Frequently Asked Questions

Some actual questions people ask me about this stuff:

Do you really skip dessert?  Yes.

How come?  Glad you asked.  I’ve never been a big dessert craver.  Don’t get me wrong, I like sweets, but they’re not something I crave most of the time. When I decided it was time to live healthier a couple of years ago I went looking for the easy calories to ditch and that ended up being dessert.

Want some cake?  No, thanks.  Here’s the thing about dessert/sweets:  I don’t crave them until I have some.  And then I can’t think about anything but more dessert until I eat myself sick.  At first I thought that must be all in my head (and some of it is) but after reading up on it, I’ve learned that modern over-processed sweets develop a chemical need in some of us for more of the same.  So, no thanks, I’m good without the cake.

Just a small slice?  Look, I know you’re trying to be polite, but go read the last answer again.  Unless you want me to eat your whole cake.

Which diet are you on?  I’m not on a diet. Being “on a diet” implies that sooner or later you’ll be off that diet.   And then you’ll gain your weight back.  I’ve been there too many times “on” too many diets and I’ve watched too many other people do the same thing.  I’ve learned things from lots of diets (the glycemic index is a great tool I picked up from the South Beach Diet), but my greatest inspiration for what I’m doing here is Michael Pollan‘s work.  His tagline, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants,” is, frankly, the perfect “diet plan.”

“Eat food?”  Duh.   Sounds like you may not be understanding.  By “food” I mean stuff actually grown out of the ground or stuff that ate stuff that came out of the ground.  The stuff on outer ring of the supermarket or, better yet, the stuff at the farmer’s market or the co-op.  Again, I’ll defer to Pollan:  “Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”  So, no Doritos.

What’s this “taking the stairs” business?  I’m a big believer in exercise that is part of your day.  The stuff we used to do as part of life, but have allowed modern convenience to take over for us.  Unless you have some sort of injury or disability, if your destination is on the second or third floor you ought to be taking the stairs.  Don’t take the “good” parking spot next to the store that everyone’s fighting over.  Park in the shade and walk a few extra feet.

What do you have against going to the gym?  Nothing at all.  You should go to the gym.  Unless you hate going to the gym.  In which case you should not.  Don’t make yourself hate exercise, because then it becomes like being “on a diet.”  You’ll eventually resent it and stop.  So find exercise you enjoy, or at least build passive exercises (like taking the stairs) into your day.  Change your life for the better and for the long run, not just for a couple of months.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Bravo! Pollan is a favorite of mine. I think he also said don’t eat it if it contains more than five ingredients, as in many or most processed foods. Sometimes I reach for canned legumes if my busy day hasn’t left me enough time to prepare them. Many ag produced beans now contain sugar! Huh? Which cannot just be drained or washed off if they were actually cooked in it, thus absorbed. Heavy sigh. Good news: go to the ethnic aisle. Spanish canned beans have no sugar. And I just discovered that one Publix has an organic brand (Westbrae Natural) that has only three ingredients: organic legume, water, sea salt. NO preservative or firming agent, thank you very much.

    Oh, the whole legume thing is for me to cut back on cholesterol (as in if it has a mother, watch out!), which I have successfully done (333 down to 200 and counting) and I want to keep it that way.

    Love your blog. ~D.


  2. Posted by amystice on February 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    My office building locks the stairway access doors–we can go downstairs and out, but not take the stairs UP to work–and that drives me crazy. Security? Really? I could totally handle those six flights.


  3. Posted by hlward on February 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Amy, as a solar company, maybe they’re afraid of you going all Icarus on them if you climb too high.


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