ajwish's recent activity

  1. Comment on Recipes and meal planning for uncommon dietary restrictions in ~food

    ajwish
    Link Parent
    This had not occurred to me at all, for some reason. I think it could definitely be helpful to get some ideas for the kinds of recipes that might work. Thank you!

    This had not occurred to me at all, for some reason. I think it could definitely be helpful to get some ideas for the kinds of recipes that might work. Thank you!

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Recipes and meal planning for uncommon dietary restrictions in ~food

    ajwish
    Link Parent
    Thank you so much for the resources, this is great! I've never heard of digestive enzymes beyond lactase (so far I just buy lactose free stuff, which has worked out). This is good to know, I'll...

    Thank you so much for the resources, this is great!

    I've never heard of digestive enzymes beyond lactase (so far I just buy lactose free stuff, which has worked out). This is good to know, I'll definitely ask what my options are.

    I think I've heard the Monash University app but in the context of IBS management, I didn't realize it was for FODMAPs in general. Having a consolidated resource for this stuff is very helpful, especially as I'm getting a feel for different foods.

    I'm very grateful for the onion and garlic substitutes especially. I'm Indian American and do cook Indian food and it has been a real struggle to replace onions because they are in everything and seem to be especially triggering for me. Thanks for the recipe recommendations as well, I'll give those a shot!

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Recipes and meal planning for uncommon dietary restrictions in ~food

    ajwish
    Link Parent
    I agree that support communities can be really helpful for this, but unfortunately once you have multiple different things going on, it can be hard to find that kind of community. I found some of...

    I agree that support communities can be really helpful for this, but unfortunately once you have multiple different things going on, it can be hard to find that kind of community. I found some of those really helpful when I was first diagnosed with gastroparesis though, so it's definitely a good thought.

    A personal recipe box is definitely my end goal! A lot of recipes really can't be made compliant with my restrictions though, so even finding a way to sort through recipes for things that could actually reasonably be modified would be very helpful.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Recipes and meal planning for uncommon dietary restrictions in ~food

    ajwish
    Link Parent
    Interesting, that's actually something I haven't thought very much about. I'll definitely look into that! It's hard to get things into real small pieces with a knife (or maybe my knife skills are...

    Interesting, that's actually something I haven't thought very much about. I'll definitely look into that! It's hard to get things into real small pieces with a knife (or maybe my knife skills are bad, who knows) so this seems like a similar strategy but better than I can do myself. Thanks!

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Recipes and meal planning for uncommon dietary restrictions in ~food

    ajwish
    Link Parent
    Good questions! For fiber, I mostly just have a pretty good sense of the low -> high scale for fiber content (I have like a mental points system for how much fiber I consume in a day, which I know...

    Good questions! For fiber, I mostly just have a pretty good sense of the low -> high scale for fiber content (I have like a mental points system for how much fiber I consume in a day, which I know is not a super exact method but up until this point has served me well). Also, for any packaged food, there is usually an indicator of fiber content and google is pretty good for other things. I think technically fiber doesn't decrease when you cook it, but it generally does make it easier for me to process (I would never eat raw spinach, but cooked - and especially chopped fine/pureed - I can eat some).

    For sugars, it's just fructose and fructans. There are tools like this that help with FODMAPs, but not all FODMAPs are problems for me and there usually isn't clarification on which ones are the issue in any given food. I think more complex sugars can break down into less complex sugars but fructose is pretty simple as is (so... possibly cooking makes things worse? unclear).

    Historically, a lot of my substitutions have been to adjust things by swapping out for a safer vegetables, cooking things to death, and having really small pieces (so for peppers, I would probably still use peppers but in a smaller quantity and chopped small and cooked all the way through). This doesn't work for everything, but has left enough "normal" food available to me to manage. But some peppers have FODMAPS (is it fructose? fructan? I have no idea) and others don't, so then substitution becomes more complicated.

    I'm maybe asking for something that doesn't exist, but I would really, really, really like to avoid the "stick it in a blender" approach because I cannot handle it. I don't mind softer/smoother textures (I eat a lot more mashed starchy vegetables, for example, and soup) but it would be great if that wasn't all that was happening (and if I have to avoid some foods because they can't be altered without sticking them in a blender, I would probably just be sad and avoid it rather than resorting to blending it. Personal preference.)

