Perché i lavori d’ufficio sono pessimi

Se stai seduto davanti a un computer, non significa che stai lavorando.

Puoi spendere una giornata intera “stando a lavoro” senza produrre alcunché di valore.

Scambi il tuo tempo, una delle tue risorse più preziose, con pezzi di carta.

“Almeno lavoro in compagnia” è un’illusione. Tipicamente ti ritrovi semplicemente nella stessa stanza con persone con cui non hai niente in comune.

I colleghi frequentemente hanno una mentalità da schiavi, aspettano sempre che qualcuno gli dica cosa devono fare.

Se sei intelligente e lavori duro, il tuo lavoro di alta qualità viene diluito in un mare di pessimo lavoro.

E’ inefficiente: hai troppe distrazioni.

E’ noioso.

L’energia è un’onda, con alti e bassi. E’ inutile e doloroso essere forzati davanti a un computer durante i bassi, come subito dopo pranzo. E’ semplicemente meglio riposarsi e ricaricarsi.

Se devi scoreggiare, devi tenerla. Se non ti importa e scoreggi lo stesso, probabilmente sei un collega fico.

L’ufficio è polveroso e l’aria è secca, ambiente ideale per ammalarsi.

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Why office jobs suck

If you sit in front of a computer, it doesn’t mean that you’re working.

You can spend an entire day “being at work” without producing any value.

You trade your time, one of your most valuable resources, for pieces of paper.

“At least I work in a social environment” is an illusion. Typically you’re just in the same room with people you have nothing in common with.

The government applies huge taxes on your salary.

The colleagues frequently have a slave mindset, always waiting for someone to tell them what they have to do.

If you’re smart and work hard, your high quality work gets diluted with tons of crappy work.

It is ineffective: you get too many distractions.

It’s boring.

Energy is a wave, with highs and lows. It’s useless and painful to be forced in front of a computer during the lows, like right after lunch. Simply better to rest and recharge.

If you have to fart, you have to keep it. If you don’t care and fart anyway, you’re probably a cool colleague.

The office is dusty and the air is dry, perfect environment to get sick.i-hate-my-job

Pro-ana tips and tricks: how to become a miserable woman

This article is part of the Nutrition Freak project.

Yesterday I only ate two carrots, but then I swallowed from my boyfriend. Am I still in with the calories?” (from a pro ana blog) 003-skinny-model-vs-natural-beauty

The numerous women who search for the famous “pro ana tips and tricks” miss a very simple and important point: there are two kinds of beauty.

  • The first kind of beauty is the one depicted by the supermodels on the catwalks. Slim, light, ethereal, ruthless eyes. And I would add… they look a little bitchy and depressed isn’t it?
  • The second kind of beauty is in what most men search: lean BUT happy, vital women with glowing skin, bright eyes and hair, curves. In other terms: the sexy kind of beauty.

It is pretty evident to me that a woman who pursues anorexia by following the pro ana tips and tricks has chosen the first model.

Now, I am probably the least moralist person I know. I think that those who say “fat is beautiful” are very hypocriticals. It is not. Beauty, mere physical beauty, is subjective only to a certain extent. If the body type proposed by the media (and which is more frequently considered beautiful in real life) is not fat, there sure is a reason.

But the point is, if one really wants to go after physical beauty, why chosing the type of slim beauty that the “market” wants less? Why chosing the model that is not real?

Even those supermodels on the catwalks aren’t ruthless bitches in their real lifes (hopefully). They simply wear that expression because they’re told to do so by the stylist. But can you imagine them in real life situations with that attitude? Visiting their grandparents? Preparing an exam? Bringing their little brothers to school?

Unfortunately… A ruthless bitch is exactly what the pro ana tips and tricks suggest to become.

Because it is clear that we are not only talking about becoming exaggeratedly thin here. No. By checking them (I collected some in the gray squares on the sides) it is evident that there is a huge psychological component in these advice. Therefore, let’s investigate both the aspects: aesthetic and psychological.

