Start a Diet… for Your Mind!

By Daniel Scocco

A couple of weeks ago my girlfriend, Carla, came to me and said she was starting a new diet. I then asked, “Cool, what kind of food you can’t eat?”. And she replied, “It’s not a food diet, it’s an information diet, for my mind.”

The basic idea, she explained, is to cut out everything that is even slightly negative. For instance:

  • No more CNN and similar stuff on television, as half the things they broadcast are disasters and tragedies around the world.
  • No more visiting websites like the NY Times or USA Today, again cause half the stuff there involves tragedies around the world. More specific news sites like The Economist are fine.
  • No more watching movies and TV series where people die, suffer and bad stuff happens.
  • No more listening to songs that talk about bad times, being lonely, being sad and so on.
  • No more hanging around with people who only complain and bitch about things in life.

The idea seemed intriguing, so I decided to join her on the diet. Two weeks have passed, and the results are great so far.

For one thing my mood improved and my head seems to be fresher all around the day. It seems like we unconsciously absorb all the negative stuff we come across and store it somewhere on our minds, and that’s why avoiding contact with it will do the trick.

Second, since there’s a lot of stuff I can’t do anymore (e.g., I used to watch one episode of Sopranos or The Waling Dead every day) I am finding myself with a lot of extra time, and I am using that either to work more or to read more.

Overall I am impressed with the results and I believe we are going to stick to this information diet for the long run.

Give it a try and see what kind of results you’ll get.




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12 Responses to “Start a Diet… for Your Mind!”

  • Alain Mosh

    The funny thing is that even if you follow this diet, you’ll still be updated with the latest news.
    Facebook posts, friends and colleagues talking about this and that, etc etc.
    So why the hell you would want to spend hours in front of TV watching the news ?

  • Slavko Desik

    Already doing a somewhat similar version of this diet, and the results are great so far. 🙂 I also try to leave behind things that are not, in any way, affecting my current endeavors. If an information cannot be applied, in any way, to what I do or aspire towards, I decide not to consume it.

  • Stefan Nilsson

    I agree on the news diet and I’ve stopped reading all Swedish newspapers. Instead, I’m using “Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten” from Deutsche Welle which basically is 5-6 minutes of audio and text every weekday. By doing so, I’m able to keep up with the biggest headlines while learning German and having a time limit of 6 minutes every day.

  • Juan Castillo

    I am a firm believer in being careful with what you expose yourself too. I think you were dead on when you said we take in the negativity of the media when we expose ourselves to their outlets. But, remember also that a diet is not only about cutting off the bad stuff, but also replacing it with good stuff :).

  • David

    I agree with the movies and useless entertainment but closing yourself off to what’s going on in the world and pretending its a rosy place is probably not advisable. Just my two cents…

  • Ali Mese

    Life is too short to spend with negative people and things that make you unhappy. Diet is usually something temporary, you should instead call it an approach to life.

  • Emilia

    After reading the 4 Hour Work Week, which changed my life, I have been TV free for over 2 years, cut ties with people who absorb my time, listen to ebooks in my downtime and touch base with the world via my social media accounts only twice per week.

    The result, a huge number of hours left over each week to do what I like with them such as exercise, spend time with my loved one, eat out etc.

    Great post 🙂

  • peculiarblend

    Doing already. Feeling better. Guess what?! Given television and now internet too. Only at work I use.

  • Jim

    I have been doing this diet for 2 years now. The first I heard talking about that was Dan Kennedy.

    As a result I don’t have a cable anymore and watch TV shows that I like online (like Modern Family).

    I definitely think I am a happier person now because of that.

  • Angie M Mordan

    Love it! It’s funny how what we let into our minds affect our mood and even our productivity. I need to do this soon, but I’m such a sucker for crime dramas 🙂

    Ps, love that you guys did it together! Great idea!

  • Theofilo

    Diet …For a mind? this is my first time to hear about this…but i think we just need to select what ideas or news we want to keep so if you think this will not help us and just give stress don’t keep that.

  • Anupam

    I agree with you. Information overload will lead to a good for nothing fellow. I heard that problem with world is that geniuses are cocksure and stupid are damn-sure.

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