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14 January 2006 @ 03:51 am
Nuke 'Em Til They Glow  
So, I broke down and bought a microwave. Because, well, despite the fact that I may well be getting rid of it in a few months, right now I can afford the $75 or so it takes to get a moderately decent one. And, well, it will make my life a lot easier, and maybe even healthier.

Because I've decided to go on a full-blown diet. Not a particularly strict one (frex, I'm not going to bother counting calories when doing anything social -- I don't have enough of a social life where that would matter these days), but I'm planning on keeping the freezer full of those god-awful low calorie frozen dinners and a supply of those 100-calorie snacks around. As long as I'm eating crap, I might as well eat low-calorie crap, and these days, I can afford the extra expense (the thing about unhealthy food -- fast food -- is that it's cheap. And easy. Eating healthy isn't really either of those, and especially not both).

Also, I need more exercise (or, really, any). So, I'm intending to start hiking up Green Mountain in the mornings after work again. Did pretty well at that for a while last year, but I've completely fallen out of the habit. As usual, I blame work, and not enough sleep, and funky schedules, and all that crap. Which is all well and good, but I can certainly do better than I have.

I suppose you can consider these resolutions of a sort.
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Now playing: Fastball - Warm Fuzzy Feeling
Allison Steinastein142 on January 14th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Some of those frozen dinners aren't too bad. I've been stocking the freezer with some of "fancier" ones (in the white boxes) because I'm bored silly with my own cooking. But they aren't especially filling. Add a piece of fruit for dessert. A medium apple, banana or orange is roughly 100 calories. Also, I've found that an ounce of nuts or a stick of string cheese is more filling than an equal portion of processed snack foods. Hang in there!
Douglas Triggs: duckdoubt72 on January 15th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
Eh, don't really like fruit (not that fond of sweet things), and it doesn't keep.

But it's by no means a hardcore diet, I'm just keeping a stock of those dinners as my "default" food. As opposed to the vast amount of fast food I normally eat -- usually picking some up on the way to work, or home, or whatever. So, I'm expecting I'll often eat something a lot more fattening, just not all the time, and also probably be slightly hungry a lot of the time while my system gets used to not eating fifty Wendy's cheeseburgers a day.

Because either way, these days I don't have the time or energy to cook much, so I'm doing a little lifestyle engineering to deal with that.
Allison Steinastein142 on January 15th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
That makes sense. I got into a habit of stopping at the grocery instead of the drive-thru a few years back to pick up fast healthy hot food (yummmmm roast chicken yummmmm) at the deli. But if your afterwork trip home is in the morning, those are harder to find.
hda73309 on January 25th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
I have to wonder how much it helps to eat food ONLY because it's low-calorie. For instance, olive oil and trans-fats might (I don't know for sure) have the same calories per weight, but they take completely different paths in the body as they're metabolized. Olive oil can be very beneficial, whereas trans-fats actually lead to inflammation in the body. If you ever look for a diet to follow, I'd recommend Dean Ornish, cuz everything I've heard from him makes sense. There's a lot to him, but as a starting point he espouses eating lots of fiber and eschews trans-fats (the partially-hydrogenated oils that keep food "fresh" forever.) Anwyay, good luck with your diet.
Douglas Triggs: duckdoubt72 on January 25th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Well, like I said above, it's more about lifestyle and not being completely stupid about how I eat.

As it is, those diet dinners are reasonably good on the calorie balance (i.e., protein versus fat, unsaturated versus saturated fat, and most all of them advertise no trans-fats), so they're certainly several steps up from almost any fast food.