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Old 11-18-2007
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Cruising Diet Experiment - or, How to Accidentally Starve

I had the best of intentions ...

Stop eating fast food and other convenience foods and start eating the things I expected to eat on the boat while cruising. Canned corn, beef ravioli, dried lentils, rice, bake my own bread, make soups, etc. And it started of well enough, I was cooking, eating what I thought was a good diet, and I was even thinking how easy the switch had been and how much I was going to enjoy feeding myself like this.

But then things went terribly wrong ....

After about two weeks I got a little tired and was feeling a bit blue. Then I didn't feel as much like cooking and my appetite wasn't very strong. None of the convenient canned food really inspired me and I didn't feel much like baking. Instead of things leveling out I eventually lost my appetite altogether, and then it all got really weird. I started feeling frustrated, then things kind of spiraled out of control and I started getting depressed and I wasn't very objective or clear minded. The unusual thing is that I didn't even associate any of it with the way I was eating, I just thought I had gotten sad for no reason at all. Anyway, at some point I started shaking (literally) and that's when I figured out it was because I wasn't eating enough and abandoned my little experiment ...

I went out and loaded up on fast food and bottled juice and things for a few days and returned to normal - happy, hungry, full of energy, and back to the old me.

I guess switching over to a full time cruising diet is going to be a little more work than I thought it was going to be. I really am going to have to bake bread on a regular basis, I really am going to have to cook a few meals a day, etc, I can't just eat a few cans of corn and expect to stay strong and sharp. Who knew that you had to eat so much rice to feel okay!!

I think eating well while cruising is going to be a fair amount of work ...
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