A thesis near and dear to my heart (and gut).

This is a short post, but the linked material is quite interesting to me.  I am consistent overeater.  There are some foods I will overeat to the point of feeling completely sick, and keep going.  As a general rule I just eat too damned much, good food or junk.  This series of posts over at Whole Health Source delve into an interesting thesis that may help explain the tendency some of us have.  I think this is particularly important as this more addictive association with food tends to get short shrift from many folks who don’t have the same tendency.

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/04/food-reward-dominant-factor-in-obesity.html

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/05/food-reward-dominant-factor-in-obesity.html

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/05/food-reward-dominant-factor-in-obesity_18.html

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/05/food-reward-dominant-factor-in-obesity_26.html

Did you think I’d really shut up?

So I didn’t make it through the Whole30.  I am left to wonder how to get myself on track and get control.  So what were the problems and what can we do to fix them.

Issues:

  • Little to no control when hungry, always hungry.
  • A little slip leads to bigger slips to just coming off the rails.
  • Going nuts with quantities (always eat too much) even of good food.
  • Never want to eat at home.

I think it’s fair to say that I have some mildly disordered eating habits.  In fact in so many respects I’m not a man of self control.  It seems that I give all the focus and self control I have to my professional life and it leaves nothing in the tank for my personal life.  This results in extreme inconsistency in my adherence to dietary and fitness protocols.  Oddly I think about both of them very often.  I do something about them much less often.

So I have, what may be reasonably termed adult ADD.  How does one get control of oneself in such matters.  How does one motivate from the inside?  How does one make the desires of the logical brain turn into the actions of the more reptilian brain?

Boy I wish I knew.  So I’m going to try a few things over the next week and see how they work in improving my focus and ability to complete tasks in my life.  This is multivariate (changing more than one thing at once) so it doesn’t qualify as a legitimate scientific test.  That said I’ll give it a week and see how it goes.

Technique 1: End each day with a list of specific tasks to be accomplished the following day.

Technique 2: Start each day with 15 minutes of meditation envisioning what will be accomplished by the end of the day.

So I’m going to give these two things a try for the rest of the week and see how it goes.  I’ll report back next week.

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Our 2nd Anniversary.

Two years ago today I married this hottie!  Now she’s carryin’ our baby!  My love, you are the world to me.  Through thick and thin we’ve always pulled together.  May the decades roll out ahead of us, and may we always be hand in hand!

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Whole 30: Day 10

Phew, today I got it back together, and I’m prepped for tomorrow.

Sleep: 8.5+hours

Fitness: 1.5mile VFF run with the dog.

Food: M1: Eggs, sausage & Coffee.  M2: Double meat salad with guacamole from Chipotle.  M3: Sauted roots and veggies.  M4: Beef & Broccoli with guacamole and some dark chocolate covered almonds.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Whole 30: Day 9/30

Whole30: Day 8/30

I feel like a sham saying this two days in a row, but today was seriously one of the most stressful I’ve had in some time (but far from the worst). My wife and I tried out best to help out someone who is dealing with some mental health issues. Sadly we were not able to help in all the ways we would have liked. I can at least say we left her in the best hands we could.

So all that drama behind us, tomorrow, we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled program.

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Paleo Eats Episode 3: Texas Style Chili (no stinkin’ beans!)

Ok, so when I filmed this I did not have my lovely wife available as camera-woman, so you’ll find that only my hands are in the shot….and there is a lot of “talking with my hands”.  Sorry about that, I know this is a step backward in production quality from the episode 2.

Even still I think this is a useful episode as it provides a super simple and inexpensive go to meal.  The heavy use of spices makes for a bold flavor and a real pleaser.  I broke this pot up into about 4 servings and took them with me on a cross country plane ride for work, and it held up really well and gave me important options while on the go.

My meat source is Circle Key Farms from Eloy, AZ.  They sell at a couple of farmer’s markets around the valley.  I go to the Ahwatukee farmer’s market.  I highly recommend all their meats.

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