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On Refining Diet

I eat pretty well and take pretty good care of myself. But it's taken quite a while to get here - before 2006, I had a pretty standard American diet. Lots of pizza, junk food, fast food, liquor, soda, sweets, etc. I smoked cigarettes, cigars, sheesha, and other kinds of tobacco.

Since then I've refined my diet and I eat pretty well. I have more energy, feel better, look better, and God willing, I'll live a lot longer as a result. It's a gradual process though, and I'm still improving. There's a few things I use to do it:

First, I'm all about incremental improvement - I think trying to crash change your diet is unlikely to work unless you have immense amounts of willpower and self-discipline. If you do have these Herculean amounts of will and discipline, you know who you are and don't need my advice. If you're more mortal, then you'll want to pick one or two things to be refining in your diet at a time.

Second, there's two ways I quit food or habits I don't like - "hard quitting" (cold turkey) and "soft quitting" (gradually reduce my consumption and eventually eliminate it). I pick which of these routes to go based on how convenient it is to quit something outright and if there's any detox process. If there's detox (like there was with nicotine), I think it's better to just get it over with once instead of constantly feeling deprived as your body re-adjusts to its new biochemical levels. The most successful method for quitting smoking is cold turkey, isn't it? Something like 80% of successful attempts to quit smoking are cold turkey? I don't have the statistics onhand, but that's the general idea. Quitting something like sugar, bad oils, or excess salt might be easier to do incrementally, since you need to replace the consumption with something else.

Which brings us to third point - I actively introduce new good behaviors before and during the time I quit something. Now, I don't know if the following is a good strategy, but it's what I did - when I started cutting down the sweets I ate, I increased my consumption of the kinds of salty foods I already ate: Chips, french fries, nuts, etc. Later I cut the salt content back. I don't know if that's a good habit, but it's worked okay for me. I also try to actively introduce fruits and vegetables before I quit something - it's hard to go from no fiber food that's highly processed to stimulate you immediately to fruits and vegetables. Fruit tastes bland compared to ice cream. So I introduce fruits and vegetables first, get comfortable with them, then increase my consumption of them as I decrease or eliminate bad consumption.

Tonight, We're Going To Party Like It's 1999 (September 2011)

On In My Life

You know what millenium parties will be like? LAN parties, Jenga parties. (Tomorrow's 9/11.) We'll sit around drinking Jones Soda and Sprite Remix, talking about the good ol' days of Livejournal, Xanga, Friendster, Myspace, and how we were on Facebook before anyone else, before it was even cool. (Pfft. I'm a 'tard. I've done that shit.) We'll dress up in clothing that we deem cool/hipsterish, pretending to be full of new ideas when really we're just recycling ideas of decades past. Maybe in a few years, it'll be easier to describe the culture of the last decade. There's always that weird transition between each decade, and I don't think we'll be able to truly recognize any of the elements of the last decade until we're looking at it from more of a distance. I think that every generation looks at the decades that they live in as kind of blegh, though. It really seems like the aughts were pretty bland, though. There was something about the 1990's that was just very, very unique, awesome, and original. I know they were recycling ideas from decades past in that decade, as well, but things were different back then. Maybe, it was just being a child and everything seeming new/novel/whathaveyounow. Heck, I was a teenager in the last decade. Being a teenager is the craziest part of your life. Maybe, I'll look at this decade that we're in right now as one of the best decades of my life because I finally feel like I have everything figured out and I'm enjoying life more than I ever have (or I've ever tricked myself into believing I have). Plus I'm in my 20s. It's true. Our 20s are one of the most confusing decades of our lives, but they're also one of the most rewarding, (good) experience-filled decades of our lives. I'm completely going off track, though. The place I'm trying to get to, what I'm trying to say, is that I think that age/experience/freedoms/limitations/what'sgoingoninyourlife/howcomfortableyouareinyourownskin all have a HUGE impact on whether or not you have a good experience during a particular decade. At the same, it could really be like John said, everything's been done. Welcome to the generic era?

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