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Honest People Reveal What They Regret Doing To Their Bodies

Your body is your only body. You don't get another one, so you gotta make this one last. That being said, you're also allowed to do whatever you want, because it IS your body... just, be cautious. You never know when you're going to make the wrong decision.

u/TwiggyTits asked Reddit:

What do you regret doing to your body?

Here's what they came back with.

Pearly Whites

Not taking care of my teeth

Awwww YOU!

I have a MASSIVE tattoo on my left arm that just says "YOU" in huge block letters. I thought when I was 18 it'd be funny to have "a tattoo of you" on my arm. It's too big and blocky and black to cover up and I just hate it.

Le Stretch

Gaining a lot of weight really quickly. I've lost most of it now, but I have permanent stretch marks on my arms, thighs, stomach, and back. It sucks.

The Ringing

Loud noise exposure. Now I have constant tinnitus.

Drinking Like A Fish

Filtering what seems like about ten million gallons of booze through my liver and kidneys over the past ~15 years or so

My 600 lb Life

I let myself get up to 602lbs....finally after not being able to walk longer than a block or being able to do simple functions I said enough is enough and joined myfitnesspal. 460 days later I have lost 252lbs and now weigh 349lbs.

Skin Pickin'

I have a horrible habit of picking at my skin. Its nothing major, but I do have several tiny scars from it. They will likely be permanent, but I just can't stop! I do it without thinking. When I'm bored, or not doing anything else.

Block Dat Sun

Many years of recklessly avoiding sunscreen. I'm only in my 30s but have already had on basal cell lesion removed. I hate to say it but I know there is more where that came from.

Body Dysmorphia

Purging starving and abusing laxatives.

Let's Blade, Bruh

Skateboarding just straight up destroys your body.

2009 Regrets

Downing a can of watermelon-flavored Four Loko

W8

I'm working on it but being fat. I'm trying to lose like 50 pounds but it doesn't happen overnight!

Gummy Yuck

Eating that pound of sugar free gummy bears once. That was easily one of the worst decisions of my life, and I'm a recovering drug addict. The gummy bears were just pure torture. I s*** for over 12 hours. By the end I was so raw I couldn't even use the sensitive skin wet wipes. It was so bad. Meanwhile, my boyfriend at the time (husband now) was laughing at me because I knowingly ate all those gummy bears in one sitting. I still feel sick any time I see gummy bears.

Silicone Nightmare

Getting breast implants. They're too big for my body but surgery to get them removed is expensive.

We Knew You'd Regret This

Gauging my ears....

Nailz

Mild to some others here, but nail biting. I'm not at the point where they don't grow back, but it's still a horrid habit that I'm ashamed of. I'm workin in it

Tooth Magic

Not wearing my retainer every night post braces :{]

Fashion

Over-plucking my eyebrows in the 1990s.

Over-Use

I sprained my ankle really bad about 2 years ago, and I started walking on it way too soon. It'll randomly start hurting now.

Damage

Drugs, I did alot of drugs when I was younger I wish I could undo the damage.

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All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

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"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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