Beyond Diet: on red pandas and doing better

Posted by Patrick Lam on Saturday, March 7, 2020

This week I was busy writing code for a research project I’m working on here in New Zealand, so no travel pictures from me.

Here is a red panda in the Wellington Zoo (photo credit: Marie-Pascale Desjardins, as well as for suggesting this tip).

It turns out that red pandas and giant pandas are not related aside from both being cute animals. Giant pandas have a 99% bamboo diet, while red pandas are at 85% bamboo.

Today’s life tip is to have a well-rounded diet. Red pandas and giant pandas are both cute, but you aren’t a panda of any sort. As most of you think ahead to moving out of residence, Michael Pollan’s advice is good: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

The best way to have a well-rounded diet is to cook for yourself (and your roommates) most of the time. It’s a useful life skill. For me, time spent preparing and cooking food is not wasted; it’s a good chance to get away from the keyboard and doing something in the real world. You can also cook healthier food than you might buy at a restaurant and you have more control over portion size. Highly recommended!