Nutrition Humor – Bored Is Bad

Don’t I know this dilemma!  

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Tactics to combat it?

  1. Get moving!  Do some kind of activity, even housework if you are cooped up – SOMEthing will put your mind on other things.
  2. Reach for something healthy first.  Sweeter whole fruits, for example, are a much better bet than sugary or fatty foods, and they are liable to fill you up with water and fiber, in addition to hitting your sweet tooth.
  3. Intellectualize.  You know what’s really going on – own up to it, and don’t give in.
  4. Know your portions.  If you have tried everything, and you are still feeling the overwhelming urge to snack, grab a pre-portioned package…not the full size.  I’ve seen more and more snacks coming out in individual bags or packs – a wonderful thing!  If your favorite crave-worthy item DOESN’T come that way…think ahead and make your own.  Small snack ziplock bags are your best friend in this case.  Not to mention, you can put those things higher up on a shelf, as an example, to make them more of a hassle to get to. Keep in mind the best defense is not buying those things in the first place but…again…if you feel like deprivation will make things worse, and trigger binge eating, try the above method.

 

Portion Control 101, by Mackenzie Arrington For Jiu-Jitsu Magazine

This article about portions – Portion Control 101 – came my way recently via Jiu-Jitsu Magazine.  

Jiujitsu Magazine

Jiu-jitsu Magazine

If you google “portion control” you will be bombarded with enough articles and charts to sink a ship – but amidst the plethora, they generally share similar advice. Phew.

(As a note, you might also be bombarded with innumerable photos of Professor Snape – The seemingly insignificant “r” in portions makes potions so close in the eyes of Google that you may as well be in the Harry Potter fan club.  Nutrition, magic.  Eating, dragons… I dunno…)
Learningzone Express

Learningzone Express

Portions are a tricky thing for me – I can definitely eat a lot more than I do, and have to make a concerted effort NOT to go overboard.  As a kid, my level of activity was so high that I needed to eat more than I did.  Nowadays maintenance requires mindfulness, and a good deal less where volume is concerned.  When I falter, I see the difference fast.

Everyone is different so each person will have his or her own needs and requirements when it comes to how much they need to take in on a daily basis. No need – EVER – to compare.

One of my personal problems is being bored or – just-because-for-no-good-reason – feeling like I need to chomp on something (even when my stomach is fine!) I can’t say chewing gum is the best habit either but…better that (in my case) than eating more calories than I need.  

Anyway. . .the article talks about using one’s own hand as a guide – it’s a useful tool, and one you never leave home without. Jiu-Jitsu practitioners are notorious for monitoring their diets – the Gracie family, for one is HUGE on nutrition.  In fact, they have their own diet and they unapologetically recommend their students abide by it.  

At the end of the day what works best for you to reach your goals may well be different than someone else, or that new and special “diet” (fad, doctor-recommended, whatever!)  That’s OKAY! 

What can help all of us is portions – minding the amount of food we take can be a massive help in obtaining results, regardless of what macronutrients our body needs, or in what quantity.  

I know I need to allow myself to feel full sometimes, for example.  Taking a drink of water and waiting a few minutes helps deter me when I feel extra ravenous.  If I’m still starving in a half hour, maybe I do need a little more protein – but better than having far too much in a sitting without really needing it. 

 

Ingredients…the Book

I came across this book – Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products, by Dwight Eschilman and Steve Ettlinger – rather by accident…but it’s something that I am interested in, for sure.  I recently realized I am lactose intolerant…and for the last two or so years, I’ve come to the conclusion that I have new food allergies – yes, 35 years into Life, they reared their (frankly, inconvenient) heads.

I eat incredibly clean but I have my areas – I use Sucrolose, for one.  As I’ve mentioned before, sugar does not sit well with me…and Stevia caused a whole plethora of allergies.  But before you judge, please recognize we ALL slip somewhere!  Many of my friends are health-conscious-crazed…and even they have a few intruders. (It’s possible I’m interjecting this point because it makes me feel better.  At least I admit it, right?  Right? 😉 ) 

Pick your poison, is almost what it comes down to.  I think THE cleanest eater I know is my brother.  It’s a challenge to be free of all things non-natural, but it can be done.  One of my issues is that honey doesn’t work as a sweetener for me, nor some of the purported “better-for-you-than-sugar-but-basically-the-same-thing” products.  Especially for my coffee…I need a little bit!

That aside, I also take an amino supplement…one I haven’t found a comparable, ultra-clean version of.  So I worry about dyes and other “stuff” that lurks in the formulation.  It makes me a wee bit nervous but I think sometimes I let it go because the bulk of what I do ingest is relatively healthy…and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) can really get the best of me.

“Relatively.”  

It is ALL relative, isn’t it?

I saw one of the food photography images from the book, and I was intrigued.  It looks akin to a chemistry experiment.  I kind of feel like I need to pull out my Bunsen burner, some glass slides, and a microscope…

(C) - Doritos. Photo by Dwight Eschliman, from Ingredients (Regan Arts, September 2015)

(C) – Doritos. Photo by Dwight Eschliman, from Ingredients (Regan Arts, September 2015)

I mean…sure, some salt, or spices…  But what’s up with the colored bits!?  Why ARE there so many powders?  

It’s a tiny bit creepy, don’t you think?  Doritos taste good, I know (at least our buds say they do)…but they DO leave our hands bright enough to paint road stripes.  Um…eeek.  

*puzzled face*

(C) - Photo by Dwight Eschliman, from Ingredients (Regan Arts, September 2015)

(C) – Photo by Dwight Eschliman, from Ingredients (Regan Arts, September 2015)

 

(C) - Photo by Dwight Eschliman, from Ingredients (Regan Arts, September 2015)

(C) – Photo by Dwight Eschliman, from Ingredients (Regan Arts, September 2015)

I can’t say that I am particularly keen on chem… Or maybe I should say “adept at” – I thought class was cool, but I was more interested in sports…or the next experiment, or…”oh hey! Are those ghost crystals?!” (my attention span is, sadly, that of a Gemini.  We get incredibly excited and entranced, only to lose interest and want a new challenge about three seconds later.)  

Sigh.

I’d like to say I am solidly knowledgable about EVERY ingredient in my supplements, and in my food…but the assurance would be unjust.  I DEFINITELY check my labels more than the average person, and I know for certain, I eat “cleaner” and “less processed” on the whole.  But I need to be better versed, and I like that this book has a visual element to it.  

I haven’t read the book – I only just came across its “Doritos” ingredient layout.  It may be more suited for someone who likes looking at molecular structures, or understands the interplay between hexagons and linked lines.  But it may also be a help for those of us with a need and desire to delve a bit deeper.  I’m hoping it’s the latter case, as opposed to the former maningful-shapes scenario.  I’m going to look into it myself…