How long should I be trying each diet out? I’m taking great care to consider the proper phasing and timing of the entire experiment. I’m trying to make sure that I’m not setting myself up for failure by doing things overly aggressively. I’m also trying to make sure that I don’t bias any results for a given diet. It would be a pity if I switched off a diet just in time for the effects to be felt. At the same time I don’t want to make the period so long that it takes years for this process to unfold.
As I think about how an adaptation to a new diet evolves, I think that commentary of the results day to day needs to go along with a more general discussion of how things are going in the diet. There is the concept of a journal entry to discuss this general component, but a look at the day-to-day specifics of what is going on really deserves its own section. The journal will be more colorful language and describing the failures and successes at that given point in time. An accounting of what I ate or did in a given day however will go into a daily updates section. Ideally this would take my already digital log of consumed food, activities and perhaps moods and show it in a brief set of words and graphics.
Would such an update be too much data for anyone other than me? Having it off in its own area may help with that. It may end up being too time consuming for me. My first update proved to be overly laborious for my liking. Perhaps I’ll get the hang of it and it will just fly by in later updates. I’ll also be updating fitness trends over the weeks and months of the diet, so the daily data may prove to be redundant anyway.
From a methodology perspective, I will be tracking all of these things daily. The question becomes whether that data is turned out daily here as well.
Today was supposed to be an easy run day on my training routine, and sure enough it was a nice 2.5 miles not evening hitting zone three. Diet could have been better, especially with the indulgences in brownies after dinner, but overall not bad, with health bars and carrots as snacks and breakfast, sushi for lunch and a nice big lean filet with huge salad for dinner.
Perusing the various sites I ran across this video on the manufacturing process for hot dogs. It’s incredible how they start with such crap ingredients, add yet even more crap ingredients, cover it with more artificial crap ingredients and then package it up. This one factory literally produces millions of these things a day. It’s a sobering, and eye opening video. If you don’t want to test the expression “seeing how sausage is made” then I suggest you look away.
I had originally intended to wait to open this blog up to the world. I wanted to have more of a foundation in my plan, however I’m too excited to wait at this point. Besides, I can use the practice in regularly updating things.
Several months ago an idea of self experimentation to determine the best diet for me crystalized in my mind. Using the tools and techniques I have been employing daily I was going to figure out if there was a truly superior way to eat for my body. This entails lots of journaling and daily tracking. It occurred to me that opening that experiment up to the public in general could be useful in two ways. First, it could help people who are looking for help in figuring this problem out as well. Second, if even a few close friends are tracking, much less more people than that, then I’d have built in accountability to help me power through the times when it gets tough.
So here it is, hopefully not too prematurely, the beginning of my experiment in exploring diet and fitness concepts to determine the best choices for my body to stay as healthy and vibrant as possible for as many years as possible.