I was reading Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach. It mentioned something interesting:
A 10-ounce sirloin steak generates but a single ounce of, as they say in George Fahey’s lab, egesta. Best of all: the egg. “Few foods,” writes Franz J. Ingelfinger, a panelist at the 1964 Conference on Nutrition in Space and Related Waste Problems, “are digested and assimilated as completely as a hard-boiled egg.”
Overall my diet is pretty darn clean.
Drinks:Every day I drink plain coffee and water. I’m addicted to iced coffee – grind the coffee, put it in a pitcher, add cold water, stick it in the fridge overnight, voila! Lately I’ve started drinking a bit more milk, and I drink soda or juice MAYBE once every two weeks. Beer – maybe once per week, and only one bottle at that.
Bread/Rice/Pasta: Overall this is out of my diet. Thinking back on the last month I remember having one bowl of udon soup, but didn’t even eat half my noodles, I had one order of mandu (dumplings), one grilled cheese sandwich, half a bowl of shells & cheese. I think that’s it.
Sugar: Overall out of my diet. However, twice this month I did break down. Once was when my coworker gave me malted milk balls. Once was when I went to the theatre and got a little cookie and a bite sized chocolate bar and a bite sized Mike & Ikes.
I’ve noticed that my appetite has decreased, although I still have a strong desire to EAT. I fix that by preparing cucumbers and bell peppers and tomatoes. What I normally bring to work in the evening: a chicken breast with some laughing cow cheese, cucumbers/bell peppers/tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, and some times prunes or broccoli.
Tonight, I did go out for a beer with a coworker. They had these horrible little snacks that I just eat eat eat, and we had a “chicken salad” composed of random bits of fried chicken/fried egg rolls, pineapple, lettuce, and some dressing. And one beer.
It’s the random inconsistencies that are the reason I’m not losing as fast as I could. Note to self: set some strictness limits for yourself and stick to them.
So, random diet check – what have you been eating lately? What are the positives? What are the negatives? And what did you eat today?