Winter is Coming: Experiments with the Cold

Science works by trial and experimentation. I have been doing just that with the cold. Instead of accepting what others say about it, I took things into my own hands. In short, I found using the cold has many benefits. I used to hate the cold, now I reluctantly enjoy it. I will cover a few subjects, each briefly. Some I may have already discussed before, others have never mentioned. Number 1: Sleeping in the Cold Every night (not counting stormy nights) I have been sleeping with the window open, regardless of how cold it gets. Over the past several weeks of doing this, along with a recent drop in temperature (tonight things got down to 33 degrees), I have observed many changes. Firstly, my sleep has improved. Something about cold, fresh air invigorates the body as you sleep. At night I would take very deep breaths and feel that coolness come in. Naturally, better sleep would improve the rest of my day. Waking up earlier, needing less sleep, being more productive, more energetic, etc. Second, I have found the cold air helps muscle soreness. One night, my arms were sore from exercising at the park and heavy lifting at the gym. Throughout the night, my left arm was right next to the open window, fully exposed to the cold. My right arm remained on the other side of my body, shielded from the cold. When I awoke, there was no more soreness in my left arm yet my right … Continue reading

Break the Addiction: Surviving

We are highly focused on surviving. Google the term “how to survive” and there will be hundreds of millions of results. I did it and received 337 million. Evidently, it is a very big topic. A very common mindset. The problem with that mindset is it never ends. At what point to you stop trying to survive, and actually enjoy your life? Let’s take a look at the average American consumer. He works a 9-5 job, makes payments on his house (or apartment) and car. He may or may not be still trying to pay off student loans from college. He wakes up each morning not wanting to go to work. He stumbles out of bed, needs coffee to finish waking him up, and begins the dreadful drive to work. Why does he do all this? To survive. After all, he “needed” the job to pay off the debt on the car and house he “needed”. He “needs” to go to a normal job to make a steady pay check. He also “needed” to go to college so he could get an education that could provide him that steady paycheck. Eventually, this somebody will pay off his debt, move up enough in life, and be “free” to enjoy his life and retire. Right? The problem is, everyone is doing that. Everyone is following the rules. That means there is competition. Competition from thousands of other zombies who are just trying to survive. Go to work, do what you’re told, follow … Continue reading

Break the Addiction: Food

Is it actually possible to have an addiction to food? After all, we do need food to survive. If we don’t eat, we die; it’s as simple as that. Or is it? Now I’m not saying that if you stop eating you will become immortal, but eating won’t do that either. As a matter of fact, every person that comes in contact with food dies, so in the end it doesn’t really matter. Addiction to food is a problem very, very few people will admit even exists. I have found the moment I say I have broken my addiction to food someone replies as if I am trying to kill myself. Whenever I hear someone complain about missing a meal and I honestly, and seriously, tell them they need to break the addiction, they believe I am joking. The argument always is “you need food to survive. Don’t starve yourself!”. The worst is “Oh, but you need to eat. You’re already really skinny”. After they state their opinion, I sit back and watch them struggle to make sure they never miss a meal, even if the last one had all the nutrients and energy they need for the day. Or worse yet, I sit back and watch them think they “need to eat” so go buy some crap food and shove it down their gullet. Here is the honest truth: In most “civilized” or “first world” countries, such as the USA, we eat far, FAR more than we need to. … Continue reading