Big Fat Queer

April 6, 2010

Call Any Vegetable, And The Chances Are Good

the vegetable will respond to you:

Inspired by Jimmy Hook’s embedded Brian Wilson video comment on the last post, I am leading this post with one of my favorite Frank Zappa songs interpreted by his son Dweezil.

In addition to the mile earlier, I walked another half mile today rather briskly with no back pain and I climbed a few flights of stairs without getting too winded. The massage last night helped and I rearranged my pillows (eliminating a few) so that I was lying more flat.

For dinner I had some roast chicken with raw broccoli, cauliflower, fresh organic cherry tomatoes and pickled peppadew peppers, about 420 calories. Late afternoon at work I felt my blood sugar creeping down so I had a small package of peanut M&Ms. I didn’t want to have them, but it was the only sugar I had available. But since I needed sugar, they were delicious, but about 240 empty calories.

For my evening snack I will have a soy milk and frozen peaches smoothie. I will be on target for the day.

March 30, 2010

I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

Merv Griffin Sings:

Why coconuts? I’ll get to that later. First a recap of the day. This morning I could feel my blood sugar sliding a bit, so I had a Kashi bar, 140 calories and 14 g net carbs. That kept me in good energy until lunch. I ordered chicken and sour Chinese cabbage and bean sprouts, steamed with the sauce on the side, no rice. I only used about two tablespoons of the sauce (white sauce with scallions). That was about 400 calories, very few carbs. It was delicious and filled me until dinner, when I had a 6 oz lean sirloin patty on rye bread with a slice of Swiss cheese with some raw cauliflower and red pepper. Thats about 600 calories, so almost 1200 calories so far today and not very heavy on the carbs, reasonable on the fat.

Now, the coconuts. I have gotten a lot of advice from readers here and on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. All of it is appreciated and I look at everything people send. Most of it I am aware of on some level. I’ve always said if you want to know about nutrition ask a fat person. We have read it all and tried most of it. I don’t think I can ever follow any one regimented program, but I have to take what makes sense for me and what I can integrate into my life and stick with it for the rest of my life.

Someone mentioned that soy milk may not be as healthy as it is cracked up to be, and I have read about some of the health concerns – for men the phytoestrogens and their relationship with lower testosterone levels. I never believe in magic bullets in any aspect of life, including food. I think you have to mix it up and not rely on any so-called “superfood”. Soy is part of my diet, but not a major part. I don’t see enough reason to worry as long as I am not consuming mass quantities of soy. It does provide a complete protein and I like it. I frequently will have a smoothie for a snack with liquid (soy, almond milk or skim cow’s milk) blended with frozen fruits to make a tasty cold goo. In the interest of mixing it up a bit, tonight I am trying something different.

Someone wrote me about the beneficial properties of coconut oil. I had heard that before in a video on YouTube by Urgelt, who used to post often about healthy eating. He tells the story of how in the 1950s (I think) pig farmers tried to fatten their pigs by mixing coconut oil in their food. But the pigs got lean and muscular instead. Now apparently they use unsaturated vegetable oils mixed in the food to make them fat. I have read enough to think that there may be something to the benefits of coconut products, including the oil. So tonight I bought some organic coconut milk to mix with frozen strawberries for my smoothie. It isn’t coconut oil, but it contains some of the oil in it. I will let you know how it works out.

Urgelt’s video is not enabled for embedding, but you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U48s_UJ0gio

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