2/18/13

CR happiness appetite

I have to say that my 9 or 10 years of practicing CR coincided with a period in my life where I was not interested in dating. I did not maintain a personal relationship. Now that a significant other is part of my life, practicing CR creates conflicts. It’s difficult to practice CR when my partner is Chinese, for whom the main food in a meal is rice or noodles. Everything else, whether vegetable, fish or meat, is considered a dish. If I am not disciplined in logging in my estimate of what I eat daily in CRON, I gain weight. While traveling, which happens a lot now, I also gain weight. Then it’s difficult to control what I eat. If I had a choice, I would not eat noodles as often, nor rice. But I see the digestive benefits of rice. The portion size for a typical Chinese male is about a cup and a half. When I ask for less, I typically do not get the portion reduced.

It is recommended for longevity and happiness that one have a significant other. So I appreciate that there is someone in my life. It’s just that eating results in conflict or weight gain. Practicing CR causes isolation. It makes one appear like a monk, which because of my yoga practice I already resembled.  

I am one of those CR practitioners that eats low calorie fiber puddings. My recipe contains a mix of guar gum, cellulose, soy powder and brewer’s yeast. (I start with Warren Taylor's mix and add the other ingredients. There is a link to Warren's site on the side bar of this blog.) The frequency of eating that pudding is now reduced to once daily. I used to eat it at breakfast. Now I’m the designated breakfast preparer and find I should prepare other things such as eggs and porridge. So I use the pudding as a substitute meal occasionally. My partner has asked me to serve the pudding as well. I resist, explaining that I buy the ingredients for the entire year ahead of time in the US and they are expensive to import here. I can only get soy powder locally. I bring them yearly from my yearly family visits. Maybe I should share some of the pudding, as in the end, it’s a nutritional supplement that improves health.

My partner now understands that I eat a fiber pudding so as to reduce appetite. It explains why I would feel full when the next meal came. I can have a big appetite and can eat a lot, but I purposely moderate my intake.

CR has isolated me socially occasionally from work colleagues. My partner criticized how during the course of a work week, someone working with me late would ask if I wanted to go out to eat, and, having already eaten fruit as a light dinner, I invariably said no. On a few occasions I accepted to eat. To develop rapport with colleagues, it is necessary sometimes to develop the bond which occurs while eating. This presents a challenge to CR practice. I need to join in the socializing and eat moderately. 
In the last year I have probably gained three to four kilograms. I need to lose some again, as my clothes are beginning to not fit. After a lifetime of being overweight and having conquered my weight problems, I cannot afford to go back to bad habits. 

One thing that helps to stay on track is to read the calorie restriction lists regularly. Even though I’m not trained in nutrition, reading about it keeps me honest. It’s like a check. But also, alas, as with logging in my nutrition, I forget to do that sometimes as well. 

I have practiced yoga earnestly many years. Even that practice is currently challenged. In part it’s the weather – it’s very cold and difficult to maintain a room to practice in at home sufficiently warm. Breakfast preparing duties have interfered with my morning schedule. 

Anyhow, the good habits to maintain are: weight oneself regularly, log in what one eats daily with nutritional tracking software, read the calorie restriction society lists regularly, eat consciously, do exercise and yoga regularly. Now I need to practice what I am describing.

2/13/13

celebrations glutinous practices

my Chinese New Year celebrations have involved a tad too much eating, not by my choice. it's the tradition to get together with family every day for three to five days in a row. a typical dinner includes soup, fish, vegetable dishes and rice. after dinner, there are snacks to eat while watching TV and chatting.

the day before new year's meal, the first one, was simple, consisting of dumplings and 8 treasure glutinous rice cake. it was the time to honor family members who passed away.

the new year's eve meal, the second one, was sumptuous. the most unusual thing i ate was jelly fish, which i thought was a vegetable dish. the thousand year preserved duck eggs in the middle are dipped in vinegar before eating. they are an acquired taste, or i should say an acquired aftertaste. the fried fish fillets were delicious. there was a pork dish i did not sample. these days i'm a pescatarian ovo lacto vegetarian. that's a mouthful.

on the left are fried custard rolls, also unusual. there where two different shrimp dishes.

these where the typical after dinner snacks

the third day's meal was more vegetarian oriented. It included an ear mushroom and root vegetable dish, gluten fillets, a steamed fish dish and a soup.
this was followed by more snacks. 

the fourth night had a more vegetarian style, with various tofu dishes and a fish in soy sauce.

the soup was tomato and potatoes

the fourth day's lunch consisted of fried dumplings filled with cabbage, bamboo shoots, mushrooms and sunflower seeds.

there where several green leaf vegetables lightly fried.

dinner consisted of glutinous rice soup in a rice wine, 8 treasure glutinous rice cake, lotus roots filled with glutinous rice and sesame seed filled glutinous rice balls.

i want to get back to my CRON practices, as eating like this only makes my weight heavier and the clothes stop fitting.

2/8/13

cold honor cucumbers

we returned to Shanghai from Taiwan. In Shanghai it snowed and was particularly cold. I had healed from my winter cold in Taiwan. But the cold weather of Shanghai gave me a small new one. below is a picture outside the window, where the neighbors put a statue of Mao to salute the other neighbors.

i did yoga yesterday in a spa, in the sauna before it was turned on to full heat. it was a perfect place for it. in Taipei i also did yoga in a spa.
 
yesterday was Lunar New Year. It is the custom in my Chinese family to honor their parents, who passed away three years ago. A table with dumplings, salad, meat offerings, wine was set up. Candles where lit and we burned incense, asking for the blessings of the parents, all the while listening to chanting from a recording.

my SIL saw that i was cold - the window was open to let the incense smoke go out after all. so she served me a bowl of soup with sea cucumbers. i thought they were sea slugs but upon researching in the internet found out they are marine animals that resemble cucumbers. i swallowed them as quickly as i could, as this was an unusual meal experience for me, despite being brought up in an island. 

R. wanted my mom to see some pictures around the apartment, so here they are.

the story about these Taiwan flags is interesting. on our last day before returning, we were busy walking around the Ximending shopping area of Taipei on the lookout for small Taiwan flag. R. asked an old man which store sold them. he instructed us to follow him. we ended in his apartment, where he found two in a drawer and gave them to R. the old man was 90 years old and very energetic. we enjoyed a conversation with him.

 
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