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My Nutrition

A reader asked me to share some about my nutrition. Here we go -

I don't consume at all: *Alcohol *Recreational drugs *Tobacco in any form *Mammals *Sweets

I think cutting bad stuff out goes a long way towards doing things correctly.

I quit drinking in 2006... basically, I reckon the downsides from liquor aren't worth the upsides. Now about this, I get asked sometimes, "Is it awkward to go to a bar?" For the first six months it was. Now, it's not. I get a club soda and have no problems.

Likewise, I quit pretty much all recreational drugs at the same time in '06, depending on how you define it. I've gone back and forth with caffeine over the years - originally I quit caffeine in '06, but I saw some good research on metabolic advantages from caffeine. I do take vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, and fish oil. Beyond that, I'll take anti-inflammatories like acetametaphin or ibuproifen (the active ingrediants in Tylenol and Advil) if I've got inflammation from training or I'm ill. I'd be open at some point to trying nootrophics under the guidance of a physician, but I've been picking up low hanging health fruit first. Human Growth Hormone also looks promising, and I'd consider synthetic testosterone if I needed it to keep my testosterone levels up later. But all these are for health/longevity purposes, not for pleasure, with the possible exception of caffeine. I go back and forth on caffeine, maybe I'll quit it someday. For now, it's not an issue for me.

Cutting caffeine

On Shane Dowling's Blog

A little while ago, I read a post on Sebastian Marshall's blog about cutting caffeine, in which goes into the benefits and a method he uses for quitting coffee. He suggests cycling off it to reset your tolerance every so often. I figured that was a really good idea since I'd gotten to the point where in the morning I needed a coffee to feel normal, it was a good time to do something about it.

Sebastian's method I found a little extreme. There's a certain aesthetic to drinking coffee that I really enjoy and trying to replace it with green tea and pills wasn't going to work. Sebastian may have a mental strength I simply don't possess so I needed to offset the caffeine with altering the experience much.

I also don't really need to be incredibly specific about the mg doses of caffeine I'm giving myself, this seemed like a needless complex way off essentially weaning, so I figured I come up with more maintainable approach.

My solution was pretty straight-forward. Simply wind down the amount of caffeinated coffee you drink.

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