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30 May 2004 @ 06:53 pm
Super-size Me  
Went with Emily to see Super-size Me today.
I urge everyone that eats food to go and see it.

Afterwards, we decided that we would go a week without eating meat.
Should be an interesting experiment to see whether I really miss it or not.

Emily was working tonight, so I went to the supermarket to get food for my own dinner, and I had a really good look at the sheer quantities of meat on sale.
Whether a strict vegetarian diet is the best choice (I don't think it is), we really do eat too much meat in our culture (myself included).
A "normal" day for most people probably involves eating meat at two out of three meals, and that's assuming you don't have bacon or similar for breakfast.

What I really think my diet lacks is fish.
Unfortunately, fish is expensive (unless you count fish fingers, which I don't).

Anyway, my biggest problem is lack of exercise.
Evidence shows that the best way to lose fat is to build muscle through weight training.
Whilst I'm not yet ready to start bench-pressing, I think I should invest in some barbells.

In other news, lukeii introduced me to the joy that is 'Coupling'.
Before you get any ideas, it's a British comedy, and one of the funniest I've ever seen.
Current Mood: nauseatednauseated
Steph_megalomania_ on May 30th, 2004 02:22 am (UTC)
Oh, I saw an ad for that yesterday. It looks fantastic. Was reading some reviews of and (although I know I shouldn't be) I was surprised at just how much his health suffered by eating all that maccas.

It's quite scary :/
Jacobyak_boy on May 30th, 2004 02:28 am (UTC)
Actually, you should be surprised.
His doctor was surprised.
R.J.'s Talkback Plebe Radioluciusmalfoy on May 30th, 2004 02:23 am (UTC)
Tuna and Salmon are very cheap, though. As are anchovies, etc.

Just don't eat tuna too often, because it contains high levels of mercury. It's recommended twice a week, no more. :)

-Random LJ Person.
Jacobyak_boy on May 30th, 2004 02:30 am (UTC)
Tuna's the one fish I do eat semi-regularly.
I'm intrigued by your claim that tuna is high in mercury, and I'll have to check up on that one.

However, I'm sure that it really depends on where it is fished.
melbournian on May 30th, 2004 02:38 am (UTC)
the trick is to space out your tuna eating habits. More than a few hundred grams a week and it starts to build up the mercury levels. Its more of a problem in places like japan where its pretty much a staple.

there was a woman who couldnt have kids cos she ate the stuff every day, and the mercury levels will prolly never be low enough in her for her to not miscarriage.

As for luciusmalfoy blame me, i shared your great post with her.
Jacobyak_boy on May 30th, 2004 02:48 am (UTC)
Hey, my journal's public.
I'm happy for anyone to read it.

As for tuna, I wouldn't eat more than a couple of those mini cans (in jaffles), or half a large can (with pasta) in a week.
Some guy called Lap?harkon on May 30th, 2004 03:55 am (UTC)
I wonder how much good eating canned tuna does in the grand scheme of things. I know nothing, but I would think that all the processing adds a whole lot of salt/fat/sugar/additives/preservatives/soylent green.

I found that if possible, buying fresh fish a bit before closing time on "fish day" (at Footscray Market it is Thursday IIRC) it a pretty good deal. You get the fish that was brought in that day from the fishing boats, and it is reduced to silly amounts and it is still fresher than anything you would buy from a supermarket.
Jacobyak_boy on May 30th, 2004 04:22 am (UTC)
Actually, as long as you buy the right brand/type of canned tuna, you can get it with nothing else added to it but plain old water.

The mini cans that I mentioned I often have in oil, because they're the best flavours (chilli, satay, etc), but if I'm getting a large can of unflavoured tuna I'll always opt for the "in springwater" variety (it better suits my purposes anyway).

Emily and I do intend to purchase more fresh fish from the Queen Vic market.
finfin on May 30th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC)
...when did Em stop being a vegetarian?
Jacobyak_boy on May 30th, 2004 04:42 am (UTC)
Actually, she seems to fluctuate a lot along the whole spectrum of meat-eating/vegetarianism.

She doesn't like beef, so she never eats that.

Sometimes she'll eat pork, sometimes not.

Sometimes she'll eat lamb, sometimes not.

Sometimes she goes off meat completely.

Anyway, it's really me that eats too much meat, not her. I think Emily's diet is usually a pretty good model for what I'd call a good amount of meat. With our conflicting work/school schedules, it's the meals we eat seperately that push me into the unhealthy eating category.
Outlier Manlukeii on May 30th, 2004 11:51 pm (UTC)
They cut Jeff out as of 4th Season... :(

I don't know if it will be the same without Jeff...
Jacob: pythonyak_boy on June 1st, 2004 02:26 am (UTC)
Who comes up with the crazy terminology for romantic/sexual situations?
Outlier Manlukeii on June 1st, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)
Jacobyak_boy on June 3rd, 2004 12:54 am (UTC)
Er, perhaps I should have phrased the question better.

Who comes up with the crazy terminology for romantic/sexual situations, now that Jeff is gone?
Outlier Manlukeii on June 3rd, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I haven't seen Season 4 yet.
Robet Éivaayvah on June 7th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC)
I've started doing some minor daily exercises since I left high-school (I used to ride a bike to school -- after a while I noticed that I was losing weight and getting weak, so I decided to act upon it). In the long run, it feels much better to do them.

I don't know. I often feel like I'm not getting enough meat. My body just seems to love the protein. I practically never eat fast food though, and when I do, I tend to lean towards Subway. I don't know how healthy Subway is, but my body certainly notices ("Hey, I don't feel like crap!").

Anyway -- a bad diet more involves what you're not getting eough of than what you're getting too much of. Some people need to make more visits the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket. Some people might feel a lot better if they just saved the extra time to eat some cereal in the morning.

Also, drinking softdrink or coffee when what you need is water... so wrong.
Jacobyak_boy on June 7th, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
I guess the best you can say for Subway is that it's not us healthy as they make out, but not as unhealthy as McVomit.

Soft drink is one of my worst vices, although I do drink plenty of water.
I need to wean myself off processed sugar products in general.
Robet Éivaayvah on June 8th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)
Well, carbonated drink can actually be good for you when you're sick.

I think my poverty has forced me into a state of health... Coca Cola, etc are all quite expensive. @_@