New Diet Thing

My diet suffers from three things:  

One, I have a sweet tooth and will snack if bored.  (Thankfully I hate boredom for other reasons too and will avoid it however I can — but before I learned to do this, my snacking had me carrying an extra 20lbs around.)  I also have a small appetite generally, so I like to eat small meals often…meaning it's much easier for them to be junk-food.

Two, my food-choices tend to be carb-heavy, mostly because I'm not great with shopping and cooking etc.; and keeping lots of small healthy meals around isn't as easy as cooking one big one a day.  I'm busy with other things most of the time and find food-preparation a dull affair, so I tend to eat stuff that's easy to get and keeps a long time.

And three, my calorie requirements can swing wildly from one day to the next.  I love to exercise and all my favorite "fun" activities burn a ton of calories, but I also get caught up working and parenting and whatnot and will go days without much beyond a few kettlebell swings and stretches.  I'm finding that the best way to make sure I don't run out of energy (and "athlete's crash", when you get seriously depleted, *sucks* and takes way too long to recover from — plus it screws up my sleep-schedule something fierce) is to eat what I have an appetite for…but in the world of Boston restaurants etc., this can sometimes mean putting away a lot of pasta or something on a day I probably really didn't need it.


But thankfully an old friend (same one that suggested polyphasic sleep!  There are some people you should just listen to, apparently) had a great-sounding suggestion:  Before any meal or snack, try to eat a good amount (approx. 1/3 of the amount of what you're about to eat, as I understand it) of raw, crunchy green vegetables.  Hey…that's sensible, relatively easy and if it doesn't work at all except to get me to eat more vegetables, it's still a win!  

I like the thinking:  You get your digestion started on high-fiber, low-sugar food (check out glycemic index theory for some of the reasons why this is a good plan); you take the edge off your hockey-honed appetite before attacking the pasta; and you make sure to get your greens (which I'm not great at).  Plus it's not cooking- or shopping-intensive:  Even I can manage to keep celery in the fridge.

I'm not looking for much in the way of outward improvement — at about 127 lbs and my musculature, I can't really lose weight safely — but it would be nice to short-circuit my body's tendency to pack anything I give it into my fat-layer (I've always joked that I was built for famine conditions:  I can eat very little but store it like mad), and make it possible to maintain a healthy diet in spite of sometimes burning a thousand more calories on Monday than Tuesday.

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Word addict, kungfu/taiji nut, and life-partner to polyphasic sleep. Rabid fan of as many hobbies as the world will let me pry into its piddly fourth dimension (it helps to have knocked out the fourth wall).
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2 Responses to New Diet Thing

  1. Sounds like a great plan! I might try something similar (this friend of yours sounds smart). What kind of raw crunch green vegetables are you thinking of eating? I can only think of 3. Celery, snow peas, beans.

    • puredoxyk says:

      Funny you mention, because those are my favorites! Broccoli is also a big recommendation, and I’ve been using spinach at times because I really like it (not sure if it actually “counts”, but don’t much care ;). Let me know what you find out!

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