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.

Tricky.

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 lifelong autohacker ... long-term Ubersleep, shoeless winters, medication-free anti-depressants, and 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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