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Is it okay to just not cook? I just don't. I can't. I hate doing it. I like having people over but every time I think to myself, "but they will expect food, and anything I cook will be deeply sub par, not to mention, I hate cooking".

I am shocked at how fast dust bunnies pop up on a hardwood floor, but I shouldn't be, considering I live with a cat and a generously-tressed nordic god.

When I was in first or second grade, our school showed us a film about fire safety. It talked about escape routes, blah, etc. It also showed a little girl with a giant stuffed animal trying to save said toy by tossing it out the window, but it didn't fit and she had to leave it. I don't remember much from my childhood but this left an indelible impression on me. I will never forget how I cried and was hurt by this film. Sensitive child? Maybe a little...

Can anyone confirm these
(courtesy of jet
Importance of Drinking Enough Water

1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
4. One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study.
5. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.


It's no secret that I will generally offer as advice for any ailment, "drink some water", even though I do not take my own advice. This stuff confirms all my dark fears!

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angela_la_la
Oct. 12th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
Sensitive children unite! I used to apologize to all my stuffed animals personally when they didn't get to sleep in my bed, or if I got mad and threw one.

That could also be because I kind of believed they came alive when I slept, though. I didn't want to risk some sort of fluffy rebellion.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC)
I'm glad someone understands. :) Although I've probably taken it to a ridiculous conclusion, as all my old stuffed animals (which is alot) now have an honored place in my home.

I also remember my parents, when I was about 8-10, having a talk with me because some of my stuffed animals were overgrowing their space, and they wanted to put some in the attic. I threw a righteous fit because surely that was like DEATH or something for a stuffed animal.

Are you an only child? Because I have this theory about only children and stuffed animals.
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mistervimes
Oct. 12th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
Do you know what fish DO in that stuff *G*
bearly525
Oct. 12th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
Can't confirm the facts, however I can correlate with personal data:
1. I'm in the 75%
2. ?
3. Well, I have one of slowest metabolisms on the planet, and I definitely don't drink enough water, so... :D
4. ?
5. I'm always tired, but a glass of water will often perk me right up.
6. ?
7. I get way fuzzy when dehydrated.
8. I'd better start drinking!! LOL

FYI, tangentially - In the quest to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day:

1 juice = 1 glass of water
1 decaf tea/coffee = 1 glass of water
1 caffeinated tea/coffee = -1/2 glass of water (as in drink more H2O to compensate!)
1 decaf soda = 1/2 glass of water
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC)
Indeed, my own personal data confirms most of this stuff. Yet still I am not good about drinking water.
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cheetahmaster
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
Those dehydration stats look pretty bogus, possibly because there's no real attribution for any of the stats. I would recommend mailing it to Snopes.com, they can look into it.
peregrin8
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, most of them are awfully vague... and for the cancer statistics, people who drink more water probably also have other healthier habits, so I don't see how they can prove it.
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peregrin8
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC)
It is OK to just not cook. I like to cook (sometimes), but I have also invited people over for dinner before & made it clear that we'd be ordering in. All the fun w/ none of the hassle!
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'll have to find the local places you can order in that have vegan dishes... HA. :) :)
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tzel
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC)
I can say that now that I actually have time to drink when I thirsty and in fact even when I'm not, I have noticed that constantly drinking cold, filtered water keeps me almost as awake and downing tons of caffeine and has none of the bad side effects.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)
See, this is exactly what I mean. I think what I need to help my alertness is just to drink more water.
tzel
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC)
OH, and you know, the "you buy it, I burn it" offer is still always there. :)
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)
Yes! This is a good plan for the future.
devil_panda
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)

I suck at cooking, and prefer to leave the cooking to the experts. (i.e. my roommates or whatever restaurant happens to be delivering.) Healthy, no.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
Well at least I know I am not alone :)
crafting_change
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:09 pm (UTC)
if you don't like to cook, then you don't like to cook...thats ok, then you just have to find ways around it :prepackaged rice, soup and other kinds of foods.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
non sequitur, I was gonna say, if you are interested in thrifting today, or something, I am home too. :) But then I thought you probably want to stay home, because really, that's what the mental health day is usually most about. :)
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prakriti
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)
its ok not to cook . its a good excuse to eat more raw food :)

or you can just order out when friends come over.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'm always afraid my friends, who mostly cook, will be disappointed by this.
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ceciskittle
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:13 pm (UTC)
I can't confirm with 'scientific data' that those stats are ture, but I am a firm believer in them. And I know that when I do not drink enough water I do have memory problems and weakness problems. I am a completely believer in lots of water makes one healthier. From my own personal experience when I drink more water I am healthier, in many many ways. PLus when dieting it actually helps me burn fat faster than when I do not drink enough water.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah. They really hit home for me too. I need a new dedicated water bottle that I am not afraid something is growing in.
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keryx
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC)
We didn't cook a thing for my birthday party. TAKE OUT (aka the poor man's "catering"), baby. Assuming you can afford it, take out is a beautiful thing.

Re. the water stats...
1. I'd be really curious how this was measured. Stats that involve "X% of Americans" are frequently based on studies of 300 people.
2. I know to be true for me.
3. Who really cares? Where do they get 3%?
4. Again, not sure how useful this is.
5. While not the #1 trigger (sugar is), for me this is also true.
6. Another true for me thing.
7. Another one I think is ridiculously hard to measure.
8. In what population? Over how much time?

In short, dehydration is a problem for lots of people, but it's probably much more useful to do your own experimenting with your own body when it comes to determining how water affects ya.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've really ever experienced my body "hydrated" properly. This is how I wonder about proving it out... I don't keep track of how hydrated my body is, so I can't connect good-feeling moments or bad-feeling moments to that reliably. It just SEEMS like it must be this way.

I had no idea all your birthday stuff was take out :) I thought Slade had cooked or something, since I have this burned in memory of him cooking stuff at your last party :)
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multiplexer
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC)
You should ask (my) Eric about the drinking of water.

However, I do know that drinking coffee and pop all day is very bad for you. The pop absolutely, as one can of Coke is 200 empty calories of fructose, which is nothing but unsoluable sugar that goes almost directly to fat. The large amounts of caffeine slow down your metabolism.

Drinking large amounts of water also has all sorts of very nice positive effects from losing weight and lowering appetite to making you feel more energized. I drink about a litre of water a day, and it's still not enough.
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
I wish I could force myself to drink that much water. I have been becoming dependent on coffee a bit... of course when I say that, let me not mislead you. I am so strongly effected by coffee that a half cup will get me going fine.
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salami_salome
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC)
I hear ya on the not cooking. While in theory I understand the aesthetic pleasures of cooking, it just seems insane to spend that much time on what's really just sustanance, and ends up ultimately as poo.

"generously tressed Nordic god," hee!
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
exactly! and well put. and i also have this crazy interest in food tasting good, which i can't really do very reliably myself. i despise the idea of spending an hour preparing something and then having it be mediocre, or worse, gross.
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ubet_cha
Oct. 12th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)
Cooking - As a single man I've always been the one to cook in every relationship I have been in and don't mind a bit. I'm good at that. Vacumming on the other hand blows!!

larksdream
Oct. 12th, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC)
Vacumming on the other hand blows!!

Then you're doing it wrong. It's supposed to suck.

*ducking & running*
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