Tuesday, February 20, 2007

20 Minutes Could Change Your Life?

What if I told you that you could live a longer and healthier life, and improve greatly your physical appearance and attractiveness to others, and you could learn how to do it in just 20 minutes? Now, I realize that this is a whopping 12 minutes more than the 8-minute abs plan, but please, hear me out.

Here's the plan:

1. Tonight, don't start watching American Idol at 8 p.m. Start your DVR at 8, but start watching at 8:20, and fast-forward through the commercials. You'll catch up to live by the time Ryan Seacrest and his Forehead of Botox do the sign-off. You now have an extra 20 minutes in your day.

2. Today, print out this article that ran a few weeks ago in the New York Times Magazine. Fold it and put in your pocket. Keep it within close reach.

3. At 8 p.m., start reading the article. It should take between 15 and 30 minutes depending on how fast you read. Read it closely. Stop and pause over some of the sentences.

4. Think about what you've read critically. There's a lot of common sense here, but feel free to challenge assumptions if you wish. Share it with friends. Then think about tomorrow's bowl of oatmeal and your lunchtime dried cranberry spinach salad.

The article I link to is about "nutritionism" and diet and food, and about how what you put in your mouth affects your health. I've been meaning to read it since Jan. 23, when it originally appeared, but finally made the time to finish it yesterday while pulling this same DVR trick with 24.

Read the article and then ask yourself: What do you put in your mouth?


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