Common sense analysis of this, that and the other


with 5 comments

1. Background

Obvious of course to the enlightened, but consider from the start that most of what goes on in the West is motivated by profit. From the moment you are conceived (yes, even prior to birth), you are the target of the salesman. That is why salmon are being genetically modified (it has nothing to do with food supply or your health and all to do with profit), why our (superficially) healthy sounding foods are laden with sulfur dioxide and why more and more penalty charges are being issued to generally law abiding citizens, while crims get a slap for shoplifting.

2. Career & Decision making

  1. Follow your gut instinct
  2. Ignore those who put you down. Take heart in the fact that those with the least to contribute and the greatest personal insecurities will often try to divert attention from their defects to others they secretly envy. Very common amongst the Britsh.
  3. “Great spirits always encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
    – Albert Einstein

  4. Learn as much as you can about how the world works in order that you can form sound judgments and avoid being naively complicit in something nasty, whether it be purchasing a product from a nefarious regime or company, to slowly poisoning yourself with an allegedly harmless pharmaceutical product. Google PCBs, endochrine disruptors for some examples.

3. Diet


“You won’t like me when I’m healthy!”(1)

  1. Recent studies have discovered that while it may seem healthier to eat ‘raw’ food (veggies and meat in particular), heating actually helps release some of the goodness. Microwave that broccoli people! (Go on, be naughty, lob a lump of butter* on the top!)
  2. While certain meats (beef in particular) can be eaten several weeks after ‘death’ (if hung by the butcher), fruit and veg only retain their essential vitamins for a few HOURS after picking. Ideally, buy from a farmer’s market. Supermarket fruit is often chilled or irradiated to stop it going bad, but it has little nutritional value beyond roughage.
  3. Cucumber, lettuce, corn flakes and white bread possess little or nothing of nutritional value. Do not count these as part of your diet. They are purely fodder. Apparently, white bread has the same nutritional value as cotton. You may as well eat your t-shirt!
  4. Slow burn carbs for supper will keep the brain happy and ensure your bod is fully charged and ready to go tomorrow…
  5. …while a breakfast of scandinavian style fish or other fresh protein will feed the brain and body for the day. Protein is slower to digest than carbs so eating it before sleep is not wise, else you will strain your bod when it’s trying to relax
  6. For increased longevity and unstressed body, eat like a tree hugging French Greek Californian caveman:
    • Fruit juice sweetened dried cranberries (Julian Graves Health Foods)
    • Unsalted pistachio nuts (Tesco, Julian Graves)
    • Oily fish such as fresh or canned mackerel, tuna or salmon for those essential Omega Fatty Acids. A really tasty snack (breakfast?) is:
      • Whole wheat pitta bread stuffed with smoked salmon with pesto topped humous and a queeze of fresh lemon – dee-licious!
    • About 50 olives a week. Not those nasty salty ones sold in jars to pubs, but fresh olives in oil sold in supermarkets and delis. Olives are incredibly good for you and after a few days of eating them, you will (for some reason) feel really good! Works for me.
    • Organic free range chicken breast, ideally grilled or stir fried – excellent right after a workout to re-build those muscles
    • Fresh bright red peppers & strawberries – they contain a considerable amount more vitamin C than other sources
    • Broccoli (raw, steamed or microwaved) Ideally, put in a bowl with a spoon or two of water, a knob of butter* and cover with clingfilm.
    • Use virgin olive oil for salads and (if appropriate) cooking
    • At least one bowl of whole oat porridge a week – how about adding dried cranberries or banana for extra chewy zestness? (Other dried fruit is great, but cranberrries contain more of the stuff that’s good for you.)
    • Dark chocolate (ideally, minus sugar and fat) is good for the blood (best Google to learn more because this is recent news)
    • Goat milk over cows milk. Easier to digest, even if the taste (and price) takes some getting used to – note how healthy young Arab children are!
    • Fresh fruit juice is good for the brain – apparently
    • Tomato and spinach salad provides iron (from the spinach) and something whose name escapes me as I type this that is in tomato skin proven to ward off cancer.
    • A weekly bowl of three bean soup for a mix of protein, roughage and other healthy bits. (Available from Waitrose, Co-op and other supermarkets. Waitrose three bean is a personal fav.)
    • If you do have a sweet tooth, substitute sugar for honey. A dollop in a mug of coffee is ideal if you need an mental and physical energy boost. Vrrm vrrm!
    • Enjoy the odd glass of red wine – proven to improve cognitive abilities and ward off cancer. French red contains a lot more of those essential components, and that is not French wine industry marketing talk, that is health talk. Remember, it’s where the grapes come from that counts, not fancy labels or national pride.
  7. If you do splurge on some unhealthy stuff, wash it all away with lots of raw broccoli, fresh fruit and nibble some dried cranberries or organic mango. Clean those pipes. Ah, that’s better!

