Day 24 - More Energy... Sort Of

Like most people, sometimes I get these ideas in my head that aren’t really based on any factual information that I can pinpoint, but for some reason I’m sure it’s right. One of those ideas was this: You’ll have more energy if you eat healthier.

For one reason or another, that seems like a pretty common sense concept, and so I was expecting to have more energy this month (once I got over the initial shock to my system of a decreased calorie diet). And truth be told, something like that sort of happened, but not in the way I was expecting.

So far, I wouldn’t say that I have more energy at any given time than I had before. But I do have less of what I can only think to call, “the slowdown effect.” The slowdown effect comes from eating a big meal. It’s that gorged, ‘I can’t believe I ate that much’ feeling. It makes you want to turn on the TV after eating. It makes you want to take a nap. It’s your body trying to get a head start digesting a gluttonous amount of food.

The diet I’m on digests pretty easily. It’s all rice and noodles, very small amounts of fat, no grease, very little meat… when you compare that to a nice one-pound burger and a heap of fries, you can just sort of infer the differences.

It’s a strange experience now when I eat with other people. I eat fast (since it all tastes like crap), and then I get this real boost of energy (since everything I’m eating converts pretty quickly). Other people tend to mill about their plates, sigh a number of times while eating, and after eating, immediately go do something like sit down some more.

I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t just watched this myself, but you can actually see a difference in people as they enter a restaurant and as they leave. Next time you’re out, just watch people scurrying for a table and lumbering for the door.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you may not have had less energy then, but I am pretty sure if you continued this diet you would eventually completely run out of steam. You didn't seem to be eating anything that had any nutritional value whatsoever!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ramen and hot dogs are not healthy, nor are Nutty Bars.

I wish I could see the full menu of what you ate every day to see what you mean by "healthy".

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, were you taking any vitamins with this diet? If not, you may not have even been fully using the food you are eating.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous amber said...

a diet that is mostly starch is definitely not healthy. if you eat a HEALTHY diet, you do have more energy, but a healthy diet is one that is a balance of healthy food, which includes the right amount of lean proteins, healthy fats, and fruits/vegetables. what you're doing right now is completely screwing up your blood sugar and your body's use of insulin and glucagon, so it will definitely NOT give you a higher consistent energy level. eating less does not equal eating healthy.

i'm not judging or saying what you're doing is "wrong" since i don't think you were doing this to become healthier...just pointing out why you're not experiencing more real energy (as opposed to just the lack of sluggishness after a heavy meal). i think when you're done with the $1/day experiment, you should bring back food like this: eat lots of veggies, some fruit, whole grains, and lean meats. eat fish 3-4 days a week, chicken 2 days a week, and beed 1-2 days per week. try that and see what happens to your energy level :)

9:06 AM  
Anonymous amber said...

beef, not beed. and include lots of olive oil. no margarine...either butter or a butter replacement that has no trans fat.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand how you could possibly think you were eating healthy. That's just hilarious. You were eating pure crap. The rice should have been brown, the pasta should have been whole grain, you should have not bought ramen or nutty bars at all. You very easily could have eaten quite healthily for $30 a month. You did no planning whatsover. From what I've read so far you had not consumed any fruit or vegetable whatsoever or even anything of any real nutrional value. Why do you think eating nothing but over processed cheap food is healthy?

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you mentioned in an earlier post, many people have mentioned to you that they themselves were forced into living on a very meager budget. So it has been with me.

I adopted a somewhat different approach, actually incorporating animal protein in the form of rather cheap and - I'm sure - high-fat cold cuts. I noticed, though, that (pardon me) my bowel movements became much less frequent and... for lack of a more delicate term... better formed. I'd always suffered from great variability in this area, sometime constipated and sometimes the opposite. It struck me as odd that my obviously unhealthy diet should improve matters related to elimination. So I'm curious what your experience in this regard was.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idiots: compared to hamburgers and lard, rice and pasta is food of the gods.

Good observation on the restaurant inbound & outbound speeds, btw.

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idiots: compared to hamburgers and lard, rice and pasta is food of the gods.

Good observation on the restaurant inbound & outbound speeds, btw.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, not really. While hamburgers and lard are certainly bad for you, they're quite possibly far better for you than just eating a bunch of rice and pasta.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He NEVER said he planned, in fact I believe it was his first post when he stated he had, in fact NOT planned, or researched. Get off your little high horse.

This guy was doing an experiment in $1 a day not "a healthy diet on $1" a day. If you think you can do better, go make a blog and do it yourself rather that sitting down after you get back from Burger King and writing a 'smart' response on what he could do better.

It's easy to talk and tell someone what they could do to better things, instead, shut up, and try it yourself.

7:39 PM  
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6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have u ever bother to look at the nutrition facts on the food that you eat? i haven't seen you write the words carrots and apples anywhere on your blog.mostly everything you ate so far are processed food which are NOT HEALTHY!!!

3:38 PM  
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11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why you would spend a dollar per day for food yet pay for internet service to write this blog.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, you can really cut the dollar down to half if you live on just bread and water, but then pick your cemetary..

9:07 AM  

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