Monday, September 21, 2009

Continuing adventures in polysleeping

I've been reading on health and diet, and a few days ago because I'm crazy, I tried another experiment: I went on a no/very low carb diet. Shockingly, within a day, I was sleeping better and more alert when not sleeping. I felt better all over, except for my stomach which took a little adjusting. I also needed some HCL for the first two days, but that requirement had already begun fading by the third day. (Meat requires HCL (= hydrochloric acid) to digest) The dosage for HCL was much easier to get right when eating only meat, I didn't really have any of the troubles I had before.

I've been eating eggs (this awesome grocery store carries some cage free eggs from an amish farm that are great), some bacon, cream, butter, cheese, and mostly beef, cooked rare. Prime rib is a good cut, although a little too expensive perhaps to eat for every meal.

It's important to note that a zero/low carb diet is a high fat diet, not a high protein diet. If you get more than 35-40% of your calories from protein, it can be toxic. So I try to eat all parts of the steak or whatever I'm eating, fat included. Fat has a very good flavor but the texture is not that pleasant to me; it's ok if I eat it along with the other parts of the meat. Note that 60-80% calories from fat means you're eating like 20% fat by weight, which isn't that much, really. I will probably go into more diet theory later, but this is basically what I'm doing at the moment.

So then I ate a big Indian meal. I'm sorry, but I'm going to have naan when I'm at an Indian place. Well, I payed for it. I felt terrible and was really tired for like a day afterwards. I think I'm starting to recover. The beer I had the night after didn't seem to hurt me nearly as much as the naan, so I wonder if wheat is especially hard on my system. Which would really suck because I LOVE bread. I haven't been eating any. It would be nice to have it as a treat once in a while, but if it makes me feel like crap it wouldn't be much of a treat.

Anyway, I think tomorrow I should be back to my zero/low carb state. Hopefully I will feel great again.

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