Coping: Diets and the Future of Liquid Food

Mr. Ure is seriously losing weight here lately.  I won’t be so dumb as to put up numbers but I will say that our recent visit here at Uretopia Ranch with my friend Howard Hill was instrumental.

How so?  Well, Howard recommended a book… The Gabriel Method: The Revolutionary DIET-FREE Way to Totally Transform Your Body…which I had loaded on my Kindle in no time at all.  I mean seriously…in like 4-minutes.

What makes Jon Gabriel’s book so cool is that it doesn’t start with calories, sitting around and being a slug, cutting our sugary drinks, or any of the “normal” starting points.  What he does that’s different is he starts with the psychological reasons why some people “turn on their fat storage systems.”

Sure enough, when I started doing some of the exercises in the book, what came through were some leftover mental thought fragments (the kind that can “program” you, if you don’t consciously dredge them up and smash them with full-bright thinking and dealing with them.

I won’t ruin the book for you, but let’s just say that a lower-middle class to middle-class upbringing in my youth included a lot of food-related programming.  Sitting around the dinner table was where a lot of family sharing/caring/learning took place.  And thus, sitting around associating (food with sharing/caring/learning) in a sense programs you to seek weight via food since it must be associated with what was going on at the dinner table, right?

And while there, eating (early on) involved serving portions that were laid out by adults.  Not wanting to shore-change their kids, got more than adequate portions of food.

But we also got two other things that worked into an eventual predisposition to being (how to say this?) less than featherweights.

Aha!  Gabriel’s book is all about the psychological stuff which – in my case – involved two of the most powerful/destructive (yet not intentionally so) commands from parents.

From dad there was “Be a clean plater, or no desert…:” and from mom  “No ice-cream unless you eat all your [fill in the blank].  Well, hell, turns out the answers are always in plain sight…just Gabriel has tons of good sense in his book about finding it.  My thanks to Howard, again, for recommending it.

Oh, and no harm/no foul on the parents…they were just doing what they wanted to guard against from their childhoods in the Great Depression – being hungry.  Many marvelous “D’oh!” moments reading Gabriel’s book.

The Liquid Food Connection

OK, so how does this get to a discussion of liquid food?” you’re wondering about here.

I got to thinking about other “food programming” from childhood and one of the messages back when was “Don’t drink too much water with your meal or you will fill up on water, not food.”

But, in fact, because young boys don’t drink a lot of liquid during the day (play was hard work) they really needed more with meals.  And that’s where I got into reviewing the kinds of food that I really like.

Things like homemade clam chowder, a bowl of chili, or that lunchtime treat: cream of mushroom soup and a fried cheese sandwich.

In the early sixties, I think it was, my mother tried dieting (briefly) and there was a place up in Seattle called GovMart which was a kind of early-day Costco, except it was for government employees only.  Since dad worked for the city, we’d go there for bulk foods now and then.

It was from there that I had my first taste of a liquid diet called Metrecal which lives on in memory in the pages of Wikipedia:

Metrecal was a brand of diet foods introduced in the early 1960s. Though its products were criticized for their taste, which newer varieties of flavor tried to improve upon later, it attained a niche in the popular culture of the time. Created and marketed initially by C. Joseph Genster of Mead Johnson & Company, it was eventually replaced in the market by competitors such as Slim Fast.[1]

Mead Johnson had a long history of creating nutritional supplements for infants and invalids, and Metrecal was seen as a logical progression into weight loss for the general public. Genster was the group director for nutritional specialties at Mead Johnson, which launched the product in September 1959, though it was unclear who conceived the original concept.[1] Food innovator Sylvia Schur‘s company provided consulting work on the product’s development.[2] The name for the product was generated by an automated IBM computer system as a blend of the words “meter” and “calories”, referring to the measured caloric intake of the Metrecal diet.

Needless to say, Metrecal worked, but only so-so for mom. This was ‘61, now that I think about it.

Remember, my Danish grandmother who came over on the Lusitania (last successful westbound trip) earned her keep in Denmark as a cook for some minor nobility in Odense.  As a result of this, deserts were one of the really great kitchen outputs at our house:  A twisted deep-friend cookie (Kliner from Klejner)  [recipe here] or the accompanying citronfromage ( a Danish lemon mousse) {yeah, try it sometime].  Lemon custard tarts, Danish pastries of all sorts.  Cinnamon rolls and bear claws and….oh, my, the joy of it all.

Not that the kitchen didn’t turn out low-calorie main dishes, either.  Danish frikadeller (with a rich gravy with dill) was not exactly weight-loss food, either.  Half a dozen red potatoes and here, more gravy?  [recipe here]  Pronounced: FRACK-a-dillah.  29 million calories per serving, plus or minus.

The taste was very similar to the Swedish meatballs you can get at some Ikea stores. except that it was patties, each big as your hand, and eating two was considered a compliment to the cook.  Eating only part of one?  Dissing the cook!  And you see how this programming stuff Gabriel talks about works, right?

Still, because mom wasn’t too thrilled with the early Metrecal, she shared it with us kids.  It was chocolate, and damn good, we thought.  Kind of like cocoa, but thicker.

Now to the point:  I have through about rotating through some cases of Ensure as a prepping food, but that one didn’t really grab me because I have always thought of it as “old or sick” people food.  I’m  not that guy.

So bingo:  A couple of weeks back, along comes a note from Amy at and guess what they have? 

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Amy’s accompanying note was pretty encouraging, too:

On a personal note:  This really is an amazing product, I have never been one for protein drinks, but now I am drinking this daily, as the ingredients are pretty impressive.    

So, care to guess what goes on my prepping list? 

