1200-Calorie Menu | Week 22

Featured: Carrot Cake Yogurt, Meatless Hardshell Taco, Bacon-Fried Brussels Sprouts

This is a continuation of my 52-Weeks of 1200-Calorie Menus. This week’s menu is 1198 Calories every day. I think I might have miscalculated my foods because it didn’t feel like so many calories. I’ll use this menu again and come back to this post and adjust it slightly if I need to. The Carrot Cake yogurt had amazing flavor, both complex and crunchy. This was the first time I’ve made meatless tacos, and I’m surprised by how good they are! And wow! The Bacon-fried Brussels sprouts was so filling and packed with bacony good flavor. See within for a grocery list, preparation, recipes, and macros. Continue reading “1200-Calorie Menu | Week 22”

1200-Calorie Menu | Week 21

Features: Chocolate Banana Yogurt, Pizza Wraps, Ham and Cream Cheese Pickle Wraps, Strawberry Brown Sugar Yogurt

This is a continuation of my 52-Weeks of 1200-Calorie Menus. This week’s menu is 960 Calories every day, which is too low. I think I might have miscalculated my foods because it didn’t feel like so few calories. I’ll use this menu again and come back to this post and adjust it slightly if I need to. This one might be my favorite yet. The banana yogurt was creamy and savory. The pizza wrap fulfilled my desperate craving for pizza. And the pickle-cream-cheese with ham wraps make a fantastic snack. See within for a grocery list, preparation, recipes, and macros. Continue reading “1200-Calorie Menu | Week 21”

1200-Calorie Menu | Week 20

Featured : Apples & Peanut Butter Dip, Chickpea Salad with Feta and Dill, Turkey Wraps with Green Beans, Egg White Banana Pancake with Blueberry Garnish

This is a continuation of my 52-Weeks of 1200-Calorie Menus. This week’s menu is 1151 Calories every day. I absolutely loved the chickpea salad recipe and looked forward to eating it every day. The peanut butter dip is a great compromise between my love for peanut butter and keeping the calorie count under control. See within for a grocery list, preparation, recipes, and macros.

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Diets: What Works, What Doesn’t

A survey of all the different diets I’ve tried, pros and cons of each, and a new diet design that strikes just the right balance.

I’m continuing my diet journey and refining my methods once again. This article is a retrospective of things I’ve already tried, what I’ve learned from each, and how I’ve made changes to make up for the shortcomings. Continue reading “Diets: What Works, What Doesn’t”

Transcript of “Joe Rogan Experience #1283 – Russell Brand”

Here’s another transcript. Started cleaning it up a little bit about half way through.  Great conversation between Joe Rogan and Russell Brand.  Continue reading “Transcript of “Joe Rogan Experience #1283 – Russell Brand””

Transcript of “Psilocybin Mushrooms and the Mycology of Consciousness: Immersion into the MycoVerse” by Paul Stamets

Here’s a transcript of a talk by Paul Stamets. While I finished listening, I only took notes about halfway through. The transcription didn’t come out as clean and I wasn’t able to finish working on it. I’ve already moved on to other materials. Still got far enough that I wanted to publish what I completed, and maybe I’ll come back and work on it some more. Continue reading “Transcript of “Psilocybin Mushrooms and the Mycology of Consciousness: Immersion into the MycoVerse” by Paul Stamets”

Reading “Intensively” (Vertical Reading) vs. Reading “Extensively” (Horizontal Reading)

“Time feels especially shallow these days, as the wave of one horror barely crests before it’s devoured by the next, as every morning’s shocking headline is old news by the afternoon.”

In today’s fast-paced digital world, making the time to read intensively has been a constant struggle for me. I get distracted easily, my phone is a sure-fire way to get easy, fast, and cheap entertainment. I browse reddit endlessly for hours. It’s hilarious and I laugh a lot when I surf through the content. But what have I gained? How have I improved by reading this content? What I have learned? Nothing substantial. Feels great in the moment, but afterward I’m left looking behind at a gross void of wasted time.

I don’t think I’m alone in this, nor is this a new problem. One of my favorite Mark Twain quotes, “a Classic is something everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read” hits just a little too close for home for me. Even Twain’s pre-digital age, the world was full of great literature, and few people wanted to put forth the effort to read Moby Dick or Les Miserables. I gaze longingly on this wonderful reading list and cringe with terror. How will I ever begin? How can I understand this stuff? Who will help me?

I guess the journey to a finished book begins with a single page. I need to be patient with my progress.

This musing was brought to you by a recently-published article: Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction by Mairead Small Staid. Written February 8, 2019. Continue reading “Reading “Intensively” (Vertical Reading) vs. Reading “Extensively” (Horizontal Reading)”