Saturday, July 27, 2002

Breakfast - leftover pork (umm, w/lots-o-fat), mashed potatoes, coffee.
Lunch: Two chocolate cookies. strip of beef jerky, water.
Snack: Chicken wing
Dinner: margarita, hicken & bacon dish w/peppers & onions. Little bit of rice & beans on the side.
Slice pinapple/yogurt pie (Sue made it and didn't copy the recipe, darn it) w/whipped cream.
Chocolate cupcake.

Feeling full, not hungry. Even after breakfast at 6 AM, I wasn't really hungry when I ate the two cookies (large soft ones) at about 1.

I think the biggest thing is the lack of hunger I'm feeling. There's no urge to snack between meals, and the meals are smaller now. There may be something to the low-fat diets causing obesity through increased hunger. Tomorrow's the weekly weigh - I'll let you know how it goes.

Friday, July 26, 2002

Usual breakfast - hot dog, muffin, egg, coffee.
Lunch was 3 strips of jerky, liter of water, ounce of cashews.
Snack of a liter of water and two strips of jerky around 3.
Dinner - beef stew (heavy on the beef), two Grands biscuits, yogurt w/strawberries.
Friday night splurge - Hostess apple pastry.

I'm still feeling full - or not hungry. Dinner could have waited quite a bit - it wouldn't have bothered me. Even when I was eating the apple pie, I was thinking "I don't really want this, but it tastes good."

One of the biggest problems with dieting, I think, is that after you get in a routine you want some variety in what you're eating. And that's a bit hard to do with a carnivore's diet. So tonight, the biscuits and apple pie. But the meat - the meat is good...

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Today's menu...

Cheesy hot dog, muffin, egg, coffee
8 oz. roast beef, ham, and cheese
Payday bar
1 oz cashews.
Half oz. jerky
8 oz pork roast, small helping mashed potatoes, green beans.
Chocolate cupcake.

I'm feeling full - or rather, not hungry. Eating more out of the "scheduled time to chow down" thing than actual hunger. I think if nobody reminded me, I'd miss dinner w/no problem.

Slept well last night, to bed around 11:45 Let's see if I can make it 11:30 tonight...

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Here's the Mayo Clinic food pyramid. Notice anything odd about it?
Click HERE

That's right - it doesn't base the pyramid on starches.
Wednesday, 24 July

Muffin, egg, coffee, strip of jerky.
Bit peckish around 10:30, drank a glass of water.
Tired today - MUST start getting to bed before midnight.
McChicken sandwich (hold the bun) around 12:45, and one of their yogurt parfaits. And jerky.
Two strips jerky around 4:30.
8 oz beef, small serving peas, small serving carrots & potatos, cup blueberry yogurt.

A bit irritable tonight, probably because I'm tired. Definitly an early night, surfing to the contrary....
The skinny on good fats
The debate over what is the best diet has been ongoing for decades. It's an evolving science that keeps researchers busy and consumers confused about the best way to lose weight.

An article in Sunday's New York Times Magazine highlighted some renegade thinking where dietary fat is concerned.

CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen discussed the implications Monday with CNN anchor Kyra Phillips
As I've said to the left on this blog, you need to look at how your body's reacting to the foods you eat, and also use some common sense. Read as much as you can about what you're interested in doing, and PAY ATTENTION TO IT!

Here they're saying that there's good fats and bad fats. Dietary evidence SEEMS to bear that out, but how much of it is a continuation of "There's bad fats out there" which started the low-fat craze of the '80s?

It's a puzzle, isn't it?

Tuesday, July 23, 2002


Muffin, hot dog, egg & coffee.
Hungry around 1, had two hot dogs (no buns) donut, water. Should have left off the donut.
Snack around 4:30, 2 oz jerky.
Dinner - Ceasear Grilled Chicken Salad, bit extra chicken from Aaron. Couple of waffle fries.
small brownie
two chicken wings

Overall mood good - significant downswing when I ate the donut. Not irratable, not impatient.

