This is going to be a rant about one of my biggest problems with authors (and people in general!) The importance of self care for many authors is something I'm beginning to see the lack of. Kate Douglas told me that the more entrenched I get into this field, the more I'll be surrounded by peers who are otherwise unhealthy. It's not our career per se, nor is it our home life, though those two factors certainly contribute.
I'm seeing them want surgeries that even though I know are fairly safe, still cause a lot of shock to the body and frankly, I'm not happy about having my Dominant suffer because she took what "I" perceive to be the easy way out. My Mom did this almost three years ago and it scared the FUCK out of me because of the procedure even though she told me the details of it, she HAS a nursing background and is a medical fetishist. I didn't give in and "let her" do it without bitching, I just accepted that she is doing what she felt best, and thankfully she had only a few complications and is doing well.
I'm not knocking surgery. I'm just saying there are more cost effective alternatives out there for most people.
The problem as I see it, is a lack of proper information about nutrition and the human body. So, let's give you a short primer on how the body works. Tomorrow I will post 4 simple things anyone regardless of income level can do to improve their health.
4 Steps to a Healthy Author!
1. The body intakes food for fuel to keep it running. Eat enough and you can accomplish your daily routine and feel emotionally stable most of the time. Fluctuations occur but that's nature and partially out of our control.
2. The better quality the fuel, the better our bodies run. Yes, I drink a LOT of alcohol. Guess what? When I moved from Texas to California, I swore off cheap beer. And cheap liquor. My hangovers hurt MUCH less than yours. The same is true with your meats. Not only is it good for the animals to be processed humanely, but it's good for us. We're at the top of the food chain and should act like it.
3. The human body can kick out waste and unnatural stuff--mostly. Partially hydrogenated oils, food dyes, refined sugars, bad carbs, our bodies can "mostly" kick out. As we get older, we need to refine the machine. Think of it this way, you don't put crappy fuel in your 1968 Mustang to make it purr, you put in the best. You tinker with the engine and tweak the parts. Your diet should reflect this. Most of us do nothing but maintain the same unhealthy habits we had growing up. What becomes of the stuff our bodies can't kick out? It becomes FAT. Not cellulite. That's a made up term in my opinion.
4. To aid the body of ridding itself of waste, we need to drink PLENTY of water. 8 glasses or more a day. I'm guilty of breaking this rule and I’m fixing it. It's tough. I fucking HATE the taste of water by now, but if I want to continue to put weight on that I'll KEEP (I'm underweight by 10 pounds still) and maintain the gym form I'm working hard for, I'll fix it. GOOD water, too.
5. Best fuel source? Whey protein and good quality meat. If you're a vegan, "I" can't help you. But there are those who CAN, and they're NOT named Atkins, Sears or South Beach
So the last tip was thrown in for good measure, but it’ll definitely help you stay healthy as an author or reader!