Wednesday, March 25, 2009

This Time

Markovian Theory: Nude Vegetarianism
Mark loves meat. Any meat. Three times per day. Just the mention of a meal based around vegetables makes him crazy. And...I am thinking about radically switching the way we eat. In trying to gently break the potential change to him I mentioned I had ordered the book, "The New Vegetarian." I was in the laundry room and was sort of hollering this information to him in the kitchen. A couple of minutes after my announcement he came roaring around the corner with a big smile on his face. "That will be great," he enthused, "when do we start?" I was taken aback and said I had to get the book first. "Can't be soon enough for me," he said. I was dumbfounded. "You mean you won't mind giving up meat three times a day," I asked? "Not with those rewards," he responded with a wink. "What rewards," I enquired, thinking about weight loss and increased energy? "You in the buff with a bowl of beans. I could even learn to like broccoli." ...sigh

This time I am going to eat more fruit, vegetables, flour and dairy. I have been terrified of carbs. I was sure they were going to send my blood sugar soaring and guarantee fat storage. Mebbe so. I don't know yet. But I do know I am sick and tired of a mainly low carb lifestyle. And I am eating carbs. Baaaad carbs. If I am going to eat them anyway why not try a diet composed of healthy ones? I will keep you posted how this all works out. But, the point of this post isn't about our new diet life style. It's about the fact that I believed I shouldn't even attempt a new lifestyle.

I believed that because I had lost weight on my low carbish food plan I should continue to use that plan. But my weight loss STOPPED two years ago and I have been slowly gaining ever since. For one whole day I was down to 179, and then the engine reversed directions. A couple of weeks ago I weighed 202. As y'all know I have struggled to stay on course with my same food plan but my heart has not been in it since we moved up here. I know it is a great food plan and that some people stick with it for life. But I am not going to be one of those people. And I have felt like a failure. Again.

If this is such a great plan, why can't I stick with it? Because it is not new and fun anymore. I know it by heart. I like new and interesting stuff and I am bored to tears with my food. And I believe this to be bad. Very bad. I am a food flibbertigibbet. I was brought up to believe that if something is successful only an irresponsible idiot attempts to change it. Who wants to be an irresponsible idiot?

I also am convinced about the science behind increased dietary protein and reduced carbs. The more protein you eat the more fat you burn. Carbs cause increased insulin output and fat storage. End of story. Who but an idiot would willingly go against science?

As God is my witness, "I am that idiot," to paraphrase Gomez Adams.

I have a renewed sense of adventure about trying a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. Will be new and fun, and healthy, I hope. If it doesn't work at least I will have had a good time experimenting.

To reiterate my point, if it ain't working stop 'it' and try something new. It is okay to be a food flibbertigibbet. While you are at it, be a flibbertigibbet in other areas too. Nude vegetarianism anyone?

Take care, Bea.


Helen said...

Mark sounds like a doll...very must like my DB...and we are lucky to have men like this! :-)

I understand what you mean about needing variety...I also have trouble with set "plans" unless I come up with them myself. Maybe it's the Aquarius in me -- gotta be UNIQUE, doncha know? ;-)

Good luck -- and check out the Moosewood Low-Fat Favorites cookbook for DELICIOUS vegetarian food. NO red meat or poultry in there at all and very limited fish. It's my favorite. :-)

Helen said...

Oops, I meant "very MUCH" not "very must"...maybe I should proofread!

Annimal said...

Nude cooking-ouch. When I think of the condition of my apron, I grimace with the thought of that being my skin!
That did give me a much needed smile today. I love the description of your exuberant hubby.
I know a lot of vegatarians that have very unhealthy diets. In order to avoid all animal products a lot of "foods" are artificially processed, so be careful of the extremes.

LG said...

Mark sounds wonderful! :-)

Have you gone to the web and looked at google books? Here's a link to Google Books:

There's Mark Bittman's book on vegetarian cooking (How to Cook Vegetarian) and it's not 100% vegetarian oriented (I think). Deborah Madison had a nice book out on that -- you might pick it up through google book or for a cheap copy. I know I should do this more but for now, it's in the planning stages until I get more organized.

Vickie said...

it is good that you are starting your nude cooking this time of year as the temps will be on their way back up shortly (at least here, maybe not there) - if you had started in November - would have been a very cold winter. . .

Cindy...154 said...

The nude thing sounds fun. Let me know how it works for you! also I believe in making the food interesting and mixing things up a bit. I lost gradually by doing whatever worked at the time. I still believe in being flexible..

Nory Roth said...

Must be something in the air! I have taken up a completely vegan life-style for the Lenten season. The whole "suffering for Jesus" thing has seemed to click with me. I have maintained this regimen since Ash Wednesday, and am feeling great! On a nice side note, I have lost thirty pounds since the beginning of the year, my BP is running incredibly low, and my outlook is more positive than I can remember for some time. I wish you well on this new way of eating. As for me, I can't wait until Easter -- I plan to add back the ovo-lacto component and see where it leads.