Body Hacks 3.

I spent a fair amount of time this week comforting the grieving, because there have been a series of bad events in the local town. Most of which involve civilians. This led to me being stressed, in survival mode, and limiting high risk interactions until I was calmer. I ate food at gatherings in companionship — and the glucose increased with an exposure to the standard Kiwi diet. Kea, who is not working with some of those who are grieving, managed to stay on one meal a day and is getting better success.

we are both noticing that we can no longer eat as much as we did two weeks ago.– what used to leave us hungry is now leaving us full. Kea says that foods that used to leave us upset and smelling now do not..

On the domestic side, Award, who made our oven, has replaced it again. the first one had a faulty cook top, the second one was burning (the lining was faulty). This one seems to cook hotter than the others, and vents properly (ie from the back of the oven, not through the door).

This morning we had meatballs. The binder was eggs, there was as much vegetables in the meatballs as meat, and they tasted delicious without tomato sauce. Yes, our taste buds are recovering.

Weka Kea
Week 1.1 kg lost 1.4 kg lost
Total (3 weeks) 4.2 kg lost 6.1 kg lost

Nest week we are away from home — I am programming bible posts in and poetry, and we intend to continue with a one meal a day plan, with very few carbs.

Physical Links for the week (hat tip Mark Sisson). the current articial meat fashion is a masked form of frankenfoods, and even the vegans are getting turned off.

But Mackey, who has been a vegan for more than 20 years, isn’t sold on the health benefits of plant-based meats.

“The [brands] who are capturing the imagination of people — and I’m not going to name these brands because I’m afraid I will be associated with the critique of it,” says Mackey, “but some of these that are extremely popular now that are taking the world by storm, if you look at the ingredients, they are super, highly processed foods.”

According to Beyond Meat’s website, ingredients for its plant-based patties include water, pea protein isolate, expeller-pressed canola oil, refined coconut oil, rice protein and other natural flavors, including apple extract and beet juice extract (for color). Ingredients for Impossible Foods burger include water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil, potato protein, soy leghemoglobin (a group of protein found in animals and plants) and other natural flavors, according to its website.

“I don’t think eating highly processed foods is healthy. I think people thrive on eating whole foods,” Mackey says. “As for health, I will not endorse that, and that is about as big of criticism that I will do in public.”

We make a green smoothie with a hemp protein mix — and that’s pretty frankenfood, albeit less processed and without bad oils. We are finding that as we adjust we are using less of it.

I’ve noticed this also — with a lot of work I need to get done before going away, I’ve been working late, and sleeping less, and then you fall back into bad habits.

Up until this day I had been force-feeding because I was scared of losing too much weight.

I was forcing myself to eat past the point of satiety just to get the extra calories in.

It was on the 12th day that I recognized the fact that my body does not like big meals.

What I learned is that big meals aren’t actually necessary. One normal sized meal per day is enough.

I ate a HUGE meal on the 12th day and did not defecate well on the morning of the 13th day.

Big meals make it harder to digest and harder to defecate (and also cheese backs you up).

I also realized how vital sleep is.

Whenever I get my full 9.5 hours sleep I have solid discipline and stay away from carbs but when I get less sleep I crave carbs and give in.

When sleep is insufficient, self-discipline is insufficient.

Insufficient sleep directly leads me to low self-discipline which directly leads me to eating carbohydrates which directly leads me to inferior energy and inferior mental clarity.

I would add one more thing. Take the tools you need to monitor yourself with you. In our case, that is scales and glucometers. Do not over measure. Do not over think. Do not over restrict.

Eat an ordinary meal, enjoy it, and get on with life: long walks included. If you have to attend social events, eat. You will not eat as much. If you are stressed and have a bad day, continue with the plan the next day. At our age, it is about being healthy and doing things together. this week showed us that one does not know the length of your life, so you should make this time count.