I made it a point to devise a more comprehensive longevity plan, looking for every possible opportunity to help me live longer as the days passed. And believe me, as I’ve mentioned a few pages before, this wasn’t easy under Soviet communism.
But I did what I could, and made the most of it considering the circumstances. I joined the university swim team, started playing tennis, and became a member of an underground martial arts club.
I also made some improvements to my diet. For one, I had to say bye-bye to binge drinking. This wasn’t an easy decision to stick to in Soviet Russia, where abstinence from alcohol was viewed with as much suspicion as yelling at imaginary birds in public.
To prevent any sort of eyebrow-raising from my countrymen, I invented a number of stories that allowed me to avoid the ever-present bacchanalias that were a fact of life in Soviet Russia, a decision I do not regret in the slightest to this day.
On top of all this, I also endeavored to get a hold of as many vegetables as I could. I relentlessly dug for every last vegetable in every market I came across. Literally. In Soviet Russia, it was custom for food vendors to bury vegetables in large containers with dirt and whatever else they had lying around. Washing and proper packaging was so ‘First World'.
“Stop eating when you feel full”, say nutrition gurus. Fullness, in their opinion, indicates that the amount of consumed food is just right to keep you satisfied but prevent you from overeating.
Gurus, gurus, gurus... Do you even know what you are talking about? It is obvious that the meaning of the word fullness is thoroughly misunderstood. Fullness is “the state of being filled to capacity.” Ergo, when nutrition gurus tell us to stop eating when our stomachs are full, they imply that it is okay to fill our stomachs to capacity.
Our stomach can expand 50 times, from 80 ml to 4,000 ml. In practical terms it means that the human stomach holds 4 liters of food when full. Hey, nutrition gurus, is it the right amount of food to keep us satisfied and avoid overeating? I don’t think so.
Well, my fellow stomach owners, I have to break the news to you. When we experience fullness, it means that we’ve already consumed too much food. Way too much! And we all know what happens when we overeat - the superfluous food is turned into fat deposits.