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Feb. 1st, 2008

09:27 pm - The Blackmail Diet

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From:evelynne
Date:February 2nd, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Learning about nutritional values of different foods is always a good idea, but I'm not convinced that the uniform diet is a bad thing. Not having to think about what I'm eating is pretty liberating, even if it's sometimes boring. And I think that as long as the daily plan is nutritionally balanced, how is it unhealthy? My concern was more that the food looks incredibly dull, so it would be more tempting to cheat and eat something that tastes good but is unhealthy. It's possible to have great-tasting healthy food with herbs, spices, and vinegars.

Plus, what if you're a boring person who likes to eat the same thing every day? I eat the same exact thing for breakfast every single day, and I look so forward to breakfast it's ridiculous. My husband is even worse, eating the same thing for breakfast AND dinner. I really think it might work for some people.
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From:kittles
Date:February 3rd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
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I was really amazed when I started keeping a food diary and found out how little variance there is in my diet. I mostly eat the same things over and over.
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From:crasch
Date:February 3rd, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
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Thoroughbred racehorses, prize winning steers, and lab animals all eat uniform diets. If great variety were important in maintaining the health and wellbeing of those animals, I'm sure their caretakers would've discovered it by now. I don't think our physiology is so different. In my opinion, the important thing is that you get all the essentials (calories, proteins, vitamins, oils, etc.) from the foods you _do_ eat.

For me, the biggest advantage of a uniform diet is that it provides a "bright line" when it comes to eating. I always know whether I'm on the diet or not. If I ate greater variety, I would always have to calculate calories, which requires mental energy I don't think I can sustain over a long period of time.
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