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posted ago by happybillmoney ago by happybillmoney +84 / -0

Hello fellow consumers,

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This Weeks Discussion Theme: Consume this over that

Consuming can be addicting and one way to handle addictions is substitutions. In all fairness true addictions are much more complicated. But for the sake of this weekly let’s try and find reasonable alternatives to consuming, a “consume this over that”. The first step is identifying a negative consumer activity. Then finding a positive alternative to replace it with. For example, suppose every night you stay up late in bed watching trash YouTube on your phone. Instead move the phone away from your bed and read a physical book. You should find yourself feeling sleepy sooner and get a better night sleep.
Discussion ideas:

  • Is there a consumer activity that you’ve stopped doing, how?
  • Is there a consumer activity that you do but have been meaning to stop? What alternative could you try? Or ask for advice.
  • Offer some alternatives to consumer activities.

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Leadforpeds 38 points ago +38 / -0

STOP EATING FAST FOOD FOR THE LOVE OF THE GOOD LORD. I work in a fast food chain and the oil we fry about 80% of our menu in is just corn and soy mixed together. If you eat this corn syrup plus soy extract crap you are going to become a soy boy beta fag. It you ABSOLUTELY have to eat at one of these places, ask for something baked or something like a salad. Grilled chicken is also a good alternative. As for what you should consume instead, at home eat lots of red meat, veggies, fruits, and dairy. Farm your own or go to a local farmers market. For sweetness cut back on sugar and use natural sweets like fruits and honey. You can get honey and honeycomb at pretty much any farmers market, just add some into your meals for sweetening.

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DannyTheSkyman 7 points ago +7 / -0

Does that mean pizza is alright since it's baked and not fried in the hellish mixture you use?

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Blursed2021 10 points ago +10 / -0

Soybean oil in the crust, most likely in the meats, probably some bad shit in the sauce I'm not thinking of.

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DannyTheSkyman 3 points ago +3 / -0

Tfw no pizza for me then.

Too 3d world to have an oven and the pan made ones are nowhere near the real thing

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Pango 8 points ago +8 / -0

Make your own :) Mine is made from my own sourdough starter and organic flour. No oils, high quality ingredients, still cheaper than ordering out

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Blursed2021 2 points ago +2 / -0

Cook it on a pizza stone my man. Use biga based dough. It won't be as good as a brick oven but it can still be very good. Look up italyum and see his biga recipe, that's what I use.

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ParadigmShift2070 1 point ago +1 / -0

probably hfcs in the tomato sauce

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Blursed2021 1 point ago +1 / -0

Oh yeah, almost certainly.

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Leadforpeds 2 points ago +2 / -0

Depending on where you get it. Fresh made pizza with quality ingredients isn't too bad for you. But the stuff you get a pizza hut or little Caesars is atrocious. Also get better toppings than salty meats

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FloorGypsy 2 points ago +2 / -0

I make my own pizzas at home, from scratch.

I have out pizza'd the hut.

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Call_Me_Kaiser 21 points ago +21 / -0

I've managed to almost completely give up soft drinks and fast food and replaced it with making my own food, however I've been trying to get rid of my YouTube addiction as I waste hours on my phone watching the same type of video rather than do something productive, in order to get past this I've decided to start up some metal working projects to keep myself away from it

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leatherbottom 6 points ago +7 / -1

Soft drinks is a big one I need to target. I've been able to eat a lot less desserts and chocolate, but Pepsi will be harder.

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ThusSpokeTheMan 4 points ago +4 / -0

I heard that using Pepsi as a cleaning product will make you less attracted to the idea of drinking it. Surprisingly it cleans toilets and showers really well

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Kapral_Wojtek 2 points ago +2 / -0

It will be much easier if you avoid eating out and the soda aisle entirely.

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leatherbottom 0 points ago +1 / -1

Yeah. Just those first few days of craving I guess

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Kapral_Wojtek 4 points ago +4 / -0

Yep, after the sugar is out of your system a little while, you start wondering why you liked it so much.

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Greasyone 2 points ago +2 / -0

Exactly! I’ve given up pop for a few months now but had a coke when I went to visit my mom a week ago. I expected it to be incredible. I was very disappointed and didn’t even finish the can.

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LovecraftCat 1 point ago +1 / -0

You can drink protein shakes instead. They are delicious and healthy.

