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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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May 23rd, 2007

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02:31 pm - My body is like royalty to me, but it doesn't like what I'm feeding it
I miss the nutrition that fast food provided me. It sounds like a strange statement, but you don't realize how much you need some of the crap that's in it until you stop eating it.

I'm not one to actively try and "balance" my diet. I eat until I'm full (or until I'm being impolite) and then stop. I mean, hell, the stupid new food pyramid doesn't make any sense at all, and that was the last straw in me trying to eat right. Between the "intuitive" colours on that monstrosity and the 2002 report that bread causes cancer, I pretty much lost all faith in nutrition "experts".

For the most part, I've always known what my body needs to function. The problem is, for the past four weeks or so, I've changed my dietary choosings, rarely eating out and eating more regularly. My sunrise devotionals (which have me waking up just after 6 AM) have been key in me getting breakfast (something I never ate before, except very rarely), and actually having time to prepare my lunches (which is also a novelty). Dinners have almost all been "in" because I can get a solid meal for about $2 if I eat in, as opposed to the $7-10 dinners are if you eat out.

But now, with regular, longer-lasting (and, sometimes, larger) meals, I find myself actually hungrier on a more regular basis. My apetite is voracious, and my gods, if you thought I could put away food before, you haven't seen anything yet. Let me put it this way: an extra large pizza with breadsticks doesn't stand a chance against me, and when I was a Freshman here at OSU, I was content with just a large pizza for dinner.

And I'm actually slimmer than I was four weeks ago.

For some reason, my metabolism has hit the roof with the increase in food, I think, and I just don't know how to stop it: cutting back on food seems like a very, very bad idea (I'm already operating at the failure point some days), and increasing also seems ill-advised (given my metabolism rate, I might starve because my body processes food too fast at this rate). Wellspring should help, because my dietary needs are different when camping than in "normal" life.

Anyway, here's a rundown of the changes in my diet in the past 4 weeks or so:

Things added to my diet:
  • Vegetables. Lots of green shit, and certainly more than I ever have eaten in my life: it's cheap and easy to dump into pasta
  • Whole grains: not cheap, but I figured that they were smart, so I bought some before running out of cash last week. Besides, disgusting as they are, you can't get the good 'ol bleached flour crap in your favourite cereals anymore.
  • More carbs (if you can believe it): more breads/cereals, more potatoes, more pasta, more stuff like that
  • Water: there's more good ol' H2O in my diet, too.
Things removed from my diet:
  • Grease. I mean, when you no longer eat burgers from McDonalds that drip grease, you're eating less.
  • Sugar, in general: More by accident than conscious choice.
  • Fats: there's just not enough fat in my diet now, and the crusade against TransFats is making lots of tasty, fatty things less appetizing to eat, anyway.

Flatly put, I don't like what this diet is doing to my body. I'm uncomfortable with the changes I feel, and I think it's time to go back to the horrific stuff people think I shouldn't eat.

However, I also know that often, a bit of discomfort and doing what you don't think you should is good for you.

In the end, it's interesting to see just how poorly my body sometimes operates on certain foods and under certain conditions, and to watch it rebound over time. I'm not at all sure that my body can handle a "healthy" lifestyle over time, unless this system shock is only temporary. I do, though, intend to continue to eat like this for a while longer: I'm not in any danger, just discomfort, and I'm entertained by the experimentation of the whole situation.

More to the point, though, is this: it's entirely possible that my body has entered "system shock" mode and said, "Hey, idiot! We're not used to this crap! We don't know what to do with a 'whole grain'! What's this green stuff? Is it moldy? Have we been picking through the trash or something? Vegetables? Are we on an 'end of the alphabet' diet here? Get us a cheeseburger!"

[apparently, my body speaks in the "royal we"]

This means that my body may, eventually, find itself quite happy with this new diet, so it's up to me to work it through for a bit more to see what happens.
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
How are you for protein? It's not on either your added or lost list. You might try increasing/adding in some eggs or beans for fairly cheap protein, or lean meat/fish for slightly more expensive. Or hell, add in chuck since you're so damn skinny anyway.

Refined grain (like you find in most cereals, pastas, breads) will tend to spike your insulin and make you feel hungry again sooner unless it's mixed with fiber or protein, BTW, so if you're eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast that might be part of it.

