Learning Curve

By: David Stern | Posted: June 21, 2018

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I’ve stopped eating breakfast, at the recommendation of Dr. Gutman. I’ve actually done this before – it’s called Intermittent Fasting. The idea is to eat in only a certain portion of the day (in my case an 8 hour window: 12-8PM). Not only does this keep you in a catabolic state for longer (from supper the night before all the way until lunch the next day, about 16 hours), but it makes it a lot harder to eat a lot of calories in one day. When I’ve done it in the past, I loved it. I experienced more mental clarity, energy, better mood and focus at work. But having not done it in a while, I’m re-experiencing the whole learning curve that comes along with it. There are a million little tricks that help make it an easier process, and I thought I retained that information – apparently I was wrong.

For instance. I remembered that drinking coffee makes the fasting easier until lunchtime. But what I remembered was stretching that cup of coffee out as long as possible. I didn’t remember that having my cup of black coffee at 8:30 in the morning will last me all the way until lunchtime. I didn’t remember that drinking WARM water instead of cold helps make your stomach feel less grumbly. I forgot how studiously I need to distract myself with work so I don’t fixate on the number of minutes left until noon. I’m sure there are some other tricks I’ll remember as I go along. Do comment below if you have any tips!

My mood is a lot better today – I’m doing stuff, moving, grooving, getting my worklist tackled. Cooking for my cousin last night was an experience. He’s in from Australia, and I haven’t seen him in over 13 years, so I wanted to make the meal special. This is especially so because he’s not vegan, and I wanted to appeal to his taste. I think I did okay 😉

Supper began with a bowl of leftover lentil soup my wife made. It’s still awesome. SO good. But SO filling.

I combined two kinds of beans (black and pinto) with onions, mushrooms, turmeric, black pepper, and some vinegar for the core of the meal. Next I sauteed a bunch of vegetables (jalapeno peppers, green bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, some spicing (chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin) and lemon juice). That was the bulk of the meal.

Lastly I made three other things: A salsa (1 can stewed, fireroasted tomatoes, 1 jalapeno pepper, 2 green bell peppers, 1 red onion, 1 lime’s juice, cumin, black pepper, garlic), a simple guacamole (1 ripe avocado, 1 lime’s juice, cumin), and a kale salad (steamed kale, steamed bean sprouts, raw shredded beet, raw sliced radish) and dressed that in my leftover dressing.

We ate the bulk of the meal as tacos, and I don’t mind telling you, he ate a ton, and so did I. I was so full, I did no snacking last night!

So the message I’m getting is this: the food I’m eating is amazing – at the end of a meal, I’m totally full, and I enjoy every bite. The trick to lasting until the next meal really comes down to distraction, so I don’t even hear the lies my body is telling me. That’s my immediate goal. Stay so focused I need an alarm to tell me it’s lunchtime.

Attached is a photo of my leftovers from supper, taken as lunch, sprinkled in ground flax seeds for extra oomph. Dr. Gutman seems to approve (Lower right is some dates for dessert).

Dr. David Gutman giving the seal of approval.

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