I posted a short compilation of some of the advice I’ve been given over the years, but if you’re anything like me, you need as much help as you can get. With that in mind, here’s a couple more tips for your assessment.
Go gluten free.
A bunch of people, probably tired of hearing me complain about various gastrointestinal discomforts, have suggested I’d get tummy aches less often if I changed my diet. My generally haunted appearance does, I think, make people wonder what’s up with my nutrition – although, if I do say so, I reckon I eat pretty well.
As such, I’ve followed exactly none of the following guidelines, and, honestly, I think I’d die if I did.
As well as cutting out gluten, people have recommended that I
- eat sixteen almonds every day;
- increase my calcium intake;
- stop eating meat;
- only eat things of one colour at any one time;
- liquidise all my food;
- start eating meat (after I stopped);
- only eat foods people are allergic to (jury is out on whether cat hair and pollen count as food – dust definitely doesn’t);
- take every vitamin supplement under the sun;
- only eat vegetables that are grown underground;
- lay off the mashed potatoes;
- drink a glass of lemon juice every day;
- and, probably most weirdly, only eat naked. (Surely this just increases my risk of soup burns, though…?)
Never have sex on carpet.
My friend, with a wide-eyed sincerity I’d never seen before, said this to me during a mostly unrelated conversation.
“Never,” she said, “have sex on carpet.”
I looked up from my mug of Horlicks. “Yeah?” I said, a bit taken aback by her intensity.
She pulled up her shirt and showed me a shiny patch of skin on her back.
“Oof,” I said. It was a nasty burn.
“That’s from two years ago,” she said.
The opportunity to take her advice hasn’t arisen yet, but I do remember it whenever I have sex or see a Carpet Right – that burn was pretty massive. Save a life; spread the word.