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What do you wish you had started when you were young?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 24, 2013 at 2:17 AM

What do you now practice (Paleo diet, oil cleansing, oil pulling, flossing, weight training, x hrs of sleep, taking a multivitamin, etc.) that you wish you had begun when you were young? Why?

I'm 17 years old and I'm curious to see answers- perhaps I'll adopt some new practices as a result.

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on April 25, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Sunscreen? Toxic. Get the vitamin D. Protect your face through an excellent diet filled with good fats. Even some coconut oil on the face.

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on April 25, 2013
at 01:40 AM

I'm glad I can at least read and write spanish semi fluently. Just can't speak it :(

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on April 24, 2013
at 09:25 PM

As a female I can second that about make gymnasts and ballet dancers. Their physique, the way they move, their ass. Rawr. :)

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on April 24, 2013
at 07:21 PM

LOL, u mad bro?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:45 PM

** "indefatigable," not "unidentifiable" (stupid i-pad auto correct).

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:44 PM

Absolutely. It's surprising how many people of college age and beyond still don't have basic cooking skills down.

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:39 PM

Absolutely. It's a little bit baffling that some people in their 20s and beyond still claim to "not know how to cook."

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:36 PM

@ greymouser- I suppose you are correct. I've been to 2 gymnastics competitions, dozens of ballets, and probably 6 or so plus cirque du soliel shows. Not manly? Gymnasts and male ballet dancers have the most masculine physiques I've ever seen. And not just some of them- basically all of them do. Not to mention that it takes an unidentifiable determination to succeed in such athletic arts.

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:31 PM

@ greymouser- I believe you are correct. These people have obviously never been to the ballet, a gymnastics competition, or Cirque du Soliel (which is an absolutely astonishing blend of both of these). Not manly? Gymnasts and male ballet dancers have the most masculine physiques I've ever seen. And not just some of them- basically all of them do. Not to mention that it takes an unidentifiable determination to succeed in such athletic arts.

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:30 PM

@ greymouser- I believe you are correct. These people have obviously never been to the ballet, a gymnastics competition, or Cirque du Soliel (which is an absolutely astonishing blend of both of these). Not manly? LOL gymnasts and male ballet dancers have the most masculine physiques I've ever seen. And not just some of them- basically all of them do.

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on April 24, 2013
at 01:23 PM

Stereotypes of manly-men v. not, I suppose. I hear you though - I think gymnastics would have given me what I'm looking for now, a long time ago - or at least set up a good base for the rest of my life.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 24, 2013
at 01:03 PM

Why would it bother you that I like these things?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 24, 2013
at 12:50 PM

Why does my fondness of these things both you?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 24, 2013
at 12:43 PM

Really? I wouldn't have guessed.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 24, 2013
at 12:42 PM

does it bother you that I like these things?

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on April 24, 2013
at 12:22 PM

wat .

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on April 24, 2013
at 12:00 PM

An amazing combination! Me too!

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on April 24, 2013
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I like your list. Second learning an instrument and keeping it up. (I'm pleased I learned piano a bit, just need to keep it up...) Learning languages other than English is something I wish I'd done when growing up. (Do we ever 'grow up' though... ) I'm talking like there isn't still time, if I want to...!

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on April 24, 2013
at 11:57 AM

The paleo diet, particularly gluten free. I would be a completely different individual today if I was healthy from my young age.

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54ae0d2866c0a0b5bb32e8b064d6d5b3

on April 24, 2013
at 08:19 AM

I have a whole darn list of things I started in the last few months of eating paleo.

