Discuss: What Is Your Favorite Self-Experiment?

August 11, 2010
I thought it might be fun to have some open discussions on the blog, where we all jump in to the comments section and share what we know.
So why wait? Let’s get started with today’s discussion:
What is your favorite self-experiment? It can be something you tried once, or a complex, multi-year effort. It can be crazy or serious, and it doesn’t have to have a result. Just think of the self-experiment that you most remember.

For me, it was my over-eating day when I was 21. I was fed up with frequently eating past the normal signal of satiety, so one day I decided to try to just keep eating – consciously, massively over-feeding myself for a period of 6 hours. From 2-8 pm on a regular Wednesday afternoon, bagels, chocolate milk, porkchops, and all kinds of stomach-stuffing fare were shoveled into my increasingly unwilling mouth. I didn’t bother tracking calories back then, but I ate and ate until my whole midsection was throbbing with pain and I couldn’t move for an entire hour. Rather than praying for it to go away, I dove happily into the pain in an effort to imprint it firmly in my memory. It worked amazingly well – I still remember that feeling quite vividly 12 years later, and I very rarely have the urge to over-eat anymore.

Now it’s your turn. Discuss your favorite self-experiments below!

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