- Jan 14, 2016
Cheers, Bro: it's rare that anybody compliments me on my lifestyle; I'm used to constant criticism from family and medics.
Sometimes I honestly think it's simple envy that promotes this negative way of thinking. Some people react to me as though I've been given some kind of gift in this life that they haven't. To be tall and thin and healthy seems to be offensive to some, especially if you're happy and balanced with it and couldn't care less what anyone thinks.
(1) Your Grandfather would be similiar to my own: they lived a very simple and frugal life on The Rock Of Cashel during some very hard times during the last century. But both lived long lives: he until seventy-odd, and she until almost ninety with a sixty to eighty a day cigarette habit. That said, my Father died at age forty-four from lung cancer. I've smoked since I was twelve (moron that I am for even beginning) but so far my main life vice hasn't hurt me at all apart from on my chest when I overdo it.
(2) It's not a diet: it's a lifestyle - and permanent and unchangeable one.
(3) My evening meal will usually consist of two or three fresh root vegetables, some fish or poultry, a simple sauce, and no desserts. Nowadays I have no spices or herbs at all on my kitchen rack, only salt, which I only ever add for flavour after cooking. Potatoes, carrots, green beans, cauliflowers, aubergines, peppers, fresh chili, garlic, and ginger, crushed fresh tomatoes, all have flavour if cooked correctly and boiled to death. I rarely eat red meat but will opt for a rare steak whenever it's going. Chicken breasts, legs, wings, are all excellent after simple broiling without sauces. I use all the juices left over from vegetable and meat/preparations to make a quick and simple sauce for food service.
I dislike sugary foods and always have: would rather snack on a fresh carrot than a Mars bar.
I discounted fresh coffee in favour of instant about five years ago: a sin to Finnish people, but hey.
I rarely drink water at all: perhaps a half liter per week of mineral water, and only when absolutely thirsty.
Never understood these people walking around with a liter or half liter of mineral water in their clutched hands.
I smoke too much in the early part of the day, particularly mornings, but come evening I don't smoke tobacco at all.
I take sauna every evening, no matter what the day has been or brought.
Mindfullness and a sense of oneness with oneself is vital to all things in life.
Monitor the body as it speaks, and don't treat it like a spoiled brat: it needs a firm slap every once in a while.
And finally, unless you're actually and medically unwell, pay no attention to what anybody but yourself has to say about what the body needs. Anybody in regular good physical/mental health knows this already. Many doctors are quacks and will try to dump meds on you that you really don't need. I consider Irish GPs to be amongst the worst at this: just walking in their door has them reaching for the prescription dockets.
Find a doctor with an open mind and open heart and talk with them: you'd be surprised which ones are smartest.
Dietologists are like hypnotists: it's all about appearance and show these days, not about wellness.
Dr Eva from Finland might be despised in a Katie Hopkins kind of way, but you know she's right.
As I said already; mine's not a diet, it's my lifestyle born of natural habit.
But I can take it anywhere in the world with me and still be sure I'm in good stead.
It all sounds very healthy, but I have to say that the only people I know who really go for a healthy diet and exercise all look like wrecks - old before their time. Not saying that you look this way, but I find that people who pay a lot of attention to these things usually end up looking a bit like Jordan Peterson.