Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Choosing the Right Food Lifestyle

I made a Lunch of Flax Seed Cracker, Blueberry Pie, Fruit, Dips, and Veggies

Most of you know I have struggled with weight issues for years. Up and down, up and down....I eat because I am bored, stressed, being social, angry, frustrated.....I eat because food is there and because I can.

I have been mostly vegan and vegetarian through the years but that hasn't meant I always had a healthy diet or a controlled one. I can do pretty good damage on Cheese Nips and Doritos and trips to Taco Bell and pretty much any restaurant. Truly, I have terrible habits, binge eating along with excessive daily coffee and Diet Pepsi consumption.

So I made that backpacking trip to Guatemala to try to break those habits and change my state of mind.  I hoped a month of hiking up mountains and through jungles and limiting my access to my usual foods would do me good. When it turned out I ended up only hiking one week out of four, I spent a good amount of time the other three weeks enjoying all kinds of food down there. I did lose four pounds but, I did not achieve a change of daily practice. Oh, I take that back...that month did help break my coffee and Diet Pepsi habits because both of those drinks are dreadful in Guatemala.

So when I got back, new plan. I decided to seriously try raw foods again (I have dabbled in it, but nothing serious). Is it working? Yes, it is! Here are the stats:

December 11, 2012 166 lbs Before backpacking trip to Guatemala
January  8, 2013 162 lbs - Start raw foods lifestyle
January 22, 2013 155 lbs - Two weeks of raw foods
I am very happy! And along with the weight loss, I have strangely suffered NO cravings at all and I am never starving. In fact, I have been following the concept of stopping eating by 2 pm (sometimes I stopped at 3 pm and I did have a salad after 8 pm one night while out for dinner after I did my DC lecture). I have NOT exercised, on purpose, in order to see the true effect of the diet on weight loss. I have stayed heavy on the veggies and fruit and lighter on the nuts and seeds, but I did include them and a small amount of dehydrated foods in my diet. Below is a list of my favorite recipes that I made and ate during the two weeks, so you can see I didn't only have carrots.

Best Recipes

RAWvolution Famous Onion Bread – RAWvolution – Matt Amsden – p.100
Shitake Sandwich with Onion Bread – RAWvolution – p.139
Greek Pizza/Hawaiian Pizza with Pizza Sauces and Onion Bread – RAWvolution – p. 135, 136
Lava Soup – RAW – Juliano - p. 32
Pasta Marinara with RAW Marinara Sauce – RAW – p. 153
Easiest Banana-Berry Shake – Instant Raw Sensations – Frederic Patenaude – p. 17
My Cute Little Bell Pepper Salad - Instant Raw Sensations – p. 53
Applesauce - Living on Raw Food – Alicia Cohen – p. 294
Flax Seed Crackers - Living on Raw Food – p. 344
Blueberry Pie – Living on Raw Food –  p. 484
Mock Peanut Butter and Jelly - Living on Raw Food – p. 439
Tomato, Onion, and Avocado Sandwich – Living on Raw Food –  p. 439
Buckwheat Cereal - Living on Raw Food –  p. 439
Fudge Balls – Living on Raw Food – p. 491
Curry Savory Vegetable Stew with Plantain and Pineapple – Roger Haeske – p. 5, 6
Apple/Carrot Juice  – 100 Days to 100% Raw – Tonya Zavasta – p. 17
Green Pudding – 100 Days to 100% Raw – p. 97

I am planning to continue with this raw foods plan because I really feel great! I don't obsess on food all the time, craving sweets and salts like a maniac, and I don't gorge for emotional reasons. Of course, it has only been two weeks, so we shall see how it goes. Some will ask, even if I stay on this plan, will I stay 100% raw or will I add in cooked food? I don't know yet; it depends how the cooked food affects me. I am thinking I may eventually go to what is called "high raw," simply because it is nice to allow some cooked food in  one's diet so one can enjoy an occasional dinner over at someone's home or a special treat when one is dining out. However, I haven't had any desire for cooked food as of yet and don't much want to change what I am doing at this point. Since raw food is working so well for me, I am going to not rock the boat just yet; I will take one day at a time.

PS. Remember that each human being is different, so it is important to find what kind of diet/lifestyle works for your body and your circumstances.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

January 22, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Wishful Thinking, Poor Memory, or Bad Profiling?

