Here I Come to Save the Day!

Lots of people are trying to save the planet. I’m not entirely certain that the planet needs to be saved. At least, not in the way they mean. Oh sure, socialist and communist and downright stupid ideas seem to permeate most every corner of the globe. And we certainly need to save the planet from that. But that’s not what people mean when they say they want to save the planet.

No, they’re referring to some sort of catastrophic ecological disaster a high priestess or grand poobah of the environmental movement has predicted in their crystal ball. I can’t remember; is the current doom hypothesis the giant heat wave or the ice age? They keep changing their minds, so I can’t keep up.

Anyway. People are convinced that they can save the planet by doing small things. While it’s generally a good idea to not be terribly conspicuous in your consumption (for more reasons than just the environment), I’m not convinced that it will really matter one way or the other to the planet in the long run. I think that most things people do to save the planet won’t really matter in the long run. Cracked doesn’t think so either: 5 Ways People Are Trying to Save the World (That Don’t Work). My favorite part is about “organically grown” produce:

The funny thing about those chemical fertilizers and pesticides is that they were invented for a reason, and that’s to increase food production. Turns out organic farming is pretty damn inefficient. Holding hands and thinking peaceful thoughts does dick all against pests that want to eat your crops and weeds that want to choke them out. The current acre of farmland produces 200 percent more wheat than it did 70 years ago. The same goes for meat and poultry. The chemicals did that for us.

Take them away, and suddenly you’re getting less food per acre of land. According to some guy who won a Nobel Prize, we could feed 4 billion people if we went all organic. This sounds great except maybe to the 2.5 billion people who would be left without anything to eat.

Can I get an AMEN?


Day Seventeen: Shiny!

Short explanation:

Day seventeen on the Warrior Diet is better than day three. My skin looks great. My hair has never shined like this without some serious product application. And the sugar cravings are all but gone. Sweet. I mean, nice.

Long explanation:

I’ve been juicing like crazy. It’s a good thing I like carrots, celery, and apples, because that’s mainly what I drink most days. Also, the smoothies are a life saver: they have both more sugar and more fiber than the juice. So they’re sweet and filling at the same time.

Exercise consists mainly of gardening and housework with a little Miracle Ball thrown in for some seriously needed de-stressing. I’m working up to walking in the mornings, but that’s going to wait until gardening doesn’t cause me to lose my breath.

I haven’t noticed any weight loss, though some of my clothes fit better and others are loose. I do have to admit, I don’t weigh myself. I don’t think that weight is a good measurement of health. It’s all about how you feel and how fit you are. (I’m writing another post about that. Fair warning: It looks like it’s going to be long.)

The Warrior Diet makes me feel good. I have more energy. And it has cured my long problem with acid reflux. I’m not taking any pills for it; I had been taking an acid reducer once or twice a day for a good year. So it’s nice to be off the medicine completely. I’m also sleeping better and waking up in the night less often.

All in all, I have little complaints about the Warrior Diet. Fresh produce is expensive; and I’m not even buying organic like the diet recommends. Also, juicing is a time-consuming activity. I have a centrifugal extractor. So clean-ups take a little while. I’ve solved most of the time problem by making about a liter of juice once a day. The diet recommends making juice as you drink it, but I can’t image cleaning my juicer every time I drink juice. I’d never do anything but clean the juicer, which would lead to me not juicing at all. Letting the juice sit for a few hours in the fridge is better than not juicing at all. So I think I’ve got a good compromise there.

Still, the Warrior Diet is turning out to be a good thing. So far, I highly recommend it.