Before I studied the art, a punch to me was just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. After I learned the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick. Now that I’ve understood the art, a punch is just like a punch, a kick just like a kick.
While the real work has yet to start I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about the essential routines of everyday life that have far reaching impact on our ability to function effectively. These impact our cognition, mood, energy levels, health, and probably more. Though these routines are ubiquitously important they are so familiar that they require no attention. They are eating, sleeping, and exercising. At my current stage in life a diet is more than just a diet, a sleep schedule more than just a sleep schedule, and an exercise regimen more than just an exercise regimen.
(disclaimer: I believe in a causal relationship between <eating;sleeping;exercising> and their stated influences above though I have not myself read the studies proving this)
Eating / Food
Of the sacred triad it is the most difficult component to get under control, because although it is important all too many people can’t afford to buy whatever foodstuffs they want indefinitely. Thus I have two constraints on my diet: nutritional sufficiency and cost.
And I take the diet optimization task very seriously.
As soon as I had the free time to do so I scouted out a large selection of nearby grocery stores. These are the meager notes I took:
This is low effort compared to my food data collection in the past…
The first day here we went to some deli where a pitifully small barely-satiating sandwich was $7.41 (or so). Ridiculous. I estimate that with proper planning a meal lineup for an entire week can cost $35 + time & effort (for cooking). This is for a humble quality of life. A king might get away with $50 a week. This excludes the cost of pantry essentials like oils, vinegar, spices.
These initial estimates were made when I was living in locations where a 1lb bag of lentils was $1, they may not work here where that same bag is $1.50. I am, however, determined to try sticking to my initial estimates and adapting to the food available to me. So far I have tried out: pasta with sardines+sardine juice (surprisingly not bad), chicken gizzards & hearts, leeks (boiled in gizzard & heart water), roasted whole chicken, oatmeal and pinto beans. These experiments, though yielding mixed results, have ultimately been fun and nutritional in their lessons taught.
Finally, my first draft of daily expenditure:
1 lb meat (poultry or pork) – $1.99
1 lb cabbage – $0.78
1/2 lb pinto beans – $0.50
1/2 leek – $0.50
1 tin sardines – $0.84
1/2 lb onion – ???
Total – 4.61 + ???
I have yet to do a nutritional analysis, but so far it seems almost balanced. The cabbage, leeks, and onions may not provide me with the full profile of vitamins and minerals. In this case I suspect that one of broccoli, kale, or chicken liver will be able to shore up that deficiency.
I am excited to try chicken liver.