Friday, May 11, 2012

Daniel Fast, Day 6: Little Notables, Big Excitement


Okay, you about know how this goes:  Breakfast was a handful of raw almonds and an apple.  Lunch was more raw almonds and a banana.  Snack was more raw almonds and a serving of grits.  More about them in a moment.  Supper was pinto beans and an apple.

One thing of which to be aware is the role starches play in your eating.  I'd had a low-level headache and felt unsatisfied for the last two days.  That stopped when I ate the grits.  I prepared them by putting a little extra virgin olive oil and a generous blend of Kosher salt, ground black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder into 1 1/4 C water in a small sauce pan and stirring 1/4 C grits into the water after it came to a boil.  Then I turned it down to a low setting for about five minutes until the grits were thickened to my satisfaction.  I'm ashamed to say that I wolfed them down, but the belly thanked me sweetly and settled itself down quietly to wait for the beans.  The beans were worth the wait.

It's a known fact that fats can help the belly to feel satisfied.  Combine them with some good quality complex carbs, and you have a wining combination for satiation, not to mention one half of a whole protein, with a legume being the other half.  I will not soon diss the grits again, I promise.  I just know better than to eat a whole lot of them at once.  Too many starches in the system at once make me cranky, and the more refined they are, the worse the effect.

Another thing:  I've been stopping up toilets.  That's all I'm gonna say 'bout that :-/.

I've scheduled my trip to Whole Foods for mid-day tomorrow.  I'm excited.  I always welcome an opportunity to go to Whole Foods.  Cashews, here I come :-)!

In all seriousness, I'm beginning to feel better and better, I think.  Concentration was a little better, and tiredness was considerably less.  I also got in another walk via the alternate bus route today.  It went even better today than it did a few days ago, and in uncomfortable shoes, too, YAY!  I am well on the way to being convinced that walking is a doable thing for me.  That, to me, is very exciting!

More to come later . . . :-).

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