I was at Panera and accidentally chewed and swallowed a plastic fork tine, approximately an inch in length. It may have broken off while I was using it to break and pick up a crouton, and I didn't notice what I'd chewed until I looked down at the fork. That was 8 hours ago. [more inside]
I was researching sequential eating and would like some advice, here are my thoughts and questions: It seems that it takes (on average) 2-4 hours for foods or beverages to leave the stomach. I was wanting to eat/drink something specific every two hours. I have 8 hours to sleep every night, and I like to eat right before sleep as well. This leaves me with 16 hours in a wakened state. Or, 9 segments of eating/drinking. (I drink water right when I wake up) On the basis of sequential eating, what are some useful tips/advice I could keep in consideration while putting together snacks of 1-3 things? It's looking like 4 meals a day, 5 drinks a day, alternating every two hours. OR, what I would rather prefer, is eating 9 meals a day (fruit in the morning with my water), and drinking 6oz of water every hour on the dot. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
YANMD, but do I have IBS? How do I cope? [more inside]
Intestinal systems: FIFO? [more inside]
Aside from the dangers to your teeth, is it dangerous to eat ice? [more inside]
Prompted by this comment, I'm here to ask what the deal is with "calories" as a measure of "nutritional content" (whatever that means). I understand that the calorie value we see on food packaging is arrived at by burning the food in a calorimeter, and that this would be an effective measure of the total chemical energy in the substance. How well does this actually approximate the energy our body can put to use (mechanically, or for other biological processes)? Isn't this measure essentially useless for people trying to lose weight? Why do we put so much emphasis on it then? Are there some foods which have an astronomical number of calories which our digestive systems can do little with?
What is your recommendation for staying regular when traveling? I traveled internationally this past fall and on the last few days of the trip my digestion had really slowed. I was gone 8 days and was in a couple or three different time zones. I feel there is an emotional component to this too where I am worried that when sightseeing there won't be a toilet or something like that so maybe I slow the process because of fear? Have any of you perfected this for yourselves? Prune juice does not work for me but I do prefer tackling this naturally. Any insight is appreciated!
Do commercial colon-cleanse products actually solve the myriad of problems they claim to? [more inside]