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Planning Day 2

Saturday, December 28, 2019

TEAM DAILY FOR 12/28: Planning Day #2 - What's the most important food and nutrition-related thing you need to focus on for 2019?
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Recapping from the Day 1 blog:
My stress eating is almost non-existent. I still keep some chocolate on hand, but can go several days without eating any. I still find myself beginning to reach for snacks when I know I'm not hungry, and, no surprise, it is nearly always because I'm actually thirsty. With the luxury of having time to think about it, I'm much more likely to stop before I mindlessly eat food I don't really need.

I've also relearned to cut calories and portions in places where I won't even miss them. Coffee, for instance. I can easily down 400 calories in coconut oil and half and half in lieu of a solid breakfast. I still put both in my morning mug, but in a smaller dose.

While I haven't gone crazy with bad eating habits, I have sorely neglected the leafy greens since leaving my job - where the cafeteria provided a super-easy salad bar. At work I would nearly always grab at least a tiny salad to go with my main course for lunch. At home I usually HAVE salad fixings in the fridge, but don't often eat them.

I have some ideas to fix that problem, and that will also be on my planning list.

For many years I have not been particularly focused on weight loss, since my real troubling concerns were more general-health related. However, as the summer wore on into fall and fall into winter I've become less and less happy with how I look, how I move, and how I feel.

I'm really tired of seeing unflattering pictures of myself. But more than that, I'm really afraid that my size makes me lose my balance too easily, prevents me from doing simple tasks (like kneeling for more than a second or two, or sitting on the floor for more than a minute), and makes me feel tired much sooner than I feel I should.

I think I have very good prospects for losing at least 20 pounds this year, mostly because i will have the luxury of time to devote to getting that done.

I had hoped that my gut health would improve with the gigantic reduction in stress, but I can honestly say that nothing much has changed. I may consider going back to see the functional doctor that I went to several years ago. I don't have much confidence in mainline medicos to advise me; they're more likely to want to shove a prescription at me than tell me what to eat or not eat.

I shudder as I write this, but I may actually try to go dairy-free for a week or two to see what happens. My older son seems to have some lactose issues, which has always surprised me, but in all honestly, I might as well, and simply live in denial about it.

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I experimented quite a bit with higher carb resistant starch over the last few months and I have to say that it hasn't helped one little bit, so that's over. If my goal was to more frequently need to pass gas, then you can say that it was a success, but I certainly didn't feel any better or function any better. So the resistant starch goes.

The dairy experiment will begin right after New Year's. I'll give it a week to see if it makes any difference at all. If it makes me feel better, then, well, I have a lot of soul-searching and re-evaluating to do. Butter in particular is something that I literally may not be willing to give up. And don't talk to me about ghee or 'clarified butter'. That's just oil, people. Yuck.

The rest of my eating pattern is quite satisfactory, until (dunh dunh duhhhhh) I get to late evening.

That dilemma, however, has very little to do with nutrition or habits. It has everything to do with a lack of joy in my life. (Please don't give me your recommendations about late night snacking. It's completely a psychological challenge for me, and the solution will be intensely personal. Drinking tea or meditating will not budge this one. Take heart, though. I WILL figure it out eventually, cause that's just what I do.)

One thing that I might pursue is to find something different to drink in the evening. I'm often still trying to get my daily water intake at 9pm. It's a real pain to hate water so much!

So I think the basic initial plan is to do what I'm doing, minus the dairy and the resistant starch, and attacking my joyless evenings anew.

I've taken to sticking bags of fresh salad greens straight into the freezer and then just crushing the stuff into flake to put into whatever I'm cooking. It goes great with eggs of all kinds, with steak, with soups and stews. Not too crazy about it on chicken or fish, although I could probably whip up a thick sauce to add it to. Of course, that would probably end up being dairy-based, so....
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    I'm rereading these blogs and comments and NAY's comment just jumped out at me:

    "Rewards can't work unless I deprive myself first." That's a perfect way of looking at it! I make bargains with my inner child all the time, with a reward at the end of it. "Come on, let's just go throw in a load of laundry and then you can play WoW for as long as you like." The reward comes after some misery. I think that the way I'd like my life to be structured is for me to be able to find, if not Joy, then at least satisfaction in the everyday things I do, so I don't always feel the need to reward myself for my deprivation!

    That's probably why FlyLady resonates with me. Seeing your daily housekeeping as a Blessing that you give to yourself and others makes it more joyful, as opposed to a burden that you then have to compensate for.

    Thanks for the great thought, Nay!
    529 days ago
    FYI, I'm using your blogs to focus my planning, and these comments to get my thoughts down. Thanks for being the thoughtful person you are and sharing it with us.

    My food choices are often less than optimal. It can result in a carb disaster that can go for a day to a month. Or more. I'd say that this is my biggest food concern. I know from long experience that there will be times I go for the doughnut or bread. I need to come up with a way to limit that to something harmless. A single indulgence, or at most a day.

    Rewards can't work unless I deprive myself first. I pretty much do/get what I want as I want it.

    Penalties have worked in the past. Perhaps put a limit on indulgences with penalty if exceeded.
    569 days ago
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    In depth planning is great. identify what needs to happen.
    573 days ago
    Yeah, I tend to agree. I think where this should have potentially been helpful in a modern diet is as a prebiotic, to feed your good gut biome. Problem is, you need to have the right gut flora (or is it fauna?) in the first place. Otherwise you're just encouraging bad actors to reproduce, which is what I think was going on with me.

    I also tried inulin, which is a soluble fiber, but it has the same result.
    573 days ago
    I have to wonder about the resistant starch. It doesn't seem like it's something Grok would have got much of. Who would eat a green banana when you can wait a day or two and it will taste much better. And the cooked and cooled potatoes don't seem to have that much. Maybe I'm missing something here, I just don't believe we evolved with this need if it's so hard to fill.
    573 days ago
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