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xtina: (knitting with sticks)
Diet like "things I eat", not diet like "I'm on a".  I don't go on diets.

1) Baking

I made granola bars yesterday, with [personal profile] rosefox helping.  There were one or two things that I literally could not do (or couldn't do enough of), as one with arms that're sore due to work and stupidity.  Apart from that, baking was enough of a success to where I actually emailed R to see if we could try doing it more often.  With simple things, not like restaurant-grade professional stuff.

That started out largely because I realised at some point that I need to eat better/more, and one thing that helps are the Luna Toasted Nuts 'n' Cranberry bars.  So, I figured I'd try making some myself, to see what it was like.

Alas, I didn't bring one to work, because I totally spaced.  Maybe I'll try one tonight.

2) Cooking

I made steamed broccoli the other day with use of a steamer.  How the hell long have I lived with a steamer on the premises, and never realised that I, myself, I could use it to make food?  And then I found other things I could steam, like Brussels sprouts, baby corn, spinach, potatoes, and so forth.  Make a mixed thing of that, make jasmine rice at the same time, et voila: actual food!

I can't stress this enough: Brussels sprouts all the time.

3) Diet

I've been considering converting to a vegetarian* diet more frequently recently.  This is largely because meat has become really boring lately.  Specifically, if I eat chicken even once more, I'm going to die.  I can have really flavourful rice'n'beans with green beans, or... chicken?  Fie.

* Or "lacto-ovo-vegetarian", I think the full phrasing is.

Note: I didn't ask for ways to make chicken more fun, but thank you.

The things that have stopped me from converting to veggie-cat before: sheer laziness, and health concerns.  (There's also convenience, in that I don't care for spicy foods or certain veggies, which will limit me more, but I mean I don't go outside.  So whatever.)  Steaming takes care of the convenience; if quick-dinner means jasmine rice and baby corn, well, gosh.

For health, there's iron and there's protein.  The whole protein and veg*ns issue isn't that much of an issue, apparently.  So long as I eat more than crap each day, I should be fine.  For iron, I mostly worry because it's not uncommon for me to have to do two rounds of anemia-validating for blood donation, or to have to come back later anyhow.  So long as I meat a variety of things, again, I should be fine.

So, let's see how this-all works out.
xtina: A blank, pieced-together jigsaw puzzle. (orderly)
What is something that I can make weekly, that is bland without being tasteless (parse that), filling, easily reheatable at work, and ideally meat-free*? I'm getting bored with pizza every day, and I can't physically afford to be bored by eating at this time.

* It occurred to me yesterday that I like the flavours and textures of non-meat foodstuffs a way helluva lot more than chicken. And so I figure, why not use this time to try to move away from meat?

I will note that I have had pizza at work for lunch nearly every single day since February. I am not exaggerating. I genuinely want to have the same thing every day; I dislike thinking about food even this much. But, I need to get around my food-related dislike as much as possible, which means daily food-prep cannot be a requirement.

The best thing would be something I could make on Sundays that would last me the week. I'm thinking some sort of soup or stew, to be honest. I don't cook, so I don't know what would work, but... uh...

...I should totally QA me some soup. I should start with figuring out what food-things are useful for keeping one both full and generally alert (I do need to work), and go from there. Plus dairy-free and low in acid-producing stuff... hm.
xtina: (Default)
Three random things time!

--

I found the Guinness World Records YouTube channel.  Some are decent; a lot are stupid.  I, naturally, played them for like 5 hours today, while Josh grumbled about the lowered standards of today's Guinness World Records something standards something.

X: *after 15 similar videos*  Crushing eggs with toes in one minute!
J: razzafrackin gargabarga nchlbnchl gnrrrr
X: Oh oh, how about number of [ballet twirls] someone can do in 30 seconds!  Boys versus girls!
Video: *dumb fuckin' stereotypical gotdam jokes, yarr*
J: SO DUMB AAAA
X: Here's one, on drinking Tabasco sauce in one minute!  Sez here this is the first time this has ever been done!
J: THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S STUPID
X: Oh wait, here's one: something about making the longest BMX jump.
J: ...that sounds not bad.
X: "(male)".
J: *the heaviest of sighs*
X: *cracks up*
J: It's machinery!!

