The key to making healthy decisions is to respect your future self. Honor him or her. Treat him or her like you would treat a friend or a loved one. A Stanford study showed that those who saw a photo of their future self made smarter financial decisions.

I have little shame no dignity – all in the name of a better cause.

My goal? To test out every diet and exercise regimen on planet earth and figure out which work best. I sweated I cooked I learned to pole dance. In the end I lost weight lowered my cholesterol and doubled my energy level. I feel better than I ever have.

Theres a very passionate pro-chewing movement on the Internet called Chewdiasm. They say that we should be chewing 50 to 100 times per mouthful which is insane. I tried that. It takes like a day and a half to eat a sandwich. But their basic idea is right. If you chew youll eat slower and you will get more nutrients.

I was very good at sitting. But I just read so much research about how horrible sitting is for you. Its like its really bad. Its like Paula-Deen-glazed-bacon-doughnut bad. So I now move around as much as possible.

The best we can do to paraphrase Pollan is to eat whole foods mostly plants and not too much.

I was what they call skinny fat – a body that resembled a python after swallowing a goat.

I tried the paleo diet which is the caveman diet – lots of meat. And I tried the calorie restriction diet: The idea is that if you eat very very little – if youre on the verge of starvation you will live a very long time whether or not you want to of course.

I pledged to become the worlds greatest expert in a field I knew nothing about.