THE AESTHETIC ASPECT

To a certain kind of diet corresponds a certain body result. Few things have a huge and quick impact on the body as its fuel: food. 003-anorexic-model-catwalk

Now, what is the aesthetic result obtainable with the pro ana tips and tricks? Is anorexia a good stopover, that eventually leads a woman to become a “gorgeous actress” like those on tv?

The answer is a sounding NO.

Anorexia is not a stopover, it doesn’t bring anyone anywhere because it is a disease that not only makes a woman sick, it also makes her physically unappealing.

Truly beautiful women, despite slim and despite caring a lot about what they eat, never cross an important line. That line is called nutrition.

Chances are that most ladies in the show business, who are regarded as beauty models, have rigorous but very balanced and nutritient-dense diets. They would hardly follow these tips, recognizing that they have probably been written by some 15 years old girl with a lot of confused ideas.

As for the slim girls that, yes, populate the runway, a clarification is necessary. Only a fraction of them are really anorexic, and guess what? They are there because the fashion brand wanted to generate a controversy and receive media attention. The reason why they’re there is exactly that they’re anorexic, not that they’re physically attractive.

THE TRUTH IS THAT

You can restrict your calorie regimen, but you can’t also let coffe, chewing gums and ice cubes be the carriers of these calories. It’s unrealistic, and if you try to do it your days will become a pain, being continuously obsessed by “evil” foods. You will, for sure, become an aesthetically miserable woman: sexually undesirable, bony, dull.

Simply avoid that.

Now, a little add-on. Without considering extreme conditions of anorexia, like the girl in the picture, I just want to state why it’s not even smart to adopt “acceptable” skinniness as beauty target.

The media, for example.

The media broadcast both the kinds of beauty that I mentioned at the beginning, indiscriminately: the skinny girl and the “hot chick”. What happens if both appear, for example, on a talk show?

Simple: you see plenty of comments on the dedicated forums in internet of horny men who say the wildest things about the hot chick, almost ignoring the other.

So, a wise person would ask “well you’re saying that the non-skinny, hot girl with curves is “lucky” because she attracts a lot of hornies who just want sex?”.

Of course not. The best I can wish to a woman is to discover that there’s so much more in life than physical beauty and that she doesn’t need to become obsessed by her image to be popular among men, women, or whosoever she wants to be popular with.

But I’ll make a step back from the “best” and follow the line “if being beautiful really counts for you, at least chose the smart way”. At least use as model a lean, juicy, healthy looking woman. Pick a sportswoman, or even one of those dollies that populate the calendars, but not the bunches of bones.

There’s not much you can do if you don’t have big curves (unless you opt for a surgeon) but there’s a lot you can do to be lean and juicy: real nutrition and workout.

Leave anorexia alone, that is dumb beauty. It is a misinterpretation of what men like.

Now, a little bit of psychology.

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECT

Anorexia is a secret. 003-top-model-attitude

This is how a lot of women (who suffer from it) consider it.

  • “Bring frequently chips or biscuits up to your room, throw them away and leave the empty bags around.”
  • “Get out, tell your parents you’re gonna eat at your friend’s house, and when you arrive at your friend’s house say that you already ate at home.”
  • Delete your web history so nobody can discover that you read ana blogs.

Anorexia is usually considered something to hide from others. Relatives. Friends. Why? Because they would not understand it, they would fight it.

It is based on the assumption, coming from the ego, that “I am right and they are wrong”. “They would fight it because they don’t understand it.”

But really… what is there to understand?

That your trying to become a human wreck? Of course they would fight such an attempt, if they love you.

Anorexia is polarized towards hate, hate on the body, hate on life. This is why it tries to run away from love, to lie to it, to elude it.

But it is just a giant illusion, it brings no real benefits but harms the psyche as much as it makes the body ugly and non functional.

It must be noticed that anorexia has a lot of appeal on teenage girls, because it makes them feel part of a sort of “special club”. A desire which is very strong in that period of life.

This is why some blogs with a bunch a crazy, harmful tips have become a meeting point for confused girls who exchange experiences and feed each other’s negative emotions.

Their thought patterns are repetitive, monotonous, the only concern is losing weight.

