Archive for the ‘health’ Category
It all started so innocently. The standard post-holiday bitching: “Omg, I think I gained like, three pounds.” A halfhearted resolution to do something about it.
And then this happened:
Operation Skinny Bitch. The rules are simple: for the month of January, avoid all carbs and sugars (fruit is permitted). And document everything you eat and drink in a shared Google Spreadsheet. EVERYTHING.
I’m not really one for fad diets. The last one I did was in college when some girlfriends jumped on the South Beach bandwagon. It was super successful – I lost 10+ pounds in two weeks, and I was already way skinnier back then – despite the fact that I would get lazy and binge on cashews by the handful. #ladylike
But peer pressure is a powerful thing, and it’s actually a fascinating experiment to track everything you put in your mouth (no dirty jokes, please). I remember reading this Financial Times article, Invasion of the body hackers, and thinking, I want to do that! But then I got distracted by life.
Operation Skinny Bitch has since evolved into Operation Paleo, at least for me. The Paleo diet is pretty hip right now, especially among those belonging to the cult of Crossfit. But unlike most fad diets – Atkins, for instance – the premise behind Paleo makes sense to me. Eat the foods that humans were meant to eat, before civilization messed shit up. As exhibited in this super handy flowchart:
Now, I’ll confess that I cheat a little bit. I highly doubt that Fred Flinstone and his homies found too many Diet Peach Snapples hidden under rocks in prehistoric times. And I’m actually not in it for the weight loss as much as I am for the experimental value. Although I certainly wouldn’t mind slimming down a bit in 2012.
Eat like a caveman to look like a model? Yup, makes sense.