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06 June 2012 @ 02:30 am
More on sugar-free endurance test  
Like I said in my last post, I am not sure where I am going with this. I kind of expected this to be harder. That being said, I kind of don't want to go back to sugar. Now that I don't seem to have had much weight gain (in fact, last I weighted 2 lbs less than when I started 35 days ago), I could do this for a while. But then what?

While I figure that out, let me explain why I did this to start off: just to see what happened. I had no idea. last time I went 27 days in 2007 before I broke, and I don't even remember why. I recall I gained 5 lbs, and felt miserable. I had cravings that built up and just got to be too much. Probably one of those. I felt 5 years was good to try again. I thought I'd make it to 20, maybe 25 before I felt like crap. But I am on 35 and not feeling as crappy. I have been doing a lot of pondering on this, and I think it's because I am now taking Metformin for my type 2 diabetes.

Eventually, I'd like to resort to a very simple diet of meats, veggies, some dairy, and fruits. A very simple diet of fresher and basic stuff. But I didn't want to give it all up in one go. I felt that being off sugar would be a decent test to study the effects of cravings. But that didn't work out as being so tough as I expected. Next, I am going to try and cut back on processed foods or high carbs (like vastly reduce bread and potato intake). I am going to try and increase roots and berries.

I'd also like to mention this is my test, not yours. Nothing in what I am doing is licensed by a physician; my doctor has no idea. In fact, I just started it on May 1st on a whim. I could have also gone bowling. I am also weird. My body does not react like others do in may cases. Vitamin C (in doses over 200mg) makes me sick. I cannot taste the difference in artificial sweeteners and real. Pepsi and Coke taste the same to me. Lobster has no taste. I see colors and halos around people which may or may not be synesthesia. I am mildly allergic to eggs, corn, and beans. I am immune to poison ivy. And so on. So, don't look to me for guidance and inspiration like I know what the heck I'm doing. I'm nuts.

Now, one fear I have is... say I'm at a party, and all they have is chips, cookies, soda, and a veggie platter with stuff I don't really like. I will starve. Or be miserable as fibers of supermarket celery and rubbery cheery tomatoes hurt what teeth I have left. Not sure what to do there.
Aurienneaurienne on June 6th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
Get in the habit of always having a bag with some acceptable snacks...apples last a while, or well-wrapped cheese, or nuts. and offer to bring stuff to parties, so there's always 1 "safe" dish.
patches023 on June 6th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
That is what I was going to suggest, bring your own food to share. I have a very specialized diet and I always bring something that I can eat to every party.

Good for you for trying this.
chellebelle74chellebelle74 on June 6th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
I was about to say something very similar. Bringing a dish so there will definitely be one safe dish is a good idea, and speaking as a party host I also like a non-dramatic, low/no-pressure heads up about any dietary needs my guests have. That's not to say I like it when drama llamas try to dictate the entire party menu, but a friendly heads up can help me try to at least throw a bone (or an apple or some nuts or whatever) to a person with dietary restrictions.
montuos: spoonmontuos on June 6th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
So what kind of noshie bits do you like that will remain in your chosen diet?

For the last couple-three months I've been following somebody who's had sufficient success modifying his diet that he's been able to go off his diabetes meds. It sounds like you may be heading in a similar direction with your diet.
punkwalruspunkwalrus on June 6th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Noshie bits
Well, I haven't run into too much yet to make this an issue. I bought cheese, bananas, and some other fruit.

Balticon was my first real test. Luckily, Ops had some food, and I bought some fruit of my own. Plus they had enough people with odd diets to pick and choose. Up next is AMA, where I will not have a central "ops" support, but will have my own room, so I will try a shopping run there as well. Then I have an annual summer pool party notorious for junk food, but they usually have a cheese and fruit platter as well, so I should be good there.

Then Otakon.

I suspect a lot of the noshie bits will be cheese and fruit for all of them.

feyandstrange on June 6th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if this was affecting your blood sugar, mood, or anything like that.

More and more of my friends have been shifting to healthier diets, and as a party hostess I try to keep that in mind. I do still have some "junky" stuff - partly because some of us let ourselves splurge a little at parties, and because for me at least I would rather have a few handfuls of potato chips at a party than eat the whole bag later, so there are some things I only eat or buy for parties. Potato chips are a special occasion food, for instance. (I really like the natural kettle chip cheese suckers.)

But I always have some veggie trays, cheese and crackers, various dips and things which are at least okay on the healthy stuff, and things like hummus and falafel and pita chips, as well as trying to have deviled eggs and a meat option. (Roast chicken from the nearest place that does roast chickens, often - it's cheap and tasty and I don't need to cook it myself. Or a sliced meat platter or something like it. Devilled eggs are cheap and have lots of protein, but take more work. We tend to mix the drinks too strong, so I try to have plenty of protein to ballast the guests versus the martinis.) I usually have a dried fruit option - craisins or sultanas or whatever the handy healthy store has on sale.

I'm trying to get better about healthy options for food snacks and for drinks when we entertain. It's a bit tricky because I have trouble eating many of the "healthy" things because of my own stupid health limitations (fiber and lots of spices hurts me), so I don't like to buy things that won't get eaten and which I can't eat. But almost anything is better than the sort of consuite spread of brownie bites, gummy things, chez doodles and sodas.

If someone RSVPs and I know they're on a diet or food restriction, I make extra sure to have stuff there they can eat. (People who don't RSVP and show up and whine about the lack of food that fits their needs are politely reminded that there is a very healthy market less than two blocks away which has lots of stuff they could bring to share.) And I keep an eye out for restaurants that have a wide range of foods so I can go out to eat with folks who are vegetarian or no-sugar or no-wheat and still be able to eat myself.
punkwalruspunkwalrus on June 6th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
This hasn't made a dent on my blood sugar, which is in the 90/110 range. My mood seems stable enough, but my life has so many ups and downs, a control sample is hard to get. I don't *feel* different, good or bad.

Man... now I want roast chicken...

It's great you try to deal with people ahead of time. I agree with your stance on prep work, and your response to those who expect others to bow to them with no warning. I am reminded of problems FanTek had during their cookouts when someone would show up for a work party, not work, and complain that the (free) food was not sensitive to their restricted diet. "Oh look, my very own copy of the emancipation proclamation..."

I know I have an odd diet, but feel no right to demand others kowtow to it. Like I am allergic to corn and eggs. If you only have creamed corn and deviled eggs, and I didn't pay for it, I am an adult and feed myself before or after the party. I like to remain flexible.
Tiger: Teadreamtigress on June 7th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
I tend to try and bring at least a "Tiger-safe" beverage if not a full dish when I go to parties. I bring home brewed tea pretty much everywhere, as it is all I drink. I bring an electric kettle, tea pot, and tea supplies to conventions now so I have fresh brewed tea all weekend. It's cheaper and easier than trying to find Tiger-safe beverages, and it's supper nummy too.