Again, making a step back to more practical arguments, I want to clarify that no man wants beside him a human wreck who spends her whole days counting calories, feeling “superior”, and using all her brain-power to find ways to escape from food.

That kind of psyche, that the pro ana tips and tricks promote, is definitely “out of market”: there is no demand from men in real life for it. It’s surely not smart trying to supply such a product. There is only a little demand from the fashion estabilishment, but that is the case I cited above. The case where the lead actress of the story is not your beauty but your anorexia.

It is her that walks on the catwalk, it is her that generates clamor.

WHAT TO DO THEN?

In my country there is a very nice proverb that I think suits very well the topic. It says:

Men like blondes, but marry the brunettes“.

In our case, the blonde is the anorexic, bony model that walks through the calwalk generating a peak of attention for few minutes of life (and then goes back to her life of sadness), and most of that attention is shock for her skinniness.

The brunette is the “real woman”, the one who has a really nutrition-wise diet, who practice sport and is fit, who is vital, with a funny sense of humor and who is focused on all the aspects of life, not just her reflection in the mirror.

A woman who doesn’t live her life just to be perfect and ethereal for few minutes, but she swims through life everyday, in every moment, with personality and talent.

I say: be the brunette. You can do it!

SOME OF THE CRAZIEST TIPS PRO-ANOREXIA THAT I FOUND IN INTERNET:

1. “Low self esteem motivates you. Wear baggy clothes to make you feel fatter than you actually are, and hate every reflection you see.

2. “Get your tongue pierced, so you won’t be able to eat while it’s healing.

3. “Insult yourself. If you eat, call yourself a weak fatass in your mind. It works. It makes you feel worthless for eating.

4. “Think of how you’ll be superior to everyone else in your grade when you have your perfect little body.

5. “Drink something hot like green tea or bullion cubes, it confuses your tummy and makes you think you’re full.

6. “If you get a really bad craving, turn on the tv. It’s most likely that there will be some program with lots of gorgeous, skinny actresses on it. It’s a definite way to curb an appetite.

7. “Eat with the opposite hand.

8. “If you don’t do it already, drink diet soda instead of regular soda.

9. “Spoil your food: put too much salt, pepper, sauce on it. That way you won’t want to eat it.”

10. “Thinspiration is your best friend. You think you’ve lost weight? Trust me, you haven’t. Just check out the models and you’ll see you haven’t.”

11. “Clean something gross, like the cat’s litter, the toilet, your boyfriend’s closet, and you’ll lose your appetite.”

12. “Eat just the minimun necessary until your tummy cramps will be over.

13. “Feel the emotion of total fasting, the effect of glasses of vinegar or lemon juice in your empty stomach, and run until you faint.

14. “If you really have to eat, eat negative calories foods only.

15. “Eat using chopsticks.

16. “Punch yourself in the stomach.

17. “If your friends start to become suspicious, claim that you became vegetarian or vegan.”

18. “Leave dishes in the sink, leave evidence that you have eaten something, even if you haven’t.”

19. “Say that you have your period and if don’t feel like eating anything.”

20. “Being sick is gold, you can stay all day in the house and eat nothing, and your parents will not know because they will be at work.”

21. “Talk about food like if you’re in love with it when you’re around family and friends. Talk about the greak cake your mother made, talk about how great are McDonalds fries.

22. “Use any kind of excuse not to eat: I’m allergic, I already ate, I don’t have money, I am in love and lost the appetite.

 

Diet related diseases

While I always say that “there is only one diet”, people who had poor nutritional habits for years develop diseases that require changes to the way they eat. The awareness of the population about how much their foods are responsible for health issues is nowhere near I feel it should. diet-related-diseases

It is generally considered inevitable to be sick once in awhile, to have flu in winter, colds, headaches, migraines. Not to mention more severe conditions, that are developed after years of inadequate diet. It is a tribute to the adaptability of humans that we are able to endure so much time eating crap before reaching a breaking point.

Today, some diseases are commonly known for being strongly impacted by the diet. For example obesity and heart strokes. But how many other diet related diseases are there?

