1. No Fudgsicles
Last year I kind of let myself get carried away on Fudgsicles. It says "no sugar" right in the label, these must be OK. Right? Hmmm...Lots of weird stuff in the ingredients:
Nonfat Milk, Maltodextrin, Sorbitol, Polydextrose, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Whey, Palm Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Cellulose Gel, Mono And Diglycerides, Cellulose, Gum, Malted Barley Extract, Salt, Guar Gum, Aspartame,* Polysorbate 80, Acesulfame, Potassium, Polysorbate 65, Citric Acid, Carrageenan, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Caramel Color
...and a warning: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE. But no sugar!
2. No Wheat
In 2016 I reintroduced wheat into my diet. I kept it "whole," as I wrote about last summer: Kamut and Farro review. And I started making whole grain sour dough breads from spelt and rye. I noticed a twinge of my old gout in the days after I'd eat several servings of whole wheat. I can only assume this indicates that Dr. Davis (Wheat Belly author), Dr. Ayers (Cooling Inflammation blog), and the rest who have been warning us against wheat are onto something. When I first took control of my eating back in 2010, wheat was one of the first things to go. I did not miss bread at all, and never got into the gluten-free bread replacement craze. But, sadly, I feel my recent experiments with whole wheat were a failure. I had nearly five full years of being gout free, and this year I had 3 or 4 attacks of gout, right after eating wheat. Oats, buckwheat, teff, and all manner of seeds are still on the menu!
3. No "Chips"
I'm not sure why, but 2016 also saw the reintroduction of potato chips, corn chips, and some other little oily, crispy snacks. I think it was just a mental slip...they are potatoes, how bad can they be? I never meant to eat any, they just happen. How they got into my pantry is a mystery. Jackie does not buy potato chips that are disguised as health food, must have been the cat. The problem with these type of snacks...they seem to lead to a downward spiral of unhealthy eating. The salty, crispy texture leads me to eat more than I should, then makes me crave something sweet...like a fudgsicle.
In 2011 I started intermittent fasting (IF) on a daily 18:6 schedule. Basically, I'd eat lunch at noon and finish dinner by 6pm, fasting the other 18 hours. Then once a week, I'd skip a lunch and dinner which created a 42 hour period of fasting. This worked very well for me, and I felt great. I stopped doing the once-a-week longer fasts at the same time I started eating more veggies and starches, but I have continued the 18:6 eating schedule for nearly 6 years now. This year I'm going to keep the 18:6 IF schedule, and try to do a weekly 42 hour fast. I'll write a couple posts soon on the benefits of prolonged fasting, but it seems to me that skipping a full day's eating provides the most bang for the buck, and daily IF'ing schedule helps people like me who tend to overeat.
5. Move more at work
I have a job where I'm on the computer a lot. I also have ample opportunity to walk around, get outside, and even do some exercising if I wish. I invented a whole routine that I can do, all while being productive at work. It's just that sometimes it's easier not to do it. For instance, I can take the stairs instead of the elevator. I can grab a quick 20 chinups and do some pushups. I can do squats anywhere. If I try, I can get in 30-60 minutes of walking during the day. During lunch break I can find a sunny spot outdoors and catch a good 30 minutes of sunshine. It just takes motivation!
6. Fish more...
I live in Alaska, on the banks of a river where people travel from all around the world to try to catch fish. People pay thousands of dollars to do what I can do any time I like. And after the water's frozen, I can still go fishing. I kind of got out of the habit the last couple years, what with classes and book writing and all. This year will see more wet lines and fish dinners.
Well, that's about it. Eat less, move more, fish more... How about you guys? Any of you slipping into old habits? Make a resolution!
I'll be keeping Veggie Pharm as more of a personal blog for health and lifestyle posts that don't fit the theme of The Potato Hack Chronicle. I'll be trying to write 1 or 2 new posts a week over there, it's been fun setting up and learning the WordPress blogging platform, thanks to everyone who has given me feedback and tips!
Here's to a wonderful 2017.