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The thing that sets my approach apart from almost every other system is that I don't believe there is
 

a good life

July 2 · Issue #104 · View online
I write thoughtful self-help

The thing that sets my approach apart from almost every other system is that I don’t believe there is anything wrong with you.
Convincing people they need your product to fix themselves is an incredibly effective sales technique. The fault is yours and if you can’t do this narrow program for the rest of your life, the failure is yours too. Hey, thanks for the $$$$.
My approach has much more to do with accepting a few basic premises, and nothing to do with pathologizing other humans.
  1. We are better off modifying our environments than excavating our failings when it comes to eating and exercise.
  2. The modern world is specifically designed to get you to eat and drink while getting as little exercise as possible.
  3. You have to learn to modify your own life, there is no other way.
What many plans call an addiction to food I think of as the effects of advertising and insane availability fueled by cheap plastic.
We have to learn how to protect ourselves from this onslaught of calories, and spend less time wringing our hands about what is individually wrong with each of us.
That is what my principles try to address.

your good life 🌟
Below are a couple affiliate links to products I’m crazy about.
I just started making cold brew with Blue Bottle’s system. I’m experimenting with mild, intermittent fasting. Basically stopping eating early, and holding off in the morning.
The new routine is wake up, cold brew, out the door for a walk, come home for a Daily Harvest smoothie and write!
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Carrot and sweet potato, a favorite of mine.
Daily Harvest
diets debunked 🤥
Counting calories is a waste of time
Can CBD Really Do All That? - The New York Times
extra credit 🤓
I loved this piece on decision fatigue. It is directly attributable to weight loss. We set ourselves up for success by deciding in advance.
“The Essence of the strategy is to lock yourself into a virtuous path.”
How Decision Fatigue Is Silently Killing Your Productivity And What You Can Do About It. How Decision Fatigue Is Silently Killing Your Productivity And What You Can Do About It.
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