Category Archives: Tips

Adding less salt, sugar, and fat makes you taste more of each

on December 11, 2019 in Exercises, Nature, Perception, Tips

Salt I wrote about my salt experiment of going a month adding no salt to any food. As I expected, though was still surprised at the result, when I added salt after that month, my normal amount tasted horribly over-salted. Adding maybe twenty percent made things taste as salty as before. Besides reducing my salt without using as much, I also became more sensitive to all the other flavors of[…] Keep reading →

How much toothpaste should you use?

on August 25, 2019 in Nature, Tips

When I talk about avoiding packaging and having little to throw away, people consistently ask me about toothbrushes and toothpaste. If they wanted to decrease their packaging waste quickly and easily, they’d do better decreasing obvious big things like bottled water and take-out. Instead they go with toothbrushes and toothpaste, things where a year’s supply adds up to less than one load of take-out packaging. Five years into avoiding packaging,[…] Keep reading →

My One Last Thought

on August 11, 2019 in Audio, Tips

Division I basketball coach Ido Singer hosted me on his podcast, One Last Thought, which features guests sharing their one last thought. That is, if you could share one thought from what you’ve learned from life for future generations, what would you share? He pairs each person’s thought with another, so each episode features two guests. My episode is about 5 minutes. Click here for more episodes or below to[…] Keep reading →

“17 Creative Weekend Routines For a Happier, More Successful Week,” including plogging

on October 30, 2018 in Fitness, Habits, Tips

Thrive Global featured me and my plogging habit in the subheading. I recommend trying it. My picking up trash has led others to start doing it too, and to find they enjoy it. One even claimed she was dirt-phobic before doing it. 17 Creative Weekend Routines For a Happier, More Successful Week Stargazing, “plogging,” rom-com marathons –– which of these activities will put gas in your tank this weekend? Here’s[…] Keep reading →

086: Awareness means nothing. Or less.

on September 12, 2018 in Leadership, Podcast, Tips

Neither the environment nor your life responds to your awareness. They respond to your behavior. People who speak the truth say, “I’m telling the truth.” People who lie say the same thing. People who are aware say they are aware. People who are unaware say the same thing too. Only we’re all unaware of what we’re unaware of. Saying we’re aware only reveals our ignorance of our unawareness. That’s pride.[…] Keep reading →

How to beat Trump

on August 20, 2018 in Leadership, Nonjudgment, Tips

Seeing as he faces no competition yet, it’s not too early to figure out how to win in the next election. I already wrote in How to get votes for Donald Trump my simple rule that if you follow it, you’ll create votes for Trump: Every time you call someone sexist, racist, xenophobic, privileged, islamophobic, mansplaining, manspreading, narcissistic, or the like, you create a new vote for Trump. including the[…] Keep reading →

Trying to solve everything before doing anything leads to nothing done

on July 21, 2018 in Nature, Tips

The principle that trying to solve everything before doing anything leads to getting nothing done, applies broadly. It came up recently in reducing pollution, so I’ll illustrate it there. A friend said he wants to go to a zero waste lifestyle and asked me what I do about toothpaste. Now there are households out there that throw out less than a pound of garbage per year. Most Americans produce more[…] Keep reading →

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