Resolution Update 2

Resolution update 2.0

  Cooking Salmon  over the fire

Cooking Salmon  over the fire

For the most part I am lightly practicing a ketogenic diet (low carb) higher fat. I also am adding intermittent fasting which can range from 13 hours to 20 a couple times a week. Sometimes I eat many times a day, sometimes just one hero meal. Generally I will fast or work out if the day before I ate more carbohydrates then I prefer. Delaying the time between meals and giving a purpose to that interruption, makes the fasting effortless, rather then experiencing the symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, and irritability when for whatever reason that schedule is interrupted. This resolution is changing my relationship to food. I am consciously fighting cravings and from my success food is losing power over me. I am finding myself looking for, feeling, tasting, and gobbling up nourishment. Not brand names or specific flavors. Sugar as an ingredient and many of the staple foods and snacks we consume provide only to us an ephemeral moment of satisfaction, so powerful that it changes our mood, behavior, and chemistry to fulfill that craving. It makes me wonder what else holds this type of power over me? The fulfillment of a short term satisfaction at the plausible detriment of long term benefit.?.?. (I could rap for awhile about those ideas, but maybe next year’s resolution). Our bodies use two things as fuel; carbohydrates which it turns into glucose and fat which it turns into ketones. Our Standard American Diet (SAD) compounds the two fuel sources. We want the steak and the potatoes. Carbohydrates are much easier for the body to convert into energy so a diet heavy with them becomes carbohydrate dependent. But we still consume the fats, so our body as evolved to store the energy for later use when survival requires us to have it. Our bodies can quickly adapt to either fuel source, but our diets and lifestyle encourage which source to use predominantly. My analogy while meditating on fire- imagine this campfire, when you want it to flare up quickly feed it paper and cardboard, stuff that burns quick. Take note how long it burns and what type of coals it creates, what does the fire look like 10 minutes later and how does it react when you throw a larger log onto it. The log likely sits there as the fire burns out. We are getting cold quickly around this fire so we have to throw more paper and cardboard on it to just keep it alive and likely that log still will sit there. Now imagine building a coal base of dense material, and using larger logs that burn on for hours. The addition of paper and cardboard is done with contextual purpose, to create a moment of more light,  additional heat, it is our moment of higher physical activity or our bodies short term need for more fuel. My goal is to be a fat burner (big logs) and to use carbs as an extra tool fit to the right job. I am now starting to think about what it would be like to have our food sources be more dependent upon the seasons. How might I play with my diet to fit the time of year and based on geographical location? I am still having very much fun with this resolution, I am more intimately connecting with my food and community at broad while stimulating within myself an some primal instincts. Being fed by a grocery store trough is less filling and even feels depressing to my personal masculinity……