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the nice misanthrope ([personal profile] kat_nic) wrote2011-03-22 04:03 pm
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I've been thinking a lot about my health lately. I know a lot of terrible diseases run in my family, both sides, heart disease, diabetes and cancer being the top three. I've already made very significant changes in my diet, such as cutting waaaay down on how much sugar I consume by drinking less soda (can't entirely kick the habit, unfortunately), and drinking unsweetened tea. I tried the artificial sweeteners, but they all taste awful, even stevia. So most of what I drink now is either tea or water. I also gave up white flour, even for baking. Most cookie and brownie recipes I have work fine with whole wheat, and there honestly isn't a discernible difference. Also nixed are white rice and basically all canned, prepackaged or "convenience" foods. After eating this way for the last three or so years, I really do prefer the taste and texture of whole grain foods.

I've been thinking about becoming a vegetarian off and on the last few years. The way animals for meat are raised is sickening, as well as damaging to the environment. But I really do enjoy eating meat, so I think an acceptable compromise is drastically limiting my intake, and making sure when I do buy it, the animal was raised cruelty-free. I'm also going to restrict my dairy and egg intake as well, but fish and shellfish are still on. ;)

[identity profile] evilnel.livejournal.com 2011-03-22 08:13 pm (UTC)(link)
I dig that. I try to buy cage free eggs and free range / organic chicken and the like. The conditions of the animals is atrocious in a lot of cases, but I'm a meat eater and can't survive without red meat (I'm already super anemic so I'd like die without the small amount of red meat I do get).

[identity profile] kat-nic.livejournal.com 2011-03-22 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm sorry. :( Probably a dumb question, but have you tried taking iron supplements? I take them because otherwise I am nothing but a pile of blah, due to my heavy periods.

[identity profile] natural-blue-26.livejournal.com 2011-03-22 08:40 pm (UTC)(link)
My mom added more spinach to her diet bc her iron was always so low that they wouldn't let her donate blood/etc. Have you tried that?

[identity profile] kat-nic.livejournal.com 2011-03-22 09:10 pm (UTC)(link)
It's not enough. I love spinach, and all greens, really, but my iron is really stupidly low. I'd have to eat pounds and pounds of it every day, and I don't love it that much.

[identity profile] natural-blue-26.livejournal.com 2011-03-22 09:45 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think even bunnies or goats like greens to that extent, either. ^_^

[identity profile] evilnel.livejournal.com 2011-03-22 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I've tried taking iron and multivitamins with iron, but they make me so sick it's not worth it. I would probably feel more lively if I weren't so anemic all the time but the iron makes me feel more immediately sick so I avoid it. I should probably figure out a way, but it's expensive, too, and I already take so much for my various conditions that I'm loathe to add a single pill in!

[identity profile] kat-nic.livejournal.com 2011-03-23 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
They make my mom nauseous, too. She was finally able to get an endometrial ablation (she had a tubal ligation years ago) because she was just so tired all the time.

Have you tried eating more greens? I know they can be a pain to prepare but if you buy them frozen they're a lot easier to deal with. I like to buy mixed greens and defrost them, then saute them in olive oil with minced onion, garlic and chiles. Chiles optional, lol. I like spicy food.

[identity profile] evilnel.livejournal.com 2011-03-23 01:20 am (UTC)(link)
I eat a lot more fruit than vegetables. I try to each spinach when I eat leafy things, but it's hard to keep since I'm only 1 person and I don't eat it often. I don't really feel that bad that I'm concerned about it, but I don't think I could give up meat. I didn't eat any meat in Tanzania because it was, um, questionable, and when I got home I felt like SHIT for like 3 weeks until I'd had about 21 hamburgers, lol.

[identity profile] kat-nic.livejournal.com 2011-03-23 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
That's the great thing about buying frozen vegetables, though. They keep forever, they're less expensive than fresh and a lot of times, they taste better, because frozen veg are harvested when they're ripe and frozen within days, while the so-called fresh produce was picked before it was ripe and has been sitting in a case for weeks. I think a lot of people who say they don't like vegetables have just never tasted really good ones. I used to think I hated cooked greens like collards and mustard greens, because they only way I'd ever had them was boiled until they were sludge.

[identity profile] evilnel.livejournal.com 2011-03-23 02:31 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, I like vegetables, I'm usually just too lazy to prepare them. I do try to eat a veggie with my meals, but my diet is pretty grab and go/lunch box style. I dunno, I'm not too worried about it.

[identity profile] natural-blue-26.livejournal.com 2011-03-22 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Good for you! :) I also don't think I could cut meat out completely and still be able to eat somewhat healthy, you know? We're close enough to Amish country that I try and buy their products, etc. Could never be vegetarian, though- too many veggies I'm not fond of lol.

I gave up all bread things for Lent, though, and I'm having a hard enough time doing it for a few weeks- my ancestors are horrified/rolling in their graves, I'm sure. I've yet to find a brand of whole grain pasta that I like- any suggestions?

[identity profile] kat-nic.livejournal.com 2011-03-22 09:08 pm (UTC)(link)
You know, whole grain pasta is just something that you have to get used to, I think. I always just buy whatever's cheapest, lol. I do remember the first time I ate it, I was like, yeah this is different, but after the second or third it really didn't taste any different to me. Now when I eat white pasta, it feels weird! The texture is too smooth.

Oh, man, if I had to choose between meat and bread, I'd have to go with bread. Bread is...I just really, really love bread.

[identity profile] natural-blue-26.livejournal.com 2011-03-22 09:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Bread is, like, LIFE dude. ^_- Totally understand. This is almost as hard as the year I gave up coffee, except the people I work with flat out banned me from doing *that* again. ...Let's just say it was not pleasant lol.

[identity profile] kat-nic.livejournal.com 2011-03-23 12:32 am (UTC)(link)
Oh wow. I never have liked coffee, but I get my caffeine fix from tea and soda, so yeah, I'm sure you giving up coffee was not pleasant for anyone, hehe.
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[personal profile] thene 2011-03-23 01:39 am (UTC)(link)
Me too - I have a few veggie friends and they seem to know some awesome recipes between them, but I love my meat and I really can't afford to always go free-range on meat (though with eggs I always do).

Do you like green tea at all? I have the problem that black teas (and coffee) don't taste right without sugar, but unsweetened green tea is just fine.

[identity profile] kat-nic.livejournal.com 2011-03-23 02:36 am (UTC)(link)
Well, I figure since I'm going to start treating meat as a luxoury, when I do buy it, I can afford to splurge for free range/organic. Also I am going to learn how to make my own sausage, because cured meat is ♥. I really love all kinds of vegetablles and grains, so it's not any kind of hardship.

Re: tea, I drink unsweetened iced tea, but my morning black tea needs a little sweetness. I limit myself to two teaspoons per cup. And yes I love green (and white) tea.