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Scattercals at Three Months

Three months and change into my stint of assiduous calorie-counting, I'm learning a lot about natural eating--a subject heretofore completely alien to me.



When I say calorie-counting, I mean eating what I want and counting the calories in it. My goal was not to "go on a diet" or restrict my intake. It was to develop body-awareness, to learn how eating X-number of calories feels at the end of the day.

And it's working: I can now guess accurately to within about 150 calories how much I've eaten in the day, based on how I feel when I go to bed at night.

(NB: This would NOT be true if I were eating "cooked freight". Experience has shown me that 3000 calories of cooked freight feels like 2000 calories of food.)

The act of counting, while not restricting me, has made me conscious, and consciousness has caused me to eat better foods. The better the food I eat, the more trustworthy my appetite becomes, and the more naturally I eat only as much as I need. It's like a miracle.


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Those blue dots represent my daily caloric intake over the three months. I expected the highs and lows to even out and start clustering nearer the centerline by now, but so far they remain firmly all over the map. One day I've got very little appetite, the next day I'm extra hungry. One day I indulge, the next I'm feeling abstemious.

The key is that my average over the whole period (magenta line) remains at around 1960, right where it needs to be to maintain my natural weight of 154.5.



Am I losing weight? Yes. Slowly. I figure in a year I'll be sort of "normally overweight for me". It'll take two years to approach my destination, and three to arrive.

But the beauty is, I'm already free. Everything else is just--well, gravy. The icing on the cake. (In moderation, of course.)

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owzers
May. 29th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
Woohoo! Glorious chart! I'm still drooling over your ice cream description, not to mention the hot cocoa you described. You should have your own cooking show on TV - although the processed food industry would probably put out a hit on you. I finally kicked my softdrink addiction to the curb - and I'm pretty sure that's why I've lost some weight over the last few months. I'm now down to 185 lbs (from 203) and maybe now I'll be able to walk around the highschool track after work without my feet blowing out. I meant to ask you - what's the deal with corn? Is it all sugar? I know I can't digest it - always gives me gas and a bloated stomach.
emeraldsedai
May. 29th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Hey, good for you! Lots of people I know have lost considerable weight just giving up soda. That's excellent.

The thing with corn doesn't have a LOT to do with delicious sweet corn that's used as more or less a vegetable. That stuff isn't all that nutritional, but it's delicious and more or less natural, I guess.

The problem is with industrial corn, the stuff that's genetically modified to withstand Roundup applications, and hybridized to be almost 100% starch. It's the stuff that's manufactured into high fructose corn syrup and all the other corn-derived ingredients in cooked freight.

I highly recommend the documentary "King Corn" if you want to get the whole picture. They roam the aisles of a convenience store, reading labels, and there is not one single thing in the whole place that doesn't contain a corn ingredient.

High fructose corn syrup has the calories of sugar without the same sweetening power, but it's cheaper and that's why it's become the main ingredient in processed foods. It takes much more of it, calorically, to create the sweetness you'd get with sugar. So stuff made with it messes with your appetite, your insulin reaction, and your weight.

Avoid it at all costs. That's the message of "King Corn." I've taken it to heart, and it's made a big, big difference in my life.

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