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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

First/Test Post

Before I introduce myself properly to the Biking Toronto crowd, I just thought I’d toss something together here, based on something that I wrote previously…

This idea began when I recently realized that slowly but surely, time/age is starting to catch up with me, and I can no longer simply burn/bike through anything that I happen to feel like eating/drinking anymore. Well, not without some residual effects anyhow. So I was fascinated by an article I read which sought to explain the “French Paradox” – which is how a nation of rich food-eating smokers can still show MUCH lower rates of heart disease than comparable neighbors! Believe it or not, I tied this explanation into my love of cycling, and my now waning interests in junk food, and sewed it all together with a good strong thread of Environmentalism on my Cycling Blog at So here’s the gist of it if you’re interested in considering a bizarrely holistic approach to health – that can still include French Fries !

First, let’s start with one of the most decadent things you can possibly eat…Poutine. For anyone who still doesn’t know what that is, just click on the link and don’t worry because none of my links will close this page. On that page, I’ve reviewed an eatery that uses 100% bio-degradable packaging (even the forks!) and local produce to offer you a guilt free eco-experience while you mow down on some of the highest-cal fuel you can put into yourself!

Next, as you consider topping up with such fuel, you need to remind yourself that you’re lifestyle choices are not only consistently leaving little to no negative impact on your environment, if you are cycling everywhere you go and not wasting energy otherwise, but that you’re also serving as a humble example of what clean, low-emissions¬† urban life can be like for others as well! We can talk more about this kind of Karma at a later time though…

Finally, and this is where the “French Paradox” comes in…As you’re eating, you simply need to remind yourself that Life is Good ;-)¬† Because you see (and you can read more about this here), it’s not necessarily WHAT you eat, but HOW you eat it that makes a huge difference to our overall health!

So by cycling to and from your meals to save travel time and offer yourself a more leisurely meal, and by being ecological about your choices, and finally by FULLY enjoying your meal and the company of others (or even just yourself!) while you eat…You too can benefit from the effects of the “French Paradox”. Which, when you think about it,¬† is an especially useful outlook on life in general as a Cyclist in our all too busy little City.

Bon Appetit !

Jo Fergus is pleased to be able to contribute to the Community at Biking Toronto, and can be reached here, or via his personal blog at

Posted: February 20th, 2010
Filed under: Fuel and Fluids, Zen Rider Maintenance
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4 Comments on “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body”

  1. 1 Joe T. said at 2:14 pm on February 20th, 2010:

    Great first post, Jo!

    Now I’m craving Poutine. Will have to check out Poutini’s. :)

  2. 2 duncan said at 4:27 pm on February 20th, 2010:

    Welcome aboard, Jo!

    I like to blame the “French Paradox” for my overindulgence in red wine. Each glass only makes me healthier!

  3. 3 JoFergus said at 5:20 pm on February 20th, 2010:

    I once read something about carbs and fats driving lab rats to obsessive madness…and realized that my cravings for Poutine were almost pathological while I wrote that ThumbShift post :-)

    Duncan seems on the right path with the wonderful Red cure-all !

    Thanks for the welcoming waves Fella’s :-]

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