Saturday, 3 October 2020

Some take the road with friends and family

Yet even if we know we have to save, if only towards a pension, there's still the problem of when. For many of us, now never feels like a good time. At this point in our life we have all sorts of other financial pressures and commitments, and retirement feels a long way off. Yes, we will start saving, we tell ourselves, but not yet. There'll be plenty of time for that. On the day the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, I rode across Sydney to hear Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016 (which is to say, the chief architect of the Paris Agreement) speak at an `ideas discussion' event. I was listening to the evening news in my earphones as I rode up the hill. The Prime Minister, it was announced, was getting advice on shutting down the country in response to the pandemic. The lights had gone down at two intersections, traffic was in disarray, and the world suddenly seemed a very surreal place. That night, Figueres was asked on stage to describe the time she had to decide whether to disassemble the crucial meeting of world leaders as they were about to finalise the Paris Agreement due to a bomb threat. If she did, she risked the entire agreement. On the other hand, she had no idea if the threat was real and thousands of people were in her care, including her two daughters. She chose the climate agreement (and, yes, the threat was a hoax). Doing our best, doing our bit, is no longer enough,' she said. And did so a few days later. LIFESTYLE FACTORS High-Temperature Cooking High-temperature cooking--such as frying--can generate more pro-inflammatory agents than low-temperature cooking. Cooking muscle meat at high temperatures creates compounds known as heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, which are carcinogens. The more cooked a piece of steak is, the more HCAs it contains.

Cooking a steak at a low temperature for a long time produces fewer oxidized lipids than frying it in a pan. The iron content in red meat may also contribute to inflammation but cushioning your meat in chlorophyll-rich green vegetables may help to reduce its negative effects. Cooking protein or fat in the presence of glucose (which may already exist in the food being cooked) induces a chemical reaction causing sugar molecules to react with and attach onto proteins and fat. The resulting product is known as an advanced glycation end product (AGE). AGEs might cause inflammation within our bodies when we eat them. Every year, we find new charities to support. We've also supported Parents of Addicted Loved Ones groups because resources are still lacking in that area. Meeting Debbie and Marianne has been wonderful for me, as only a mother who has been down a similar road can truly understand the depth of pain and fear that come with it. On the last night of Conor's life, a guy named Mike, who was in the witness protection program, called me at two o'clock in the morning and said the words I'll never forget. Conor has died. The whole family woke up and we went to the address Mike had given me. A woman stopped me inside the apartment and said two things to me. Let us do what we need to do, and we'll call you when you can come back and see him. She was a cop. I was too confused to answer. And in the future we'll probably be richer anyway. But is that true? Often it isn't. As I've demonstrated in my previous article Time Warped, we tend to overestimate how much time we'll have in the future. It's why we're more likely to agree to take part in a two-day conference or a weekend event if it's in six months' time rather than in two weeks.

By then, we think falsely, we surely won't be as busy as we are now. Likewise, we tend to believe that although we've not been good at saving up to now, we'll be better in the future. Surely in the future we'll earn more, spend less and save more. This is known as the budget fallacy. Unfortunately experiments show that we consistently underestimate how much we spent last week as well as underestimating how much we'll spend next week. Her final words: `We must now do only what is necessary. This means not worrying whether so and so is doing `their bit' and whether our (small) bit will count. My goodness, such language is so painfully . I notice many of us tend to phrase things like this (and mostly when trying to explain away our own remiss behaviour): `People (out there) aren't changing their ways because they're too comfortable/ addicted to their phones' etc Which is immaturely deflective. In Australia, we talk of not having to do more because we only contribute 1. Which is pubescent, small-minded and ignoble. And as Figueres said so perfectly it also reflects a scarcity mentality. In the same way parents despair of their kids' addiction to devices, ignoring their own. Which is a case in truth decay. The figure is much higher when our coal production and per capita calculations are factored, see article 88. Cooking meat that has been marinated in an acidic substance such as vinegar may reduce AGE production. Low-temperature cooking may be better than high-temperature cooking. Physical activity can reduce inflammation. Avoid being sedentary. Time-Restricted Eating

There is some evidence that spending a good portion of the day not eating may help to lower inflammatory markers. In one randomized study, those eating strictly within an eight-hour time window (at 1 P. Caloric Restriction Eating fewer calories than your body burns in a given day has an anti-inflammatory effect. One of the kindest things you can do for your gut is to never overeat; Bridget, I wouldn't want to see my son like this. They wouldn't let us see Conor, as they didn't know if it was a crime scene. I went home and took her advice and didn't go. I just waited to see him at the morgue. I always regret this because there were writings and maybe pieces of music he was creating in his room. I didn't get any of his stuff, his clothes or anything. Mike never called me to come get Conor's stuff. I never heard from him again. He didn't come to the funeral and the heroin addict girlfriend didn't come either. The good people in Conor's life showed up, though, and that made a difference. Even the language we use to talk about the future can make a difference to when we think we should start doing something about it, such as saving. When we express a timeframe in smaller units, even though the numbers sound bigger, the future feels nearer. You might be ten years away from retirement, but expressed as 3,652 days, it suddenly doesn't seem so far away. Time plays some strange tricks on our minds when it comes to money. When people were asked to forecast how much they were likely to spend in the next month, they underestimated.

No surprise there, perhaps. But if you ask people to forecast how much they will spend in the next year, they still underestimate a little, but get much closer to the correct figure. With pensions, governments are increasingly taking the `when to start' question out of our hands. In the UK, people already pay through general taxation towards the state pension that everyone receives, but as this provides only the most basic retirement income, the government has recently gone a step further. Everyone who is working and earns over a certain low amount, is now also `auto-enrolled' into a company pension, with a personal contribution taken from monthly salaries along with a contribution from employers. This, to answer the original question, is why we're not mobilising. A mature abundance mentality, on the other hand, sees that the benefits of firing up and mobilising are not capped at 1. If we do what's necessary to save our one wild precious life, the entire world gets all the benefits. I posed this question on Instagram right now sitting in the dark in my study. `What if we stop having to be at war to create change? Would loving the planet and humanity so much that nothing else can get in our way, like a parent who'd do anything for their kid, work better? As I neared the end of this journey, I knew the only way we were going to mobilise was with love. Big, stubborn, unflinching, animated, activated, mature love. I'd like to get grown up with another thoroughly un-adult phenomenon we've not yet covered. So many of the crap remiss things happening right now have been explained away as being due to our being time poor. Eating fewer calories than your body burns in a given day has an anti-inflammatory effect. The Japanese have a custom of not eating any more when they feel 80 percent, not 100 percent, full. Known as Hara Hachi Bu, this cultural practice is thought to contribute to the extraordinary longevity seen in Japan. Visceral Fat Visceral fat is the white fat nestled in your abdomen, in between your abdominal organs, rather than the fat that lies beneath your skin.

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