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Fasting and Abstaining

2022-06-04 19:55

Food with meat is allowed, one meal only. The whole subject of "Fast" somehow reminded me of an early Heinlein (I'm pretty sure) called Space Cadet. An upper-classman is harassing a plebe or something. He asks stupid questions like "How fast is fast?" and the plebe has to memorize stupid answers like, "Fast is as fast as fast must be, without being either too fast or not fast enough." So, how fast is my fast?

I have consumed 875 grams of the stir fry I made earlier this week. To enhance its taste, I added some habanero powder, coarse black pepper, a small can of pineapple chunks (with the juice), and a serving of Libby's peas and carrots. I'm also working on my second 12-oz cup of decaf coffee. Totals so far today are 608 calories, 55 grams of carbs, 838 milligrams of sodium, and 926 milliliters of fluids. I could eat an additional 1333 calories, 45 grams of carbs, 661 milligrams of sodium, and 1074 milliliters of fluids without exceeding limits.

I can have another small meal with no meat without breaking my fast, and I think I will, but it will be all chocolate. Atkins chocolate. A coconut bar with a side of chocolate covered almonds, washed down by a Dark Chocolate Royale Shake. That would take me to 1,078 calories, 61 grams of carbs, 1,138 mg of Na, and 1252 mL of fluids.

I still have another meal of stir fry left, to which I will add flavorings and spices and possibly peppers and more meat. That was the blandest stir fry I have ever made! I asked myself what was different with this one. The pineapple was one thing - I like the zing it adds. Not enough peppers, hot nor sweet. Not enough seasoning, period. I also used something sold as stir fry beef. Chuck, I think. It should have been okay, but next time I'll stick with thinly sliced boneless pork chops or boneless skinless chicken, or both. It's a plan.

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