Later:

J: *swears a lot*
X: Josh, I have never loved you so hard.
J: I hate you.
X: *cracks up*
J: With fire!
X: *can't breathe; laughing*
J: *flails*

--

The physical reasons I tend to dislike food and eating it:

1: I have a blandish and narrow sort of palate.  This makes it hard for me to really care about my food.

2: I find eating to be interruptive.  I'm hip-deep in this concept that has branched out 15 ways!  If I leave now, it'll collapse into nonsense!  Like if you're trying to pick up a stitch you dropped 15 rows ago in some lace knitting you're doing.  Except it's lunchtime, so just throw it in the corner, quite literally; I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what you were doing a minute ago!

I need some sort of electroshock "don't rewrite the system you're using while you're using it for time-sensitive stuff" feedback thing in my chair.

3: Sometimes, a weird confluence of food makes me throw up.  Like today!  Lunch was pesto and olive oil and bread, with some wine+water.  (I wanted some wine with lunch, but it was only 14:00, and I was hot besides.)  Snacks during the videoing was Tostitos.  A rogue creature in my belly flipped the "EVACUATE" switch on a dare, and yup, time to throw up.  Under-pleasant!

4: I'm lactose intolerant, and it has never quite figured out how to react to this cutting slight.  Sometimes, I'm perfectly fine.  Other times, there's abrupt TMI.  Who can say!

5: Did I mention the periodic acid reflux thing?  Where some months are mostly fine, and others feel like I am, in fact, one steel will away from throwing up?  Pro-tip: reflux-triggered emesis is just never anything like a win.

This all translates into me not really doing much with food.  At all ever.  When I can't eat things that most would call "not that harsh" and get sick to my stomach, and have that not feel like an uncommon thing for me, that's about when I stop caring about this whole "experimentation" bullus shittus.

Although that is the sad, because I really like pesto and bread and olive oil.

One day, I will discover the perfect food routine, and I will enfold it lovingly into my DNA.  It'll make it hard to travel, and I'll have to get up at the same time every day including weekends, and finding places to live may become oddly restricted, but PERFECT FOOD ROUTINE.

...I abruptly have a new goal.  And here I just wanted to go on about throwing up and how it sucks!

--

Please do not give me eating or cooking or food advice, unless either you know me well or you are in the advanced class of giving advice to a $topic-resistant subject who was ranting in the first place.  (I mean, it can be done, it's just not a novice-level thing.)

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.  Number of comments so far:
xtina: (Default)
Three random things time!

--

I found the Guinness World Records YouTube channel.  Some are decent; a lot are stupid.  I, naturally, played them for like 5 hours today, while Josh grumbled about the lowered standards of today's Guinness World Records something standards something.

X: *after 15 similar videos*  Crushing eggs with toes in one minute!
J: razzafrackin gargabarga nchlbnchl gnrrrr
X: Oh oh, how about number of [ballet twirls] someone can do in 30 seconds!  Boys versus girls!
Video: *dumb fuckin' stereotypical gotdam jokes, yarr*
J: SO DUMB AAAA
X: Here's one, on drinking Tabasco sauce in one minute!  Sez here this is the first time this has ever been done!
J: THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S STUPID
X: Oh wait, here's one: something about making the longest BMX jump.
J: ...that sounds not bad.
X: "(male)".
J: *the heaviest of sighs*
X: *cracks up*
J: It's machinery!!

Later:

J: *swears a lot*
X: Josh, I have never loved you so hard.
J: I hate you.
X: *cracks up*
J: With fire!
X: *can't breathe; laughing*
J: *flails*

--

The physical reasons I tend to dislike food and eating it:

1: I have a blandish and narrow sort of palate.  This makes it hard for me to really care about my food.

2: I find eating to be interruptive.  I'm hip-deep in this concept that has branched out 15 ways!  If I leave now, it'll collapse into nonsense!  Like if you're trying to pick up a stitch you dropped 15 rows ago in some lace knitting you're doing.  Except it's lunchtime, so just throw it in the corner, quite literally; I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what you were doing a minute ago!

