two minute post on food stuff

Here is a way to deal with food stuff. I have a spreadsheet (see old page below) where the columns are an intervention, and a row is a date. In each cell on a row, I mark whether I did or didn’t do the thing, or I make a little annotation for “how” I did or fulfilled the thing, and infrequently “how much.” In the notes column, I make a little scribble of anything salient I notice. Over weeks you start noticing patterns. It can be very quick an informal, and it’ll still start informing your implicit models.

If you’re going by meals, you could have each day be multiple rows, one for each meal.

Here is a starter ontology that I would use for the columns:


  1. a) fast carbs (e.g. potato chips)
  2. b) slow carbs (potatoes, rice, beans — still pretty “fast” if you’re eating it hot)
  3. c) carbs with higher resistant starch content (chilled potatoes and rice)
  4. d) animal saturated fat (butter, cream, tallow, lard, to a lesser degree very fatty meat, milk and eggs)
  5. e) mono and poly fat (olive oil, nuts, etc.)
  6. f) animal protein

Micronutrients (food or pills)

  1. g) high potassium foods (or “lo salt”)
  2. h) Choline
  3. i) Magnesium
  4. j) animal-sourced vitamin A
  5. k) vitamin D3 or sunlight

Micronutrient-wise, I mostly follow the Perfect Health Diet recommendations. Their explicit models and reasoning may have some flaws, but I think their implicit models and recommendations are excellent.



4 thoughts on “two minute post on food stuff

  1. nutrition phenomenology brain dump: “should generally feel clear and alert, steady energy no dipping before or after meals (metabolism/nervous system is regulating properly with enough calories, fuel tanks are properly cycling), shouldn’t feel spaced out after exercising (electrolytes) and should ideally experience post-exercise anorexia (if eating enough and exercising intensely enough body unstingily liberates a bunch of energy from your fuel tanks [glycogen and fat], minimal burping and farting (this is dysbiosis(sp?) stuff), meals should feel “complete and satisfying” like nothing was “missing,” no “searching” feeling afterwards (this is getting all your micronutrients+electrolytes). jaw or neck shouldn’t be tight after you wake up, in general shouldn’t feel particularly stiff after waking up (this is neurotransmitter stuff re precursors and anti-nutrients). feet shouldn’t hurt when you first get up unless heavy use day before (macronutrient/healing stuff + getting enough animal saturated fat, oddly enough). back pain can also be a sign of not eating enough (not retaining glycogen/water so discs aren’t cushy enough). ummmmmmmmmm oh yeah re clear and alert, also means getting enough neurotransmitter precursors and no leaky gut or neurotransmitter related antinutrients like anticholinergic stuff”

    • [oh yeah, and if you nail everything, you’re sort of “emotionally stable, relaxed, and pleasant and capable;” you feel like you just took a long shower and are lounging on the couch or on vacation, except you’re moving through daily life. perceived self-efficacy goes up.]

  2. [oh yeah also, if food isn’t palatable and having trouble getting stuff down, then may have some kind of imbalance. for example, if you are low on potassium, it becomes harder to have an appetite for salty foods]

    [also, weight loss is really complex, but, if putting on weight, fuel tanks might not be cycling. make sure getting enough electrolytes, then exercise hard enough to induce post-exercise anorexia. don’t eat until hungry then eat as much as you want. repeat, and always eat if hungry. ymmv.]

  3. [if can’t sleep at night, eat much more carbs 3-4 hours before bed. if emotionally labile, eat more protein. if easily fatigued and hungry and have no stamina, eat more animal saturated fat. if gaining weight, more potassium (and all electrolytes), more animal saturated fat, naturally less carbs]

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