I recently watched the movie Super Size Me. Due to working some strange hours I’ve been eating more fast-food than usual recently and had experienced some of the symptoms that were featured in that movie.
So now I have decided to improve my diet. From now on I will go hungry rather than eating from McDonalds, KFC, and other bad food except in the rare situation that it’s free (recently they had a free pizza day for my 9-5 contract). Recently I have often been having chicken rolls or stir-fried noodles for lunch (one of those two every working day), now I’m going to only have those meals rarely and have Japanese food most days (Japanese food that is half-decent is much healthier than most restaurant food). I will only drink Coke when I’m tired and I’m working on something that’s not exciting enough to keep me awake without help.
Super Size Me also made reference to the academic results of children improving when their diet was improved. Based on this evidence it seems obvious to me that coding ability will also be partly dependent on diet. I expect that many people who read my blog have already proved that they can write good code while living on the worst food, but maybe they could write great code if they had better food!
From now on I will not take part in any LUG meeting that involves fast food. I think that for the good of the community we need to discourage people from actions that would impair their coding ability.
Before anyone asks, I don’t plan to cease drinking alcohol. Although in recent times I have been drinking such small amounts that it’s unlikely to cause any health problems.