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Ditching mobile Facebook almost as good as giving up sugar

There’s something very satisfying about giving up things that are useless or not good for you.

Sugar

I’ve been on a mission of late to purge unhealthy things from my life, and it’s not premature to say that I’m feeling much better in terms of mind, body and soul.

A few weeks ago, I decided to cut processed food, white flour and especially sugar from my diet. I expected to have problems with that last one, given how much I like sweet drinks and chocolate, but so far I’ve found the benefits to outweigh the cravings.

For the first few days, I was always hungry and got splitting headaches from the withdrawal. But after that, it got easier and I started doing things I wasn’t previously capable of. For the first time, I made it up a steep hill on my bike on a regular route I take without getting off. I’ve generally felt less tired and more energetic.

It’s actually not the cravings that make it difficult to quit sugar, it’s the fact that it’s in everything. It’s in sauces of all kinds, most drinks and even – believe it or not – salt. That’s right, there’s sugar in ordinary table salt, which is why I’m trying to consume only natural sea salt now:

salt-ingredients

I’m a little concerned about what this diet might mean for my occasional reviews of new fast-food concoctions. Just about all the food I’ve had for the past two weeks has been completely natural, so I’m worried that I might lose the taste for junk. My heart will thank me, but I’ll have less to write about.

I’ve also been taking steps to purge some of my less-than-healthy professional relationships. I’ll write more on this in the future, but I’ve recently been focusing more on what direction I want to go in as opposed to the tangents and detours I’ve sometimes been pulled in by others. That feels good too.

But perhaps the most exciting diet I’ve been on involves my smartphone or, more specifically, the data plan I have for it. I’ve written before about how I’ve fallen into the habit of nearly exceeding my data limit every month, and that I’m steadfastly opposed to coughing up an unfair amount for more.

Instead, I spent some time monitoring my usage and found that Facebook was eating up an inordinate amount of my monthly cap. So, just over a month ago, I decided that I really don’t need to access it at all times. If I need to check it, I can do so at home, so I deleted Facebook from my phone.

The results made me feel nearly as good as ditching sugar. Ending the month with a healthy data surplus is almost like discovering you’ve lost 10 pounds:

cell-usage

We live in a world where it’s too easy to gorge ourselves on things that are either useless or bad for us. But it turns out that in the long run, less may in fact mean more.

I’m finding a sense of satisfaction in knowing I’m able to avoid such things and that they don’t have power over me. Purging away the toxicities of life may just be the best indulgency there is.

2 Comments on Ditching mobile Facebook almost as good as giving up sugar

  1. How did you monitor your usage and what apps were using up your bandwidth?

    • I used my carrier’s monitoring app to check monthly usage. I didn’t scientifically measure each app I did use, but went through a normally regular month of usage otherwise. If anything, I used Twitter more than normal, probably in situations where I might have normally checked in on Facebook, but still ended up with a nice monthly surplus. It either means Facebook is a data hog, or I was simply using it a lot.

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