Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni has gout.

In this Wednesday blog post, Bruni discusses how his diagnosis has changed his eating habits. Bruni admits that "there are times, crazily, when I’m almost happy about the gout ... it provided a dietary shove where the gentle pushes of a vague desire for self-improvement hadn’t sufficed."

He talks about the change in his eating habits, which for the most part has been easier than he thought.

Still, Bruni wonders, "Why must it take something like that for so many of us to pivot in a healthier direction?".