Sunday, May 22, 2005

I've decided to move on. Please spread the word about eco-dieting. I shall keep plugging away at it although I'm not being very successful at the moment!


Eco-diet website
Thunder and hail outside so I've unplugged the laptop. The hail stones are so big that initially it sounded like someone was emptying the contents of a garden shed on our skylight. I've had another idea. I can't put this into action because I don't have the environmental or computer know how. There's a dieting site called Fit day. The basic concept is that you enter the foods you've eaten and the amount of exercise you've done and it allows you to chart your progress. Could someone set up something similar (also non-profit making) for the Eco-diet? It could allow people to chart the environmental benefits of their new healthier lifestyles and see how they're reducing their own calorie intake by buying locally grown seasonal produce. The weight loss industry is huge. If the people who waste their time paying for nasty processed dieting products turned their attention to positive environmental action just think what a difference it could make!
environment
posted by Satsuma at 4:19 PM 0 comments

Eco-Diet day 1
I decided to sleep in this morning so I only ate a piece of frozen satsuma. I've started freezing fruit because it feels like you're eating sweets. I get one negative point because satsumas are imported and we have seasonal British fruits that I could've bought instead. My neighbour invited me for a picnic at one o'clock. I didn't prepare any food so I was going to buy some biscuits from the local shop. That would have been a lot of bad negative points. (Am I writing in a stilted manner? I've just spent the last three hours with three Japanese girls and I've picked up their speech patterns.) It started raining and my friend told me that we'd eat at another friend's house instead so I didn't get the chance to buy anything. I had an egg sandwich, a potato salad with egg in it, some chocolate biscuits and some rice balls. I don't know where the eggs came from so I am going to have to give myself two negative points. Not buying the food yourself is no excuse. I doubt that the sugar and chocolate in the biscuits was fairtrade so that's two negative points. Both products were imported so that's two negative points. I don't know the origin of the butter so that's two negative points. They contained corn flour, do we even make that in the UK? I have no idea and if you don't know that's no excuse so one negative point. I don't know if the wheat or corn flour was organic so two negative points. We used and threw away paper plates, plastic knives and forks and plastic cups. I'll just give that ten negative points as I think that is particularly wasteful.

Twenty two negative points today and I haven't even spent any money. I think we can add the fact that I left my bedroom light on when I went to have a shower so that makes twenty three. I also murdered a wood louse in the bathroom by flicking it into a spider's web. That was an accident as all I was trying to do was get the louse away from my eye line. Still, it wasn't doing me any harm so I should've left it alone. I tried to rescue it but it was so covered in webbing I ended up flushing it down the loo. :-(

On the plus side I weighed myself this morning and I've lost 1kg.
posted by Satsuma at 3:33 PM 0 comments

Friday, May 06, 2005
Dark
I'm sitting in the dark because a girl was hammering on the door of a neighbouring house. I didn't want her to see the lights and come over here. She sounded annoyed but ok. It makes me wonder what I would have done if she'd sounded like she was in danger. I would like to think that I would go out there and bring her in. If she'd been running around screaming I might perhaps have rung the police and asked them to come and help her. I don't like the fact that my response would be tempered by caution and fear. That's our country's drinking culture for you. If you see someone behaving strangely in the street you assume they're drunk and dangerous to others. Or worse, on drugs. I have no doubt that each year hundreds of people who are behaving oddly because they're ill or have been attacked just get ignored because they look drunk. I heard of someone who died in custody because his illness was misinterpreted that way. What if it's me one day? What if I pass out in the street and people step over me because they think I've been drinking? What if I get in trouble one night and everyone turns their lights off rather than bringing me in?
posted by Satsuma at 11:51 PM 0 comments

And Oxford is meant to be for clever people?
I found this story over on Tony's blog. The most painful part of it is Louise Slator's comment that:

"Security provision this year was worse than last year and it is no surprise that people were incited by the crowd to jump when the efforts made to discourage them were woefully inadequate."

If you are old enough to vote and choose to jump off a bridge for fun it is your fault and only your fault if you hurt yourself.
posted by Satsuma at 6:33 PM 0 comments

The Eco-diet
Being a megalomaniac I realised on the way to the supermarket that I can save the world. Here's the basic argument. If we look after the environment as much as we possibly can we will all be beautiful. I fantasised about setting up an organisation like Weight Watchers. Environmental action or inaction would be counted with a system of positive and negative points. Members would meet once a month to compare scores and give prizes to best eco-warrior. The points system would require careful thinking because some things have more impact on the environment than others. All members would be rewarded with great personal beauty because it's very difficult to be truly considerate of the environment and not lose weight. Here's a preliminary sketch of the points system as regards food. I've given all negative aspects equal points in this version but it could be revised.