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thenameisdonald 1 point ago +1 / -0

Go to a health food type store and find a healthier kind of soda. Like kombucha, kefir, stevia soda, mineral water, etc. easier to transition that way and you realize a lot of the pleasure is simply from the carbonation.

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Blursed2021 16 points ago +17 / -1

Consume animal oils, reject most plant oils.

I like frying things. When I was new to it, I used canola or whatever fake shit was available. I moved onto peanut oil, it was a lot better. Now I'm using lard. Yeah it stinks but it doesn't break down into harmful stuff at high temperature (like all plant oils do). Lard doesn't give a taste. Our ancestors used lard/tallow for frying.

Good oil costs money. Even your cheap processed lard is 3x the cost of fake plant oils. There's a reason for that.

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Blursed2021 1 point ago +1 / -0

Do you fry with it? As in get a gallon of it, put it on 325 and dunk stuff in it?

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Blursed2021 1 point ago +1 / -0

Alright. My do this not that was specifically about frying in oil, that's when you get in trouble with it breaking down.

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123Yeetgody 0 points ago +1 / -1

doesn't lard clog your arteries though?

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Blursed2021 10 points ago +10 / -0

That's what big ag wants you think, unironically. Animal oils are higher in saturated fat, yes, but they don't degrade into harmful sludge at high temperatures like plant oils. If you fry at the right temperature your food will get very little oil on it anyway. The body needs cholesterol and saturated fat, the nutritional science on this has changed a lot.

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RunningBuffalo 12 points ago +12 / -0

Replace eating with walking if you're eating because you're bored.

Replace eating with sleep if you're eating to recharge your batteries.

Replace eating with hydrating if your body is getting its hunger and thirst signals mixed up. Drink salt water (snake juice) if you get cravings for snack foods. Your body wants the salt, not all of the crap that comes along with the salt.

Replace eating with stretching if you're dealing with negative emotions. (There's nothing like lying on the floor to change your perspective.) Or cleaning. My brother cleans when he's stressed.

Replace eating out with cooking if you need an easy idea for date night.

It's OK to skip breakfast. It's OK to skip lunch. It's OK to skip dinner. You don't need three meals a day. One is fine. Just eat real food.

If you have weight to lose, which is most people, it's OK to fast for 1-3 days, and it's easier than you think. As long as you keep your water and salts up, you'll feel really good once the initial carb cravings subside.

Don't tell anybody you're doing this (unless they ask). It's not your job to preach a lifestyle or get external validation, it's your job to fix your nutrition.

Then down the road you can replace your shitty wardrobe with clothes that will actually look good on you, because all clothes fit better when you're not a lard-ass.

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Tourgen 5 points ago +5 / -0

"Replace eating with stretching if you're dealing with negative emotions. (There's nothing like lying on the floor to change your perspective.) Or cleaning. My brother cleans when he's stressed."

Thanks. I'm going to do that I think that will help.

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undecidedmask 12 points ago +12 / -0

Consume physical activities that require you to work with your hands and develop skill, but also force you to start over if you mess up (real consequences). Building models from scratch (wood, cardboard, metal, plastic) is something I enjoy doing.

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Blue_Country_Refugee 3 points ago +3 / -0

If possible, consume activities that are physical, and require you to cooperate with some in competition with others. Basketball. Paintball. Anything where you depend on others for success against human adversaries.

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undecidedmask 3 points ago +3 / -0

I played paintball before, it was really fun. Hurts to get hit, but that's part of the fun.

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clean_fingernail 1 point ago +1 / -0

Love me some blueberries

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Rubberbunnies 2 points ago +2 / -0

Breakfast cereals were designed to be nutritionless garbage that offered no health benefits by Kellogg. He was also a monster and believed boys and girls should be mutilated in the most painful way possible to stop them from even thinking sexual thoughts when they got older. IMHO acid on a girl’s privates or just taking a knife to an eight year old boy is NOT how to accomplish a healthy (non-degenerate) sexual adulthood.

It was in that two hour presentation a Jew gave at Harvard to argue AGAINST circumcision. Warning: a massive number of previously unknown tidbits about the small hat club are in here. While I DO NOT support violence, there is some scary shit.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FCuy163srRc

TLDR - eat eggs

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SeproDep 10 points ago +10 / -0

I used to love radio music. Now I despise most of it.

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leatherbottom 12 points ago +13 / -1

Oh God, it's so bad. They have like 10 tracks on rotation. With so much music in the world its amazing how repetitive the radio is.

