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12 Sep 2006 - 12:18
7-14-2006 Friday Started Jimmy, Christopher & me on the Shangri-La Diet.
9-12-2006 Tuesday Jimmy has lost 10 pounds, Christopher 5, Catherine —2 & +2. oh, wait! no. that's not right. Catherine is —2. Turns out The Daily Plate only tracks 5 or 6 weeks at a time at a time.... so all our July data has been dropped out. Jimmy's weight loss curve is pretty much straight down; Christopher has been plateaued for a month (apparently we need those 6 hours a day of tennis camp); mine is down,
"self-experimentation" notes* I lost weight when I switched from ELOO** to sugar water, then
points off Ed, Christopher, & I took a goofy test in Why Gender Matters on "how masculine are you?" One of the items was "I can get people to do what I want them to do, even when they don't want to" I got zero on that one.
as I was saying .... Not only is Martine setting Christopher up to gain weight, she's setting him up to lie to Ed & me about what he's eating. How long is he going to be able to resist Dunkin' Donuts? I can't resist the stuff at all when you put it under my nose. Once he starts eating Dunkin' Donuts, he'll start not-telling us about it, or fibbing if we ask. I already addressed this issue with Ed, who is skinny, and has never once, in his entire adult life, needed to lose so much as an ounce of weight. Christopher walks home with his thin friends every day, and they stop at the corner deli and buy junk food. So Ed told Christopher he couldn't buy anything. His friends can buy crap; he can't. I told Ed, who agreed, that he was setting Christopher up to lie to us. There's no way a kid is going to be able to obey his dad and resist junk food while all his friends are chowing down. It's not just the food; it's the social issue. Under a no-junk-food-after-school rule he'd be the fat boy who has to do what his daddy tells him. That would be his rep. So the rule is one piece of junk food a day — and get it with your friends, after school, not at lunchtime. And yes, our school sells junk food in the cafeteria. We have a brand-new super-expensive super-fancy high-ceilinged cafeteria chock-ful of crap to eat. oh, and sushi. We have a sushi bar in our school cafeteria. So the kids can eat sushi and brownies for lunch. I'm pretty sure there's a huge amount of parent pressure about this. At least, I hope there is. Plus we have our state-mandated Wellness Committee looking into things. (federally mandated? pdf file) Changes are being made. But if it were up to me I'd take every bit of food-crap out of the place. No vending machines, no pastries, no potato chips — just get it all the hell out of there. EVERY diet book on the planet tells you NOT TO HAVE CRAP IN YOUR HOUSE. So I miraculously manage to purge most of the CRAP from my own house (except for the stuff squirrelled away in meat drawers and ovens, of course) while my school sets out a luscious array of junk before the kids and then tells them in their state-mandated Health Class to "eat healthy." Thanks, guys! Christopher is packing his lunch every day, and taking only enough money to buy one piece of junk food after school, nothing at lunch. Then he doesn't go to the cafeteria at all during the lunch break. He eats his lunch outside, then runs around on the football field that our new principal seems to have been instrumental in getting opened up to the kids. (THANK YOU) Of course, in keeping with our family motto, Ed went to the store and bought Christopher some microwaveable soup-in-a-cups on grounds that soup is filling. Soup is filling, but microwaving a cup of soup means going into the cafeteria. I feel besieged. (Did I mention I'm in a black mood?) Cup-a-soup is staying home.
All of this is making me believe the guy Drudge linked to the other day, the climate change researcher who says civilization was not a step up.
Civilisation was a last resort - a means of organising society and food production and distribution, in the face of deteriorating environmental conditions.