Still Smiling (Before Hiking)
The hardest person in the world to profile may be oneself. It is a bit hard to be subjective when it comes to one's own behaviors, choices, and goals which is why, no doubt, we often argue so vehemently with the advice of friends. And so it was with my trip to Guatemala. Hey, I am not saying I didn't have a good time, go to fascinating and beautiful places, trek in the mountains and jungles, and meet wonderful people....and learn great lessons of life....I am saying I didn't accomplish my mission of losing a good bit of weight. I left the country weighing 166 pounds (yes, dear friends, I did gain a lot of weight this year while finishing my last two books) and I came back at 162 pounds....big whoop. Now, some of you will say that was a reasonable weight loss for four weeks and I would agree, if I were sitting on my fat arse on  cruise ship eating unlimited food. But, I was supposed to be hiking for three of those four weeks, every day, and eating healthful and small portions.

I Should Have Googled "Mountains" and "Guatemala"
Now, here is where my poor memory or bad personal profiling comes in. I totally forgot I hated hiking up. Yes, I am good at walking all day on flat ground, but, hills, I hate. What the hell was I thinking? Guatemala is a totally mountainous country! I apparently forgot that since the last time I had been there, thirty-three years ago on my honeymoon (and I probably only walked from the hotel room to the nearest bar/restaurant/cab during that trip). I also forgot that I likely quit hiking years ago when I realized the Blue Ridge Mountains were, uh, mountains, and I hated the whole first half of any hike to some great lookout point and didn't sign up to repeat the experience. Pretty much, I think I used the backpack for traveling overseas and sold it when I got married. I took a suitcase on my honeymoon.

Easy Start but Them Thar Mountains...
So, forgetting that and ignoring the fact I was thirty pounds heavier than I should be and seriously out of shape (yes, I ignored advice from annoying folks who thought I should hike locally for a half a year and then go to Guatemala), off I went to join a volcano hike. And the day the hiking group left our starting point, the city of Quetzeltenanago, they added food to my already heavy backpack and made me carry four liters of water; hence, the black cloud of doom began descending even before I started ascending. That day, we hiked up hills to the bus station and I was already hating life. Then we rode for six hours on chicken buses holding on to the seat in front of us less we fly into the aisle while rounding the corners at a suicidal speed (which I preferred to hiking). After a wonderful evening in a little town called Nebaj, a too fattening dinner of spaghetti and apple pie with ice cream (that hostel owner sure could bake) and a great night's sleep on  rock hard bed (yeah, I was very tired), we walked out of town (that was  pleasant hour long stroll) and then we went up....and up.....and up.

Arriving at the Little Schoolhouse
Inside the Schoolhouse
I went up more slowly than anyone else (who were all under age thirty). Seven hours of up and I was straggling way at the back, bloody miserable every torturous step of the way. One of the leaders of the group kept me company (what a sweet boy!) until we reached our final destination, a tiny village where we were to sleep on the floor of a one-room schoolhouse. The next morning, in the pouring rain, the group was to rise at 3 am and climb the volcano, hiking up eighty seven steep switchbacks (I was originally misinformed that they weren't so bad but that night I was told they were a total bitch) until they reached the top four to six hours later.

All Alone....Thank God, It's Finally Morning
Taking the Tuk Tuk Back Down the Mountain
I decided to go the other direction. As the other hikers packed up their gear in the dark in circles of light from their headlamps, I wished them well and snuggled back into my warm bedding. After four more hours in a rather scary, very dark, desolate spot thinking about the embarrassing headline, "American Criminal Profiler Gang Raped and Murderered on Guatemalan Mountain," (and to be fair, I refused the kind hike leader's offer to escort me all the way back to the city) I got up, packed my things, and walked down to the road to "town" (kind of just a bend in the road with one shop) to catch a tuk-tuk (autorickshaw), then three chicken buses back to Quetzeltenango (an all day rather hair-raising affair) to retrieve the rest of my stuff that was in storage.

A Long Hard Three Days in the Jungle but Doable
I did manage to do about seven day's total hiking (a couple of more days at Lake Atitlan, one in Semuc Champey, and three days in the jungle from Zotz to Tikal), but with three other weeks of sightseeing, eating and drinking in restaurants and bars, my plan rather went to hell. I still had a good time, lost four pounds, and have great photos and memories, but hiking up mountains is never ever happening again in my lifetime. Never ever.

So, weighing in at 162 pounds on return, I have decided to go back on the raw food plan. After just four days, I have lost four pounds. Geez, to think, all I had to do was stay home and eat my veggies

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

January 12, 2013

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Only the Truth
How to Save Your Daughter's Life
Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
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