Protein on the cheap

One of the forums I follow is decidedly skewed toward men 20 years younger than I am (I’m 46). The forum is about masculine self-improvement, and one of the central themes on the forum is weightlifting, with a strong emphasis on consuming large amounts of protein in order to fuel muscle gains. The problem is that young men are typically in low-earning jobs and assume they can’t afford to buy a lot of meat to get the recommended amounts of protein in their diets. Continue reading “Protein on the cheap”


A deplorable kitchen

I go on and on here about the importance of cooking at home. And by that, I mean real cooking, not taking a heavily-preserved and cleverly-marketed food-like substance out of a colorful box and warming it in the microwave. That shit will make you obese, give you chronic diseases, and end you with a miserable and early death. A much better idea is to eat wholesome food selected from the periphery of the grocery store rather than from the aisles. Continue reading “A deplorable kitchen”

Deplorable inessentials

I think I need to make a distinction between being a deplorable consumer and a minimalist. I’m not a minimalist, though I do understand and appreciate many of the ideas of that subculture. Maybe I’ll move to minimalism one day, but there are some non-essential things that I enjoy that aren’t terribly expensive. They’re things that save time, save money, reduce effort, or otherwise add legitimate value to my (or Tradwife’s) life. I thought I’d list them out here by general price, but in no other particular order.

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A deplorably thought-provoking documentary

I watched a show on Netflix a couple of weeks ago called Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. It’s mainly about two affable young men who seem to be leading lights in the “minimalist movement.” There were some other minimalists in the movie, too, like Joshua Becker. I enjoyed the documentary and recommend it. And it got me thinking about where I have too much stuff in my life and where I’ve struck a good balance. Continue reading “A deplorably thought-provoking documentary”

My deplorable lunches

I work in an industrial park. It’s completely encircled by fast food places dangling their wares in front of the thousands of people working around here. Off the top of my head, I can think of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sonic, Taco Bell, Del Taco, KFC, Jack In the Box, plus a bunch of mom-n-pop ethnic places and smaller local chains. And there are tons of fast-casual and sit-down restaurants, too. Continue reading “My deplorable lunches”

My deplorable Walmart food

Yup, I buy my groceries at Walmart. It’s cheaper than anywhere else, or at least cheaper than any place where the employees speak English. The shopping experience sucks at the ghetto Walmarts. The Walmarts in nice neighborhoods are perfectly fine. The Walmart in the nice neighborhood near my work is cheaper than the ghetto Walmart near my condo. Weird. Maybe they don’t have to hire so much security and they pass on the savings. Continue reading “My deplorable Walmart food”