[Sca-cooks] on topic: Healthy Feasts - was OT: diet, was sugar problems

Tom Vincent Tom.Vincent at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 5 09:58:42 PDT 2006

There are often exceptions, of course, but the weight-loss rule for 90+% 
of folks is four words:  Eat less, move more.

The psychological challenges of combating appetite signals are very 
difficult.  If overweight people can 'trick' themselves into feeling 
full on fewer calories (with lo/no cal appetizers, for example) and eat 
foods with lower caloric densities (soups, veggies, and so on), that can 
help a lot.

It isn't really eating less food, it's eating less calories.  Complex 
carbohydrates (whole grains, veggies, beans, etc.) don't spike blood 
sugar and are digested more slowly.

It's a complex problem, that's for sure.  If it were easier, we wouldn't 
be ballooning into oblivion.

In the SCA, are any cooks/chefs/feastocrats consciously (or 
conscientiously) adjusting feast menus to cut back on the fats and 
increase the use of healthier ingredients?  I'm often horrified at the 
amount of cheeses, meats, butter & oil that goes into so many of the 
dishes I see (or help) prepare at feasts.  The only way I can justify 
partaking in the feasts is by working a few pounds off in the kitchen 
beforehand and being a server during. :)


Kirsten Houseknecht wrote:
> most of the obese people i know are active (no, not my husband) a few of
> them are VERY active.. however.....
> i know people who count every calorie, know *exactly* what went into their
> mouth, and do not lose an ounce.
> their metabolism will not let go without a fight.
> change WHAT they are eating, even with the same calories, and they lose
> weight. because it changes how their body is processing food.
> for other people changing what they eat will change their appetite, making
> it possible for them to eat less food.
> eat foods that spike your blood sugar, (high glycemic) and you will gain
> weight  as opposed to the same calories that are low glycemic.  (more
> applicable for diabetics and people with sugar problems)
> certain fats seem to convince your metabolism (or at least some people's
> metabolism) that it can relax, the famine is over, and start losing the fat
> stores. others seem to "store" more, or whatever.. but for many overweight
> people dropping all trans fats and hydrogenated fats from their diet, and
> replacing them with mono unsaturateds and etc seems to make a big difference
> in their metabolism.
> and then there are foods that induce cravings. that lead you to increase
> your caloric intake. verses foods that fill you up for less calories, or
> cause you to lose your appetite.
> most *liquid* foods seem to fill you up. but many of them are loaded with
> calories and contain appetite triggers like artificial sweeteners.  soup, on
> the other hand, is a good thing.
> Kirsten Houseknecht
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> Let's be serious here:  For the very rare 'obese person that is very
>> physically active' to exist, they're still consuming many more calories
>> than they burn.  Burning 5,000 calories while consuming 7,500 calories
>> in a day doesn't help lose weight.  Doesn't have anything to do with
>> diversity.
>> Duriel
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Tom Vincent
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