Best Personal Finance Writing – Week 8

Best personal finance writingThis has been a busy week at my day job, but thankfully I can still find time to write.

Not much new to report. I just finished 3 weeks on the Slow Carb Diet Extreme (I added the Extreme part because I’m not eating any grain at all, even on my weekly cheat day). I’m doing the no-grain thing as a health experiment, and partly because a co-worker said there was no way I could go a month without eating grain.

Less than one more week and I’ll prove him wrong.

I finally feel like I’m settling into this new way of eating, but I’m not sure what my endgame is. I’m not overweight, if anything, I may be “underweight.” I was just tired of always feeling exhausted and lazy. I have a doctor’s appointment in a few weeks, so we’ll see what he has to say about it.

My philosophy is Go Big or Go Home, so in addition to the new diet I’m also waking up early, taking a multivitamin, exercising almost daily, going to sleep earlier, and drinking a lot of water.

I can’t tell if one of these is responsible for making a difference, or all of them, but I can say that I feel better than I have in years.


Best Personal Finance and Lifestyle Writing of the Week (2/19 – 2/23)

  • Money Reasons has a controversial-ish post about victims of the rich. Though we shouldn’t vilify all rich people, I don’t think we should defend them all as if they are saints, either. 
  • At Untemplater, we have You Don’t Have to be Famous to be a Rockstar. There’s just something enchanting about someone who looks carefree and happy.
  • At Don’t Quit Your Day Job, an explanation of how the government is stealing your savings. Seriously (I think).
  • At Free Money Wisdom, check out How Time is More Important than Money. This is something I live by.
  • SB at One Cent at a Time describes his life and his website over at Yakezie. Best tidbit is that he could retire back home in India today, but chooses to put his career and goals first.
  • Frugal Dad has some thoughts on extreme cheapskates, lifestyle creep, and trying to avoid both ends of the personal finance spectrum.
  • Money is the Root has a post on tax returns, and what you plan to do with yours. (Mine is already pledged to a European vacation!)


Married (with Debt) was featured in some blog carnivals this week. Many thanks to the hosts of these fine sites – please check them out.

Previous “Best Of” Roundups:

Week 7

Week 6

Week 5

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18 Responses to Best Personal Finance Writing – Week 8

  1. Daisy says:

    Great links!
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  2. I eat pretty close to grain-free as well and wouldn’t have any trouble tightening up to be 100%. It took me about a year of cutting down and down on my carbohydrate intake before I finally decided that my carbs are best gotten from fruits and vegetables exclusively. I read a couple books on the Paleo diet, but the expense of large quantities of quality meat is what’s keeping me from devoting myself to that lifestyle. 🙁
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  3. Nice job getting featured in all those carnivals John! If you have been feeling exhausted, I would think a lot of times it does come down to what you eat. Too many foods have all kinds of hormones and other crap in it. Some even think people weren’t really meant to eat grains either. For some people it’s just a matter of getting more vitamin D from being outside.
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  4. 101 Centavos says:

    Hey John, sounds like slow carb extreme is about as close to paleo/primal as you can get. I don’t eat a whole lot of grains, haven’t for a while now. When I do — as in a hamburger — the bun actually tastes ‘sweet’.
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  5. PK says:

    Someone should survey a bunch of PF writers to get an idea of diets…

    I’m on a Paleo-esque diet myself. The key is no grains/starches, but there is no way a caveman ate as many fruits as I do (heh).

    Thanks for the include!
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    • John says:

      There is a high correlation, I’ve noticed. I may transition to a paleo-ish diet because it’s pretty similar to what I’m doing, with a few more options.

  6. Thanks John for the praise on my post!
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  7. I would lose the bet with your co-worker. I cant imagine not eating any grains. I try and watch what I eat, but I usually end up watching things that taste good!
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    • John says:

      I hear ya. Everything that tastes good has grain in it, except MEAT. I am one step from killing my neighbor’s dog and eating him 🙂

  8. I would struggle to give up grains entirely. 😉 How are you feeling now? Do you feel better without grains?
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  9. Great job! You’ve been working really hard and it shows. Hope you’re feeling much better with your new diet too.

  10. I always thought that eating grains was supposed to be a good thing? Is this another diet fad sweeping the nation? Are you allowed to drink water that has been enhanced by grains, flavored with hops and eventually fermented and turned into beer? If not, this is a diet I would never consider.
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    • John says:

      I don’t see it sweeping the nation since 98% of everything in the grocery store contains refined carbohydrates and grains, either as the main ingredients or as thickeners and binders. Plus eating grain is yummy and addicting.

      Unfortunately the beer is off limits. I’m more broken up about my favorite drink – bourbon – being off limits as well.

  11. Untemplater says:

    Thanks for the mention John! Best of luck with your health experiment. Hope it works out well. I’ve been eating a lot of vegetarian and vegan meals and feel great! Going without grain would be hard for me though. -Sydney
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