Day 28 Friday, March 5, 2010

Brkfast:  oatmeal

Lunch:  1-1/2 hot link sausage (4 oz?) and one cookie (about 1 oz)

Dinner:  Lamb Vindaloo, Chicken Tikki Masala, Garlic Nan bread, lots of long grain rice.


OMG. Today I noticed for some hours that I had NO CRAVING FOR FOOD!!! This is an incredible breakthrough personally for me.  For years I’ve wondered how I could get rid of that constant thing in my stomach which craved the next meal.


Stopping eating restaurant food and fast food and eating less prepared food at home have all contributed to the reduction in craving.

Hypothesis:  Reduction in the amount of glutamate (monosodium glutamate, glutamic acid and chemicals that easily convert or break down to glutamate has reduced the incidence of craving.

Why:  It turns out that many prepared foods have chemicals shown on their labels that don’t sound like monosodium glutamate but are easily converted or broken down by the body into glutamic acid.  Our body craves this because it is a basic amino acid necessary for building proteins inside the body.  But the craving causes the eating of bigger portions than the body would ordinarily want.  Huge portions are readily available at all external restaurants, enhanced by enough monosodium glutamate or glutamic acid equivalents in it to cause the craving.

Experience:  I can’t remember eating any food outside the house this week (until Friday night).   I recognized that for a few hours late Friday afternoon my craving feeling (a tenseness in the pit of the stomach) was gone!  It was really gone!!!  I could only remember one other time in the last few years when that craving feeling had disappeared.  It was after eating lunch once at the Xilinx cafeteria (where I’d eaten lunch for years).  But I recognized it too late to figure out what they had served that made the difference.

Downfall:  After we worked out at the gym, I took Holita downtown to an Indian food restaurant.  We shared two dishes of Lamb Vindaloo, Chicken Tikki Masala and Garlic Nan bread ($26).  Very yummy.   But this morning my craving feeling is there again.  I’m going to work on having really natural foods for the next week and see if the craving goes away again.  this is really important!


One response to “Day 28 Friday, March 5, 2010

  1. Day 59: I still don’t crave food. Last night after the Easter Sunday extended family meal at a Chinese restaurant I ate too many cookies (4 1/2 oz sugar cookies) and too many walnuts. No more overly salty, oily highly caloric food for me if I can avoid it. But the craving behavior is still gone or suppressed.

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