May also be to do with your following the diurnal cycle due to devotionals; if you're following sunrise/sunset pretty closely, your body is correctly reading the change in days as "Summertime! There's lots of food! Eat it now while I can!" It's hard to fight evolution, man.
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
I've been eating ham steak for lunch, and supplementing with the Discoridan Sacrament (i.e. bunless hotdogs) in the evening.

Damn evolution. Maybe I should just become a Creationist. It's not like they evolve.
Date:May 23rd, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
jim can prolly splain to you what's happening better than i can.
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
*nods* Maybe we'll have a discussion about my nutrition this weekend :)
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's my theory: it's just system shock that's caused this. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, just an interesting thing.

And actually, I don't believe I've lost weight. I'm just slimmer than I was.
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
To quote Jimmy: "I'm livin' like a health nut but I still grow old."
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Well, you know I'm the very last person in the world to talk to about healthy eating habits... and despite the belly, I really don't eat too much (I remember you eating quite a bit more "all-you-can-eat steakfries" at Red Robin more than a few times) :) .

Right now I'm averaging about one-and-a-half meals a day with light (mainly healthy) snacking in the evening, although there have been times I just say f- it and get a pizza or greasy wings.

Yeah, no point in this post at all, just remember to eat more bacon, preferably bacon-wrapped bacon.
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
You saw the story about bacon on Fark today, right?

I often crave a good pizza, or fried chicken. I still have a few ethical quandaries about eating chicken, but they're less pronounced now than they used to be.

And yeah, fries. . . Man. . . We totally need to head back to Red Robin. Maybe if we hit on the server with a bit more skill, we can get her to bring us refills at a higher rate?
Date:May 23rd, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)

sounds like you have people to talk to. but something to note. When you are eating breads, watch out for High Fructose Corn Syrup. (or anything sweet for that matter). It keeps the chemical, leptin, from being produced, which helps the body feel full and satisfied. Thusly, if you eat things with HFCS in it, you eat more, and feel more hungry, than you should. It, has also been shown to cause type 2 diabetes. I have several friends who did nothing else but remove it from their diet, and have lost weight and feel healthier.

but it takes time, as everyone says. I noticed more energy when I eat more veggies and less other pains when I eat less grease.

good luck!
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I generally avoid HFCS in breads (other than cereals, but I haven't actually had cereal in over two weeks at this point, and am currently breakfasting on oatmeal). Soda has also been cut out of my diet entirely recently, and that's a major source of it, right? As is ketchup, if I remember right.
Date:May 23rd, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Another note ;)

I love the taste of whole grain. I was eating it long before it was a health fad. what don't you like about it?

to me its tasty, texture, and doesn't require me to pound it with butter to be tasty.
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Your second word there is exactly why I dislike it, actually: texture. I despise the texture of whole grains. I think it's like eating those gumballs from sweet gum trees.

You can't imagine how much butter I have to put on that stuff to make it tasty :)

(actually, I suppose one could technically say I have to "whole grain my butter" rather than "butter my whole grain". . . :)
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I seem to have missed (or just forgotten) the impetus for this change in your diet.....
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
It's somewhat complicated, but partly based on financial reasons: I can't afford fast-food, so I don't eat it.

I'll tell ya, not having the $5 to buy a Wendy's meal can really prevent you from eating fast food :)

Other (more prominent) factors include the increased time in the morning, which allows for breakfast and packing a lunch, and the fact that I'm home before sunset, and thus able to cook dinner in. I suspect that, even if I had the finances to do it, I would end up not eating fast food (or eating out much at all) because it wouldn't make sense in my schedule.
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)

The King's Breakfast

This entry reminded me of this bit of poetry from my childhood:

The King's Breakfast

The King asked
The Queen, and
The Queen asked
The Dairymaid:
"Could we have some butter for
The Royal slice of bread?"
The Queen asked the Dairymaid,
The Dairymaid
Said, "Certainly,
I'll go and tell the cow
Before she goes to bed."

The Dairymaid
She curtsied,
And went and told the Alderney:
"Don't forget the butter for
The Royal slice of bread."