A lot! There is an almost 1:1 relation between diet and many modern diseases. The proof is that diseases like diabetes, ibs, diverticulitis etc exploded only in recent times. They were rare some generations ago. Yes, they had other kinds of problems due to malnutrition, scarce hygiene in the preparation of the food, but we “modern people” have been so fool to replace those problems with new ones. Especially in the rich countries, where there is abundance of everything and the virtual possibility to have a fantastic diet.

From an historical point of view now.

We evolved over millions of years to depend on a specific range of nutrients. After all this evolution, our body accepts some foods and rejects other foods as toxic. The problem is that the way we eat has never changed so drastically and rapidly as it did in the past decades. And our body didn’t have enough time to adapt.

Imagine, it didn’t have time to adapt to gluten and lactose, these were introduced in our diet ~8000 years ago with the agriculture and animal husbandry. How is it supposed to adapt to all the crazy stuff with which we have been feeding it recently? McDonalds? Coca Cola? Doritos?

In the last years, what changed more in our diet is:

  • The whites: the addition of enormous amounts of sugar, salt, refined white flour. Everywhere.
  • The cooking: almost everything is cooked today, even things that could be eaten raw easily.
  • The processing: a considerable part of the food is industrial today

This third point is particularly significant here.

The food industry is responsible, directly or indirectly, for many of the diet related diseases we have today. Entrepreneurs enter the food industry for a reason: money. And while pursuing money they usually don’t care of what’s the best for their customers health.

Low quality ingredients can be hidden by altering the taste and look of food using chemicals (sweeteners, artificial flavors, dyes). The life of the products can be prolonged to years (preservatives). Animals can be fed with cheap flours, sometimes illegally made by other animals (see mad cow disease). Vegetables can be protected from insects with pesticides. They can be turned to GMO for higher yields and reduced costs.

Unfortunately, all these “can” are so profitable for entrepreneurs that they usually become “do”. If an ingredient has low quality, but high enough to pass the minimum imposed by law, it will be used. I think that the laws about food are too permissive, and that’s because they are frequently made by people with inadequate nutrition knowledge.

Beside this machine of industrial production there is a huge machine of marketing.

Television and other media bomb us with messages that highlight the positive sides of these processed foods (usually having fake relevance) and don’t say a word about the negatives (that have strong impacts on our health).

This makes me think to my sad personal story with sweets. Here in Italy there is a very popular food company that produces sugary snacks, and I remember seeing plenty of their commercials when I was a child, as many other kids of my generation. My mother saw a lot of TV too, and unfortunately she raised me with plenty of these snacks. As result, now I have almost all of my teeth with fillings.

It’s amazing how even a minor issue like caries is considered a sort of thing that “happens”. Like if it’s normal during time to cure caries here and there at the dentist.

But caries are a small problem compared to many other diseases. In some cases, a doctor that solves everything with few sessions and few hundreds of dollars is a quick fix that is not available. And that does not work.

The only thing that works is a natural diet made of real food. Grown in the fields, not in the industries.

5 Homemade energy drinks

There are several good reasons to opt for homemade energy drinks and leave the commercial ones in the grocery shelves. To name a few:

  • energy comes from nutrients, like minerals and vitamines, not stimulants like caffeine. You can use a variety of whole foods to get all the nutrients you need.
  • you get “quality sugar” from the whole package (fructose + fiber) rather than the harmful refined sugar of those metal cans.
  • you can save money. I’ll propose three cheap options (but also a couple of more expensive ones)
  • the effect is gonna last more (not just a hormone/stimulant induced energy peak)

Making energy drinks at home is wise because it me004-homemade-energy-drinkans thinking of your body needs in advance. Not like those casual athletes that “oh… I crave some sugary liquid. Let’s get something at the vending machine.”

You prepare your drink and put it in a sports bottle, then you can bring it directly to the gym or you can store it in the fridge. It’s going to last for some days, contrarily to those cans with infinite shelf life. Ok, let’s see the 5 natural homemade energy drinks:

1. The first is based on a nutritional wonder: coconut water.

Coconut water is a great electrolyte replacement, and it’s particularly useful when you workout for long or you work outside. 004-energy-drink-coconut-water-avocado

The electrolyte content (sodium and particularly potassium) challenges that of the commercial products, with an amount of carbohydrates which is significantly lower (there is not all that added sugar).