  • Eating better of course
  • Working out regularly
  • I never should have quit martial arts as a small child
  • Sounds weird, but changing my toothpaste from commercial brands that contain SLS, a harsh chemical that eats away the lining of the mouth. I stopped getting canker sores in my mouth two years ago after switching. Now I just brush with baking soda and cinnamon in coconut oil with a dash of mint added for tastiness.
  • I wish I hadn't wasted so much time playing video games. There is nothing useful about them. Coming from someone who ruined his social life in grade school with them.
  • Learn some survival skills, those are nice.
  • Learn about cars. They aren't paleo but unless you live in New York and can walk faster than traffic, you will eventually need one, and knowing how to fix it or at least diagnose the issues with it comes in handy.
  • Join some clubs in school. I missed out, but there is always college for me :)
  • Don't smoke the green, it isn't worth the money and time wasted unless you have an iron will power, and most people don't. I'm a hypocrite, as I still smoke it weekly, but I wish I had never tried it.
  • Get a job as soon as you can. It is ridiculously hard in some places to find a job as you get older with no job history behind you. Trust me here as well...
  • Study. A bunch. Before going to University I figured that I would breeze through without any effort just like in highschool. But hey, in the U, every class is an AP class. It isn't a 9 to 5 job.
  • If you can handle this, get a dog. Chicks love dogs... Trust me here.
  • Learn an instrument and stick with it. I can play piano, guitar, and the trumpet in Bflat, but I never really stood by my studies and now I can only do so much. Of course it isn't too late for me to focus on them again, but the earlier you start, the better.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on April 24, 2013
at 10:44 AM

I like your list. Second learning an instrument and keeping it up. (I'm pleased I learned piano a bit, just need to keep it up...) Learning languages other than English is something I wish I'd done when growing up. (Do we ever 'grow up' though... ) I'm talking like there isn't still time, if I want to...!

54ae0d2866c0a0b5bb32e8b064d6d5b3

on April 25, 2013
at 01:40 AM

I'm glad I can at least read and write spanish semi fluently. Just can't speak it :(

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 24, 2013
at 01:28 PM

Two related things.

I wish I had discovered any diet or group of likeminded people in the "ancestral" or "evolutionary health" movements before I discovered vegetarianism. "Doing it right"-vegetarianism and actually having gluten sensititive enteropathy / lower GI issues led to so many real issues in my late twenties, and some that I still deal with. So find something that you think works, and study it - but maintain dispassion - i.e. don't buy into "paleo", but learn from it, especially if what it teaches works.

However, after all that, vegetarianism forced me to finally learn how to cook. So: watching mom and dad cook, and learning how to prepare food for myself. I think it's the most empowering thing one can do for one's self - even more so than being physically active. You should be able to never feel like "there's nothing to eat" when the fridge and cupboards are basically full.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2013
at 02:39 PM

Absolutely. It's a little bit baffling that some people in their 20s and beyond still claim to "not know how to cook."

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2013
at 02:44 PM

Absolutely. It's surprising how many people of college age and beyond still don't have basic cooking skills down.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on April 24, 2013
at 11:38 AM

gymnastics.

If not that then ballet.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2013
at 12:50 PM

Why does my fondness of these things both you?

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on April 24, 2013
at 09:25 PM

As a female I can second that about make gymnasts and ballet dancers. Their physique, the way they move, their ass. Rawr. :)

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

(1021)

on April 24, 2013
at 12:22 PM

wat .

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2013
at 01:03 PM

Why would it bother you that I like these things?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2013
at 02:45 PM

** "indefatigable," not "unidentifiable" (stupid i-pad auto correct).

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2013
at 12:42 PM

does it bother you that I like these things?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2013
at 02:36 PM

@ greymouser- I suppose you are correct. I've been to 2 gymnastics competitions, dozens of ballets, and probably 6 or so plus cirque du soliel shows. Not manly? Gymnasts and male ballet dancers have the most masculine physiques I've ever seen. And not just some of them- basically all of them do. Not to mention that it takes an unidentifiable determination to succeed in such athletic arts.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 24, 2013
at 01:23 PM

Stereotypes of manly-men v. not, I suppose. I hear you though - I think gymnastics would have given me what I'm looking for now, a long time ago - or at least set up a good base for the rest of my life.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2013
at 02:30 PM

@ greymouser- I believe you are correct. These people have obviously never been to the ballet, a gymnastics competition, or Cirque du Soliel (which is an absolutely astonishing blend of both of these). Not manly? LOL gymnasts and male ballet dancers have the most masculine physiques I've ever seen. And not just some of them- basically all of them do.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2013
at 02:31 PM

@ greymouser- I believe you are correct. These people have obviously never been to the ballet, a gymnastics competition, or Cirque du Soliel (which is an absolutely astonishing blend of both of these). Not manly? Gymnasts and male ballet dancers have the most masculine physiques I've ever seen. And not just some of them- basically all of them do. Not to mention that it takes an unidentifiable determination to succeed in such athletic arts.

