Let’s try this again, shall we?

This entry has no theme or unifying metaphor. It’s just some stuff; sorry.

My new pressure cooker has done great things for my eating habits. Lots more beans & lentils, lean meat etc. This is good news because I need to eat low on the glycemic index and avoid some of my old favorites if I’m to beat this insulin resistance problem. Also, Irish Dan has fixed up my bike so I’m able to exercise more easily, since I enjoy bicycling and I can vary the difficulty of the ride with the amount of exercise I need. The anti-death project is therefore going well.

Some degenerate fuck is hosting hunting parties in Vegas where people can shoot at naked women with paintball guns. We’ve got to hose some of the extreme misogyny out of this society before we turn into the Taliban. It’s really gross and scary. Not linking to the news story, find it yourselves.

If you thought arguments about religion and politics were bad on the Internet, try looking into diet, nutrition, and health some time. People with moderate or self-critical opinions are very rare. All reviews of books on Amazon seem to have either 1 or 5 stars. Dietary theories or diet plans are either God’s Own Chosen Plan of Salvation or some devilish trick. Dogmatic opinions are held (literally) to the death. It’s fairly depressing.

A friend of mine recently did a few years of graduate work in biological psychology studying appetite, food avoidance, and craving mechanisms. She points out that most fad or commercial diets are sold based on one of five possible metabolic and psychological responses to food, and that many if not most people fit into one of these categories. The result is that quite often you find a maniacally delighted 20% who want everyone to know that this plan is the best ever, and a disgruntled 80% who mostly blame themselves but sometimes crusade against the dietary plan. Math is hard. Let’s go eating!

In my own case I’m a complex carbohydrate-craving, night-eating, insulin resistant overweight person who needs to cut down overall calories and eat low on the glycemic index. But the person next to me might need to eat lots of rice and less breakfast. Universal rules escape us.

13 thoughts on “Let’s try this again, shall we?

    1. It’s a “Manttra” made in India, which I got from Target for $40. It does a fine job and is steel, so it doesn’t give that metallic taste to the food that the old aluminum ones did.

  1. > She points out that most fad or commercial diets are sold > based on one of five possible metabolic and psychological > responses to food
    This is really interesting. What are the 5 responses? How do you determine which you have? Does she have enough information to offer dietary advice based on each response?
    I wish it were “five possible metabolic responses to food…”
    Historically, I have found that only exercise results in me losing weight. Diet seems relatively unrelated. Although I find myself eating less crap (potatoe chips, cookies, etc) when I have been exercising a lot, I more than make up for that in bulk of “healthier” foods. And I still lose weight if I get a certain level of exercise.
    I would love to add a component of diet if it were effective for my body, but I haven’t yet found one that makes even the remotest difference.

      1. I too am very interested.
        My experience is that reasonable diet and exercise is working for me, so I figure everyone else must be deluding themselves about special diets, etc. But I might have just hit on what’s right for me.
        Since the body is always responding to whatever food regime you give it, I’ve wondered if the whole thing might be chaotic. That settling into a weight-losing state is partially a matter of chance.

  2. I tried a bunch of diets last year…none of them seemed to work. I know this sounds crazy, but about 7 weeks ago I just started eating a lot less, cut out all fast food, and started walking a half hour a day.
    I have lost 28 pounds in 7 weeks.
    The only real change in what I eat is the no fast food, and even that I break since I sometimes get a biggie fries at Wendy’s next to D’s.

  3. i am the exact same as you (minus the insulin resistant part, i am kinda the opposite) I also crave too many sweets. I don’t really care about dieting tho heh.

      1. me too according to my dr who I willfully ignore. But with my stupid stuff, i have like, three different diet lists that directly contradict each other. LAME

  4. Can I cook hot dogs in a pressure cooker?
    So dude, I was checking out the extreme dieting livejournal community. It’s a collective eating disorder. Assfucks.
    Me, I’m gonna try living off applesauce for awhile.

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