Posted: April 21, 2013 in Random Thoughts
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Today I would like to address evolution — not the fishies-become-human-beings type of evolution, but the evolution of my diet.

When I was married, there was always an abundance of food in the refrigerator and cupboards.  I could eat anytime I wanted, and I usually did.  The measure of my portions was an overflowing plateful.  And as a result, I was over 300 lbs several times over the last 15 years.

Since separating from my wife and after the subsequent divorce, my diet has evolved (or devolved, depending on how you choose to view it).  When I first moved into my apartment, I kept the shelves and fridge stocked, like when I was married.  As a result, I threw away a lot of food gone bad.  That didn’t matter until I started running out of money.  When that happened, I began buying pre-measured prepared foods containing only a number of carbohydrates fitting into my diabetic diet.  Most of these were off-the-shelf or frozen microwavable meals, which tended to cost a bit.  The items I still threw away were the fresh vegetables, so I began buying frozen vegetables, which stayed fresh until I ate them.  But as the available money for food dwindled even more, my diet continued to evolve.

For the last several months, I’ve had some financially-trying times, so my main staples have been ramen noodles, hot dogs, sandwiches, potatoes and frozen vegetables.  This payday, my diet took another step in its evolution, when I decided I could eat three meals’ worth of canned to the one package of frozen vegetables.  Now, my cupboards are full and the freezer is empty.  My diet has now come full circle, to the way I ate when living by myself during college.

All the items in my diet can now be neatly fit into carb servings, and the number of calories I eat has been greatly reduced.  As a result, I’ve lost 30 lbs since my divorce — more precisely, since last summer when I stopped stocking my kitchen with food (I’m now below 230 lbs).  This evolution in diet has resulted from a lack of money, so when my monetary problems finally go away, I’ll be able to start buying fresh foods again.  The challenge will be to resist the temptation to start stocking up again.

On a related matter, if I’m rehired into the field service job I applied for this week, I’ll have more money available for food in two days on the road than I’ve had on any payday during the last six months.  The challenge will be to keep from falling back into my old eating habits from working on the road before (i.e. big beef-centered restaurant dinners full of carbs and calories and fat).

I know my calorie count will go up, so it will be imperative for me to keep working out when I’m on the road, not just when I’m at home.  I feel sorry for the unlucky TSA agents who might have to dig around my sweaty, stinky workout gear when they inspect my luggage.  And, because I’ll be working out in the evenings, I foresee another step in the evolution of my diet, so that lunch will become my big meal of the day.

To be continued….


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