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on April 24, 2013
at 03:59 AM

Im 22 and I don't regret all the partying, alcohol and the take-a-ways from when I was 16-20, that was lots of fun. But I do think if I had my time again I would focus on my studies more and really try to be myself, not try to fit in with what was "cool"... in saying that I think sometime I didn't even realise I was doing that at the time until I look back on it...

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on April 24, 2013
at 09:01 AM

Paleo and yoga.

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on April 24, 2013
at 12:00 PM

An amazing combination! Me too!

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on April 24, 2013
at 04:05 AM

To learn how to breakdance. It's the only exercise that inspires (and forces) me to raise my game. Requires a nice combo of speed, flexibility, and whole-body strength. Makes a person the opposite of muscle-bound, and yet complements resistance training.

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:39 AM

I'm 22 in university.

I wouldn't have stayed up until 2am playing video games. I wouldn't have spent countless hours on msn/texting. I obviously would have ate significantly better. I would have spent more time reading books and blogs. I would have spent more time outside.

I also wouldn't have spent so much money on supplements because they are largely ineffective and a waste of money.

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on April 24, 2013
at 11:50 PM

I have a number of things that I'd wished I'd done:

  • travel before having all the responsibilities of job, house, kids, etc
  • found Paleo eating at a younger age before I developed arthritis
  • developed social confidence
  • been more patient when my children were infants
  • kept in closer contact with my siblings
  • spent more time working on my marriage

I'm turning 50 this year.....wish I knew then what I know now!!

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C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

on April 24, 2013
at 09:57 PM

I'm only 26 but man am I starting to regret things now yet also appreciate the good choices I did make.

Things I wished I did:

  • Appreciated my grandparents and family more. Once they're gone you know it. Something is always missing.
  • Love myself more. Sounds cliche but I am only now appreciating me for me. I don't wish I were anyone else and look at myself with disgust or shame anymore. I am me, I am beautiful, intelligent, funny, honest yet annoyingly modest (believe it or not!!) and if people have a problem with that, then that's fine. It doesn't bother me, I won't change for anyone.
  • Taken up gymnastics. Being flexible is so important and as we get older we definitely lose that ability!!
  • Made more of my sporting talent. I am a hockey player and I was damn good but didn't practice or train much despite how far I got. I didn't go as far as I could have because I was a prat and didn't try; then I quit. I am back playing now but I'm not as good.
  • Been paleo of course!
  • Not worked as hard in first year uni. When I was first year, exams didn't count, it was more to get you used to the workload and the basic principles. I took it too seriously and missed out on a lot of social activities and friend-making. Having said that, it did help with the rest of my degree!!
  • Don't copy others. This is kind of tied into the earlier point of appreciating me but I was late in developing my own personality. I lacked confidence and didn't want to look like a prat so just did what others did. Make your own decisions in life because you want to, it's your life and no one should take responsibility of it except you.
  • Continued with my percussion. I play the drums but as with hockey never took it seriously enough. It's good to do something different.

Things I'm glad I did:

  • Wore sunscreen.
  • Never took drugs as a teenager. Only smoked weed once and that was last year. Didn't like it. People around me were taking drugs but this was one thing I didn't copy. I knew it was stupid and too stupid to take a chance on. It wasn't cool then and still isn't.
  • Respected my parents. It was easy though, they were cool although they were only cool because I mostly did what I was told, which gave me leeway. Anything I didn't agree with I reasoned and discussed with them. Like arguing with a referee, it gets you nowhere except with a card.
  • Stayed in halls in first year. Only way to make a diverse range of new friends. Still have some of them to this day.
  • Placements and work experience. I spent a year working in investment banking (totally not related to my degree but just fancied it) before the crash. Then spent 8 weeks working abroad on a uni foreign exchange. Best things I probably ever did. Work experience is so vaulable both to yourself and your CV. Changed my life. Completely.
  • Travelled. Alone. Backpacking was something I ahd to do and knew I would regret it if I didn't do it. One night I just booked flights to one place which was cheap and then another, different, equally cheap place for one month later. Once it was done, I had no option but to go. I planned my route and 3 weeks later was off. A-MAZ-ING. Oh and definitely do it alone; you meet MANY people on your journeys. Friends just get in the way of meeting others.
  • Found paleo!!!
  • Started lifting weights and ignoring mocking looks from both females and males.
  • Not giving up on my PhD. It's been the most psychologically toughest challenge of my life but never give up. Ever. There's a light at the end of the tunnel now. I thought it was an oncoming train but it's not. Thank f**k.
  • Ignoring my brain on occasion. Being sensible can get tedious every so often. Do something ridiculous once in a while. Have a laugh. YOLO. :)