    1 vote
  6. Recipes and meal planning for uncommon dietary restrictions

    Some backstory, in case it provides useful context for this question. I was diagnosed with gastroparesis more than 10 years ago. Gastroparesis doesn't have a ton of treatment options, and...
    Some backstory, in case it provides useful context for this question.

    I was diagnosed with gastroparesis more than 10 years ago. Gastroparesis doesn't have a ton of treatment options, and "lifestyle changes" are one of the big things required to at least manage symptoms. Recommendations for a gastroparesis friendly diet are to limit fiber, limit fat, limit alcohol, eat very small meals frequently instead of a few larger meals, cook the heck out of things, puree things, etc (basically, do what you can to minimize the work your stomach will have to do).

    After my initial diagnosis I got fairly good at modifying standard recipes to accommodate my restrictions (though there are still some things I just avoid completely, like corn and kale). So even though it was a little extra work, I could mostly adjust standard meal prep and recipe ideas to work for me.

    Recently though, I've had some new health issues occur that have resulted in a couple of other digestive issues (among them fructose intolerance and fructan intolerance) that further restrict my diet and suddenly my options are way more limited. I'm reaching out to a dietician, but honestly a lot of these things are mostly treated with (organized) trial and error, so the more information and tools I have at my disposal, the better.


    I was wondering what people use for finding recipes and meal planning when they have less "standard" dietary restrictions. I find that a lot of these tools have options for vegetarians, vegans, paleo diet, keto diet, low carb; or for common allergens like peanuts and soy. But I haven't found a way to limit more specific things (especially things, like fiber, that are generally regarded as beneficial, or things, like fructose, that are everywhere). I suppose just manually searching for and then looking through a bunch of recipes is an option, but that can also be challenging given that nutritional information on recipes isn't always complete. I would appreciate any ideas or suggestions that people have for this sort of thing because I like to eat but right now food is making me very sad.


    (also sorry if ~health was a better place to put this, I wasn't sure exactly where it should go)

    13 votes
  7. Comment on The Steam Summer Sale 2024 is live (runs June 27 - July 11) in ~games

    ajwish
    Link Parent
    I too would recommend Lil Gator Game if that's your vibe, as well as Smushi Come Home, both had that short, cozy, exploratory feel to me.

    I too would recommend Lil Gator Game if that's your vibe, as well as Smushi Come Home, both had that short, cozy, exploratory feel to me.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on The Steam Summer Sale 2024 is live (runs June 27 - July 11) in ~games

    ajwish
    Link Parent
    A Short Hike is probably one of my favorite games, and even though it is pretty short to beat (3-4 hours, if you try to do most things, maybe?) I still come back to it just because I like the...

    A Short Hike is probably one of my favorite games, and even though it is pretty short to beat (3-4 hours, if you try to do most things, maybe?) I still come back to it just because I like the little world and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What have we liberals done to the US west coast? in ~misc

    ajwish
    Link Parent
    I see this come up all the time in this context, and it kind of baffles me (if there are some key facts that I am ignorant of, please do let me know). Most discussion I can find of the origins of...

    I see this come up all the time in this context, and it kind of baffles me (if there are some key facts that I am ignorant of, please do let me know). Most discussion I can find of the origins of Latinx suggest it was first used in Puerto Rican publications:

    Scharron-del Rio first noticed the use of the letter X to escape the gender binaries encoded in the Spanish language about two years ago in a number of Puerto Rican psychology periodicals. Authors would, for example, write “lxs participantes” to avoid the masculine “los” in the phrase “the participants.” 1

    Would it not be the height of linguistic colonialism for English speakers to decide they shouldn't use a word that a group of Spanish speakers are using? And it is a word that many Spanish speaker do use (though of course this does not take from your point that there are many detractors):

    Sometimes negative reactions to new terms like Latinx are based on the assumption that ivory tower scholars, or a small group of activists disconnected from the rest of society, make those words up. In my own experience, I first heard Latinx being used by queer, non-binary students as a way to linguistically perform and promote gender inclusivity. ... So, I would respond to those criticisms by expressing that the use of the term Latinx is an opportunity to approach history with an open mind. Latinx histories have been marginalized, ignored and suppressed. The term reflects the desire to broaden awareness about historically newer or lesser examined communities. In this sense, the “x,” in Latinx, is also about the unknown past and complex present of the diverse Latinx community. 2

