Becoming vegan, becoming decent

This article was originally published on The Mission.

I was once ignorant and rolled my eyes at vegans. I stereotyped these plant-first eaters as potheads who listened to too much public radio and defended my reasoning for eating animal products with the untimely argument of ancestry. Continue reading “Becoming vegan, becoming decent”

3MMs: An experiment in combatting laptop lethargy while working

About once per week, I think about becoming a construction worker or landscaper because of the side-effects working from a laptop has on my physical and mental health. (I don’t really want to be one though.) Continue reading “3MMs: An experiment in combatting laptop lethargy while working”

Stress doesn’t kill you, how you think about it does

Stress is not some artificial state that slowly kills us. Rather, it’s a completely natural state that the body enters into when we’re in unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory. It gives us energy, excitement, and strength. Continue reading “Stress doesn’t kill you, how you think about it does”

Home body weight workouts on YouTube I’ve been doing for 4 years

When I was in college I went to the gym at least four days per week. Not because I liked it but because I wanted to make an impression on college girls. Now my primary reason for working out is to feel good and look a little better than I did yesterday.

Both can be achieved without a gym. Continue reading “Home body weight workouts on YouTube I’ve been doing for 4 years”

Water fast [Day 3 of 3]: How to get a natural head high

This is day 3 of 3 of my 3-day water fast.

It’s pretty simple. You fast for three days. By the afternoon, I felt like I had been given a slight hit of novocain. But instead of staying contained in my mouth, it flooded through to my brain. It wasn’t intense. I would compare it to being perfume-puffed with a baby does of novocain and some adrenaline. My heart was beating faster than normal, but I felt alive. Not necessarily good, but alive. Continue reading “Water fast [Day 3 of 3]: How to get a natural head high”

Water fast [Day 2 of 3]: Fasting means going through withdrawal

This is day 2 of 3 of my 3-day water fast.

As I write this it’s early morning Wednesday. I can’t sleep but I find peace in the fact that I’ve made it more than 48 hours without food. Not much longer to go. I think the main reason I can’t sleep is because I’m not very tired yet. But my mind is also focused on food and my body is buzzing, feeding off its muscle and fat reserves. I’m miserable when my mind isn’t focused on something I enjoy doing or find interesting. I feel good in an strange way the rest of the time.

In all honesty, before occupying my mind with this writing I was very miserable. I even considered breaking my fast. But I’m pushing forward, writing my way through it. Continue reading “Water fast [Day 2 of 3]: Fasting means going through withdrawal”

Water fast [Day 1 of 3]: Food is habit, not necessity

This is day 1 of 3 of my 3-day water fast.

Today I found myself opening the fridge for no good reason. Thankfully nothing other than raw eggs and orange juice were in there. Those aren’t that tempting to eat. But if the refrigerator roll my grandma used to make all the time was in there, I would have been miserable. I would have daydreamed about it to the point of insanity. There are some perks to traveling and having nothing in your fridge after all. Continue reading “Water fast [Day 1 of 3]: Food is habit, not necessity”

3-day water fast

Update: Fast completed! I made it through day 1, day 2, and day 3. The first day wasn’t bad, the second day was miserable, and the third day my head and mouth were buzzing in a not-so-bad kind of way.

I’m starting a 3-day water fast today. Initially I was going to do the “fast fast” recommended by Tim Ferriss, but I realized I couldn’t obtain a lot of the equipment and supplements needed to do the fast right. Most stuff needs to be ordered. I’m in Buenos Aires right now and Amazon doesn’t work like it does in the United States. Continue reading “3-day water fast”