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My therapists

I’m a mess of a person. Really, I am. I’m chaotic, unorganized, emotional, nervous, obsessive-compulsive, talk to myself, get headaches by thinking about the most idiotic things et cetera et cetera. Some of my even crazier friends ask me how I can handle putting up with them, but I guess that’s just because behind the wall of normality I’ve put up over the years, I’m just as insane and psychologically unstable as them. Trust me, it’s good that I got this wall of mine.

Luckily, I know when to get help. I don’t think that showing weakness is a sign of weakness, but rather one of responsibility. Considering that, I’ve made sure to put my mental health into the hands of not just one, but four very capable therapists. Alone, these experts are already formidable doctors, but combined, they create the foundation of my mental health. Seeing how it’s almost the first birthday of this blog, I think it’s time to introduce you to my four specialists.

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Geek Jitsu – the fatter, the dumber?

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“Young Nerd” by Costalonga

We geeks like to think of ourselves as a bunch of intelligent, educated people. So far, about one half of the fellow nerds I met are actually pretty smart, while the other half consists of people with love for just one topic that takes up all their brain capacity. They aren’t dumb, but then again, they are stupid in a special way.

Anyway, I’m not here to discuss narrow-minded people with one-track minds. No, dear readers, it’s Wednesday once again, which means that it’s time for Geek Jitsu! So why did I start this post then with a piece about how geeks deem themselves intellectuals? Well, that’s because you should take care of your weight then, because the fatter you are, the dumber you might be!

Now, hold your horses and don’t become anorexic to save your IQ just yet! It’s not like the additional pounds on your waist are eating away your brain cells like you munch a bar of Hershey’s. However, it’s fascinating how research has shown the correlation between obesity and reduced cognitive abilities. For a while, science has suspected that there is a reason that, on average, highly educated people have less tendency towards obesity than those with a lower-educated background, but the proof for that is scarce. Now, however, science has something to use to back up such claims.

Of course, I’m not trying to say that all overweight people are dumb. That’s simply not true. What I’m trying to say though is that your physical and mental health influence each other. It’s a typical case of one needing the other, and vice versa. Yoga practitioners know that the human body is a temple, and a healthy mind can only reside in a clean temple. On the other hand, well-developed cognitive functions will help you in your quest to live healthy. They will make you question your food habits, have you process information faster and even provide you with a sense of healthy guilt every time you skip on a training session. Imagine life without that voice inside your head, pushing you to go hard!

So, the research presented above just goes to show that living healthy is not just about having a good-looking body and rocking those swimming trunks like a young Hasselhoff; it’s also about giving your mind the opportunity to grow and function normally, guaranteeing a carefree life. So next time you feel like going to McDonald’s for the third time in a week, ask yourself: how much will my cerebral cortex hate me for this?

Keep on sweating!

Geek Jitsu – Fun with food

“The fruit Basket” by frowzivitch

Welcome to the second installment of Geek Jitsu, where you’ll learn the art of living healthy as a geek! Today, I’ll give you an introduction in the secrets of food, and how to master the ways of healthy eating! There’s time to have a snack later, so let’s dive right in!

Many people are under the false impression that losing weight involves eating less. From my own experience, I can tell you that that is simply not true. In most cases, losing weight starts with eating different. Our geeky lifestyles got us used to a rather one-sided way of approaching food. We want something that is easy to make, that can be consumed behind our desks, and that tastes great. This often leaves us with different kinds of junk/fastfood, packed with all the things that clog our veins and make our hearts strike. Thus, the first thing to do when you want to live healthy, is to re-think your eating behaviour. In order to do this, we must analyze two things: the food we eat and when we eat it.

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Geek Jitsu – how I became a healthy nerd

Welcome to the first installment of Geek Jitsu, the column on this blog about keeping yourself healthy and fit while living your dice-rolling, mouse-clicking geeky lifestyle. In this column, which will be published every Wednesday, I will do my best to share my knowledge about healthy living with you.

Before we get started, I want to make one thing very clear: I am not an educated health specialist. I do not have a single degree in biology, anatomy, healthcare, dietetics or any other related topic. The knowledge that I’ll share with you in this column comes from my own experience and from what people and literature has told me. Talking about experience, why don’t I start with telling you about my own path so far.

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My gaming 2012 and a look into the future

While the teenagers from my neighbourhood are busy blowing everything up with fireworks,  I sit inside my apartment and ponder about what a great year 2012 was. I achieved my bachelor’s degree, immediately found a job and met a totally fantastic girl. I’m physically healthier than ever before, and more confident than I was ever in my life. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but 2012 was pretty much my year.

Personal achievements were not the only thing that made 2012 glorious. From a gaming point of view, the past year has been freaking fantastic as well. In this post, I want to honour digital and tabletop titles that made my year.

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