Oh and yeah, chicks dig dogs. We really do.

Also, trust me on the sunscreen... ;)

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on April 24, 2013
at 06:06 PM

I would have started to develop a skill any skill and stuck with it rather than bouncing around constantly. Some activities that come to mind are riding motocross, playing the drums etc.

When I was at API it was discussed that the gains you make in athletic performance when a man is undergoing his highest vertical growth are gains he can keep and build on for almost his entire life.

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E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:32 PM

Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama

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on April 24, 2013
at 12:31 PM

Definitely paleo eating, particularly the grain avoidance part. And I would have never done a stint of vegetarianism in my 20s where I had my share of Boca Burgers :-P

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on April 24, 2013
at 08:21 AM

Eat better food although it has never been appalling.

Concentrating on studies and not drinking was wise (I did that) and having my first babies in my 20s but keeping working full time always has really worked out terribly well and was planned in my teens. Picking work you love and is well paid can be pretty important too.

I seem never to get ill and many people in middle age do and I suspect it's because I've never been really fat and mostly I've eaten quite well and I've never smoked or taken drugs (or even the contraceptive pill) and hardly ever drunk alcohol. I think it is making a huge difference to my life now when I see others my age wilting and catching diseases and having trouble getting up from chairs.

For women eat enough meat and fish and eggs. I am sure my sister has some of her health issues because she does not eat meat and I am hardly ever ill because I do. Most women do not eat enough protein.

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on April 24, 2013
at 03:50 AM

the paleo diet. i ruined my chances of having a normal gut since i developed ulcerative colitis. i wish my parents had known more about nutrition and had implemented it (my mom went to school for dietetics but didn't practice what she preached).

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on April 24, 2013
at 03:45 AM

I would have utilized much more gymnastics and (Correct) Olympic lifting. I was fortunate that I incorporated a LOT of sprinting and plyometrics at a time when it was still rather "cutting edge" where I grew up.

I would say lift heavy (squat, deadlift, overhead press) and the Olympic lifts with sprinting and some plyometrics for athletic performance. I'm not a big bench press fan, but if one is looking to take their talents to the college level, it's definitely something that will be measured.

Matt
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on April 24, 2013
at 02:44 AM

Sprint 8/HIIT .

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on April 24, 2013
at 07:21 PM

LOL, u mad bro?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 24, 2013
at 12:43 PM

Really? I wouldn't have guessed.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

i wish i ate more homemade yogurt

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on April 25, 2013
at 10:30 PM

I wish I had started meditating a long time ago. And dont chase sex too much. focus on what you want.

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on April 25, 2013
at 10:28 AM

Taking circadian biology seriously.

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on April 25, 2013
at 07:25 AM

I am almost 60 years old and the most important advice I can give you is dont waste your youth because in the blink of an eye you will wake up one morning and wonder where the years went.

Of course you should do what you can now to look after yourself but dont stress too much about what you need to be doing now that you wont regret in years to come that you didnt do it.

I grew up in a different time where we all drank too much and tripped on LSD but I dont regret a minute of it and they are fabulous memories.

So enjoy your youth, laugh a lot and dont stress too much. Life is way too short.

And do trust OmNomBacon on the sunscreen.

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on April 25, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Sunscreen? Toxic. Get the vitamin D. Protect your face through an excellent diet filled with good fats. Even some coconut oil on the face.

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