Sunday, October 08, 2017

Pulling a thread

I followed the DuKan diet for over two years. It is low carb and low fat. I lost 24 kg. But now I'm stalling. Since I ate a lot of meat because of the diet, I started to get bored by it. So I decided to become a flexitarian. Eating meat only once a week. To maintain that, the food must be tasty. I remember that things tasted better 40 years ago. In Holland we have a monopoly of six supermarkets. Which compete solely on price. Taste has been sacrificed long ago as being too expensive. So I want to grow my own food. And can and store it in my shed. Since my shed was a lost place, I had to empty it. Which took a few weeks. Since the landfill asked exorbitant prices to pick up the trash, I had to bring it myself. Since the pieces were to big to fit in my car, I had to shred them to pieces. Which took a few weeks. Then I had to bring it to the landfill. Which took a few weeks. My shed had a dark roof. It becomes very hot when the sun shines upon it. Which is not good for storing food. So I had to clean it and paint it white. Which took a week. I have to remove the ivy which had taken over my garden while I was blogging about chess. Which will take a few weeks. I started to look for farmers who deliver their food directly to the visiting clients. Which is an ongoing process. The coming months I will be busy to make the garden ready. So now you know why I haven't been writing about chess lately.

When the days become shorter and rainier, there probably will be moments that I cannot work in the garden. Then I will be back. So no worries.

The new diet has beans as an important component. The good news is that I'm loosing weight again. But our bed sometimes is a Dutch oven.


  1. An old rhyme from my childhood comes back into mind:

    Beans, beans, good for your heart;
    the more you eat, the more you fart.
    The more you fart, the better you feel;
    eat more beans at every meal.

    I've been methodically working through lots more tactics problems, emphasizing the PoPLoAFun aspects prior to calculating variations. I have no idea what (if anything) is being embedded into System 1, but it seems (subjectively) to be improving; I seem to "zoom in" more quickly on the relevant aspects of the position. Only time will tell if it is a permanent change or not.

    I eagerly await your return to chess blogging!

    All the best!

  2. My secret: I do whey protein powder with water. It doesn't cause wind, and effectively helps to fight hunger.
    And if I am thirsty, I resort to water.