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healthification tips needed!
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What are your favorite health, diet, exercise, peace of mind tricks?  I'm starting round two of healthification 2007 and am a sucker for tips that make it easier to stay involved.  My favorite trick from the last round was creating a complicated list of exceptions to every rule.  Now that's fun.  So I'm going to do that again.  And most likely, give up flour, sugar, meat, and maybe dairy.  And use the internet less.  And start jump-roping (I got one today because they tire me out in almost no time flat and can be done in my house).  And learn more about nutrition.  And more acupuncture.  And stop drinking.  And brain exercises.  And eat vitamins.  And flossing.  Or maybe only every other thing on every other day.  I don't know.  So please sharify with me your tips and tricks and pieces of advice.

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Don't give up organic/free range type meats. You still need the fat and protein, and the satiety they provide will help you resist the really problematic stuff. That's the most important thing I can think of based on what you wrote. :)

Ah, good idea! I wanted to keep fish in the picture too, and ducks because they live on the water near fish.

Tell me more... I know you have all kinds of health tips trapped up there in your brain. :)

1) When in doubt, ask welfaremom. I think I basically owe my life to her.

2) Try our new site!

I find it way easier to give up the bad stuff in my diet than to add more good things. Cheese == very bad. Spinach == very good, but I'm too lazy to cook it, and it tastes bad.

i floss around at least one tooth per day, and more when i feel inspired or have the time. it's obviously not ideal but i think it's better than not flossing at all.

A stupid exercize trick that works for me when I was trying to be disciplined about running is that I have to get up, dressed in my exercize clothes and get out of the building without fail. Once I'm there I'm free to turn right back around and go inside. Or do a five minute walk. Or do my full workout. I don't think I ever turned around and went back indoors and did nothing. At the very least I stretch and do some calisthenics and start my day rather than lay abed for a while more. I usually made my full workout. But there were some days when I'd do half a workout or at least go out for a nice walk, which was nice.

yoga in the sauna, on kava and weed. also: stuff full of nootropics. and ride a bike. if you are quite active, you need protein, i eat a hard-boiled egg. i stuff like 20 different suppliments in my gullet each day, and it's worth it. if you want to use internet less, or just part of internet less, figure out which part, and when you want to use it, first you have to throw away a dollar. just throw it into the street or something. this works. also: brocoli is like some kind of wonderfood. i don't eat it though. blueberries are pro-heart, anti-cancer, and pro-delicious.

  • snack on nuts

  • keep fresh fruit around the house or office

my bf, the exercise physiologist, is obsessed with jumping rope. he thinks it's the most underrated form of exercise around.

"Or maybe only every other thing on every other day" sounds like a good way to stay motivated. you should run a race. ;)

I have been reading a lot lately about how cardio is overrated. It's totally cool to do 20-30 min of cardio a day or 3x a week or whatever, but the marathon 45 minutes to an hour of cardio that many people do is not only unnecessary but is bad if it means you're ignoring body weight / free weight exercise.

I am a big, big fan of body weight exercises like squats, lunges, pushups, leg lifts, etc. They are all very old school, but they really help. Lately I have been doing a lot of reverse crunches (lie on your back with your legs out, lift your legs straight up until they are at a 90 degree angle perpendicular to your body, lower legs, repeat - it's MUCH harder than regular crunches and it works obliques as well). I am starting pilates in two weeks so I will let you know about that too.

I keep lots and lots of fruit and snacks I like in the house - nuts, cereal, grapes, dried cranberries, banana chips, etc.-- some of them are healthier than others but they are all better than, like, eating ice cream when you're bored.

you know fruits and vegetables are full of sugar right?

Maybe just give up "unnatural" sugar? I guess there are a lot of people who say give up fruit though...

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