In a few hours we enter Banned Books Week.
A while ago, I read Fahrenheit 451. I read a lot of dystopian novels, but none has scared me as much as this one did.
When I read on the news about book stores being closed down, I get worried. Maybe they’re closing because people buy books online, but what if they close because people aren’t buying books at all?
I have plenty of friends that haven’t read a single book since they finished school, and that’s by far the weirdest thing in the world to me. Reading is such a basic activity in my life that I don’t even consider it a hobby, or something worth mentioning when people ask what I do on my free time. Doesn’t everyone read? Apparently not.
I imagine that maybe in 10, 20 or 50 years, books will be as unusual as VHS tapes are today. Maybe they will be considered primitive next to digital readers, and maybe my grandchildren won’t have to touch a single book in school.
I find these thoughts genuinely scary. Books are windows to worlds we can’t even imagine, they are doors to new experiences and adventures we could never have in our dull, human, real lives.
Books save lives. Let them keep doing that. Buy a book.
For a list of the most challenged and banned books 2000-2009, click here.
I’d actually promised myself not to post any more posts on the subject of LCHF this week, fearing I might scare my readers away. BUT…this needs to be said.
I’m exhausted. No no, continue reading.
My body is used to sugar and bread, mostly. And potatoes, man I love potatoes. Carbohydrates give quick energy, that’s why we eat a chocolate bar when we need a boost. Now I can’t do that, and my body thinks I’m starving. I know this will pass within a few days, once my body gets used to feeding on fat and proteins instead, but I thought it was worth mentioning this, for other people who might start trying this diet and think they’re going to die from starvation within a few days, and thus quit. Push through it, it’ll be worth it!
How I know this? Well, because I’ve been on LCHF before, and once your body gets used to it, it makes you ten times more energetic instead. The exhaustion will only last a few days, I promise.
As for me, I’d completely forgotten about this, and have been working 8 hours a day for the past week anyway like nothings going on at all, but I can certainly feel it now.
I like feeding birds. It’s fall, and everyone is preparing for winter. The birds that are still here, are here to stay. If I have the opportunity I always make sure to keep the birds in my area fed all winter. I started about ten days ago during a storm, by bringing the birds seeking shelter in the bushes outside my window some bread. They seemed to appreciate it, and now I have a steady set of guests all day long.
My view from my kitchen table is perfect :)
From my experience, eating LCHF is not very difficult, and with some search you can find a large variety of meals to cook that won’t make you feel like you’re actually on a diet. However, for us who work weird hours and want something to eat between meals, say over a coffee break rather than a lunch break, we need something more. We need easy to make, easy to eat, and of course portable foods. Most people will eat a chocolate bar or a banana, but that’s simply not an option for us.
Behold, my list of low carb snacks that you can eat anywhere, in less than 5 minutes.
- Mini BabyBel cheese
- High-fat yoghurt (Turkish or Greek yoghurt for example)
- Slices of ham and/or cheese. Tip: roll them up with some lettuce and eat with mayonnaise.
- Low carb salami
- Cottage cheese
- Walnuts (although they contain a few more carbs than general LCHF foods, so eat with caution)
Due to some recent events, I’ve decided to start eating according to the LCHF diet again. LCHF stands for low carb/high fat, and basically means cutting all forms of carbohydrates out of your diet. I’ve been eating this way before, but decided to stop after it became difficult to keep up with it. Now that I’m in a position where I can eat exactly the way I want again, I’m going to do this.
Mind you, I’m not on a diet because I need to lose weight (I’m happy to say that my body weight is pretty much perfect, if not a bit on the lower end), but because my body just doesn’t like carbs in general.
This, of course, eliminates sugar. I like sugar. You don’t realise how much of an addict you are until you completely cut carbs out of your diet, and realise what crazy sugar cravings you get.
I won’t be slaving under the diet but you know, I’ll do my best. I notice within a few hours if I’ve had too much carbs (in a fairly unpleasant way), so there’s not really any risk of me cheating too much. I will still have mu occasional sushi lunch but that’s about it.
Anyway, enough about that for now. I just wanted to mention this because there will be posts about low carb foods in the future. Feel free to post links and ideas and stuff, I’m going to need it, otherwise I’ll eat broccoli for months straight ;)