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“Drop Dead Healthy”

The man who brought us, The Year of Living Biblically, has done it again. A.J. Jacobs has spent the last two years trying to become the healthiest man alive and has written the book, you guessed it, Drop Dead Healthy.

The Globe and Mail wrote an article on the book / Jacobs and provides an overview of some of Jacobs tips and tricks for living a healthier life. I encourage you to read it, Jacobs sounds like a total hoot.

My favourite tip mentioned in the article is to “maintain a social network”. And no, he doesn’t mean keeping up with Facebook or Twitter. Jacobs states that it is very important NOT to adopt a “healthier than thou” attitude. His example – he, a recent convert to flossing, was appalled when his friend admitted that she never flossed. His immediate thought, “how can you not floss”. It was only two months prior to their conversation that he had started his flossing journey.

The “healthier than thou” attitude happens all the time and it is important to keep it under wraps. I see and hear it all the time. I’m with Jacobs – “Put your superiority in check as soon as possible and instead encourage friends and family to make choices in a positive manner. Otherwise, your friends will spit you out of their lives like force-fed boiled kale.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.



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  1. * Judy says:

    Thanks for this on Jacobs. I recently heard an interview with him on CBC radio. He was mainly talking about his quest for eating healthier. He researched and tried many theories. My favourite one is calorie restriction where he comtemplates a blueberry for an appetizer and then goes all out and has a walnut for main course. He is hilarious to listen. He does have some good ideas worth trying as well.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  2. * Diane says:

    You have my permission to smack me if I am being “healthier than thou”. Because I am so not. 🙂

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago

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