It is super hydrating and natural.

By adding some cubes of avocado pulp and mixing, you will obtain a pale green liquid like mine, shown here.

Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fats, it has significant quantities of vitamins C, E, K, folate, panthotenic acid, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese. Definitely a fruit that you want in your diet. The taste is very soft and delicate. In case you want to add some sparkle, simply add few drops of lime juice.

2. This is the simplest and the quickest

This drink requires virtually zero time to be made, in fact you just put the ingredients in the bottle, shake and that’s it. Water, lemon, honey, mint. 004-homemade-energy-drink-lemonwater-honey-mint

Lemon water, a liquid that you obtain by simply squeezing a -possibly organic and ripe- lemon into water, is a magnificent and refreshing energy drink by itself.

High in vitamin C and potassium, with good amounts of calcium and phosphorus, lemons have an alkalizing effect, contrarily to caffeine which is acid forming.

Add just a tip of honey, possibly raw (the one on the grocery shelves is frequently pastorized and heated to improve preservation and prevent crystallization, but that kills useful nutrients).

Honey sugar is better than table sugar (but keep in mind that it’s still sugar, so don’t exaggerate), and it is absorbed more slowly by the organism. In other terms, honey has a lower glycemic index than table sugar.

Optionally you can add some chopped peppermint leaves (I would, since I love the scent) that are going to add some flavour (and vitamin A). It’s not easy to find fresh mint in the groceries, this is why it could be a good move to grow your own plant in a vase.

3. This is a smoothie that contains green fuits and vegetables

Mine came out quite dense, but it does its job. After all, who decided that an energy drink must be a transparent liquid? A fruit smoothie gives the boost you need and fits the sports bottle as well. 004-homemade-energy-drink-kiwi-green-leaves

With a little bit of pure water as base, you can obtain roughly a glass of this by mixing: two kiwis, half banana, celery, parsley, some chard leaves and few drops of lemon juice.

It’s looks a little bit like broth, but I can ensure that the taste is great (I just had one glass) and even more important, it’s full of useful elements.

In particular the green leaves contain plenty of phytochemicals, thanks to the exposition to the sun.

4. This is a homemade version of the ACE juice that you can see at the grocery store, just much better

Primarily, that ace is usually very diluted with water (a typical composition contains water and only 20% orange, 5% carrot, 5% lemon) while your version can use little or no water at all. 004-homemade-energy-drink-ace

The more fruit you add, the more nutrients you get, the more energy you’re going to have.

Vitamins A, C and E are just few of the numerous vitamins present in the three fruits.

Possibly choose organic ingredients, especially the carrots.

Since carrot are roots, they’re immersed in the soil. They’re totally in contact with it. Non organic carrots are frequently immersed sandy soils full of chemicals and pesticides.

With one orange, one carrot and half lemon you should obtain a big glass of this.

5. The star of this last homemade energy drink is spirulina

With the purpose of producing half liter of liquid (approximately 18 fl oz) star004-homemade-energy-drink-apple-spirulina-mangot from two fingers of pure water and add to idd a spirulina tablet or half teaspoon of spirulina powder.

Spirulina is a rising star in human nutrition: it has a significant amount of proteins (~60%) and contains all the essential aminoacids. It has vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, A, C, D, E, a pletora of minerals, alpha-linoleic acid, a lot of bioavailable pigments.

To build the body of this drink we’re gonna use two ingredients that are much more common: an apple and half mango.

Again, I highly suggest to use organic apples. In this way you can juice the fruit using the skin too (that is the best part that contains fiber and phytoelements), otherwise it’s better to peel them. In fact, in non-organic apples the pesticides are more concentrated on the external, on the skin.

The mango is gonna add color, taste, and a load of vitamin A and potassium.

Enjoy!


Notes: this article is a “survivor” of my Nutrition freak project, a website that I created in the past entirely about nutrition and health. After awhile I decided to close that website, and publish my articles on nutrition and health here in my personal blog, together with the other articles on different topics.

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