The coronavirus pandemic managed to highlight two crises in parallel: a health crisis and an economic crisis. Note that I am not suggesting that the pandemic caused these crises. Health was already in crisis and so was the economy. The pandemic only served to expose the shit that already existed. As they say, you never know who swims naked until the tide goes out.
Now let’s start with the health crisis. The virus has shown its fatal effect predominantly in people who are already sick. And what are these people fed up with? It turns out that the majority of COVID-19 victims are people with various cardiovascular conditions and diabetes, both of which are already among the leading causes of death in the world. Importantly, modern medicine has included cardiovascular disease and diabetes under the so-called metabolic syndrome which, simply put, is caused by excessive consumption of junk food. Yes, that is correct! Metabolic syndrome (ie, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, hyperinsulinemia, excess belly fat, high triglycerides, and low “good” cholesterol) is primarily caused by junk food and can be reversed only with changes in lifestyle (no drugs are needed in 99% of cases). Therefore, the rule consume less It is imperative to apply when it comes to improving health and preventing not only disease but also death (in fact, especially death, and especially death from COVID-19). Importantly, if you ditch junk food, you’re actually killing a lot of birds with one stone: First, you reverse metabolic syndrome, thereby improving your cardiovascular markers and sugar metabolism (among many other health markers like mental clarity. , energy levels, sleep, mood, etc.). Second, you will naturally start to consume less food overall. Here’s how it works: Junk food is designed to make you addicted and want more (of everything), so by not consuming junk food you can regulate your appetite, eliminate your addiction habits, increase your satiety, and start eating fewer calories in general. . (By the way, reducing caloric intake is a major factor in longevity.) Last but not least, you’ll end up saving money by lowering your food bill (not to mention the savings on toilet paper!), Which brings me to my next point: the economic crisis.
So suppose you have made a commitment not to eat junk food and now you have a surplus of cash. (Remember: not eating junk food means you’re not constantly hungry and / or addicted to food, which in turn means you need a lot less real food to feel full.) Now what do you do with this surplus cash? Use it to buy more things, go to restaurants more often, or travel more? Not at all! The same rule applies to your finances as you do to your eating habits: eat less! And save more! Imagine if we had applied that rule before the pandemic, diligently and consistently! Imagine if you had a year or two of expenses saved for rainy days. Imagine if companies were in that position. Imagine if governments were in that position. Would we be experiencing an economic crisis today? Of course, no! And how do we make sure we don’t experience it again in the future? Simple enough: consume less. We need to learn to live below our means and save more. If we don’t learn that, we haven’t learned anything from COVID-19. If we do not learn to consume less (of everything), there is another crisis just around the corner waiting to teach us the same thing again.
By the way, do you think it is fortunate that the United States is the most affected by the pandemic? Unlikely! Fortunately, the United States is home to the largest number of fat people with the largest debts. Talk about binge drinking and paying the price for it.
Finally, I would like to address a notorious argument that the Planet cannot accommodate so many of us and is forcing a population to eliminate the pandemic. I firmly believe that the planet could accommodate us all. If only we changed our consumption habits …