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ok I'm up

so for some reason I slept most of the night, on and off, and then slept most of the morning and am now sitting here feeling vaguely drowsy. see when I take one of those 32-hour cycles like I did yesterday I pretty much lose the next day. no way to wring constant productivity out of one earth revolution I guess. I try one day and the next day is a complete wash.

I will likely be fairly energetic tonight though, which is just as well as I have things to do. but right now I'm thinking of going back to bed. I was able to find passable groceries at Safeway last night in the middle of the night--they have a "natural" foods section in which everything is about $1 more per purchase unit than it is at Rainbow Grocery, so there was kefir and cereal whose first ingredient was not sugar. I can't believe the crap that is sold as food in regular grocery stores. I mean, I know that the same staples are sold everywhere and that beans and rice cook up fairly similarly whether they are organic or not, but since I don't cook and thus rely on processed foods, my choices within the dominant grocery paradigm are atrocious.

not that "natural" processed food is so much better, but they do keep the sodium to reasonable proportions and they at least try to put healthy ingredients in, even if all the processing takes much of the healthy out.

but the stuff middle america is expected to eat as "convenience food" is made out of fat and salt and has generally been stripped of fiber or anything else that won't take up a week-long residence in your gut. ok I knew this and I reckon Fast Food Nation made this fairly clear some time ago, but I still find myself appalled when faced with shopping choices in a regular supermarket. even the stuff that could be passable is ruined: yogurt, for instance, is full of sugar unless you get an expensive organic brand.

I suppose if I had something like a desire to do business, an aptitude for doing business, and any sort of practical experience with doing business, I'd try to market less expensive whole and low-fat/sugar/sodium foods for people who have no time and/or inclination to cook.

there are lots of other things I'd do too. if I could only get enough sleep. oh and if I were able to deal with people without sedation.

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daisydumont
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
you're too right about what's in supermarkets. i gotta say, though, that if i can find yogurt made with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup, i buy it!
eriktrips
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
ha. you're right: it's not even sugar anymore but high fructose corn syrup. maybe if corn gets too expensive the manufacturers will go back to sugar. around here we can buy "mexican" Coca-Cola, which is made with real sugar for whatever reason--apparently sugar is cheaper in Mexico than it is here. or corn syrup is too expensive. I completely forget that "sugar" isn't sugar anymore until I order a mexican coke at the taqueria. mmmmmm.
nammu
Sep. 4th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
One of the choices I made a number of years ago with respect to how I spend my money was to put food in the top 3 (along with rent). Maybe the top 2. On the occasion (usually when travelling) when I have to buy something not organic/healthier (assuming, of course, that it is vegan - and many MANY things aren't (although that's usually not obvious)), I am horrified at the ingredients.

I agree that healthier food often has some bits of crap in it too. But compared to the regular grocery stuff, it's nirvana. I really can't believe the shit they put in food.

I cook a fair bit but also buy processed foods. I like Amy's Organic a lot (I don't work for them; I just find their ingredients, on the whole, to be good).

And the corn issue is a big one. They put corn in EVERYTHING and that's a big problem. I can't remember why right now, I just know it's a Big Problem.
eriktrips
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
I actually eat a ton of Amy's frozen foods. they are the best tasting of the organic convenience foods that I've tried. I don't work for them either. :)

yeah the corn thing is a multifaceted problem I think, from the genetically engineered variety to crops diverted from food for use as "biofuel"--I'm not completely versed in the particulars, though.

thing is, I like corn. a lot. I hope that the corn cereals at Rainbow Grocery are vetted as non-destructive in origin.
fishmonkeytrip
Sep. 5th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
I watched an interesting show on the body clock last night. Shift workers where focused on and how they feel waking up at all hours for long periods of time. Im not sure if you already know this, I didnt but, the body has a number of body clocks. Almost all organs synch their own clocks with the main clock sitting in the brain stem. Well, all according to this theory. So, while the main clock may be ticking away at "Time to get up" the liver's body clock is snoozing and other organs are in REM, so to speak. What that means is a shift worker for example may get up at say 4am and have breakfast but the body doesnt digest it til the organs involved 'wake up' so that leads to diabetes and other problems. Not sure if I explained that too well but if you dont already know this stuff maybe you could check it out, add with other relevant criteria specific to your unique situation and see if there are any (hopefully simple) things you could do to alleviate some of the effects of your sleep rollercoaster?
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