The Alderney said sleepily:
"You'd better tell
His Majesty
That many people nowadays
Like marmalade

The Dairymaid
Said "Fancy!"
And went to
Her Majesty.
She curtsied to the Queen, and
She turned a little red:
"Excuse me,
Your Majesty,
For taking of
The liberty,
But marmalade is tasty, if
It's very

The Queen said
And went to his Majesty:
"Talking of the butter for
The royal slice of bread,
Many people
Think that
Is nicer.
Would you like to try a little

The King said,
And then he said,
"Oh, deary me!"
The King sobbed, "Oh, deary me!"
And went back to bed.
He whimpered,
"Could call me
A fussy man;
I only want
A little bit
Of butter for
My bread!"

The Queen said,
"There, there!"
And went to
The Dairymaid.
The Dairymaid
Said, "There, there!"
And went to the shed.
The cow said,
"There, there!
I didn't really
Mean it;
Here's milk for his porringer
And butter for his bread."

The queen took the butter
And brought it to
His Majesty.
The King said
"Butter, eh?"
And bounced out of bed.
"Nobody," he said,
As he kissed her
"Nobody," he said,
As he slid down
The banisters,
My darling,
Could call me
A fussy man -
I do like a little bit of butter to my bread!"

-- A. A. Milne
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)

Re: The King's Breakfast

Quite nice :)
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing you, as well :)

I wonder, if I lose weight, do I become an even lighter-weight when it comes to alcohol?

Actually, I think I look fine. . . but then, I tend toward poor body image :)
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm far (far!) from an expert on food and nutrition, but I do know that changing the amount of fiber in one's diet can have major effects. Vegetables and whole grains, right?
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yep! Vile things, let me tell you!
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Well, I figure - as long as your body's working well, and as long as your cholesterol number is normal, then you've no worries.

Although - I would say, as a caveat to that - eating vegetables is pretty key to keeping the intestines in good working order - so if you go back to your old diet, definitely include some of what my dear mother calls 'ruffage' ... It's just a good idea.

Anyaway - regarding the higher metabolism, I think that's curious. One of the reasons I get hypoglycemic is because of my metabolism going into overdrive (and another, more complicated metabolic issue, but whatever). I find that when I eat less, I need to eat less, and when i eat more, I need to eat more. When I was home I ate LOADS more than I do here - today, I ate a carrot and hummus, a juice, and a handful of dried fruit. And really, most people probably couldn't get by on that, but I did ok (I plan to microwave a lasagne for dinner, fyi). Yesterday I had a similar diet, and was not doing well on it - but I've acclimated, and now am back to healthier habits (regarding type rather than quantitiy - while I love our dear friend Bacon, he is not the most healthy of friends to ingest regularly).

Ok, that was way long. Hope you're doing well.
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Mmm. . . Bacon!

If it's green, it must be moldy, I always say!

;) But really, the more you eat, the more you body gets used to, and the higher your rate of metabolism. It's an interesting process, really, and it echoes an infomercial I once watched about how to get thin by eating a *lot* more food. :)
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
he 2002 report that bread causes cancer,

Dude, I heard that if you're alive, it can cause death.

Scary stuff.
[User Picture]
Date:May 23rd, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
You're tellin' me. I mean, the number one cause of death, I hear, is being born.

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Date:May 23rd, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
What Zylch said. The more carbs you eat, the hungrier you tend to feel in general. One of the unexpected benefits for me of cutting back on carbs was that I was suddenly freed from that nagging "hungry all the time" feeling. Except during PMS, and that's another issue. One which you do not have. :-)
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Date:May 23rd, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Dear gods, I hope I don't have that!
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Date:May 28th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Nothing like a complete dietary overhaul to send the body into a tantrum!

I don't eat any thing with wheat, rye, barley or oats. Not by choice, mind you! But oh well. Ever forward -->

It takes a bit for the body to adjust to all the changes. The gut is confused :) Now there is all this stuff which requires actual digestion and extraction of *GASP* real nutrients. Sometimes this causes pain. Just remember that for the added fibre in your diet, drink alot more water until your system can adapt.

Whole grains are expensive. I use alot of quinoa, and while the initial cost is a bit much (it is cheaper in bulk, but watch for rocks), it does have a greater nutritive value and gives you more bang for your buck (so to speak).

It takes time. Your body is rebelling against the removal of the easy things - the chemicals and the bad things that makes it happy. Tell it to straighten up and fly right. :) But really, I remember that when I first had to make drastic dietary changes, there was a seriously uncomfortable time of adjustment. It was easier for me as the consequences of eating wheat, et al, was much worse than NOT eating it (did that make sense?).

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