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gragas17 2 points ago +2 / -0

When i was younger I would listen to the radio all the time, now i never

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Vanilla 9 points ago +9 / -0

Consume board games. They’re a good way to bond over video games

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leatherbottom 2 points ago +3 / -1

Hell yeah. Carcassonne is one of the best I've ever played and everyone always loves it. Honorable mention: Hive, castle panic, ticket to ride, qwirkle.

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Kapral_Wojtek 4 points ago +4 / -0

Ticket to Ride is the only one you listed that I've heard of.

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leatherbottom 1 point ago +2 / -1

check em out. If you like Ticket to Ride or Catan, high likelihood you'll enjoy these. dice tower has some good reviews.

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Kapral_Wojtek 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'm a big fan of Catan, but never saw the appeal of Ticket to Ride.

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Kapral_Wojtek 1 point ago +1 / -0

Catan? No, there are no battles. It's about collecting resources and building roads to expand and settlements to collect more resources. The dice are to see which tiles produce resources. Once a structure is built, opponents cannot destroy or conquer it. The game is won by gaining a certain amount of Victory Points, which can be given by cards, having the longest road, and building cities.

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Branman65 8 points ago +9 / -1

I’ve stopped consuming lesbian porn recently after battling the coomer urges for about a year, one day I simply got bored of it after watching “milf makes out with cute teen” for the 6 gorillionth time and realizing that this shit is fucking lame. If you have the urge to coom, do something else. Play vidya, exercise, watch some decent( old movie, anime, anything at all that’s not degenerate). Speaking of which, galaxy express 999 is a good, classic anime with little degeneracy.

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Barian84 5 points ago +5 / -0

I hope you quit all porn and not just one type :)

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bonerdude 8 points ago +8 / -0

That last point resonated with me a lot. I play video games for that satisfying feeling of completing something. The problem with video games is that you're not actually doing anything productive and they provide a much faster feeling of satisfaction which totally fries your reward system in your brain. I was playing WoW last night and completed a goal which made me feel good but directly after I realized that I literally had done nothing for myself, just changed some numbers on some computer somewhere else. Really need to cut down on the games

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bonerdude 3 points ago +3 / -0

Definitely agree with what you said about strategy games - there are a lot of games which actually have some value in the way of a bit of mental exercise... even games that have somewhat of an engaging story that makes you think a bit have some value.

I've been playing Disco Elysium which kind of seems like it was written by lefties but at least it has some relatively intelligent writing and has you do a bit of problem solving being a detective RPG

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RetardMoron 6 points ago +6 / -0

Anyone know a good flip phone that won't suck me into hours of pointless scrolling and watching YouTube?

I know part of this should be my responsibility, but smartphones are really addictive and it would just be easier to get rid of it.

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braindead_zoomer 6 points ago +6 / -0

It may not be much, but I've severed my last remaining ties with Reddit. If you're still visiting it for news on something (like I was), try to find an RSS feed for getting news on it instead. You can do the same thing for things like Youtube channels. I set up my RSS client (which is Newsboat) to play Youtube videos in the mpv player, so I can watch the couple of channels I care about without actually going to youtube and getting sucked into rabbit-holes of consumption.

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Jeremiah17-9 5 points ago +5 / -0

I used to play video games daily, for 2-4 hours a day after work. My job is largely sedentary, and I was leading a sedentary lifestyle for the last couple of years. When I had to buy a XXL shirt, I realized I needed to change something. This last week my gf and I got gym memberships and we're going to take control of our fitness. I've stopped buying junk food, and I'm paying attention to my daily nutrition. I've replaced smoking, drinking, and cooming with Bible study and exercise. I haven't even wanted to play any video games the last two weeks. Pray for me brothers, that I'll continue taking my spiritual and physical health into my own hands!

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Canapeder 2 points ago +2 / -0

All the best to you. You can do it! Take control of your weight.

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Barian84 5 points ago +5 / -0

One of the biggest things I've gotten rid of in the last couple years are DVDs and Blu-rays.

I started with the idea that I would rip them to my PC and then get rid of them but honestly I only wanted to keep maybe 5% of what I had. So I kept those, ripped maybe another 5% and then got rid of the rest, felt great.

Reject physical, Embrace digital.

Actually just stop watching Hollywood trash.

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Blursed2021 3 points ago +3 / -0

You were feeling bad because of a physical media collection?

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Barian84 3 points ago +3 / -0

I just had too damn many. I hadn't bought any in a long time but still I had a lot that were just acquired via mindless consoooming.