I need some sort of electroshock "don't rewrite the system you're using while you're using it for time-sensitive stuff" feedback thing in my chair.

3: Sometimes, a weird confluence of food makes me throw up.  Like today!  Lunch was pesto and olive oil and bread, with some wine+water.  (I wanted some wine with lunch, but it was only 14:00, and I was hot besides.)  Snacks during the videoing was Tostitos.  A rogue creature in my belly flipped the "EVACUATE" switch on a dare, and yup, time to throw up.  Under-pleasant!

4: I'm lactose intolerant, and it has never quite figured out how to react to this cutting slight.  Sometimes, I'm perfectly fine.  Other times, there's abrupt TMI.  Who can say!

5: Did I mention the periodic acid reflux thing?  Where some months are mostly fine, and others feel like I am, in fact, one steel will away from throwing up?  Pro-tip: reflux-triggered emesis is just never anything like a win.

This all translates into me not really doing much with food.  At all ever.  When I can't eat things that most would call "not that harsh" and get sick to my stomach, and have that not feel like an uncommon thing for me, that's about when I stop caring about this whole "experimentation" bullus shittus.

Although that is the sad, because I really like pesto and bread and olive oil.

One day, I will discover the perfect food routine, and I will enfold it lovingly into my DNA.  It'll make it hard to travel, and I'll have to get up at the same time every day including weekends, and finding places to live may become oddly restricted, but PERFECT FOOD ROUTINE.

...I abruptly have a new goal.  And here I just wanted to go on about throwing up and how it sucks!

--

Please do not give me eating or cooking or food advice, unless either you know me well or you are in the advanced class of giving advice to a $topic-resistant subject who was ranting in the first place.  (I mean, it can be done, it's just not a novice-level thing.)
xtina: (Default)
Two things.

(1) Food-things are annoying and difficult in two ways.

(a) I dislike food and having to eat and cooking.  Thankfully, most of my friends and folk are not pressury about this; unthankfully, a whole lot of foodies can be.  "Have you tried a crockpot?"

It's not the advice that necessarily gets to me, it's the idea these people seem to have that I have clearly just not [tried/done/used] $thing; if I did, I would totally like cooking.

I don't like to cook, I don't like to eat, and I don't like a lot of foods.  Leave me be.  And if you pity me, which if you're a foodie you probably do, do it in your head.

(b) ...except sometimes, I totally have a craving to cook some particular dish, and subsequently eat it.  Like slightly al dente pasta, olive oil, pesto, and peas.  I read that yesterday, and that abruptly sounds yummy.

Clearly, I should find some sort of recipes holder DB, and put "things I've ever liked" in it, so I can flip through when I'm in one of my quarterly cooking moods.

(2) I forgot.  I did have something, but I forget.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.  Number of comments so far:
xtina: (Default)
Two things.

(1) Food-things are annoying and difficult in two ways.

(a) I dislike food and having to eat and cooking.  Thankfully, most of my friends and folk are not pressury about this; unthankfully, a whole lot of foodies can be.  "Have you tried a crockpot?"

It's not the advice that necessarily gets to me, it's the idea these people seem to have that I have clearly just not [tried/done/used] $thing; if I did, I would totally like cooking.

I don't like to cook, I don't like to eat, and I don't like a lot of foods.  Leave me be.  And if you pity me, which if you're a foodie you probably do, do it in your head.

(b) ...except sometimes, I totally have a craving to cook some particular dish, and subsequently eat it.  Like slightly al dente pasta, olive oil, pesto, and peas.  I read that yesterday, and that abruptly sounds yummy.

Clearly, I should find some sort of recipes holder DB, and put "things I've ever liked" in it, so I can flip through when I'm in one of my quarterly cooking moods.

(2) I forgot.  I did have something, but I forget.
xtina: (Default)
I need two things.

1) I need a food that is good for breakfast, that is relatively inexpensive.  A bag full of tater tots that I nosh on all morning would be fine.

