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Legumes & laptops

Okay, I'm watching my beloved Yankees lose; it's 8-1 at the top of the 5th. One of my issues with sports is the amount of emotional investment people (myself included, when I allow myself to watch) have in it. There are people who can't name a single U.S. Supreme Court justice but can tell you the starting line for the Yanks or Sox and their respective ERA's. It's a fun distraction and entertainment, but

So even as my Yankees lose, I'm not crushed. The Sox are a good team and to come back from an 0-3 start in this series is quite an accomplishment. If they win, there can be no more talk of the Curse of the Bambino, which, while a fun story, has gotten old.

But this wasn't even what I intended to write about tonight. I've fallen madly in love with my laptop. I feel like I live on this thing. I sit in coffee shops and exploit their wireless connections. I play games. I store documents I might need. And, most importantly, I write.

Unfortunately, I haven't been doing much writing of late and not just here. I have several story ideas I need to work on. School keeps getting in the way; I feel guilty spending my time doing my craft, my work, my love (the one that isn't embodied in another human being). But I need to prioritize. Sure, my schoolwork is important, but my writing keeps me sane and the phrase "physician, heal thyself" does not just apply to doctors.

The other thing I wanted to write about tonight was my recent flirtations with vegetarianism. I have eaten very little meat over the past couple of weeks. I recently read an interesting book called Breaking the Food Seduction by Dr. Neal Barnard. In it, he makes a case about how many of the unhealthy foods common to the American diet, i.e., meat, cheese, sugar, and chocolate, are not just unhealthy, but actually addictive. He goes further, describing how the food industry has urged lawmakers, advertisers and even health professionals to encourage mass consumption of the stuff.

So I've been not eating meat. I hate saying it like that. It's not about NOT eating something; it's about making healthier choices. I think I've already lost some weight; I definitely feel better.

Rosepurr is concerned that I will not get sufficient protein. She is also concerned that my testosterone level may drop. I'm doing a couple of things with regard to this. First, I eat a lot of beans (much to Rosepurr's dismay). Legumes (beans, lentils, and peas) are good vegetarian options for protein. And, unlike many people I'm discovering, I love them. Second, I'm not doing this for a moral reason (sure, it's nice to save the animals, but that's not my objective) so if I feel like having meat I will. I love sushi and one of the things I truly enjoy is sharing sushi with my sweetie.

So I need to get on the exercise track and the next step in my gradual improvement of my diet is limiting my sugar intake. But that's for the near future.

Well, I've written tonight, discussing the changes I'm making and that are coming upon me.


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Nov. 3rd, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)
In referring to vegetarian protein, I am actually a big fan of tofu. It has no flavor, and will take on the taste of anything you you add it to. This makes it wonderful in any sort of favorful sauce or chili. I also like it in fruit smoothies, again, no taste of its own, but has a nice creamy consistancy when blended. While Bill and I have never been vegetarian, when we were working out strenuously we would often supplement our protein intake with tofu.

Just my two-cents... ;)
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