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Blursed2021 4 points ago +4 / -0

Gotcha. I've been building my physical library to save stuff that'll never get redone and to keep my kids off of streaming services.

Haven't thought about ripping them though. What software do you use?

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Barian84 3 points ago +3 / -0

dvd::rip and handbreak.

I run Linux but I think windows has handbreak at least.

You'll also need libdvdcss to get around most DRM.

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Blursed2021 1 point ago +1 / -0

Cool, thank you.

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KasierVonGoguryeo191 5 points ago +5 / -0

This might fall under this, before I had issues with my car, I'd go to different thrift stores in my area to see if there were any good dvds or records to play on this new fangled record playing machine (I've amassed quite the collection, got a lot thanks to my great grandmother storing a whole album of em), also not to sound like a virtue signal, but I just like supporting these small businesses, the people who run them are really friendly and I know they need the money, especially because of the interest and the kung flu

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anon455 3 points ago +3 / -0

If you can go on Amazon and buy things for your "collection," then it's not a hobby. You're just mindlessly consuming. If you're scouring thrift shops or even eBay for rare things, it can potentially be a hobby.

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ModernBrunelleschi 3 points ago +3 / -0

Is there a consumer activity that you’ve stopped doing, how?

Definitely social media and phone use in general. Around December I started tracking my screen time, and realized that I was averaging probably 4-5 hours per day. Not horrible compared to others my age, but much more than I wanted. The obvious thing was to delete my social media apps, which I did for all but the ones that I use to actually keep in touch with people. That, along with an app called Screen Time that lets you block certain apps after X amount of minutes of use per day, and the Galaxy's Digital Wellbeing app that lets you switch to grayscale and do not disturb at a scheduled time every day has me averaging somewhere between 1 and 1.5 hours. I still sometimes check them on my computer which I'm trying to stop, and if I redownload, let's say, Instagram to DM someone, I'll end up scrolling for a half hour. It's a work in progress, I guess

Is there a consumer activity that you do but have been meaning to stop? What alternative could you try? Or ask for advice.

YouTube, definitely. I never do only YouTube and nothing else thankfully, I just watch it while I'm doing work, but I'm trying to get out of the habit of needing background noise to focus. I started watching more "educational" content like longer form videos about subjects that actually matter to me like architecture, history, Christianity, etc. which is better than the mindless gaming and political content I used to watch, but I think I've started tricking myself into thinking that because it's "educational" it's okay to watch for as long as I do. The traditional advice I guess would be to switch to podcasts or ambient music, but is that any better? I shouldn't need constant noise like this

Offer some alternatives to consumer activities.

Outside of the standard "read, run, lift, pray" (which you should do) I'd say anything you can do to be creating instead of consuming. Whether that's drawing, writing, cooking, building or whatever else is mentally and creatively stimulating

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Tarrock 2 points ago +2 / -0

For anyone who doesn't know, the blue light of phones, tvs, and computer monitors, keeps you awake at night, so it's recommended to not look at anything related to those for 1 hour before you go to sleep.

As for the physical book options, if you're going to go that route, try to used book store, you can usually get them for cheaper. Personally, I'm against physical books as you read them once and every read them again, they take up space, and many can smell bad. My best advice is audiobooks. Listen to those instead of looking at a phone. You can get many for free through youtube. I saw the 2005 hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy movie and fell in love with it and listened to the whole series for free through just basic youtube searched. Even narrated by the main guy too.

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KarenSlayer 1 point ago +1 / -0

Reject video games. Embrace sports.

I used to really like driving games. Then I got into mountain biking, which is ironically way more expensive. It turns out to be a similar feeling, only you also get stronger, cooler, and more attractive. The only consumer products I actually get excited about are mountain bike components. Give me a dropper post or a 1x10 drivetrain and watch how fast I turn into this guy u/#soyjack

Reject Gatorade. Embrace posca.

Dr. Robert Cade brought shame to the University of Florida when he "invented" Gatorade. That is, he added artificial flavor and refined sugar to posca, an ancient Roman beverage. Need hydration and electrolytes for some reason? Mix 1 part red wine vinegar with 10 parts water, put that pink stuff in your pack and hit the trails. Tastes kinda bad? Good. Don't lie to yourself about what you're drinking. You don't need to drink constantly like the Gatorade-funded studies say. Just drink when you're thirsty and you're fine.