Thanks for all the CA suggestions guys! I'm not getting to SF til lunch time tomorrow, so me and the Bat are just meeting for dinner in the Mission, but hopefully I'll be able to implement all your suggestions when I'm back in Autumn
Fear and Loathing (well, maybe just fear) in Las Vegas
Last night, after my evening meal, I really, really wanted to binge.
I sometimes get this feeling after certain kinds of food, which leads me to think it's a blood sugar issue (I used to be hypoglycaemic). Last night I had cous cous for the first time in forever / it may have had MSG in it.
Happy days, the feeling was easily diverted. I never would have been able to say that four months ago: usually when I got "the feeling", it would consume me. Last night, I drank some coconut water, Perrier, had some watermelon, and went to bed.
But I couldn't sleep. Thoughts raced through my head, my body burned up, and I lay tossing and turning until 7am, imagining conversations with people about things that were bugging me. By dawn it was as though my worries had been exorcised, and I finally drifted off.
I had an "emotional" day yest, so this could have contributed... but I'm inclined to think it was my evening meal. I haven't experienced that kind of insomnia in a few years (my type was not being able to stay asleep): the last time I did was after a Thai meal which was probably laden with MSG. Smoking dope also does it to me, but I stopped doing that a few years ago too.
Anyway, weirdly I had a nose bleed for a portion of today too, which never happens to me.
Food and stuff
My trip is over in two days. For the last two weeks I've eaten quite differently to how I normally eat, and it's had an impact.
Firstly, I went low carb. That lasted about two days before I remembered I was an idiot to experiment with it when I have a dodgy thyroid
Nonetheless, I did end up eating much more fish, meat, fat, and salads than I would ever eat at home, and only ate fruit once a day / once every two days. I didn't use any (additional) salt or refined sugar. Most days I only ate twice a day, but it was two "dinner" portions.
- I gained weight. I'm heavier now than I've ever been: even including the E.A.T n=1, when I was eating up to 5k cals a day. Excess fat and meat are not my friend? Ombat, you're going to see a tubby bear! (Disclaimer: I'm totally kidding, I know I'm not "tubby" etc. etc.)
- Salads are not a low fat option for me. They sit in my stomach and I can't digest them properly. I read before that if you've got a weak thyroid, eating salad is like throwing a wet towel on a fire. They weren't a part of my diet prior to this trip, and that was a good thing.
- My skin looks brighter and more dewy with less salt in my diet.
- My pee was really clear for the whole trip. Attributing this to the lower salt intake, but also assuming this isn't a good
- Ketosis is interesting but
- Fruit is the most amazing invention known to man.
In general though: I feel pretty good right now. I have lots of energy: more than i did high carb. Maybe it's cos' I'm getting more calories? Maybe it's cos' a more balanced macronutrient breakdown suits me?
I don't know. But I do know that I'm working on accepting being a higher weight if it makes me feel good, and being prepared to exercise more.
PS. Out of necessity, I had two sandwiches today. Oh my god - American bread is so sweet! How do you people eat it? (Okay, not "you").
Last edited by YogaBare; 06-21-2013 at 11:26 PM.
"I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.
In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat