In a previous e-mail I talked about the role of experimentation in your health.
I think I’ve started doing is keeping a log of all the iterations in my life. What’s working, what’s not working?
I think you can iterate yourself to the pinnacle. Keep trying new things. Keep running new experiments, and keep testing and refining.
I really think it’s the only way to get to where you want to go.
One reason I can even help people is that I have run so many experiments that I know what works and what doesn’t.
The difference between the pros and everyone else is not just the number of hours they have practiced something, but how many different experiments they have run.
Have you heard that 10,000-hour rule? It says that you can only become great after 10,000 hour of practice. There’s something to that rule, but you can’t do the same thing for 10,000 hours and expect to get good.
The great musicians didn’t practice someone...
Some call it "cheating", but I call it "being naughty."
If you lived by the rules all the time, you would have no fun. There are too many rules to follow all the time.
Nutrition is the same. There are very few hard-and-fast rules that all nutrition "experts" can agree on. The one thing they agree on is that they agree on nothing.
Vegan or low-carb?
Sugar or no sugar?
Alcohol or no alcohol?
Cheat days or no?
In my YouTube series this week, I released a series of videos about various behaviors that are "holding you back" as the article says.
If you listened to these rules all the time, you would basically have an eating disorder.
You would be what I was 10 years ago: constantly living in fear of the next bite of "forbidden food", constantly tracking everything, tweaking my diet without any noticeable effect, analyzing nutrition labels, looking at menus beforehand, saying no to everything that I wanted.
If you listened to personal trainers, dieticians, nutritionists, etc. all the...
I just uploaded part II of my series Dieting Advice You Should Ignore.
(I almost typed in "dating advice." Now that would have been a gaff!)
Some of the questions i answer are:
Should you drink bottled water?
To eat the egg yolk or not?
Is frozen better than fresh?
Should you avoid alcohol?
Should you follow any diet?
Is vegetarianism better than eating meat?
What is processed food anyway?
I'm actually quite surprised that a popular article like this would challenge some of the same BS it's been parroting for years. I always find that funny. One day these magazines are saying one thing and then the next day they're saying, "no don't do that. We were kidding."
Anyway, it's another enjoyable video. Much of your recovery will depend on you discarding 99% of what you've learned.
Once I realized that most nutrition/diet advice sucks, that's when I started to see improvements.
Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsI1pQ3Sn4s&feature=youtu.be
With the rise of processed food, we've also seen a rise in chronic illness like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. The combination of these factors is what's known as metabolic syndrome.
We've also seen a rebellion against processed food and a return to "clean eating."
I see entire magazines, YouTube channels, and even Facebook groups devoted to "clean eating."
The whole idea of "clean" eating is that some foods are "clean" and others are not. There is "pure food" and there is "unpure food." This is an ancient idea. If you study ancient cultures, you realize that they had their own definitions of unclean food and food that could "defile" you in some way.
Now, if your religion tells you not to eat something, then don't. Your spiritual life is more important than your diet.
But I wish they would use the word "simple" instead of clean.
Eating more simple foods is probably better than eating complicated, manufactured foods.
This week's video is about improving your body image, and you can do it without losing a single pound.
You like to think that you have to lose a ton of weight before you like the way you look, or go to Men's Wearhouse.
This couldn't be further from the truth. The only reason you like the way you look more at the end of your weight loss journey is because you accomplished something, not because you actually look better. I'll prove it.
If you lost weight only because your restricted yourself and purged your food, would you feel any sense of accomplishment? Probably not. Deep down, you know you were harming yourself and you were going to extreme measures to achieve that look. It's like getting rich through the lottery. You know you didn't earn it, and you know you can't repeat it.
Many dieters find this out the hard way. They get to their destination and only find some other imperfection to correct. It's an endless battle to achieve something that they will never have, don't need,...
When I first decided to adopt a restrictive diet, the reason was I wanted to be "healthy." I was doing everything for health. I said this even though my health was in the worst shape ever, I looked terrible, I didn't have enough energy to do anything, and I was going from one doctor's appointment to the next.
Oh, but I was doing it for health.
Our ability to rationalize bad behavior is truly remarkable. Have you ever wondered what someone was thinking and you said, "what was he thinking?!"
When we make these bad decisions, it's not that we're not thinking, it's that we're rationalizing something that makes no sense.
For me, I was rationalizing something that clearly was harming me. Starving myself and denying myself nutrients made no sense.
But in my mind, I was thinking, "I'm healthier than everyone. I'm skinny. Therefore I'm healthy."
But looking at old photos of me is gut-wrenching sometimes. All I can is, "what was I thinking?"
What is about health is...
I saw clips of Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, NY.
Does anyone realize that this is a binge eating contest?
Personally I think it's disgusting and I can't bear to watch it. Maybe because I've had too many episodes of binge eating myself and I know how painful it is sometimes.
The winner was Joey Chestnut who was ate 71 hotdogs in 15 minutes or something.
His chief competitor, Takeru Kobayashi, from Japan, is only 128 pounds but is a competitive eater. He and Chestnut are bitter rivals.
Now, who grows up and wants to be a competitive eater? Not me. Although I acted like one for years!
Kobayashi says his organs start shifting places after eating that much food. You think?
I remember the physical effects post-binge. I remember not being able to lie down with so much crap in my stomach.
It's one more reason I don't miss it. And I didn't win any awards for it.
Let's face it. Binge eating, and its less ugly sister called 'overeating', sucks....
I didn't have plans to do anything on 4th of July but I did get an inpromptu invitation from a Mexican family to join their BBQ.
There were some lessons this BBQ taught me:
1) Mexican BBQ's are delicious. Go to one if you can.
2) Forget portion control sometimes (if I hear that word again, I'm going to scream). If the host puts food on the plate, eat it. If you have the chance to eat something that you've never tried, eat it. I'd never tried carna asada or nopales (grilled cactus). The homemade tortillas and guacamole were unreal.
3) Your health goals can conflict with cultural norms. If the host expects you to eat and eats lot, there is going to be a conflict. Personally, I eat more than I want to satisfy the host. As long as you don't do it everyday, it's fine. In some cultures, like the Philippines, Italy, and Mexico, declining food is seen as an insult. You can eat less, but sensitive to the culture. There's no need to be insensitive on your way to your...