Eating has been my struggle for years. As a teen, I grew like a weed, sprouting to 6’4” (193 cm) today. But I’m 27 now. Anyone who tells me I should "eat up" because I am a “growing boy” is full of it. Any growing I have left to do is horizontal in nature. Fortunately, … Continue reading On Moderate Eating
As I descend down more rabbit holes in nutritional wonderland, there I see few principles that command consensus among a majority of researchers. Even more solid principles often congeal with nuance. For example, one reason I’m moving toward plant-based meals is to reduce my caloric intake. Why do I want to reduce my calorie … Continue reading Calories In, Calories Out?
It can be difficult to pin down what defines the “self” when we examine consciousness. People often use metaphorical alter-egos and multiple selves to explain their behavior. “You don’t know him how I know him. He shows me a completely different side.” “I’m sorry. I am not myself today.” “Have you met my drunk alter-ego? … Continue reading Captain Fatass
Since my first Temple Stay experience, I’ve committed to reducing my drinking. It began during an evening chanting session. During such gatherings, I sat and listened to a monk’s call-and-response with fellow Korean speakers. They started with a happiness prayer - promising to do your best, honor teachers and mentors, and live true to the … Continue reading Cutting Down On Alcohol
Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquillity.-Marcus Aurelius This quote embodies what I strive for - addition by subtraction. Photo by Kaboompics .com on Pexels.com In the self-help community, many people look to add one item to their routine to … Continue reading Addition By Subtraction
In my home culture people wage a war on stress. “Stress is bad for your health.” “Stress is killing you.” “Stress is worse than smoking.” The solution is the same - relieve stress at all costs. Meditate. Drink herbal tea. Sleep more. Take deep breaths. Stress is bad. Anything anti-stress is good. Each of these … Continue reading The Upside of Stress