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A health month lj community
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I'll probably still post weekly reports to my regular journal, but here's the LJ community for the full story from everyone else doing this:

http://community.livejournal.com/healthmonth/profile

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I'm surprised you didn't build a whole site around health month yet. I could totally see it as a web 2.0ish mutual-encouragement thing along the lines of Nike+. Sign up, pick which rules you want to follow (and make your own), start/end dates (doesn't need to be Jan, doesn't need to be a month), and record your progress (I cheated in this way today, etc). Make cool charts along the way.

Sounds like something that would be pretty easy to build on the back of 43 Things. And especially if you're going to do some food experiment each month this year...

I think that I will adopt one rule per day.

But why is health month necessarily healthy? And is health month really healthy for everyone? I understand cutting out drugs, alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners, margarine, fast food, excessive salt, and smoking, but why is cutting out red meat and pork, breads, pasta, cheese, cream/cream sauces, and butter necessarily good or better for you? Is there something inherently wrong with eating those foods in moderation for someone who doesn't have a preexisting health issue? I'm sorry, but I just don't think so.

I have a friend who is doing a juice fast supposedly for a month (if she makes it). She's doing this to "detox." But, even assuming that her normal diet does invade her body with toxins -- something I am not blindly going to accept, just as I don't accept that any of the above foods I mentioned as not understanding why they're bad are bad for you in moderation -- will fasting on juice for one month really be the "cure"? I just don't know.

Health Month was not made for people who are already healthy and can practice moderation.

Even so, it's a character building exercise. I know many very healthy people that enjoy trying just to see how it effects them and to do a nice little mental reset.

Think of it as a game. A healthy game. It is not a lifestyle statement or a diet.

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