    There also seem to be some concerns regarding the use of terms like "Hispanic," which prioritizes linguistic and cultural traditions derived from Spain (... a colonial power) over any other culture or history in the area:

    "That immediately erases all of the centuries of pre-Columbian history, culture and civilizations that existed before the European conquest and colonization of the Americas ... and that's understandably upsetting to people who are not white." It alienates indigenous and Afro-Latino communities whose history includes deep resistance to the Spanish invasion and is not necessarily tied to Spain, Ortiz says. 3

    Lastly, I am curious about the statement that "English speaking people of Latin American descent in universities" are "the elite." Some research from the Pew Institute seems to suggest that in 2021 ~30% of latin americans were enrolled at least part time in college, while 23% of them had earned at least a Bachelor's degree4 (there is definitely a larger conversation to be had about relative rates of enrollment and graduation for asian vs white vs all other students, but that is probably beyond the scope of this discussion). Calling 20-30% of the population "the elite" seems a bit strange to me, but I might be misunderstanding this statement.

    I don't speak Spanish nor am I of Latin American/Hispanic/Latin/Latinx/Latin@ (etc, etc) descent, so I am absolutely not the right person to have an opinion on the best term to use. But I do think that the term "Latinx" in particular is met with perhaps unwarranted scorn and oversimplified as an issue, and I think it's worth considering its origins and use a little more carefully when considering it in the context of performative liberalism and linguistic imperialism.

    14 votes
  10. Comment on How do you get emotional and/or mental comfort from others? in ~health.mental

    ajwish
    Link
    Honestly, my dog is probably the only one able to give me that comfort. I do have a partner and friends who do their best, but as you say, it can be hard to articulate what I need or why something...

    Honestly, my dog is probably the only one able to give me that comfort. I do have a partner and friends who do their best, but as you say, it can be hard to articulate what I need or why something isn't feeling helpful. My dog ... doesn't actually care what I need. She doesn't need guidance on what to do because she wouldn't actually do anything anyway. I'm not even sure she recognizes that I'm upset. And something about that lack of pressure (maybe? This isn't quite the right word but I can't think how else to phrase it) makes her presence very comforting to me. She sits on my feet and I pet her and have feelings, and that process brings me (eventually) comfort at a level that human beans can't really achieve for me.

    I recognize that this is not very helpful for working out how to utilize your interpersonal support network, but maybe it is helpful to think of other routes to find find a comforting presence?

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Growing segregation by sex in Israel raises fears for women’s rights in ~life.women

    ajwish
    Link Parent
    I find that we always default to wondering about the women raising men like this. What about the men? The fathers, family members, role models that men encounter? It seems to me that no matter...

    I find that we always default to wondering about the women raising men like this. What about the men? The fathers, family members, role models that men encounter? It seems to me that no matter what kind of behavior men display, it somehow seems to become a woman's fault anyway - why didn't his mother raise him right? I think that's a bit unfair.

    22 votes
  12. Comment on Is an iPad enough for college students these days? in ~tech

    ajwish
    Link
    I can't speak to the requirements of dentistry school, but I finished an engineering undergrad and the first couple years of my grad program on a Surface Pro and it was a good set up for me. I...

    I can't speak to the requirements of dentistry school, but I finished an engineering undergrad and the first couple years of my grad program on a Surface Pro and it was a good set up for me. I didn't make a ton of use of the pen/drawing capabilities but they were there when I needed them, and installing the (many, many) different software requirements for different classes was straightforward. I did have a keyboard, mouse and monitor in my room because the screen isn't all that big for more detailed work (also my vision is shit) but for all of the portable needs I had, the surface was great.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on How do you organize yourself? in ~life

    ajwish
    Link Parent
    Just a suggestion for making a board/organizer - especially if you use sticky notes already, it's pretty easy to use painters tape or masking tape or label tape (something that sticks but won't...

    Just a suggestion for making a board/organizer - especially if you use sticky notes already, it's pretty easy to use painters tape or masking tape or label tape (something that sticks but won't damage your wall) to make a grid or set of columns on the wall that you can use. Then you can move sticky notes between categories based on whatever system works best for you. I suppose you could do something similar for a calendar but that seems far more challenging logistically.

    I used to just color code my sticky notes but that got wildly out of hand very rapidly so this has been helpful to organize, and the tactile aspect of physically adding/moving/removing tasks seems to be helpful for me as well.

    1 vote