Total replacement for general prepping?  No.  I mean, as long as the garden is putting out, and my rocket stove is firing (a review of my new one of those maybe next week or the week after) there are still a specific set of uses (hikes, don’t want to start a fire, and things like that) having liquid meals around is a darn fine idea.  A dozen per person in the car makes sense, for example.

Given a choice between an MRE or a liquid meal, I’d pick the liquid meal as a much better choice (and lighter and less bulky) than  an MRE about half the time.  Ideal for when a radioactive cloud goes over…and I’m only partly jesting.

Will it ever top some meatballs, a sliced up head of cabbage, two Mason jars of stewed tomatoes,  a pound or two of carrots, an onion or three, some celery, and spiced according to taste?   And maybe with a thimble full of red wine for good measure?  Maybe not.

But in  George’s world of de-emphasized eating (e.g. eating with a purpose of fueling the beast only, not trying to create feelings or space around me) then liquid diets  and the MegaOne Meals are certainly to be considered.

Another reason I am a big “liquid food” supporter?  My daughter Allison had a run-in with celiac when she was very young.  And she was quite literally kept alive by hooking her up to an intravenous feeding program with all the necessary fats, minerals, and vitamins to get her past a dangerous point in life.  Worked like a charm.  Liquid feeding is a well-developed science.

So yeah, I’m a big fan of liquid foods and around here, we’ll be accumulating some as a hedge against a time when a couple of hours of prep time may be non-existent. 

Whether it’s a long trip in the car or the plane (and I don’t need junk food on the road) or whether just because we’ve been too busy to cook, the future of liquid food looks pretty bright, at least to a long-time convert; like Ures truly.

Tuesday at the WoWW: Dreams and Nobels

Here we go with more notes from the World of Woo-Woo (the WoWW):  Note from reader John:

So last night I dreamed that as we approach some event things will continue to get weirder slipping in and out of dimensions for lack of a better term. If there are multiple realities/universes which coexist maybe what we are seeing is a messing of the multiple realities and them trying sort themselves out for the individual experiencing g that reality/dream.

As I did not complete the dream/remember it well I am trying to focus on it, redream it and remember what it was I was being shown as it was a lucid message.

If you do, please send it along.  But in the meantime, I had a note from Chris McCleary, who – if you have been paying attention – is the new proprietor of the project.  Not only has he retooled the site, started posting semi-daily, but he has also picked up where I’d left off on that project a good while back…running analysis on what people are dreaming about lately:

George, I absolutely startled myself doing my first linguistic analysis of our latest crazy collective dreams. I don’t normally post my material until the morning, but I also know that you get up much earlier than me, so I posted just now!

I really think that you’re going to be as floored as I was/am about what our dreams are saying. Please take a look.

Either link should take you straight to my article Blood Moon Dreams: Linguistic analysis says change is coming!

If you’re kind of bored at the top, don’t give up, because the big stuff is toward the middle and bottom of the post.

Interested in your feedback if you have time, particularly “IRON DOWN.”

The reason I share Chris’s excitement about the specific word and archetype calls in dreams is that when I have had dreams with precognitive content, they have a way of totally wrecking how the world used to work.  Not like it’s just me, though:  Remember the recent experience of physicist Ted, who I imagine is hard at work trying to sort out what it all means.

If you have a dream with anything that suggests predictive content, click over to the National Dream Center and post it.  This is public research and the more, the better the output.

Dreams?  PRESTO!

Right on command this morning, my I Ching Inbox (which is what I call it when things appear in Outlook with an uncanny sense of timing) along comes this note from reader Charlie G:

You absolutely have to read this. Closest to explaining the woo-woo

Consciousness as a State of Matter

“We examine the hypothesis that consciousness can be understood as a state of matter, “perceptronium”, with distinctive information processing abilities. We explore five basic principles that may distinguish conscious matter from other physical systems such as solids, liquids and gases: the information, integration, independence, dynamics and utility principles. If such principles can identify conscious entities, then they can help solve the quantum factorization problem: why do conscious observers like us perceive the particular Hilbert space factorization corresponding to classical space (rather than Fourier space, say), and more generally, why do we perceive the world around us as a dynamic hierarchy of objects that are strongly integrated and relatively independent? Tensor factorization of matrices is found to play a central role, and our technical results include a theorem about Hamiltonian separability (defined using Hilbert-Schmidt superoperators) being maximized in the energy eigenbasis. Our approach generalizes Giulio Tononi’s integrated information framework for neural-network-based consciousness to arbitrary quantum systems, and we find interesting links to error-correcting codes, condensed matter criticality, and the Quantum Darwinism program, as well as an interesting connection between the emergence of consciousness and the emergence of time. “

So we end this morning by congratulating Max Tegmark of MIT on what will surely be an upcoming Nobel Prize for figuring out that yes, matter has a provable, scientific, consciousness aspect to it.

His paper, which you can download here, is a definite keeper and one that should trouble atheists deeply.  Especially when he applies logic to the states of gas, liquid, solid, memory, computer, and consciousness. 

I’ll send him a note with my next question, which is pretty simple:  I note he didn’t list plasma as a state of matter, separately (as gas sorted by electrical properties) but is it possible that there is a plasma/conscious link?  because a soft linkage there seems implied by things like ghosts and apparitions, temperature changes in haunted places, and the like.  Seems like that one super-state of matter might begin to tie up a lot of loose ends. 

In other words, is ectoplasm/ghosts/apparitions a cold plasma state of consciousness?

OK, Peoplenomics tomorrow:  What happened to Peak Oil (and why it matters).  Along with a few comments (field notes if you will) from my chat with Oilman2 who is off punching a well down in the swamp lands of Louisiana for the next couple of weeks…Vacuuming rainwater?  A quarter mile from a refinery?  Hello?  And you wonder why gas is so spendy…

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