Archive | March 2012

A Two Week Diet Experiment

The first week:
When I was visiting I started to read the book The 801010 Diet.  I found some of the ideas interesting and so ordered the book.  After reading it, I thought well, one can’t know if it works unless one tries it.  The main improvement I am seeking is for joints.

So we (my husband is joining me in this effort which we have set for two weeks time and then we’ll see) have been following the 801010 menus for a week doing the best we could, using the winter ones because it is too early here for real strawberries that are on the spring menus.  We had to make several substitutions since persimmons are over and there is not a papaya to be found.  We had apples (from our garden) and mangoes instead.

Nothing is perfect so there are good parts and less interesting parts.

I am happy to have lost weight.
I am not suffering from hunger or any shakiness.
An image of a roast beef sandwich flashed in my head but it did have a lot of lettuce and tomato.
I feel like we are ignoring 2/3 of God’s bounty by only eating fruit and greens (and a few nuts and seeds).

It simplifies food prep but could also get boring.  We realize we usually tend to make every meal festive in some way whereas here we must really appreciate plainness.
Aside from a slight tension in the back of the head the first evening, I have had no problems with no longer drinking tea (and that could have been unrelated).
No particular cravings for chocolate whereas I usually have 20 grams per day of 85% Lindt.
We have added a little bit of salt (Herbamare) in the evenings on our salad.

As could have been foreseen, we could not eat the quantities recommended.

I carefully weighed all that I ate and logged the info into cronometer.

nutrients lacking this week:
omega 3 (23% covered)
protein (72%) (not really worried about this)
calcium (40%)
zinc (56%)
vitamin E (67%)
vitamin B12 0%

It’s a funny thing, saying I am following the 801010 doesn’t sound like I am eating raw vegan but I am, except for today when I supplemented with animal products so as to up my calcium intake and get some B12.

The second week:
Our two week experiment with the 80 10 10 diet has come to a close and unfortunately, we
feel better.  We have continued to slim down and have fewer aches and pains, it seems. I say
unfortunately because this means that we would be ill advised to return to our old habits
and would be better off changing.  We do not know yet to what degree we will continue
practicing this method of nutrition.

We eliminated:
I also did not have any chocolate and maybe 3 cups of tea during the 2 weeks.

We do not know which class of eliminated food brought the results, or all of them, or if it
is a question of too much usually.

I discovered even more controversy exists in the field of nutrition, such as how much
calcium does one need, how much B12 and how to get it, the necessity or not of salt, …

For the second week, we followed two of the spring menus from the book and then reverted
back to the winter menus, skipping the day with the cabbage soup.  We happened to find one
papaya (4€84 and half the weight was to be composted, the rind and the seeds) but were not
impressed and so continued substituting apples and mangoes.

A certain amount of gastronomical daring was needed in order to taste the concoctions which
were new to us, the blended soups made with fruit and greens.  Some we found so-so, one we
found horrible and two we found to be delicious.  We think that cabbage in the vitamix may
at times result in a phenomenon due to breaking down of oil molecules.  It was like trying
to eat a whole bowlful of mustard!  French mustard!

Our garbage smelled a lot better–all that it contained was non-recyclable plastic
packaging.  It is my impression that I smell better too, but I would be a poor one to judge

I think for the next few days we will eat some things we missed while maintaining a high
level of fruit and greens, just to cut ourselves a bit of slack.

How Nature Takes Over Anyway

In our garden is an area we covered in black plastic as a mulch to keep it clean until we get around to doing what I have planned for that space, an herb garden.  This has taken longer than foreseen so I clean it off somewhat every once in awhile.  While doing that I saw how nature could quickly take back the entire space.  The ivy sends out creeping shoots, moss forms, leaves and other debris accumulate, grass seeds fall and grow.  Such vitality!

The Creator’s life force is present in all of creation. 

“I am the Strength; the Strength is in the brother (and) in the evil man (alike). The Strength (is) in Yuhshoo, (in) Muhammad, (but also) in the black one, (in) the prickle; (It is) in the ear of the brother, (but also in) the horn (of the buffalo).”

The Revelation of Arès xxviii/5-6

He created us free to choose as we please.  We can work with nature or destroy it.  We can live up to the hopes He had in creating us as spiritual beings or let that part of us die.  We can accept what is commonly termed “human nature” or change it.  When people say oh that’s just human nature, it is usually resignation to our shortcomings, our downfalling.  We don’t have to accept that—we can change within and recover the divine image in which we were created.  I am getting out a spiritual hoe and taking it to work on my heart.  Will you join me?

A Quick Garden Clip

A short video and also I clipped some box…

A Sunday Walk

I thought I would get on my bicycle today but there was way too much wind so I walked instead.  The weather was unsettled, having rained during the night and morning, much needed rain.  As often in this climate, there was a sunny break with boisterous clouds and blustery breezes.

I tasted a gorse flower.  I didn’t realize they were edible until I saw it mentioned on another person’s blog.  I picked one flower, removed the sepals, checked for any type of bug and then slowly chewed it.  It reminded me of something, chew and taste, … ,  yes, it tastes like alfalfa sprouts.

Upon return I thought I would check its properties in a book where I saw it listed as poison due to the seeds apparently.  I decided to do a google and found out on the wiki page that it is indeed edible.

This plant is called ajonc in French and has been used to feed horses in this area.  There was a strange opening at ground level in one of our outbuildings, strange because it did not seem like a window.  I asked our neighbour who told me that an axle protruded there so that the horse could walk around milling the ajonc for his food.  I have also seen this demonstrated in fairs with old time activities using a hand turned grinder.

It is rather thorny and picking the flower reminded me of collecting juniper berries.  They don’t seem to grow here.  When we lived in another area of France, there was a place we knew to go get them after frost.  We “needed” them for sauerkraut.

Nature is full of our Creator’s bounty.

“Have I ever set a price for My Salvation?
Have I not given it to all men in return for efforts of penitence which is joy to pious men,
which is not heavier than the usurer’s worries, which is lighter than the wealthy one’s and the mighty one’s yoke?
Along My Paths toward My Heights bees work hard for all men.
Why senselessly manufacture honey and wax in workshops?
At their foot My Almond trees spread their fruit; the partridge does not require payment for its meat, neither does the goat for its milk.
I make oil gush for (making) fire, I spread the earth ‘s surface with lead and copper for all men in return for efforts to collect and dress them.
Do I not give the tile from clay in return for efforts to bake it?”

The Revelation of Arès 28/25-26