Possible to follow all the expert health advice about eating, sleeping and exercising?

… sure. But it feels too much like work.

I’ve found that “perfect days” create themselves organically. I just wake up every morning and do whatever 100% interests me that day. I’d have a hard time completing a time sheet to account for the past 29 years, other than to say it’s been completely awesome.



The problem with ‘expert advice’ is that experts don’t always agree and often contradict one another which shifts the problem back to ‘we the un-experts.’ How to deal with that? My choice has been to listen to lots of experts and to try to pick what seems the most reasonable. A lovely example of crappy expert advice was the Food Pyramid now almost totally discredited but it had the Full Faith and Credit of the government behind it making it hard if not impossible to fight it. In fact, we trusted it, we believed in it, we were deceived by it, and we were made sick by it. Not to worry, government can solve all our problems.

Over the past couple of decades I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get my health back. The rat race contributed to my problems with back and heart problems. Once I exited the rat race I had time to heal myself. It was mostly by learning to eat right. Once the Food Pyramid was discredited two principal schools emerged, Low Fat and Low Carb and both had their problems. There is a missing ingredient in both, how to stop feeling hungry all the time. I had a friend who quipped, “The only thing I cannot resist is temptation.” Hunger is one such temptation.

The modern solution is to develop drugs that stop hunger which is not a solution but only a palliative. The solution is eating right which neither Low Fat nor Low Carb manage properly. A third school appeared, Protein, and I gave it a try. It seems to be working, I’m slowly losing weight again, only about 3 Kg to go, about 6.6 pounds. What’s the secret? With enough protein one does not feel hungry all the time. No temptation, problem solved.

The Captain


Couldn’t read what Alex Janin has interpreted as an expert derived perfect day as it’s behind a paywall. It’d be interesting, mind, as I suspect that, even though she writes about personal health subjects, she’s no less likely to draw inaccurate inferences from what she reads than any of her readers. Possibly more so since, as a health and science writer a good bit of what she reports on reaches her desk via press releases on preliminary research data that hasn’t seen peer review.