For me, this week, I’m changing that. I’m changing everything, full stop. Continue reading

My Lord of the Rings Movie Marathon

As I hinted in an image caption of a post last week, I did a Lord of the Rings marathon this weekend. I had nothing else to do, so I watched all three of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies. I haven’t done this in ages, and I highly enjoyed being a vegetable for an entire day. Here are some thoughts and highlights about the experience.

Also, if you somehow haven’t seen the movies yet, potential spoilers ahead. Continue reading

Eat More Good Food

Everyone has heard it: you are what you eat. Having a good diet has a powerful effect on the rest of your life, from health to energy levels to good moods. Of course, a poor diet can have the exact same negative effects. Just about everyone can improve his or her diet, and the improvements will be felt far and wide.

That said, if it were so easy, everyone would already do it. Truth is, unless you don’t have a sense of taste, avoiding the delicious but unhealthy junk food can be a challenge. And if we do avoid it, what do we replace it with? There are so many diets out there, often contradicting each other: high carb, low carb, no carbs, high protein, vegetarian, vegan, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I haven’t even mentioned diets with a specific name, like Atkins or Paleo.

Which one is best? It’s impossible to say. Every person is different, and different life styles require different demands. For example, a professional athlete requires more calories and protein than a desk jockey, and a vegan lifestyle probably isn’t ideal but may be the most ethical (though it is possible to be a vegan athlete). Regardless, my goal here isn’t to promote any one diet; it’s to promote a universal health tip. Continue reading