Shop bought chocolate cake

Eggs in cake not free range 1 negative point
Eggs in cake not organic 1 negative point
Milk in cake factory farmed 1 negative point
Milk in cake not organic 1 negative point
Sugar imported 1 negative point
Sugar not fairtrade 1 negative point
Wheat or flour imported 1 negative point
Wheat not organic 1 negative point
Cake came in package with non recyclable elements 1 negative point
Cake came in package at all 1 negative point
You didn't recycle or reuse package 1 negative point
Whole cake imported 5 negative points

Total 16 negative points

This could be supplemented with other sections like a certain number of points when you walk instead of using the car, weed by hand instead of spraying weed killer, exercise instead of sitting on your bum watching tv all night etc.

I think I'm onto something here. If you would like to take the idea and do something with it (non-profit making!) I'm quite happy to be Robert Hooke to your Isaac Newton. We megalomaniacs know that all we have to do to save the world is speak.

environment
posted by Satsuma at 5:58 PM 2 comments

The only bit of this blog I would like the world to see :)

I've decided to move on. Please feel free to set up eco-diet weight loss groups wherever you can. ;-) I've copied the relevant posts here.

Eco-diet website
Thunder and hail outside so I've unplugged the laptop. The hail stones are so big that initially it sounded like someone was emptying the contents of a garden shed on our skylight. I've had another idea. I can't put this into action because I don't have the environmental or computer know how. There's a dieting site called Fit day. The basic concept is that you enter the foods you've eaten and the amount of exercise you've done and it allows you to chart your progress. Could someone set up something similar (also non-profit making) for the Eco-diet? It could allow people to chart the environmental benefits of their new healthier lifestyles and see how they're reducing their own calorie intake by buying locally grown seasonal produce. The weight loss industry is huge. If the people who waste their time paying for nasty processed dieting products turned their attention to positive environmental action just think what a difference it could make!
environment
posted by Satsuma at 4:19 PM 0 comments

Eco-Diet day 1
I decided to sleep in this morning so I only ate a piece of frozen satsuma. I've started freezing fruit because it feels like you're eating sweets. I get one negative point because satsumas are imported and we have seasonal British fruits that I could've bought instead. My neighbour invited me for a picnic at one o'clock. I didn't prepare any food so I was going to buy some biscuits from the local shop. That would have been a lot of bad negative points. (Am I writing in a stilted manner? I've just spent the last three hours with three Japanese girls and I've picked up their speech patterns.) It started raining and my friend told me that we'd eat at another friend's house instead so I didn't get the chance to buy anything. I had an egg sandwich, a potato salad with egg in it, some chocolate biscuits and some rice balls. I don't know where the eggs came from so I am going to have to give myself two negative points. Not buying the food yourself is no excuse. I doubt that the sugar and chocolate in the biscuits was fairtrade so that's two negative points. Both products were imported so that's two negative points. I don't know the origin of the butter so that's two negative points. They contained corn flour, do we even make that in the UK? I have no idea and if you don't know that's no excuse so one negative point. I don't know if the wheat or corn flour was organic so two negative points. We used and threw away paper plates, plastic knives and forks and plastic cups. I'll just give that ten negative points as I think that is particularly wasteful.

Twenty two negative points today and I haven't even spent any money. I think we can add the fact that I left my bedroom light on when I went to have a shower so that makes twenty three. I also murdered a wood louse in the bathroom by flicking it into a spider's web. That was an accident as all I was trying to do was get the louse away from my eye line. Still, it wasn't doing me any harm so I should've left it alone. I tried to rescue it but it was so covered in webbing I ended up flushing it down the loo. :-(

On the plus side I weighed myself this morning and I've lost 1kg.
posted by Satsuma at 3:33 PM 0 comments


The Eco-diet
Being a megalomaniac I realised on the way to the supermarket that I can save the world. Here's the basic argument. If we look after the environment as much as we possibly can we will all be beautiful. I fantasised about setting up an organisation like Weight Watchers. Environmental action or inaction would be counted with a system of positive and negative points. Members would meet once a month to compare scores and give prizes to best eco-warrior. The points system would require careful thinking because some things have more impact on the environment than others. All members would be rewarded with great personal beauty because it's very difficult to be truly considerate of the environment and not lose weight. Here's a preliminary sketch of the points system as regards food. I've given all negative aspects equal points in this version but it could be revised.

Shop bought chocolate cake

Eggs in cake not free range 1 negative point
Eggs in cake not organic 1 negative point
Milk in cake factory farmed 1 negative point
Milk in cake not organic 1 negative point
Sugar imported 1 negative point
Sugar not fairtrade 1 negative point
Wheat or flour imported 1 negative point
Wheat not organic 1 negative point
Cake came in package with non recyclable elements 1 negative point
Cake came in package at all 1 negative point
You didn't recycle or reuse package 1 negative point
Whole cake imported 5 negative points

Total 16 negative points

This could be supplemented with other sections like a certain number of points when you walk instead of using the car, weed by hand instead of spraying weed killer, exercise instead of sitting on your bum watching tv all night etc.

I think I'm onto something here. If you would like to take the idea and do something with it (non-profit making!) I'm quite happy to be Robert Hooke to your Isaac Newton. We megalomaniacs know that all we have to do to save the world is speak.

environment
posted by Satsuma at 5:58 PM 2 comments