So far, so good.
1956 - Basic Four Foundation Diet
Four food groups: milk and milk products (2 or more servings a day); meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dry beans and nuts (2 or more servings a day); fruits and vegetables (4 or more servings a day); and breads and cereals (4 or more servings a day).

1979 - Hassle-Free Diet
Added another group to the Basic Four: fats, sweets and alcohol (moderate use).

1980 - 2000 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The guidelines cover six food groups: breads, cereals, rice and pasta (6 to 11 servings a day); vegetables (3 to 5 servings a day); fruits (2 to 4 servings a day); milk, yogurt and cheese (2 to 3 servings a day); meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dry beans and nuts (2 to 3 servings a day); fats, oils and sweets (sparingly).

Year: 1956 1979 1980

Meats 2+ 2-3
Milks 2+ 2-3
Veggies 4+ 5-9 (Combined fruits & Veg.)
Grains 4+ 6-11
Fats & Sweets Moderate Sparingly

Total: 12+ servings 15+ servings

Hmmm. Food for thought, perhaps?

Monday, July 22, 2002

Monday, 22 July

Blueberry muffin, hard-boiled egg. Beef jerky, coffee.
Lunch was at a Mongolian BBQ buffet. Chicken, crab, bacon, vegetables, beef, and a cookie. And tea.
Slightly tired around 3, likely due to staying up till 1 AM surfing last night.
Dinner was moderate serving (half of what my wife had) 'inside out stuffed peppers', a slice of bread, and blueberry yogurt.
Cheesy hot dog (140 calories, 110 from fat) as a snack around 9:30.

No munchies today. Good attitude, though a bit tired. I'll sleep well tonight.

Sunday, 21 July

Breakfast: 8:30 : Two hamburger patties, two eggs, one slice bread.
Not hungry until 4, had slice of cheese.
Dinner: 6:30 : roast beef, 8 oz or so, carrots, potatoes.
Dessert: caramel yogurt.

Plenty of energy, no shakiness, not irritable or impatient.

Weight: 215

Let's see how the week goes....
Saturday, 20 July

Breakfast cereal & milk (Honey Crunch & Oats.) Felt kind of loggy, and hungry soon after.
Had two bratwursts & ketchup @ 2 or so.
Mocha Freeze from QuikTrip was irresistable.
Had cheese at a friend's place.
Chik-Fil-A dinner - Ceasear Grilled Chicken Salad, bit extra chicken from Sue and Aaron. Couple of waffle fries.
Chocolate cupcake when home.

Overall mood, pretty good. Odd feeling after eating cereal, though. Not really irritable or impatient.

Sunday, July 21, 2002

I've been looking over a lot of stuff on the net - from vegetarian stuff to Atkins. And the conclusion I've come to is this:

To some people (indeed, to most) diet is more of a religion than anything else.

I've seen reports by vegetarians that feel worthless because they 'failed' to be strict vegans. I've seen folks reporting health problems yet persisting in their diets, under the impression if they could just be 'purer' or 'stricter' in their observances, the health problems (such as receeding gums, mood swings, hypoglycemia and the like) caused by their diets would disappear.

Great googlie mooglie, folks - does vegetarianism cause brain damage or something? Does it shut down rational thought? If something IS NOT WORKING for you, why on earth would you keep doing it to the point where it ruins your health? Is dietary orthodoxy important enough to kill yourself over?

I looked for links showing that eating meat is bad for you. Aside from a lot of PETA inspired junk, or other Vegan stuff, I wasn't able to find much. Listen, I'm able to look at stuff and evaluate whether it's bullshit or not. The internet makes it really easy to fact-check what you find on virtually any subject, and if your primary references are to sites proclaiming "Meat Is Murder", or PETA, then the credibility is gone as far as I'm concerned.

I'm trying an experiment. I'm increasing my meat (and fat) intake, and lowering my carbohydrate intake. I can already see a difference after about a week. I can feel a difference when I slog down a cup of breakfast cereal, and it's not fun. Anyway - enough on this. I'll be doing a log of what I'm eating, and how I'm feeling. And, also, if I lose weight.

If you want to try this yourself, go right ahead. But use common sense. If it's NOT working for you - don't do it!