Whenever I decide to screw up with my diet, I get lost on how much the quantities matter.
What is the impact difference in eating 1, 2 or 3 candies? 1, 2 or 3 slices of bread? 1, 2 or 3 deeply fried cassava?
You don't particularly quantify your quantities? 1, 2, 3 daily, weekly, monthly, yearly?
Some people can't or wont handle extraneous sugar, gluten, or hydrogenated vegetable oil to any degree.
It just becomes a personal decision and figuring out the personal implications and impacts of what happens when you deviate from your diet.
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In my case, I have no serious issues with any kind of food, I just feel less energized and sleep more when deviating from the diet. In practical terms, I'm trying hard to understand the effect of different quantities when I decide to deviate. I understand that it varies from person to person.
What I'd like to know from this community is if the science has a more general answer to this question. If I have 1 candy, I should have some consequences; if I have 5 candies, should I expect 5x the consequences? Nature is non-linear, but I have no idea on the behavior of the health indicators once I increase quantities of bad stuff. Probably it also varies for each kind of food, but I've found no reference for any in special.
Your blood sugar will rise depending on the amount of sugar, so 5 candies will raise it more than 1 (depending on your personal biology/context), maybe not five times higher but higher nonetheless. And that higher blood sugar causes a stronger response (a whole hormone cascade) that isn't particularly healthy. Unless it happens after strenuous exercise, which shows again that context is everything. There are a lot of feedback loops within the human body, plus lot's of external factors, so it's difficult to make a model that keeps all those aspects into account, and can quantify what happens.
But as a general rule, if you deviate and feel worse, you're doing something wrong and shouldn't care about quantities but to stop doing what your doing altogether.
I've been for two years experimenting, so I now I have a fair idea on what reacts in my body. I'm BP 5-6 days per week, but, once I go out to have fun, I choose to enjoy it, and this is when I get puzzled.
I know the consequences of having gluten or sugar. I know 2 has more effect than 1. The question in my devil mind is always: "Well, as I already had a slice of pizza, does it make much difference to have the second, or the third one...?". Am I going to fell lazy for 1/2/3 "weeks"? Or am I going to feel 2x or 3x lazier during the next "week"? (just to exemplify)
I keep experimenting, but any inputs from this great community would be helpful in this journey. ;-)