Friday, September 22, 2006

Supersize Me

I recently watched the movie Super Size Me. Due to working some strange hours I've been eating more fast-food than usual recently and had experienced some of the symptoms that were featured in that movie.

So now I have decided to improve my diet. From now on I will go hungry rather than eating from McDonalds, KFC, and other bad food except in the rare situation that it's free (recently they had a free pizza day for my 9-5 contract). Recently I have often been having chicken rolls or stir-fried noodles for lunch (one of those two every working day), now I'm going to only have those meals rarely and have Japanese food most days (Japanese food that is half-decent is much healthier than most restaurant food). I will only drink Coke when I'm tired and I'm working on something that's not exciting enough to keep me awake without help.

Super Size Me also made reference to the academic results of children improving when their diet was improved. Based on this evidence it seems obvious to me that coding ability will also be partly dependent on diet. I expect that many people who read my blog have already proved that they can write good code while living on the worst food, but maybe they could write great code if they had better food!

From now on I will not take part in any LUG meeting that involves fast food. I think that for the good of the community we need to discourage people from actions that would impair their coding ability.

Before anyone asks, I don't plan to cease drinking alcohol. Although in recent times I have been drinking such small amounts that it's unlikely to cause any health problems.

7 comments:

Shintaro Fujiwara said...

Yesterday I went to tram sushi and saw bunch of people drinking coke while eating sushi. Anyway it's not a descent place but hard for me to understand...;)

faye said...

Sometimes sushi and handrolls from Japanese cafes (in Melbourne at least) are not the healthiest option if you're trying to cut down on sugar.

And as Russell's partner in crime I would like to explain to the world that there is no diet of fast food in this household (this is for those of you who may be tempted to ask why his wife does not cook for him, and instead impede his ability to code as efficiently as possible) ;)

faye said...

Shintaro, perhaps you should send Russell some more natto ;)

Shintaro Fujiwara said...

Japanese food does not help coders at all,when he wants to write a code say 20 hours consecutively. Those times he eats fast-food and it saves time. The only solution is that he chew many times as possible to generate his saliva to help stomach to digest so that more blood sent to his brain. I think the owner of this blog will eat fast-food despite of his declarations...
Sorry, I have to have a breakfast cheeze on bread...;)

etbe said...

Sushi is fast and healthy food. Every good sushi place always has a good quantity of sushi available that can be purchased and eaten immediately. If you want to eat in a hurry and are in an urban area and it's not a strange time of the night then sushi is a good option.

If you are at home then there are lots of options that require little effort and which are reasonably healthy. Toast and porrige are easy to make.

Anonymous said...

So Russ, does that mean we won't be having the post-Knox Mackers run anymore? ;)

etbe said...

When was the last time we went to Knox? Probably no more than once in the last 13 years.

I think that the post-Know McDonalds is already a thing of the past.