Monday, May 19, 2008

Eating in China

Figured I'd write another quick post while my tests are building/running.

I've been trying to eat like the Chinese diet while I've been in China, and it's really remarkably different than what I'm used to. For one thing, I'm trying my best to avoid processed food. Lots of vegetables, lots of Chinese food. The main thing I've been trying though is to be vigilant of internal cues to stop eating instead of external cues. Internal being "I'm full", external being "the TV show just ended" or "my plate is empty". Combining internal cues with the Okinawan ”八分目” rule (eat till 80% full) means consciously stopping to eat before you're full, even if there's lots of food left. As a result, I've been hungrier, but at the same time don't need to eat as much to feel full. The other night I had half a sandwich for dinner (I know, not Chinese) and was fine. Anyway, I'm an engineer and I like to experiment, so it'll be interesting to see if keeping this up has any positive effects on my health. Surprisingly, I haven't really lost any weight.

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