21 Simple Things To Do
Prepare for a Successful 2013
Mark’s Daily Apple
by Mark Sisson: A
Way of Life Has No Finish Line
Well, the apocalypse
never came. No earth-rending seismic activity rearranged geography.
Nary a tsunami wrought despair and destruction on coastlines, nor
did the turn of the calendar awaken an ancient, many-tentacled evil
force hidden deep below. We experienced neither a global awakening
of consciousness, a visit from the original extraterrestrial architects
of our physiology, nor an explosion of eschatological novelty. What
that means is two things: the prophets of 2012 got it wrong, and
you have to plan for the rest of your life.
start with 2013. How are you going to make sure it’s a successful
year? What steps will you take?
got a few suggestions. This may seem a bit untimely coming
on the heels of Christmas Day, but I wanted to encourage you to
start thinking about where you’ve been and where you’re
going. Whenever you have some time off from family and friends,
consider getting some thinking done. Consider taking a few preliminary
steps toward making 2013 a good year.
F.lux on your computer.
It takes a
minute. It’s free. It will have a measurable impact on the
and duration of your sleep, which will set the stage for health
and productivity. There’s literally no reason not to install
(even if you’re going to be photo-editing or something that
requires the full spectrum, you can always turn the program off
for a bit).
2. Buy blue-blocking
F.lux is great,
but it only works on select electronic devices. What about everything
else, like the TV, that light overhead, or (if you’re willing
to look a little strange) the grocery store after dark? Glasses
that block blue light will help you to go about your business in
this modern life without pushing back
your melatonin secretion, allowing you to get to bed at a reasonable
3. Find a
local grass-fed beef supplier.
beef makes a big difference. It really does. And yes, it’s
generally more expensive than grain-fed beef, but if you find
the right local supplier and buy directly from them, you can
get a better deal.
4. Buy a chest
going to switch to grass-fed beef and want the best deal you can
find, you’ll want a chest freezer to enable bulk buying (or
You’ll save money and have steady access to good meat, but
it’s also fun to weird out visitors with your giant meat locker.
Bonus points if you position a sheep’s head such that it’s
looking right into the eyes of whoever opens the door.
5. Buy a journal.
A journal gives
you access to a free,
unlicensed (but effective) therapist, and it allows
you to conduct real n=1 experiments to figure out what works
for you – and why. If you want to make any changes in the
new year, a journal will help you make sense of them.
6. Get a library
Part of having
a successful year is focusing on the mind – not just the body.
reading and find books to be a quite powerful
influence on the mind. If you think you’re in the same
boat, go grab a library card – they’re usually free
and woefully underutilized – so that you can start the influencing
7. Find out
where and when all the local farmers markets are.
long told yourself that you’re going to “start shopping
at farmers markets more,” but it never really materializes.
That stops in 2013. To help your chances, compile a list of all
the local farmers
out where they are, when they run, and which ones fit into your
schedule. You won’t be able to avoid going if you can’t
make up a ridiculous excuse like “I don’t even know
when it is!”
8. Treat yourself
to a few quality cooking tools.
A good knife,
a well-made wooden cutting board, and a solid enameled cast iron
pot don’t just make cooking good food easier, they make it
more enjoyable. If you want to start cooking more but haven’t
been able to really get going, the first step is to get cookware
that’s worthy of the food you’ll be making.
9. Find an
Asian market near you.
are teeming with interesting, delicious, nutritious, unique (at
least to many people) foods. Want fresh (often living) fish and
shellfish? Check out the seafood section. Want twenty different
kinds of leafy greens?
Check out the produce section. Want that spice or herb whose health
benefits you read about on some blog somewhere? Check out the spice
section. Having an Asian
market nearby will be a helpful ally in the coming year.
10. Look for
a seafood wholesaler.
lucky enough to have a seafood wholesaler near you, take advantage.
You’ll be able to get oysters, crab, fish, and other sorts
of sea creatures almost directly after they’re caught/harvested
without the few days of lag time that can make a huge difference.
is a big part of a healthy Primal eating plan, so be sure to have
a good source.
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