2) I need lunch.  The lunch I usually have is being discontinued, and I can't afford to buy lunch every day.

Arr.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.  Number of comments so far: comment count unavailable
xtina: (Default)
I need two things.

1) I need a food that is good for breakfast, that is relatively inexpensive.  A bag full of tater tots that I nosh on all morning would be fine.

2) I need lunch.  The lunch I usually have is being discontinued, and I can't afford to buy lunch every day.

Arr.
xtina: (Default)
I am very hungry.  I've had hash browns, coffee, and pretzels today.  The Adderall is wearing off, so the hunger is fivefold.

I am also nauseated by the very idea of putting food in my stomach.

So, this is fun.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.
xtina: (Default)
I am very hungry.  I've had hash browns, coffee, and pretzels today.  The Adderall is wearing off, so the hunger is fivefold.

I am also nauseated by the very idea of putting food in my stomach.

So, this is fun.
xtina: (Default)
Step 1: Brownie bird pops.

Step 2: "I want an illithid-pop."

Step 3: http://www.ehow.com/how_5458556_make-homemade-jelly-beans.html

Step 4: "So from there, get special-shaped cooking trays things (ovalish!), pull out before they're solid, then affix (a) peeled twizzlers and (b) http://www.amazon.com/White-Black-2-Inch-Candy-Eyes/dp/B00086IBHK "

Step 5: Crack up.

Step 6: UNHOLY NOMS OF THE DEEP

Step 7: More giggling.

[livejournal.com profile] moominmolly is a good influence, y/y?

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.
xtina: (Default)
Step 1: Brownie bird pops.

Step 2: "I want an illithid-pop."

Step 3: http://www.ehow.com/how_5458556_make-homemade-jelly-beans.html

Step 4: "So from there, get special-shaped cooking trays things (ovalish!), pull out before they're solid, then affix (a) peeled twizzlers and (b) http://www.amazon.com/White-Black-2-Inch-Candy-Eyes/dp/B00086IBHK "

Step 5: Crack up.

Step 6: UNHOLY NOMS OF THE DEEP

Step 7: More giggling.

[livejournal.com profile] moominmolly is a good influence, y/y?
xtina: (Default)
Although maybe I could get a blender, because it appears I do like mashed banana and milk in the morning.
xtina: (Default)
Although maybe I could get a blender, because it appears I do like mashed banana and milk in the morning.
xtina: (alchemy)
Brilliant Cat Theatre presents:

Another Brilliant Idea

The cast and plot!

* Xtina! 
* Food!  Xtina and Food have a tempestuous on-again/off-again relationship, which is not helped by...
* Adderall!  An appetite suppressant, here to whisk me away from all my eating-related troubles!  dun dun dunnn

Will Xtina fall for Adderall and leave Food entirely?  Will she find a way to jump-start her desire for Food?  Can she negotiate something saucy between all three of them, or is she doomed?

Find out, in...

Another Brilliant Idea


CHECK YOUR NEARBY TELEPHONE POLLS FOR SHOWTIMES AND LOCATIONS
xtina: (Default)
Brilliant Cat Theatre presents:

Another Brilliant Idea

The cast and plot!

* Xtina! 
* Food!  Xtina and Food have a tempestuous on-again/off-again relationship, which is not helped by...
* Adderall!  An appetite suppressant, here to whisk me away from all my eating-related troubles!  dun dun dunnn

Will Xtina fall for Adderall and leave Food entirely?  Will she find a way to jump-start her desire for Food?  Can she negotiate something saucy between all three of them, or is she doomed?

Find out, in...

Another Brilliant Idea


CHECK YOUR NEARBY TELEPHONE POLLS FOR SHOWTIMES AND LOCATIONS
xtina: (Default)
What do you do when you are both full and hungry?
xtina: (sweet jesus!)
Holy mother of god.

Bacon Explosion.

You'll just have to go there and look for yourself.
xtina: (Default)
In some ways, my tendency to glut myself on a new-shiny thing and then lose interest for the next quarter serves me well.

Last week's victim: powdered doughnuts.

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