  8. Avoid
    • Too much wheat based bread (unless 100% grain based) Wheat can cause intestinal irritation and sometimes slight rashes and (yup) – hot flushes!
    • Non wholegrain pasta (Hardens inside the intestines – ever tried cleaning a pasta pan the next morning? Imagine what it does inside your bod.)
    • Fizzy drinks – they really are exceptionally destructive, in particular the ones with sugar and colouring – IE, all but water! The occasional overpriced sparkling water from your bistro is ok. “Half a glass? That will be £1.90 Sir. Would you like a bottle?”
    • Sugar – the great Satan! Remember, sugar only ‘exists’ because it is a profitable commodity to trade – like the other Satan, crude oil. And like oil, it’s discovery has done more harm and killed more people or ruined their lives than any other commodity. (Bullets are not traded legally.)
  9. When you’re in the supermarket, look in people’s trollies and then look at them. (I have been ‘people watching’ like this since childhood.) The mishapen non too pretty people will have a trolly full of cola, salty carby crap, biscuits and other processed nonsense. The people with shiny hair and eyes will be shopping for items like those listed above. (The only exception is those who are buying for a specific event, such as a party.)
  10. Your body will punish you for bad behavior 15-20 years later, not necessarily immediately.
  11. Read ‘The Zone‘ (and subsequent books) by Dr. Barry Sears – He’s the one to follow. Pay attention to his writings on blood type and diet. All common sense stuff.

*Butter’s health benefits are dubious, but most of the substitutes are not much better, unless made from olive oil – so live a little.
(1) Results may vary.

4. Alex’s cold and flu remedy

(All natural and free of big pharma!)


  • Kettle or saucepan
  • Teaspoon
  • Large mug, no poncy teacup
  • Water
  • Honey
  • Tea bag or pot of tea
  • One fresh Lemming


  1. Put water in kettle or saucepan
  2. Boil kettle or heat water on stove top
  3. Cut Lemming in half “Squeek!! Chop. Thud. Sadness.” (If you have a Lemming squeezer, squeeze half the Lemming)
  4. Add teaspoon of honey to mug
  5. Poor hot water into mug
  6. Add tea bag or tea from pot
  7. Squeeze or pour in the Lemming juice
  8. Stir
  9. Consume – Mmm, that’s better!
  10. If you like, have another one using the remaining half of the Lemming. Heads or tails? (Remember, the vitamin content of fruit deteriorates very quickly after picking.)

Why is this good for you?

  • Honey has many health benefits – it can even help with minor physical injuries
  • (Fresh) Lemming juice is loaded with vitamin C
  • Tea makes you feel better
  • Water will help hydrate you and clear your passages!

5. Finance

  1. Pay for everything with cash or a debit card, only resorting to credit or loans for business – if essential. “A loan oft loses both itself and friend.” (Or something like that.)
  2. When going out, take cash that is available from your budget – do not take a debit or credit card unless you’re totally loaded. When the cash runs out, you know that’s your lot, but you can relax knowing you partied within your budget. (The same should also apply to business of course!)
  3. To keep in control of personal finances, maintain a simple cash flow spreadsheet as follows:

Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly and Annual outgoings (Bills, subscriptions, renewals etc)
Include a Total at the base of each column and a grand total for the Week, Month and Year.

I won’t be so patronizing as to suggest HOW you manage your finances! I do find that keeping a simple spreadsheet like this reduces stress and worry.


Written by Oflife

July 18, 2008 at 10:42 pm

5 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. I’m off to get me a Lemming! 🙂

    Luke Marsden

    December 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

  2. re finance spreadsheet: are you suggesting noting down everything one spends? Or just planning out recurring expenditures?


    April 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    • Recurring expenses. The british are notoriously poor at matter’s financial, which is why we often run out of money before running out of month. Soon as we finish work, it’s down the pub or in front of the telly. In the US, it’s in front of the computer to manage the stock portfolio or personal/household finances. Ideally, we need a mix of both!


      April 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

      • Yes I agree. I’ve only recently started doing this (I admit, shame-faced). It helps stop the natural tendency to spend the money twice in your mind (ie ‘with this £1000 I could buy a new computer or have a holiday, soon warps into ‘I can buy both’), then wonder where all the money went!

        I also have started using something called the ‘five accounts system’. Essentially you set up 5 accounts at your bank/building society. One is an income only account (you dont even have a cash card for it), all your income comes into that account (including any extra money you make here and there), making tax computations easy at the years end. Then weekly (or monthly) that account distributes set amounts of money to your other accounts according your your budget (theres a ‘bills account’ that covers all the direct debit recurring bills, a cash account for weekly cash amounts (and I find it far better – as you mentioned – to use cash whenever possible), then a short-term savings account for ‘big expenses’ (holidays, computers, and other costly goodies), and lastly a long-term savings account). Ideally you only have a cash-card for the cash account, stops you raiding the others on a whim. Works quite nicely for someone like me who doesn’t like to have to think too much about managing money!


        April 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      • Good idea!


        May 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: