Deb Asked, So Here is Video of What I Eat in Pana
Andy, thanks so much for making this video in response to my question about your diet while in Guatemala. So you eat like a forager of sorts as you find what you can eat on the spot. It really makes Panajachel all the more appealing to know that they have these wonderful street food markets available every day of the week. Those fresh peas looked yummy and I really lit up when I saw your chunk of queso. A little tip on your flax seed, as any unchewed seeds will slip right thru your system: Find a small coffee grinder and finely grind up a little scoop of flax seeds. Then let them soak overnight in a cup of water. Gulping down this little beverage after several hours of soaking, you'll get the maximum benefit and nutrition from the seeds.
Deb, thanks for the information on how to prepare the flax seed. However, I know myself, I will only grind them with my teeth, try to crack them, and eat them, I read they needed ground. Yet, I truly do see food as an addiction, and "championing" the flax seed by giving it all this attention would force me to think about food too much in one day, and this is the sign of an obsession, we think, I am very good at foraging, then stopping, doing anything but preparing food. It is my belief that people should not make food special if they want to stay thin, so all these creative ways of eating foods is like an alcoholic trying to drink wine, when he or she really wants gin, it is same same. If any food takes longer than 10 minutes to make, buy, or eat, I remove it from my menu. The problem with food for me, is everyone around me dwells on food. I dwell on nutrients, never on how to prepare food, or special dishes, that to me like an alcoholic working as a bartender. Or a food addict working as a chef. People think they have will power, we all have none, temptation rules the world.
Andy, have you ever considered fasting? When I was a young adult I "unintentionally" fasted for about 38-40 days, eating no food at all. Maybe just grape juice once in awhile but plenty of water everyday. I didn't set out to do that but it just seemed to happen. I wasn't anorexic or anything or at least way back then that condition was unknown. The first 10 days I was really hungry but after that I started enjoying how I felt, so light and my hunger subsided. The 40 days really sneaked up on me. I had no desire to eat at all and I was enjoying that but I became overwhelmed with the fear of dying if I continued not to eat. I had no idea how difficult it would be to start eating again. It was a slow, painful process.
PS I do not recommend to anyone to fast like I did. I believe I survived it because I was already quite petite and young and almost no body fat. I was a strict vegetarian and ate no animal fats. Remarkably I only lost about 15 lbs during that time. It could be deadly for anyone that is obese or even slightly over weight because they could trigger a severe gall bladder attack or cause serious problems with their liver. I've known of healthy adults who've embarked on sudden “low fat” diets who've ended up at the ER. Vets warn pet owners that its deadly for obese kitties to go a few days without food. So, I believe that holds true for those of us who are overweight, too.
Deb V, you asked if I have fasted. Yes, many times, the most recent was in Togo for one day when I had what seems to be the start of an infection on my leg, sort of a pimple that wanted to turn into a boil. More or less the maxim:
“Feed a cold, starve a fever”
I believe a radical avoidance of sugar, carbs is needed when one has infections, phlegm, congestion, or swelling of lymph glands. Because sugar is the nutrient needed for bacteria and fungus to grow.
Here are 7 reasons to fast.
1. Religious (Intentional) - This is the idea that doing something for God. Sometimes we are not capable of doing action, so doing no action is possible.
2. Old people getting bored, and do not eat. (Not intentional.)
3. Extreme stress (Unintentional) - Lost of husband or wife, girlfriend, job loss, war. If a person is doing a job that requires 100 percent concentration, they may not eat for a day. 99 percent of people probably never experience this concentration fast.
4. Health (Intentional) - As I stated above.
5. “Man Up” (Intentional) - An act of willpower, just to tell the mind, or body who is the boss.
6. Start a Diet: Go Keto faster.
7. Give the food that is available to people who need it.
Fasting is a fun topic, but one that could get people very angry. Why? Because most people probably have never gone a day without eating, and cannot imagine why to fast, it seems incomprehensible. Yet, I believe everyone would benefit from at least the "Man Up."
I fasted once in my 20 to get off weed smoking and overall clense and life change. I made it about 5 days. It was quite trippy and felt really good. I never did it thereafter on the same scale. I did some brown rice fast for a few days which cured some bowel irritation. I know thats carbs but it did the trick. Some of those elaborate clenses are too complicated for me or at least it seems. But I guess it's all good to try. You are right, the willpower accomplishment seems to give it a big positive kick. Sometimes when I'm sick I don't eat for a day. It's the bodys way of healing itself. Animals don't eat when they are sick. There is body wisdom. When in touch with it one knows what to do.
You are scaring me, guys.
Andy, I think that I'm #3, an unintentional faster and sometimes #4 for health. But I don't deliberately fast for health but my health will "force" me to fast such as when I have a migraine that can sometimes last a few days. But then that would be unintentional. Also, I never have probs with the "flu" because at the first sign of feeling ill, just stop eating, rest one's gut and whatever it was will probably be gone by the next day. I recently had to meet a court deadline to file paperwork in my battle with the bank to save my home. I had been studying like mad at the law library and in preparation without intending to do so, the hours flew by as I went two solid days without eating nor sleeping at all because I was so focused on completing my paperwork to meet the deadline. It felt like I had done a thesis in hyper-speed. In court when the judge looked over my paperwork she said to me, “Its obvious to me that you have legal help (as in an attorney)” which I didn't. Concentration fasting is what enabled me to achieve that (and prayer!). I “forget” to eat all the time, often going 12-24hrs without food but then my loving hubby who has never fasted in his life gets too worried about me and “reminds” me that I need to eat. Another form of fasting is abstaining from certain foods of which I have an active forbidden list. This has really helped me to get the upper hand in preventing my migraines without using any drugs or medication. Andy, fasting is an interesting topic like you mentioned.