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5:25 am
April 12, 2010

John Symond


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What are the ways to save energy every day by being mindful about the way we eat?

We can choose types of food more carefully. We can buy food more carefully. We can cook more carefully.

Maybe we could eat more carefully, but I have not thought much about that.

Oh! Of course! We could eat less…

Give us your ideas on this!

5:27 am
April 12, 2010

John Symond


posts 70

A low energy meal of beans and potatoes

Today was the first cold day of the autumn. 

I needed some warm food so I boiled some green string beans and pontiac potatoes on an electric stove. The heat from the stove gave me winter warmth in the apartment, in which I use no space heating. 

I boiled a kettle with just enough water to cook the food, because I believe it saves electricity to use an electric jug instead of heating a pot, to bring cold water to the boil. 

I used an electric timer to let me do other things, while the food cooked. 

I added the beans after the potatoes began to boil, thus saving water and energy by cooking them together. 

After cooking I poured the cooking water into a mug and drank it with the meal. 

I added tabasco sauce and tamari, a type of salt-free Japanese soy sauce, and ate with gusto!

The bowl and cooking pot were soaked in a little cold water, which was easily enough to clean them later.   Confused

9:53 pm
December 7, 2011



posts 3


In my experience, it's the feeling of being over-full that
saps my energy. I feel like the reason I feel drowsy after Thanksgiving isn't
the turkey (there really isn't that much tryptophan in a regular serving of
turkey), but because I've just eaten a lot of food, and feel extra full.

Now that you mention it, a lot of the over-eating type foods
are grains – cereal, sourdough bread, cookies, cake… I suppose that the
grains could play some role. I have also heard that refined grains, like things
made with white flour, don't hang around in your guts as long as whole grains,
so that might play a role too.

Thanks for asking the question, I'll keep better track of
the things I'm eating a little too much of to notice if there are a lot of
grains. Now that you bring it up, I imagine that things like stuffing at
Thanksgiving and grits and cornbread with a chicken lunch might be part of the
reason for the lowered energy.


11:09 pm
January 29, 2013



posts 263

I don't know about austere 'low energy' eating … shouldn't we be aiming for 'low emission' 'high vitality' eating ?

Anything we eat that is fresh is low emission compared to processed, packaged food. No factories, no plastic, all real – obviously the best choice Smile

Meat is the biggest component of food and food is the biggest component of our ecological footprint, so eating less meat is the biggest single thing for 'low energy' eating.

This doesn't mean that we have to be vegetarians. Simply having smaller serves of meat can make a really big difference. Experiment with more veges and more favours instead. Much cheaper on the budget and much healthier for our tummies (too much meat saps our vitality because it slows down our digestion) Wink

… I admire people who can live austerely but I think we need to be embracing life with gusto for us to be able to become more sustainable and inspire others to follow suite  Smile

7:13 pm
January 30, 2013

John Symond


posts 70

Cindy: Low energy consumption in the preparation of this vegetarian meal, not low human energy or vitality. No lack of calorific energy in beans and potatoes! Ask a Mexican!

"Embracing life with gusto" is more about mental states than eating habits.

7:38 pm
January 30, 2013



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