I love to camp, so I've spend a good amount of my time in the forest, over the years.
In the forest the air is dense and invigorating. Freshwater lakes dot the Canadian landscape, and many are easily Accessible. Swimming in them is one of my favourite things to do. And when I'm camping, lakes double as bath time. How nice.
I enjoy being cold and exposed, because it makes warming up significantly more satisfying. And when you chop wood for your own campfire, it warms you twice.
But I also like camping because it’s hard. You are required to plan and be organized. Having good systems will ensure that it’s more fun. And that it’s safer for everyone involved.
Because to go camping means you voluntarily detach from the support systems of modern life.
I’ve listened to other people talk about their experience with addiction, depression, or other kinds of self-destructive behaviour - if they’ve managed to recover - and I often hear them remark that it pulled the rug out from under their feet. That they lost everything. Or nearly everything.
I never completely understood that. At least not until recently. What did these people mean, exactly?
How could things get so bad that you actually lose it all?
Being healthy doesn't mean you get to live forever. Of course not.
Sickness, taxes, relentless software updates and death are going to bring you down. It's just the way it is.
But it's still worth it to aim high. Good lifestyle choices and sound nutrition extend longevity, increase functional health span, boost your energy, bolster mental health and minimize unnecessary, avoidable sickness.
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking you've heard this before. And you have. So why care?
Because a sound diet gives you a biological advantage in modern life. And in the future, it might be necessary to have the deck stacked in your favour as much as possible.
I think depression is far more common than we’re willing to admit publicly, to each other.
I’ve had depression. Maybe you have had it, too. And if not, maybe you will. You probably will.
Why? Because there is certain amount inescapable suffering that we’ll all experience in our lives. Events that simply cannot be avoided. And for that reason, we’re intrinsically set-up to experience depression at some point, however light or heavy it sits on the spectrum.
I have a problem. Let me explain.
Changing over to a plant-based diet from a S.A.D. diet automatically brings challenges with it. These are obstacles that simply come prepackaged with the switch. I’ve found that most of the obstacles are mechanical, and the remaining ones are psychological. Mechanical challenges can be addressed with good habits. Easy.
The psychological challenges are more like mental mud-wrestling.
And I'm not very good at mental-mud wrestling.