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Comment author: lirene 12 June 2014 02:53:47PM 6 points [-]

I'd like to pitch the identity angle, which worked for me very well (your mileage may vary, of course). I ate very little processed sugar foods (chocolate, cookies, etc) at various points in my life due to what I saw myself as:

  • "I'm not the kind of person who eats processed foods, because processed foods are yucky" is part of our family lore and works to this day
  • "I'm not the kind of person to waste money on things like cookies if I can make them myself for less" arose during a low-income but savvy time. It works because when you bake cookies/cakes yourself you're free to use much less sugar.
  • "I'm the kind of person who enjoys simple foods/Sugary foods are an indulgence, so of course I don't eat a lot of them", my current one.
  • "I can get addicted to substances very easily, so better not overdo it" (also works for alcohol)
  • "I'm the kind of person who doesn't snack between meals, because it's uncultured" - trying to incorporate into my identity at the moment.

Once something is part of your identity, following it becomes a joyful, self-affirming activity rather than a willpower drain.

I also found that when I'm eating common supermarket sweets, I eat a lot because I try to satisfy a craving for flavour that these foods lack. If I substitute them with home-baked flavourful cakes or good chocolate, I tend to eat much less, since my craving is satisfied with the first bite. I'm not sure how making a calorie-rich food (that you don't eat a lot of) flavourful influences your body fat setpoint though (http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.jp/2011/04/food-reward-dominant-factor-in-obesity.html).

Comment author: niceguyanon 13 June 2014 04:29:48PM *  2 points [-]

I have a reputation for not liking sugar and thinking that most desserts are too sweet. The degree that I would have disliked sugar, sans my reputation for disliking it, has become blurry. Not sure where other people's expectations of me stop and my own preferences begin.

I also find the response from others, is generally more positive in their opinion on why you are refraining from sweets, if it is because you don't like it. There is something about people that likes to tempt others in to failure, and not maliciously. For example, if someone is having a cookie and someone else is in the room who also likes to eat cookies, but is controlling their impulses, you will might hear "come on just have one with me" or even guilting them or mock their diet. No one does this to me because they know me as a person who does not like sugar.

Comment author: niceguyanon 11 June 2014 04:32:04PM *  5 points [-]

I frequently see parents stressing out and forcing their kids (3+) to eat or eat enough, when the kids don't want to eat. So which one is it? Do kids really lack the capacity start eating before it becomes unhealthy and need to be coerced.... or are parents doing something irrational?

Comment author: niceguyanon 03 June 2014 04:50:16PM *  5 points [-]

I just discovered a very useful way to improve my comfort and posture while sitting in chairs not my own. If you travel a lot or are constantly changing workstations or just want to improve your current set up – buy contact shelf lining, the one with no-slip grip.

The liner adds grip to chairs that either 1. do not adequately recline or 2. reclines but you may tend to slide off (slippery leather chairs). Recently I was provided with a stiff non-reclining wood chair and it was killing my back. Every time I relaxed into the back rest I started to slide down and my posture was terrible and my back hurt. I picked mine up at target

I can't believe it took me this long to discover this, it has greatly improved my comfort.

Edit: In case directions are necessary, place the liner (cut to appropriate length) on the seat not the back rest.

Comment author: Qiaochu_Yuan 31 May 2014 10:52:10PM *  4 points [-]

My body itches uncomfortably whenever I start exercising or am embarrassed. This is causing me to avoid exercise and thinking about things that cause me embarrassment, some of which are problems in my life I should be solving. Does anyone know what this kind of reaction is called and what I can do to get rid of it?

(Previously I thought the itching was being caused by heat, sunlight, or my detergent, but I've since changed to a gentler detergent and I still get this reaction even when I'm not particularly hot or exposed to much sunlight.)

Comment author: niceguyanon 03 June 2014 05:18:39AM 0 points [-]

I'd like to tack on to this question by asking about itching and the onset of sleeping. Someone I know has a serious enough problem of getting very itchy right before sleeping, to the point of not being able to sleep. My first guess was dust mites, but freshly laundered sheets do not stop the itching, and no itching occurs when wearing days old jeans.

Comment author: jimrandomh 23 May 2014 10:58:01PM 5 points [-]

There is a rumor that this coin was 50% pre-mined. If that's true, or if you don't know what this means, then you should not be spending your money on it.

Comment author: niceguyanon 23 May 2014 11:12:01PM 7 points [-]

Regarding what you are talking about:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=560138.0

Comment author: niceguyanon 23 May 2014 10:49:39PM 1 point [-]

If this newcomer delivers on what it promises, it would be a game changer. I haven't done much research on darkcoin until now, and found this anonymous source indicating that darkcoin's source will made open around June. My major concern if I was an investor would be whether or not when made open, will there be any major flaws and exploits? Predictions anyone?

Also, where can I read more?

Comment author: niceguyanon 23 May 2014 09:40:25AM 1 point [-]

I find using a chess timer in conjunction with Pomodoros helpful in restricting break time overflow. Tracking work vs break time via the chess timer motivates me to keep the ratio in check. It is also satisfying to get your "score" up; a high work to break ratio at the end of a session feels good.

Comment author: Omid 05 May 2014 12:08:27PM *  7 points [-]

The United States green card lottery is one of the best lotteries in the world. The payoff is huge (green cards would probably sell for six figures if they were on the market), the cost of entry is minimal ($0 and 30 minutes) and the odds of winning are low, but not astronomically low. If you meet the eligibility criterion and are even a little interested in moving to America, you should enter the lottery this October.

Comment author: niceguyanon 05 May 2014 04:08:03PM 7 points [-]

The payoff is huge ...,the cost of entry is minimal

This reminds me of another pretty decent lottery that some U.S. residents can take advantage of. Many major cities, including NYC, have affordable housing programs in brand new buildings. The cost to apply is $0, the payoff of is paying 20% - 25% of market rate of housing in that area. No, it's not for poor people, there are other programs for that, the income requirements vary but in general is set to qualify the working residents of the city (maybe 50k - 95k).

Some of the most desirable and stunning locations in the city, where rents are 4k for 600 sq/f, can go for $700. Just Google the city you live in to see the specific requirements.

Comment author: niceguyanon 30 April 2014 10:18:37PM *  3 points [-]

I'm also starting to understand why so many entrepreneurs are dismissive of MBAs

Entrepreneurs don't have to signal to themselves how smart and capable they are. However, for a white shoe management consultant firm, recruiting MBAs from target schools is just a routine filter, and not dismissed at all.

Comment author: niceguyanon 30 April 2014 08:44:46PM 3 points [-]

The 135 degree angle sitting position seems popular these days but sometimes the chair you are sitting in can not recline.

So if you must sit in a non-reclining chair, is it better to sit upright on the edge of your seat with your knees bent at 45 degrees and maintain a hip angle of 135 degrees or to sit in a relaxed upright position using the back support at a relatively 90 degree hip angle?

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