Day 3 of 12
April 21, 2014
Today is the third day of my 2000/calorie a day fast. It has went very well.
It’s easier to count the calories if you break meals and snacks into serving sizes. I do this by putting them in zip top bags. Whether I’m rationing carrots or splitting up a bag of oatmeal or sunflower seeds, it helps to put them in baggies.
For instance, the original bag of organic sunflower seeds says it contains 180 calories and 12 servings. If you multiply them, you get the total amount of calories in the bag: 2170 calories. That many sunflower seeds made seven baggies of reasonable servings. If we divide 2170 by 7, we get 310 calories per bag.
If you’re trying to count calories or lose weight, creating reasonable serving sizes and knowing how many calories are in them is important. How can you lose weight if you don’t keep track of how much you eat? Also, it’s easier to overeat when you eat out of the bag or don’t ration a serving size before your meal.
I always feel great when I am disciplined and eat under the amount of calories I burn. I feel like I retain less water, like I’m going in the right direction and like I’m in control of myself. I like to leave a place better than when I find it and I mean that in more ways than one.
I’ve been eating a balanced organic diet of oatmeal, cinnamon, raisins, carrots, black beans, flour tortillas, whole wheat bread, oranges, bananas, sunflower seeds, agave, honey and one serving a day of leftover peanut butter. I’ve also been consuming organic coffee, tea and some supplements like turmeric with black pepper, sea salt, garlic, Vitamin C, fish oil and cannabis with flaxseed oil.
As I reflected on how I wrote my second story in two days last night after not writing any Brand New World stories for a month, I compared pledging to write 12 stories in 12 days was like the way a boss would inspire his workers to work harder on a special project. Life keeps us busy and it’s hard to find time for everything, but promising to do something like this keeps me focused toward a goal and it helps me accomplish the task.
I’m going through a list of story ideas I’ve been wanting to write about. I’m also considering some new topics. There is a seemingly endless stream of stories that need explaining, the story behind the story, its ramifications, what’s really happening and so forth. Writing a new story each day is becoming a habit. Since I upload it to my website at http://jasongastrich.com/abnw/,
it takes a few minutes to create and code the file. I also find a graphic that illustrates the story.
Yesterday was Easter which means in the United States, people didn’t drive their car around as much in the morning hours, at least not around here. The mall was almost empty because most of the stores were closed. This was refreshing because normally it would be a zoo all over. It seemed like more people than usual were driving around in the early evening.
I might blog on Easter. It’s an interesting topic. Whether Jesus rose from the dead in bodily form or not shouldn’t change the way people live. If doing the right thing and being a good person depends on Jesus’ resurrection, you might have a mental disorder.
We have a lot of problems we can agree on in the world today and many people are focused on nonsense and they’re creating their own dumb problems. It’s time we have a reality check and agree on what needs to be done and do it. The rich people in power are typically content with more of the same because they have little motivation to make costly changes, so don’t look to them for help, but our food, air, education system and medical system needs an overhaul to bring them into the 21st century and beyond.
If you don’t think old, rich powerful people aren’t afraid of the younger generation, more afraid than any older generation has ever been, you’re sadly mistaken. I guess that’s what happens when we have such a large information gap.
I’m not being mean or crass. Their childhood involved holding a tin can up to their ear with a string tied to it. The other end of the string was tied to a tin can and someone would talk into it. These are the same people who shaped the world into what we have to experience now. So, there is no shame in needing to fix things that are upside down and backwards, but there is shame in pretending things are all right or even a shadow of the way they could and should be.