Sounds about right to me.
better attitude I SOOoooooo don't want summer to be over. In the category of Better Attitude: Jimmy's weight loss is fantastic, and Christopher's is fine. A lot of doctors will tell you not to diet a child at all, but rather to hold his weight steady and let him grow out of it. By that standard, we're doing well. As for me, in theory I don't "need" to lose weight. But I'm spooked by my mom's struggles with diabetes. Tales of a future foretold and all that. In my case, if no cure for autism is found I'm going to have special needs kids when I'm 90 assuming I'm still alive at 90, which I hope to be. That means I'm going to need superb health in old age, not the struggles my mother confronts. If she had grown autistic children, I don't know whether she'd be able to deal with them at all now. From what I can tell, very low BMIs are extra-good for preventing diabetes, so I would like a very low BMI, thank you very much. That reminds me. I saw a study I think Susan J would be interested in having to do with age & weight. What was it? When I remember, I'll post.
more points off Martine just came in & asked me to search the Good Morning America website for Justin Timberlake's grandmother's blueberry muffin recipe. I'm doing it, God help me.
update No luck tracking down Justin Timberlake's grandmother's blueberry cobbler recipe. I did, however, locate holiday favorite blueberry lemon crumbles.
** ELOO: extra light olive oil
The Shangri-La Diet at Amazon
Seth Roberts website
Shangri La diet in freakonomics
Shangri La diet part 2
diet, evolution of the brain, & McDonalds
Marginal Revolution on Shangri La
your own lying eyes
progress report 7-23-06
mind hacks & Shangri-La 7-26-06
my life and welcome to it - 8-6-06 - success
compare and contrast photo op 8-12-06
9-17-06 Jimmy is melting
10-4-2006 Dr. Erika's olive oil diet works, too
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Get the boy a good thermos. Or, better yet, one of these: Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless-Steel lined Lunch Jar, Silver -- KtmGuest - 12 Sep 2006
Link edited to fix page formatting. -- DougSundseth - 12 Sep 2006
Wow! What a great idea! I'm slightly horrified that my thinking is SO INFLEXIBLE going into the school year that I COULDN'T THINK OF A THERMOS. I'm sure that's a bad sign. -- CatherineJohnson - 12 Sep 2006
hey! thanks Doug! -- CatherineJohnson - 12 Sep 2006
sugar water is a pain in the tochus Why is that? Can't you just make a batch of simple syurp? I haven't read the book so I may be missing something. -- BenCalvin - 13 Sep 2006
Jason Timberlake's grandma's blueberry crunch cake
-- SusanJ - 13 Sep 2006
Why is that? Can't you just make a batch of simple syurp? I haven't read the book so I may be missing something. yes, definitely it's a pain because number one, it's a disruption number two, Andrew routinely disappears the sugar, so I have to SEARCH number three, it's disgusting. you're supposed to drink it over a half hour, which I think is a good idea in my case especially, which means I have to semi-time myself, then remember to note when I finished drinking the damn stuff so I can wait an hour before eating etc. it's very easy to make, but it's a pain anyway -- CatherineJohnson - 13 Sep 2006
plus it's disgusting -- CatherineJohnson - 13 Sep 2006
did I mention that? -- CatherineJohnson - 13 Sep 2006
ELOO is also disgusting, but you can get it over with fast -- CatherineJohnson - 13 Sep 2006
omg Susan I can't believe you found that! -- CatherineJohnson - 13 Sep 2006
I wish to HECK I could remember that article I saw It was right up your alley (had to do with extra weight being good later on....but it was new research, I think) -- CatherineJohnson - 13 Sep 2006
Granny's cake does look pretty good -- CatherineJohnson - 13 Sep 2006
I suspect Ben would love drinking sugar water straight up. -- CarolynJohnston - 13 Sep 2006
I wonder! It is DISGUSTING. Though now that it's cold it's actually kind of soothing, as Seth Roberts says somewhere. Jimmy is down to 209! It's incredible. His pants are falling off his bottom. Good thing that's in style. He's lost one size clothing easily. Meanwhile Christopher and I are Plateau People. Christopher looks good, though, and is riding his bike to school & back. We'll get there. -- CatherineJohnson - 13 Sep 2006
wow I just read that recipe It's so retro it might be good or not with crushed pineapple you never know -- CatherineJohnson - 19 Sep 2006