Food for Thought
Articles about health and life in general. You won’t necessarily agree, but you’ll feed your brain.
Do low activity levels lead to over eating?
Sixty years ago, researcher Jean Mayer worked on questions like this and published results from studies performed on mice, rats, and humans. (Science 1953; 117:504-5 • Am J Physiol 1954; 177:544-9 • Am J Clin Nutr 1956:169-75)
His work showed that inactive rodents and humans actually tend to eat more than their active counterparts. A reasonable hypothesis is that low levels of physical activity dysregulate appetite, or somehow trigger the desire to eat more.
Maybe you’ve noticed this too, but it’s the free improvements I’ve made to my health—like changing my diet, walking, spending time in nature, and getting good sleep—that have benefited me far more than any of the health or fitness products I’ve purchased.
Bruce Lee died 42 years ago, and he remains one of the most well-recognized people on the planet. The legendary icon helped stitch together the cultures of east and west. He was also a renaissance man: athlete, martial artist, philosopher, teacher, actor, poet, and founder of Jeet Kune Do—a pragmatic, individualized fighting system, very much in line with his own philosophy.
A highly quotable man, this is one of my favorite Bruce-Lee-isms. He dedicated his book, Tao of Jeet Kune Do to the free, creative martial artist, and followed it with:
I first “cut the cord” over 10 years ago, and I’ve never regretted that decision. In case you haven’t heard that phrase before, I’m referring to severing the umbilical between the home and the cable TV company.
If you’ve been thinking about cutting the cord, maybe my experience can help you a bit. And feel free to ask questions in the comments.
It can be tempting to believe: if something is good for me, more must be better. Sometimes it’s downright automatic in our thought processes. Even if we grasp the fallacy, we may still fail to recognize when we are thinking this way.
“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.”
― Ayn Rand
There’s something that feels good about taking care of your belongings.
The time and money are well spent, because good maintenance leads to less waste, fewer breakdowns, lower cost of ownership, lasting beauty, longevity, and higher satisfaction.
Yet, when it comes to taking care of ourselves, 70% of our diet consists of processed foods.
Paint-by-number kits were invented back in 1951 by Max Klein and Dan Robbins. Klein was an engineer and owner of The Palmer Paint Company; Robbins a commercial artist. They went on to sell 12 million kits under the Craft Master brand by promising, ‘A beautiful oil painting the first time you try.’
According to the Paint-by-Numbers Museum: