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What’s the big deal about Sriracha?

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An apple a day? Maybe I can do better. . .

Okay, so I was visiting some Daily Post prompt responses. The photographer prompt is HEALTH, and I saw more than a few pictures of apples, which made me laugh. Why? Because I realized that I could throw my own in the mix; my subject was right behind me in the lunchbox sitting by the orange chair. Every day I take my lunchbox to work with me. Every morning, I normally throw some fruit in there and go, but last week our co-op stiffed us on the fruit in favor of squash and fennel, which I thought was a pretty uncool move. They did send a good-sized bunch of bananas that haven’t even ripened yet. IT’S BEEN OVER A WEEK.

Not having much to take to work, I stopped at the local supermarket and bought a three-dollar bag of apples for my lunchbox. I don’t require much, after all. I eat one square meal a day and that’s dinner. Otherwise, I live on fruit and Starlight Mints.

And because we all have to share burdens, I have to do my share to help knock down the candy stores after Halloween, Christmas, and Easter.

Copyright © 2013 by Robert W. Ross. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2013 by Robert W. Ross. All rights reserved.

This post was prompted by today’s Daily Post prompt.

Surf Report: Counting Calories, loving stress, and enjoying popcorn

I thought that it might be nice to share a few of the things that I find around the Internet while I’m being distracted from running and writing in the morning – things that I like, things that I feel like I should share with my readers and that I don’t really know if I could do justice for in just one post. Hence we have the Surf Report: a roundup of things I have to share with all of my wonderful readers.

First in the roundup today is an article I just finished reading about why counting Calories may be an inaccurate gauge of nutritional content and intake. I thought it was interesting because I am myself on a restricted-Calorie diet, and some of the science behind this new thought on Calories may explain why that works for me.

Why We Can’t Rely On Counting Calories

Next we have this TED video – I told myself I wasn’t going to do this to you, but it’s a fifteen-minute video about stress and how the idea that it’s bad for us is a bunch of baloney that’s conditioning us to kill ourselves physiologically when we are under stress. I think everyone should watch this, it really speaks to the reach of the positive attitude’s power on ourselves.

Finally, if you’d like a light snack, try making popcorn with the Swedish Chef:

Stay out of trouble!


Weekly writing challenge: my philosophy of health

Health (Photo credit: Tax Credits)

For a long, long time I have been concerned with my health. It probably started some time in high school when I began to take vitamins, concerned that I wasn’t getting enough nutrients in my diet. I can’t quite remember why I thought so, but I was probably on the right track. I grew up not knowing much about nutrition except what they taught me in school, and so I ate whatever I wanted to eat. And I often ate a lot; in fact, I often ate twice as much as a normal kid would eat; I was a compulsive snacker, too. You could say that my appetite had been stretched out.

Today, it’s not quite back in the shape that a “normal” appetite would be in, but I have it under tighter control. Over the years, I’ve flirted with fitness, diets, supplements, and various degrees of fasting in order improve my health. Having finally found what works for me, I now have a philosophy of health. I actually shared this with a friend not too long ago when she was looking for tips on losing weight and getting fit. I said “eat less, exercise more. More of what you eat should be good stuff, less of it bad stuff. If you stick to your guns regarding those rules ( and yes, get a little OCD about it) then you should do quite well. But don’t forget to let loose from time to time or else you’re not going to have any fun doing it.”

Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See ...
Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See Wikipedia:Sleep deprivation). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I would add that you have to ensure that you get enough sleep every night – not that I do. I’m a total hypocrite about that, but lack of sleep leads to stress, and stress makes it harder to resist your urges, especially when it comes to eating. I can do it most of the time, but eating is a classic way to instinctually counteract the stress response.

That’s not the length and breadth of being healthy, though. In addition to doing the right thing for your health – your personal health – you have to ensure that you’re happy, too. Everybody has to work, I know that. But you have to allow yourself some time for your own hobbies, and to spend time with others. This is social health. We need to have a positive outlook and consistently work on our emotional weaknesses through reflection and thoughtful application of modified behaviors. That’s emotional health.

Health comes in a bazillion varieties, and it’s not easy to cultivate the apex of each one simultaneously, so we have to work on them bit by bit, day by day. Get in the habit of improving, and you should never have a problem becoming whoever you want to be.

This post was prompted by the Daily Post Weekly Challenge.
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