I should call this blog comments “Notes on a Lazy, Hazy Summer Day,” or “How to Procrastinate and Avoid Doing Anything.”
That’s how I feel on about the second truly warm “summer” day this year in San Francisco. Of course if you have visited my city this month, or live in the Bay Area, you know that it’s been windy, cold and often foggy, and that the real summer will appear in Sept., Oct. and early November ( which is just before my birthday and usually the best time of year in terms of weather). But today counts for sure as one of the happy-making days, calling me outside to garden. Thanks for the chance to indulge, becuase I enjoy a home-located internet corset business (with personal fitting appointments in San Francisco, of course).
To delay tackling two corset orders on my desk and various banking tasks, I decided to read Sec. D from the New York Times that I picked up on the BART today. Lo, in the Letters section, I read a comment by Dr. Portenoy from New York: “When two public health problems of such complexity co-exist, aggressive action for one problem must acknowledge the complexity and avoid actions taht unintentionally worsen the other.” He was speaking about treating chronic pain with opiates, but his comment applies as well to most anything in life, including corset waist training and nutrition changes we adopt.
When I first began researching fiber for my book on corset waist training, because Dr. Oz and everyone else for all time has told us to “up” our fiber intake per day, I wanted to know precisely how much “up” was “up?” But I also wanted to know what fallout could I expect in terms of my body and its other systems and processes?
It’s a good thing that I generally take a broader perspective on tinkering with one’s body and asked those kinds of followup questions. I did so because I hate mushy statements as well as sentiments that are not fact-based, especially since there is so much “free” information about most any topic including corsets, on the web today. You likely know my take on trusting most all of that kind of ambiguous and vague information.
What I confirmed was that if you tinker with one type of foodstuff, you need to adjust for the results, lest they become harmful over time. If you increase fiber intake from 25 gms. per day for most folks, up to 40 to 60 gms. recommended by many for those who corset waist-train in a serious fashion (primarily in order to slow down hunger and avoid constipation), then you increase the need for calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium. These minerals are absorbed most slowly into the body with a high intake of fiber. Conclusion: You just can’t tinker with an isolated part of your diet,or body, and not expect changes in other areas!
Also I was reminded of my recent waist-training graduate Ashlee. Two-thirds of the way into her coaching program, her doctor discovered she was hypoglycemic and needed to change her diet. It caused some readjustment in her normal coaching nutrition, but she made it and continued on to a successful conclusions, giving her program a 9 out of a 10 in her final evaluation!
If you corset or waist train, what changes have you had to make ,and for what reasons, in nutrition, to accommodate your corseting practices?