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Автор: gatita Создан: 4 февраля 2013 в 18:26 Всего записей в блоге: 87 Репутация: 38

Healthy life!

Опубликовано: 4 июля 2013 в 17:56


Today let's talk about healthy and the ways of being more healthy. 

But I must warn you it may kill you. Don't believe me — watch this video below.


I've spent the last decade subjecting (подвергая) myself to pain and humiliation, hopefully for a good cause, which is self-improvement. And I've done this in three parts. So first I started with the mind. And I decided to try to get smarter by reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z -- or, more precisely, from «a-ak» to «Zywiec.» And here's a little image of that. And this was an amazing year. It was really a fascinating (очаровательное) journey. It was painful at times, especially for those around me. My wife started to fine (штрафовать) me one dollar for every irrelevant (неуместный) fact I inserted (вставить) into conversation. So it had its downsides (обратная сторона).

But after that, I decided to work on the spirit. As I mentioned last year, I grew up with no religion at all. I'm Jewish, but I'm Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is Italian. (Laughter) Not really. But I decided to learn about the Bible and my heritage (наследие)  by actually diving in and trying to live it and immerse (погружаться) myself in it. So I decided to follow all the rules of the Bible. And from the Ten Commandments (заповедь)  to growing my beard -- because Leviticus says you cannot shave. So this is what I looked like by the end. Thank you for that reaction. (Laughter) I look a little like Moses, or Ted Kaczynski. I got both of them. So there was the topiary (куст (в данном случае из бороды)) there. And there's the sheep.

Now the final part of the trilogy was I wanted to focus on the body and try to be the healthiest person I could be, the healthiest person alive. So that's what I've been doing the last couple of years. And I just finished a couple of months ago. And I have to say, thank God. Because living so healthily was killing me. (Laughter) It was so overwhelming (переполняющий) because the amount of things you have to do, it's just mind-boggling (умопомрачительно). I was listening to all the experts and talking to sort of a board of medical advisers. And they were telling me all the things I had to do. I had to eat right, exercise, meditate, pet dogs, because that lowers the blood pressure. I wrote the book on a treadmill (бегущая дорожка), and it took me about a thousand miles to write the book. I had to put on sunscreen (крем от загара). This was no small feat (подвиг), because if you listen to dermatologists, they say that you should have a shot glass full of sunscreen. And you have to reapply it every two to four hours. So I think half of my book advance went into sunscreen. I was like a glazed doughnut for most of the year. There was the washing of hands. I had to do that properly. And my immunologist told me that I should also wipe down (протереть) all of the remote controls and iPhones in my house, because those are just orgies of germs (микробы). So that took a lot of time.

I also tried to be the safest person I could be, because that's a part of health. I was inspired by the Danish Safety Council. They started a public campaign that says, «A walking helmet (шлем) is a good helmet.» So they believe you should not just wear helmets for biking, but also for walking around. And you can see there they're shopping with their helmets. (Laughter) Well yeah, I tried that. Now it's a little extreme, I admit. But if you think about this, this is actually — the «Freakonomics» authors wrote about this -- that more people die on a per mile basis from drunk walking than from drunk driving. So something to think about tonight if you've had a couple.

So I finished, and it was a success in a sense. All of the markers went in the right direction. My cholesterol went down, I lost weight, my wife stopped telling me that I looked pregnant. So that was nice. And it was successful overall (итог). But I also learned that I was too healthy, and that was unhealthy. I was so focused on doing all these things that I was neglecting my friends and family. And as Dan Buettner can tell you, having a strong social network is so crucial to our health.

So I finished. And I kind of went overboard on the week after the project was over. I went to the dark side (на стороны зла), and I just indulged (потакать себе) myself. It was like something out of Caligula. (Laughter) Without the sex part. Because I have three young kids, so that wasn't happening. But the over-eating and over-drinking, definitely. And I finally have stabilized. So now I'm back to adopting many — not all; I don't wear a helmet anymore -- but dozens of healthy behaviors that I adopted during my year. It was really a life-changing project. And I, of course, don't have time to go into all of them. Let me just tell you two really quickly.

The first is — and this was surprising to me; I didn't expect this to come out -- but I live a much quieter life now. Because we live in such a noisy world. There's trains and planes and cars and Bill O'Reilly, he's very noisy. (Laughter) And this is a real underestimated, under-appreciated health hazard (угроза) -- not just because it harms our hearing, which it obviously does, but it actually initiates the fight-or-flight (дерись или беги) response. A loud noise will get your fight-or-flight response going. And this, over the years, can cause real damage, cardiovascular damage. The World Health Organization just did a big study that they published this year. And it was done in Europe. And they estimated that 1.6 million years of healthy living are lost every year in Europe because of noise pollution. So they think it's actually very deadly.

And by the way, it's also terrible for your brain. It really impairs (ослаблять) cognition (позновательный процесс). And our Founding Fathers knew about this. When they wrote the Constitution, they put dirt all over the cobblestones outside the hall so that they could concentrate. So without noise reduction technology, our country would not exist. So as a patriot, I felt it was important to -- I wear all the earplugs (затычки для ушей) and the earphones, and it's really improved my life in a surprising and unexpected way.

And the second point I want to make, the final point, is that — and it's actually been a theme of TEDMED -- that joy is so important to your health, that very few of these behaviors will stick with me unless there's some sense of pleasure and joy in them. And just to give you one instance of this: food. The junk food industry is really great at pressing our pleasure buttons and figuring out what's the most pleasurable. But I think we can use their techniques and apply them to healthy food. To give just one example, we love crunchiness («хрустяшность»), mouthfeel. So I basically have tried to incorporate crunchiness into a lot of my recipes -- throw in some sunflower seeds. And you can almost trick yourself into thinking you're eating Doritos. (Laughter) And it has made me a healthier person.

So that is it. The book about it comes out in April. It's called «Drop Dead Healthy.» And I hope that I don't get sick during the book tour. That's my greatest hope.

So thank you very much.


And seriously what do you do to be healthier?

Give me today your tips and next time I will tell you about mine.




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